Keith Dooley's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 128
8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.8
Action Comics (2011) #36

Nov 7, 2014

The "Action" team are enthusiastic in their passion for Superman and his world. There have been some small bumps along the way for Superman on his journey through the New 52, but he has certainly found his footing. Now the Man of Steel has a family of books (which include "Superman", "Superman/Wonder Woman", and Pak's own "Batman/Superman") to stand next to the Bat-books in terms of quality and a clear direction. Superman has always had a rich supporting cast that enhanced and enriched his character. This "Action" team's run has been particularly adept at highlighting that fact. With the addition of a horror flavor in this issue, we will definitely be on the edge of our seat and hoping our heroes (both super and non-super) will get out of this strange predicament.

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9.5
Airboy #3

Aug 7, 2015

The penultimate issue of “Airboy”, like the previous issues, is a humorous adventure with a tinge of tragedy. There is a feeling that Robinson and Hinkle have taken a character who has entered the public domain and molded a labor of love that is both personal and always outrageously entertaining. Robinson has proven himself a gifted writer before, yet this is the first time I've experienced Hinkle's art. He is deserving of the praise he is sure to get with “Airboy”. This third issue proves that any character, no matter how old, can be used to put a spotlight on the human condition. Plus, toilet humor is timeless.

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8.9
All-New Hawkeye #2

Apr 10, 2015

"All-New Hawkeye" #2 has even more depth and artistry than the first issue. The team of Lemire, Perez, and Herring obviously are giving this book the attention to detail that every writer and artist should look to and emulate in their own work. I've discovered Clint Barton with these collaborators' iteration of the character and look forward to seeing where he's been and where he's headed in the issues to come.

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7.9
All-Star Section 8 #3

Aug 17, 2015

If you haven't already, start reading this book. Knowledge of these characters' past exploits is not a requirement.

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8.5
American Monster #1

Jan 22, 2016

Azzarello and Doe have given us a more than promising introduction to their collaborative style in "American Monster" #1. They have opened their tale by showing us a world that is hardboiled, mysterious, and peppered with violence and, at the end, hints of dark comedy. In a world bathed in blood and despair, Azzarello and Doe breathe beauty and nuance into a story that is only just beginning. After reading this debut issue, we want to know how much more monstrous this world will become in their hands.

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10
Annihilator #1

Sep 12, 2014

Morrison and Irving have combined themes of science fiction, the occult, horror, and the artificiality of life and Hollywood in just the very first issue of a miniseries that promises to enlighten and entertain readers. As Morrison is wont to do in the best of his works, each panel of every page is important to the overall story. Repeat readings are required, but be warned: your sanity may be on the line.

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10
Annihilator #6

Jun 29, 2015

The conclusion to "Annihilator," like the miniseries' previous issues, is an example of the power and possibility of the comic book medium. Both words and art are flawlessly entwined and is an example of two storytellers working in harmonious unison.

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7.9
Aquaman (2011) #49

Feb 25, 2016

Legacy, family, and love are heavily alluded to throughout "Aquaman" #49 and is a great change of direction for the series. Some of the best superheroes are made even greater because of their supporting cast and carefully built worlds. Abnett, Cifuentes, and Major are on their way to making "Aquaman" great again.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #51

Apr 22, 2016

With sometimes lackluster art, Aquaman #51 is still worth the purchase for Dan Abnetts mysterious yarn.

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6.5
Aquaman (2011) #52

May 23, 2016

Far from being a great final issue, "Aquaman" #52 still features a glints of a hero who is deserving of further adventures at the dawn of "Rebirth".

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8.8
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 21, 2015

"Archie" #2 proves that the first issue was not a fluke. That opening chapter felt like we were entering a world that was familiar and fleshed out. This new one continues to exude those feelings in us and, yes, charm us enough to continue following these characters that we only thought we knew.

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8.5
Arkham Manor #1

Oct 23, 2014

I didn't expect to be moved so deeply by "Arkham Manor". I didn't even expect Batman to play such a large role in the book. When you get to the ending, the premise of the entire series is laid bare before us and is rich with inventive possibilities for exploring not only the character of Batman, but the nemeses that comprise his rich rogue's gallery. In a visual nod to "Batman: Arkham Asylum " A Serious House On Serious Earth" by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, Batman enters an asylum that promises to be just as haunting as the one in that classic book.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) #37

Dec 12, 2014

Motion is an appropriate word to use when describing this issue. The humor, wit, intelligence, and action quickly fly by and the book is done before you can have a chance to absorb every aspect of its genius. Toward the end of this issue, I immediately saw a connection between this book and the "Batman" 1960s television series. That wit, outrageousness, and vividly bright nature could be the reason. Mostly, though, I saw the similarity in how the creators are having such pure fun with the book. "Batgirl" #37 proves a comic book can contain that same sense of fun while being intelligent and thoughtful. Holy Batgirl, indeed.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #49

Mar 4, 2016

"Batgirl" #49 is a master class in how multiple artists on an issue can enhance its entirety instead of muddling the result. This is a more abstract issue than usual and, because of that quality, was aided by having multiple voices with multiple strengths. Stewart and Fletcher, along with these artists, have only enticed us further for what we're going to get at the end of the month in the oversized "Batgirl" #50.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #34

Aug 15, 2014

Batman cares for every life, whether rich, poor, named, or nameless. "Batman" #34 expresses this and gets to the core of Batman's humanity. The evocative final page of the story is evidence of the entire artistic team's understanding and expression of Batman's world: one filled with suspense, intrigue, melancholy, unspeakable horror, bravery, and heart. Although it's only for one issue, Duggan, Scalera, and Loughridge are always welcome visitors to Gotham. They have done The Bat proud.

