kanchilr1's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comics: The Gathering Reviews: 220
7.8Avg. Review Rating

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Action Comics (2011) #18

Mar 20, 2013

I had the opportunity toaskMorrison where he was taking Action Comics this past summer at a convention, he gave me a strange response that was full of pauses and breaks in speech. He seemed not to be entirely confident in the direction of the series. After a breather from monthly superhero comics hopefully Grant Morrison comes back refreshed. Despite this issue and run thereshould beno doubt in the minds of the readers that Grant Morrison isand will always beone of the very best talents in our industry.

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Action Comics (2011) #25

Nov 6, 2013

This comic is the single best Superman material readers have been given in the New 52. There is a sense of magic here that comics can rarely achieve. Those soured by the darkness permeating in the line, should look to this series for a forward thinking beacon of hope. Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder make a strong first impression on the book. Did I mention that this is a tie-in to a Batman event that has no impact on the actual story? This chapter makes a strong case for beauty in simplicity.

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Action Comics (2011) #26

Dec 4, 2013

DC needs to be commended for the incredible talent of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder being put together on a major property. These two Action Comics issues thus far should serve as the bible for people trying to write Superman in the New 52.

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Age of Ultron #10AI

Jun 26, 2013

Araujo has some clean pencils that are slightly dulled here by D' Armata's colors. In comic books a washed out style like the one he uses does not have a place in scenes that contain daylight. Characters look strange and shiny, along with gritty and unsettling when they are not even meant to. Do not let D' Armata dull your enjoyment of this title or the artwork here, because greatness awaits. This is an incredible issue that will hopefully serve as the new status quota for Henry Pym, read and enjoy.

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All-New Invaders #1

Jan 22, 2014

All-New Invaders #1 does one simple thing, it breaks the monotony of everyday life. It’s a concept that James Robinson seems fascinated with right now, and utilized by artist Steve Pugh in a very effective manner. This should be just enough to get old time fans of Marvel/Timely excited enough to go seek out the rest of this nostalgia infused tale.

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All-New Marvel NOW Point One #1

Jan 8, 2014

This anthology book is great for those who are looking to take a peek into Loki’s treachery, Kamala Khan’s debut, and the Silver Surfer’s new friend. There is a lot to offer fans of Marvel contained in the title.

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Animal Man #21

Jun 19, 2013

At this point who knows where exactly Lemire is taking the story. From a few issues the main character has gone from saint to sinner. This direction is a huge risk for the story to take. The new nemesis proves interesting and Animal Man themed, his introduction was appropriately chilling. Upon further inspection the scene here may not be exactly what it seems here. The only sure bet here is as long as Steve Pugh is drawing the title the art will stay consistently beautiful. Hopefully the foreboding evil animals in this issue can be ignored for the future of this comic book. Mainly because as a fan of the character, I am not sure how much pain the titular hero can take.

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Animal Man #23

Aug 21, 2013

With a higher level of focus and rebuilt foundations of the Baker family this title can get back on track. Unfortunately it is unlikely at this point that Jeff Lemire is heading in that direction. After so many issues of character development torturing these characters on and on just feels mean spirited. The writer has stated that this point in the story would function as his worst nightmare. Eventually all nightmares end, and Animal Man will still exist. What will the family or the readers even gain from reviving the fallen Baker from the dead. This book has some serious problems right now that may not be fixable in the foreseeable future.

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Animal Man #24

Oct 16, 2013

Animal Man #24 makes some good decisions that put the title back on track towards quality. Rafael Albuquerque is the main draw, but Lemire is making some headway.

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Animal Man #27

Jan 22, 2014

Lemire continues heading into a controversial direction in Animal Man that negates the very reason why Buddy Baker is special. Master storyteller Rafael Albuquerque is still on top of his game in this installment, making those only interested in the artwork justified in their purchase of this title.

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Animal Man #28

Feb 19, 2014

Regardless of your feelings towards the larger scope of Lemire’s Animal run, issue #28 is one of the finest moments of this series. It also gives me hope that Lemire and friends can really knock out the last couple issues of this series.

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Animal Man #29

Mar 19, 2014

Fans that have been consistently following Animal Man since Lemire began will be shocked to discover an issue with such a high amount of emotional depth. This title concludes with a profound emotional symphony of loss. Thank goodness that this family is resting until Justice League: United, where Buddy’s family will hopefully not be seen.

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Animal Man Annual #2

Jul 31, 2013

This installment is almost completely carried by the stunning artwork, it is also a testament to the writing that Lemire pulled back. This bittersweet tale that should really strike the heart of those invested by the Animal Man. The highest praise I could probably give this title is to mention that it could only be written by a father.

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Aquaman (2011) #19

May 4, 2013

Aquaman is in a transition period currently, new characters and events are taking shape throughout the title. Anybody taking the time to invest in DC should be following this epic saga as the quality never falters. It is rare for a comic to become better after a crossover event, yet Aquaman is making strides to prove seasoned readers wrong. Geoff Johns is building a truly unique world for readers to get lost in.

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Aquaman (2011) #25

Nov 27, 2013

Aquaman #25 is one of the greatest releases this week. Johns has restored the character with some incredible prominence, and also given him a foundation that is ready for other writers. He has also become one of the characters of the New 52 with a permanent love interest.

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Aquaman (2011) #26

Dec 31, 2013

Aquaman seems like it is in a good place, as Parker starts to establish the different elements he is going to add to Arthur Curry’s world. The art by Pelletier in this tale shows how much better the artist is getting with each issue.

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Avengers (2012) #13

Jun 5, 2013

Even with art that is not perfect, this is still a high point for Avengers. Within playing such a long form narrative game fans should look forward too Hickman paying off this story in the future. The Hawkeye character is dialed up too a bit of a jerk here, yet it still works because the remaining characters of the team are so deadly serious. The team dynamic between the characters has been one of the best parts of the series so far. This issue also teases the big things coming for the title in Infinity. For now fans should simply enjoy a quieter Avengers story with a few beautiful moments.

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Avengers (2012) #14

Jun 19, 2013

Nick Spencer joins Jonathan Hickman on scripting duties here. Perhaps he is the reason for the jolt in the usual quality of the title. This will be heralded as one of the best installments of the series alongside last issue and the first arc. If readers are truly excited for the Infinity storyline at the House Of Ideas they should get caught up on this awesome title.

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Avengers (2012) #15

Jul 3, 2013

Even with this strange issue of Avengers, readers should be excited for what this could mean down the line for the series. Infinity will be a different kind of event comic, simply because Avengers and New Avengers have been building up the conflict for such a substantial amount of time.

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Avengers (2012) #20

Sep 25, 2013

Infinity keeps growing further, larger, and more intense with each issue. You would be hard pressed to find a better science fiction comic this side of the pond.

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Avengers (2012) #23

Nov 20, 2013

This is hands down the best written issues of Avengers in a long time, but Leinil Yu is stretched way too thin. This issue is a must buy, even If I cannot wholeheartedly recommend the art.

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Avengers (2012) #24.NOW

Dec 24, 2013

Even with some art that is not up to usual standards at the tail end of the title, Avengers 24.NOW is still a great read. This is one of the best single issues of the series that Jonathan Hickman has ever crafted from a writing standpoint, giving readers a great mix of insane sci-fi and excellent character beats. It is also dare I say it, a good jumping on point for new readers.

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Avengers (2012) #25

Jan 22, 2014

Jonathan Hickman continues to bend minds in his ongoing Avengers saga. Like minded readers will likely will be more than pleased with the result of the ensuing chaos.

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Avengers (2012) Annual #1

Dec 4, 2013

Avengers Annual #1 may not be essential reading, but it is an amusing Christmas tale that has some great character centric material. Kathryn Immonen and David La Fuente make a great pair on the title, and contribute a new heroine that proves to be very intriguing.

