Kevin Lainez's Comic Reviews

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7.5
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Wonder Woman #1

Oct 11, 2021

Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular is a very good celebration of the enduring legacy of one of DC Comics most iconic characters. There are a few stories that are a miss but largely the collection of stories told were fun in their own way. DC Comics certainly could tap any of these creative teams to tell even more Wonder Woman stories in the future. If you are a Wonder Woman this is definitely a must buy.

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Absolute Carnage (2019) #1

Aug 8, 2019

Absolute Carnage #1 gives Marvel's latest big event a kick ass start. The chemistry between Spider-Man and Venom along with the haunting nature of Carnage's character was on point throughout this issue. By the time this first chapter wrapped up Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman established a strong foundation for future issues of Absolute Carnage to build on top of.

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Absolute Carnage (2019) #2

Aug 29, 2019

Absolute Carnage #2 does a fantastic job carrying the momentum created by the first issue to continue the forward momentum of this event. Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have combined to create a version of Carnage that comes across as the deadliest villain in the Marvel Universe. Spider-Man, Venom and the Marvel Universe as a whole are now in a position where you are left wondering how they can overcome Carnage and his forces. For a big event that is exactly the note Absolute Carnage #2 makes full contact on hitting. There is genuine excitement to read what is going to happen next in Absolute Carnage.

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8.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #3

Sep 24, 2019

Absolute Carnage #3 does a fantastic job moving things forward to the next level. Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman continue to compliment each other well as they work together to make Absolute Carnage the biggest and best comic book event possible. They nail how terrifying of a villain Carnage is. In the process they are able to elevate both Venom and Spider-Man as they each approach the threat of Carnage in their own way.

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Absolute Carnage (2019) #4

Oct 20, 2019

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman combine to deliver yet another excellent chapter of the Absolute Carnage event. Absolute Carnage #4 does a fantastic job showing how wickedly evil Cletus Kasady is as his God-complex reaches its next level. Dark Carange's evolution complimented the hero journey Eddie Brock takes as his return to being Venom is well earned. By the time we reach the cliffhanger ending the hype for how Absolute Carnage will end is at its max level. Which is exactly how things should be heading into the final issue of a big event.

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7.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #5

Nov 24, 2019

At the end of the day Absolute Carnage #5 was exactly what it needed to be. Eddie Brock was elevated to be an even better character through his actions against Carnage and interactions with Spider-Man and Dylan Brock. At the same time, Donny Cates was able to put over the sadistic nature of Carnage and Cletus Kasady. With how things ended Cates and Ryan Stegman set a bright, albeit bleak in tone, future for the Venom series.

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Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 10, 2017

Action Comics #975 was a fun comic book even as we get some answers while adding more questions to what we already know. The heavy focus on Mr. Mxyzplk and why he would turn out to be the fake Clark Kent was a necessary story to be told. It at least puts a stamp on the whole fake Clark Kent mystery and gave us more insight into Mr. Oz's role in the story. There are still some execution problems with the general concept of 'Superman Reborn' that need to be solved. If not this arc may end up doing more bad than good for the long-term future of the Superman franchise.

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Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 24, 2017

Action Comics #976 does a very good job capping off the 'Superman Reborn' arc. Rectifying Superman's history within the new DC Universe creates a lot of interesting directions for the franchise to take moving forward. Even though Mr. Oz did not play as big a role in this arc as one would've thought, his involvement at the end of the issue does create further interest in the bigger story that was started at the beginning of DC Rebirth.

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Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 16, 2017

Action Comics #987 did exactly what fans were hoping it would do by revealing who Mr. Oz really is. In the process Dan Jurgens creates plenty of questions that make "The Oz Effect" feel like a must read story arc. Creating that "must read" feeling makes Action Comics #987 a successful start to "The Oz Effect."

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Action Comics (2016) #988

Oct 1, 2017

Action Comics #988 failed to make Jor-El into a compelling character. With the entire issue dedicated to how Jor-El survived and why he became Mr. Oz the failure in the script's execution is disappointing. Dan Jurgens has his work cut out for him in order to turn "The Oz Effect" momentum around after this big stumble.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #992

Nov 28, 2017

Action Comics #992 did a fantastic job giving emotional weight to the events in "The Oz Effect." Dan Jurgens and Rob Williams delivered a tight issue that made you as the reader feel how much emotional heartache Superman was going through after what he learned about his father, Jor-El. Amplifying the strong supporting role Lois Lane played was the inclusion of Batman and Green Lantern to further the plot along. The scenes between Superman and these three characters made the final moment of this issue even more effective as it could lead to severe consequences for the DC Universe.

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Action Comics (2016) #1030

May 2, 2021

When it comes to the main story Action Comics #1030 drives home the current status quo of Superman and Superboy in a compelling way. The problems with Superman's powers comes across as a major turning point for the franchise. Bringing in Damian Wayne for Jonathan Kent's side of the story further strengthened the narrative that this issue is driving forward with. This is a comic book Superman fans should all be picking up.

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7.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

May 6, 2017

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is a great start to a new series. Gerry Duggan showcased his strong understanding of the Guardians of the Galaxy by highlighting the team's strong dynamic. That dynamic is furthered by Aaron Kuder's energetic artwork that only helps to add to the must buy factor for any fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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7.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2

May 28, 2017

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2 delivered on the fun that fans come to expect from the franchise. Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder are clearly having fun writing and drawing, respectively, the ongoing adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy and it shows throughout this second issue. With how serious things are with the rest of the Marvel Universe, it is refreshing to have a comic book that is all about fun like All-New Guardians of the Galaxy to look forward to now.

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All-New Wolverine #14

Nov 17, 2016

All-New Wolverine #14 is a solid second chapter to Enemy of the State II. Tom Taylor pushes Laura Kinney's latest adventure forward as she now heads to Madripoor with Gabby to learn who has been sending her Trigger Scent. Taylor was also able to bring in additional players to the table as we see SHIELD and Bellona, one of Laura's clones, get involved in the larger story. Nik Virella does a good job enhancing Taylor's story with how she conveys the various emotions Wolverine and other characters have throughout the issue. This all combines to create further excitement for what is going to happen next in Enemy of the State II.

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All-New Wolverine #16

Jan 16, 2017

All-New Wolverine #16 continues to push "Enemy of the State II" forward with positive momentum. Tom Taylor and Nik Virella delivered a chapter that elevated how dangerous Kimura is and could potentially be if her plan to take over Madripoor is successful. Kimura's plot gave us an even greater reason to look forward to when Laura is able to take her down in a fight. Introducing Gambit into the story provides an interesting wild card into the situation that should make things even more exciting moving forward.

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All-New Wolverine #17

Feb 14, 2017

All-New Wolverine #17 slows things down to resolve Laura Kinney's acceptance with her past and overcome the hold Trigger Scent has on her. In doing so Tom Taylor is able to take the time to further develop the relationships Laura has with Gabby and the X-Men. Unfortunately that character development for Laura did not help move the overarching conflict with Kimura, whose presence was almost non-existent in this issue. The lack of Kimura severely impacted this chapter of Enemy of the State II. Hopefully with all of Laura's struggles with Trigger Scent out of the way Enemy of the State II can kick it into the next gear as we get closer to its conclusion.

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All-New Wolverine #19

Apr 10, 2017

All-New Wolverine #19 does a good job kicking off the new "Immune" arc. Tom Taylor's ability to create a sense of scale continues to be a big positive for this series. Taylor is also able to push Laura Kinney forward as Wolverine and create an interesting direction for her and Gabby now that the latter is getting directly involved in the action.

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All-New Wolverine #22

Jul 8, 2017

All-New Wolverine #22 does a very good job picking up where the previous arc left off and kick start a team-up story between Laura Kinney and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Tom Taylor once again shows off his strength at developing Laura's character and putting her in a position that will test who she is in and out of her role as Wolverine. Gabby also had some standout interactions with Deadpool and Groot that created a greater sense of worry for what happens next following the hook ending of All-New Wolverine #22.

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7.5
All-New Wolverine #26

Oct 29, 2017

All-New Wolverine #26 delivered a strong follow-up on the return of Sarah Kinney and the rise of the Orphans of X organization. Tom Taylor did great job using Sarah's return as a vehicle to further develop Laura Kinney as she tries to figure out how she should deal with her mom's return. At the same time, we get to see how Daken's struggle with the Orphans of X may have a deeper tie to what is going with Laura's life. What that is will be a big driving force for what goes on next, creating a nice mystery around everything that we have seen so far in this new story arc.

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All-New Wolverine #31

Mar 4, 2018

All-New Wolverine #31 continues the consistency that one has come to expect from the series. Tom Taylor provides fans with all the fun you expect whenever Deadpool makes an appearance in a comic book. Deadpool's involvement did a lot of the heavy lifting in the entertainment value of this issue. Though it did feel like there was a major missed opportunity for the story of All-New Wolverine to be a teaching moment for Laura Kinney to use to continue the development of the young Gabby, aka Honey Badger. That missed opportunity kept Tom Taylor's story from reaching its full potential.

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All-New Wolverine #33

Apr 8, 2018

All-New Wolverine #33 is a solid start to Tom Taylor's final story arc on this series, "Old Woman Laura." Taylor gave us something different as we got to see a more positive future Marvel Universe. That setting made Laura going on her final adventure as Wolverine have a more personal feel to it. Though where All-New Wolverine #33 falls short is with the involvement of the main antagonist of the story. That is something that is hopefully improved on in the following issues.

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All-Star Batman #7

Feb 13, 2017

All-Star Batman #7 provided us with one of the best Poison Ivy stories we have ever gotten. Scott Snyder's clear understanding of Poison Ivy's character leaves you hoping that he writes an extended arc involving her and the rest of the Batman Family. Tula Lotay's artwork helped make the already strong story much greater as she got across the impact Batman and Poison Ivy had on each other during their conversation. Add in another strong chapter in Duke's back-up story and All-Star Batman #7 is yet another winner in one of DC Comics best ongoing series.

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7.5
All-Star Batman #8

Mar 19, 2017

All-Star Batman #8 continued Batman's journey through his Rogues Gallery in a fascinating way that elevated Mad Hatter's stature as a villain. Scott Snyder's choice of storytelling was unique for this one issue, as he provided us with greater insight into Batman's mind. At the same time, Duke's back-up story continues to add value to this series as a whole with Snyder and Francavilla giving us more of a reason to get behind whatever Duke decides to become in the future.

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All-Star Batman #10

May 15, 2017

All-Star Batman #10 does an excellent job kicking off "The First Ally" arc with multiple intriguing plotlines, including a fun back-up story. Giving us a conclusion of the long-running Hush plotline of the character posing as Bruce Wayne was very satisfying and perfectly set-up the story Scott Snyder has in store for us next involving Alfred Pennyworth's history. That along with some incredibly artwork from Rafael Albuquerque and Sebastian Fiumara made All-Star BAtman #10 a must-have for Batman fans.

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8.5
All-Star Batman #12

Jul 27, 2017

All-Star Batman #12 was a strong continuation of "The First Ally" arc as Alfred's history catches up to Batman's current mission. Scott Snyder did an excellent job building up Briar and the knight as credible threats even though they weren't shown in the present day. Snyder further stacks the deck against Batman by the big swerve Hush and his allies surprise the Dark Knight with. This all leads to build further anticipation for how Batman will be able to overcome the odds and successfully retrieve the Genesis Engine.

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All-Star Batman #13

Sep 1, 2017

All-Star Batman #13 was another strong entry in "The First Ally" story arc. Scott Snyder has done a great job developing Alfred Pennyworth's backstory and reestablishing his relationship with Batman. Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone's back-up continues to be a great compliment to the main story. Now that both stories are reaching their conclusion there is a lot to look forward to with what come next in this series.

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Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #1

Oct 23, 2019

Amazing Mary Jane #1 is a solid start to the latest addition in the Spider-Man line of comic books. Leah Williams portrays Mary Jane Watson as a highly charismatic character with a strong fortitude that shows the great potential of this series. Williams just needs to be careful to not fall into several pitfalls that popped up due to certain story choices. Avoiding those pitfalls while focusing on the strengths will be key to Amazing Mary Jane's success.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #22

Dec 23, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man could've easily been retitled as "The Clone Conspiracy #3.5." Dan Slott and Christos Gage delivered crucial information on Ben Reilly's history to make us understand his transformation to the Jackal persona. This new information gives us a new perspective into what is going on in the main The Clone Conspiracy event. How these details change the story for Spider-Man and other characters involved will be interesting to see play out. If you are reading The Clone Conspiracy I highly recommend picking up the Amazing Spider-Man #22.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #23

Jan 24, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #23 is a solid extension of the events that took place in The Clone Conspiracy #4. Dan Slott and Christos Gage are able to deliver on the potential of what would happen if Peter Parker reunited with Gwen Stacy. At the same time, this issue highlights the weakness of The Clone Conspiracy not spotlighting other characters like Gwen enough during the course of the story. Gwen's backstory, specifically, should've been a bigger focus in these tie-in issues to make her reunion with Peter would be a more impactful to the overall event. Because of that unless you are a die-hard Spider-Man fan who must buy everything related to The Clone Conspiracy, Amazing Spider-Man #23 is a passable tie-in issue.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #24

Feb 23, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #24 answers some questions left open from The Clone Conspiracy #5's ending. In doing so Dan Slott and Christos Gage create interest for future stories involving the likes of Doctor Octopus, whenever he reappears in Amazing Spider-Man. At the same time, this issue failed to create a compelling reason to want to read an ongoing Scarlet Spider comic book featuring the current version of Ben Reilly. That failure makes Amazing Spider-Man #24 only a comic book for the most diehard Spider-Man fans to buy.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #25

Mar 18, 2017

For the opening chapter of "The Osborn Identity" Amazing Spider-Man #25 is very successful. Dan Slott creates a lot of intrigue on multiple angles with Spider-Man's latest clash with his greatest enemy. The surprising return of Silver Sable added to the intrigue of where things will go. Unfortunately the hefty price point of $9.99 make Amazing Spider-Man #25 virtually impossible to recommend to anyone outside the hardest of hardcore Spider-Man fans.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #26

Apr 13, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #26 for the most part was an improvement over the opening chapter of "The Osborn Identity." While the Doc Ock scenes were unnecessary, everything else about how Dan Slott developed the latest battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin provided the excitement this story needed. The ending especially provides multiple possibilities for how this arc will end. All of those possibilities do not look like it will be good for Spider-Man, at least for now.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #27

May 12, 2017

"The Osborn Identity" hasn't had the cleanest start but Amazing Spider-Man #27 quickly turned the story arc's fortunes around by hitting all the right beats to further Spider-Man and Green Goblin's rivalry to full-blown war. The various character dynamics made the war between Spider-Man and Green Goblin feel bigger. Having Stuart Immonen draw everything happening in this issue helped elevate Dan Slott's story to an even higher level.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #28

Jun 10, 2017

With Amazing Spider-Man #28, Dan Slott delivered an ending that made previous issues of "The Osborn Identity" even better. The various character moments for Spider-Man, Silver Sable and Norman Osborn made the ending feel satisfying. Now with where Slott leaves things, the door is open for several bigger plotlines to be followed up on after Secret Empire.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #29

Jul 2, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #29 did a good job of using the Secret Empire setting to further the rivalry between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus. The developments of Secret Empire strike home for Peter Parker as Dan Slott and Christos Gage push the CEO of Parker Industries into a corner. Doctor Octopus' proposal to Spider-Man should lead to an even better next issue as we learn why Peter hasn't shown up in recent issues of Secret Empire.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #31

Aug 12, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #31 delivered an important chapter in Dan Slott's run that sets the stage for the rest of the series after Secret Empire ends. The connection to Secret Empire did hurt the impact to Marvel's blockbuster event. That said, Amazing Spider-Man #31 did a great job in creating several intriguing plotlines following Peter's decision to put an end to Parker Industries.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #789

Oct 14, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #789 used the aftermath of Peter Parker's decision during Secret Empire to kickstart an intriguing direction for the series. There is a lot of potential in having Peter searching for a way to recover now that he has lost his company, Parker Industries. At the same time there is plenty of things to worry about as that potential could lead to more of what has turned fans off to Slott's run on the Spider-Man franchise. That fork in the road position Amazing Spider-Man is on puts the series in an interesting spot moving forward.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #790

Oct 29, 2017

There are still a lot of questions as to what is next for Peter Parker but Amazing Spider-Man #790 is the start of clearing a few things up. After how Peter was still dealing with the shock of his decision to shut down Parker Industries the ending of this issue was a good step forward for him. At the same time, Dan Slott and Christos Gage were able to elevate a low-level villain, Clash, in the process.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #794

Jan 29, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #794 did a good job in kicking of the beginning of the end for Dan Slott's run on the series. With a few plotlines left to wrap up Slott began to do so by addressing the threat of Scorpio. In the process Slott was able to highlight the growth Spider-Man has gone through under his supervision. While the development in the Norman Osborn subplot did not hit like Slott intended it to one can only hope "Threat Level: Red" will end up being a strong end to such a long running creative run.

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4.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #795

Feb 11, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #795 does very little to move the needle when it comes to the "Threat Level: Red" story arc. Even with the few positives Amazing Spider-Man #795 does have are overshadowed by the lack of interest created for how "Threat Level: Red" will close out Dan Slott's run on the series. And the little development we do get at the end of the issue does nothing to create excitement for Norman Osborn's endgame to destroy Spider-Man's life.