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9.2
Batman (2011) #36

Nov 13, 2014

Each member of the creative team helps to produce an issue that feels important. We want to find out what happens next because the characters are so real to us. Snyder, Capullo, Miki, and Plascencia mix their strengths together to bring us a book bursting with ideas and excitement. They not only bring the symbol of Batman to glorious life, but more importantly, the man behind that symbol. Mixed with the thrills and excitement are intelligent explorations about character and diverse themes. What more can one ask out of an intelligent Batman story, let alone any comic book?

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10
Batman (2011) #40

Apr 30, 2015

"Endgame" and this issue in particular would not be such a resounding success if not for the combined talents of Capullo, Miki, and Plascencia. They all bring Gotham City to vibrant life as a cohesive team. These creators put out the best book on the stands with each successive issue. This issue is an amalgamation of every aspect of what makes this a perfect series.

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10
Batman (2011) #44

Sep 11, 2015

"Batman" #44 is one of the best issues of 2015. It is a call to arms and, through the character and mythology of Batman, emphasizes the power of inspiration and hope. Batman must interact with his city, understand its people, and become an essential catalyst for its very survival. Though simple and effective in its execution, this issue also feels revolutionary. Snyder, Azzarello, Jock, and Loughridge have seamlessly worked together to create an example of the various feelings that a great comic can inspire in its readers.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 25, 2016

With the final page, Snyder and Capullo are bringing us closer to the end of yet another one of their brilliant Bat-stories. "Batman" #48 explores character and brings depth to action and mystery. This team has shown they can do anything with Batman and his world while making every facet of their story intriguing and fun.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 12, 2016

As Bruce so emphatically proclaims in "Batman" #49, he has to be Batman. The journey he takes is arduous and needed, with both the writers and the artists involved lending an urgency to every page. Although it brings huge changes to the Bat mythos, it is done with love for the character and the attention of the best of creators.

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10
Batman (2011) #51

Apr 29, 2016

"Batman" #51 is a perfect finale to Snyder and Capullo's first of hopefully many more runs with this character. It was heartbreaking, thrilling, mysterious, joyous, and many more adjectives too numerous to conjure in one review. This series was not only critically acclaimed, but it also touched many Bat-fanatics (like this reviewer) and readers who may have been new to the character. When a series can cause fierce devotion toward a writer and artist duo, then they must have succeeded in their artistic endeavor. Snyder and Capullo were not only a success, but cemented themselves in the hall of fame of Batman scribes.

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8.5
Batman (2011) Annual #4

Oct 2, 2015

"Batman Annual" #4 is a story of a man who's extraordinary life has been replaced with one of anonymity and happiness. Yet it seems as if he will never escape the past and may well be pushed back into his "real" world. We all know Bruce is going to one day don the cape and cowl once again. But until that happens, Tynion, Antonio, McCaig, and letterer Steve Wands have given us just one part of Bruce's journey through his new life that is intriguing, suspenseful, and thoroughly compelling.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 20, 2016

Tom King met expectations while David Finch went beyond them. Because of that, "Batman" #1 satisfies in various and exciting ways.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 11, 2016

Tom King and David Finch are worthy successors to the Snyder/Capullo team.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #35

Oct 17, 2014

The setting is befitting of such an epic tale with epic ramifications both personal and physical. Batman is in a strange world, yet he is guaranteed to get through it. Although this issue's conclusion may seem spectacularly dire, we know Batman will endure. The journey has been a blast (in more ways than one) so far and it's going to be as much of a blast to see how Bruce survives something as overwhelming as Apokolips. Darkseid doesn't stand a chance.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2011) #38

Jan 22, 2015

Damian forcefully proclaims that he is "still here". "Batman and Robin" #38 is proof that his return promises to be a great thing. Both Bruce and Damian have endured much heartache and tragedy in their lives, yet both are clearly dealing with it in their own way. Tomasi, Gleason, Gray, and Kalisz demonstrate their love of Damian by giving us an opening chapter of the Waynes' second chance at a life together as a family (with Alfred and Damian's menagerie, of course). Whether you wanted him back or not, this issue is convincing evidence that a layered and deeply personal journey has just begun.

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7.9
Batman And Robin Eternal #2

Oct 19, 2015

Although it may not be an essential issue, "Batman and Robin Eternal" #2 is proof of the appeal of these characters.

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8.5
Batman And Robin Eternal #26

Mar 31, 2016

With an ending guaranteed to instill hope, "Batman and Robin Eternal" #26 is the end of a weekly series that succeeded in accomplishing its mission. Characters' backstories were made richer, an intriguing villainess worthy of Batman and his allies was introduced, and further story seeds were planted for the future. Like all successful comic book stories, it left us wanting more of this world.

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9.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #13

Aug 28, 2014

Although their minds have been wiped clean, Batman and Superman remain their heroic selves. Judging by this issue, it's going to be an exciting journey to see them reclaim their minds and battle the evil that lies waiting in the (bat)wings. The portents of dastardly doings to come are enough to wrangle any reader into this well-written and gorgeously drawn and colored book. Catwoman and Lois Lane were welcome guests in this issue and were a natural addition to the proceedings.

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8.5
Batman/Superman (2013) #31

Apr 15, 2016

"Batman/Superman" #31 is an exquisite distillation of Batman and Superman's complex relationship while, at the same time, advancing a story that is guaranteed to have an impact on the Man of Steel in June.

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8.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 11, 2015

There will probably be those who will dismiss this book as a money grab or just for those diehard Batman and TMNT fans. They'll be missing out on a good time. "Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" #1 is not only a fun book (which is always a welcome thing) but is also a visual treat.

