Justin Munday's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Monkeys Fighting Robots Reviews: 121
8.4Avg. Review Rating

8
Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood #1

Dec 8, 2019

Everyone's favorite warring extraterrestrials terrorize children and vacationers in a fun start to a new AVP miniseries.

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7.6
Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood #2

Jan 11, 2020

A messy and rushed script is aided by fantastic art and some great AVP moments.

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6
All-America Comix #1

Jul 1, 2020

Despite an inspiring concept and a couple of cool moments, this one-shot is marred by inconsistent artwork and a crippling over-reliance on contemporary slang and culture.

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7.6
An Unkindness of Ravens #1

Sep 9, 2020

An intriguing (if not very original) start to this high school tale of dark magic and drama.

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7.2
Ash & Thorn #1

Jun 24, 2020

A fun but slightly scatterbrained first issue of a horror-comedy comic with a charming and enticing premise.

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8.6
Autumnal #1

Sep 24, 2020

A thoughtfully paced and beautifully drawn opening that builds its horror plot to a spine-tingling head.

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7.8
Autumnal #2

Oct 27, 2020

A 2nd issue that replaces horror with a need to build its protagonists and the mystery surrounding the quaint setting.

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8.8
Autumnal #3

Nov 26, 2020

A chapter that once again swims with realistic and relatable human drama while slowly upping the tension of this horror series.

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9.6
Autumnal #4

Jan 14, 2021

An issue full of its own stories that manages to be every bit as creepy as it is insightful.

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9.2
Batman (2016) Annual #4

Oct 30, 2019

Tom King weaves a tale from the journal of Alfred Pennyworth, and in doing so creates one of the most memorable Batman stories in recent memory.

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9.6
Beatnik Buenos Aires OGN

Jan 27, 2021

A vivid account of a you-had-to-be-there period in the development of art in the modern world, rife with character and poetry and presented in an irresistible work of exaggerated psuedo-biographies.

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8
Big Girls #1

Jul 18, 2020

A sharply paced first issue with ample world-building and stellar artwork.

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8
Billionaire Island #1

Mar 6, 2020

Mark Russel brings his personal brand of commentary and satire to capitalisms' endgame.

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8.2
Blade Runner: 2029 #1

Dec 14, 2020

A follow-up to both the original film and the Blade Runner 2019 series that drops you right back into this dingy cyberpunk world without missing a beat.

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8.6
Blade Runner: 2029 #2

Jan 11, 2021

A gripping second chapter that expands upon this story's own mystery, as well as the lore of the Blade Runner universe in stellar fashion.

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8.6
Bliss (2020) #1

Jun 26, 2020

A mesmerizing first issue with an original concept and beautiful artwork with the potential to be one of Image's most memorable comics of the year.

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9.2
Bog Bodies OGN

Mar 21, 2020

A wholly original and unforgettable take on small-scale crime and its haunting effects.

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8.4
Chu (2020) #1

Jul 23, 2020

A rowdy, goofy, and brilliantly drawn start to this anticipated sequel series.

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7.2
Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #1

Oct 23, 2019

Despite some messy opening pages, "Count Crowley" #1 is a fun and pulpy start to what's a love letter to classic creature horror, and a promising debut from a first-time comic writer.

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8
Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #2

Nov 18, 2019

David Dastmalchian ramps up the mystery and action in a well-paced and fun to read second issue.

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8
Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #3

Dec 18, 2019

This third chapter dials back on the monster to focus on ancient conspiracies and familial drama.

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8.2
Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #4

Jan 19, 2020

A cathartic finale that promises more for the future.

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7.6
Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #1

Jun 22, 2020

A raw first issue of rural vigilante justice with an absolute boss of a protagonist.

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7
Endless Winter (2020): Superman #1

Dec 8, 2020

A simple feel-good one-shot that doesn't let its attachment to a big crossover event cloud its needed message for today's world.

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7.6
Far Sector #1

Nov 13, 2019

Despite a couple minor structural issues, "Far Sector #1" is a beautiful and intriguing introduction to a new character and a mysterious crime plot.

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9
Far Sector #2

Dec 11, 2019

A stellar follow-up issue that ups the intrigue and settles into its own story.

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8.6
Far Sector #3

Jan 22, 2020

A chapter that sheds light upon the socio-political issues of The City Enduring, while making parallels to our own history.

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8.6
Far Sector #4

Feb 26, 2020

A chapter that takes its time to explore the ramifications of its action sequences with smart dialogue and incredible art.

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8.6
Far Sector #5

Mar 25, 2020

A poignant chapter with riveting backstory and more building blocks in the series' main mystery.

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8.6
Far Sector #6

Jun 2, 2020

Far Sector's focus on character and socio-political issues and phenomenal art continue to be a winning combination.

