Kellie Keener's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: But Why Tho?, You Don't Read Comics Reviews: 83
8.2Avg. Review Rating

10
A Gentle Nobles Vacation Recommendation #1

Jul 24, 2020

As a fan of isekai manga, I was eager to jump into A Gentle Noble's Vacation Recommendation Vol. 1and it exceeded my expectations. Lizel's journey is just beginning and I am eagerly anticipating the next chapter in his story.

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9
Acts of Evil: Ms. Marvel Annual #1

Jul 10, 2019

Its not necessary to read main The Magnificent Ms. Marvel series in order to understand the annual (but it is highly recommended because its a wonderful series), so this issue is a great place to jump in with Ms. Marvel. 

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9.6
Big Girls #1

Aug 12, 2020

It appears that nothing is really what it seems, and something sinister is going on behind the scenes with both the mistakes and the Big Girls. And Ember's journey into discovering this is only beginning. Big Girls #1 is a thrilling read that should be part of everyone's pull list. 

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9.6
Captain Marvel (2019) #1

Jan 16, 2019

The issue ends with a cliffhanger and unlimited potential for where the story can go. With a strong creative team behind the scenes, this series is set to take off much like the Captain herself.

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9.6
Captain Marvel (2019) #2

Feb 22, 2019

The team behind Captain Marvel is off to a great start and they will hopefully continue to improve. As a pilot, the skys the limit for Carol, and ideally, for her story as well.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #3

Mar 23, 2019

Revealing backstory and explaining whats going on on Roosevelt Island was necessary, but adding more action wouldve helped move this story along. The strong contributions from the art team were able to make up for what felt lacking, and this wasnt a bad issue, but compared to the previous two it felt the most drawn out.

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2019) #4

Apr 10, 2019

It looks like Carols time on Roosevelt Island is coming to an end, but any victory she has will probably be tainted by the memories of facing off with Rogue once again.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #5

May 8, 2019

As the next arc begins, Carol's story will connect with the massive War of the Realms narrative, but hopefully, the story doesn't lose its own unique voice.

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8
Captain Marvel (2019) #6

Jun 5, 2019

Fortunately for fans that aren't interested in reading the main War of the Realms title, this tie-in is as self-contained as a tie-in can be. There's a blurb at the front of the book explaining what the War of the Realms is, and since Malekith isn't the main antagonist in this story, that summary is enough. Regardless of being a tie-in issue, this is still a great Captain Marvel story.

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2019) #7

Jun 19, 2019

As far as event tie-ins go, this one didnt feel too forced, but it will be great to get back to Captain Marvels usual adventures.

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9.6
Captain Marvel (2019) #8

Jul 17, 2019

Carol may be falling hard, but with the support of her friends and her own resilience, maybe shell be able to keep from hitting the ground. 

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2019) #9

Aug 17, 2019

While Captain Marvel might be benched from fighting until her powers are sorted out, her story is far from boring. The creative team is exploring Carol as a well-rounded character; one who isn't fully human in her biology, but still fully human in her struggles and vulnerability. It's a side of the Captain that can be easy to forget about. As she's seen punching holes in spaceships and one-shotting monsters, but it's a side that we need to be reminded that she has. 

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9
Captain Marvel (2019) #10

Sep 11, 2019

While this isnt the first time Carols had her powers drained, this is a refreshing take on the plot thats going to have far-reaching effects on her life.

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9
Captain Marvel (2019) #11

Oct 23, 2019

While the story wraps up more neatly than it would, in reality, healing is a lifelong process in many cases, it's still an important look into trauma, and how victims can become just as harmful as the person who harmed them. And just because she lost the fight doesn't mean Ripley is gone for good- it looks like she'll be back to cause problems for Carol.

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9.6
Captain Marvel (2019) #12

Nov 20, 2019

Captain Marvel's going to become the Last Avenger, as the title says, but it might cost her everything. Between the stunning art and the astonishing story, this issue demands to be picked up. You don't want to miss out on a story that's sure to shake the Marvel Universe to its core. 

