Justin Harrison's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT Reviews: 45
8.7Avg. Review Rating

It's been a treat to read Thorogood's take on Cassie Hack. I'll be there on day one if she makes more Hack/Slash comics. If this is where she closes the book, then it's a book I'm glad to have readone that makes me want to check out what's come before for Cassie and Vlad. Back to School's not for everyoneit's very happily an R-rated violence-and-fanservice filled comicbut for those who'll dig it, there's a lot to dig here.

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Zoe Thorogood is one of the best comicsmakers working today, and Hack/Slash: Back to School continues to be a joy to read. Fun craft, memorable monsters, and effective character workgood stuff, in other words.

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While Where the Body Was sees Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips, and Ed Brubaker shift into a lower key mode, the resulting comic is as beautifully constructed and thrilling as ever.

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Thorogood's dive into the strange, intimate world of indie games makes for a (sorry) bloody good time

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I do not know Hack/Slash as well as I would like. I enjoyed Revival, another series from Hack/Slash's co-creator Tim Seeley, and I'll read just about any comic Thorogood launches. With Back to School, she's got me hooked on her Cassie Hack and curious about the work of those who've come before. Good stuff, this.

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All told, Battle Chasers' 11th issue is a darn fine comic. The action is bold and creative. The character work is strong. The story beats are intriguing. And Lullabi's color work is really, really striking especially a gradual and then sudden shift in primary page colors from a dusky orange to an increasingly supernatural blue one executed in concert with a solidly assembled and exciting cliffhanger.

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It is so much fun to have Battle Chasers back. Ludo Lullabi's illustrations are very fine, and Joe Madureira's script carries the energy that made the original comics so much fun alongside some welcome breathing room for the cast to grow. This is going to be fun to follow.

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Night Fever is a very, very fine comic. Acknowledging that Phillips and Brubaker's work is darn near catnip for me, it's an impeccably crafted that sees the team push themselves in exciting ways. In particular, I hope that Sean Phillips continues his exploration of the surreal and experimentation with black pages and their interaction with the classical comics form. It's so, so cool.

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Stiff in script and art, Kamen Rider Zero-One's got the pieces of what make the show it's adapting fun, but fails to assemble them well. It's a clunky disappointment of a comic.

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Zoe Thorogood's six-month autobiography is an impeccably crafted study of the cartoonist and her life. Thorogood's craft is breathtakingespecially her style-hopping and depiction of sensationand she navigates the fraught art of writing about oneself with care and precision. The resulting comic is unforgettable.

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WildC.A.T.s #1 is a solid start. I'm looking forward to seeing where Segovia and Rosenberg take things.

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Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips, and Ed Brubaker peel back more of Ethan Reckless' long-hardened shell through a bleak, sweet romance of sorts and quality bone crunching. The last third of the book is one of the most affecting sequences of their long collaboration.

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Once & Future has been a hell of a rideit was one of the first books I reviewed for AIPT, and I remain proud of what I've written about the series. Mora and Bonvillain made the mystical kinetic and thrilling. Kieron Gillen pushed his ongoing exploration of the whys that drive folks in an intriguing direction. It's been a blast and a pleasure to dig into their craft, and I'm delighted that Once & Future's ending matches the fine work this team has done since go.

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Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips, and Ed Brubaker continue their excellent mystery/neo-noir graphic novel series with a refreshing shift in protagonist and tone.

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Mora, Bonvillain, and Gillen continue to be one of the most joyously reliable creative teams in comics. Once & Future's 22nd issue has elements that give me pause, but hot diggity the craft and construction and energy this book has.

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Eternals #7 gets the book's second arc off to a very, very strong start. Whatever happens next, it will not be a reversion to the unacceptable status quo that was.

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Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips, and Ed Brubaker have made one of the best comics of the year with 'Destroy All Monsters.' It's a thrilling, wise crime story whose protagonist reveals his rarely-seen warmer side in a really compelling fashion.

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Mikel Jann and Grant Morrison wrap Superman and the Authority with a terrific brawl and the same thoughtful craft that has made this miniseries such a pleasure to read.

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Once & Future's 20th uses its gorgeous action set pieces to do intriguing character work, and on a narrative level, it continues to be pretty damn thrilling.