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9.0
Batman: Earth One #2

May 14, 2015

"Batman: Earth One Volume Two" is an exciting next chapter in a planned series by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. The flow of this story is more natural and tells a more complete story than the previous volume. If volume one was more of a set-up, this one fleshes the characters out in a much deeper and revelatory way. Johns and Frank take Batman and many of his rich supporting characters to create what feels like a creator-owned book. They definitely feel unrestrained in their storytelling, which is the best way to create something that feels truly fresh.

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8.9
Batman: Eternal #52

Apr 2, 2015

"Batman Eternal" answered the question of whether Batman is eternal with a resounding yes. With unresolved story threads for other creators to explore (including some from creators within the "Batman Eternal" writer's room), this 52-week-long series is a testament to their love of Batman and his world. As "Batman Eternal" #52 so expertly lays bare on the page, characters come first. When that happens, characters become real and we grow to love them. Batman has now been around for seventy-six years and counting, proving his immortality as an icon. "Batman Eternal"'s success can be measured by the way it has accentuated both that immortal quality and Batman's psychological depth. That complexity and diversity is what makes Batman eternal.

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9.5
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 19, 2015

We feel the same sense of abandon and invigoration reading "Black Canary" #1 as Dinah does when she's dancing ecstatically on stage. This is a book that inspires every sense (except maybe smell if you're reading it digitally) and demands you add a soundtrack for every scene. It's a pretty spectacular occurrence when a book about a band actually personifies music through its execution. Fletcher has written one of the best first issues of the year and brings along Wu and Loughridge to transform his story into something rich and alive.

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9.0
Black Magick #1

Oct 29, 2015

"Black Magick" #1 is definitely an eye-opening first issue of a more than promising series. The devotion and care in bringing this issue to life is visible in every aspect of its creation. Story, characterization, and mystery are lovingly and giddily expressed in every aspect of Rucka and Scott's endeavor. Like any great tale involving the supernatural, subtlety is important. This issue has it and, because of that subtlety, demands and rewards a second read immediately after the first.

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8.5
Chrononauts #1

Mar 19, 2015

Millar and Murphy are clearly co-storytellers in "Chrononauts" #1. Along with Hollingsworth, each one of them are having a fun time while building their story. This issue does what any solid first issue must do to reel in an audience: marry an intriguing premise with gorgeous artwork. This union has clearly succeeded.

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7.9
Clean Room #1

Oct 23, 2015

Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt are a duo that have welcomed us to a world that is far from clean. With the sheen of the real world, "Clean Room" #1 has mysteries and ghoulish entities lurking beneath its unsettling surface.

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8.0
Constantine: The Hellblazer #3

Aug 14, 2015

Even without Rossmo on art duties, "Constantine: The Hellblazer" #3 is another magnificent horror mystery story told by top-notch creators. Tynion and Doyle clearly love this unlovable lout named John Constantine. They bring a humanity to John that makes us simultaneously repulsed and attracted to him. Both Doyle and Del Rey convey these feelings beautifully in their very distinct styles and are partnered with colorists that contribute to the storytelling as much as everybody else.

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7.0
Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1

Apr 17, 2015

"Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat" #1 is unadulterated fun that need only do one thing: bring the reader on a wild ride. Hama, Tan, and Santos succeed in that regard and transport us to a simultaneously strange yet familiar world that feels claustrophobic and in need of saving. Bruce and Jean Paul are just the heroes snatched from the 90s that were born to be saviors.

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8.5
Convergence: Swamp Thing #1

Apr 24, 2015

"Convergence: Swamp Thing" demonstrates that two veteran masters of storytelling still have the ability to tell a story in evocative and exciting ways. The opening of chapter of this brief miniseries demonstrates that you can successfully revisit the past. Wein clearly loves his character and hasn't lost the ability to effectively express Holland's voice. Jones has been sorely missed, with a recent backup in the current "Batman" series and this Swampy story proving that he still just as brilliant today as he was when he first came upon the comic book scene. DC would be smart to snatch up Jones for any book in their stable, new or old, and let him do exactly what his pencil inspires him to create.

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7.5
Cyborg #1

Jul 24, 2015

"Cyborg" #1 has the quality of a television pilot. Walker's script contains a lot of introductions and exposition (although thankfully done with finesse most of the time) but none of the excitement and wonder that comes with a character with so much potential. He does have an exceptional artistic team of Reis, Prado, and Lucas that transforms the pages into magnificent works of art. The emotion, humanity, and setup are all evident. All that's needed is a stronger story and an engrossing plot.

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9.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Dec 21, 2015

Miller and Azzarello's stories in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #2 and its mini-comic, as well as the creative teams involved, continue to live up to the hype surrounding this latest "Dark Knight Universe" tale. The characters are layered, the plot is intricate without being muddled, and we can only anticipate that each succeeding issue will surprise and delight us even more than the first two chapters.

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8.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Jun 30, 2016

Now over halfway done, "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" has proven a worthy continuation of Frank Miller's vision.

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10
Dept. H #2

May 19, 2016

"Dept. H", after only two issues, is on its way to being declared the best new series of 2016. It's a good thing we didn't have to wait too long for more Kindt after "Mind MGMT". The addition of Sharlene Kindt makes this series another revelation.

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9.5
Descender #3

May 11, 2015

This is, so far, the best new series of 2015. I can't wait to see where Lemire and Nguyen bring their characters and us as they take us on this unique and astonishing journey.

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8.8
Detective Comics (2011) #33

Jul 11, 2014

The Batman of Manapul and Buccellato's "Detective Comics" has a style distinct from the other Bat-books. Manapul and Buccellato's art is alive on the page throughout this issue, whether evoking danger with a car pulling up to an abandoned building or inducing excitement with pump-your-fist-in-the-air Bat-entrances. In the back of the book, six pages of bonus material shine the Bat-signal on how both artists worked together to create this issue. Judging by the way they work, it's very appropriate that, in the comic's credits, they are listed together as "storytellers". This book is a joint creation, and, like Batman and Alfred, Manapul and Buccellato collaborators of the highest degree.

