Kent Falkenberg's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 76
7.6Avg. Review Rating

5.5
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 23, 2017

What does it mean when a four-issue crossover went one issue too long?

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9.0
Aliens: Dead Orbit #2

Jun 1, 2017

Seriously, the chest-burst in this issue is so visceral, I half-expected some kind of 4D effect where the page would feel wet to the touch and leave a red-stain on my fingertips.

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7.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #8

Aug 21, 2017

Worth it just for the shot of Rocket slung up in a baby carrier. "I only ask" Don't let Quill see me like a baby."

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8.0
Animal Noir #1

Mar 6, 2017

Really strong debut. This is a series to watch for.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #26

Jul 21, 2017

Stay a while, and swim in Sejic's garden of underwater delights.

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7.5
Babyteeth #3

Aug 14, 2017

Cates is right, though. A hungry baby can seem the devil sometimes.

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6.0
Bankshot #2

Jul 31, 2017

I really believe there's a solid bit of escapist, nano-tech espionage in here. DeCampi has a proven flourish when it comes to the old ultraviolence. But "Bankshot" #2 isn't there yet. It's fine if this story boils down to supersoldier done wrong " might not be reinventing chess, but people have done more with less " and if that's the case, then just let Chrisscross and Snakebite Cortez cut loose. They're clear and precise and inject their panels with a healthy dose of velocity. It's too bad they had to stop right as they were building up steam.

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5.5
Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1

Jun 30, 2017

Elmer Fudd: Year One isn't a comic anyone in their right mind asked for, but it's what we were so close to actually getting. And it was so close to actually working. Too bad close only counts in curling.

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8.0
Batman/The Shadow #1

May 1, 2017

Off to a great start. Tune in next month to see where it goes - same Shadow time, same Shadow channel.

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6.5
Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 16, 2017

Rossmos art is fantastic all around, but bonus points for finally getting the Batman Who Laughss sneer to feel more like the Joker and less like Judge Death.

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8.0
Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack #1

Sep 25, 2017

"Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack" is the perfect type of licensed comic. It's got the style and swagger of its parent, while very much remaining it's own beast. Nothing here is impenetrable " Jack proves that himself driving head-on into that fencing of hellfire. Overall, it's one spirited romp through the apocalypse.

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8.5
Black Cloud #4

Jul 17, 2017

A more focused story is a great thing. But let's be serious, Greg Hinkle's art is otherworldly.

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7.0
Black Road #6

Jan 23, 2017

Back to the well for Brian Wood and once more unto the breach for Garry Brown. Bleak, yes. But great work from both.

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8.0
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #2

Jun 16, 2017

Not what I expected after reading the first. But then again, the first wasnt what Id expected either.

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6.0
Cable (2017) #2

Jul 3, 2017

There's little in the way of character motivation written into this series. And that's fine. If Robinson and Pacheco want "Cable" to be nothing more than a violent game of hopscotch from one disparate past to another, there are worse ideas out there. But they need to smooth out the execution and really ramp up the adrenaline to keep people biting on that hook.

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8.5
Curse Words #7

Aug 17, 2017

"Curse Words" #7 takes some massive strides in that regard " including the ultimate fate of Jacques Zacques " all while remaining one of the most visually arresting and continuously hilarious books out there.

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8.5
Dark Days: The Casting #1

Jul 13, 2017

Originally an 8, but any comic that makes Hawkman name-dropping Challengers of the Unknown sound so resoundingly triumphant definitely deserves a bump.

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6.0
Dastardly And Muttley #1

Sep 8, 2017

If you come to the end of a book and the biggest unanswered question you have is Why am I reading this? you probably already have your answer.

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7.0
Dead Inside #3

Feb 17, 2017

An effective slow-burn. Arcudi and Fejzula stoke the coals in preparation for the final two issues.

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6.0
Deathstroke (2016) #12

Feb 13, 2017

After a very special episode, it's a rocky return to the regularly scheduled "Deathstroke."

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #17

Apr 24, 2017

Fantastic issue, in its own right. But as a lead in to the arc's finale? I've never been this excited to read a wedding not written by George R. R. Martin.

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8.0
Dept. H #18

Sep 21, 2017

Quite probably the easiest issue to read; quite possibly the most unsettling.

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7.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #1.MU

Feb 20, 2017

Seriously, this was a really good issue.

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8.0
Extremity #2

Apr 10, 2017

Picking up steam and not looking back. This feels like the start of something big.

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8.0
Fu Jitsu #1

Sep 28, 2017

Cellular kung fu, zombie blacksmiths, mystic X-ray toasters " how's that for an all-new, all-different trinity.

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7.0
G.I. Joe (2016) #8

Sep 4, 2017

"G.I. Joe" #8 sprints to its finish line with form, flash, and flourish. It never overstays its welcome, and it looks pretty damn good while doing it.

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5.0
Ghost Station Zero #1

Aug 3, 2017

Not bad, just bland. Really bland.