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3.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #796

Feb 23, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #796 does nothing to create excitement for the "Threat Level: Red" story arc. With each issue that passes the less interesting Norman Osborn's endgame is becoming. There is a major disconnect between Norman's plot and everything else going on in "Threat Level: Red" that only adds to the how hard it is to stay excited about Dan Slott's final story arc. If things continue as they have, rather than providing fans with a memorable ending, Slott could potentially end his time on Amazing Spider-Man on a disappointing note. That is not something I am hoping for but am starting to fear will be a reality.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #797

Mar 8, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #797 is exactly what "Go Down Swinging" needed to start off on a strong note. Dan Slott does an effective job getting inside Norman Osborn's head as his transformation into a Green Goblin/Carnage hybrid is completed. All the developments in Peter Parker and his supporting casts lives added to the sense of danger that Norman Osborn presents to Spider-Man's life as he learns an important fact by the end of this issue. Now with all the chess pieces in place Slott can potentially end his epic run on Amazing Spider-Man on a high note.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #798

Apr 5, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #798 is one of the strongest issues to date in Dan Slott's run on the series. Slott is clearly not holding back with "Go Down Swinging" as Green Goblin makes a direct attack to Peter Parker's life that forces Spider-Man to fight him. That fight made the debut of Red Goblin had greater impact as Norman Osborn became an even more terrifying villain. With what Red Goblin forces Peter Parker to do at the end of Amazing Spider-Man #798 there is a greater sense of wonder in how "Go Down Swinging" will end.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #799

Apr 20, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #799 is the strongest chapter of "Go Down Swinging." Dan Slott did a great job building Red Goblin as an unstable threat to the entire Marvel Universe. The personal revelations for the Osborn family made the story around Red Goblin stronger. And with the cliffhanger ending Slott has set the stage for an exciting final battle between Spider-Man and Norman Osborn's Red Goblin.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #800

Jun 3, 2018

When it focused on the battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin, Amazing Spider-Man #800 was at its best. Unfortunately everything around that involving those outside our main stars, particularly J. Jonah Jameson, Doctor Octopus and the Symbiotes, dragged "Go Down Swinging" down. It does not help that Amazing Spider-Man #800 was priced at $9.99. That cover price just guaranteed that, rather than being a celebratory milestone, this was a comic book that should only be picked up by those who have read the entirety of Dan Slott's Spider-Man run. And even then Amazing Spider-Man #800 is hard to recommend given all the problems with the story of "Go Down Swinging."

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #801

Jun 23, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #801 is a great standalone issue for Dan Slott to end his run on. Through the eyes of one of the many people Peter has saved as Spider-Man we are able to see what how the character is the People's Champion of the Marvel Universe. With Marcos Martin elevating the story even further with his fantastic artwork Amazing Spider-Man #801 turned out to be a comic that is hard not have a smile after reading it. Though how satisfying this final Dan Slott issue of Amazing Spider-Man is will probably be left up to what you were looking for from the closing chapter of his decade long run.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1

Jul 13, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #1 showed that Nick Spencer's run on this series has a lot of potential to shine. Spencer did a great job resetting Peter Parker's life in a way that does build a future that creates a lot of interesting story possibilities. That said, there are definitely some things that need to be improved on from the Spider-Man side of things. Thankfully Ryan Ottley is on board to draw Amazing Spider-Man because, as this issue showed, we are in store for some great looking Spider-Man comics. If you're a Spider-Man fan I suggest checking this out and at least sticking around for the first arc to see if Spencer's run is something for you.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #2

Jul 26, 2018

Throughout Amazing Spider-Man #2 Nick Spencer strikes a great balance between the drama, comedy and action fans expect from a Spider-Man comic book. Bringing back the Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson relationship is a strong anchoring point for this series to have. Combining that with Peter finding a new way to balance out his personal and superhero lives makes Amazing Spider-Man #2 a comic Marvel fans will enjoy reading.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #3

Aug 10, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #3 continued the strong start Nick Spencer is having for his run on this series. Spencer took the time to deliver a character driven story with Peter Parker at the center. Adding in some Spider-Man action sequences, which were wonderfully drawn by Ryan Ottley, helped keep the story moving forward. If it weren't for a few problems with certain story beats Amazing Spider-Man #3 would've been close to perfect.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #5

Sep 14, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #5 is a fun end to Nick Spencer's first story arc on this series. Throughout "Back To Basics" Spencer did a great job exploring why Peter Parker and Spider-Man need each other to be a great hero. That along with how Spencer used this scenario to strengthen Peter and MJ's relationship and Ryan Ottley's fantastic artwork made Amazing Spider-Man #5 a very satisfying conclusion.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #8

Oct 25, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #8 was a fun start to Nick Spencer's new story arc. Spencer continues to do a great job writing Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson's renewed relationship. While the introduction of the Thieves Guild was not perfect the presentation of their leader, Odessa Drake, was well executed. Add in the ending involving the return of Black Cat and there is enough for fans to be excited about for what will after the events in this issue.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #10

Nov 29, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #10 is an enjoyable read. There are obvious weaknesses with the plot around the Thieves Guild that kept the "Heist" arc from reaching its full potential. Luckily Nick Spencer was able to do great job providing Spider-Man, Black Cat and Mary Jane Watson such strong character development that some of these weakness can be overlooked. Having Humberto Ramos and Michele Bandini energetic artwork helped strengthen the overall impact of the story.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #14

Feb 3, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #14 does a good job progressing the series into its next major story arc in the form of "Hunted." Adding in some strong character work by Nick Spencer helps in creating a compelling narrative for this story arc. That makes it even more disappointing that due to Spencer's reliance on a lot of exposition and the story not working to the strengths of Bachalo's art style Amazing Spider-Man #14 isn't as great as it could have been. It's still a solid issue that just misses reaching its full potential.Amazing Spider-Man #14 Review

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #15

Feb 19, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #15 successfully brought us one step closer to the "Hunted" story arc. In progressing that storyline Nick Spencer also continued the positive progress he has been making with Spider-Man, Aunt May, Lizard and other characters. If it wasn't for a plot point that fell flat and hit-or-miss artwork Amazing Spider-Man #15 would've gotten higher marks.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #17

Mar 14, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #17 was a strong start to the "Hunted" story arc. Nick Spencer properly built up the hunt that Kraven the Hunter has set up for Spider-Man, Black Cat and others to be extremely dangerous. Having Humberto Ramos on board helped add to how big this story felt. Hopefully every chapter that follows can continue the momentum created by Amazing Spider-Man #17. If they can "Hunted" could very well go down as one of the best modern Spider-Man stories.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #19

Apr 14, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #19 does a great job moving the "Hunted" storyline forward. Nick Spencer gives a number of characters, including Spider-Man, Black Cat, Kraven and Vulture, time to develop within the "Hunted" story. Given where all the chess pieces landed by the end of Amazing Spider-Man #19 things should only get more intriguing from here.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #20

Apr 25, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #20 was a strong chapter that moved "Hunted" into the second half of the story. Nick Spencer execution of the story as he moves every chess piece into the place they need to be to maximize the sense of urgency in the story was great. Every character from Black Ant to Kraven to Black Cat are made to feel important even as Spider-Man is still clearly the star of the show.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #22

Jun 2, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #22 was a frustrating end to what should have been a storyline with as much potential "Hunted" had to be memorable. This issue, like the majority of "Hunted," shined when the focus was on Spider-Man and Kraven. Unfortunately every other character involved from Black Cat to Kraven's Son suffered from poor development and roles in the story. All those problems dragged down what should've been an emotional ending to Nick Spencer's biggest Amazing Spider-Man story to date.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #23

Jun 15, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #23 was a mixed bag of quality. While Spencer set-up several compelling storylines to follow up on later on the overall problems with "Hunted" could not be avoided. Luckily Amazing Spider-Man #23 had Ryan Ottley's incredible artwork to elevate the entire issue above what it could have been rated.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #25

Jul 14, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #25 does a great job setting the tone for the second year of Nick Spencer's run on this series. Through this oversized issue Spencer was able to create compelling storylines for Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, Mysterio and others to follow. Not all these storylines worked as intended, such as the Kindred plotline falling flat. Still there were more than enough intriguing things in development that Spider-Man fans can be excited for moving forward in this series. Amazing Spider-Man #25 boasting an all-star cast of artist further helps in elevating its importance.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #27

Aug 15, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #27 is a comic that was headed to being a standout in Nick Spencer's run. The Spider-Man and Boomerang vs Sinister Syndicate worked to make all the players involved look good. Unfortunately decisions on the portrayal of certain characters and an unnecessary ending kept Amazing Spider-Man #27 from living up to its full potential.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #29

Sep 13, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #29 is one of the best issues to date from Nick Spencer's run on this series. Spencer does a fantastic job writing Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and Aunt May's characters throughout this issue. The way he explores the state of Peter and Mary Jane's relationship in particular is the heart of the story that is presented. That heart is strong enough to create a lot of interest in the future of both Amazing Spider-Man and the upcoming Amazing Mary Jane series.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #31

Oct 10, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #31 may very well go down as the most important issue in Nick Spencer's. This issue turned the story around Kindred's into one of the most intriguing plotlines that Spider-Man fans will want to see develop even more. The stunning artwork from Ryan Ottley further elevates the importance of the story that Spencer ends up telling throughout Amazing Spider-Man #31.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #32

Oct 28, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #32 has a solid story revolving Peter Parker and Teresa Parker clash with the Chameleon and other Marvel villains. Nick Spencer does show that he has a firm grasp on the current state of Peter Parker's personal and Spider-Man life. Unfortunately the secondary story that is picked up from Amazing Spider-Man #25 involving Spider-Man 2099 comes across as forced in rather than a natural part of the ongoing narrative for this series. The disconnect between these two stories hurt the overall impact Amazing Spider-Man #32 has.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #33

Nov 9, 2019

While Amazing Spider-Man #33 struggles to build interest for Spider-Man 2099's story Nick Spencer succeeds with building a good story around Peter Parker. Spencer layers Peter's character with multiple storylines that are going on in and out of his life as Spider-Man. The way Silver Sable, Teresa Parker and others play into the multiple stories Spencer is running all create greater intrigue in everything Peter has to deal with. Having Patrick Gleason along for the ride to handle the art duties helps in elevating the story with a consistent flow from panel to panel.

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4.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #34

Nov 26, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #34 was nothing more than an advertising piece for the 2099 comic books Marvel is publishing. Nick Spencer did not sell fans on why they should stick around to read this story arc. All Spencer accomplished was confirming how you can skip this story arc and return for the next Amazing Spider-Man arc without missing anything.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #37

Jan 11, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #37 has introduces some interesting plot points for the direction Peter Parker, J. Jonah Jameson and Norah Winters are going to go on moving forward. Nick Spencer's writing is at its best when he is just writing these characters day-to-day interactions. That is helped by the excellent artwork that Ryan Ottley provides throughout this issue. The problem Amazing Spider-Man #37 runs into is the fact that in trying to be smart by referencing events like Civil War II what Spencer actually accomplishes the opposite. All he ends up doing is highlighting all the problems their is with the big stories he is trying to tell in this series.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #39

Feb 14, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #39 is a comic book that checks off just about every box for a successful story. The one big box Nick Spencer misses checking was if the way J. Jonah Jameson and Spider-Man's podcast brokedown was an earned moment. The reality is that this podcast does not come across as something Spencer has properly built up for both characters during his run. Because of that Amazing Spider-Man #39 turns out to lean more into the disappointment category.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #40

Mar 3, 2020

Nick Spencer provides examples of both the good and bad of his current run with Amazing Spider-Man #40. On the good end we have the developments with Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson's relationship. On the bad side there is the development with a major Spider-Man villain that ends up being a negative for what Norah Winters return means for this series. This balance of good and bad just shows how much work Spencer still has ahead of him before he can make his run on Amazing Spider-Man memorable.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #42

Mar 27, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #42 takes a break from the main stories going on in this series to spotlight the rarely seen Gog. To Nick Spencer's credit he does a solid job with getting the reader invested in Gog's backstory. With the direction Spencer took, it was really Ryan Ottley's incredible artwork that elevated Gog's backstory to be as successful as it was. The only thing that hurt the story in Amazing Spider-Man #42 is that it never escaped coming across as filler content.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #43

May 27, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #43 was a mixed bag of an ending for this "True Companions" story arc. On one hand Nick Spencer created a touching conclusion to the storyline around Gog's character. But on the other hand, Spencer completely dropped the ball with the Boomerang and Lifeline Tablet storyline. Because of that Amazing Spider-Man #43 ended up coming across as half-complete when all was said and done.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #45

Jul 31, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #45 is one of the better issues Nick Spencer has written on this series in quite some time. Spencer showed a great understanding of what Sin-Eater's return means for Spider-Man and how the villains return affects him in such a drastic way. Having Mark Bagley on board for this issue also helped with the tension that is felt with this clash between Spider-Man and Sin-Eater. This is definitely the most interested I've been in an Amazing Spider-Man story this year.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #46

Aug 13, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #46 is continues the momentum from the previous issue as Nick Spencer is possibly crafting the best story arc of his run on this series with "Sins Rising." The development around the resurrected Sin-Eater has come across as an evolution for the character. How this has challenged Spider-Man makes the anticipation for the endgame of "Sins Rising" be even greater after reaching the final page of Amazing Spider-Man #46.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #47

Aug 28, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #47 was an intense reading experience. The way Nick Spencer works real world events in the way Sin-Eater is written gave weight to the character's direction that came across as distinct. How that challenges Spider-Man and furthers the greater Kindred storyline added to the interest in where the "Sins Rising" will end up when all things are said and done.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #48

Sep 10, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #48 was a strong chapter in the "Sins Rising" storyline that added importance to what Peter Parker did at the end of this issue. Having the Spider-Man Family get involved made the choice Peter decided to go with even more personal. That choice led to an unexpected turn that creates even greater interest in what this means for the direction Nick Spencer is going with this Sin Eater storyline.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #49

Oct 12, 2020

After two years of build up Nick Spencer completes all the set-up for the big Kindred storyline he has been developing since starting his Amazing Spider-Man run. Spencer did a great job centering the story around the weight of every decision that Peter Parker has made as Spider-Man. The way he finishes laying the foundation for the upcoming Kindred story with the conclusion of "Sins Rising" in Amazing Spider-Man #49 created a lot of intriguing sub-plots for that event.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #50

Oct 15, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #50 got "The Last Remains" off to a hot start. This entire issue was built around how effective the reveal in the final page was executed. To Nick Spencer's credit he succeeded in the impact of Amazing Spider-Man #50's ending. It sets up a lot intrigue for what will happen next as "The Last Remains" continues.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #50.LR

Oct 22, 2020

Outside of the final few pages Amazing Spider-Man #50.LR is nothing more than a director's cut to the first chapter of "Last Remains." The way this entire issue is executed does make you question why Nick Spencer couldn't include some of these moments in the oversized anniversary issue that was Amazing Spider-Man #50. Hopefully these tie-in comics don't create an excuse for Spencer to leave out key plot details in the main story of "Last Remains."

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #51

Oct 30, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #51 does a very good job moving the plot forward with the main two players of "Last Remains." Nick Spencer firmly establishes the unsettling nature of Kindred, who has gone all in on the horror movie villain vibe. The way Spider-Man tries to combat that by seeking out close allies to help him out show that Peter Parker knows he is up against a villain like no other he has faced. That all set the stage well for how there is still a sense of unknown with where this story will end up, especially with the hook ending of this issue.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #52

Nov 12, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #52 is built around the impact of the final page. How we get there is done extremely well by Nick Spencer as we are finally given the first face-to-face meeting between Spider-Man and Kindred. How this meeting breaks down and leads to the decision Peter Parker is forced to make leaves us in a place of uncertainty with how things will turn out. It is that uncertainty that drives greater interest in the final chapters of "Last Remains."

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #53

Nov 20, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #53 is all about the big reveal of Peter Parker finding out who Kindred really is. From that perspective Nick Spencer did a great job building up that reveal by using controversial events in Spider-Man's history to create a strong foundation for why this revelation had such an impact on Peter Parker. Unfortunately not much else happens in Amazing Spider-Man #53 as Spencer has left all the other sub-plots of "The Last Remains" to be told in the tie-in issues.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #54

Dec 10, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #54 immediately delivers on Peter Parker learning who Kindred is and what that means for the impact "Last Remains" has on the franchise. Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley work well off each other's strengths as creators to tell a story that had all the emotional impact you expect this showdown between Spider-Man and Kindred to have. The way things end leaves you with such a sense of uncertainty with how things will turn out when all is said and done with "Last Remains."

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #54.LR

Dec 26, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR accomplishes all it set out to do in bringing all the players in the 'Last Remains' to where they need to be for the finale. Everything that goes on here comes across as important to the greater story Nick Spencer is telling in 'Last Remains.' That will be good for readers that are reading these tie-in issues alongside the main 'Last Remains' story but could hurt those that are not when reading the finale in Amazing Spider-Man #55.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #55

Dec 31, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #55 is a frustrating continuation of the 'Last Remains' story arc. From one end, it was fascinating to see how things played out between Peter Parker, Harry Osborn, and Mary Jane Watson. Nick Spencer is clearly not only using 'Last Remains' as a payoff to the last two years of his Amazing Spider-Man run but also to bring greater importance to all of Spider-Man's history. Unfortunately, the big problem that Spencer runs into with Amazing Spider-Man #55 is how many key plot developments come across as deus ex machinas to lead into the conclusion of 'Last Remains.' Hopefully Spencer is able to overcome these major problems with the conclusion of his big Spider-Man event.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #56

Jan 8, 2021

What started out as an exciting culmination of Nick Spencer's run on Amazing Spider-Man up to this point has disappointingly turned into major let down. After being given twelve issues, and still counting, to tell his big 'Last Remains' arc all Spencer could do is find the most boring way to stretch out the end of this story. The extra pages that were given to make Amazing Spider-Man #56 an oversized issue just added to the boredom Spencer creates in this "post-mortem" chapter. Luckily, we did get Mark Bagley's wonderful artwork to look at throughout Amazing Spider-Man #56. So, there is at least that one positive to take away from all this.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #57

Jan 15, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #57 concludes the 'Last Remains' as an example of how much of a mixed bag this storyline was. When it comes to how this story challenged Peter Parker we see how 'Last Remains' shines. The problem is that there are so many other things about this story that either worked or fell flat. Not having consistency with everything that Nick Spencer had in play created an uneven reading experience when all was said and done with 'Last Remains.'