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7.9
Detective Comics (2011) #45

Oct 12, 2015

With potential to spare, "Detective Comics" #45 is worth picking up for the fine art and an interesting setup.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2011) #50

Mar 11, 2016

Although only the most diehard of Bat-readers will enjoy the main story, this issue is essential to tying up the story in a too-neat way. There could have been a more satisfying ending regarding the villain, yet Tomasi, Pasarin, and Eaton gave us a solid, yet at times uninspired, finale.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2011): Endgame #1

Mar 13, 2015

Buccellato is clearly introducing us to characters that will be further explored in other places. He has fun with a story that may seem trite but is definitely more than that. It entertains while giving us a slice of life story in a city that is known for Batman and his family. Although Batman doesn't interact with these characters, they are clearly influenced by the caped crusader and his crusade. He battles for a city that may seem like it has no hope of a brighter future. Yet these children believe in Gotham and believe that they can make a difference. Maybe they'll end up inspiring Batman.

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8.9
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 10, 2016

Classic characters to go with a classic renumbering make for a thrilling issue. Plus we get an Azrael cameo which hopefully leads to more adventures involving Mr. Jean-Paul Valley.

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8.9
Doctor Fate #4

Sep 17, 2015

"Doctor Fate" #4 is proof that this book's creative team is building toward something impactful. Khalid and his journey has been fascinating so far. It's refreshing to see a title build upon a hero's journey because, when Khalid finally accepts his fate, it will have that much more of an effect.

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8.5
Doctor Fate #6

Nov 23, 2015

The main complaint I have with "Doctor Fate" #6 is that it goes by too fast. But it goes by beautifully in its execution.

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7.2
Earth 2 #27

Oct 9, 2014

"Earth 2" #27 is not unimportant filler next to the weekly. It enhances this world that began with the creative team of Robinson and Nicola Scott and fleshes out characters that have remained in good hands. This issue lends an overall sense of gravitas that is shared between the opening salvos of the "Worlds End" story in both this book and the weekly. Minor artistic quibbles aside (Marcus To's art appears rushed at times in his six pages), the art in this book befits a story where character is important to its success. With solid writing by Bennett and Taylor, Smith's pencils, and Pantazis' colors, readers can only hope that this team can continue bringing these characters to life in surprising and moving ways.

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8.5
Earth 2: Society #1

Jun 12, 2015

Wilson, like the characters in "Earth 2: Society" #1, are all beginning to world build in this debut issue. They need to build a foundation for a new society on a planet that is supposedly barren and ready to bloom. Jimenez and Rauch join Wilson in conveying both the frightening and the joyous possibilities that come with exploring a strange land. Like the many ships with their unique groups of people that have arrived on this new planet, the possibilities for this creative team are endlessly infinite. They have created a first issue that is promising in story and spectacular in its artistic execution. This Earth is definitely worth exploring.

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9.0
Gotham Academy #3

Dec 4, 2014

"Gotham Academy" is the perfect Batman comic book that doesn't star the titular hero. Like any great Bat comic, intriguing mysteries invade every nook and cranny of this issue. Detective work is required and supplied in abundance. And, most importantly, psychological depth brings characters to life. The talent behind "Gotham Academy" are invested in the success of this book and are building a world that feels like it is slowly being born right before our eyes. We care about these teenagers and hope for their survival (as well as the book's survival!).

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8.0
Gotham By Midnight Annual #1

Jul 31, 2015

The only complaint I have about "Gotham by Midnight Annual" #1 is the brevity of the book despite its extra length. Fawkes' story is intriguing enough, yet it is the art and colors that transform this annual into a pleasure. Duce brings Fawkes' mystery to life while Loughridge's colors are dripping with atmosphere and unease. This annual is unlike much of what has transpired in the "Gotham by Midnight" series and only demonstrates the diversity of these characters and the various types of tales that can be written around them in the future.

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8.0
Grant Morrison's 18 Days #1

Jul 6, 2015

"Grant Morrison's 18 Days" #1 is fun, informative, and the best deal of the year at only one dollar.

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7.9
Grant Morrison's 18 Days #3

Sep 3, 2015

"Grant Morrison's 18 Days" is a series that has recognizable tropes from superhero tales and other myths or beliefs. The latest issue deals with the birth of a possible (but seemingly unlikely) "savior" who will save his land and people. Morrison's melding of superheroics and Indian sagas has been inventive so far and, in issue three of the series bearing his name, writers Devarajan and Chopra entertain with a story that was born to be expressed on the comic page. Biagini and Loughridge work seamlessly as a duo to express the wonder and unknown that lies beneath the epic tale to come.

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9.2
Grayson #2

Aug 8, 2014

"Grayson" is a quick paced book with story and art that flows beautifully. There is no filler and every scene is important or just plain fun. The writing and artistic team are able to load a great deal of characterization, wit, action, and heart into twenty pages. After only two issues, Tim Seeley's promise of "Grayson" being a book that is worthy of being talked about each month has already been fulfilled.

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8.5
Grayson #13

Nov 2, 2015

"Grayson" #13 is another solid issue from one of the best creative teams in comic books.

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7.9
Grayson #18

Mar 24, 2016

With the impending conclusion of "Grayson" leading to "Rebirth", it is an exciting prospect to see how Lanzing and Kelly will conclude this series. Even though Nightwing is about to rear his rear again, it's been an intoxicating adventure and surprising change of pace to see Dick grow as a character within new and unexpected surroundings.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2011) #44

Sep 7, 2015

Although there are some revelations about George the dog, this issue is probably not an essential one.

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7.0
Green Lantern: The Lost Army #3

Aug 24, 2015

"Green Lantern: Lost Army" #3 is another solid issue with the build-up enough to keep us intrigued to continue with this new series.