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Avengers Assemble #18

Aug 21, 2013

This simplistic story based on the less loved Spider character is just what the doctor ordered. While it is difficult to see her character regressing in this odd fashion, it is good that DeConnick took the effort to stay true to her character. This character based Sci-fi story is a refreshing change of pace for this series. It also does a really good job setting the identity apart of a comic book trapped in a crossover so early on it’s life cycle. Those seeking an extra dose of Jessica Drew should welcome Avengers Assemble #18 into their lives with open arms.

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Avengers World #1

Jan 8, 2014

This is a worrisome first installment to a new Avengers title that does not prove why it deserves it’s existence. Readers may want to hold off on this book until Spencer and company give readers something deeper to sink their teeth into.

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Avengers: The Enemy Within #1

May 15, 2013

Captain Marvel is on the cusp of one of the most important phases of her life. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick respects the character so much that she made the important choice to let this storyline play out in five parts of the next month or so. With a rapidly paced shipping schedule and massive potential this is an issue that may not be amazing at this moment, but will likely payoff towards the end.

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Batgirl (2011) #19

Apr 11, 2013

This is one of the strongest issues of the series despite the minor problems that plague the title. Batgirl gets a new status quota and the next evolution of Babs as a character is underway. Hopefully Simone will stay on the title for a long time because the character is still finding her footing amongst the other titles in the New 52. Stabilizing an artist on the book is a must if this title is to have a sense of longevity.

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Batman (2011) #19

Apr 10, 2013

Even though this may not be the most important issue of Batman, it is still an enjoyable issue. Clayface is written very well along with great personal narration. This book features some of the best artwork that the industry has to offer with Alex Maleev and Greg Capullo. Watching these talented artists and writers at their prime is a sight to behold.

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Batman (2011) #21

Jun 12, 2013

Snyder delivers a sequence later on in the book that shows he has a few long form plans with the characters. This shoes the horror side brimming within the writer, that has led to the great points in his stories. The backup also does a good job showcasing one of the brighter moments of Bruce's adulthood and shows him making the right decisions at the end of the day. You can see how a man like this could turn into the Batman in a few years. Even with a first issue that is slightly underwhelming this Zero Year story-arc could turn into an interesting tale in a moments notice. Also considering the talent involved, you are going to want to be here when the sparks start flying.

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Batman (2011) #23.4

Sep 25, 2013

This is hard for me to recommend for anyone, except for die hard fans of the character. Enjoying the artwork of Graham Nolan again is a treat, yet it is fascinating to wonder why Tomasi brought such a subpar script to this story. Flip through this for the pictures, avoid the words.

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Batman (2011) #24

Oct 9, 2013

Batman #24 is a masterclass in storytelling. It is a fascinating alternate take on Year One, and cannot be missed by anyone reading comics this week. In Snyder and Capullo we trust.

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Batman (2011) #25

Nov 13, 2013

While it is extremely maddening to have yet another quiet issue of the Zero Year saga, all the build up is handled with extreme care. This may not be the Batman issue we need, but it is the Batman issue we deserve.

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Batman and Robin (2011) #23.1

Sep 5, 2013

Peter Tomasi and Guillem March both delve in the persona of a troubled character facing some complex moral problems. Hopefully the deeper exploration of the antagonist will continue to be engrossing in the some of the following installments of this series. Readers who are interested in the creative team or fans of the criminal will enjoy this issue.

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Batman and Robin (2011) #23.2

Sep 11, 2013

Jorge Lucas and James Tynion IV make the most of this interesting story depicting the inner turmoil within the current state of a secret organization.

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Batman and Robin (2011) #25

Nov 20, 2013

This book is just not that entertaining. It lacks the clear sense of focus that it used to have.

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Batman Incorporated #10

Apr 25, 2013

Batman Incorporated is juggling many threads and characters at the moment. Nobody seems better served to handle this type of storytelling than writer Grant Morrison himself. With only three issues till the end of the series, fans better get ready for some explosive storytelling!

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Batman Incorporated #11

May 22, 2013

This is a culmination of some valiant effort from Lucas and Burnham. The duo made for an outlandish story and learned something along the way. This issue is unfortunately scheduled in an awkward position around this title. This team should continue to hone their craft and try another shot at Batman soon.

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Batman/Superman (2013) #3.1

Sep 25, 2013

Those seeking a well written, non-traditional Villain’s Month one shot, will not be disappointed here. Come see a master of subversion at work.

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Batman/Superman (2013) #4

Oct 16, 2013

Batman Superman #4 ends an arc that is as close to perfect as comic books get. The art of Jae Lee and writing of Greg Pak, has been absolutely sublime. Fantastic character interaction such as this are why I read comic books in the first place.

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Batman/Superman (2013) #5

Nov 6, 2013

Batman/Superman #5 takes a sharp dip in quality. The tone established by Booth is hard to get behind, and the series is extremely frustrating because of it. Fans will be better off sitting out this arc, and picking up Action Comics until there is a new artist on the project.

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Batman/Superman (2013) #6

Dec 4, 2013

Until something drastic changes this book is not worth buying. Greg Pak is doing great work in some of the other places in the DC Universe, but lacks direction here. Brett Booth’s art does not make sense to me in the context of this title. Avoid this issue.

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Batman/Superman (2013) Annual #1

Mar 5, 2014

Pak, Lee, Rocafort, and Tan tell a very entertaining in the first Batman Superman Annual, that contains a complete story in one quick burst of action. This 40 page issue tales a more complete and well paced story than most books manage to contain within an entire arc. Greg Pak and friends do not disappoint.

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Batman: Black and White #1

Sep 5, 2013

This is a great package for those who love to read about the caped crusader who became a bat. At times these stories can feel like strange art projects or showcases for pencillers, but all of the stories in these pages are at the very least interesting. This is a great read to know what some of your favorite pencillers look like in black and white, or for fans that want a different take on Batman.

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Batman: Eternal #1

Apr 9, 2014

This may not be the greatest Batman story ever told, but it is will keep the attention of those that are really invested in the mythos.

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Batwoman #20

May 15, 2013

Even with massive art problems this is still a return to form for Batwoman and company. Getting to the roots of a character and breaking down the supportive cast and what they mean to Kate Kane is more interesting than any monster of the week. The greatest villain in the legacy of this member of the Bat-Family also makes her chilling return here. If readers overlook some art problems, there is a ton of enjoyment to be had in this title.

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Bloodshot #0

Aug 21, 2013

Kindt and Cross spin an enjoyable yarn in the course of 22 pages. Cross delivers some awesome pencils worthy of massive praise, while Kindt has a solid script. For more on the background of the violent anti-hero this is the place to be, those who are expecting a tale reflecting the finer points of the heroes new personality should search elsewhere.

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Brain Boy #1

Sep 11, 2013

This is a wonderful first issue with awesome personality offering something different for fans. Those who have missed the fluid artwork of R.B. Silva will be in for a fun surprise as the surroundings are mixed up to create something interesting. Anyone looking for the fun new Fred Van Lente comic series will also be pleasantly surprised. This comic has a little something for everyone.

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Brain Boy #2

Oct 15, 2013

Those looking for an alternative to the mainstream dark superheroics should come here for an interesting take on superheroes and the like. Silva and Lente are producing some of the best material that readers could ask for.

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Brain Boy #3

Nov 19, 2013

Lente’s writing falls short in comparison to the beautiful work in Silva in this issue. The writer still has plenty of chances to go back on the rails with the zero issue launching next month.

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Captain America: Living Legend #1

Oct 2, 2013

Captain America: Living Legend fell short of my lofty expectations of modern comic books. The series has adequate scripting, but does not present anything substantial. Unless there is some nostalgia for the character, or massive appreciation of the crazy art by Granov, there is not enough interesting material here for the average fan.