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #58

Jan 30, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #58 was a good return to form after 'Last Remains' concluded to mixed results. The scene between Peter Parker and Liz Allen steals the show with how much emotion was packed in this scene. The involvement of Mr. Negative in this story also added an interesting wrinkle to the greater Kindred storyline that is coming out of 'Last Remains.' Hopefully the sense of urgency we get here is more of we get from Nick Spencer's run moving forward.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #59

Feb 12, 2021

With Amazing Spider-Man #59 Nick Spencer shows that his own writing is his own worst enemy. While there are certainly compelling developments in the Kindred and Wilson Fisk storylines, when it comes to the stories of Mr. Negative and Norman Osborn that dominate this issue Spencer's storytelling just falls flat. It does not help that even after everything he has been put through Peter Parker comes across as standing still through this entire saga. That is hopefully a thing that is improved on fast.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #60

Feb 26, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #60 was a strong return to form to what Nick Spencer does best with his run on this series. The focus on Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson made the progress in the ongoing Kindred Saga much more compelling. While some may not like the fact that One More Day and Brand New Day are being brought back into play Spencer has done enough to create investment in at least giving these plot elements a chance to be explored within this ongoing story.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #61

Mar 11, 2021

Though the presentation for how Peter Parker gets his new costume in Amazing Spider-Man #61 is not a home run everything around this change worked well. Nick Spencer does a good job in how he focuses what it means for Wilson Fisk to return to being the Kingpin of Crime. How that impacts Peter Parker and Spider-Man's world creates enough things to be invested in to want to come back for more from this series.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #62

Mar 25, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #62 is a fast-paced comic book from beginning to end. There is no time wasted as Nick Spencer develops multiple storylines throughout this issue. The pacing ends up working to the advantage of the storyline as even when there are some weak parts in the story we don't spend to much time on those moments. We quickly move on to focus on the more interesting aspects of the current storyline involving Spider-Man, Boomerang, Wilson Fisk, and other characters. The end result leaves you looking forward to what comes next in Spencer's run on this series.

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4.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #63

Apr 10, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #63 is one of the worsts, if not the worst, issues that Nick Spencer has written in his run on this series. The fact that underdeveloped storylines became such a major focus in this issue makes it seem like Spencer just threw everything he could into part one of "King's Ransom" without caring what it would mean for the characters long-term. Spencer just had way too many things going on that made everything come across as rushed and chaotic for no reason.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #64

Apr 22, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #64 was a vast improvement over the first chapter of the "King's Ransom" story arc. The sense of urgency from Spider-Man, Robbie Robertson, Wilson Fisk, and others made you invested in the latest developments around the war for power and control of New York City underground. The surprising development in the greater Kindred plotline added to the success of this issue.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #65

May 6, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #65 is a fun action-heavy comic book. The artwork by Federico Vicentini and Federico Sabbatini carry this issue. While the relationship between Randy Robertson and Janice Lincoln falls flat, the developments with Mayor Fisk help keep you interested in how Nick Spencer plans to wrap up the "King's Ransom" storyline.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #66

May 22, 2021

While the developments around Kindred are what this issue will be remembered for it is the focus around where Peter Parker is both personally and as Spider-Man where Amazing Spider-Man #66 shines. You get the feeling everything that happens here is the calm before the storm. Now if Nick Spencer can get a better handle on giving time to develop sub-plots beyond their introduction this series would be even better.

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3.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #69

Jun 26, 2021

The Chameleon Conspiracy is the definition of a filler story arc. Every aspect of this story fallen flat from the very beginning. There are just too many rushed elements to make this a compelling narrative alongside the ongoing Kindred Saga. This story needs to end now so we can move on to, hopefully, better stories in Amazing Spider-Man.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #70

Jul 9, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #70 did its job of setting the stage for the upcoming Sinister War. All the players are all given just enough time to build excitement for the latest Spider-Man event that we are about to get. Now that the scope of Sinister War is set-up hopefully Spencer's final big Spider-Man event can live up to the 70+ issues of development.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #71

Aug 1, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #71 does very little to bring greater excitement for the Sinister War event. Instead, it is reminder of how Nick Spencer has too many sub-plots going on. This ends up causing Spencer to take certain sub-plots in directions that make them come across as filler content. With Sinister War set to be Spencer's final big Amazing Spider-Man story it is disappointing that we can't get a complete story in one comic book.

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3.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #72

Aug 26, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #72 continues the disappointment train that Sinister War has turned into. Nick Spencer attempts to create interest by introducing last minute character developments that only makes the story an even greater cluttered mess. The end of this story can't come soon enough so we can all just move on from the disappointing story Sinister War has become.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #73

Sep 8, 2021

While I am thankful for Nick Spencer officially undoing the damage done by the worst Spider-Man story of all time the overall Sinister War event continues to disappoint. The developments in Amazing Spider-Man #73 make a convoluted story even more so right as we reach the end. It all leaves you wondering if we needed such a big build up around Kindred's character given what this issue revealed. Hopefully Spencer can deliver a satisfying conclusion to his Amazing Spider-Man run and Kindred story in the next issue.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #74

Oct 1, 2021

When all was said and done Amazing Spider-Man #74 accomplishes its job of wrapping up Nick Spencer's Kindred Saga that dominated his run on this series. To get to this ending Spencer and co-writer Christos Gage highlighted how convoluted this entire saga has been with the Osborn Family at the center of it. The convoluted nature of the Kindred Saga could've been wrapped up in a more satisfying fashion if it did not feel like we took the longest, most unnecessary road possible to get to this ending. But now that it is over we can just look towards a new future for the Spider-Man franchise.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #75

Oct 8, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #75 kicks off the Spider-Man Beyond direction off on a great note. Zeb Wells, Patrick Gleason, and the Beyond Board are able to create a fresh start for the franchise that utilizes Spider-Man's history in a welcoming way. Now with it looking as though Ben Reilly will be the lead Spider-Man for this series moving forward I'm interested to see what direction Amazing Spider-Man goes from here.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018): The Sins of Norman Osborn #1

Sep 17, 2020

If you are reading "Sins Rising" in the main series then Amazing Spider-Man: The Sins of Norman Osborn is a must read. Nick Spencer provides a lot of key details for the story with Spider-Man, Sin-Eater, Norman Osborn, and the newly formed Order of the Web. The choice to make this important chapter in "Sins Rising" be told in a one-shot is questionable. Fans who do pick this issue up will get a lot out of it heading into Amazing Spider-Man #49.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Chameleon Conspiracy #1

Jul 3, 2021

Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man: The Chameleon Conspiracy #1 is a complete mess. Every aspect of this storyline is rushed to the point you don't care about anything that happens or the characters involved. And when all is said and done you are just left with the feeling that Nick Spencer and Marvel are just trying to end this era of Amazing Spider-Man as quickly as possible. That unfortunately leads to an event like The Chameleon Conspiracy that ends up being nothing more than a filler story arc.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): King's Ransom #1

May 13, 2021

When it comes to the resolutions for Spider-Man, Boomerang, and Wilson Fisk arcs we get in Nick Spencer is very successful in the story he presents in Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man: King's Ransom #1. There is a lot accomplished that creates even greater potential for future stories down the line. Unfortunately there are choices made with other characters that are just frustrating. Spencer really needs to find a Striking a better balance with how many plotlines are juggled in one story. If not the frustrating parts of his work on Amazing Spider-Man will overshadow the fun and engaging aspects of this run.

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4.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Alpha #1

Dec 8, 2017

Venom Inc. Alpha #1 failed to create excitement for the crossover between Amazing Spider-Man and Venom. For Venom fans this may be what they were looking for since the character is at the front and center of the story. But for everyone else the lack of proper execution makes it hard to be interested in the plot Dan Slott and Mike Costa created. Everything about the "Venom Inc." story, from the symbiote villain to reintroduction of Anti-Venom, lacked inspiration. So unless you are a hardcore Venom fan this is one crossover you can pass on completely.

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6.5
Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) #2

Jun 24, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp #2 is a solid comic book that makes you care more about the current predicament our lead characters find themselves in. For readers unfamiliar with who Ant-Man and the Wasp are this is a great starting point as Mark Waid goes into their respective origin stories. For readers who already know this may become bored by what happens in this issue, especially with the lack of action. Still, Ant-Man and the Wasp #2 moves at a quick pace that helps this mini-series be a good jumping on point for those looking to read a comic involving these two characters with their movie coming out in July.

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Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) #5

Sep 9, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp #5 played it safe with how things ended. Fortunately the dynamic that Mark Waid developed over the course of these five issues between Scott Lang and Nadia Van Dyne was enjoyable enough to be satisfied with how the story concluded. Though that dynamic was not enough to create a compelling story that suffered greatly because it lack a true antagonist for Ant-Man and the Wasp to overcome. That problem makes Ant-Man and the Wasp only a comic I recommend those who are fans of these two characters pick up.

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Aquaman (2016) #43

Dec 23, 2018

Aquaman #43 delivered an unexpected start to Kelly Sue DeConnick. In taking Aquaman out of his normal Atlantis setting DeConnick created an intriguing mystery around a new village and the Unspoken Water. The story moved at a quick enough pace that it never dragged with Aquaman not being left in the dark of what was going for too long. That makes this a nice starting point to see what else DeConnick has planned for this series.

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6.5
Aquaman (2016) #44

Jan 28, 2019

Aquaman #44 did not turn out to be as strong as the previous issue. The mystery around the Unspoken Water and Aquaman's amnesia help drive the story forward. Unfortunately the lack of development for key supporting characters have caused Kelly Sue DeConnick to not hit its intended mark. Hopefully with how Aquaman #44 ended these problems can be fixed so the story can quickly turn around.

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Aquaman: Deep Dives (2020) #1

Apr 23, 2020

Aquaman: Deep Dives delivers a fun, straightforward superhero story. There is no time wasted as the issue dedicates most of its page count to the fight between Aquaman and Black Manta. Steve Orlando sprinkles in some cool character focus dialogue that helps give the fight between rivals much more meat to the bone. With a $0.99 cover price, Aquaman: Deep Dives is definitely something you should check out if you're looking to get a superhero comic book fix.

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Aquaman: Deep Dives (2020) #2

Apr 30, 2020

Aquaman: Deep Dives #2 accomplished what it set out to do. Michael Grey provided a story that will give fans looking for an enjoyable Aquaman story to get their fill. There isn't much outside of that. Which is fine but if you are not an Aquaman fan this is definitely an issue you can easily pass on and try the Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman digital firsts released this week instead.

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Aquaman: Deep Dives (2020) #3

May 11, 2020

Aquaman: Deep Dives #3 was a good change of pace as we got to see our lead hero's role as a mentor shine. Steve Orlando was able to showcase how there is a lot of potential in the duo of Aquaman and Tempest. Their chemistry comes across as natural and makes you hope there are more stories where we see them team-up in the future. The story itself was a good showcase of how both Aquaman and Tempest can step up to save the day during a major crisis.

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Aquaman: Deep Dives (2020) #5

May 23, 2020

Aquaman: Deep Dives #5 was an enjoyable, action-packed beginning to what's already turning into a major storyline for this series. Steve Orlando does a great job using the Trench as antagonist to build up the politics Aquaman and Mera are in the middle of while continuing to build credibility for the Sea Devils as a team. With the introduction of a villainous group from the DC Universe's past this storyline could lead to bigger things down the line.

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8.5
Aquaman: Deep Dives (2020) #6

Jun 1, 2020

Aquaman: Deep Dives #6 is the best issue of this series to date. Steve Orlando does a fantastic job mixing politics, action and character development to tell a strong comic book that added excitement for the "Stinging Tide" story arc. The way things turned out increased the excitement for what will happen when Aquaman clashes with Scorpio's leadership.

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8.5
Aquaman: Deep Dives (2020) #7

Jun 7, 2020

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7 was a fantastic ending to the "Stinging Tide" arc. Steve Orlando does a wonderful job showcasing what makes Aquaman the true King of Atlantis. The way Aquaman stepped up on multiple fronts showed the reader why he is a great character. The way Tula, Mera, and Tempest are used throughout this issue further elevated this issue to be as fantastic as it turned out to be.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #1

Jul 22, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #1 does a fantastic job introducing the characters that will make up the core cast for this series. Charles Soule gives every member of this X-Men team a stand out moment that feeds into what we should expect in the latest clash with Shadow King. The final page present a surprising appearance from the former X-Men leader, Professor X, that could have larger ramifications on the entire X-Universe depending on what happens. All of this is wrapped in a package that makes Astonishing X-Men the only comic new and old X-Men fans should to read.

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7.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #2

Aug 20, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #2 was another strong entry in what is already the best current comic book in the X-Men franchise. Charles Soule showed his clear understanding and respect towards the X-Men's history in how he used that history to develop Shadow King's latest plot against the X-Men. Having Mike Deodato's talent to help elevate the danger the X-Men are faced with in Soule's Shadow King story. If you are an X-Men fan, Astonishing X-Men is one comic you should be reading.

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6.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #3

Sep 7, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #3 is the weakest issue of this series so far. The focus on Old Man Logan over the rest of the X-Men hurt how the mission statement of this series. That said, Charles Soule does provide a lot of strong dialogue that makes up for how the story is executed. The main story involving Shadow King continues to be the strength of the arc and there is enough development in Astonishing X-Men #3 to make fans look forward to what comes next.

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4.5
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 3, 2016

Avengers #1 is not a home run. It is instead a close double that an umpire calls safe after looking at the replay. Mark Waid does a good job with executing the story involving Kang's latest attack on The Avengers. Incorporating Vision so closely to this latest attack gave both sides of the story a personal stake in what is going on. It's just unfortunate that Waid stumbles on how he decides to characterize a few members of the Avengers. These mistakes are only further hurt by Mike Del Mundo's artwork, which ends up detracting from the story, especially in the dialogue heavy scenes.

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Avengers (2018) #6

Aug 23, 2018

Avengers #6 was a highly enjoyable ending to Jason Aaron's first story arc in this series. Aaron delivered a story that felt like a big event that had major consequences for how fans will view the Marvel Universe moving forward. And with how Aaron concluded this Dark Celestials story arc he has left us with a lot to be excited for as he gets deeper into his plans for the Avengers.

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5.5
Avengers (2018) #7

Sep 7, 2018

Jason Aaron clearly had his best intentions in mind by trying to use Avengers #7 to reveal Ghost Rider 1,000,000 BC. Unfortunately this is something that was not built to, making it tough to actually connect with this version of Ghost Rider. It does not help that certain story choices just further drove home how uninteresting this version of Ghost Rider is. That all added up to Avengers #7 turning out to be nothing more than a filler comic book that you can pass on reading.

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Avengers (2018) #8

Sep 22, 2018

Avengers #8 got the series right back on track. Throughout this issue Jason Aaron was able to establish the team dynamic and what role each member will play during his run. Along with the continued development around what the Celestials appearances revealed about Earth and Namor's sudden attack, Avengers #8 delivered on the high expectations for Aaron's run on this series.

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4.5
Avengers (2018) #11

Dec 17, 2018

Avengers #11 is an example of a comic that had a lot of potential that unfortunately ends up falling flat. The heavy exposition that fills just about every panel turns Avengers #11 into a bit of a chore to read. It does not help that there are several Avengers who are hurt by the dialogue they are given. Hopefully with all this set-up out of the way Jason Aaron can now focus the series on the next big storyline.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #13

Jul 28, 2017

Batgirl #13 is delivered a fun, intimate one-shot story that fans of the series will enjoy. Hope Larson nails the dialogue between Batgirl and Catwoman as they worked on a case that was deeply personal to the latter. Involving a young girl that looks up to Batgirl shows how far our main character has come. The ending will leave fans of the series with a big smile on their face and that is exactly what we all want from a comic book we read on monthly basis to accomplish.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #14

Aug 24, 2017

Hope Larson taps into the spark between Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson to treat fans to a fun Batgirl #14. This is a story that will be a great treat for fans of the Batgirl/Nightwing pairing. Using the Batgirl and Nightwing's early history with one another added depth to this story that involves characters related to one of their first adventures together without Batman. If you are a fan of Batgirl, Nightwing or both then Batgirl #14 is definitely worth picking up.

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5.5
Batgirl (2016) #23

May 26, 2018

Batgirl #23 ends Hope Larson's run on this series with a story that felt more like a filler arc than a strong bookmark to end a creative team run. The characterization of Batgirl, as has been the case throughout her run, was solid by Larson. Unfortunately having the story in Batgirl #23 filled with "villain of the week" style bad guys that fans have zero knowledge or connection to made this ending feel less meaningful than it should have been. If your a Batgirl fan Larson's run is still one I recommend checking out even though how it ended left a lot to be desired.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #24

Jul 1, 2018

Batgirl #24 is added a great standalone story that strengthens the overall library of this volume of Batgirl. Shawn Aldridge stepped in big to deliver a story that looked to be about Batgirl clashing with Two-Face and instead delivered a twist that made this issue even better. The twist made Batgirl's latest adventure resonate emotionally as it tied closely to her past. Even if you haven't picked up an issue of Batgirl before this is a great starting point as you get everything you need to know in one tightly written comic.

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Batgirl (2016) #26

Sep 3, 2018

Batgirl #26 is a solid beginning for Mairghread Scott creative run on this series. Scott does a good job creating a compelling villain in the form of Grotesque for her first story arc. What the villain does in this issue along with the hook ending as Batgirl's chip implant shorts out creates interest in what happens next. Adding in Paul Pelletier great artwork made Scott's story even better, especially in the few areas where the story ran into some problems. If your a Batgirl fan this issue will be a satisfying continuation of her adventures and a good entry point for those who weren't previously reading this series.

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6.5
Batgirl (2016) #28

Oct 29, 2018

Batgirl #28 had all the ingredients to be a strong issue. Unfortunately Batgirl #28 does not handle the transition of who the main antagonist properly. The failure in the execution in this part of the story hurt the overall impact that Scott was looking to have in this issue. Luckily Scott's writing of Barbara Gordon and Paul Pelletier artwork lifts Batgirl #28 up even when the main story stumbles over itself.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #50

Oct 28, 2020

Batgirl #50 is not an ending that nicely wraps things up. Instead this final issue focuses on showing what Gotham City post-Joker War looks like. In the process Cecil Castellucci explores how Barbara Gordon will be able to do different things to help shape the future of Gotham City in and out of her Batgirl adventures. The back-ups included in this oversized issue help make Batgirl #50 a satisfying conclusion to this volume of the series.

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7.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Apr 16, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 does an excellent job in building Blackbird as a serious threat the team has to contend with. Tying Black Canary's evolution to the Birds of Prey newest villain helped amplify the horrible intentions Blackbird had when teach her students to use her powers. Bringing Green Arrow and Nightwing into the fold helps add to the threat level Blackbird presents to the Birds of Prey.

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7.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10

May 13, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10 delivered exactly what you want from the concluding issue of an arc that features a brand new villain. Julie Benson and Shawna Benson found a creative way to deal with Blackbird while elevating the new villain to be an even bigger threat down the line. The dynamic between the Birds of Prey, along with Green Arrow and Nightwing, helped make this ending stand out even more in a week filled with strong comic books.

