Kat Calamia's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Newsarama Reviews: 138
7.6Avg. Review Rating

8.0
All-New Classic Archie: Your Pal Archie #1

Jul 27, 2017

Your Pal Archie #1 is a solid issue for fans who miss classic Archie storytelling, but still want a sprinkle of modern flare.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
All-New Wolverine #25

Oct 12, 2017

All New Wolverine #25 is a solid issue that successfully tells a story about the past without feeling repetitive.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
All-New Wolverine #26

Oct 26, 2017

All-New Wolverine #26 has a nice balance of humor, emotion and action " making for a solid second installment for the series' "Legacy" arc.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #6

Apr 14, 2017

Combined with a fun twist on Annie's precognitive powers interacting with Cerebro, The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #6 is a strong story for the Parkers, but is also a great team up between the Spider-family and classic X-Men.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #8

Jun 16, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #8 sets up for an interesting and strong story as the side effects of the Venom symbiote tests MJ's will to be a superhero.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #9

Jul 24, 2017

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #9 is not only a strong issue for Mary Jane, but also for her relationship with Peter. It's their connection with each other that allows MJ to harness enough strength to fight against one of Spider-Man's deadliest foes.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #10

Aug 17, 2017

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #10 misses a few beats with Normie Osborn's characterization, but is a fun filler issue when focusing on Peter and Annie's father/daughter dynamic.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #12

Oct 12, 2017

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #12 is a nice story touching upon a different side of the Spider/Goblin dynamic, even if it feels similar to stories already told in the Spider mythos.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Archie (2015) #20

May 17, 2017

Archie #20 proves that "Over the Edge" can live up to the arc's own hype. Juggling long-standing dynamics but injecting their daily routines with some surprisingly high stakes, it's an introduction that leaves the reader wanting more, and provides long time Archie fans with great character and relationship work " which is all you can ask for from a slice of life comic.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Archie (2015) #21

Jun 22, 2017

Archie #21 mixes normal hijinks with emotional storytelling in a slightly unbalanced part two for "Over the Edge."

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Archie (2015) #22

Jul 18, 2017

Archie #22 builds up all the emotion needed for one dramatic reveal that will change Riverdale and Betty's life forever. This issue showcases one of the most important aspects of Archie - Riverdale as a community - so that when one person suffers the whole town suffers. "Over the Edge" continues to be one of the series' strongest arcs as it gives permanence to the normally light-hearted world of Archie.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Archie (2015) #23

Aug 28, 2017

Archie #23 focuses on Betty's trauma from an outsiders' perspective, which should make Betty's narrative even stronger when the story hopefully shifts to her point of view.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Archie (2015) #24

Sep 28, 2017

Archie #24 perfectly expresses how strong-willed Betty is as a character, but the real striking moments of this issue is when Mark Waid and Audrey Mok shows the complicated feelings Betty is struggling with behind closed doors.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Archie (2015) #25

Nov 2, 2017

Archie #25 is at its strongest when focusing on the genuine relationships Betty has with her friends, but loses its footing when trying to add unnecessary drama.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2016) #14

Aug 28, 2017

Batgirl #14 is a nice issue for Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson fans. It develops a solid plot that will hopefully dig up some interesting secrets from their past as the arc continues.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batgirl (2016) Annual #1

Mar 30, 2017

Batgirl Annual #1 brings two fun-filled stories that make this comic worth its $4.99 price tag.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

Batman #21 is the perfect set-up for two of DC Comics’ best detectives (Batman and the Flash) unraveling DC Rebirth’s mystery. The best aspect of this issue is figuring out how the clues piece together and how they connect to the overall mystery of DC Rebirth and Watchmen. This gives reason for you not only to pick up the issue, but to analyze the story further through multiple readings.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman: White Knight #2

Nov 2, 2017

With Batman: White Knight #2, Murphy succeeds in telling an interesting Elseworlds story that has enough twists and familiarity to keep you wanting to come back for more.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 15, 2017

Batwoman: Rebirth #1 is exactly what a "Rebirth" issue should be. It’s new reader-friendly, but also entertaining for readers who are already fans of the character. Celebrating the past, present, and future of Kate Kane, this one-shot explores the character as an individual and shows how her relationships have affected the paths she’s taken in her life.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Black Magick #6

Jun 29, 2017

Black Magick #6 is a solid return that helps readers adjust back into the story after months of the series being absent on their pull list.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Black Magick #7