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Constantine #1

Mar 20, 2013

As this first issue proves in a crucial plot moment Constantine is ruthless and does not care about collateral damage. Constantine also has a massive ego which allows him to go out and steal ancient artifacts from others who he believes to be wrong. While this issue makes Constantine very likeable it retains the idea that he is not a great person and very well aware of that fact. Scriptors Ray Fawkes and Jeff Lemire have a great handle on the character's personality that proves to be crucial within the pages of the issue. A scene that takes place on an airplane shows the constant sense of awareness that Constantine has to have in order to simply survive. The dark sect of the DC Universe is showing that Vertigo has no real place to publish material next to the New 52. With great art and sharp writing Constantine takes advantage of a very special place within the modern DC Universe.

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Damian: Son of Batman #1

Oct 30, 2013

Kubert delivers an interesting interpretation of Gotham City that merits a return trip to a dead character. He proves that he is competent at both writing and drawing full comic book. While this first chapter is definitely worth the price of admission, it is unclear if the series will take a distinctive tone and have a clear purpose going forward.

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Damian: Son of Batman #2

Nov 27, 2013

Damian: Son Of Batman is not the greatest comic book on the face of the planet, especially when there are some other truly groundbreaking works in the medium hitting store shelves this wednesday. Kubert is doing a solid job on the series, but not breaking any new ground.

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Daredevil (2011) #29

Jul 31, 2013

This is yet another great issue of this series, I for one am tired of saying that. This comic rarely takes any missteps and is as close to perfection as a serialized story can possibly be. This is yet another crowning achievement in the famed comic book series.

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Daredevil (2011) #31

Sep 19, 2013

Waid and Samnee are doing something fascinating that will require more issues to properly payoff, until then enjoy the fine technical aspects to this wonderful comic. This one of the finest books on the modern shelf.

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Daredevil (2011) #32

Oct 23, 2013

Waid and Samnee are still crafting excellence in Daredevil.

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Daredevil (2011) #33

Nov 20, 2013

This may not be the greatest issue of Daredevil ever, but Waid obviously has an endgame in mind. Anxious readers will be counting the days until the return of Samnee. Overall, this is still a solid entry in the series.

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Daredevil (2011) #34

Dec 18, 2013

I feel like a fool for doubting the greatness that is Waid’s Daredevil. This is another great issue that should make longtime fans extremely happy.

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Daredevil (2011) #35

Jan 15, 2014

Daredevil #35 will successfully have readers biting their nails in anticipation of the next installment. Samnee and Waid have kept readers on their toes and continue to prove why this series is worthy of all the accolades it has been given.

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Daredevil (2014) #1

Mar 19, 2014

This issue of Daredevil is a great new entry into the series by Samnee and Waid, even if it isn’t 100% worthy of a new #1.

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Daredevil (2014) #1.50

Apr 9, 2014

Daredevil #1.50 is a bit of a mixed bag all things considered, but readers should enjoy it anyway. Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez craft a twenty-three page story that will captivate the imagination of a longtime reader.

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Daredevil: End of Days #8

Jun 5, 2013

Here we are eight issues later where there series literally never took a step in the wrong direction. Art is based completely on feeling, the feeling of mystery and the sense of dread that this comic brought was enthralling. It rivaled some of the best moments of the previousDaredevil run by BrianMichealBendis. The art has been completely shockingly consistent since the very first issue of this series. When this titles is released in a beautiful hardcover, sit back and enjoy some of the best material that this medium can offer.

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Dead Boy Detectives #1

Dec 31, 2013

The Dead Boy Detectives does not have enough in it’s first issue to keep readers interested for the long haul. The writing here lacks clarity and does not introduce the concept very well. However, those that are interested in this series for Mark Buckingham’s pencils will not be disappointed.

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Detective Comics (2011) #27

Jan 10, 2014

This is a very strong Batman anthology that has an interesting main story, and something interesting from all of your favorite creators. It reads like a really good Batman: Black and White issue.

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Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1

Jan 15, 2014

While readers may not need to rush out and buy this story immediately, it is better than many are going to expect. Author Brandon Seifert does a great job stepping out of the way and letting Karl Moline go insane on pencils. The imagery mixed with the impressive Fray artists visuals are more than enough to tell you that you need to take a look at this comic book.

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Doctor Who: Special 2013 #1

Dec 24, 2013

This is a great Dr. Who comic book that will delight even the most cynical fan of the material. Cornell and Broxton really nail the finer points of the franchise with immense quality. The tale also manages to find some of the brighter points of the way that the franchise has exponentially grown in the past few years. Make sure to pick up the swan song of IDW and Dr. Who.

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East of West #5

Aug 14, 2013

With manipulation of time, pacing, character work, and plot, this is a wonderful entry in overarching narrative that should have the audience completely engrossed. Really it is what readers have been waiting for a long time with this series, an actual reason to care about these people. With the first couple slightly disjointed issues, I wonder if this series would be a more satisfying experience as an original graphic novel. For now enjoy the fact that the gun has gone off, and Hickman is working his way towards a big storyline.

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Eternal Warrior #1

Sep 11, 2013

This issue is put together in a fascinating manner by Hairsine and Pak that makes readers hungry for more content. As mentioned before in the review, this is not going to be an easy purchase for most people. Those seeking something different, in the form of a savage who actually thinks about his actions should examine this title.

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Eternal Warrior #2

Oct 8, 2013

The Eternal Warrior is well drawn, written, and paced. There is no reason why this finely crafted comic should not be on the radar of you and the people you care about. Check this out so it does not get canceled and I can keep reading it!

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Eternal Warrior #3

Nov 19, 2013

This offering by Pak and Hairsine seeds something interesting, but fails to deliver where it really counts. Diego Bernard really knocks his art pages out of the water, and steals the entire issue.

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Eternal Warrior #4

Dec 18, 2013

This tale is ultimately not worth the time of any modern reader. More interesting things are happening elsewhere in Valiant Universe, or in other books by Greg Pak. It is hard to recommend the issue at hand to anyone but those desperate for some new art by the amazing up and comer known as Diego Bernard.

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Eternal Warrior #5

Jan 22, 2014

Even with the absence of Diego Bernard, Greg Pak and Robert Gill are onto something truly special the new arc of Eternal Warrior. This issue contains some of the strongest writing in the incredible career of Greg Pak.

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Eternal Warrior #6

Feb 11, 2014

The bottom line is that this issue may be a little too simple, but it gets thing moving nicely and sets more than a few events in motion for the series. The tale also features some consequence in a plot that twists and turns. Character dynamics are also nicely set into place, there is a driving plot that should also have fans invested in the coming issues. While this is not the best issues of the series, there are a couple of really fascinating character choices that could cause this comic to bloom into something special. There is mass potential here.

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Eternal Warrior #7

Mar 26, 2014

Greg Pak and Robert Gill deliver a very strong offering to the Eternal Warrior with this month’s issue. The Pakian magic pays off in spades for those wandering down the rabbit hole along with the author.

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FF (2012) #9

Jul 17, 2013

Everything in this issue is fantastic, and it is slightly rough to pick apart the smaller pieces of the title. FF is one of the crown jewels of Marvel NOW! Any fan of the Fantastic Four property would be well suited to get in on the action.

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FF (2012) #11

Aug 28, 2013

This issue was very exciting and featured some adept humor and ideas from writer Matt Fraction. The art was once again firing on all cylinders featuring some weird, but interesting cityscapes. Marvel fans should be embracing this series for what it offers to the modern franchise and the older continuity.

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Flash Gordon #1

Apr 11, 2014

Flash Gordon #1 from Dynamite is good comics plain and simple.

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Forever Evil #3

Nov 6, 2013

Forever Evil is definitely enjoyable, but thanks to the art of David Finch, the product ends up being less than the sum of it’s parts. Hopefully the next installment can add an extra layer of focus, and begin to answer some lingering questions.

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Furious #1

Jan 28, 2014

Furious is a difficult comic book series to endorse due to the way it is written. Those that are interested in the series may have a reason to pick it up in order to see what these two creators do together. However, time could be better spent on a different project unless something drastic changes.