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Captain Marvel (2019) #13

Dec 11, 2019

Its unclear how big of a part Singularity will play in future issues, or if shell play any part at all. Even if she doesnt appear after this story, it was great to see her reunited with Carol again. This new run of Captain Marvel has been an incredible exploration of the character. Pushing her beyond her limits like never before, and this issue is a perfect example of that.

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9.6
Captain Marvel (2019) #15

Feb 20, 2020

Captain Marvel is learning the hard way that Vox is more powerful than she expected, as plans to use her as the last Avenger to complete their mission. Despite all her efforts to save her friends, it still may not be enough in the end.

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9.6
Captain Marvel (2019) #16

Mar 18, 2020

This story wraps up the Last Avenger arc in a way that is satisfying and completes the story without rushing the ending. And while things with Vox Supreme might be wrapped up for now, with Star still on the loose (see Star issues 1 and 2), theres sure to be plenty of adventures for Captain Marvel moving forward. 

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Captain Marvel (2019) #17

Jul 15, 2020

Ultimately Captain Marvel #17 feels like unnecessary filler. It isnt interesting enough to stand on its own as fluff, and its too self-contained to be a bridge between arcs. 

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2019) #18

Jul 29, 2020

While there are a few details that aren't explained that would require reading the other comics (how did Hulkling become Emperor and why are the Fantastic Four briefly shown?), but ultimately Captain Marvel #18 is enjoyable and stands on its own. And this should come as a relief to readers that aren't interested in/don't have the time for another major comics event. 

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2019) #19

Aug 12, 2020

Lauri-ell was the stand out star of Captain Marvel #19, and it will be a shame if she's killed off or written out of the story at the end of the Empyre event. Far from feeling like a cheap plot twist, Lauri-ell's character has the potential to add a lot to Carol's story going forward and to provide a look at how unique Carol is for having both human traits. Even once the Empyre event ends, Captain Marvel's time as the Accuser is sure to have an effect on her thoughts and choices, and hopefully, her half-sister can be a part of that.

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5
Captain Marvel (2019) #20

Aug 19, 2020

While Captain Marvel #20 was an overall enjoyable story, its becoming harder to care about the stakes if you arent following the rest of the Empyre event. Some questions cant be answered by just reading this story, like what do the Cotati want, and why are they such a threat to Earth? Readers shouldnt have to follow multiple tie-ins and the titular event comic to keep up with the characters theyre personally interested in. This isnt the fault of the creative team behind Captain Marvel #20, theyre doing their best to keep Carols story entertaining, but its going to be a huge relief when the Empyre event finally ends, and Captain Marvels story can go back to standing largely on its own. 

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5
Captain Marvel (2019) #21

Sep 10, 2020

The end of the Empyre event feels like a relief because the tie-in issues haven't been as interesting as other arcs have been. What kept this arc from completely falling flat was the introduction of Lauri-ell as a character, as well as the inclusion of Captain Marvel's close friends War Machine, Hazmat, and Spider-Woman as Accusers. While it would be great to see those characters come back in future issues, hopefully, they won't have the pressure of carrying the entire arc on their shoulders. 

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8
Captain Marvel (2019) #22

Oct 14, 2020

After the Empyre event seemed to drag on, Captain Marvel #22 is an exciting return to a Carol-centric story that doesnt require reading multiple other books to understand.  

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8.4
Cemetery Beach #1

Sep 19, 2018

Telling a full story in seven issues is a lot to ask, and telling a good story even more so, but the team behind Cemetery Beach seems more than up to the task. This is a comic that is well worth reading.

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8.4
Cemetery Beach #2

Oct 24, 2018

Since Cemetery Beach is only going to have seven issues, there is a lot of pressure for each issue to contain as much information as possible without overloading readers. The creative team behind this story is proving to be capable of this by revealing details in a way that feels natural and not forced, and keeping enough information hidden so that readers want to come back for the next issue to find out more.