Aug 31, 2017

Black Magick #7 establishes a slow build, but has some interesting character developments to keep the reader interested.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #3

Nov 16, 2017

Bloodshot Salvation #3 biggest strength is its character moments; Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan beautifully chart the paths that brought Magic and Ray together and tore them apart.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Charmed (2017) #1

Mar 7, 2017

If Charmed television fans need their fill of the Halliwell sisters, then Dynamite's Charmed #1 is a good issue to whet your palate, but if you are looking for this comic to bring something new to the franchise, then you'll be sadly disappointed. Charmed #1 does a great job at showcasing the lovable chemistry between the sisters, but brings a generic villain along for the ride.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Crosswind #1

Jun 20, 2017

With this premiere issue Simone does a good job at introducing the two main characters’ differing personalities and the stakes they leave behind when they switch bodies. Crosswind #1 is a slow set-up, but leaves the reader with a lot of potential as the series enters its exciting incident at the end of the issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Crosswind #2

Jul 27, 2017

Crosswind #2 captures Juniper and Cason's personalities perfectly as they both deal with each other's very different lifestyles. Gail Simone is already allowing them to grow as characters and we are only on the second issue of the series.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Crosswind #4

Sep 28, 2017

The most appealing aspect of Crosswind #4 is not only Cason and Juniper navigating each other's lives, but the main leads learning more about themselves through this experience.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Crosswind #5

Nov 2, 2017

Crosswind #5 is lacking when trying to squeeze in the series' long-winded mythology, but the issue finds its strength when exploring Juniper and Cason's character journeys.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Dark Fang #1

Nov 16, 2017

By the end of the issue, Dark Fang #1 delves deeper into the series' mythos (taking some noticeable calls from Dracula's playbook), but the main character's lack of personality and the issue's off-beat opening makes this series hard for me to recommend.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Detective Comics (2016) #957

May 24, 2017

Detective Comics #957 puts an interesting twist on how vigilantes should approach heroism in Gotham City, but Stephanie’s characterization makes it hard to fully enjoy the issue. This spotlight story misses an opportunity to fully convey Stephanie’s motivations, which hurts the issue’s character moments.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Detective Comics (2016) #963

Aug 28, 2017

Detective Comics #963 doesn't have a lot of plot progression, and sadly weighs Stephanie's character down even further as she continues toward her downward spiral.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Detective Comics (2016) #964

Sep 18, 2017

Detective Comics #964 is a very slow burn, and sadly doesn't do any justice for the characters the issue spotlights.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #965

Sep 28, 2017

Detective Comics #965 gives our first true glimpse at Mr. Oz's lair, ending with a striking twist - one that adds even more mystery behind DC's "Rebirth."

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Edge of Venomverse #1

Jun 29, 2017

Edge of Venomverse #1 would have been a stronger issue with a more emotionally driven plot, but has some fun nods for hardcore Laura fans to enjoy.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Elektra (2017) #4

May 25, 2017

Elektra #4 is a fun action issue that focuses on Elektra's strength as a fighter, but sadly the issue doesn't give much room to progress the story's plot.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
FCBD 2017: Fresh Off the Boat #1

May 4, 2017

Free Comic Book Day: Fresh Off the Boat is a great comic in concept, but a bit clunky in execution.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
FCBD 2017: The Loud House #1

May 4, 2017

Free Comic Book Day: The Loud House is a must-read for Loud House fans, but is also a great jumping-on point for potential new fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fence #1

Nov 16, 2017

Fence #1 kept me entertained with its character building and peek into the world of fencing, but got me totally hooked with the issue's cliffhanger and what this ending could mean for Nicholas and Seiji's rivalry.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 28, 2017

While the second chapter of "The Button" is not as strong as the story arc's electrifying premiere, but still delivers an interesting narrative for Barry Allen fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1

Aug 11, 2017

Generations: Phoenix and Jean Grey #1 does exactly what you want with a book starring a telepathic superhero " it gets into her head.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1

Aug 28, 2017

Generations: The Mighty Thor & The Unworthy Thor #1 lays the ground work for future storylines including Marvel Legacy #1, but misses the heart previous Generations issues delivered on.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart #1

Sep 7, 2017

Generations: Iron Man/Ironheart has a few nice goodies with the appearances of The Next Avengers and Sorcerer Supreme Tony Stark, but this still isn't enough for the book's $4.99 price tag.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1