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7.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11

Jun 19, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11 was a good start to a new story arc that places the focus the new Oracle, Gus Yale. Delving into Gus' backstory helped create a better connection between the Birds of Prey and their new Oracle. Calculator and Catwoman's involvement adds further interest in how the story may go as we get to see the team deal with the two villains at the same time.

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13

Aug 14, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13 provide the "Source Code" arc with a satisfying ending. Julie Benson and Shawna Benson continue to show their clear understanding of who all Birds of Prey are. With the return of Barbara Gordon as Oracle the Bensons have opened up even more avenues to explore the Birds of Prey's dynamic, especially with Catwoman and Poison Ivy joining the team. These additions make the future of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey even more exciting.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #14

Jan 7, 2017

Batman #14 is an excellent follow-up to the "I Am Suicide" story arc. Tom King's decision to focus on Batman and Catwoman's relationship highlights his strength in understanding these characters. The relationship between the two comes across as genuine and shows us how Catwoman is the one person that Batman drops his guard for, and vice versa. The issue ends with a moment that all shippers of the Batman and Catwoman pairing will love.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 21, 2017

Batman #15, like the issue preceding it, is an excellent love letter for fans of the romance between Batman and Catwoman. The addition of Holly Robinson to the story also helped clear up the mystery of if Catwoman really did kill 237 people. With how things didn't end on a happy note Mitch Gerads is able to capture the tone of Tom King's script well, while showing his ability chameleon-like ability to replicate classic Batman artwork. This all comes together for a heartbreaking conclusion that King and Gerads use to further strengthen the relationship between Batman and Catwoman.

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Batman (2016) #16

Feb 2, 2017

Batman #16 is a solid set-up issue that introduces us to the major players of the Dark Knight's latest clash with Bane. The interactions that Bruce Wayne has with Catwoman, Duke, Nightwing, Robin and Red Hood helped to establish how dangerous Bane is as Batman is going out of his way to warn those close to him to leave Gotham City. This allowed Bane to come off as a huge threat with having to have the villain appear at all in this issue. The ending further drove home what we should be expecting from the rest of Tom King's latest Batman story in all the right ways.

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Batman (2016) #18

Mar 3, 2017

Batman #18 maintains the high level of intensity that "I Am Bane" started with, adding further intrigue to the current conflict. Now with Batman out of commission and Catwoman pissing Bane off even more there is a greater sense of unpredictability into how things will turn out in the end. Unfortunately that is brought down by the rehash material of Batman and Bane's origins, which takes up half of Batman #18's page count. The fact that we don't really learn anything new from all the flashback scenes does take away from the impact of what is otherwise a great issue.

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Batman (2016) #20

Apr 7, 2017

Batman #20 was not the cleanest of endings to an arc that started out strong. There was a constant feeling that for as strong as Batman and Bane's development were, that there was something missing around them to make "I Am Bane" a memorable story arc. That thing that was missing hurts the strengths this ending has from a story and artwork front.

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Batman (2016) #21

Apr 21, 2017

Batman #21 is an excellent start to "The Button" crossover with The Flash series. Tom King delivered a lot of information without ever losing your attention as a reader. Adding in a dream fight between Batman and Reverse Flash, which had the backdrop of the story behind the Watchmen Button, added to the weight this story carries for the entire DCU. Having Jason Fabok draw everything that took place during the course of Batman #21.

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Batman (2016) #22

May 5, 2017

Batman fans are going absolutely love the scenes between Bruce and Thomas Wayne that Joshua Williamson and Tom King delivered in Batman #22. Unfortunately the fact that there has been very little in the way of plot progressions makes it feel like "The Button" crossover is not going to accomplish anything of substance. There is still one issue left to provide a satisfactory ending to "The Button" crossover but Batman #22 did not do anything to build confidence that will actually occur.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #24

Jun 9, 2017

Batman #24 did an excellent job providing Gotham Girl with an exit from the series and delivering the big surprise of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's possible engagement. The ending was made even more enjoyable thanks to how Tom King has built up Bruce and Selina's relationship during the course of his run. That engagement opens the door for a lot of intriguing storylines that showed how impactful Batman #24's character development was.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

Batman #25 is a fantastic start to the "War of Jokes and Riddles" story arc. Tom King does an excellent job framing the story through the eyes of present-day Bruce Wayne, as he looks to strengthen his relationship with Selina Kyle. King adds to the tension of the story by revealing that Batman did something during the war between Joker and Riddler that he has kept secret for a long time. That mystery makes "War of Jokes and Riddles" feel like a big event, even if we know where Batman is in his life in the present.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #26

Jul 6, 2017

Batman #26 built on what the previous issue established by developing how Joker and Riddler go about building up their army for the upcoming war. The approach each villain takes creates the sense that we are in store for a big event in the life of Batman and history of Gotham City as "The War Of Jokes And Riddles" erupts. And given the villains being assembled for each side Tom King and Mikel Janin are sure to deliver a story that no Batman fan should miss out on reading.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #28

Aug 5, 2017

Batman #28 was a good return to the main story of "The War of Jokes and Riddles." The tense atmosphere around Gotham City is enhanced with Tom King and Mikel Janin highlighting the five day battle between Deadshot and Deathstroke that proves to be a breaking point for Batman. Unfortunately some Bruce Wayne's narration is starting to hold back the story from reaching the full potential a war between Joker and Riddler should have. That said, "The War of Jokes and Riddles" continues to be a fascinating read with Batman #28 creating further excitement for what comes next.

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Batman (2016) #30

Sep 9, 2017

Batman #30 is the strongest issue of "The War of Jokes and Riddles." That is a major accomplishment with how great this story arc has been thus far. Tom King did an excellent job turning Kite Man's joke status into a key plot point for the story arc's development. Now King has set up a situation where Joker may be even more dangerous while Batman tries to come to terms with his alliance with Riddler.

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Batman (2016) #31

Sep 21, 2017

Batman #31 was a thoroughly enjoyable fifth chapter to "The War Of Jokes And Riddles." Tom King and Mikel Janin do an excellent job setting the stage for an epic finally with Batman, Joker and Riddler left alone in a room together. On the way King was able payoff the major character development of Kite Man in a satisfying way. These developments along with several other character choices made the final chapter of "The War Of Jokes And Riddles" something that is highly anticipated.

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Batman (2016) #33

Oct 23, 2017

Batman #33 is a solid start to the new arc that pushes the engagement of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle forward. Their journey that eventually leads them to Talia Al Ghul's location is made even more important by the implications of all the possible consequences. Those consequences make what happens next a bigger mystery as Tom King explores Bruce and Selina's evolving relationship.

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Batman (2016) #35

Nov 19, 2017

Batman #35 does a very good job further developing the Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's relationship. The fight between Selina and Talia Al Ghul was well executed to be a balance between quick sword fighting and emotionally impactful dialogue. By the end Tom King and Joelle Jones were able to have Bruce and Selina's engagement take an important step forward.

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Batman (2016) #38

Jan 6, 2018

Batman #38 is one of those comics that gets better each time you read it. Tom King created such a fascinating new Batman villain in the kid named Matthew that when you read the issue again you take the story in differently. The fact that Matthew ended up being more of a Bruce Wayne villain added to how terrifying the kid was during the final few pages of his issue. If you are a Batman fan and did not pick up Batman #38 yet do yourself a favor by purchasing this comic book. This is a must buy for Batman fans.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #40

Feb 13, 2018

Batman #40 is an excellent close to the "SuperFriends" story arc. From the friendship between Batman and Wonder Woman to the continued progression of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's growing relationship everyone involved grew stronger. With how much emotion he packed into Batman #40 Tom King was able to add some fun, light hearted moments when needed. With great artwork from Joelle Jones this "SuperFriends" arc is something fans will enjoy for all the ups and downs the characters went through.

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Batman (2016) #41

Feb 26, 2018

Batman #41 was an absolutely stunning comic book. Tom King and Mikel Janin created a comic book that perfectly capture how confident and terrifying Poison Ivy can be when she is using her full power. Seeing how Batman and Catwoman had no way of fighting back against Poison Ivy's latest plot elevated Ivy among the villains in Batman's Rogues Gallery. If you are a Batman fan this is an issue that you do not want to miss out on.

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Batman (2016) #42

Mar 11, 2018

Batman #42 is another incredible chapter in Tom King's run on this series. King has done an absolutely wonderful job developing Poison Ivy into one of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. King's writing of Poison Ivy is well balanced with how Batman and Catwoman interacted with each other and the villain as they try to figure out what to do next. King's story is given even more depth by the phenomenal artwork that Mikel Janin and June Chung provided Batman #42. If you are a Batman fan "Everyone Loves Ivy" is a must read story arc.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #43

Mar 23, 2018

Tom King, Mikel Janin and Hugo Petrus did a phenomenal job delivering a meaningful character study for Poison Ivy in Batman #43. There was a great sense of importance in how King developed Poison Ivy's character as this issue came to a close. How King used Batman, Catwoman and Harley Quinn to help in Poison Ivy's character development made this issue even stronger. If you are a fan of Batman than "Everyone Loves Ivy" is a must read story arc.

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Batman (2016) #46

May 6, 2018

Batman #46 is an enjoyable Elseworld tale of what would've happened if Bruce's parents would've been alive. The post-apocalyptic setting created a lot of interesting opportunities for Tom King to explore various characters from Batman's mythos in different roles. At the same time there is a bit to the world that does not fully tap into the potential of this world. Though some life is given to the Gotham City we get in Batman #46 thanks to so great artwork from Tony Daniel.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #50

Jul 5, 2018

With Batman #50 Tom King builds the foundation for what the future of his run on this series will be built on. Throughout this issue King does a very good job getting over why the events that occurred took place, especially with who was behind it all at the end. Now the actual effectiveness of Batman #50 will hinder on if you have been reading King's run from the beginning. If you haven't it is tough to recommend Batman #50 being your starting point. You will get much more out of the events of Batman #50 if you go back and read King's run in its entirety up to this point. It will be well worth it and get you excited for Batman's future.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #51

Jul 19, 2018

The trial of Mr. Freeze presented a unique opportunity for Bruce Wayne to be at the forefront of Tom King's latest story arc, "Cold Days." In doing so King is able to use Batman #51's story to explore Bruce's current state of mind following his failed wedding with Catwoman in a fascinating way. The involvement of other Batman characters and Lee Weeks artwork added extra dimensions for where King is taking his run on DC Comics top comic book.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #52

Aug 3, 2018

Batman #52 is not a perfect issue. There are some minor problems that keep it from reaching that point. But even with those minor problems Tom King still tells a powerful story centered around Bruce Wayne tearing the idea of Batman down while Mr. Freeze is put on trial. It all helps to progress the fascinating narrative King is telling during his Batman run. Having Lee Weeks along to draw the Batman #42 helped elevate this Mr. Freeze story so that the strengths outshine any problems that briefly pop up.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #53

Aug 20, 2018

The way Tom King explored the pain Bruce Wayne was dealing with the sadness he felt after he was dealt serious emotional blow made Batman #53 a strong conclusion. This emotional weight in King's story is made even better by the great artwork provided by Lee Weeks. Now with the ending King created a lot of intriguing avenues to explore who Bruce wants to be as Batman moving forward.

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Batman (2016) #54

Sep 6, 2018

Batman #54 is an excellent issue that continued to explore the aftermath of the failed wedding between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. Tom King does a fantastic job showing how much of an emotional toll that event took on Bruce. Bringing in Dick Grayson to help Bruce deal with his emotional and mental state showed how strong of a big brother-little brother relationship these two have. Seeing King delve into this key relationship makes Batman #54 a must read for every Batman fan.

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Batman (2016) #55

Sep 20, 2018

Batman #55 was an excellent chapter in Tom King's ongoing run on this series. Throughout the issue King balances having fun of writing Batman and Nightwing working together as the Dynamic Duo alongside with building up tension with what KGBeast was planning. All that tension perfectly built to the final pages of Batman #55 that will have fans talking for a long time. That build up and final payoff makes Batman #55 a must read for any DC Comics fan.

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Batman (2016) #57

Oct 18, 2018

Batman #57 delivered an effective end to the "Beast of Burden" story arc. Tom King did a great job making the fight between Batman and KGBeast absolutely brutal. How the fight ended created a lot of intrigue around the direction King plans to take Batman. If it wasn't for a questionable story decision Batman #57 would've been an even better issue than it turned out to be.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #58

Nov 10, 2018

Tom King created greater interest around Penguin in one issue with Batman #58 than the character has had in recent memory. In doing so he further developed the major story involving Batman and Bane's rivalry. These elements came together extremely well to make Batman #58 another strong chapter in the long-term narrative King is crafting in his run on this series.

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Batman (2016) #59

Nov 23, 2018

Batman #59 was another phenomenal chapter in Tom King's epic run on this series. The way King continues to write the ongoing war between Batman and Bane just gets more fascinating with every passing issue. The fantastic artwork by Mikel Janin's elevated the story in Batman #59 to another level. If you haven't checked out King's run thus far I highly recommend reading "The Tyrant Wing" arc out as an example of how great this series has been up to this point.

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Batman (2016) #63

Jan 29, 2019

Building off everything that came before it, Batman #63 delivers the strongest issue of the Knightmares story arc thus far. Every character involved in this story played there role excellently. Tom King builds on the emotional tie that existed with the failed wedding of Bruce and Selina to craft a compelling story guest starring Constantine. With how things ended I am much more excited for what comes next than I was before reading Batman #63.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #64

Feb 10, 2019

Batman #64 provides a good start to a story that is acting as a tie-in to Heroes In Crisis. Joshua Williamson is able to highlight how much weight is on Batman and Flash's shoulders with all the events they have been involved with the last year. If it wasn't for the timing and odd choice in villain for this story, Batman #64 would've been a much stronger read.

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5.5
Batman (2016) #65

Feb 24, 2019

Batman #65 was by far the worst issue of "The Price" crossover. There was very little progress made as Joshua Williamson recycled a lot of content from the previous two issues of this crossover. With how much potential a crossover between Batman and The Flash had in the midst of Heroes In Crisis it is extremely disappointing to see how things have turned out. The saving grace for this issue was all the excellent artwork by Guillem March.

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5
Batman (2016) #66

Mar 8, 2019

Batman #66 does nothing new to progress the overall narrative of the "Knightmares" story arc. Tom King just goes around in circles with the drama around the failed wedding between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. By the end of Batman #66 we are at the same spot where we started and that is just unacceptable with the high standard King has set for this series.

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5.5
Batman (2016) #67

Mar 21, 2019

Batman #67 does absolutely nothing to progress Tom King's "Knightmares" story arc. We are left standing still as King decided to write a sequel for his Batman/Elmer Fudd Special from 2017. That would've been great if this was done in a separate one-shot comic titled Batman/Road Runner Special. But with the importance "Knightmares" is supposed to have towards King's epic Batman run this is unacceptable. The saving grace for Batman #67 is that we were treated to phenomenal artwork from Lee Week and Jorge Fornes.

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Batman (2016) #69

Apr 19, 2019

Batman #69 was an improvement to the "Knightmares" arc that came way to late into the game. How long it took Tom King to get to this ending just further cemented the fact that "Knightmares" was a filler story arc. In the grand scheme of things this is a story readers can skip and still grasp what King is doing with his Batman epic.

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Batman (2016) #70

May 2, 2019

Batman #70 was an excellent return to form for Tom King's incredible run on this series. King used the consequences of the "Knightmares" story arc perfectly to give major weight to what happened in this first chapter of "The Fall and the Fallen." It was incredible to just see how in a place as dangerous as Arkham Asylum that Batman was the most frightening person there. Where "The Fall and the Fallen" goes from here is anyone's guess. Whatever does happen next King has made sure that fans should be very excited for what comes next in Batman.

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Batman (2016) #71

May 16, 2019

Batman #71 had all the potential to be an excellent chapter in Tom King's run. That unfortunately didn't happen. The structure King chose caused this issue to never gain any sort of momentum due to the constant shifts between past or present day scenes. Luckily Batman #71 was saved by the strength in how King has executed Bane's plan to break Bruce Wayne in a way that is both sad and fascinating to read.

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5
Batman (2016) #72

Jun 6, 2019

Tom King and Jorge Fornes delivered a brutal fight between Batman and Bane that emphasized the intensity of their war. Unfortunately their brutal fight was drowned out by the inner monologue of Flashpoint Thomas Wayne that was nothing more than a recap of King's entire Batman run. This decision made the entire issue move at a crawl, causing Batman #72 to fall more in the skip rather than must read category.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #73

Jun 20, 2019

Batman #73 was an improvement over recent issues in Tom King's run. Unfortunately the strong character work for Bruce Wayne was overshadowed by how poorly Flashpoint Batman has been developed. The revelation that closed out Batman #73 only further detracts from what King is trying to accomplish with this "The Fall and the Fallen" arc. Luckily King had Mikel Janin and Jordie Bellaire's fantastic artwork to lift up the quality of the story in this issue.

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Batman (2016) #74

Jul 12, 2019

Batman #74 was a summary of all the problems that "The Fall and the Fallen" had with giving "The City of Bane" event a strong lead. All those problems center around how Flashpoint Batman's character arc went. Tom King just never made the direction he took Flashpoint Batman on something that was rewarding. Fortunately Bruce Wayne's part in this story along with Mikel Janin and Jordie Bellaire's artwork lifted the story up enough so Batman #74 didn't completely drop the ball as we enter "The City of Bane."

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8.5
Batman (2016) #75

Jul 18, 2019

Tom King, Tony S. Daniel and Mitch Gerads gave "City of Bane" the hot start that was expected from all the build up to this major event. Throughout Batman #75 the creative team set a strong tone to what a Gotham City under the control of Bane and other villains would be like. In the process there are several characters that King has been working on that are given strong forward progress.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #76

Aug 12, 2019

Batman #76 does a fine job putting over the current status quo in Gotham City. Though the no show of Bane is disappointing, Tom King does a great job writing Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl as the new Dynamic Duo. The new world order that they have created is amplified by the way Robin, Captain Atom and other heroes and villains react to their presence. All of this builds anticipation for how things will go down once Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle make it back to Gotham City.