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Ghost (2013) #1

Dec 18, 2013

While Ghost is a fine story, DeConnick does not do anything that crosses remotely into greatness. Readers could find a more bold use of their time with something else on store shelves, like the same writer’s own Pretty Deadly. This first issue is a mixed bag, but those searching for a platform for Ryan Sook to deliver some great pencils may want to explore these pages. Ghost may not be the most consistent thing on store shelves, but the first issue looks truly beautiful.

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Green Arrow (2011) #1

Aug 7, 2013

This is yet another installment of Green Arrow that should have readers utterly fascinated in all aspects of the series. There is little better this side of the big two than the art of Andrea Sorrentino and the writing of Jeff Lemire.

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Green Arrow (2011) #20

May 4, 2013

The battle scenes in this issue are handled incredibly well by all of the talent here. The combat in the series so far has been brutal, excessive, and swift. Komodo has been a terrifying presence throughout the title and in the final showdown of the issue a sense of resolution is acquired. This arc has been exceptional and as long as the talent stays on this title, Green Arrow will continue to thrive creatively. If the quality remains this consistent, a legacy for the character will be built in time.

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Green Lantern (2011) #19

Apr 3, 2013

Although it seems obvious that Johns could write Green Lantern forever, the title is beginning to wind down. It is up to next issue to see if following Johns down the rabbit hole will truly pay off. Next months issue is called “The End Of Everything.” Johns has much to deliver to this series in one issue.

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Green Lantern (2011) #20

May 22, 2013

While this issue is not perfect, it contains many solid character moments for the different ring slingers in every part of the emotional spectrum. An ending to the franchise is given, and a new beginning will be handed to writer Robert Venditti as he takes the reigns of the title going forward. Readers should wish the up and coming talent all the best of luck, because he is going to have some massive shoes to fill!

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Green Lantern (2011) #21

Jun 5, 2013

This is a new era of this wonderful gem of the DC Universe. Based on the last page of this issue there are some massive things incoming for the title. Themythosis also has picked up some great new talent. Giving the title to a fairly fresh writer likeVendittiis great move on DC's part, stick around to watch this bold decision be paid off in future issues.

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Green Lantern (2011) #22

Jul 3, 2013

This comic would do wonders amping up the pace, but for now remains a competent superhero book. New villains are lurking around every corner and will hopefully make a big splash when introduced. Decoding what these new heroes and villains could mean for the title gives the story a bit of momentum that is desperately lacks. The upcoming Light’s Out crossover also offers something for readers to get excited about in this universe.

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Green Lantern (2011) #23

Aug 7, 2013

Towards the end of this comic another flash of Relic is shown. The new villain shows off some of the other Lantern corps. that are missing from the title. Hopefully in the coming months the scope of this story will continue to grow in a similar manner. Jordan is officially searching for a Star Sapphire which may prove interesting to the other characters in the saga. It is also a big mystery towards where exactly some of these recruits are heading towards. In the first issue readers are teased with Jordan in a disaster scenario heading for impending doom. Hopefully the moment with the character is not too far away anymore. So the question remains, what is Venditti heading towards and when he gets there will readers still care?

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Green Lantern (2011) #23.2

Sep 11, 2013

This is an impressive outing for Starlin and Porter that does not quite feature any new ideas, but makes the old seem very menacing. The Green Lantern’s are not well suited to attack this character head on. The comic has everything a reader could possibly want from a Villain’s month issue.

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Green Lantern (2011) #24

Oct 2, 2013

To sound stupidly redundant, I am so excited to be excited about Green Lantern again!

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Green Lantern (2011) Annual #2

Oct 30, 2013

This chapter is riddled with some annoying issues such as the dull art of Sean Chen and minor roadblocks for Venditti. The team is still melding the franchise in some new directions and securing a strong future in further stories with these characters.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #1

Mar 27, 2013

While Guardians Of The Galaxy is a frustrating read for longtime fans, those who are new to the property should find no problems at all aside from being slightly confused. The pencils by McNiven show a seasoned artist adept at sequential storytelling. Hopefully moving forward this comic book will grow into the incredible title it has the potential to be.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #4

Jun 26, 2013

Guardians Of The Galaxy has a high level of craft rarely seen so consistently in a comic book. Few have achieved some of the soaring heights lovingly rendered in this title. This story seems to be on course for an equally strong future with Neil Gaiman coming on board for some co-writing on the next installment. This is nothing but a good thing, as a curve ball like Angela this issue would have been hard to properly orchestrate without a proper creator. Continue to believe the hype, as this title has a bright future ahead.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #5

Jul 31, 2013

Guardians Of The Galaxy is headed towards something interesting as the next phase of this universe is coming. This issue always takes a massive step forward into uncovering the secrets behind The Thanos Imperative. Fans of the title thus far should not be disappointed by this book.

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Harbinger #13

Jun 18, 2013

While some will enjoy the darker aspects of the book, they tend to not be what I want out of comics currently. However all of the material is written very well and may indeed be what others want from a series like this. For those interested in this book a purchase is well worth your money even if you have to settle for some dated artwork.

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Harbinger #15

Aug 14, 2013

Readers do not be fooled from the opening pages of this issue. This is the most depressing issue of the title yet. While I commend Dysart for making some bold choices, the flaws wrapped with the characters in this title keep me at arms length from the humanity of this book.

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Harbinger Wars #3

Jun 10, 2013

As complicated as this story is, it never becomes uninteresting. One issue may not be enough to wrap up all of the threads within this story in a satisfying manner. Hopefully the threads will simply be picked up in all of the different titles surrounding this universe. A periodical can never truly be done. The Valiant Universe has been a changing beast ever since it’s inception last year. Stick around to watch the building blocks of the coming years in Valiant.

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Harbinger Wars #4

Jul 17, 2013

The first big crossover from the company is now out of the way, and for the most part proves to be a pretty strong success. Readers should take their time and enjoy this summer spectacle.

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Hawkeye Vol. 2 #12

Jul 10, 2013

Overall this another solid installment of the series, even though it does not quite reach some of the amazing heights of the other episodes in the series. Francesco has delivered another very great set of pages to the series here as well. While this may seem slightly disappointing coming off of the pizza dog issue, there are definitely great things to come for this book.

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Hawkeye Vol. 2 #13

Oct 16, 2013

Fans of this title will get another dose of beautiful writing, art, and craft in Hawkeye #13. The characters are incredibly expressive, yet there is still a progressive art experiment happening within these pages. This another instance this week of a book that is as good as comic books can ever hope to be.

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Hawkeye Vol. 2 #14

Nov 27, 2013

This is one of the best issues of Hawkeye in recent memory. Fraction and Wu work really beautifully together, as they foster an amusing tale of early adulthood.

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Hawkeye Vol. 2 Annual #1

Jul 24, 2013

This is another issue of Hawkeye where everything just seems to perfectly snap into place. Comic Books just do not get much better than this, an experimental process between words and pictures set this apart from anything else on the stand. At this point the series is consistently great that it is in direct competition with itself. This may not be best installment of the comic but it is among the greats.

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Indestructible Hulk #1

Oct 17, 2013

This is an incredible issue that shows superb craft from Costa and Wyatt, Skeptical readers can leave their cynical notions at the door, and enjoy this infectiously uplifting reading experience.

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Indestructible Hulk #9

Jun 19, 2013

Both writer and artist have struck the beginning of gold in these pages. If they can spend some time extended amounts of time together magic could happen here. One of the most disappointing parts of Marvel Now! has been how fast that artists change from issue to issue without getting a feel for the writer. This new direction for Hulk should be exploited to it’s fullest potential.

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Infinity #3

Sep 18, 2013

Infinity is starting to shift towards a second phase on the storytelling. This issue is built out of two incredible moments that are worth the price of admission alone. A couple may be slightly underwhelmed by this chapter, but it seems more than likely that the creative team will deliver in the latter half of this event comic book.

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Infinity #5

Oct 30, 2013

Hickman, Opena, and Weaver gear up for an explosive endgame in the penultimate chapter of Infinity. This entry serves an extremely well drawn primer for the last entry. Enjoy the most progressive event since Final Crisis before it is all over.