Aug 16, 2017

Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 keeps the Generation one-shots feeling fresh with a new perspective. If you are a Wolverine fan, this is a must-read issue that delivers an emotional, character-driven story that won't leave a dry eye in the house.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

Aug 31, 2017

Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1 is a fun issue that reestablishes Kate's relationship with her mentor, and reminds us why these two characters work so well together.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Generations: Captain Marvel & Ms. Marvel #1

Sep 21, 2017

Generations: Ms. Marvel & Ms. Marvel is a much needed one-shot that gives Kamala a new view on what it means to be a legacy hero.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Go Go Power Rangers #1

Jul 26, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers is a breath of fresh air for fans looking for a more lighthearted, but still serious Power Rangers series. BOOM!'s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers story centers on building the mythology of the original team, whereas this new title is more about building the characters - proving that there is room for two Power Rangers ongoing series.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Go Go Power Rangers #2

Aug 29, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers #2 is another great installment, which continues to build the world of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This is not just a retelling of the Power Rangers' early days, but a necessary, character-driven story that gives the franchise more depth.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Go Go Power Rangers #3

Sep 20, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers continues to gracefully develop the Power Rangers and their supporting cast in a pulse-pounding issue of the series. With this installment, tension is rising, as Rita raises the stakes in her game with the Power Rangers - threatening everything they have in-and-out of their costumes. This creates for a truly well-balanced Power Rangers comic book, and a series you urgently need to put on your pull list.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Go Go Power Rangers #4

Oct 19, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers is one of my favorite comic books on my pull list, as Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora deliver the perfect balance of Power Ranger action and characterwork in every issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #1

Oct 6, 2017

Hack/Slash cs. Vampirella #1 screams formulaic "set-up" issue, but has enough personality to keep me coming for more.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1

Oct 26, 2017

Hack/Slash Resurrection brings your favorite final-girl-turned-monster-hunter back to the pages of Image Comics with the return of Cassie's sass and, of course, her baseball bat in a book, proving that no matter how hard Cassie tries, she will never be able to escape her past.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1

Oct 6, 2017

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 centers around a group of women with outstanding personalities, but sadly with this premiere issue that energy never comes to the surface.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #7

Jun 8, 2017

Overall, Hawkeye #7 is a strong character-driven issue that gives the reader a glimpse at how Kate's family situation drove her to become a hero.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hawkeye (2016) #8

Jul 5, 2017

Hawkeye #8 is at its strongest when focusing on Kate's relationship with her father. This interaction makes the mystery surrounding the Bishop family even more intriguing as Kate spirals deeper and deeper into her own family drama. While some of the other plot elements can read as somewhat distracting compared to the intensity of Thompsons' father-daughter drama, there's still plenty to show that Hawkeye remains on target.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Hawkeye (2016) #9

Aug 7, 2017

Hawkeye #9 has its fun moments, but isn't as strong as the previous issues in this arc. The story puts too much emphasis on Kate's friends - characters who still need growth to hold their own story. This panel time could have been used to expand upon Kate's father and his connection to Madame Masque, a story that could have paralleled stronger with the closing of Kate's current father/daughter case.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hawkeye (2016) #10

Sep 11, 2017

With this issue the team does a great job at giving a fun new narrative for the arc's main villain, while also giving readers panel time with the Kate Bishop we know and love, leading to a well-balanced issue that allowed the team to stretch their creative muscles by keeping regular Hawkeye readers on their toes.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hawkeye (2016) #11

Oct 6, 2017

Hawkeye #11 tests Kate's limits as a hero as she proves that she is more than her father's sins.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #12

Nov 15, 2017

Hawkeye #12 is exactly what readers needed in between two major story arcs. It's a fun read without skipping any beats from the emotional Madam Masque storyline, and it's a perfect set up for what's to come. This issue proves that not all team-up stories have to be fillers.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

Aug 22, 2017

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 is the perfect first issue as it introduces a great paced mystery, a relatable lead, and a team with an already addicting dynamic. This premiere leaves the reader wanting more as it instills pure fun with every page - the only negative is the month we will have to wait for the next issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Hi-Fi Fight Club #2

Sep 28, 2017

Hi-Fi Fight Club #2 is a perfect follow-up to the series tremendously entertaining premiere. I didn’t know it was possible, but this group of teenage vigilantes have become even more likable, making me desperately wanting to pick up issue #3 to continue following Chris’ journey into vigilantism - is October here yet?