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Batman (2016) #77

Aug 22, 2019

Batman #77 is an issue that will be remembered by fans for a long time. Tom King delivered one impactful moment after another. By the time you get to the big game changer of the issue it truly felt like nothing in the Batman franchise will ever be the same again. This is definitely an issue that all Batman fans should experience reading along with the rest of the "City of Bane" storyline.

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Batman (2016) #78

Sep 12, 2019

Tom King their goal of getting Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle back together at the conclusion of Batman #78. King clearly takes great care in writing Bruce and Selina's relationship. Unfortunately this issue falters when it comes to the actual "City of Bane" storyline. There is no sense of urgency even after the jaw dropping moment in Batman #77 that should've been shown as major event which rocked the franchise. If King doesn't shift the attention back to what is going on in Gotham City in the next issue he risks losing the big event narrative in "City of Bane."

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5.5
Batman (2016) #79

Sep 19, 2019

If this interlude was a standalone story, Batman #79 could've been seen as a great arc that showed how Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's love has evolved. Unfortunately too much time was wasted on recycled dialogue, giving almost zero progression to the "City of Bane" event. Given all that has gone down in Gotham City, the lack of urgency throughout Batman #79 is deeply disappoint. At this point, the faster Batman and Catwoman return to Gotham City the better King's overall "City of Bane" event will be in the long-term.

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Batman (2016) #80

Oct 7, 2019

Batman #80 gets "City of Bane" back on track after two issues that halted the momentum of the story. Tom King and John Romita Jr. did a very good job getting over the tone of this story and delivering an ending that will have readers guessing. Unfortunately the lack of Bane and poor way Gotham Girl's sub-plot was handled are things that continue to hold "City of Bane" back from reaching its full potential. Hopefully with Batman and Catwoman back in Gotham City these negatives can be turned into a positive, in turn creating a strong march to the conclusion of King's "City of Bane" epic.

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Batman (2016) #81

Oct 18, 2019

Batman #81 is such a massive disappointment. Rather than being cool character development, the heavy exposition from Bruce Wayne is just exhausting. By the midway you start counting how many more pages are left in Batman #81. This issue is just a complete failure in building anticipation from what will happen next in "City of Bane."

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Batman (2016) #82

Nov 7, 2019

In comparison to the previous issue, Batman #82 was a step up for the "City of Bane" story. Tom King and Mikel Janin finally gave us the showdown between Batman, Catwoman and Bane that fans have been itching for. Unfortunately all the problems that have persisted throughout "City of Bane" put way to many speed bumps in front of Batman #82 to be able to avoid. Hopefully the remaining chapters of "City of Bane" can turn the negatives into positives to wrap things up in a satisfying way.

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Batman (2016) #83

Nov 21, 2019

He gave readers more than enough time to process Alfred's death that Batman #83 misses being the home run it should be. In making that choice King placed an even bigger spotlight as to how slow these last several issues have progressed the actual "City of Bane" storyline and how the villain this event was named after has become a complete afterthought.

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Batman (2016) #84

Dec 4, 2019

If Batman #84 was a standalone comic than it would succeed in telling a summarized version of Flashpoint Thomas Wayne's backstory leading into "City of Bane." But that is not what Batman #84. This is the penultimate chapter for the story that Tom King has built his entire run on Batman around. For there to be this big of a stalling tactic applied going into the final issue for "City of Bane" is inexcusable. If it wasn't for the strong artwork from Jorge Fornes and Jordie Bellaire this issue would've been an even bigger swing and miss than it turned out to be.

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4.5
Batman (2016) #85

Dec 19, 2019

If there is one word to describe Batman #85 it would be "lackluster." There is never a point in Batman #85 that comes across as a true wrap up to a long-term creative run. Every conclusion that Tom King presents to specific characters comes across as incomplete. There is so much missing that makes what was sacrificed in the lead up to Batman #85 hurt even more. After enjoying the majority of his epic run it is a shame that King ended his time on the main Batman series with a story in "City of Bane" that was a giant disappointment.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #86

Jan 9, 2020

Batman #86 was a solid beginning to James Tynion's run on this series. There is a nice balance between how Tom King ended his run and what Tynion plans to do with where Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle and others are right now. With the groundwork for his run established I have high hopes Tynion can deliver on the potential that was laid out for Batman moving forward.

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Batman (2016) #87

Jan 23, 2020

Batman #87 was a solid continuation to how James Tynion kicked off his run on this series. There are a lot of great plot elements that Tynion develops around Batman's current plans for Gotham City and how villains like Deathstroke and Penguin are responding. Unfortunately there were a few slip ups when it comes to how the DC Universe's current continuity was applied that hurt Batman #87's momentum. Improving this aspect of the storytelling will be a major help in ensuring the "Their Dark Designs" arc establishing a strong foundation for the rest of Tynion's run on Batman.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #88

Feb 10, 2020

There are certain aspects where James Tynion is able to excel in Batman #88. The way he portrays Batman, Catwoman, Riddler and Lucius Fox shows why Tynion's has a solid handle on this world. Unfortunately the storyline around the Designer and his plans for Gotham City have left a lot to desired. There are a lot of little problems that combine together to drag the overall interest in Tynion's first story arc on Batman down.

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Batman (2016) #89

Feb 20, 2020

James Tynion is quickly finding his footing the more issues of Batman he writes. Batman #89 is a good example of that as he is able to properly develop several storylines at the same time. Every character from Batman to Catwoman to the Designer to Joker get time to shine during this issue. It all helped build greater interest in how things will turn out in "Their Dark Designs" and how it leads into "Joker War."

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Batman (2016) #90

Mar 6, 2020

Batman #90 is a notable jump in quality for "Their Dark Designs." Tying The Designer's origin story to the early years of Batman's career, particularly during the original Dynamic Duo era, made him a much more intriguing character. How Catwoman, Joker, Penguin and Riddler factored into The Designer's plot added to that intrigue as Tynion explored how everyone has evolved over the years. With all this set-up out of the way Tynion can hopefully tap further into the potential of this story about the future of Gotham City.

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Batman (2016) #91

Mar 19, 2020

"Their Dark Designs" is a story that has gotten better with each passing chapter. The Designer now being a fully realized villain has helped tremendously in the improvement of "Their Dark Designs." Because of that James Tynion begins paying off the character development for everyone involved in this story, making Batman #91 the best chapter of this storyline thus far.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #92

Jun 10, 2020

Batman #92 is easily the best issue of "Their Dark Designs" storyline thus far. James Tynion did a great job writing the battle of the minds between Batman and Riddler, and how that ended up setting the stage for the final showdown with the Designer. Further elevating this issue was the first big meeting between Harley Quinn and Punchline. That meeting builds further anticipation for all the plans that Tynion has in store for Batman fans in the near future.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #93

Jun 24, 2020

Batman #93 turns an average storyline in "Their Dark Designs" into a strong prelude for the upcoming "Joker War" event. The revelation with how Joker and Punchline manipulated everything to prepare Gotham City for their plans elevated the entire story. James Tynion set things up to be even more intriguing as Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn must now overcome all the odds they have been placed against going into "Joker War." This set-up creates greater excitement for the future of this series.

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Batman (2016) #94

Jul 11, 2020

James Tynion, Guillem March, and Rafael Albuquerque saved the best for last as Batman #94 provided "Their Dark Designs" with the best issue of this entire story arc. This finale was more about positioning Batman, Joker, Catwoman, and other characters for where they will begin "Joker War" at. Which was fine given the reveal of who the Designer that Batman has been battling this entire story arc turned out to be. Now it is on to whatever surprises are to come with "Joker War."

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8.5
Batman (2016) #95

Jul 22, 2020

James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez kick off "The Joker War" in spectacular fashion with Batman #95. The story speeds out of the gate and never slows down as Joker and Punchline push Batman to his absolute limit. Given how things begin with "The Joker War," there are plenty of things for fans to be excited for as this story has all the makings of a great big event that will impact the entire Batman Family.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #96

Aug 7, 2020

Batman #96 is a tone setter for "Joker War." After the explosive reveals in the first part of this event James Tynion takes the time to develop the new state of Gotham City as it has fallen under Joker's new world order. Through that Tynion and Jorge Jimenez create a lot of questions for how "Joker War" will turn out. Which is exactly what you want to peak your interesting for the remaining chapters in an event.

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Batman (2016) #97

Aug 19, 2020

There is no time to rest for either the reader or all the players involved in "Joker War," as shown with Batman #97. James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez have built a story that is getting even more chaotic with each page that you turn. The chaos creates concern for how Batman and his allies can even hope to overcome Joker's latest plot. That all builds greater anticipation for what happens next as a reader following along.

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Batman (2016) #98

Sep 3, 2020

Batman #98 is the middle chapter that was needed to set the stage for the final chapters of "Joker War." To James Tynion's credit he does an excellent job providing great progression for Batman, Harley Quinn, and Punchline's character arcs. Unfortunately the drawback with that was losing the big event scope "Joker War" should have. Luckily Batman #98 had Jorge Jimenez to keep the big event energy going with his phenomenal artwork. Now with the stage set for big things to happen as we get closer to the end I'm still excited for what will happen next in "Joker War."

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7.5
Batman (2016) #99

Sep 16, 2020

In terms of bringing all of the sub-plots in this series and tie-in comics together Batman #99 gets the job done. James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez bring everything together to provide a strong set-up for the final chapter of "Joker War." Unfortunately by bringing together so many different sub-plots together does show that "Joker War" may have had way to many things going on for its own good. Hopefully Batman #100's increased page count will help in fixing these story problems and wrap up "Joker War" in a satisfying way.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #100

Oct 8, 2020

Batman #100 was the explosive ending that the entire "Joker War" has been building up to. James Tynion did a fantastic job using the entire Batman Family to make this ending bigger. The way the final fight between Batman and Joker turned out effectively set the stage for a future filled with possibilities for the entire franchise. The artwork by Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, and Guillem March made this ending even more impactful as all their excellent work elevated Tynion's writing.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #101

Oct 21, 2020

Batman #101 sets the stage for what the franchise will be moving forward. Batman, Catwoman, and Lucius Fox lead what that direction will be with the decisions they each make during the course of this issue. Those decisions along with where Gotham City finds itself post-Joker War create a lot of exciting possibilities for the Batman Family as a whole.

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Batman (2016) #102

Nov 5, 2020

Batman #102 was a good start to the first story arc in the post-Joker War Gotham City. James Tynion is able to show that Batman has a lot of work to do in order to be able to help Gotham City recover from what just took place. At the same time, Tynion is able to expand on Bruce Wayne's training with the addition of the new Ghost-Maker villain. How all this will play out has a lot of potential to add to what fans know about Batman's history.

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Batman (2016) #103

Nov 19, 2020

Batman #103 moved the goal post forward as James Tynion builds a strong narrative around the rivalry between Batman and Ghost-Maker. Using the time period before Bruce Wayne became Batman has helped make this storyline feel different from what has come before. With how things ended in Batman #103 the mystery of how this arc will impact the series direction added interest in what Ghost-Maker will do next.

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4.5
Batman (2016) #104

Dec 6, 2020

Batman #104 is by far the worst issue of James Tynion's run. Given how great Tynion's run on Batman has been thus far it is disappointing that we get an issue that is essentially a recap of the previous two issues. There are some interesting plot developments with Nightwing and the Batgirls but they aren't enough to mask all the problems with how this story around Ghost-Maker has progressed thus far. Hopefully the next issue is able to recover and push this story forward in a way that it regains the momentum it started with.

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Batman (2016) #105

Dec 20, 2020

Batman #105 ended James Tynion's first year on the series on a strong note. There is a lot of groundwork laid out that has potential to turn into several intriguing storylines in the future. Harley Quinn's was a particular standout with her speech being something fans will most remember from this story arc.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #106

Mar 4, 2021

Batman #106 wasted no time in establishing what the new normal is for Gotham City after the events in Joker War and the Future State direction. James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez nail the tech-noir vibe Gotham City now has. That added to how Batman is currently in a spot were he has to much more creative with how he defends the city that villains like Scarecrow are looking to rise in power to take over. The quality of Batman #106 is further elevated by the excellent start to Damian Wayne's new arc as Robin that Joshua Williamson and Gleb Melnikov establish for his character.

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Batman (2016) #107

Apr 7, 2021

From beginning to end James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez have your attention in everything that takes place in Batman #107. Every character from Batman to Harley Quinn to new characters that debut have their own stories going on. And each of them builds greater investment in what is going on in Gotham City after the events of A-Day. This is definitely a must have Batman comic book.

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Batman (2016) #108

May 5, 2021

James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez continue to do an excellent job creating a multi-layered story with "Cowardly Lot" in Batman #108. All of the strong character work with Miracle Molly, Bruce Wayne, Simon Saint, and Sean Mahoney adds greater perspective into what Gotham City is becoming. It is all building a world that you can't help but want to spend even more time reading about.

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Batman (2016) #110

Jul 7, 2021

James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez are an incredible creative team and Batman #110 is yet another example as to why that is. The fight between Batman and Peacekeeper-01 is as brutal as you expect it to be. How this fight builds on the current state of Gotham City and leads to the Magistrate Program official launch creates even greater interest in what will happen next in all the Batman Family titles.

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Batman (2016) #111

Aug 4, 2021

Batman #111 sets everything into place for the upcoming Fear State story be an event I am entering at the maximum hype level. James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez do an excellent job making the unknown something to be excited about. In the process they turn Scarecrow into a top-tier villain with how terrifying he comes across. Everything else that goes down in Batman #111 creates a lot of questions for how the Batman Family will deal with the rise of Scarecrow and the Magistrate.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #112

Sep 8, 2021

Batman #112 works well as an extension for how Batman: Fear State Alpha #1 set-up the latest big event that is taking over Gotham City. This issue emphasizes how Batman is going to working from behind as Scarecrow and the Magistrate are several steps ahead of him. Which all sets a strong foundation for a Batman event that I am fully invested in from the beginning.

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Batman (2016) #113

Sep 23, 2021

Batman #113 solidifies the foundation for Fear State created by the two issues that proceeded it. Now that all the set-up is out of the way Fear State could quickly match and exceed the scope of a story we saw in Joker War.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #114

Oct 6, 2021

Fear State is still not hitting the highs after all the build up that led this to be a highly anticipated Batman event. There are certainly character beats with Scarecrow that James Tynion nails in Batman #114. Jorge Jimenez's artwork certainly helps keep the visual storytelling look like a big event. Its just that the focus in this series thus far has not matched grand scope Fear State wants to have.

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Batman (2016) Annual #2

Dec 3, 2017

Batman Annual #2 is a masterfully executed comic book by Tom King, Lee Weeks and Michael Lark. The three come together to put a finely assembled package that acts as a love letter to Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's relationship. At the same time King, Weeks and Lark crafted a story that could easily lead any fan more than satisfied if this is the true end of Batman. Even if that is not the case the fact that Batman Annual #2 can elicit such a feeling just further proves how exceptional the entire comic book is from beginning to end.

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Batman (2016): Fear State: Alpha #1

Sep 1, 2021

Batman: Fear State Alpha #1 got the job done in setting the stage for the latest Batman Family event. Every aspect from the characters involved to various sub-plots are presented here so you can be best informed what the Fear State event will be about.

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6.5
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #1

Dec 2, 2020

For better or worse, Tom King picks up directly where he left off with Batman/Catwoman #1. The pacing of this issue was a reminder why I was left so conflicted with how King ended his run on the main Batman series. There are certainly plot elements to be intrigued by as someone who read all of King's Batman work. Unfortunately, the way King told the story in Batman/Catwoman #1 was its own worst enemy as notable character moments ended up falling flat. Unless you read all of King's Batman workI recommend waiting for this series when it comes out in trade format to see how it is receive as the story develops.

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5
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #4

Mar 31, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #4 doesn't deliver the big moments that this series has been known for. Instead, Tom King and Clay Mann take a more methodical approach to progressing all the different character arcs. Unfortunately the pacing ends up highlighting how difficult it is to get invested in what is going on because of how often we jump between all the different timelines. Hopefully these pacing issues are figured out immediately so we can get into what made King's Batman run so engaging.

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6.5
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #5

Jun 3, 2021

Batman/Catwoman has been one of the more frustrating reading experiences because of how the story is battling itself. Batman/Catwoman #5 is no different as the biggest thing holding it back is the three time period structure Tom King has chosen to go with for the narrative. Even when two-thirds of this issue grab your interest as a reader the other third is there to stop all that momentum. Now that we are getting into the second-half of this series hopefully King can find a way to resolve the narrative structure problems that are becoming more noticeable with each passing issue.

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6.5
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #6

Aug 19, 2021

Batman/Catwoman is so close to being a great series. It is unfortunate that one major aspect of this series narrative is holding it back from reaching its full potential. Because as Batman/Catwoman #6 show, Tom King and Clay Mann have a lot of great character arcs to be invested in. If they can just fix the flow of how the three different time periods compliment one another the second half of Batman/Catwoman could be truly special.

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Batman/Catwoman (2020) #7

Sep 12, 2021

There are so many missed opportunities in Batman/Catwoman #7 that it gets to the point of being infuriating. That anger all comes from have such high hopes Tom King would deliver an epic conclusion to his Batman run. Now after this issue I'm not so sure anymore. Which makes all the emotions I am left with for this series turn into sadness with that realization.

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7.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #1

Sep 1, 2019

Joshua Williamson and David Marquez delivered a strongly paced debut issue with Batman/Superman #1. This issue does a good job explaining why Batman Who Laughs is one of the biggest threats in the DC Universe. In the process Williamson and Marquez give Batman and Superman a reason to secretly team-up away from their Justice League adventures. With one of Batman Who Laughs' Secret Six members revealed in the form of Shazam it'll be interesting to see where Williamson and Marquez go from here with Batman/Superman.

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7.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #2

Sep 26, 2019

Batman/Superman #2 successfully builds on the foundation created by the first issue. The focus on Shazam Who Laughs puts over the full heel turn the character takes. The turn for Shazam further spotlights how deep into the rabbit hole Batman and Superman have found themselves in when it comes to dealing with Batman Who Laughs. The actions Batman and Superman are forced to take create a lot of intriguing possible directions for this series to take in future issues.

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7.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #3

Oct 27, 2019

Batman/Superman #3 is another strong chapter in the event that is building around Batman Who Laughs plot for the entire Multiverse. Reveals being spoiled aside, Joshua Williamson does a great job developing the latest Infected heroes that have joined Batman Who Laughs' Secret Six. How Batman and Superman respond to all that takes place has created greater interest into the endgame of this storyline. It's just to bad continuity issues hinder the full potential of Batman/Superman #3.