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8.0
Giant Days #28

Jul 10, 2017

Consistency wins the day. Seriously, this series is always fantastic.

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8.0
God Country #5

May 22, 2017

When the smoke clears and the dust settles, this will easily be one of the best minis of the year.

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7.5
Grand Passion #4

Apr 3, 2017

Grand passions, noir-lequin romance. Gotta love it.

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8.0
Helena Crash #4

Jun 19, 2017

High-octane, over-caffeinated insanity. So much fun.

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6.5
Jughead: The Hunger (One Shot) #1

Oct 26, 2017

What made for an entertaining one-shot feels more like hamburger horror than Hammer Horror.

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8.0
Kill Or Be Killed #9

Jun 5, 2017

It's a Brubaker-Phillips-Breitweiser joint: great art, seedy people, greasy jungle. And the faintest hint that the whole demonic plot may just be some figment in a twisted kid's head. Another round, please. And keep them coming.

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8.5
Kill the Minotaur #2

Jul 24, 2017

Pasetto and Cantamessa's story might not really be new, but Ketner's art is a revelation.

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8.0
Kim Reaper #2

May 19, 2017

A gut-punch exorcism punctuated by the sound effect "B'GON!" is probably the most perfect thing I'll see this week.

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6.0
Kingpin (2017) #2

Mar 13, 2017

A slow burn character study that's burning a little too slowly. Some uneven art put this at risk of blowing out before it can really catch.

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8.5
Loose Ends (2017) #3

Mar 27, 2017

This is a wash-your-hands-after-putting-it-down kind of book. But with artwork this beautifully brutal, you won't want to put it down.

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8.5
Maestros #1

Oct 20, 2017

Theres also a mystical talking sword named Loyal Backstabber, which really just combines my two loves of clever wordplay and sentient weaponry.

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8.0
Mech Cadet Yu #3

Oct 12, 2017

As the tensions rise and the Sharg hits the fan, Mech Cadet Yu keeps getting better and better.

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9.0
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 11, 2017

Overall, "Mister Miracle" #1 is a majestic debut for this series. King's script carries weight, severity, and solemnity without ever feeling overbearing or overly grim. Gerads' art is a wonderfully raw and evocative match. The sketchy, almost experimental, vibe runs a gamut of different styles, all the while capturing and combining essences of Greg Smallwood and Michel Fiffe without ever feeling overt in doing so. It's not the prettiest book this year, but it might just be the most engaging one to look at.

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6.5
Occupy Avengers #3

Jan 16, 2017

This issue goes down like sorbet: Looks smooth. Tastes smooth. But you can't shake the feeling that something a little more satisfying is right on its way.

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9.5
Old Guard #5

Jun 26, 2017

Rucka's writing and Fernandez's art " they're a lethal one-two punch. Come to think of it now, I was probably wrong up at the start " it's really hard to tell which one is the setup and which one is the knockout. But either way, "The Old Guard" #5 hits hard and it hits to hurt. This is a heavyweight coming to take the title.

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9.5
Over The Garden Wall #17

Aug 28, 2017

"Over the Garden Wall" #17 is a surprisingly mature tale. And while Sjursen-Lien and Monlongo's work doesn't have to be read like that " a surface reading can stand on its own legs much like the fiddle-cat tends to defiantly stand on his " it just makes the story all the richer. This is about as perfect a parable you'll ever find in the form of four-color funny paper.

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8.5
Project Superpowers: Hero Killers #1

May 5, 2017

Any comic that shows a drunken superhero slipping on his own action figure and concussing himself on a coffee table gets an 8.5. Thats just a fact.

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8.0
Quantum Teens Are Go #1

Feb 24, 2017

Science punks kick science ass. Quantum teens are awesome.

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8.0
Rat Queens (2017) #2

Apr 17, 2017

Kurtis Wiebe and Owen Gieni follow through on their "Rat Queens" relaunch with another rowdy and raucous blast from Betty, Dee, Braga and the gang. And while it's great to see Wiebe slip so effortlessly back into the rhythm and humor and camaraderie of these women, it's Gieni who's becoming the real monster here.

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7.5
Red Line #1

Mar 10, 2017

Crass and unapologetic, but undeniably funny.

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9.0
Redlands #2

Sep 18, 2017

"Redlands" #2 is luxuriating in that sickly sweet spot where you first feel the hair prick up on the back of your neck.

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7.5
Redneck #4

Jul 27, 2017

But that's a pretty small gripe, in what's an otherwise excellent issue. It's got a moment or two where Cates and Estherren really let go – JV's version of a "workable compromise" (i.e. shotgunning the legs out from under Grandpa) makes me believe the man has a relatively skewed definition of a win-win scenario – but overall, it's a well-executed exercise in restraint. It's half-history lesson, half-dire prognostication. "Just one endless story of someone dying because someone else died," says Bartlett. Things might not be as hot as before, but Cates is still cooking.

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8.5
Rock Candy Mountain #2

May 15, 2017

Oh, it's damn funny too. Did I mention it's funny?