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Hi-Fi Fight Club #3

Oct 24, 2017

Even as the series digs deeper into the story's mystery and emotional layers, Hi-Fi Fight Club is still able to inject innocence and pure fun through Nalty's bright colors, Vakeuva expressive pencils, and Usdin's character work. Hi-Fi Fight Club is a must-read comic book series that I hope continues after this miniseries wraps up.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hulk (2016) #4

Mar 23, 2017

The slow-paced story gives a realistic portrayal of living with a mental illness in everyday life, and shows a side of Jen Walters readers don't get to see nearly enough.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hulk (2016) #5

Apr 28, 2017

Mariko Tamaki has done a great job at exploring how Jen's psychological trauma is affecting her day-to-day life, even if the issue loses a little bit of momentum with Maze's return and the on the nose comparison of Jen and Maze's internal demons.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hulk (2016) #6

Jun 1, 2017

Overall, Tamaki continues to create an important emotional dialogue with Hulk #6 as Jen Walters starts to figure out what type of hero she wants to be, embracing the consequences of her trauma.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Hulk (2016) #7

Jun 16, 2017

Hulk #7 continues to give Jen a powerful psychological narrative while also introducing a more personal villain - making this a great start for the series' second arc.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Hulk (2016) #8

Jul 13, 2017

Hulk #8 isn't the strongest psychological issue compared to the rest of the series, but is still a good set-up to allow readers to feel invested in the current arc.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Hulk (2016) #9

Aug 11, 2017

Hulk #9 has slow plot progression, the artwork is inconsistent, and it lacks the great character depth presented in previous installments, focusing too much on side characters and not enough on the book's main star.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hulk (2016) #10

Sep 18, 2017

Hulk #10 is a solid ending to this arc as it brings back Jen's psychological narrative in full force.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Hulk (2016) #11

Oct 12, 2017

Hulk #11 is a good set up for She-Hulk's journey into "Marvel Legacy," but the issue needed stronger pencils to match Tamaki's innovative script.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Injustice 2 #1

May 4, 2017

Injustice 2 #1 revels in character moments, making for an exciting premiere issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Invincible #136

May 18, 2017

Invincible #136's main plot is a slow burn, but the issue has some solid action and character moments to keep fans entertained.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Invincible #140

Sep 21, 2017

Invincible #140's setting makes it hard to enjoy the battle, which is disappointing since this is a fight many Invincible fans have waited years to see, but the ending raises the stakes for what should be an interesting next issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Invincible #141

Oct 19, 2017

Invincible #141 brings the series back to its roots as it raises the stakes for the title's final issues.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Invincible #142

Nov 16, 2017

Invincible #142 has it all - action, character moments, and drama as Robert Kirkman inches closer to the final conclusion of his long-running superhero comic book.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Jean Grey #2

May 25, 2017

Overall, Jean Grey continues to be a great character-driven story, but I'm fearful the series will start becoming formulaic as Jean continues to visit different members of the Marvel universe to help her understand the mysteries of the Phoenix force.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Jughead: The Hunger (One Shot) #1

Oct 26, 2017

Jughead: The Hunger's pacing was stronger in the one-shot, but the ongoing's premiere issue still introduces enough fun and daring elements to get me excited to dive deeper into this world.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #2

Feb 9, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #2 is a bit light on plot, but provides a hightail adventure one would expect when bringing these two teams together.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Lady Killer 2 #4

Mar 9, 2017

Lady Killer 2 #4 hits all the right notes needed for a penultimate issue " it builds up the stakes for a hopefully explosive finale.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Lady Killer 2 #5

Aug 31, 2017

After a few months' delay, Lady Killer 2 doesn't skip a beat with its heart-pounding finale.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #20

Oct 26, 2017

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers takes its time to tell a hidden story that sure will shake the world of the present Power Rangers. It raises the stakes of the franchise, allowing the title to reach a new level of storytelling not previously tapped into.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Motor Girl #4

Mar 2, 2017

Motor Girl is a unique story that focuses on psychological trauma, while also giving a view of the possibility that we aren't alone in the universe.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Motor Girl #5

Apr 6, 2017

Overall, Motor Girl #5 is a good issue when focusing on Sam and the psychological aspects of the story, but the series needs to start building a stronger voice for the mysterious government like group if they are becoming more important for the alien plot.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Motor Girl #6