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9
Cemetery Beach #3

Nov 17, 2018

Revealing the details slowly helps to keep the reader from being overwhelmed by information dumping, while also keeping things intriguing. There is a lot of information to be revealed, but only four issues left in the series. Based on the accomplishments of the creative team for the first three issues, they should be more than able to continue writing a satisfying and thrilling story until the very end.

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Cemetery Beach #4

Dec 19, 2018

Each step of Mike and Graces journey takes them closer to their destination and reveals more of the mystery surrounding the colony. The series is rapidly approaching its conclusion where all the loose ends will hopefully be tied up.

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9.6
Cemetery Beach #5

Jan 16, 2019

With only two issues left before the series wraps, the pacing will hopefully pick up. There are many unanswered questions about who characters really are and there is still a lot of mystery surrounding Oldhomes original intent for creating this colony. Ideally most of these questions will be answered before the end, but even if they arent this is a satisfying story overall.

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9.6
Cemetery Beach #6

Feb 8, 2019

The next issue is going to be the last and it should be a wild ride. A showdown between Mike, Grace, and President Barrow would make for a thrilling conclusion by wrapping up loose ends and also providing an epic final battle. Whatever happens in the final issue it will hopefully live up to the expectations the previous issues have created for it.

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10
Cemetery Beach #7

Mar 7, 2019

   This issue was under much pressure to wrap up the series in a satisfying way, and the creative team rose to the challenge. The ending answered some questions while also leaving many things unanswered. In many ways, its not the expected ending, but its the best ending the series couldve had.

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9.6
Champions (2020) #1

Oct 7, 2020

Champions Outlawed #1 is an all-around well-crafted story, and its a great place to jump into the Champions story.

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Domino (2018) #5

Sep 12, 2018

Domino is lucky because it's going to make it past the six-issue mark and turn into a full-blown series. Once the Killer-Instinct arc wraps up in the next issue, Domino will be getting a well-deserved Annual issue and a new arc starting in issue #7. While it hasnt been a perfect comic, the art and writing certainly make it an interesting read, and the pacing issues should hopefully sort themselves out as the series continues.

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Domino (2018) #6

Oct 5, 2018

While the story is dialogue heavy, the pacing is fast enough to stay engaging. This issue was the most well put together of the arc, a satisfying conclusion, while also leaving enough open for continuing adventures. Domino has a solid creative team, and has gotten off to a good start as an interesting and entertaining comic. Hopefully, this lucky streak continues.

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Domino (2018) #7

Oct 16, 2018

While the action does not truly start until near the end of the issue, it is still an interesting read because of the development that happens, as well as the art. When the action does finally get started, it is exciting and fast-paced, and, of course, ends with an unanswered question, likely leaving readers antsy for the next issue. So far, each issue in the series has improved, and this will hopefully continue so that Domino can become one of the mainstays of Marvels lineup.

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Domino (2018) #8

Nov 23, 2018

This story felt almost like a bridge between two arcs. Most of the plot points were tied up by the end, but enough of an opening was left for a new arc to begin. The creative team behind Domino has improved their work with each issue, and, if this continues, the next arc of the story should be even better than this.

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Domino (2018) #9

Jan 2, 2019

Because this arc is just beginning the issue ends with a cliffhanger so not everything is wrapped up right away. This is frustrating because theres a month long wait for answers, but to team behind Domino will hopefully make this wait well worth it.

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5
Domino (2018) #10

Jan 16, 2019

This doesnt feel like a true conclusion to the series. While Domino will be returning in Hotshots #1, it would have been nice to feel like this chapter was wrapped up more conclusively.

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8
Domino (2018) Annual #1

Oct 27, 2018

While reading the annual is not essential to keeping up with the main storyline--the only references to the ongoing series are Diamondback and Outlaw--it is still worth a read. These mini-stories help give more characterization to Domino, and offer readers a chance to see multiple creative teams interpretations of the character.

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8.4
Domino: Hotshots #1

Mar 11, 2019

Hopefully, as the series continues the creative team will keep the great work. Going forward, maybe more characters from the larger Marvel universe will make cameos as allies or villains, helping to cement Dominos place among the ongoing titles offered by Marvel.