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7.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1

Dec 11, 2017

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 is a strong start to the latest crossover between two of the most well known comic franchises. James Tynion picking up directly where the previous crossover left off gave even more weight to the consequences of an alliance between Ra's Al Ghul and Shredder. The fallout of the alliance's failure along with Donatello's personal character arc that opens this first issue makes Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II an intriguing comic to follow for fans of both franchises.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3

Jan 21, 2018

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3 is an enjoyable comic book. James Tynion and Ryan Ferrier continue to do a great job delivering on things fans of both franchise want to see, like a fight between Raphael and Robin. Unfortunately there are a few missed opportunities when it comes to character arcs that keeps this crossover back from being as special as its predecessor. That said, if you are a fan of Batman or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this comic will deliver on what you expect when these worlds collide.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1

May 3, 2019

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1 was an absolute blast. From beginning to end James Tynion IV, Freddie E. Williams II and Kevin Eastman crafted a comic book that will leave fans with a smile on their face. If you are a fan of Batman and/or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this is a must have comic book.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #3

Jul 9, 2019

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #3 accomplished its main goal to the series to next phase in the story. James Tynion IV, Freddie Williams II and Kevin Eastman packed plenty of emotion into this issue as Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started to uncover the truth about this new merged universe. The conclusion of this issue creates a lot of possibilities for where Tynion, Williams and Eastman can take this story as we head into the endgame.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #5

Sep 10, 2019

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #5 does a fantastic job building the maximum amount of hype for the finale of "Crisis In A Half Shell" event. James Tynion, Freddie Williams and Kevin Eastman combined to further all the character arcs that have been in development throughout this series. Batman's arc in particular is the standout of this scene as we see how important Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, Red Robin and Red Hood truly are to him. It all works to deliver an ending that will get every Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan excited for the final issue of this series.

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7.5
Batman: Gotham Nights (2020) #2

Apr 28, 2020

Batman: Gotham Nights #2 does exactly what I was looking for. Michael Grey and Ryan Benjamin deliver a Batman story that adds layers to the Clayface character. In doing so we get a fight that has greater meaning than just another hero vs. villain fight. If you are a Batman fan and looking for fun a new story that takes place in Gotham City than look into picking up Batman: Gotham Nights #2.

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

May 30, 2019

Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 was a comic rich in content. Splitting the issue up in different chapters made the world Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo crafted around Batman be fully realized. For how many answers we get about Batman's surroundings there are even more questions raised for what really is going on with this Earth. It all comes together for a fascinating continuation of Snyder and Capullo's Batman run.

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Aug 4, 2019

The world building that was done in Batman: Last Knight On Earth #2 was fantastic. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have developed a post-apocalyptic world filled with potential. The interactions Batman has with Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor and Joker helped this issue move at a steady pace that never felt slow. How Batman deals with this world and reacts to everything he learns lays the groundwork for a stellar final issue for Batman: Last Knight On Earth.

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #3

Dec 24, 2019

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo do an excellent job ending their Batman run with Batman: Last Knight On Earth #3. They present a story that could very well be the final Batman story told and are successful in crafting a world that captures your imagination. While Batman is the star of the show there are plenty of characters, like Wonder Woman, Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon, that get time to shine. Having all these characters play a key role in the story made Batman: Last Knight On Earth an even more fitting end to the epic run on Batman that Snyder and Capullo crafted together.

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Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1

Jun 7, 2018

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding " Nightwing vs Hush #1 was a solid tie-in issue that builds momentum to the wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. Tim Seeley did a lot of great job using the idea of who Batman's best friend is to provide positive character development for Nightwing and Hush. If you are a fan who is looking forward to the wedding of Bruce and Selina then I recommend checking out Batman: Prelude to the Wedding " Nightwing vs Hush #1.

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7.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

Apr 1, 2020

Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, and Ty Templeton wasted no time getting us back into the DC Animated Universe with Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter 1. Burnett and Dini do not skip a beat when it comes to writing this version of Batman, Bruce Wayne, and Lex Luthor. Templeton's artwork adds to that as he captures the style from The New Batman Adventures and makes it work in comic book form. For fans of the DCAU this is a must buy comic.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #2

Apr 15, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue #2 does a great job carrying the momentum from the first chapter and delivering a strong conclusion to the clash with Lex Luthor. The approach to the fight that Batman and Lex employ showcases what makes both these characters so great. The way Burnett and Dini use the DC Animated Universe continuity makes this a comic that fans will highly enjoy.

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6.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

May 8, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue #3 provided the DC Animated Universe version of Deathstroke with a solid debut. The way Alan Burnett and Paul Dini have positioned Deathstroke against the Batman Family sets up a compelling story for future issues to develop. The only place this issue falls flat is when it comes to the mystery character who is following Batman. It's unfortunate that this sub-plot lacks a compelling narrative because otherwise Batman: The Adventures Continue #3 was a fun issue that gave us a good debut for Deathstroke.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #4

May 21, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Four work well to progress the story with Deathstroke. If this chapter was dedicated completely it would've worked out much better. But the push to remind readers about Batman Family stalker sub-plot is hurting the momentum of this Deathstroke story. Keeping focused one storyline would be beneficial to this series as it is building momentum for himself

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5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #5

Jun 6, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue #5 progresses the "Mentor" story but unfortunately faces several problems that hold back the quality. The biggest problems facing this storyline are with how poorly Deathstroke and the Batman Family stalker have been developed. Thus far the name value of these characters are what this story are playing off of rather than true character development. Hopefully that changes in future issues of this series.

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5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #6

Jun 21, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue #6 is a disappointing conclusion to the "Mentors" story arc. This story failed to make Deathstroke's debut in the DC Animated Universe a compelling read. At no point did the character come across as a major threat to the Batman Family. The lack of intriguing development for Deathstroke as an antagonist ended up affecting the impact this "Mentors" arc had as a whole.

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7.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #7

Jul 4, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue #7 may very well be the best chapter of this series thus far. This issue read like an episode from The New Batman Adventures that this series timeline is placed in the middle of. The chemistry between Batman, Catwoman, Azrael, and Penguin was on point throughout this issue. Hopefully the rest of this arc can keep up the strong momentum established by Batman: The Adventures Continue #7.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #9

Aug 2, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter 9 was a solid start to finally learning the backstory of the DC Animated Universe version of Jason Todd. This is something that was needed since introducing Jason as the Batman Family stalker at the start of the series. Learning who this version of Jason Todd is will be extremely helpful since Alan Burnett and Paul Dini clearly have major plans for the character during this run.

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6.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #10

Aug 16, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter 10 is a frustrating comic book. On one hand, Alan Burnett and Paul Dini do a good job telling Jason Todd's backstory from Alfred Pennyworth's perspective and how Bruce Wayne was affected by that period in his Batman career. On the other hand, Burnett and Dini continue to do a poor job in actually getting readers invested in this version of Jason Todd. For the sake of this entire Jason Todd Saga the series needs to do better in telling the story of the character's past and present. If not "Red Son Rising" will just end up falling on its face rather than being an intriguing addition to the DC Animated Universe.

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5.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #11

Aug 30, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter 11 further highlights all of the problems that Alan Burnett and Paul Dini are having in establishing the DCAU version of Jason Todd. All Burnett and Dini accomplish is to remind readers why Jason is the least popular Robin. The only redeeming thing about this arc is how Burnett and Dini write Bruce Wayne, Leslie Thompkins, and Alfred Pennyworth. But even the strong writing for those characters can't redeem the direction this origin of the DCAU Jason Todd has taken.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #13

Oct 4, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter 13 is by far the strongest entry since Jason Todd's Red Hood became the focus for this series. The stories pacing made good use of the digital format that it is presented in to tell a story that hooked you from the beginning, leading to greater intrigue in the cliffhanger ending. Hopefully this momentum is carried onto the remaining chapters in this Red Hood arc.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #14

Oct 17, 2020

When all was said and done Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter 14 was a boring conclusion to the "Red Son Rising" arc. This final chapter solidified the fact that the introduction of the DC Animated Universe version of Jason Todd was unnecessary. There are so many other stories that could be told in the DCAU and hopefully this series moves on to do just that in the immediate future.

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7.5
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 23, 2017

Batman: The Red Death #1 is an excellent companion to the Dark Nights: Metal event. Joshua Williams and Carmine Di Giandomenico set the tone for all the rest of these Dark Nights: Metal one shots. They did a great job developing The Red Death's origin through the battle between Batman and Flash from another Earth. That battle made The Red Death version of Batman a character I look forward to following in Dark Nights: Metal.

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Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #4

Jun 10, 2021

Batman: Urban Legends #4 once again delivers several compelling stories involving the Batman Family. The lead story involving Red Hood and Batman by Chip Zdarsky continues to do a great job exploring the status of their relationship as partner's and father-son. The new stories with Luke Fox and Tim Drake both did a great job bringing both characters back into the fold as Batwing and Robin, respectively. It all comes together to create a strong comic book that Batman fans should not be missing out on experiencing.

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7.5
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #5

Jul 16, 2021

Batman: Urban Legends #5 is a blast to read. It is great to pick up a comic book that offers the opportunity for the entire Batman Family to take the center stage in their own story. This issue does a particularly highlights what makes Red Hood, Spoiler, Orphan, Tim Drake's Robin, and Grifter such great character. Each of the stories told around these character keep you engaged as a reader and makes you want to read more adventures dedicated to each of them.

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Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #6

Aug 12, 2021

Batman: Urban Legends #6 is filled with fantastic storytelling. The stories involving Batman, Red Hood, Tim Drake's Robin, and Black Canary are all can't miss. This is a must have series for fans of the Batman Family.

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6.5
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #7

Sep 15, 2021

Each creative team that worked on Batman: Urban Legends #7 showcased how strong the franchise is by the exploring the Batman legacy in different timelines and universes. The Batman Beyond story in particular does a lot of great work to make you want to see more stories from that universe. All in all, Batman: Urban Legends #7 is a yet another example of what has made this series such a joy to read since it started.

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8.5
Batman: White Knight #1

Oct 8, 2017

From the writing to the artwork, Batman: White Knight #1 is a fantastic comic book. The time Sean Murphy spent on developing how Batman and Joker find themselves switching roles was handled extremely well. That development made this version of Gotham City and the residents living in it even more fascinating as GCPD and Batman Family play an important role in shaping this world.

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8.5
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 18, 2017

Batwoman: Rebirth #1 does an excellent job acting as a primer to get fans invested in the upcoming Kate Kane ongoing series. While it would've been nice to see the support cast fleshed out a bit Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV more than make up for it with a strong look at what shaped Kate into becoming Batwoman. With a clear mission now set up out of the gate and Steve Epting's phenomenal artwork to help tell their stories, Bennett and Tynion's Batwoman ongoing could be one of DC Comics best comic books.

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Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice (2020) #1

May 30, 2020

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1 was a solid start to this new Digital-First series by DC Comics. Gail Simone immediately showed how well she understands Black Canary, Harley Quinn, and Huntress through her writing of each character. The one-shot style helped create a foundation for this series that can hopefully future issues can build on.

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6.5
Black Cat (2019) #1

Jun 8, 2019

Black Cat #1 was a good example as to why Felicia Hardy is more than ready to lead her own solo series. Jed Mackay showed what makes Black Cat a standout character and was able to build a world around her that you'll want to come back to see how it moves forward. As long as Mackay can work on the rough edges than Black Cat can easily be one of Marvel's gems in their monthly ongoing comics.

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Black Cat (2019) #2

Jul 15, 2019

With another strong issue in Black Cat #2 Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman are quickly establishing this series as one of Marvel's best. This issue moved at a brisk pace and never wasted time. The story with Black Cat and her crew stealing something from Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum was a lot of fun. Combining the strong pacing and fun story together made the ending of Black Cat #2 even more effective hook to find out what happens next.

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Black Cat (2019) #11

Jun 16, 2020

Black Cat #11 is a strong example why this series is one of the best comic books that Marvel is currently publishing. Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa combine to tell a fun story as Felicia Hardy leads her team in what may be their biggest heist to date as they take on Tony Stark. The interaction between Felicia and Tony shines even brighter thanks to how MacKay frames the plan the former executes in order to make this heist successful. MacKay and Villa end Black Cat #11 with a final page that immediately gets you hyped for the next issue.

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6.5
Black Cat (2019) #12

Aug 8, 2020

Outside the questionable final page Black Cat #12 delivered a fun story that featured an extended battle between Black Cat and Iron Man. The chase got over what makes Black Cat such a great character and is able to continue the greater story about the war with the Thieves Guild that Jed MacKay has been developing. Hopefully after this hiatus MacKay is given a chance to continue the story he has building around Black Cat and her crew.

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8.5
Black Cat (2019) Annual #1

Nov 15, 2019

From beginning to end, Black Cat Annual #1 is just pure fun. Jed MacKay delivered a comic book that's a showcase to the magical chemistry Black Cat and Spider-Man share. If your a fan of Black Cat, Spider-Man or both this is a comic I recommend checking out.

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7.5
Black Cat (2020) #1

Dec 20, 2020

Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa do a great job using the events of King In Black to give the new Black Cat series a hot start. From the opening page to the final page we are shown why Black Cat is not only a great character but can play a key role in the King In Black event. The job Black Cat's team is given by the Avengers creates greater anticipation for what other stories this new series will be telling after King In Black is over.

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6.5
Black Cat (2020) #4

Apr 5, 2021

Black Cat #4 effectively spotlights Lily Hollister's character as we learn why she is Queen Cat and the reasoning behind targeting Felicia Hardy. Even though this meant that the overarching story involving the Black Cat vs Thieves Guild story was sidelined it still worked. Building up Lily as Queen Cat provides this series with another character that Jed MacKay can write to strengthen the quality of this series.

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Black Cat (2020) #7

Jun 6, 2021

Jed MacKay and Michael Dowling deliver a strong conclusion to the Thieves Guild and Black Fox storyline that has been going on for two years. Black Cat #7 showcases all the different skills and traits that make Felicia Hardy such a compelling character. The payoff for the relationships that Felicia has with Black Fox and Odessa Drake made the payoff to the endgame that's been built create even more excitement for the new stories to come in Black Cat.

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7.5
Black Cat (2020) #10

Oct 3, 2021

Black Cat #10 does a very good job in setting the stage for the finale of The Infinity Score storyline. There are some surprises from recent storylines, including Heroes Reborn, that added tension into the latest heist job Felicia Hardy has taken on. The questions we are left with by the end of this issue creates greater interest in how this storyline will end.

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8.5
Black Widow (2016) #8

Dec 1, 2016

Black Widow #8 is another strong entry in one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee did a fantastic job giving us a scope of the fallout from Natasha Romanoff's clash with the Dark Room's Headmistress. The balance between strong character development and engaging action sequences was on point throughout the issue to tell a complete story. With the ending teasing the appearance of the Winter Soldier there is plenty to be excited about for Black Widows continuing adventures.

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8.5
Black Widow (2016) #9

Jan 2, 2017

Black Widow #9 delivered an action-packed issue with plenty of emotion to back it up. The reunion between Black Widow and Winter Soldier was elevated by the presence of Recluse, who is quickly becoming the biggest threat to Natasha's life. Now with Winter Soldier revealing that Nick Fury needs to speak with Black Widow while Recluse is still on the loose things should only get more exciting.

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Black Widow (2016) #11

Feb 10, 2017

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee did not waste any time in establishing what is on the line for the final issue. Black Widow #11 effectively set the stage for the final issue of this series to go out with a bang. The conflict between Black Widow and Recluse cannot be any higher as the latter has raised the stakes in a way that puts the world into danger. Samnee's phenomenal artwork throughout this issue only helps to amplify the tension created by the story as it progresses towards its inevitable end.

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Black Widow (2016) #12

Apr 5, 2017

Black Widow #12 was an excellent conclusion to Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's run on Natasha Romanoff's latest ongoing series. As sad as I am for the series coming to an end it is great to see that Waid and Samnee were able to execute an ending that closed the book on this chapter in Black Widow's life in a satisfactory way. The place where Waid and Samnee leave Black Widow provides plenty of opportunities for other creative teams to do fun and exciting things with the character in the greater Marvel Universe.

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Black Widow (2019) #1

Jan 18, 2019

There was so much built-in potential for a new Black Widow comic book. Unfortunately it all goes to waste with how it begins in Black Widow #1. The story's tone and pacing never seems to be connected well enough to set-up a compelling narrative. Even when the opportunity is there to tell a meaningful story it all goes to waste due to the decisions made with how to present Black Widow's character. Add in artwork that is a bad mix with the presented story, this comic turns out to be a disappointing start to a mini-series with so much potential.

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Black Widow (2020) #1

Sep 5, 2020

Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande, and Jordie Bellaire kick off Natasha Romanoff's newest adventure with a strong debut issue. A strong tone is set as Black Widow #1 is inviting to new readers that want to get into Black Widow's character while respecting Natasha's recent history to peak long-time readers interest. If you are a Black Widow fan or someone that enjoys spy stories this is a comic book you should pick up

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Black Widow (2020) #3

Nov 6, 2020

As "The Ties That Bind" arc progresses Kelly Thompson and Elena Casgrande continue to add layers to the story. Black Widow #3 keeps that trend going as there are new elements added that will build on the mystery around Natasha Romanoff suddenly waking up to a new domestic life. Both the villains and heroes that have been brought in added to the questions you have as a reader. It all gets you excited to find out what is really going on with this story.

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8.5
Black Widow (2020) #4

Dec 7, 2020

Black Widow #4 is yet another example of how this series is quickly becoming one of the best comics Marvel is publishing. Kelly Thompson does a great job delivering a story that has emotional weight while also showcasing Natasha Romanoff as the badass superspy we know she is. The artwork by Elena Casagrande and Carlos Gomez further emphasized that fact as everything comes together to tell a story that gets you more invested in what is going on.

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Black Widow (2020) #5

Feb 22, 2021

Black Widow #5 solidifies this series as one of the best Marvel series the company is publishing right now. Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande, and Rafael De Latorre work perfectly in sync to challenge Natasha Romanoff in ways that create a compelling narrative around her character. Where that narrative ultimately ends up at creates a lot of excitement for the unknown future of this Black Widow series moving forward. If you have not picked up this Black Widow series up yet I highly recommend changing that fact as this is a can't miss Marvel comic book.