Jun 1, 2017

Motor Girl #6 is a great character-driven issue helping the reader better understand Sam's state of mind.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Motor Girl #7

Jul 6, 2017

Motor Girl #7 when focusing on Sam is a powerfully important psychological story, but the issue loses momentum when it switches to the alien narrative.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Motor Girl #8

Aug 17, 2017

Combined with another interesting psychological layer as we learn Sam doesn't want to get the surgery to help her recover, Motor Girl #8 better progresses the series' alien story, and continues to create a captivating psychological narrative for our Marine veteran.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Motor Girl #9

Oct 6, 2017

Motor Girl uses a story about alien invasion to showcase the true emotional beats of a veteran trying to find her way home in a penultimate issue that promises a great conclusion.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #15

Feb 13, 2017

Ms. Marvel has always been great at reinventing the superhero genre, and this arc is no exception. The secret identity trope may feel overused to some readers, but this issue presents this old trope in a fresh, new way. Wilson uses technology to build the suspense of the villain's motives as the troll's attacks hit close to home, making this enigma even more menacing.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Ms. Marvel (2015) #16

Mar 16, 2017

Overall Ms. Marvel #16 is one of the series' strongest issues to date, fleshing out Kamala's supporting cast while in the process creates a menacing villain for the arc.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #17

Apr 21, 2017

The story seamlessly weaves a great commentary on technology, identity, and community, while also providing an interesting twist on the superhero secret identity trope.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #18

May 11, 2017

Overall, Ms. Marvel #18 does a good job at giving an opportunity to explore one of Kamala's supporting characters, but with Bruno's emotional arc only touching the surface, the issue can't help but feeling a little bit like filler.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #19

Jun 19, 2017

Ms. Marvel continues to be one of Marvel's strongest series as G. Willow Wilson continues to plumb new depths with her fan-favorite heroine. With civilians and politics making Jersey City almost a character unto itself, Ms. Marvel #19 pushes Kamala on a personal level and tests her perseverance as a hero.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #20

Jul 24, 2017

Ms. Marvel #20 is a solid set-up issue for what's becoming a strong character-driven story arc.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #21

Aug 14, 2017

G. Willow Wilson continues to make every new installment of "Mecca" more personal for Kamala, while also building supporting cast members Aamir and Josh. Ms. Marvel #21 is not only action packed, but an emotional roller coaster as Kamala is forced to break down the barriers she has created to keep her superheroic identity a secret.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #22

Sep 18, 2017

Ms. Marvel #22 was a bit of a letdown as the conclusion to an otherwise great arc. The issue focuses too much on Lockdown and the community, and not enough on the emotionally driven rivalry between Kamala and Josh.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #23

Oct 12, 2017

Ms. Marvel #23 nicely balances Kamala's civilian life with her adventures as Ms. Marvel as the Red Dagger arrives as a new exchange student and unexpected hero of Jersey City.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #24

Nov 9, 2017

Ms. Marvel #24 could have been a straightforward one-and-done adventure about Ms. Marvel saving the day, but the team's exploration of the parallels between Ms. Marvel's adventures and Kamala's personal struggles that gives the issue substance.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Night Owl Society #2

May 18, 2017

If you are a fan of stories with teenagers fighting crime, this comic should be considered a must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Night Owl Society #3

Jun 8, 2017

Overall, the final issue of Night Owl Society feels abrupt, proving that a three-issue arc wasn't enough space to tell this character-driven story.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Paper Girls #11

Feb 6, 2017

With Paper Girls #11, the series returns from its hiatus with a great start to its new story arc. Introducing new players to the story, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang make sure to continue building up Paper Girls' protagonists and mysterious world, delivering a coming-of-age story that relies on symbolism and character development to unravel their deep and imaginative world.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Paper Girls #12

Mar 6, 2017

This new arc of Paper Girls has a necessary slow burn to help the readers learn more about the two new female characters, and to examine the deeper relationship forming between the girls. Our main characters are stuck in a weird, mysterious world, and Vaughan uses this physical setting to explore the next stages of their adolescent lives.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Paper Girls #13

Apr 10, 2017

Overall, Paper Girls #13 is a great addition to the series. It expands the mysterious world of Paper Girls more than previous issues, but the strongest aspect of the story is still the relationships forming between the main girls.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Paper Girls #14