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8.6
Far Sector #7

Aug 6, 2020

An issue that once again raises the stakes of Mullein's task, and also expands upon the already massive lore behind this series.

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8.6
Far Sector #8

Oct 6, 2020

The eighth chapter of this Green Lantern series adds even more deep complexities and political intrigue to this already thrilling comic.

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8.4
Far Sector #9

Dec 1, 2020

A comparatively uneventful issue of this space-crime noir that still offers insightful commentary and continually incredible visuals.

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9.6
Far Sector #10

Feb 2, 2021

Far Sector's steadily building political subplot erupts into the front-and-center of the story, making for a disturbingly relevant start to this comic's endgame.

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9.6
Harrow County: Death's Choir #1

Dec 13, 2019

A phenomenal first issue for a sequel series that maintains all the charms and atmosphere of its acclaimed predecessor.

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9.6
Harrow County: Death's Choir #2

Jan 13, 2020

An eerie and riveting second chapter in a thus far phenomenal sequel series.

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8.6
Harrow County: Death's Choir #3

Feb 13, 2020

A simple but joyous and spooky chapter in this excellent sequel series.

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9
Harrow County: Death's Choir #4

Mar 8, 2020

A bittersweet and contemplative ending that promises more from the world of Harrow County.

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8.2
He-Man & the Masters of the Multiverse #1

Nov 20, 2019

"Masters of the Multiverse #1" is a sharply written and skillfully drawn return to the world of He-Man, with plenty of new twists and old references.

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7.2
Heavy #1

Sep 15, 2020

A sardonic and grimy opening chapter with great art, but inconsistent writing.

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7.2
Hidden Society #1

Feb 18, 2020

A debut issue that's gorgeous to behold, but a bore to read.

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7.8
His Name Is...Savage #1

Jan 16, 2020

Stewart Grant's action-espionage graphic novel some fifty years in the making is a brisk blast of a read and a damn good time to be had.

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9.4
Hollow Heart #1

Feb 18, 2021

An insightful, intimate, and mysterious opening chapter and one of the most fascinating starts to a comic released in recent years.

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7.8
Hotell #1

Mar 18, 2020

A demented and fun start to this short horror anthology series.

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8
Hotell #2

Apr 16, 2020

A horror short that irons out the weirdness of the first issue to create a more streamlined and darkly funny comic.

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8
Hotell #3

May 16, 2020

The most chilling story in this anthology thus far, and one that uncovers some secrets of this mysterious hotel.

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8.8
I Walk With Monsters #1

Nov 23, 2020

An atmospheric, complex, and superbly intriguing opening chapter to yet another winner in Vault Comics' horror lineup.

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8.4
Kill Whitey Donovan #1

Dec 6, 2019

A slightly dense but brilliantly atmospheric and hair-raisingly tense debut issue with one of the most promising story premises of the year.

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8.4
Kill Whitey Donovan #2

Jan 4, 2020

A tense second issue that doubles down on the terror of living in the Civil War South as anything but a white man.

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8
Kill Whitey Donovan #3

Feb 2, 2020

A fast-paced and intense chapter that entertains despite feeling like an extension of the prior issue.

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8
Kill Whitey Donovan #4

Mar 2, 2020

An intense issue with new internal character struggles and ominous messaging.

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8.4
Kill Whitey Donovan #5

May 21, 2020

An intense final issue with sky-high stakes that promises more satisfying acts of vengeance in the future.

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9
Killadelphia #1

Nov 23, 2019

Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander create a great first issue that is a tense mix of crime procedural, familial drama and supernatural horror.

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8.6
Lost Soldiers (2020) #1

Jul 29, 2020

A war comic gifted with haunting passages, a unique dual-plot focus, and stellar artwork.

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7.6
No One's Rose #1

Mar 12, 2020

A slightly intriguing but blatantly derivative start to a post-apocalyptic comic story.

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8.4
November #1

May 5, 2020

The first handful of pieces to a larger puzzle delivered in a mysterious gripping package.

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8.6
November #2

May 9, 2020

A riveting second chapter that hones itself on characterization and rapidly increasing stakes.

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9.6
Our Encounters with Evil #1

Oct 31, 2019

Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell create a spooky yet hilarious graphic novel full of clever twists and memorable moments.

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9.6
Rain Like Hammers #1

Jan 20, 2021

A lonely and oddly breathtaking look at depression, change, and the used future we may find ourselves in.

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9.4
Rain Like Hammers #2

Feb 23, 2021

A dizzyingly energetic but highly intelligent conceptual sci-fi comic with a great mix of absurdity and emotion.

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7.2
Red Atlantis #1

Nov 14, 2020

An opening chapter of murderous political intrigue that offers an intriguing start, but doesn't do much to separate itself from the rest of the genre.