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8.0
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 3, 2016

Final Verdict: 8.0 " "Green Lanterns: Rebirth" #1 proves there can never be too many Lanterns. Simon Baz returns after too lengthy of a sabbatical while Jessica Cruz returns quickly after last week's "Justice League" #50 and its astounding developments.

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7.9
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

Jul 15, 2016

Hal Jordan is back in the green and Venditti promises much with this gorgeous teaser of an issue.

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9.5
Heavy Metal #280

May 13, 2016

inspiring artists and push veterans to places they have never gone (and must go) before.

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8.0
Huck #1

Nov 19, 2015

"Huck just likes making people happy." That's a refreshing quality for anyone, superpowered or not. Millar, Albuquerque, and McCaig punch the audience in the gut with kindness and humanity. The only complaint I have with "Huck" #1 is the brevity of the issue. It could have had more pages, but it was still an impressive feat of a first issue and introduction to an endearing character. Let's hope Huck survives a world that can, at times, be scary.

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9.5
Justice League #41

Jun 8, 2015

This is the best issue of Geoff Johns' run so far. Jason Fabok's art will have jaws dropped in awe with how consistently amazing it is on every page.

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9.0
Justice League #44

Oct 5, 2015

This current arc of "Justice League" continues to be the best one so far that Geoff Johns has written during his four-year tenure.

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8.0
Justice League #45

Oct 26, 2015

Although it feels lighter weight than previous issues, "Justice League" #45 continues the unique story that is "Darkseid War" and has Francis Manapul firing on all Boom Tubes.

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9.5
Justice League #50

May 27, 2016

"Justice League" #50 is a non-stop rollercoaster ride that does not waste any of its pages. Words, art, and colors are a whirlwind of revelation and emotion.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2015) #3

Aug 31, 2015

This latest issue of "JLA" doesn't compare to Hitch's best work and his story is only slightly engaging so far. If you're looking for a popcorn comic with little substance, this issue might be an attractive buy.

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8.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Special #1

Apr 8, 2016

Geoff Johns furthers the "Darkseid War" machinations while working with three distinct and capable sets of artists in this War special.

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8.9
Klaus #3

Feb 5, 2016

"Klaus" #3 is told like a tale of old. Instead of imposing a narrator though, Morrison and Mora allow us to discover the magic and mystery as it unfolds. The power of hope mixed with a swashbuckling holiday hero is a concept that could have been expected to turn into something schmaltzy or too straightforward. Instead we get a story that makes us feel like a child again as we gasp and awe with each turn of the page.

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9.2
Low #1

Jul 31, 2014

Hope is the reigning theme of this book and the team of Remender and Tocchini have submerged us into a book that makes us believe that the Caines and humanity, as promised earlier, will "rise again". This two-man team has gained the reader's trust with just one issue and one can only hope Remender continues his winning streak with Tocchini continuing to conjure stunning visuals right by his side.

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7.9
Martian Manhunter (2015) #9

Feb 19, 2016

"Martian Manhunter" #9, despite its reliance on three pencillers, is another solid chapter in the new status quo-building of J'onn J'onzz. This series is an ideal jumping on point for anyone that has heard of the Martian Manhunter but has yet to read any of his adventures. Rob Williams clearly has an affinity for this character and is building upon J'onn's origin and characterization in such a way that is intimate and almost feels like a revamp. The stakes are high for J'onn and we can't wait to see where he goes next. That sense of the unexpected permeates this issue and the ones before.

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8.9
Midnighter (2015) #1

Jun 5, 2015

It's refreshing to see a character who is gay, complex, and well-written. He's a hero but definitely not without his foibles, which includes a penchant for killing. Midnighter isn't handled delicately. The lobotomization of a character that can result when their story is infused with political correctness is nowhere to be found in Orlando's story. Sterilization and milquetoast are not in Orlando, Aco, or Fajardo's vocabulary. Midnighter is imperfect, has emotional issues, and yet has a hero's heart. He truly cares for the innocent. Darkness and light concurrently mingle to create such a promising and exciting opening chapter to what has the potential to be something great.

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8.0
Midnighter (2015) #3

Aug 10, 2015

Orlando is building up to some revelations that are sure to give even more depth to our hero. "Midnighter" #3 has an excellent mix of world and character building. This story is about a hero on a journey and this creative team is doing a superb job so far of keeping us more than interested in what is going to happen next to Midnighter.

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8.0
Midnighter (2015) #8

Jan 8, 2016

"Midnighter" #8 continues to prove this title's unique place on the comic racks. Steve Orlando has a focused vision, a love of the character, and the ability to gradually and successfully build a world. With the last page promising an exciting confrontation, Orlando promises to yet again balance his love of the DC Universe with his own artistic vision.

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8.9
Midnighter (2015) #12

May 6, 2016

"Midnighter" #12 brings this chapter of the title hero's life to a satisfying conclusion.

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9.9
Nameless #1

Jan 15, 2015

Any issue that haunts your thoughts and challenges your perceptions through breathtaking writing, art, and colors deserves to be deemed a paragon of perfection.

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9.5
Nameless #5

Sep 24, 2015

With the fifth and penultimate issue of "Nameless", we are getting closer to some kind of explanation for the profundity and horror that has been on display. Morrison, Burnham, Fairbairn, and letterer extraordinaire Simon Bowland make a up a team that was meant to be together. With each issue, the imagery and the story of "Nameless" have stuck in my mind days after reading multiple times. This "origin" issue is no exception.