May 15, 2017

Paper Girls #14 continues to do what the series does best - the perfect balance of character and world building. The issue uses new characters to help expand Vaughan's mysterious world, but the story's biggest strength is with K.J.'s subtle emotional arc as she puts together the puzzle pieces of her own identity.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Paper Girls #15

Jun 12, 2017

The third arc of Paper Girls focused on giving K.J. a strong narrative, a character that hadn't had enough spotlight up to this point. Paper Girls #15 is propelled by some great characterization that gives K.J. multiple shining moments as she passes the narrative baton to Tiffany's character for the series' fourth story arc. While some readers may grit their teeth at the lack of closure, hopefully this shift in narrative and setting will give readers more answers regarding the world of Paper Girls.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Paper Girls #17

Nov 2, 2017

Paper Girls #17 is a forgivable exposition issue. It gives valuable information about the series' world, while injecting the perfect amount of impactful character moments.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Jun 22, 2017

Overall, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 introduces a promising story for nostalgic Spidey fans who've missed the "friendly neighborhood" aspect of the character, but the premiere issue proves that there are still some kinks to work out before the series can truly become great.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Power Pack (2017) #63

Nov 1, 2017

As a potential catalyst to an ongoing title, Power Pack #63 is a solid issue that is a nice throwback to the original series, but if the team doesn't get an ongoing it will be disappointing to look back at how we didn't get a chance to see the other Power Pack members in the present. This makes Power Pack #63 a bit of a mixed bag, but hopefully this one-shot is just the start to something even greater.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Revival #47

Feb 27, 2017

Revival #47 is a bittersweet ending that brings action, great closure to character arcs, but most importantly, it brings plenty of emotion. If you've been following Revival over the years, this issue will pull on your heartstrings. It's not an easy accomplishment, but Revival creates a satisfying conclusion for longtime readers.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Rugrats #1

Oct 19, 2017

This premiere issue focuses so much on trying to be original that it forgets the key elements of what made Rugrats a great cartoon, which ultimately makes for an underwhelming premiere.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Runaways (2017) #1

Sep 14, 2017

Runaways #1 may not have all your favorite Runaway characters in the premiere, but the issue still shines a great spotlight onto Nico and gives the Runaways a real, emotionally-driven reason to become a team again after years of separation.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Runaways (2017) #2

Oct 16, 2017

Runaways #2 is a bit of a slow burn, but an issue that is still a pleasure to read as it establishes Rainbow Rowell's seriousness towards following and connecting the Runaways' somewhat scattered continuity with her vision of the series. This story is for long time fans who over the years have asked, "Whatever happened to the Runaways?" " as we are finally getting the answers we deserve.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Runaways (2017) #3

Nov 8, 2017

Runaways #3 gives small teases of the encompassing plot for "Find Your Way Home", but the series' strength continues to be with its realistic portrayal of growing up. People change, and that means relationships also change. Can this group of orphans run away forever - and do they even want to?

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
She-Hulk (2017) #159

Nov 9, 2017

She-Hulk #159 gives Jennifer Walters a fresh start with Marvel Legacy, but loses the emotional punch of Tamaki's earlier issues with the series' transition from Hulk back to She-Hulk.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Snotgirl #6

Jul 6, 2017

Snotgirl #6 helps build the series' supporting cast, but the mystery behind the most interesting character, Coolgirl, is still a slow burn.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Snotgirl #7

Sep 21, 2017

Snotgirl continues to break down our social media-obsessed culture in a clever narrative that forces you to question the reliability of the series' narrator.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #18

Mar 28, 2017

Spider-Gwen #18 is a disappointing conclusion to the much-hyped romantic story arc between Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales. With little added to the scant fireworks from the first issue of the arc, this crossover sadly feels like a cash-grab because of the forced romantic plot between the two popular Spider-heroes, rather than playing up the organic and engaging friendship between these two popular characters.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #20

Jun 5, 2017

Spider-Gwen #20 is a packed issue that finds a nice balance between action and character-driven narrative. This series is always on top of its game when focusing on character and world-building, and this issue does both perfectly.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #21

Jun 29, 2017

Spider-Gwen #21 has some solid character interactions between Harry and Gwen, but the issue is stunted by the plot's repetitiveness.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #22

Jul 27, 2017

Spider-Gwen #22 has some interesting character moments, but the plot progression still seems stagnant.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #23

Aug 31, 2017

Spider-Gwen #23 is a breath of fresh air as Latour and company get ready to jump into the darker story of Gwenom.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Spider-Gwen (2015) #24

Sep 28, 2017

Spider-Gwen #24 shakes the very foundation of the series in one of the book's most powerful issues to date - leading into the perfect set-up for "Marvel Legacy"'s Gwenom arc.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Spider-Men II #1

Jul 13, 2017

There's a good balance between action and character moments allowing for some dynamic artwork - however, Spider-Men II #1 doesn't work in a post-Secret Wars Marvel universe, and turns you away from the once-interesting question of "Who is the other Miles?"