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Domino: Hotshots #2

Apr 3, 2019

As exciting as the addition of more characters from the larger Marvel universe is, this series is only a limited run. Theres only so much space for worldbuilding to happen and for the story to have a progression that doesnt feel rushed there are only three more issues. If Simone and company try to go too big for the space they have, the series will suffer for it.

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6
Domino: Hotshots #3

May 4, 2019

Its unfortunate that issue 3 wasnt up to par with the rest of the series so far but the remaining issues could really turn the series around, finishing it off strong.

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Domino: Hotshots #4

Jun 5, 2019

Its unfortunate that it took four issues for the series to get to such a good place because of its limited run, but its better late than never. And in the future, if theres another Domino series with the same creative team, then they should be ready to go right away.

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8.4
Domino: Hotshots #5

Jul 17, 2019

As of now, this is the last of Domino's adventures with the Hotshots, but hopefully, they'll return in another series sooner rather than later.

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FCBD 2019: Lady Mechanika #1

May 4, 2019

All four volumes of Lady Mechanika are available from the artist at joebenitez.com

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Gwenpool Strikes Back #1

Aug 17, 2019

Since her first adventure in The Unbelievable Gwenpool #0 (originally Howard the Duck volume 6 #1) Gwen has appeared on and off, as a member of the West Coast Avengers (until their book was canceled), again in Spider-Man: Deadpool #50, and she even fought in the War of the Realms. After all of her adventures, it's great to see Gwenpool in her own solo series, even if it's only five issues. This is a great place for new fans to get started with Gwenpool and for existing fans to get more Gwen content.

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9.6
Gwenpool Strikes Back #2

Sep 11, 2019

Gwenpool escaped her last misadventure by traveling off the pages and "flashbacking" her way to a better ending. But trapped in the Fantastic Four with no access to the page margins? It's gonna take some serious creativity. 

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5
Gwenpool Strikes Back #3

Oct 13, 2019

With Gwenpool trying every idea she can to boost her sales and keep a solo series, some of those ideas are bound to fail. So far, theyve failed on the page, but the execution of the actual story has been good. This time, however, things didnt work out in either situation. But theres always next month.

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5
Gwenpool Strikes Back #4

Nov 20, 2019

Chaos and random humor make Gwenpool a fun character, but these traits need to be used in moderation, or she ends up feeling like a Deadpool knock off that's trying way too hard. At the start of this series, this balance was reached pretty well, but things were skewed along the way. Hopefully, everything is pulled back together for the last issue, or Gwenpool may not get the ongoing series she so desires. 

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Gwenpool Strikes Back #5

Dec 18, 2019

Characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have taken a back seat during this run so others could get the spotlight. And I'm glad that that's the case. But It was also great to see this moment play out with these characters. Their intertwined stories made it a more than earned scene. And I think it ultimately did its job, as it wound up taking Lex down a few pegs.

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Invisible Differences OGN

Jul 5, 2020

Invisible Differences wonderfully blends entertainment with education. The final pages include reference notes and additional resources where readers can learn more. I saw myself in Invisible Differences and hope other autistic readers can relate to Marguerites struggles, and neurotypical readers can learn more about how we see the world a little differently.

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9.6
Jook Joint #1

Oct 24, 2018

At the end of issue one, many questions are still left unanswered, questions such as where does Mahalias power come from, who are the women she cares for, and what will Heloise chose? Will she leave her abusive husband and join Mahalias coven? These questions and more will hopefully be answered in the next issue. Jook Joint is difficult to read, but well worth it.

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9.6
Jook Joint #2

Nov 18, 2018

The details about Mahalias story are slowly being revealed, but there are still mysteries to be explained about her character. Heloises story is also far from over. She has a lot of choices to be made, and, no matter what she choses, there will be consequences to explore. Hopefully the series will continue to handle the dark and intense themes with the same care and feeling.