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Inhuman #1

Apr 2, 2014

Hopefully in subsequent issues the story Soule is trying to tell will develop further, but as of now I cannot reccomend this issue. Those that are crazy about the artwork of Joe Madureira may be in love here, that is still a limited audience.

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Iron Patriot #1

Mar 26, 2014

While Brown and Kot don’t sweep out the rug underneath the reader’s feet, they do begin a solid new entry into the Iron Patriot’s legacy.

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Justice League #20

May 22, 2013

Despite some annoying art issues, this is a very solid issue of Justice League with a great twist in the final pages.

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Justice League #22

Jul 10, 2013

Justice League is onto something incredible in the most recent issue. Dangling plot threads are starting to be tied together in such a specific and poignant that will excite any reader. Come witness the beginning of a new era in the DCU here, and also some of the best work in the career of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.

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Justice League #23.1

Sep 5, 2013

This installment should be looked at as the gold standard of how to write a great villains month title. Everything you could possibly ask for is resting in these short twenty two pages, from drama to high stakes action. This makes the upcoming Action Comics series from the writer start to look more appealing to readers. Enjoy this book if you have any interest in the current state of the publisher, or are looking for a story about Darkseid.

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Justice League #26

Dec 24, 2013

Justice League #26 is a nice companion too Forever Evil. It adds some insight and character arcs that readers would otherwise be missing. Even though Geoff Johns has a great script, there are some really uneven pencils on this book marred by so many people involved in the art process.

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Justice League 3000 #1

Dec 12, 2013

When diving into this book, leave all baggage checked at the door. DeMatteis and Giffen nail down a future incarnation of the Justice League that feels fresh and organic, yet similar to the classic 80’s run. Those looking brevity in the New 52 should be ecstatic between this series and Action Comics.

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Justice League 3000 #2

Jan 15, 2014

After a really amusing first issue, the second installment of Justice League #3000 does not quite hit the right beats that readers would expect from the team and concept. Fans might want to skip this installment, and wait until the next one.

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Justice League Dark #23

Aug 21, 2013

Even though the art falls short in some spots, and the plot is thin in these 22 pages. The great hero and villain moments in this issue feels as though it is more than the sum of it’s parts. Those seeking the next chapter of this excellent event will not dissapointed, anything goes next issue when Justice League #23 concludes the narrative.

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Justice League of America (2013) #2

Mar 21, 2013

In order to make characters like Stargirl and Katana more prevalent in a greater scope Geoff Johns has a long road ahead of him. Justice League Of America specializes as a strong character piece to show off some of the more interesting characters in the DC Universe. For an invigorating superhuman character study look no further than Justice League Of America.

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Justice League of America (2013) #4

May 29, 2013

Even with several complaints, all of the character work presented here is very strong. There is still quite a bit of great humour littered throughout the writing. It is a welcomed surprise that Hawkman is the funniest character in the title. The Society Of Supervillains is a frightening force of nature in this title. The organization seems hyper aware of any threat that could possibly pose a threat to them. Seeing how ruthless the villains are should paint them as a threat to the heroes everywhere. With the normal art this series should have no problem hitting its usual high quality standards.

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Justice League of America (2013) #6

Jul 17, 2013

This is a solid second issue of the big event series. With all of these strange characters now at play, it is almost impossible to see where this title could be going.

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Justice League of America (2013) #7

Aug 14, 2013

The bombastic Trinity War has another really great issue, and only two more issues left until conclusion. These smaller scale events that DC has started with Throne Of Atlantis have been an astronomical amount of fun. Hopefully the publisher will keep a mix of small and big series to keep events more special. Enjoy the fast pacing and poignant superheroic moments that this crossover has to offer.

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Justice League of America (2013) #7.1

Sep 5, 2013

This issue may serve as a slight back peddle to some of the great work laid down by Johns. Who did waves to make this comic book seem more interesting than most of the other books being published by the house of Batman. Hopefully in subsequent issues Kindt will utilize to the character of Martian Manhunter to flesh out his tenure on the title.

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Larfleeze #1

Jun 26, 2013

This is a good way to launch a series and get DeMatteis and Giffen on a title together in the newer DCU. If fans are interested in getting deeper into the character of Larfleeze this title should offer them enjoyment. For those who are buying this based on the creative team, the upcoming Justice League 3000 title may be more for them.

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Lazarus #3

Aug 27, 2013

With razor sharp world building and some personal moments being built masterfully. Lazarus continues to prove my slight problems void as Rucka and Lark craft an engrossing narrative.

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Lazarus #4

Oct 1, 2013

Rucka and Lark hit some strong beats in this turning point in the plot that will start paying off those who have spent some time with the saga. Enjoy a fine piece of craft, and a richly dense world developed further in Lazarus #4.

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Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1

Dec 31, 2013

Willingham and Davila provide some really interesting work here that should delight fans of the property on many levels. The steampunk environments mixed with the different heroes equates to some really fun comic books. The art is also lush and well depicted throughout the 24 pages.

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Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #2

Feb 12, 2014

Legenderry has a lot to offer fans of the different Dynamite icons, Bill Willingham enthusiasts, and fans of great comic book art with Sergio Fernandez Davila tackling the pencils. This story has a little something for everyone.

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Letter 44 #5

Mar 18, 2014

Soule and Albuquerque do a good job hitting the gas in this issue and getting ready to go full speed ahead. The team should be proud of the awe-inspiring work they have put into building this fascinating world. Fans of great comics have no excuse not to give this first couple of issues a close look.

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Loki: Agent of Asgard #1

Feb 5, 2014

Al Ewing states in the letters column that “art supremo ‘Lovely’ Lee Garbett” is someone who “clearly ‘gets’ Loki” but, what he is too humble to say is that both he and his artist clearly understand everything about this cast and tell a wonderful story in these pages. Loki: Agent Of Asgard has everything that it could ever possibly need with these two awe-inspiring creators at the helm of the book. This is a masterful first issue that is a great way to start off All-New Marvel NOW.

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Loki: Agent of Asgard #2

Mar 5, 2014

Lee Garbett and Al Ewing continue to deliver a Loki tale with so many amusing twists and turns, that readers will likely be glued to each and every page. They are also building the next rung in the mythology that Kieron Gillen started with Loki in 2009’s Journey Into Mystery. Fans of Marvel’s fringe characters, or even the Avengers film will discover something to love in these pages.

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Magnus: Robot Fighter #1

Mar 11, 2014

Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith set up a strange new world in their interpretation of Magnus: Robot Fighter that is very endearing. It is impossible not to be charmed by the opening sequence into this story.

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Magnus: Robot Fighter #2

Apr 10, 2014

Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith continue mining gold with Magnus: Robot Fighter.

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Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1

Nov 7, 2013

With the writer sitting back and letting his artist breath, Marvel Knights Spider-Man is wildly innovative. There is no risk that this comic book will not take in adapting 99 villains into one short story. Fans of the medium should indefinitely have on eye on this series.

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Marvel Knights Spider-Man #2

Nov 7, 2013

With the writer sitting back and letting his artist breath, Marvel Knights Spider-Man is wildly innovative. There is no risk that this comic book will not take in adapting 99 villains into one short story. Fans of the medium should indefinitely have on eye on this series.

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Marvel Knights Spider-Man #3

Dec 4, 2013

In Marvel Knights Spider-Man the entire character is reconstructed to the very basics of his persona. This story should serve as a beacon of light to those who think that there are no new stories to tell with Peter Parker behind the mask. Marco Rudy steals the show, but Matt Kindt keeps the water flowing.

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Mighty Avengers (2013) #1

Sep 11, 2013

While the art of Greg Land falls short in a couple spots here and there, Ewing writes an incredibly solid first chapter of the new incarnation of the Mighty Avengers. It seems like sticking around and watching some of the fireworks occur will be engaging for many who are interested in the comic. This makes a great statement for diversity in superhero comics, while still be an engaging read.

