Kate Kosturski's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 60
7.3Avg. Review Rating

7.7
American Gods: My Ainsel #1

Mar 19, 2018

A fine start to the second half of Shadow's journey, taking the necessary pause to regroup and set things in place for the larger battle to come.

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8.0
American Gods: Shadows #6

Aug 21, 2017

Hampton has hit it out of the park with the art in this issue, and that convinced me to stick with the comic. Fans of the TV show may be a little disappointed to see that it is not a direct-tie in, but it is worth exploring to see another interpretation of the story.

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7.7
Assassinistas #4

Apr 23, 2018

We may have Kyler out of his captor's clutches, but the real adventure, short and sweet as it may be, is just beginning.

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8.7
Assassinistas #6

Jul 5, 2018

Mission executed superbly. We'll miss you Octavia, Dominic, Charlotte, Roz, and even Carlos and his waffle van.

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6.0
Bettie Page #2

Aug 25, 2017

Fans of Agent Carter will enjoy the spies in Hollywood plotline, but this can become lets use the Bettie Page name to drive sales gimmick fast (with said gimmick not working for many) if better attention is not given to the real Ms. Page herself, both in plot and in art.

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7.7
Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #3

Aug 18, 2017

One cannot deny the importance of these stories as a piece of artistic political resistance that need to be read far and wide, but as a Bitch Planet fan, it's also high time we get back to the main story.

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4.9
Charismagic (2018) #1

Feb 19, 2018

Good for those invested in the series already, not recommended as a starting point for new fans. New fans would do well to read the companion primer first at the very least, but even that didn't fill in all the gaps.

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7.5
Crosswind #4

Sep 29, 2017

We've hit on a closure of a particular arc with this issue (intentional or otherwise), and it was handled beautifully. No time to dwell on that " we're ready for some answers to questions.

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8.3
Dark Fang #1

Nov 16, 2017

A magnificent debut that makes its opinions known on the importance of green living, but gives you a great story to take you on that journey.

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4.5
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #5

Oct 2, 2017

Read it if you're a completist type who feels a need to finish a series, but if you were on the fence on finishing"save your $3.99 for something else.

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7.5
Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #1

Sep 1, 2017

This is a comic for longtime Whovians, and it will be a great way to keep my appetite sated until this Christmas when we meet Jodie Whitaker.

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8.5
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0

Sep 28, 2018

A fine introduction for Doctor Who fans of any aspect of the franchise, especially for those who want to try the comics but unsure of where to start.We're all here to join this amazing ride with you, Jodie. Long may you reign.

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5.2
Faith and the Future Force #4

Oct 23, 2017

Kudos for knowing "when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em" (to quote country legend Kenny Rogers), because this really could not go on much longer.

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8.0
Fence #3

Jan 22, 2018

Come for the teen drama, stay to learn a little more about a sport many only see once every four years and the genre of sports manga. You won't be disappointed.

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7.6
Gasolina #1

Sep 25, 2017

A fine debut that fans of both Breaking Bad and Supernatural will appreciate in equal measure.

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7.3
Giant Days #1

Nov 24, 2017

Just what you need from a holiday special: light, fun, a break from the mundane.Have this with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey on Friday to kick off your Christmas cheer.

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6.9
Giant Days #30

Sep 11, 2017

This is really just a filler issue for whatever comes next " it's a necessary read to keep up with story, but there's nothing overly earth-shattering in these pages.

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7.7
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1

Sep 22, 2017

A great debut for an existing franchise that keeps both new and existing readers intrigued, with strong art and letters to drive home deeper philosophical questions of the cost of fame.

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8.2
Gumballs #4

Dec 18, 2017

Educating and entertaining in equal measure with stories everyone can relate to on some level.

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7.7
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #2

Nov 2, 2017

Great art and cameo after cameo reminds you that this follow up is purely for fun, so sit back, relax, and have a few laughs!