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8.9
Omega Men #2

Jul 2, 2015

Symbolism permeates every aspect of "The Omega Men" #2. There is rich detail in both King's story and the artistry of the creative team that can easily be missed after simply one reading. This isn't a book to only enjoy for that which is on its surface (however enjoyable it is) but rewards another read in order to understand meaning you might have missed the first time. I appreciated this book much more (as well as the first issue) after constantly flipping through it. The effort is definitely worth it and the journey of this new and growing band of freedom fighters portends shocking and exciting events to come.

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8.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #8

May 4, 2015

Despite being a quick read, this series is worth reading and poring over for the horrific tale being weaved by Kirkman, Azaceta, and Breitweiser

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10
Paper Girls #1

Oct 8, 2015

"Paper Girls" #1 is not only one of the best issues of the year, but could possibly be the best debut of the year so far. The premise may seem unconventional and unexciting, yet Vaughn, Chiang, and Wilson defy us to not be entranced by these characters residing in 1988 Cleveland. There are reveals and an ending to this issue that are pregnant with endless possibilities and an array of possible combinations of genres. You'll be charmed and riveted from the first panels to the final splash page.

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8.9
Past Aways #3

May 29, 2015

There is a lot going on in "Past Aways" #3 and, as I mentioned earlier, must be read more than once to enjoy the high level of artistry from everyone involved in the issue's success. There are subtleties thrown in, such as the sly, humorous asides made by characters and the ways we slowly get to know them through their interactions in both words and art. Kindt, Kolins, and Crabtree are master storytellers and enhance the reading experience by never boring us. Whether it's showing us an entry in Herbert's "Travel Journal" or drawing the complex world within a robot, the creators cram tons of insight and fun into the issue without overwhelming us. They want the audience to have fun and they have succeeded in a magnificent way.

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9.0
Revival #22

Jul 24, 2014

I hope this book has a long run, and if this issue is any indication, there are imminent shocks and surprises (as well as characters) yet to come.

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8.0
Robin War #2

Jan 15, 2016

"Robin War" #2, as well as the previous chapters of this mini-event, is an example of crossovers done in an enjoyable and meaningful way. There is no filler and instead the focus is placed on character. One of Tom King's strengths is characterization and he compels us to care for these characters. He brings Dick, Duke, and Damian to life and gives them moments that make us want to continue the journey alone with them on their future exploits. With more than capable artists working with him on "Robin War" #2, King has effortlessly closed one chapter on the Robins' saga while setting up a perilous future for one of the boy wonders.

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9.0
Robin: Son of Batman #1

Jun 22, 2015

Patrick Gleason, with the assistance of Mick Gray and John Kalisz, infuses "Robin: Son of Batman" #1 with complexity and heart. Plus, Goliath is going to be a guaranteed breakout star.

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8.9
Roche Limit #4

Jan 8, 2015

"Change your world" is the final admonishment from the explorer at the beginning of this issue. With "Roche Limit", Moreci and Malhotra are taking that character's advice and succeeding at upending expectations of a science fiction story and regaling us with their tale the way they want to tell it. Through great art comes questioning of perception or simply exciting experiences. This artistic team has succeeded at both.

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8.9
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #1

May 7, 2015

"Roche Limit: Anomalous" was one of the best series of 2014. Judging by the first issue of "Roche Limit: Clandestiny", Michael Moreci has continued to impress by upending expectations and continuing his epic that I can't wait to unfold and connect with the other parts as the issues are released. The addition of Kyle Charles on art, along with Matt Battaglia's colors, only enhances the abilities of the writer and artists. The complexity of Roche Limit and its mystery are, and will be, worth exploring.

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8.8
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3

Jul 16, 2015

"Roche Limit: Clandestiny" #3 compels us readers to question reality and the idea of humanity's impurity. What is the meaning of purity and is anyone truly pure? Moreci poses philosophical questions with his script that deal with both the cerebral and the emotional. Charles and Battaglia understand the discussions that Moreci is attempting to instigate and they bring the characters' quest to vibrant fruition. Moreci continues to impress and surprise with the direction he's taking this story and characters that reflect all of our deepest and sometimes basest desires.

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8.9
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #4

Aug 27, 2015

Can the explorers stuck on Roche Limit stop a seemingly unstoppable evil that threatens to consume Earth? The actions of Sasha and her remaining space friends (both old and new) in "Roche Limit: Clandestiny" #4 promise an explosive and mind-expanding finale.

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4.0
Rom #1

Jul 28, 2016

ROM #1 has a lot of hype behind it, yet the goodwill behind the concept may not be enough to salvage this title after the first issue.

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8.5
Saga #25

Feb 5, 2015

With the usual cast of characters still on their respective journeys, Hazel continuing to tell her saga, and the tease of bombshells ahead, "Saga" #25 is another stellar issue that ends too soon.

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8.0
Sex #20

Feb 26, 2015

Casey, Kowalski, and Simpson are clearly a team who are equal partners in creating a book that is deserving of much more attention than it currently receives in terms of both critical accolades and sales. Like the other book with the word sex in its title, "Sex" is a labor of love that is overflowing with pathos, humor, and humanity.

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8.5
Sex Criminals #12

Sep 21, 2015

Sex toys, cum angels, and endearing characters. What more could one ask for in a comic book?

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8.8
Southern Bastards #7

Feb 12, 2015

Aaron and Latour have succeeded in transforming a villainous character into a sympathetic character. This is because Craw County is a place devoid of ambiguities. Although a man may seem like a hardened bastard, one must wonder what the role the past played in transforming a human into a monster. People make decisions in "Southern Bastards" #7, right or wrong, and the consequences inevitably lead to heartache and despair.

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8.9
Southern Bastards #10

Aug 3, 2015

Esaw Goings is one evil bastard. Judging by this issue, he's going to bring a heaping amount of trouble to Craw County in the near future.

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8.5
Southern Cross #3

May 18, 2015

"Southern Cross" is a thrilling book that is slowly and successfully building (based on the revelations and subterfuge of all three issues) to a terrifying and shocking conclusion.