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8.6
Red Border #1

Mar 16, 2020

A tense and action-packed first issue with great dialogue and stellar artwork

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8
Red Border #2

Apr 11, 2020

While it may fumble its handling of social problems, Red Border #2 is still a chilling and well-paced second chapter in this unique thriller.

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9
Redfork OGN

Nov 10, 2020

A genuinely unnerving horror comic that keeps its hand on the pulse of class exploitation and the abysmal status of impoverished mining communities.

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8.6
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #1

Feb 5, 2020

An emotionally impactful and action-packed restart for Marvel's Darth Vader comics.

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8.6
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #1

Jan 6, 2021

An exciting return to a new setting within the Star Wars universe, full of high-octane adventure, fun characters, and familiar-yet-unseen sights.

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9
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #2

Feb 3, 2021

A phenomenal second issue full of tension and surprise action that manages to keep things different while still very much being Star Wars.

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8.6
Sweet Tooth: The Return #1

Nov 3, 2020

Jeff Lemire returns to one of his greatest works with an opening chapter that leaves the reader thoroughly entertained while begging for answers.

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8
Sweet Tooth: The Return #2

Dec 9, 2020

An exciting second chapter that clears up the haze of mystery and reveals some of its connections to the original comic.

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8.8
Sweet Tooth: The Return #4

Feb 9, 2021

The chapter that finally reveals the truth about the where, how, and why behind this series that is a massive treat for readers of the original comic.

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8.2
Taarna (2020) #1

Dec 16, 2020

An epic flight across the stars starts this gorgeous new adventure from Heavy Metal Magazine's long-standing icon.

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8.2
Taarna (2020) #3

Feb 25, 2021

A bog-standard fantasy and sword & sorcery issue in terms of writing and plot, but one that's saved by incredible visual work.

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8.6
The Butcher of Paris #1

Dec 2, 2019

"The Butcher of Paris" #1 is a tense and well-orchestrated start to a promising historical-horror series.

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8
The Butcher of Paris #2

Jan 2, 2020

A slow, contemplative second chapter that still offers some chilling moments.

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8.2
The Butcher of Paris #4

Mar 3, 2020

An issue that continues the series' trend of capitalizing on its historic setting while increasing the complexity of its stellar plot.

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8.2
The Butcher of Paris #5

May 27, 2020

A final issue with a turbulent yet satisfying road to the end of the line.

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7
The Clock #1

Jan 8, 2020

An intriguing if not slightly antiseptic start to a hard sci-fi mini-series.

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9
The Dollhouse Family #1

Nov 13, 2019

Vertigo Icons M.R. Carey and Peter Gross return to comics for one of the most darkly intriguing first issues of the year.

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8.6
The Dollhouse Family #2

Dec 11, 2019

Time and guilt are the main players in this slow-burn horror that continues to up the stakes in its second issue.

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8.6
The Dollhouse Family #3

Jan 8, 2020

Carey and Gross jump through even more time to provide the most haunting chapter of "The Dollhouse Family" yet.

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9
The Dollhouse Family #4

Feb 12, 2020

An issue that escalates this series' mounting sense of dread while still offering plenty of character development.

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8.2
The Dollhouse Family #5

Mar 11, 2020

A quiet issue full of revelations and demonic surprises.

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8.6
The Dollhouse Family #6

May 19, 2020

A satisfying finale that opens up the universe of this mini-series to immense possibilities.

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9.6
The Dreaming (2018) #15

Nov 6, 2019

Si Spurrier and Bilquis Evely once again deliver a chapter of "The Dreaming" that is both beautiful and terrifying to behold.

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7.8
The Dreaming (2018) #16

Dec 4, 2019

An intriguing issue laden with plot bombshells and clever twists, if not still marred slightly by its delivery and lack of Bilquis Evely's art.

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9.6
The Dreaming (2018) #17

Jan 1, 2020

A stellar and emotional chapter that propels us towards the end of Spurrier and Evely' s beautifully complex run on The Dreaming.

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8.6
The Dreaming (2018) #18

Feb 5, 2020

An emotionally satisfying and mystical end to Si Spurrier & Co.'s run on The Dreaming.

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9.2
The Dreaming (2018) #19

Mar 4, 2020

A cathartic and beautiful beginning to Spurrier & Evely's finale.

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9.8
The Dreaming (2018) #20

Apr 27, 2020

Si Spurrier and Bilquis Evely's story comes to a beautiful conclusion with one of the most memorable chapters in all of Sandman

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8.8
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #1

Aug 4, 2020

A new Sandman chapter that starts with an immensely entertaining bang.

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9.2
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #2

Sep 1, 2020

A fun second chapter that opens up the backstory of our new characters and offers some neat surprises for long-time Sandman fans.