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7.5
Rocket #2

Jun 12, 2017

Murd Blurdock " seriously, we need to see more of "the sentient without self-preservation."

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6.5
Royals #1

Apr 6, 2017

For better or worse, think of it as the Rebirth issue for Medusa and Black Bolt.

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7.5
Sacred Creatures #1

Jul 7, 2017

You might want to stretch before picking this one up. It's a thick slab of comic, but well worth it.

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7.0
Savage Things #1

Mar 2, 2017

Jordan and Moustafa chamber a live round, for sure. But it will take at least one more issue to tell if theyll hit their mark.

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6.5
She Wolf #5

Jan 30, 2017

You don't need all the pieces to fit together when you start a puzzle, right?

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7.5
She Wolf #6

Feb 27, 2017

ommaso just rips through this issue while setting up his end game.

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8.5
Shirtless Bear Fighter #1

Jun 22, 2017

Bear puns and beatdowns, all wrapped in a nudist lumberjack aesthetic " granted, Shirtless does don pants by the end " that's the currency being traded here. Straight-forward in internal logic and ridiculous in execution, it's bloody amazing.

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8.5
Spencer & Locke #1

Apr 13, 2017

While Spencer plays it pretty tame this issue, I cant help but think Pepose and Santiago Jr. are biding their time before truly unleashing the homicidal psycho jungle cat.

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8.0
Spy Seal #2

Sep 14, 2017

Wasnt sure if I was totally on board for this after the first issue. But this one seals the deal.

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8.0
Star-Lord (2016) #5

Mar 31, 2017

Actually, no. I'm really wishing this series acts as a soft-launch for "Guardians of Galaxy," which follows the (mis)adventures of Star-Lord, Daredevil, Shocker, Black Cat, Old Man Logan and Abigail Brand as bouncers for a space-disco called Galaxy. Make mine Marvel" please.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #11

Feb 10, 2017

Overall, its not bad; its just bland. So dont sneak off; just say, Thanks for a lovely evening, and go off into that good night.

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8.0
Super Sons #2

Mar 20, 2017

Two issues in and only getting stronger.

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8.5
Swordquest #2

Aug 7, 2017

Game Tip: If you're missing out on this comic, you're really missing out.

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9.0
The Damned #1

May 8, 2017

Honestly, nothing against "Lucifer" or "Darkness Visible," but when Bunn and Hurtt get together, there's just something that's so damned special.

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7.0
The Dying and the Dead #5

Aug 24, 2017

Artistically, this book is something special. And when slotted into a thick volume collecting the entirety of the series, it might even be a stand-out sequence. But as a single course in a meal that's being extremely drawn-out in the serving, things feel somewhat lacking.

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7.5
The Flintstones #8

Feb 6, 2017

I laughed, hard, but humor's pretty subjective. Either way, based on the sheer volume high- and low-brow jokes, it's hard not to applaud the effort.

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8.5
The Flintstones #12

Jun 8, 2017

Lets not say goodbye, lets say see you soon like, say, in a slick, oversized, hardcover.

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8.5
The Gravediggers Union #1

Nov 2, 2017

Bro-dude zombies taking selfies " who wouldn't want to run them through with an excavator?

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5.5
The Greatest Adventure #1

Apr 21, 2017

Theres no blatant reason to drop The Greatest Adventure, but theres no compelling reason to pull it either. That might be the most damning part of all.

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8.0
The Shadow/Batman #1

Oct 5, 2017

Those expecting a sequel to the Snyder/Orlando/Rossmo joint will be disappointed. There's a reason this is "The Shadow/Batman" #1 and not "Batman/The Shadow Strikes Again." Orlando's myth-mining exuberance marries a fractured take on the dynamic duo with some deeper cuts from Dynamite's throwback stable of pulp serials. Timpano's art packs a gritty and acrobatic punch. And how the Shadow truly fits into it all, who knows?

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8.0
The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1

Feb 2, 2017

Fantastic art, and a story that follows some typical beats. But knowing all the steps doesn't make the dance any less fun.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #11

May 11, 2017

Regardless of their execution, I am enjoying how DC is weaving together the overall Rebirth tapestry through these almost monthly crossovers. Its making the total event feel truly universal, without having to put the entire line on hold.

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9.0
Victor LaValle's Destroyer #1

May 29, 2017

This is a very strong, very assured debut. Period. Lavalle and Smith set a monster on the warpath and tease just enough of the ethical ramifications that we're never quite sure which of the two leads is actually being referenced as the titular destroyer.

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7.0
Victor LaValle's Destroyer #4

Aug 31, 2017

Im calling it now: at 3:57 this morning, Im waking up uneasily to that image of an oil jack pumping the life out of Frankensteins monster. Thanks Victor...Thanks Dietrich...

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8.0
Wild Storm #2

Mar 17, 2017

If Warren Ellis keeps writing like this, he should get an entire line. Wait, what...

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7.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #2

Nov 9, 2017

Definitely worth keeping up with, if only to see which side it ultimately leans toward.

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