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9.0
Superman (2011) #41

Jun 26, 2015

Yang has successfully enticed us with the first chapter of a story that describes the how and why of Superman's secret becoming common knowledge to every being in the universe. Yang's own unique voice is clear on every page while retaining a familiarity that fans of the character (no matter the medium that introduced him to them) will find refreshing and fun. Romita and Janson have already had time with the character during Geoff Johns' run and their art seems to have become stronger and just a bit different. That could partly be the result of new colorist Dean White but it most definitely has to do with Yang's engaging, mystery-tinged story. The first part of "Before Truth" has a sensational beginning in "Superman" #41 and the mystery isn't the only thing that's going to keep readers coming back for the next chapter. It's strong characterization.

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7.5
Superman (2011) #48

Jan 29, 2016

"Superman" #48 is another example of the current Superman family of books attempting and succeeding at trying something new and imaginative with a character that has a decades-long history. With the classic villain Vandal Savage, Yang and the rest of the "Superman" team have built a story that has that familiar Silver Age touch added to something that feels fresh and new for the Man of Steel.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #50

Mar 18, 2016

Because it's the fiftieth issue, one would expect a nod to the historical. The addition of that fourth artist is a nice wink to long time readers, while the depiction of Clark throughout the issue is one of a classic hero that most people will recognize. The balance between retaining the essence of the hero while making him a three-dimensional character is evident in "Superman" #50. The ending is a thrilling promise of further adventures for the hero and his family.

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6.9
Superman/Wonder Woman #19

Jul 20, 2015

Not much happens in "Superman/Wonder Woman" #19 despite being an entertaining issue.

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8.9
Superman: American Alien #1

Nov 13, 2015

"Superman: American Alien" #1 is overflowing with that sense of possibility in every facet of its execution. The simple yet timeless concepts of hope and perseverance are infused within every page of this comic book. The final two page epilogue by Landis, artist Matthew Clark, and colorist Rob Schwager is not only heartbreaking, but informs the sense of hope in trying times that is on every preceding page. This issue can be read and thoroughly enjoyed as a one-shot story, yet if this issue is a preview of what is to come, then we might be lucky to have another classic Superman epic.

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8.5
Swamp Thing (2011) #40

Mar 6, 2015

Like the Green itself, Swamp Thing can never die. He is a vital character to the DC Universe and has proven himself a versatile character not only in his past stories but in Snyder and Soule's runs during the New 52 era as well. Soule brought so much to the character and proves, through the ideas explored in this final (at least for this volume) issue of Alec's series, that any character can live on if creator and reader work together to breathe life into them. The cover proclaims "Season's End" and is an indication that this isn't the last we've seen of ol' Swampy.

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9.2
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

Jun 1, 2015

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" #3 is proof that Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack are putting great care and passion in the creation of this story. With horror, humor, and characters with depth and wit, this is one of the best books on the shelves. The chilling and the macabre are in these storytellers' blood. Grab this issue and hunt for the other ones so you, too, can be baptized with Sabrina into this world of horrors.

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8.0
The Devilers #1

Jul 18, 2014

Whether one is a horror aficionado or not, this first issue has enough to hook any discerning comic book reader. Things are just starting to get gruesome, and I doubt (almost) anyone will want to miss what other disgusting carnage awaits the book's protagonists and us.

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9.6
The Fade Out #1

Aug 21, 2014

Historical accuracy is just one piece of evidence that proves "The Fade Out" is a labor of love. With an intriguing story, ingenious methods of storytelling, and flawed characters that beg to be understood, Brubaker, Phillips, and Breitweiser are a team worth following through the enigmatic streets of 1940s Los Angeles.

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4.0
The Flintstones #1

Jul 7, 2016

The creative team behind "The Flintstones" #1 was reason enough to hope this book would be one of the best of the week or even the month. Instead it's one of the biggest disappointments so far this year. Hopefully the writing can improve with future issues and catch up with Pugh and Chuckry's admirable art.

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8.0
The Fuse #7

Oct 30, 2014

However, "The Fuse" is far from an effortless endeavor. Human interaction, crime, and class struggles are just some of the topics touched upon in this issue. The trio of Johnston, Greenwood, and Chankhamma show us that no matter where we are and no matter what genre (or genres) a story fits within, humanity will have the same struggles. There will always be a need for people to save the day, whether that's a superhero or a space cop on a floating artificial world.

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9.5
The Goddamned #2

Dec 17, 2015

"The Goddamned", after only two issues, has cemented itself as one of the best new series of 2015. In these two issues, a world and its people have been conjured from words, pencils, and color. The simplicity of the story and the intricate simplicity of the art have come together to create an experience that will have you shocked as well as laughing. When something this horrendous is depicted, the only thing you can do is laugh. That response is proof that Aaron, Gura, and Brusco are eliciting primal responses from their readers. We can't help but be attracted to the ugly of the world and "The Goddamned" #2 deliciously beckons us toward it with gusto.

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8.0
The Massive #27

Sep 25, 2014

With only three issues left in the series, it's sad to think that we'll soon be bidding adieu to the crew of "The Massive". It's a testament to the exceptional work of Wood, Brown, and Bellaire that they are able to take us on a journey with such surprising twists and turns that end up being deliberate and appropriate. With darkness ever-present on the horizon, the tale of "The Massive" is one of hope and rebirth; out of such horrendous abuse that we inflict on ourselves and our world can come a healing. So far we have glimmers of light and portents of doom in the last chapters of this underrated gem of a book. "The Massive" #27 answers some questions while bringing up even more; the discovery of the Massive was only the beginning.