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9.2
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #3

Oct 8, 2020

A delightful chapter full of emotion and mythologic mysticism.

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9.8
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #4

Nov 5, 2020

An outstanding issue that covers every emotional base a comic could potentially cover with a deft hand and a stunning flourish.

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9
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #5

Dec 1, 2020

A satisfying end to The Waking Hours opening story arc, with meaningful character moments and appeals to Sandman fans new and old.

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9.2
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #6

Jan 5, 2021

A hypnotizing, intense, and wildly fun issue that sets up the next arc of this outstanding serries.

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8.6
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #7

Feb 2, 2021

A chapter that serves more as a transition point rather than an event in and of itself, filled with familiar characters, sharp writing, and solid (if not slightly inconsistent) visual work.

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8.6
The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides #1

Jun 30, 2020

An unsettling and unrelenting first issue of this sequel series that is worthy of its predecessor.

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9
The Kill Lock #1

Dec 27, 2019

Livio Ramondelli surprises with an original and intelligent first issue of a highly promising new sci-fi series.

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9
The Kill Lock #2

Jan 21, 2020

Ramondelli continues to inspire awe with robotic character backstory, world-building, and incredible artwork.

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9
The Kill Lock #3

Feb 25, 2020

Careful dialogue and breathtaking art bring another fantastic issue of this unexpectedly human series.

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8.6
The Kill Lock #4

Mar 24, 2020

The fourth chapter of this series adds considerable emotional weight and increases the stakes as we near the story's climax.

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8.6
The Kill Lock #5

Jun 9, 2020

A climactic issue that blends brutal and dramatic action with tense storytelling.

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9
The Kill Lock #6

Jul 28, 2020

A final chapter loaded with emotional character revelations, wicked-smart twists, and an ending sure to satisfy series readers.

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7
The Scumbag #1

Oct 19, 2020

A comic that reads like a shadow of Remender's usual prowess, saved by fantastic visual work.

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8.2
The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #1

Sep 30, 2020

A spectacularly frantic return to Gerard Way and MCR's insane counter-culture fight song of a comic.

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9
The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #2

Oct 31, 2020

An action-packed and breakneck-paced second issue that delivers on every possible front, with huge forward momentum carrying into the next issue.

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8.6
The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #3

Dec 4, 2020

Another wicked sharp and over-the-top chapter of this crazy comic series with outstanding artwork and a focus on its human core.

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7.4
The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion: Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas #1

Nov 16, 2019

While the presentation of the story is a bit clunky, Way and Edwards still manage to bring on a weird and unique Christmas tale in the Umbrella Academy universe.

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8
Undone By Blood #1

Feb 9, 2020

A convoluted frame narrative hides an intriguing plot brought out by fantastic visuals.

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6.2
Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness #1

Nov 26, 2019

Despite an intriguing premise and solid dialogue writing, this debut issue of a new Witchfinder series suffers from an unoriginal chain of events and lackluster art.

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5.8
Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness #2

Dec 18, 2019

Edward Grey once again finds himself in a lackluster issue with messy pacing and lackluster character art.

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7.8
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #3

Oct 30, 2019

Steve Orlando & Co. deliver a by the numbers but satisfying Wonder Woman issue that's brought down slightly by its event crossover ties.

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8.6
Yasmeen #1

Jul 21, 2020

A first issue that is rife with humanity, loss, and a perspective seldom seen in the Western world.

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8.6
Yasmeen #2

Aug 18, 2020

A brutal chapter that handles its unsettling subject matter with a delicate intelligence, while still ensuring the finer points of the issue come across neatly.

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8
Yasmeen #3

Oct 12, 2020

Another emotionally painful chapter that explores the impossible task of trying to make a new normal after unfathomable trauma.

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8
Yasmeen #4

Nov 21, 2020

A slightly cliched but sweet and effective chapter that finally has life looking up for our protagonist - as soon as she can open up about her trauma.

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8.4
Yasmeen #5

Dec 20, 2020

A chapter that offers closure for Yasmeen's experiences while offering solace and commentary to relatable western-world social issues.

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7.6
Yasmeen #6

Jan 17, 2021

The final chapter of this immensely important comic series wraps everything up in an emotionally sentimental (and surprisingly action-packed) finale.

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8
Yondu (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

"Yondu #1" keeps it grimy and gives the titular character the exact kind of comic he deserves, while adding promise of a good time in the coming issues.

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8
Yondu (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

"Yondu #2" makes for a fun event tie-in with some messy and exposition-filled writing backed up by great action and fantastic artwork.

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7.8
Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1

Feb 16, 2021

A simple jaunt into an island of adventure featuring our favorite stone-handed hero, heavily inspired by island adventure tales of old.

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