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7.4
Hi-Fi Fight Club #4

Dec 4, 2017

Name change aside, there's some plot holes that I hope are resolved in the next story arc. An overall splendid end to a series I am sad to see conclude.

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7.8
Hungry Ghosts #2

Mar 5, 2018

Sophisticated art both elevates classic horror tales and provides twists when you least expect them.

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7.5
Ice Cream Man #3

Mar 26, 2018

A fine homage to The Twilight Zone, a series that blended that moral commentary with the macabre.

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8.0
Iceman (2017) #7

Nov 6, 2017

Sina Grace sets the bar higher and higher every time, telling a coming out story that is sensitive and tasteful with the right amount of classic X-Men lore.

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8.0
Jessica Jones #16

Feb 5, 2018

I'll be sad to see Bendis go, but he's certainly going out with literal and metaphorical guns a' blazin,.

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8.5
Judas #2

Jan 12, 2018

Thought provoking and entertaining in both narrative and art, without getting too heavy handed in questions of theology. An early contender for one of my top books for 2018.

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7.5
Kid Lobotomy #2

Nov 13, 2017

This series is still coming strong after a well-received debut issue, and shows what potential there is for more mature subject matter in the comic medium.

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8.0
Kim & Kim: Love is a Battlefield #2

Sep 4, 2017

Visaggio, Cabrera and company keep up the good work with this issue, advancing story and character development with complementary art.

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7.7
Kim & Kim: Love is a Battlefield #4

Oct 30, 2017

Visaggio and co. finish this story of Kim and Kim beautifully, with room for the next round of adventures " and I can't wait.

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7.2
Long Lost Vol.2 #1

Aug 6, 2018

A solid start to a second arc, but with a lot still to unpack from the first, I fear that Erman and Sterle have bitten off more than they can chew.

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4.8
Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Prelude #1

Jan 29, 2018

The book's virtual rehashing of Captain America: Civil War doesn't justify the price point of $3.99. A smarter decision would have been to release it as a free comic, in the style of the "Marvel Legacy" primer pages of last fall.

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7.6
Millennium: The Girl Who Danced With Death #1

Aug 20, 2018

Outside of a reliance on tropes common to the current age, this is a strong debut issue proving that Larsson's treasured characters can continue their adventures, under the right pen.

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6.0
Millennium: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest #1

Dec 14, 2017

We need more time and space to explore the interconnections of the third book, and the edits that were made to narrative were not the best choices. That said, having the original artist on this book does provide some redeeming value.

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8.5
Millennium: The Girl Who Played With Fire #1

Sep 7, 2017

Those not familiar with the original source material will find it a compelling, edge-of-your-seat mystery in words and art, and fans of the original Stieg Larsson book will uncover new meaning in his words and worlds.

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7.8
Minky Woodcock, The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #2

Jan 4, 2018

Well-done writing and art but could use a little bit better lettering and layout so that they work more in tandem.

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8.3
Moonstruck #3

Oct 5, 2017

There's a few plot hiccups and my aging eyes could do with some larger lettering, but by the third date, one often has a good sense of where the relationship is going and "Moonstruck" and I are set for commitment.

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8.1
Moonstruck #4

Dec 8, 2017

Clever color choices with creative meaning and ingenious paneling make even this setup issue for the final showdown a feast for the eyes.

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7.0
Nancy Drew (2018) #2

Jul 16, 2018

The slow start from the debut continues, but it's starting to pick up the pace. Pack your patience with this series; I have a strong feeling you will be rewarded.

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6.0
New Talent Showcase #2

Dec 1, 2017

Format still proves problematic, but there's some talent within these pages that deserves to be watched.

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7.8
No. 1 With A Bullet #2

Dec 11, 2017

Boundary breaking (literally and figuratively) lettering and layout, along with color style, takes a tale that has played out for many people before and gives it new life, helping readers see revenge porn through the eyes of the victim and understand the pain it causes.