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Killing Red Sonja #2

Jun 18, 2020

While it isnt a great story for people who want Red Sonja action, Killing Red Sonja #2 is still an interesting story about what happens when a child loses his father and suddenly has to hold the weight of an empire, and the world, on his inexperienced shoulders.

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Lois Lane and the Friendship Challenge OGN

Aug 11, 2020

While there are conflict and a mystery to be solved, the stakes aren't as high as they would be in a story featuring the adult Lois Lane.Lois Lane and the Friendship Challengeis a good example of how stories about well-known characters don't always have to be intense or about saving the world to be fun and valuable. I really enjoyed my time reading Lois Lane and the Friendship Challenge because it was a lighthearted escape from the stress of reality.

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

Mar 19, 2019

It would have been easy to imitate precisely what was done in the previous series, but the creative team appears to be building on what happened while adding their own unique spin to the story. If the first issue is anything to go by, The Magnificent Ms. Marvel is going to be a cant miss series.

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #2

Apr 24, 2019

Kamala has grown in strength and maturity with every challenge shes faced since Ms. Marvel, and shes going to need every bit of that strength to face the challenges coming her way. Being the chosen one isnt easy, but with the help of her friends and family, Kamala might just make it work.

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Magnificent Ms. Marvel #3

May 29, 2019

With each mission she undertakes, Kamalas abilities are pushed to the limit, but so far shes passed, growing as a hero and as a person. As the Destined One however, the fate of an entire planet is in her hands, making this a much bigger test than shes ever faced before.

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #4

Jun 27, 2019

Watching Kamala mature from a Captain Marvel fangirl into an increasingly confident superhero in her own right has been an incredible journey to follow, and so far this series is continuing that growth. Focusing on this character development has made the action more spread out, but this issue feels like its the end of the exposition. Like all of the pieces have been moved into place and now its time for the action to begin.

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #5

Jul 24, 2019

Even though she's back on Earth and her family is safe, this isn't the end for Ms. Marvel. Big Threats don't always come from supervillains or aliens.

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #6

Aug 21, 2019

Kamala has two options; take some time off as Ms. Marvel as she sorts out her emotions about her dad. OR throw herself wholeheartedly into being Ms. Marvel and fighting bad guys as a distraction. No matter what she chooses, she'll at least have her friends and family to help her out.

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #7

Sep 18, 2019

The best thing about Ms. Marvel has always been her ability to keep fighting. Fighting for what's right, even when she's got the world against her. And how much she cares about helping her friends and family. This issue really shows how far this mentality has gotten Kamala in her superhero journey, as well as how far she still has to go. No matter how super one is, there's always room to grow.

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Magnificent Ms. Marvel #8

Oct 11, 2019

This story is a reminder to keep growing, but to not let that growth become a toxic force that consumes you. To questioning, to never take things at face value, and most of all, to keep fighting for what's right. Even if you've never picked up Ms. Marvel before, this issue is a must-read.

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8.4
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #9

Nov 6, 2019

Stories like this are a good reminder of everything Kamalas fighting for, and everything she has to lose. She cant heal her dad, her anger and helplessness at the situation are sure to affect how she handles the upcoming clash with Mr. Hyde. 

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #10

Dec 4, 2019

Unlike Kamala, Stormranger doesn't want to end a fight just because the opponent has been subdued; the fight isn't over until the threat is completely eliminated. Did the aliens who gave her the costume way back in issue #5 have truly devious intentions and intend the costume to act as a sleeper agent, waiting for the right time to destroy Ms. Marvel's reputation? Or is Stormranger a culmination of all of Kamala's anger and fear brought to life by Kree technology? 

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Magnificent Ms. Marvel #11

Jan 8, 2020

This isnt a bad comic, but compared with how amazing the other issues of The Magnificent Ms. Marvel have been, it just cant compete. 

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #12

Feb 5, 2020

Thus far, The Magnificent Ms. Marvel has been an incredible run with so many different plot points being introduced and developed until they all come together in a devastating way. This issue is truly one of the best thats come out of this run so far.

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Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13

Mar 12, 2020

 Fitting a new character into a well-established cast can be tricky, but Amulet fits seamlessly into the Ms. Marvel story and is going to add a lot to coming issues. 