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Black Widow (2020) #6

May 1, 2021

As each issue is released Kelly Thompson has established Black Widow as one of the best titles published by Marvel. Black Widow #6 is further proof of that as it carries the momentum created by the first story arc of this series forward in a positive direction. Thompson does a fantastic job showing how Natasha Romanoff plans on being proactive in taking down the threat of Apogee that has come after her. The artwork by Rafael De Latorre and Jordie Bellaire further elevates the story that takes place in this issue.

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Black Widow (2020) #9

Aug 2, 2021

Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande and Rafael De LaTorre once again show why their work on Black Widow is some of the best being produced at Marvel. Black Widow #9 is strongly paced with a mix of fun action and great character work for the entire cast of this series. The ending leads to even greater anticipation for how this storyline around the Apogee will all turn out.

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Black Widow (2020) #10

Aug 28, 2021

Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande, and Rafael De LaTorre knock it out of the park with the conclusion of the "I Am The Black Widow" arc in Black Widow #10. This issue wonderfully wraps up the story with Apogee in strong fashion while creating even greater excitement for the future of all the characters in this series. It all goes to prove why Black Widow is easily one of the best comic books on the market right now.

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6.5
Cable (2020) #5

Oct 18, 2020

Cable #5 does a good job at showcasing the dynamic between Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Cable. The Summers Family work effectively together as they learn about new threats that they'll have to worry about in the future. Though as a X of Swords chapter Cable #5 does not really advance the plot of the crossover. Which could disappoint readers of the 22-chapter long X of Swords crossover.

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Cable (2020) #6

Nov 23, 2020

Cable #6 was exactly what X Of Swords after the mix bag that has been the second half of this X-Men crossover. There was a genuine sense of urgency as characters, specifically on the X-Men side, had to come to terms with how bad things are in this tournament that X Of Swords is about. Hopefully that urgency is carried over to the final three chapters of the latest X-Men crossover.

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Captain America (2018) #4

Oct 12, 2018

Captain America #4 was a strong read that furthered the plot that Ta-Nehisi Coates is crafting in a positive direction. After several issues of little development Coates finally makes Alexa a compelling character by tying her into a big event that happened during Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America involving Sharon Carter. That connection elevates everything that has been going on in this story, creating more questions for Captain America and Sharon Carter to have to deal with. If your a Captain America fan I recommend checking Coates run out as he is bringing in a lot of past continuity into in a great, logical way.

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Captain America (2018) #5

Nov 18, 2018

Captain America #5 is a tightly written issue that places sturdy building blocks for the future of this series. By bringing back a classic Captain America villain Ta-Nehisi Coates sets things up to get even more interesting as he can now build future stories around what he set into place here. If you are a Captain America fan you'll want to be reading this series. It looks like it could be something special.

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Captain America (2018) #7

Jan 31, 2019

Ta-Nehisi Coates delivers a strong start to "Captain of Nothing" with Captain America #7. Now that Steve Rogers has been locked up it is going to be up to Sharon Carter and Bucky Barnes to step up to find out who is manipulating current events to create greater chaos in the world. In doing so Coates has created several sub-plots within "Captain of Nothing" that are equally compelling to the greater narrative of this series.

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Captain America (2018) #8

Mar 3, 2019

Using all of the recent continuity established Ta-Nehisi Coates created a fascinating narrative for Captain America #8 to continue the "Captain Of Nothing" story arc. Not only has Coates put Steve in a dangerous spot, he has also opened up the opportunity for Sharon Carter to step up in a big way. There is no telling where "Captain Of Nothing" will go and that is extremely exciting. If you aren't reading Captain America right now I highly recommend changing that immediately.

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Captain America (2018) #11

Jun 22, 2019

With Captain America #11 Ta-Nehisi Coates and Adam Kubert created a fun, chaotic prison break story. The issue moved at a brisk pace and never slowed down even when our focus was split between Steve Rogers, the Daughters of Liberty and other characters. Everything that happened worked in sync with each other and moved the overall plot in "Captain Of Nothing" forward.

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7.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #1

Jan 10, 2019

Captain Marvel #1 accomplishes its goal of providing a fresh jumping on point for new and long-time readers. Kelly Thompson identifies what makes Carol Danvers great by highlighting her history and exploring some of her most important relationships. While the generic villain Captain Marvel fights was disappointing the shift in setting provides an interesting hook for the rest of this story arc. If you are someone looking to get into who Carol Danvers is before the movie comes out I recommend giving Captain Marvel #1 a try.

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6.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #2

Feb 15, 2019

Captain Marvel #2 is a comic that is completely driven by the character interactions. Kelly Thompson does a great job writing Captain Marvel dynamic with Spider-Woman and other heroes. Through that Captain Marvel was able to shine as a strong leader. That was something which needed since everything about Nuclear Man's plot falls flat. Hopefully the development of Nuclear Man's plot improves or else it will end up dragging the entire first arc of Thompson's Captain Marvel run down.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #3

Mar 24, 2019

Kelly Thompson showed throughout Captain Marvel #3 that she has gotten a firm grasp on who Carol Danvers is. The chemistry Captain Marvel has with her allies made everyone on the heroes side shine in this issue. Along with the great artwork by Carmen Carnero, Thompson's first story arc Captain Marvel continues to improve with each passing issue.

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5
Captain Marvel (2019) #4

Apr 16, 2019

Captain Marvel #4 is a major let down. That all falls on the failed development of Nuclear Man. At no point does Kelly Thompson make the character a compelling villain. Instead everything the character said and does comes across as incredibly forced. Which is highly unfortunate since Thompson has shown that she knows how to write a fun Captain Marvel. Hopefully this story arc ends in the next issue and this series can move on to much better adventures.

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5
Captain Marvel (2019) #5

May 13, 2019

Captain Marvel #5 was a disappointing end to a lackluster beginning to what should be one of Marvel's top titles. The story around Nuclear Man completely fell apart from the beginning and it never was able to recover. The one bright spot is that Kelly Thompson showed she knows what Carol Danvers voice should be as Captain Marvel. Now that Thompson can start a new story arc she can hopefully developed a stronger plot to go along with how great of a character Captain Marvel is.

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7.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #9

Aug 19, 2019

Captain Marvel #9 was a tightly paced comic book. Kelly Thompson creates greater interest in the direction of Carol Danvers powers failing her. The mystery around that along with the different interactions she has with characters like Iron Man and Spider-Woman a strong second chapter to the "Falling Star" story arc.

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6.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #11

Oct 21, 2019

With each passing issue Kelly Thompson grows more confident in her writing of Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers' character. Captain Marvel #11 was another example of that with strong hero moments and supporting cast usage. Unfortunately the lack of development around Star brought the entire "Falling Star" story arc down. The character never gets passed being a one-note villain, even in the final page. That leads Captain Marvel #11 from missing out on going from potentially being great to just being a solid read.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #12

Nov 25, 2019

Kelly Thompson and Lee Garbett delivered a hot start to "The Last Avenger" with Captain Marvel #12. The extended battle between Captain Marvel and Thor put over how powerful both characters are. The way the entire battle escalated made how it was one moment where Thor dropped his guard be the vital point in the conclusion to the fight even better. Everything is now set for "The Last Avenger" to be the most exciting story arc the Captain Marvel series has had thus far.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #13

Dec 12, 2019

Captain Marvel #13 was a tightly paced comic book, delivering a solid second chapter to "The Last Avenger" storyline. Kelly Thompson wasted no time in giving us a fun showdown between Captain Marvel and Iron Man. The way that fight leads into understanding why Captain Marvel is working with Vox Supreme helped create an emotional connection to what is motivating Carol Danvers. In the process, Thompson, along with Lee Garbett and Tamra Bonvillain, creates greater excitement for how things will go down in "The Last Avenger."

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Captain Marvel (2019) #14

Jan 27, 2020

Captain Marvel #14 was another solid chapter in "The Last Avenger" storyline. Kelly Thompson keeps you guessing as to how Captain Marvel and, by extension, the Avengers will overcome the threat Vox Supreme has presented. Lee Garbett adds to the events of this issue with strong artwork that is at its best during the action.

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7.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #15

Feb 23, 2020

With each passing issue of Kelly Thompson and Lee Garbett have made "The Last Avenger" a stronger story. The weight of Captain Marvel being forced to fight her Avengers teammates reaches a strong conclusion when she has to go up against She-Hulk and Captain America. How those fights lead into the final phase of Vox Supreme's plans makes for an intriguing build going into the conclusion of "The Last Avenger."

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5
Captain Marvel (2019) #16

Mar 21, 2020

"The Last Avenger" had all the makings of a strong story. Unfortunately this storyline ends with a final chapter that makes the entire story come across as forgettable. The only saving grace for Captain Marvel #16 was the solid job Kelly Thompson continues to do with how she uses Carol Danvers relationships with the Avengers in this series. Sadly, that is not enough to help make the final battle between Captain Marvel and Vox Supreme any less disappointing.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #17

Jul 19, 2020

Captain Marvel #17 is by far the best issue that Kelly Thompson has written during her run on this series. This comic book is just pure fun as Thompson spotlights the friendship between Marvel heroes as Captain Marvel, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, Spectrum, and Hazmat have fun together during a game night. It is such a refreshing change of pace and story that stands out from all the superhero stories Marvel fans are used. If you are a Marvel fan Captain Marvel #17 is a comic book you should check out.

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6.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #22

Oct 19, 2020

Captain Marvel #22 was a solid start to a new story arc. Kelly Thompson gives this issue a aura of being a fresh start after Captain Marvel took part in the recent Empyre event. Bringing in the setting that was seen in Captain Marvel: The End was also a nice change of pace to create new dynamics between Carol Danvers and other fellow superheroes.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #24

Dec 13, 2020

Cptain Marvel #24 did what it needed to do tell the story of Ove and why he is the antagonist of this story. There are some spots in the way this issue progressed that may come across as boring. But with how things ended the remaining issues of this arc are set-up to conclude the story strong.

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6.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #26

Feb 28, 2021

Captain Marvel #26 was at its best when it focused on the Carol Danvers aspect of the story. The way visiting a possible future for herself and her friends impacted Carol was well handled by Kelly Thompson. Which makes the underwhelming way that the main villain of this story was dealt with such a massive disappointment. At the end of the day Ove was a forgettable villain even though a lot of time was spent trying to develop him as a credible threat. That disappointment brings down what was otherwise a well-written character focused conclusion.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #27

Mar 19, 2021

Captain Marvel #27 does a good job giving weight to the big personal decision Carol Danvers made in her life in the previous issue. How Jessica Drew and others help Carol through this decision worked well to put over their relationship. The person that Carol ends up with at the end of Captain Marvel #27 could lead to some interesting stories down the line if it turns out to be a long-term thing. We'll have to wait and see on that.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #30

Jul 23, 2021

Captain Marvel #30 is a strong conclusion to the "Strange Magic" story arc. The actions Carol Danvers takes against Enchantress and Ove creates a lot of questions of how she will deal with the consequences for those decisions. The back-up story involving a meeting with Kamala Khan complimented Carol's character well. It all builds excitement for what the future of Captain Marvel will be moving forward.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #32

Sep 5, 2021

Captain Marvel #32 was good start to The Last Of The Marvels storyline. Kelly Thompson and Sergio Davila delivered an energetic start as Vox Supreme was brought back into play. How Carol Danvers responded to who attacked her pushed the story forward and had you highly anticipating what comes next.

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6.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #33

Oct 10, 2021

Captain Marvel #33 gets the job done when it comes to getting us to the next stage of The Last of the Marvels storyline. But even as we are left with a dramatic hook ending the content before the final page left a lot to be desired. This issue just never felt like it lived up to the large potential it had with what takes places and the characters Captain Marvel interacts with.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #1

Jul 9, 2018

Joelle Jones gives Selina Kyle's new ongoing series a solid start with Catwoman #1. From the beginning Jones sets up how Selina is now in a rebuilding mode as she is trying to figure out what she should be doing next. This state of unknown as to what exactly Selina's future in and out her Catwoman disguise creates a lot of potential for what this series can and will be. For Catwoman fans this is a must buy. And if you have ever been interested in Catwoman from her time in the Batman comics I recommend checking this issue out as a starting point for Selina Kyle's solo adventures.

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6.5
Catwoman (2018) #2

Aug 13, 2018

Joelle Jones continues to show through her writing and artwork that she understands who Selina Kyle is. Unfortunately Catwoman #2 suffers from having an antagonist that has yet to be put over as a credible threat with clear motives. If this major part of the story is not improved on than Catwoman's first story arc will turn out to be a letdown.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #3

Sep 17, 2018

Catwoman #3 is the best issue that we've gotten from this young series so far. Joelle Jones did a fantastic job developing the world around Catwoman. The character work for Raina Creel in particular elevated the entire conflict in this first story arc as we now have a villain to hate. Combining that with a strong hook ending there is a lot to be intrigued about the direction for Jones' Catwoman series.

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Catwoman (2018) #4

Oct 14, 2018

Joelle Jones does a fantastic job using Catwoman #4 to explore Selina Kyle's current state of mind. Bringing in Maggie Kyle instantly brought in an extra layer of depth to the current story with the Creel Family and created a long-term plotpoint that readers will be instantly connected to. The artwork for the present-day and flashback scenes made the entire issue stronger as it nailed how emotional Catwoman #4 was.

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Catwoman (2018) #7

Jan 21, 2019

Catwoman #7 was a very good set-up issue for a short story arc. The pacing of this issue moved at a rapidly as Joelle Jones positioned Penguin as the latest threat Catwoman has to come up against. In the process Jones does not forget the strong character work around Selina Kyle is the strength of this series. How Catwoman's meeting with Penguin sets the stage for what comes next from this series will be very interesting to see.

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Catwoman (2018) #8

Feb 25, 2019

Catwoman #8 was another fantastic issue in what is quickly becoming one of DC Comics more consistent comic books. Joelle Jones showed a clear vision on where she wants to take Selina Kyle. That vision made the story around Catwoman, Penguin and Raina Creel carry a sense of importance as things continue to escalate. If you aren't reading Catwoman yet I highly recommend giving this series a try.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #9

Mar 18, 2019

Catwoman #9 is a well written one-shot story. Ram V's story is works extremely well as an entry point for this series as everything about who Selina Kyle is on fully display throughout this issue. Keeping the story simple to a heist that Selina begins and ends successfully made everything that happened even more compelling. If you were looking for a place to start reading Selina Kyle's solo adventures Catwoman #9 is a great place to start.

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6.5
Catwoman (2018) #12

Jun 17, 2019

When Catwoman #12 focused on moving the plot forward by showing us what Selina Kyle and Raina Creel were doing it was at its best. Joelle Jones has done a great job in developing them both as strong rivals. If it wasn't for the narrative choice spend half the issue with flashbacks to previous scenes from Selina Kyle's sidekick's, Carlos, perspective this issue would have been stronger.

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Catwoman (2018) #16

Oct 12, 2019

Handling the writing and artwork, Joelle Jones was able to elevate Catwoman #16's story to another level. Jones strong grasp on Selina Kyle's character shines throughout this issue as we see how strong she is in and out of her Catwoman costume. The fantastic artwork by Jones and Laura Allred added to that storytelling, with various points in this issue the art progressing the story forward without any dialogue.

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6.5
Catwoman (2018) #17

Nov 17, 2019

From a standalone perspective, Catwoman #17 is very strong. Joelle Jones understanding of Selina Kyle's character shines throughout the course of Catwoman #17. Unfortunately the choice in direction makes all the previous issue completely unnecessary. Catwoman #17 is essentially one big recap of the events that just happened. The connection to Year of the Villain also proves to be nothing more than a deus ex machina to progress the story. Not hiding that fact puts a big damper on what has otherwise been a solid story involving Catwoman and Raina Creel's rivalry.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #20

Feb 18, 2020

Catwoman #20 does about everything right to build excitement for the conclusion of Joelle Jones run on this series. Jones has crafted a compelling narrative around this conflict between Catwoman and Raina Creel. Hopefully Jones can end her Catwoman run on high note in the next issue.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #21

Mar 15, 2020

Joelle Jones wrapped up her run on Catwoman that leaves a strong mark on Selina Kyle's history. The war between Catwoman and Raina Creel ended in a way that left Selina a stronger character than when this series started. The ending creates plenty of opportunity for the next creative team to use what Jones built as a strong foundation for Catwoman's future.

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Catwoman (2018) #35

Sep 27, 2021

Catwoman #35 does an excellent job integrating the series into the Fear State event. Ram V is able to address recent events and how that impacts the way we see Selina Kyle approach what is going on in Gotham City. Seeing as the Poison Ivy storyline will be something that this series will be addressing I recommend those reading the main Fear State story also pick up the Catwoman tie-ins.

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8.5
Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #1

Dec 15, 2020

It is good to have Robin and Superboy back together again as the Super Sons! Peter Tomasi does not miss a beat delivering a fun start to the new Challenge Of The Super Sons series. As with previous comics involving the Super Sons the chemistry between Damian Wayne's Robin and Jonathan Kent's Superboy is a blast to read. Max Raynor energetic art style adds to how much fun Challenge Of The Super Sons #1 is. It is all a reminder that DC Comics publishing library is stronger when they can have Robin and Superboy together in a comic book.

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6.5
Champions (2019) #1

Jan 8, 2019

Champions #1 is a good start to get new fans invested in Marvel's next generation superhero team. Jim Zub quickly establishes who each character is, what roles they serve, the team's mission statement and several dynamics between team members. Because of all that good work it was disappointing that Zub decided to conclude Champions #1 with a twist ending that so easily damages the entire issue. The sooner that twist ending is resolved the better it will be for the future of the Champions.

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7
Children of the Atom (2021) #1

Mar 15, 2021

Vita Ayala and Bernard Chang kick off Children of the Atom with a fun and engaging first issue. Multiple plotlines are set up that builds intrigue to learn more about who the members of the Children of the Atom are. The way this team works into the greater story around Krakoa we've seen in all the X-Men comics worked well to give this series a hook that gets the reader to come back for more.