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7.3
October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #2

Apr 16, 2018

The self contained nature of this story helps introduce new fans like myself to the series, and I hope that the next two issues don't dive too much into backstory that I missed by not reading the predecessor. The star of this show is the coloring, chosen deliberately to heighten the supernatural symbolism.

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8.5
Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim #1

Jul 23, 2018

Black Mask's iconic characters get the ongoing series (in fact, this is the publisher's first-ever ongoing series) that they so rightfully deserve. Welcome back, ladies.

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6.0
Penny Dreadful (2017) #6

Oct 16, 2017

Good for fans of the TV series and not much else.

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7.9
Prism Stalker #1

Mar 12, 2018

Have patience with all your unanswered questions about Vep and her world and linger over the artwork. It's the star of this show and may provide some clues into her world and future.

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7.0
Riverdale #6

Sep 18, 2017

A fine effort for Riverdale and Archie fans old and new, with enough maturity for an older audience.

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7.9
Rock Candy Mountain #5

Nov 9, 2017

Almost a "Book of the Week" contender, if not for the "oh let's make an object have paranormal powers" trope that Starks is dipping his toe in.

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8.7
Royal City #14

Aug 27, 2018

Closure at its finest, but I do hope we'll see the Pikes again someday, as there are plenty more stories to tell, I am sure.

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9.0
Rugrats #2

Nov 27, 2017

90s nostagia done right. Reptar would approve.

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7.7
Sex Criminals #22

Feb 26, 2018

Even when there's hardly any sex to be had, there's still plenty of sexy, witty times.

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8.5
Shirtless Bear Fighter #2

Jul 31, 2017

A solid BEAR PUNCH! And BEAR KICK! of staggering genius.

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8.0
Sisters of Sorrow #2

Aug 28, 2017

Sutter and Alameda keep things going with just the right balance of exposition for Greta and action. You can't help but feel sorry for these four women, and I'm along for this ride to see if justice for them will be served.

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4.1
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - The Storms Of Crait #1

Dec 29, 2017

There's nothing original or outstanding with this story besides a location that is new to the Star Wars universe and easily recognizable from its movie appearance. Decently executed art can't save a cookie-cutter story.

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7.0
The Divided States of Hysteria #3

Aug 14, 2017

Those looking for escapism need not apply, and those overly fearful of the current geopolitical state won't have their anxieties lessened. If you're somewhere in the middle and have enjoyed television programs such as Designated Survivor, this proves a worthy complement.

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7.7
The Family Trade #1

Oct 12, 2017

There's some rather large narrative gaps for a debut issue that shouldn't have been mentioned in the solicit if they weren't going to be at least alluded to in the actual book. That aside, high praise is due to this team for writing a heroine worthy of admiration by all ages, and giving her glorious art to match.

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6.6
The Harcourt Legacy #2

Dec 22, 2017

Artwork provides deep and meaningful symbolism and beauty for the eye, but too many concerns remain that this story will be rushed and awkwardly finished, given its short run.

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7.0
The Wilds #2

Apr 30, 2018

Well-done setup to conflict, with art that makes the end times look actually pretty. But this is still a very tentative story, and I know that the talent here can push creative boundaries further. Hopefully that's coming.

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6.0
The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #1

Oct 26, 2017

Creative, borderline risk-taking art can't save the weaknesses IDW seems to have with X-Files stories.

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5.5
The X-Files: Origins II - Dog Days of Summer #2

Aug 7, 2017

Tweens and teens who like Stranger Things will like the story of kid detectives, but hardcore X-Files fans will be left quite cold.

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7.5
Time & Vine #1

Jul 24, 2017

The one word that comes to mind with "Time and Vine" is fun, and that is what readers will get from start to finish. With less text and some more depth in the art, this could earn a long-term place on my pull list.

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7.5
Unbelievable Gwenpool #20

Sep 15, 2017

The wink-wink nudge-nudge joke can wear thin 20 issues in (especially in writing), but a hefty dose of self-actualization on the part of our heroine keeps plot moving.

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