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While the second volume of the beloved action manga lacks compelling villains, its hero Kenshiro continues to be a fascinating, compulsively readable protagonist.

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Mikel Jann, Travel Foreman, Grant Morrison, and company offer up joyously sharp, beautifully illustrated commentary on certain trends in contemporary cape comic writing and reading that is as funny as it is insightful.

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I continue to dig Once & Future. It's a book I always look forward to reading, and I'm really glad that it's back.

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While the limited space and some frustrating storytelling decisions keep Superman and the Authority's second issue from matching its debut, it remains a welcomely dense comic.

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While it may not have been meant as Grant Morrison's final farewell to DC Comics, Superman and the Authority's first issue suggests that it'll make a worthy capstone to their time with the company. Mikel Jann's illustrations and Jordie Bellaire's colors are stupendous. The work this team is doing with Manchester Black is as exciting as it is intriguing. I cannot wait to see where this goes.

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'Power Rangers Unlimited: Edge of Darkness' adds a bit of history to one of the franchise's long-running question marks, but leans too hard on exposition.

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Werther Dell'Edera and James Tynion IV build 'Something is Killing the Children's history with consummate skill and strong mood work.

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Made in Korea gets off to a compelling start with this impeccably crafted first issue. I'm very excited to see where Schall and Holt will take the book next.

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Batman: Urban Legends remains a very strong anthology. The ongoing Red Hood and Grifter stories are particularly good.

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Once and Future is on a blood-soaked tear through British mythology, and what a tear it is. Bonvillain, Mora and Gillen are having a ball with this comic, and the results of that dance are a pleasure.

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'Eternals' # 4 is an excellent and intriguing comic, one whose success highlights Ribi and Gillen's strengths as a creative team.

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There's quite a bit of good to Phantom on the Scan. I'd be curious to check it out in trade. As it stands though, there is not enough here for the issue to wholly work on its own.

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Project: Patron is an excellent comic book. I'm excited to follow it.

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As a fan of this creative team, I'm thrilled to see that they're a continually solid crew. As a fan of Once and Future, I'm very, very curious to see what comes next. This is a damn good comic. I'm always happy to read it.

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Eternals remains a darn good cosmic superhero comic. The spiral it's unspooling is one worthy of following.

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BRZRKR #1 is an excellent comic, and I am thrilled to be following it. The action is creatively vicious. The story is intriguing. The interaction between Reeves' star image and the character he is co-writing and lending his likeness to is downright fascinating. For folks on its wavelength, it's a must-read.

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There is potential in Stray Dogs, potential that it may yet realize. But this first issue is a disappointing, hollow comic that spends too much time chasing its own tail.

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Given that the issue is a beat between beats, I cannot recommend it as the best place to start Guardians of the Galaxy, but darn if it isn't a well-crafted comic that will make the next issue shine a bit brighter.

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Esad Ribi and Kieron Gillen's resurrection of Kirby's all-too-human superhumans weaves a ticking-clock mystery from a titanic brawl.

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'They Fell From The Sky' has promise, especially in its character work. But this first issue handles metafiction clumsily and relies on the well-worn parts of its genre, rendering it a disappointment.

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Eternals #1 builds on the work that has come before it while setting its own stage. And thus far, the stage commands attention.

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Mora, Gillen, and their collaborators continue to be a heck of a team. Once and Future is a blast to read. It's eerie, it's brainy, and it's got a knack for cliffhangers. Issue #15 promises to be exciting.

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'Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future' earns its subtitle. Together, the art team, de Campi and Jones have crafted a steel-eyed, bone-cruncher of a tale about how to live in a time where life has been commodified into oblivion.

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'The Tower' is a prime example of Stan Sakai's storytelling mastery, and Ronda Pattison's colors are a worthy addition to a classic comic.

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'Black Magick' is a marvelously constructed comic, one whose illustrations and script work together to create a superb reading experience. Whatever day the next issue comes around will be a very, very good day.

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Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is frequently a pretty good comic. That makes its failings all the more frustrating. Mr. Freeze fans will dig it. For other folks, I'd suggest reading up on his history beforehand.

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