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Miracleman #1

Jan 15, 2014

For fans who are really intrigued by Miracle Man and the backstory surrounding the character, this is an incredible collection. It is the proper celebration that a convoluted superhero has deserved for years. Miracle Man is dead, long live Miracle Man.

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Moon Knight (2014) #1

Mar 5, 2014

Warren Ellis still has a long way to go in order to sell his take on Moon Knight with me, but this is still a very entertaining first issue. Shalvey and Bellaire prove that they are forces to be reckoned with in these pages. Hopefully this chapter in Marc Spector’s life will be more fully developed in the coming issues.

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Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

Feb 5, 2014

Kamala Khan’s first issue in the Marvel Universe is handled extremely well with the excellent writing G. Willow Wilson and great art by Adrian Alphona. Those looking for a good representation of female minorities in mainstream superhero comic books need look no further.

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New Avengers (2013) #6

May 29, 2013

Even though Hickman’s Avengers may not be best suited for every reader of mainstream comics, at its height fans should expect nothing short of greatness. Such as the bold decisions made by the team in issue three. The event known as Infinity is coming, and with it should reveal some of the cards that the writer is keeping so close to his chest.

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New Avengers (2013) #8

Jul 24, 2013

The bottom line is your enjoyment on the title also majorly hinges on whether your trust Jonathan Hickman as a writer. Going forward much time, money, and attention will be essential for following this big event. All of these plot lines are moving somewhere!

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New Avengers (2013) #9

Aug 28, 2013

This is the strongest issue of New Avengers since the third installment. Jonathan Hickman paints an interesting threat to our heroes that seems to plague the world. Even within a brawl such as this one, there is still a mystery lying within these pages that readers will desperately be trying to uncover.

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New Avengers (2013) #13.INH

Jan 1, 2014

This could be the single greatest issue of New Avengers ever, and the one that has the potential to piss of the most readers. Hickman and Bianchi craft some of the most exciting storytelling that the Avengers franchise has ever seen.

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New Warriors (2014) #1

Feb 20, 2014

Yost and To are off to a great start with the first issue of New Warriors.

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Origin II #1

Dec 24, 2013

Gillen tells a story here that is seriously decompressed, some clever narration helps string string things along, but the story is tripped down to it's barest essentials. Adam Kubert has some good art which is necessary, since he has to drive the story.

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Quantum and Woody #1

Jul 9, 2013

This may be the strongest of the Valiant issues on hand if the first issue is any indication. Quantum and Woody is a fearless title as it does not shy away from humor, drama, or superheroics. This book has a lot to live up too in the subsequent issues. I wish the best of luck for Tom Fowler and James Asmus to continue the brilliance.

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Quantum and Woody #2

Aug 6, 2013

In closing Quantum And Woody is a celebration of people who cannot seem to work together. These are two people destined for mediocrity, yet they still seem to believe in themselves. An impending doom is felt upon almost every page of the series. This updated idea seems to be one of the best books that Valiant is publishing. For a marriage of great art and writing look no further than this title. Sticking around to watch writer James Asmus and artist Tom Fowler continue to tell the story between the two main characters will be worth the price of admission.

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Quantum and Woody #3

Sep 4, 2013

While this may not be a perfect monthly title, it is hard not to feel that the best the series has to offer is still ahead. A world is being built at a large scale scope that seems to put the title in line with other Valiant books. The continuing adventures of Quantum And Woody continues to be one of the very best titles the publisher has to offer.

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Quantum and Woody #4

Oct 1, 2013

Asmus and Fowler cap off the first storyline of this series with a solid finish. Hopefully going forward, rogues will be better developed in the context of this universe.

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Quantum and Woody #5

Nov 6, 2013

The last two pages sum up everything that is so much fun about this titled. Expectations are clearly illustrated from the beginning of the title, and then something strange happens and causing many scene too becomes hysterically funny. Doyle and Asmus make combine to create a incredibly powerful creative force.

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Quantum and Woody #6

Dec 3, 2013

Quantum and Woody is as strong as it has ever been. The team of Doyle and Asmus have been bringing some really funny insight to the two heroes as they descend into madness. With a narrower and more scaled back plot, this is one of the strongest installments of the series.

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Quantum and Woody #7

Jan 8, 2014

While this is not the most amusing arc of Quantum And Woody, the white supremacists bring out some tasteful laughs. Doyle’s art continues to look inspired here, along with the excellent colors of Jordie Bellaire. Asmus has done a great job giving some nice belly laughs in each issue.

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Quantum and Woody #8

Feb 17, 2014

After coming out a of a rough arc, Quantum & Woody still has some room to grow into something incredible, and still remains an extremely enjoyable read, even after eight months.

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Quantum and Woody #9

Apr 1, 2014

With a more decompressed story that should hook readers in with ease, Quantum And Woody #9 ushers in an exciting new direction for the comic. Kano’s artwork fits in nicely, with big bold facial expressions, dynamic page layouts, and a great variety of sharp lines. Asmus and Kano work together very well, as it is clear they are both trying to craft a truly great book. The new penciller and direction should excite fans of the title that are seeking a different variety of superheroics.

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Quantum and Woody: Goat #0

Mar 5, 2014

Asmus and Fowler have something really special on their hands with Quantum And Woody: The Goat, but end up just missing their respective marks as creators. Hopefully the next installment of this title will kick a new off arc in style.

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Red Sonja (2013) #1

Jul 17, 2013

This issue has a lot to offer skeptics like me. In fact this comic is completely aware of the audience that is intended for. For cynics, skeptics, castaways, or even lost souls there is a very good approach to the character that deserves some fresh eyes.

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Satellite Sam #1

Jul 3, 2013

Satellite Sam delivers an invigorating first issue that warrants some serious attention from any fan who appreciates this medium. Fraction and company should be applauded for expanding the genre of Comic Books to a deeper extent seen here. The best part about this comic, is that it is experimental while still being completely enjoyable. Come to this series for the creative team, stay for the expansion of a medium.

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Satellite Sam #2

Aug 6, 2013

A giant problem facing Mad Men right now is the unlikable characters that inhabit the show. Satellite Sam is geared towards a different kind of exploration of the dirt in this time period. The twist on the conventions in the genre really help define this title. This comic is also in good health because it's main character is actually likable and seems to be worth spending time with. Without some of the horrible cast members repeating their lives in vicious circles, Satellite Sam may have more to say than the hit television show. Those who enjoy Mad Men should shift their focus to this incredible Image comic book.

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Satellite Sam #3

Sep 4, 2013

It should surprise nobody when I say that this is another solid entry into Satellite Sam. The audience should follow this creative spark down an interesting pathway to see where the drama eventually leads. This is a good instance of a medium expanding to cater more readers.

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Satellite Sam #5

Dec 12, 2013

Fraction and Chaykin explore some several different layers of dirt in Satellite Sam that will cause a black cloud to loom over readers upon finishing the issue. I hate that I love this book.

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Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1

Jan 28, 2014

The first issue of Serenity: Leaves In The Wind features all of the manic depressive beats that fans have come to love from Whedon and company. There is a massive amount of fallout from recent events that make this story absolutely fascinating.

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Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #3

Mar 26, 2014

Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #3 does a good job retaining some of the highly quality that readers have previously enjoyed in past issues. Whedon and Jeanty will not disappoint in this tale, Firefly fans are doing themselves a disservice by not reading it.

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Sex Criminals #2

Oct 22, 2013

Is Sex Criminals the perfect comic book? We may never know, but it is the finest duo of opening issues I have read in my seven years of comic book reading. Here’s to Fraction and Zdarsky for their career defining work.

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Shadowman #8

Jul 2, 2013

This issue of the title is adept from a writing standpoint thanks to Justin Jordan. The series still has not gotten the kind of art attention that it deserves among the Valiant titles. Securing an artist for this comic would make the series grow strong over the next coming months.

