Justin Munday's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Monkeys Fighting Robots Reviews: 83
8.3Avg. 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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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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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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8.6
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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7.6
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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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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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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8.4
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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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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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
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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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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7.4
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
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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