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9.6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #14

Sep 10, 2020

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #14 is a strong return from hiatus. Setting up an arc that's sure to profoundly affect not only Ms. Marvel's future but also the future of all teen superheroes in the Marvel universe. 

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Magnificent Ms. Marvel #15

Oct 7, 2020

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #15 is a solid continuation of where issue #14 left off, and of the Outlawed story as a whole. This is by far the most dangerous experience Kamala has gone through in her current run, and hopefully, this will continue to help her grow as a character. 

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My Riot OGN

Jul 31, 2020

My Riot is the story of one girl's coming of age in the DIY music scene, and her journey to self-acceptance. This is the perfect story for anyone that loves reading about the Riot Grrrl movement, and anyone fighting to find their voice.

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Odessa OGN

Oct 9, 2020

There are a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of Odessa, but this is only part one of this story. (As of the writing of this review the release date of the second book has not been announced).

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4
Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #4

Jun 19, 2020

Ultimately, Red Sonja Age of Chaos #4 suffers from too much happening in too little time as neither storyline is able to get off the ground.

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10
Spider-Man/Deadpool #50

May 8, 2019

This story is over the top ridiculous in the best way. It's an absolutely hilarious meme-filled shitposting dream. There's no better way Spider-Man and Deadpool's adventure could've ended.

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9.6
Star (2020) #1

Jan 8, 2020

Whenever a book has so much hype surrounding it, theres always the potential that it might not live up to the high expectations. Fortunately, Star #1 has lived up to and even exceed these expectations. Between the story and the art, this is a fantastic story, and since it involves the Reality Stone, who knows what repercussions it will have for the larger Marvel universe. 

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9.6
Star (2020) #2

Feb 26, 2020

Star is in a very precarious position right now. If she cant learn to control her newfound powers shell keep creating rips in the fabric of reality. Scarlet Witch can help her as best she can but if Ripley continues to let her anger and grief control her actions it wont be enough. With the very powerful people after the Reality Stone, Star needs to act fast or she might lose her life.

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9.6
Star (2020) #3

Mar 25, 2020

This story is a fantastic setup for what promises to be an absolutely stunning next issue as with Captain Marvels arrival, Star is facing the fight of her life; the fight for her life. This is the tipping point for her character as the outcome will decide if she becomes a legendary villain or can be turned into a hero. 

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Star (2020) #4

Jun 12, 2020

While this issue is clearly setting up the conclusion, it doesnt feel like its just a setup. Enough is going on in this issue that it stands on its own as a story. Star has all the makings of a very successful mini-series, and hopefully, issue 5 will stick the landing. 

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Star (2020) #5

Jul 8, 2020

 Star #5 may be the end of this miniseries; its not the end for Star. As long as Reality Stone is bonded with Ripley Ryan, shes sure to pop up again in the larger Marvel universe. 

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #3

Aug 26, 2020

After reading enough Doctor Aphra comics, you learn not to trust anyone because loyalties shift as quickly as credits can change hands. And while I enjoy the characters, Doctor Aphra #3 didn't wow me. It followed a similar formula of Doctor Aphra comics before it; Aphra does questionable things, her allies doubt her, she does some more questionable things, and everything (mostly) works out. But with all of the new characters on her team, hopefully, future issues of Doctor Aphra will stand out.

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Swamp Thing: Twin Branches OGN

Oct 13, 2020

With its atmospheric writing and aesthetically pleasing art style, this is a captivating read. But it may not hold up for diehard Swamp Thing fans because Swamp Thing: Twin Branches ends up feeling like a science fiction/fantasy story with very little connection to the character Swamp Thing.

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Vampirella (2019) #1

Jul 17, 2019

Whether you're a longtime Vampirella fan or a total newbie, this is the chance to jump into a great new series and help the character reach her next milestone.

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Vampirella (2019) #2

Aug 24, 2019

There's a lot of potential for a solid and cohesive story, but nothing seems to connect in a way that makes sense just yet.

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