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Shadowman #13

Dec 3, 2013

This issue ushers in a new direction for Shadowman as Milligan and Torre bring some much needed focus to the tale. This is some great comics folks, run to the store and indulge in yet another Valiant title. Let us slowly turn the big two into the three.

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Shadowman #14

Jan 8, 2014

This issue of Shadowman did not work on multiple levels. The art looks choppy and imprecise, Jack is taken a weird direction that thrusted this into a dull setup issue. It is also disappointing to not see the supporting cast developed further under the pen of Milligan.

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Sheltered #3

Sep 4, 2013

The creative team of Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas are still in a good place towards the end of the third issue of Sheltered. Hopefully the team will start to lead the story into some new directions in the future. This is another very tense issue of a bleak series it is recommended for those who want something different, or enjoy well crafted comic books.

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Sheltered #4

Oct 17, 2013

After reading this series, readers should have no questions as to why Marvel has been trying to recruit writer Ed Brisson. The real question is why nobody is chasing after Christmas and color artist Chankhamma as well.

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Sidekick #1

Aug 6, 2013

In closing Sidekick #1 reads like a hate letter to the superheroes best friend. This approach is horrible depressing, but also does not teach the reader anything. Stories with people falling from grace go completely against what comic books are made for. While people like Alan Moore have deconstructed the superhero, it is done so in a poetic way that embraces the different facets of the medium. This could be a dull television script or a bad comic book, it will fail to impress under any circumstance. There are a lot more comics that deserve your attention as compared to this underwhelmingly sadistic first issue.

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Superior Spider-Man #7

Apr 3, 2013

Even though this series and issue are riddled with problems there are a few good scenes here. The first is Peter learning how to regain control of his body while the Doc Ock is sleeping. This scene is interesting to watch because we as the reader are rooting for Parker as he tests his control. The last sequence in the issue is written with finesse as The Avengers are fed up with Ock Spidey. The following scene takes place with more restrained dialogue and a reserved sense of Slott scripting that has been mostly absent from the series. Doc Ock is a shell of a man and when the cards are down he proves what is truly within his character. If the Superior Spider-Man has intended to redeem Octavious, it has failed miserably. Marvel promises big things for the title in issue #9 and after reading the end of this title it seems more likely that Marvel will prove reliable.

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Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Oct 9, 2013

This is a strong offering by Soule and Daniel that sets the tone of the Wonder Woman and Superman relationship, while interesting some new facets to keep things interesting. Fans of the characters should give this a read.

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Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Nov 13, 2013

Soule and Daniel continue to thoroughly impress readers on this stellar comic. The book is better than it has any right to be. Enjoy the two creators run swiftly through the DC Universe with a large amount of swagger.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #23.1

Sep 18, 2013

The creative team really blossoms together in this issue to make this chapter more than the sum of it’s parts. This month there have been many underwhelming Villain’s month issues, which makes me happy to praise Soule and Saiz for knocking this comic out of the park.

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Thanos Rising #4

Jul 17, 2013

Thanos Rising is a mini-series that has gone on far too long with decompressed storytelling. It’s a huge problem that faces many good comic books as of late. There is so much hinging on the last issue of this comic. It is a real disappointment to not see a bigger focus on all of these epic stories surrounding the character. The Thanos Quest and I Thanos feature a more mature, modern, and nuanced take on the character and both series are over twenty years old. Readers should await the next issue with a skeptical eye, as it may present some payoff to these stories or continue the dull story presented in these pages.

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The Occultist #1

Oct 1, 2013

Seeley and Norton craft a tale here that is just too simple for me to give full endorsement of the book. There are many different directions that the plot can take from here, especially considering the morose ending. However, readers should also keep in mind the fact that this tale is being compared to Doctor Strange by the creators. In the span of decades most stories involving the Marvel character have been awful. Best of luck to creative team in the further adventures featuring the character, even if this issue missed the mark.

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The Sandman Overture #1

Oct 30, 2013

Sandman Overture will not disappoint those who are seeking a return to the universe that Gaiman has created so many moons ago. The art of J.H. Williams takes center stage in this first issue, functioning as comic book visual assault to the senses. This adds greater value, as re-reads to the chapters will be required.

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The Sandman Overture #2

Mar 26, 2014

Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams give incredible work to Sandman Overture that is the epitome of magnificent beauty. With that in mind, it is still disheartening that the duo is refusing to work within the initial medium that this tale is being printed. With such a drastic break in between issues and such a dense literary style populating this book, the initial audience is severely limited. This story will still work beautifully in a collected format.

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The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #1

Jun 12, 2013

If the album and the name of My Chemical Romance and Gerard Way make readers interested, picking up this issue can be recommended. If readers are simply looking for the stunning art of Becky Cloonan than this title is also worth a look. Anybody fascinated with Umbrella Academy and the writing of Gerard should steer clear of this idealistic mess until it is fleshed out further.

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The Witching Hour (2013) #1

Oct 3, 2013

This is a really solid anthology series for the publisher, even if the most exciting stuff happened towards the beginning of the book.

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Thor: God of Thunder #8

May 13, 2013

In the next issue of this series the hammer’s will talk. While this entire chapter was nothing but a simple setup issue, it was completely riveting. Art is truly in the eyes of the beholder and this issue is completely awesome by and beholder willing to take part. There is a storm brewing in these pages you would do yourself a favor by being present.

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Thor: God of Thunder #11

Aug 14, 2013

This is a masterclass in storytelling which caps off an arc that absolutely cannot be missed. It is also a tough act to follow by the great talent attached to the series.

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Thor: God of Thunder #13

Sep 18, 2013

Thor: God Of Thunder continues to be one of the best books over at Marvel right now. While it may be off the radar of most people, the story I excels week in and week out. There is no reason why any fan of the character shouldn't be reading these new adventures.

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Thor: God of Thunder #14

Oct 9, 2013

An under the radar Marvel Now book continues to deliver a new layer of brilliance in Thor: God Of Thunder. Jason Aaron has written a considerable amount of consistently enjoyable books at Marvel. Add this to his list, as it may very well go down as one of the best runs on the character in decades.

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Thor: God of Thunder #15

Nov 13, 2013

Aaron and Garney deliver another solid chapter of Thor that does not hit previous heights of the series, but is still quite a solid entry in the full book. Witness one of the greatest Thor runs while it is still being published.

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Thor: God of Thunder #16

Dec 18, 2013

Thor: God Of Thunder #16 changes up the common dynamic as soon as it starts to get dull.

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Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #2

Mar 5, 2014

For those of you concerned about where Turok was going, put your fears to rest. Greg Pak and Mirko Colak are really starting to find their footing on this title.

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Twilight Zone #1

Dec 31, 2013

There is a really simplistic, but interesting story going on in The Twilight Zone #1. JMS and artist Guiu Vilanova suck fans into the new tale with ease. This does a great job at feeling close to the original series, with a slightly modern twist. Fans of the property will likely be amused by this story.

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Twilight Zone #3

Mar 5, 2014

John Michael Straczynski and Guiu Vilanova continue to titillate readers with the very interesting tale about the dastardly Trevor Richmond. I am holding my breath until the current story reaches it’s conclusion.

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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #200

Apr 2, 2014

Ultimate Spider-Man #200is an exceptional comic book by Bendis, Marquez, and friends. Those that have been following the series for years will not be disappointed.

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Umbral #1

Nov 13, 2013

Mitten and Johnston come alive in the second half of this book. Watching the tale naturally progress from one point to the next is thrilling, and shows some real ambition on the behalf of both of the creators. Umbral #1 is a fantastical introduction into a brand new world.

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Uncanny Avengers #14

Nov 27, 2013

Folks, traverse these waters with care. This is a really tough issue to fully endorse by any standards, as I have the strange feeling that every change to the continuity here will be reversed very soon. Uncanny Avengers continues to be nothing short of a hot mess with good art.