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9.5
The Multiversity Guidebook #1

Jan 29, 2015

Each entry in the encyclopedia of Earth descriptions begs their own book, but the entry illustrated by Kelley Jones really gives me chills. Earth-43 is "a world of darkness and fear where super-vampires rule the night as the BLOOD LEAGUE". Enough said.

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6.5
The Multiversity: Mastermen #1

Feb 20, 2015

Although past installments of "The Multiversity" has introduced us to other characters for seemingly fleeting moments, Morrison has always been adept at leaving us craving more adventures with them while also feeling thoroughly satisfied with what we were given in just one issue. "The Multiversity: Mastermen" #1 doesn't feel complete, yet moments of skill, such as the narration and occasional humor, still make this a book worth reading despite its flaws.

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9.5
The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes #1

Sep 18, 2014

Morrison set out to make us vital players in a series with consequences for our world and the other worlds of the Multiverse. He and his cohorts have succeeded in every aspect with the first two issues. Vastly different in style and scope from the previous chapter, "The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World: #1 (saying the title never gets old) is delightful fun. I have a feeling we'll be seeing some of these heroes toward the end of Morrison's (and ours) journey through the Multiverse.

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9.5
The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

Dec 18, 2014

"The Multiversity: Thunderworld" debates the age old battle of magic versus science. One definitely wins out over the other at the end of this story. Morrison, Stewart, and Fairbairn are the magicians who have brought a classic character and his world to transcendent life. The mystery connecting each issue of this miniseries insinuates its way into Earth-5 and we can only hope the heroes of Fawcett City will still be standing when Morrison's opus inevitably comes to an end.

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8.9
The Twilight Children #1

Oct 16, 2015

"The Twilight Children" #1 is an intelligent and well-crafted issue. Hernandez, Cooke, and Stewart allow the reader to deduce for themselves what is going on in their story. There are many things to be inferred from what is said and unsaid in almost every page and panel. If the rest of the miniseries is as intricate as this issue, then there is potential for this tale to be a masterpiece.

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6.5
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 16, 2016

Despite not being an essential issue, "Titans: Rebirth" #1 has promise because of Dan Abnett's writing and his enthusiasm for the cast of heroes.

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8.9
Toe Tag Riot #1

Nov 26, 2014

It's a shame more books like this don't have a well-deserved spotlight. Miner and Von Gorman have released a fun book with a vital message that is cleverly written and gorgeously illustrated. I look forward to seeing the band members fleshed out (pun intended) in the remaining issues of "Toe Tag Riot" and seeing the paragons of hate brought down to the lowest peg.

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8.5
Trees #9

May 21, 2015

"Trees" #9 is a drastic change from the previous issues and begins a new arc that promises answers. Doctor Creasy is a strong character who definitely has the courage, drive, and complex humanity to make the future of this book brimming with promise. Warren Ellis is writing a book that has the feel of a hidden gem. A book this subtle, despite its sensational premise, is deserving of careful reading for both its written and artistic brilliance.

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8.9
We Are Robin #2

Jul 27, 2015

After two issues, "We Are Robin" has already proved itself worthy to be mentioned alongside the other great books coming out of the Bat-editorial offices.

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9.5
We Are Robin #4

Sep 28, 2015

Every aspect of "We Are Robin" #4, from the story to the art and Jared K. Fletcher's letters, is done with such beauty and care. The result is one of the best issues of the month and the year. James Harvey is a man who deserves superstar status.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #34

Oct 3, 2014

The usual slow burn of "Wonder Woman" makes way for a jam-packed wild ride of a penultimate issue in #34. All the elements that have made up the run by Azzarello, Chiang (as well as gorgeous occasional contributions by Tony Akins, et al over its run), and Wilson is distilled in this one issue: heart, action, intrigue, and inspired storytelling. The end of the month will be bittersweet when the final issue of Wonder Woman's exploits by Azzarello and company finally arrives. This team has brought so much to Diana's mythos. One can only hope that the new creative team builds upon the foundation that has been so firmly and intricately built. And those elephants need to come back toot sweet.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #34

Oct 3, 2014

The usual slow burn of "Wonder Woman" makes way for a jam-packed wild ride of a penultimate issue in #34. All the elements that have made up the run by Azzarello, Chiang (as well as gorgeous occasional contributions by Tony Akins, et al over its run), and Wilson is distilled in this one issue: heart, action, intrigue, and inspired storytelling. The end of the month will be bittersweet when the final issue of Wonder Woman's exploits by Azzarello and company finally arrives. This team has brought so much to Diana's mythos. One can only hope that the new creative team builds upon the foundation that has been so firmly and intricately built. And those elephants need to come back toot sweet.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #36

Nov 20, 2014

The Finches' inaugural issue of "Wonder Woman" is underdeveloped and, once finished, leaves an empty feeling. One disjointed scene moves jarringly to the next. The shock we're supposed to experience after viewing the last page just ends up feeling hollow. Wonder Woman is a strong and inspirational character who deserves a creative team that can communicate the complexity and unique character of Diana in compelling stories. The previous creative team did that beautifully. Although the Finches don't disregard Diana's new status quo, it appears they don't know how to build upon what came before.

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8.8
Wonder Woman (2016) #1

Jun 24, 2016

Greg Rucka, with Liam Sharpe and Laura Martin, give us an introduction to Diana and her personality that is infectious and complex. "Wonder Woman" #1 is an exercise in subtle characterization through little said and quite a lot shown.

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9.5
Wytches #5

Mar 26, 2015

With one more chapter left to go in the first "Wytches" storyline, the fifth issue cements the book's status as one of the best ongoing series. Rich with a mythology that has only been teased so far and an art team that melds perfectly with Snyder's vision, "Wytches" is rich with endless possible avenues to go down in both story and art direction. It is also one of the most horrifying comic books, with the ending of this issue sure to inflict bitten nails and sleepless nights.

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