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #17

Apr 3, 2017

Spider-Woman #17 is a satisfying ending to Hopeless' character-driven run. The issue celebrates the life Jessica built for herself during Hopeless' run and shows how much Jessica has grown as a character.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 22, 2017

Supergirl: Being Super tells an emotionally human and raw story about a teenage girl grappling with loss as she slowly discovers she’s an alien. She’s an alien to her body, her emotions, and to the only world she knows. This second issue delves into how Kara and the people around her react to loss. Some people bottle their feelings, others eat their emotions away, and in Kara’s case loss has unlocked memories hidden from her - connecting to an even larger mystery.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Supergirl: Being Super #3

May 1, 2017

Tamaki uses Kara's story in Supergirl: Being Super #3 to show the struggles all teenagers have as they search for their self-identity and try to find a place in the world. Supergirl Being Super resonates as the perfect coming of age story because it reminds us that in many ways, all teenagers feel like aliens.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Supergirl: Being Super #4

Jul 3, 2017

Supergirl: Being Super is one of comic books' strongest coming-of-age stories in recent years as the series puts the spotlight on Kara being the hero of her own tale. Tamaki and Jones' series with the Girl of Steel ends on a satisfying and action-packed note while still leaving plenty of room for a potential sequel.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Superman (2016) #16

Feb 6, 2017

In concept, bringing every Super-person into a Superman book should be a fun adventure, but sadly "Multiplicity" tells its story with such super-speed that readers might struggle to catch up. Three issues were far from enough to tell the heavy story Tomasi tried to build in this short story arc, making this conclusion fall short from its iconic inspirations.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Superwoman #8

Mar 9, 2017

This issue brings improvements to the Superwoman series, but it still feels like the reader doesn't have enough information about "Superman Reborn" and the DC Rebirth mystery to fully enjoy the story.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Superwoman #13

Aug 11, 2017

Superwoman #13 is one of the best issues in the series to date, celebrating Lana's past while also looking towards the character's future.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Superwoman #14

Sep 18, 2017

Superwoman #14 tries to juggle too many characters, and fails at exploring the most important story element - the relationship between Lana and Kara.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Clone Conspiracy #5

Feb 17, 2017

The last part of The Clone Conspiracy suffers from a jammed packed narrative and a slightly ambiguous ending, but the character moments between Gwen and Peter shine throughout the issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
The Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1

Mar 2, 2017

Overall, The Clone Conspiracy Omega doesn't redeem the underwhelming ending of this Spider-Man event.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #19

May 18, 2017

The Mighty Thor #19 brings in the Phoenix at just the right time as this issue feels like a "rebirth" for the series. After looking death in the eye, Jane has a new evaluation on her priorities, which brings in some new and interesting roles for a few of the series' characters.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #700

Oct 19, 2017

The Mighty Thor #700's execution is messy and too scattered to be new reader-friendly for the "Marvel Legacy" lineup and to warrant its $5.99 price tag.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Normals #6

Nov 9, 2017

The Normals #6 might have been a solid cliff-hanger for an on-going title, but falls short as a miniseries finale.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Venomverse #1

Sep 7, 2017

Venomverse should be a fun event if it continues to not take itself too seriously.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
World Reader #5

Aug 3, 2017

World Reader continues to be a great character driven mystery, which respects its audience by giving just the right amount of questions and answers in every issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
X-Men Prime #1

Mar 30, 2017

Overall, the artwork needs some attention to detail, but the old-school tone to the book makes this issue a must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #1

Apr 12, 2017

X-Men Blue #1 gives us a promising ending, but the relationship between the team is lacking. The series needs to work on the balance of fun nostalgia and team building.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #1

Apr 6, 2017

Overall X-Men Gold #1 brings a nostalgic feel needed for the X-Men franchise, while also presenting a freshness through Kitty's leadership.

View Issue       View Full Review

Reviews for
the Week of...

November

October

More