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Uncanny X-Force (2013) #9

Jul 31, 2013

This side arc of Uncanny X-Force has really shown the scope of the material presented by the new writer. Hopefully fans will get back on board with this title eventually because it still retains a high level of quality. This side story with Fantomex is really a make or break moment for fans in the current incarnation of the series.

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Uncanny X-Men (2013) #10

Aug 14, 2013

With a bigger focus on plot this could be more interesting. Until then readers will simply have to enjoy fairly well written character centric stories. Those who are die hard fans of the character or property should not be disappointed by this installment of the series.

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Unity #1

Nov 12, 2013

Unity #1 has some twists and turns that will make this issue worth the wait. For those seeking the next organic movement of the Valiant Universe, or even a good comic book, look no further.

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Unity #2

Dec 12, 2013

This issue of Unity sets off all the guns being loaded in X-O Manowar for the past year or so. Fans of Valiant cannot afford to miss this giant issue that is one of the best titles you will read this week, and maybe even this year.

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Unity #3

Jan 14, 2014

Unity continues to be a thrill ride worthy of Valiant’s line wide high quality standards. The book is unforgettable thanks to Kindt and Braithwaite, who continually have brought life to the adventures of the mismatched heroes that have all banded together in this for this series. To kill a king, it is truly going to take an army.

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Unity #4

Feb 17, 2014

This installment of Unity features all the spectacle, ferocity, and character moments that Valiant fans could possibly want. Kindt and Braithwaite deliver truly inspired superhero work in this tale, that should have fans counting the days until the next issue.

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Unity #5

Mar 12, 2014

Team Unity is undergoing some swift changes right now. With the vision of CAFU and Kindt, this comic is in great hands going forward. Readers can never expect what is going to happen next with this title, which is one hell of a good thing.

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Unity #6

Apr 11, 2014

Unity #6 is not the strongest narrative ever spun by Kindt and company, but a solid adventure in the web of Dr. Silk’s vicious mind games.

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Veil #2

Apr 1, 2014

Veil #2 is a glorious exercise in frustration. If only Greg Rucka could stop being so obtuse and let me enjoy enjoy the story that he is telling.

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Velvet #1

Oct 22, 2013

While this installment does seem to have a stronger first half, there is a lot to like here. It is also not up for debate that the writing and art are both superb, even with some minor issues here and there. For the next evolution of the art form, look no further than Velvet.

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Wolverine (2013) #3

May 13, 2013

Hopefully Wolverine is going somewhere as new things were just announced for the title. The series artists and writers need to start upping their game in these issues, but they are slowly getting better. This issue was big turning point in terms of quality, let’s keep fingers crossed for these talented creators to find their voice on the title.

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Wolverine (2013) #4

Jun 12, 2013

Some foreshadowing is done in the background here as the Drowning Wolverine arc is teased. It is a shame that the plot did not progress slightly faster in this issue, but hopefully this next arc will prove more interesting. Decompressed storytelling seems to be plaguing many of Marvel's current books. A look into what exactly is going on inthe editorial facet of the medium would prove more than interesting with a title like this. The theme of mortality is also introduced here and it seems it willplay big into this troubled book going forward.

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Wolverine (2013) #7

Jul 24, 2013

This is a great issue that slows the plot of the series down once again, but in this case focusing on character is a good thing. Cornell exceeds in this type of work, and in the future it would be great if this book featured the now fragile persona of Logan more prominently.

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Wolverine (2013) #12

Dec 12, 2013

Wolverine is getting ready for the relaunch at it’s own pace. Interesting things may eventually be happening here, but it’s too early to properly tell at the moment. Hopefully the next volume will bring the substance this book is lacking.

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X-O Manowar #15

Jul 9, 2013

This is another solid issue of X-O Manowar and it will be interesting to see where this series goes in the future, due to the Visigoths formerly of Dacia are not being very wise choosing their leader. Writer Robert Venditti and artist Lee Garbett have introduced another solid issue in this series.

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X-O Manowar #16

Aug 21, 2013

X-O Manowar has another really great issue with some strange implications going forward. Eventually it seems like Aric will straighten out his astronomical personal flaws, but until then this title chronicles the arrogant. Hopefully there will be consequences for the actions of the character.

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X-O Manowar #17

Sep 17, 2013

X-0 Manowar feels as if it is headed towards a larger conflict. In comics which continue to be published each and every month, the feeling that something is coming lends itself towards great storytelling. Readers can smell the passion that both Garbett and Venditti have for the character in the quality of work provided on the comic.

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X-O Manowar #18

Oct 15, 2013

There is no reason to stop reading X-0 Manowar at this point, but readers have the right to be frustrated by the plot not quite turning gears as fast as most would like. This will definitely read better in a collected format.

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X-O Manowar #19

Nov 19, 2013

This may not be the perfect comic book, but it is an extremely good one. Nord and Venditti tackle the new era of this series with grace.

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X-O Manowar #20

Dec 18, 2013

Robert Venditti delivers another solid entry into the mythology of X-O Manowar. Cary Nord and Ulises Arrelda deliver rushed, but still interesting artwork. Do not pick this up without buying Unity #1 and #2!

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X-O Manowar #21

Jan 22, 2014

X-0 Manowar is building to something, unfortunately this issue lacks the grace populating some of the other Unity crossover issues over the past couple of months. Hopefully Venditti has a larger game plan involving his pillar of the Valiant Universe.

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X-O Manowar #23

Mar 18, 2014

X-O Manowar #23 is a good book that is ultimately bogged down by some questionable editorial choices. It would be very interesting to have X-O Manowar in the position to be the focal point of the Valiant Universe kicking off new events, but at the moment, the new event storyline feels like a master that this book has to serve.

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Young Avengers (2013) #3

Mar 27, 2013

While the Young Avengers features some familiar plot beats, it also contains the smartest writing and art in comic books. The title also continues to be awe-inspiring from an art perspective. This book is one the gems in the crown of Marvel Now!

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Young Avengers (2013) #4

Apr 25, 2013

If readers are looking for quality writing and art, Young Avengers should be on their pull list. Each issue has consistently been nothing short of great. Marvel isin the business ofpublishing titles that are simply fun to read and enjoy and this is no exception.

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Young Avengers (2013) #9

Aug 28, 2013

Young Avengers remain interesting for those fascinated by this ragtag group of heroes. The creators work very well together and should give readers some extended interest in this series. For some reason this series does not get enough love in comparison to some of the other Marvel Now titles, presumably it is only because of the crowded comic book market and not the extreme quality of this title.

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Young Avengers (2013) #10

Sep 25, 2013

The series has dove head first into crazy town, ultimately that is something that the comics press should be celebrating. This series has some massive guts that is moving the industry forward, even if my gripes with the actual plot are valid. This book is recommended towards everyone, because those who do not like the story can enjoy the fine art and technical ability of the collaborators behind the scenes.

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Young Avengers (2013) #11

Oct 23, 2013

Young Avengers is one of the most engaging fringe Marvel books on store shelves. The characters all have distinctive personalities and visual quirks. The writing is wildly inventive, bordering on criminally insane. Gillen and McKelvie have done a great job establishing themselves as wonderful comics creators.

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Young Avengers (2013) #12

Nov 20, 2013

One of the most subversive comic books is approaching a deadly conclusion. Gillen and McKelvie have poured their hearts out in making of this stellar book.

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Young Avengers (2013) #14

Dec 18, 2013

Gillen and McKelvie and the various batch of artists contributing give this afterparty the life that it deserves.

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Young Avengers (2013) #15

Jan 9, 2014

Gillen and McKelvie shatter the way we think about sexuality in a superhero book published by the big two, and a had a hell of a time doing so. They produced a material within the confines of a shared universe that had their own unique voice. The two creators knew when to walk away from a great story. This run will go down in history as a cult classic and take it’s rightful place with the previous Young Avengers material.

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Zero #1

Sep 17, 2013

Zero is a strong and moody affair from Kot and Walsh. It will be enticing to come back next month and wonder who the next artist will be on the title. This is a solid first outing for the team.

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