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6.5
Children of the Atom (2021) #2

Apr 18, 2021

Children Of The Atom #2 keeps the momentum going from the first issue. Developing a greater connection with the members of the team, as we got a spotlight on Cherub's personal life, was a good choice as it strengthens the connection the reader has with these characters. How the X-Men and Avengers factor into this story added greater interest to see where this series will go next.

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Civil War II: The Oath #1

Jan 30, 2017

The concept of Civil War II: The Oath #1 is absolutely an intriguing one. Unfortunately the potential of exploring Steve Rogers and Tony Stark's relationship is not fully realized. Instead this new one-shot was simply Marvel and writer Nick Spencer's way of advertising the Secret Empire event. This in turn hurts the impact of the just finished Civil War II as Marvel is clear about the fact everything is going to change soon yet again. And if Civil War II didn't matter why should we believe Secret Empire's impact will be any different? That is one thing Nick Spencer and Marvel don't answer, causing Civil War II: The Oath #1 to fail rather than succeed.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #26

Sep 11, 2017

Daredevil #26 is an excellent start to the "Land of the Blind" arc. Charles Soule does a fantastic job with all the little details from how Daredevil's supporting cast reacts to his search for Blindspot to giving support for certain actions the character takes. It all culminates in a cliffhanger ending that makes you want to find out what happens next.

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7.5
Daredevil (2015) #595

Nov 13, 2017

Daredevil #595 delivered a strong start to the Mayor Wilson Fisk-era of the Marvel Universe. This is a major change that changes the landscape of a lot major comic books Marvel is publishing. And Charles Soule does a very good job at getting over how big of a change this is and how it affects all Marvel superheroes. This in turn gave more weight to what Soule has done with Daredevil and what is to come for this series in the future.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #600

Apr 1, 2018

Daredevil #600 is an excellent ending to the "Mayor Fisk" story arc. Charles Soule ends the arc in shocking fashion with Daredevil, Spider-Man and other heroes arrested. At the same time we see a major shift in the status quo with the Hand taking out Mayor Fisk. All of these developments create a number of stories for Soule and other writers to follow-up on. Those story possibilities set-up a future that will excite fans of Marvel's street-level comic books.

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Daredevil (2015) #603

Jun 5, 2018

Daredevil #603 is a strong set-up issue that makes the threat the Beast and Hand pose to New York City to be off the charts. The pacing of this issue helped drive home how desperate things have gotten for Daredevil as he recruits villains he recently put in prison. That act along with other decisions that are made all create greater interest in what Charles Soule has planned for this series.

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Daredevil (2015) #605

Jul 16, 2018

Charles Soule wrapped up the conflict with the Hand in a satisfying fashion in Daredevil #605. Throughout the issue Soule was able to show how far Daredevil has come as he inspired those around him that they will defeat the Hand. While Daredevil and his allies did win Soule used the ending to create several stories involving Elektra, Wilson Fisk and others to build a strong foundation for future story arcs. Having that foundation built will excite the majority fans for what the future of Soule's Daredevil series.

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7.5
Daredevil (2015) #606

Aug 11, 2018

Daredevil #606 was another excellent chapter in Charles Soule's ongoing narrative in this series. Soule's understanding of where he wants to take Daredevil and how he will challenge Matt Murdock continues to prove to be the strength of his writing. That clear direction help make Daredevil #606 feel more than just a set-up issue as there were multiple sub-plots going on at the same time.

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Daredevil (2015) #608

Sep 17, 2018

Daredevil #608 was another excellent issue in what continues to be one of Marvel's best comic books. Charles Soule does a great job presenting Mike Murdock as an unexpected wildcard for the ongoing war between Daredevil and Mayor Wilson Fisk. Matt Murdock's own actions put into question how exactly this story arc will affect the long-term story Soule is developing. With those questions in the air there is a lot to be excited for with what will happen next in the pages of Daredevil.

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Daredevil (2015) #609

Oct 20, 2018

Daredevil #609 kicked off Charles Soule's final story arc with a great sense of urgency. There is no time wasted in getting the final act in the latest war between Daredevil and Wilson Fisk into action. Everything that happened in this issue built a proper amount of intrigue around if "The Death of Daredevil" will live up to its name and end Soule's run on a memorable note.

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Daredevil (2015) #610

Nov 3, 2018

Daredevil #610 is a fantastic second chapter to "The Death of Daredevil" storyline. Charles Soule continues to show his masterful understanding of Matt Murdock's world. Bringing in Elektra to team-up with Daredevil and his crew made the story even better. The way things went between Daredevil and Elektra built further anticipation as to how this war with Wilson Fisk will end.

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Daredevil (2015) #612

Dec 1, 2018

Daredevil #612 delivered a twist ending that subverted the expectations for a story called "The Death of Daredevil." A lot could've gone wrong that would've made Daredevil #612 a lackluster ending. Instead what we got was a conclusion that was a mixed bag. Charles Soule did an effective job showcasing the mortality of Matt Murdock. Unfortunately Soule also slipped up on the execution on several plot points the twist ended up affecting negatively. In the end these positives and negatives ended up canceling each other out, making "The Death of Daredevil" an odd note for Soule to end his run on.

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9
Daredevil (2019) #1

Feb 9, 2019

Daredevil #1 is an excellent start to Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto run on this series. Zdarsky makes great use of where Charles Soule left the character and crafts a story that has a lot of potential as multiple intriguing plotlines are introduced. Checchetto's artwork complemented Zdarsky's story perfectly as we come to understand where Matt Murdock is at the moment. If you are a Daredevil fan this is a must read for sure.

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Daredevil (2019) #4

Apr 22, 2019

Daredevil #4 is just about a pitch perfect comic book. Chip Zdarsky is able to tell a complete story in this one issue. At the same time he feeds into the greater narrative he is crafting with great care. Where Daredevil begins and ends in this issue after his conflict with Punisher creates even more intrigue into what comes next. If you are a fan of grounded superhero storytelling I highly recommend checking out Zdarsky and Checchetto's Daredevil.

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8.5
Daredevil (2019) #5

May 20, 2019

Daredevil #5 was another excellent chapter in Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto run on this series. Ever since Daredevil accidentally killed someone Zdarsky has put the character on a path where there is genuine concern for his choices. That all came to a head with how things went down in the battle against The Owl and two emotional scenes with the Defenders and Spider-Man. Where things ended up created a lot of unknowns for the direction Matt Murdock will go on now. That sense of unknown makes what happens next in Daredevil a must read for fans.

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Daredevil (2019) #10

Aug 27, 2019

Daredevil #10 was a phenomenal issue. Chip Zdarsky continues to do a fantastic job exploring Matt Murdock's life without being Daredevil in a fascinating way. That has not been an easy thing for Matt to do which leads into an intriguing set-up for the role Elektra can serve in Zdarsky's greater narrative for this series. The fantastic artwork Jorge Fornes and Jordie Bellaire provide Daredevil elevates an already strong story to an even higher level.

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8.5
Daredevil (2019) #11

Sep 16, 2019

Daredevil kickstarts the newest arc to this series, "Through Hell," with many fascinating things in play. Chip Zdarsky builds on everything he has done so far in his run that continues to highlight how long Matt Murdock can go without getting back to being Daredevil. The roles Elektra, Wilson Fisk and others all play their roles in building greater interest in whatever endgame Zdarsky is building towards.

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Daredevil (2019) #12

Oct 8, 2019

Daredevil #12 was another phenomenal issue in what is easily Marvel's best ongoing series. Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto work perfectly together to create two intriguing stories that follow Matt Murdock and Mayor Wilson Fisk. By the end of Daredevil #12 both characters are placed in positions that create even greater excitement for what will come next.

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Daredevil (2019) #13

Nov 11, 2019

Daredevil #13 is another phenomenal issue. The sense of escalation that Chip Zdarsky continues to deliver has been a pleasure to watch. Everyone involved from Matt Murdock to Wilson Fisk to Elektra to Detective Cole North play an important role in what is going on. All of Zdarsky's dialogue is further elevated by the astounding artwork by Marco Checchetto. Checchetto's storytelling ability solidifies why Daredevil is Marvel's best comic book right now.

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8.5
Daredevil (2019) #15

Dec 23, 2019

Daredevil #15 was yet another fantastic issue in what is Marvel's best ongoing series. Chip Zdarsky does a phenomenal job weaving together Daredevil, Elektra and Wilson Fisk's story together. While these characters are being tied together there are distinct character arcs that Zdarsky is giving them so they all have an ownership in what is going on. Zdarsky's storytelling is further elevated by the strong artwork that Marco Checchetto and Francesco Mobili provide the entire comic book.

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Daredevil (2019) #16

Jan 5, 2020

From the moment Daredevil #16 begins Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Fornes and Nolan Woodard draw you into the story and don't release their hold until the very last panel. Every character that appears on a panel is character you are invested in. Whether its major characters like Daredevil, Elektra and Wilson Fisk or new characters such as Detective Cole North and Joe Cararro, there is a reason to be invested every word and decision they make. It's all just further proof that Daredevil is one of the best comic books on the market today.

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10
Daredevil (2019) #19

Mar 9, 2020

Daredevil #19 is a masterclass of how to use every building block up to this point to provide both a payoff to what has been built while continuing to add to what's already there. Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto did a fantastic job building developing several storylines throughout Daredevil #19. All that development made the ending as impactful as possible with Matt Murdock taking a big step forward.

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Daredevil (2019) #20

Jun 12, 2020

No matter how great the previous issue was Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto find ways to make the next issue better. Daredevil #20 is a clear example of that as Zdarsky and Checchetto use all the developments of the past issues to elevate the events currently taking place in Hell's Kitchen. Matt Murdock returning as Daredevil stole the show with how impressive he was in defeating all the villains and stopping all the chaos. Now as the dust settles on this war Zdarsky and Checchetto have already set the stage for the next big storyline to get fans hyped to see play out.

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9
Daredevil (2019) #21

Jul 27, 2020

Daredevil #21 continues the trend of excellence that Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto have been known for on this series. The consequences of Matt Murdock's actions and decision are felt throughout this issue. How it all works together to tell a greater story makes what happens next even more exciting to see play out.

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8.5
Daredevil (2019) #22

Sep 28, 2020

Chip Zdarsky knocks it out of the park again as Daredevil #22 shows why this series is one of the best comic books on the market. The narrative around Daredevil being placed on trial is given the weight it should have. Adding in the continued battle for control of Hell's Kitchen makes this a multi-layered story that has your attention from beginning to end.

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7
Daredevil (2019) #24

Nov 29, 2020

Daredevil #24 delivers on the impactful result that Chip Zdarsky has been building his run around. Daredevil's ultimate decision and how other Marvel characters factored into that made the ending of this issue create even more interest in what will happen in the future.

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Daredevil (2019) #25

Dec 3, 2020

Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto once again prove why they are one of the best creative teams in the industry with their work on Daredevil #25. From the big moment everyone will remember Daredevil #25 for to the meaningful conversations, everything about this issue is a showcase of how easily you can get lost in the world that Zdarsky and Checchetto craft. What impact the developments in Daredevil #25 will have on this series moving forward will be fun to see play out.

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Daredevil (2019) #26

Jan 31, 2021

Daredevil #26 is a solid tie-in to the King In Black event that has taken over the Marvel Universe. Chip Zdarsky is able to work in Elektra Natchios new life as Daredevil in a way that continues to drive home what her mentality is going into being a superhero. Similarly, we get some good developments for Matt Murdock's new life as a prisoner serving out his sentence. Hopefully once these tie-ins to King In Black are done we can fully explore all the plans Zdarsky has for Daredevil moving forward.

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7.5
Daredevil (2019) #28

Mar 14, 2021

Daredevil #28 does a very good job in taking the time to reassert where this series is at after the events of King In Black impact so many different character arcs. While this issue does focus mostly on Matt Murdock's current prison sentence Chip Zdarsky also spends time developing the current arcs of Elektra Natchios as the new Daredevil and Wilson Fisk's current mindset as Mayor of New York City. How all of these developments arc working separately and together is what continues to make Daredevil the top comic book series that Marvel is currently publishing.

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Daredevil (2019) #29

Apr 15, 2021

Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto have proven that Daredevil is the best comic book series Marvel is publishing with every new issue. Daredevil #29 is yet another example of how phenomenal this series is. From Elektra Natchios taking on being Daredevil to the ongoing battle for the title of the Kingpin of Crime, Zdarsky and Checchetto have you invested in everything that takes place in this comic book.

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Daredevil (2019) #33

Aug 15, 2021

Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto are at the top of their game with their work on Daredevil #33. Every single ongoing storyline from Elektra's battle with the Bullseye clones to the prison riot Matt Murdock leads adds even greater interest for the future of the series. It all goes to once again prove that Zdarsky and Checchetto's Daredevil is the best comic book Marvel is currently publishing.

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6.5
Daredevil (2019) #34

Sep 10, 2021

Daredevil #34 sets the stage for the final chapters of the current narrative Chip Zdarsky has set up around Bullseye's latest attack. Zdarsky gave us good insight into Elektra Natchios and Matt Murdock respective mindsets going into this final fight. What it will all mean for the larger picture of things going on in New York City will be interesting to see play out.

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8.5
Dark Ages (2021) #1

Sep 4, 2021

Dark Ages #1 is a fantastic example of how you kick off a big event. Tom Taylor and Iban Coello do not waste any time setting up the big conflict and the ramifications of the decisions made by certain heroes. It all works to create a universe that fans will be fully invested in finding out what will happen next. This is a must have comic book for all Marvel fans.

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Dark Ages (2021) #2

Oct 9, 2021

Tom Taylor and Iban Coello do an excellent job doing a lot of world building in Dark Ages #2 coming off the events of the first issue. The world is fully developed as we learn where various heroes, villains, and other types of characters are in the flash forward for Dark Ages. Apocalypse being set-up as the big bad creates a lot of interest in how our heroes will respond once they find out what the villain is up to.

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Dark Days: The Casting #1

Jul 13, 2017

Dark Days: The Casting #1 does an excellent job using past storylines to build an intriguing plot that will involve the entire DC Universe. Batman's attitude throughout his investigation on top of everything that Joker reveals to Hal Jordan and Duke Thomas created a tense atmosphere around everything going on. Now with the stage set, Snyder and Capullo are all ready to make Dark Nights: Metal one of the best events DC Comics has ever had.

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Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 16, 2017

Dark Days: The Forge #1 is exactly how you set the stage for a big event story. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver an impactful reading experience as we see how Batman's investigation leads into an even bigger story to be told. With an established history to build on, Dark Days: Metal should be a lot of fun to read once the event truly begins.

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7.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal #4

Oct 14, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 continues to deliver on the massive scope of this Crisis-level event that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are telling. The right emotional story beats are hit to make the hail mary that the Trinity attempt have maximum impact for what happens with the Darkest Night appears. Though you will need to read several of the one-shot tie-ins to Dark Nights: Death Metal to understand everything going on in this issue. How many of those one-shots you read will impact how Dark Night: Death Metal #4 will be received.

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7.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal #5

Nov 22, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal #5 is all about setting the stage for the final battle that will conclude this event. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo accomplish that with a lot of strong character driven scenes. Everything we see everyone from Wonder Woman to Batman Who Laughs do maximizes how much hype their will be going into the next issue. Hopefully things come together in a tight package and we don't see a reliance on tie-in comics hinder the last few chapters of Dark Nights: Death Metal

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

Dec 17, 2020

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo hit all the right notes to make Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 everything you expect from a penultimate issue for a big event. Everything that happens here is made to create as much hype going into the ending as possible. The final few pages of Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 certainly showcase that as the stage is set for our heroes and villains to have a final showdown with the fate of the Multiverse at stake.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

Jan 6, 2021

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 is an epic ending to one of the most memorable events in DC Comics history. Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and the entire team that worked on this issue knocked it out of the park. When it was all was said and done I found myself with a giant smile on my face. This has created even greater excitement for the future of DC Comics in 2021 and beyond. If you are a DC Comics fan I definitely recommend checking out Dark Nights: Death Metal when the full trade collection comes out.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1

Dec 27, 2020

Scott Snyder and Geoff Johns deliver an emotionally powerful end to Superboy-Prime's story with Dark Nights: Death Metal The Secret Origin #1. Everything Superboy-Prime has done since Infinite Crisis is paid off in way that by the end you do feel that the character got the ending he deserves. Snyder and Johns writing of Superboy-Prime's story is further strengthened by the top-tier artists that all worked on Dark Nights: Death Metal The Secret Origin #1. This is a definite must by for those reading Dark Nights: Death Metal.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

Dec 9, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories Of The DC Universe gives fans all the moments from iconic characters they can hope for. All the creators who worked on this one-shot took great care in creating stories that built on the histories of every character we see. The closure for everyone provides a strong set-up for the final battle that we will see play out in the final issues of Dark Nights: Death Metal.

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Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 18, 2017

Dark Nights: Metal #1 is an excellent start to the latest event from DC Comics. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo pack a lot into this first issue that will leave a lot of long time DC fans happy. Newer fans may feel lost with some elements in Dark Nights: Metal #1 but Snyder and Capullo make it clear that they will provide the information readers need to know to keep up as the event continues. The connection to DC's past and future created an aura around Dark Nights: Metal that makes it feel like the most important event for the company.

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Dark Nights: Metal #2

Sep 15, 2017

Dark Nights: Metal #2 is an excellent continuation of DC's latest mega event. The use of events like Final Crisis and Darkseid War elevated the story that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are crafting. Now with Batman's actions opening the door to the possible destruction of the Multiverse we are left wondering how our favorite DC Universe heroes will be able to save the day. That mystery, along with several other sub-plots, make the anticipation for what happens next harder to wait for.

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Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 12, 2017

Dark Nights: #3 is another compelling chapter in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's big DC Universe event. Snyder does not hold back in how he has pushed the Justice League and other DCU heroes into a corner. Through all the chaos that the Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse have created Snyder is able to maintain a sense that our heroes have not given up on saving the DCU. That makes what happens next with what the Dark Knights were able to accomplish by the end of this issue even more highly anticipated.

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Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dec 23, 2017

Dark Nights: Metal #4 was another great issue of DC's latest event. Scott Snyder added to the overall story by adding more context into who Barbatos is. The adventures Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan and Aquaman go on further added to how epic the scope of Snyder's is. Add in all the detail Capullo gives the things going on in each panel only furthers the fact that Dark Nights: Metal is a must read event for DC Comics fans.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Feb 1, 2018

Dark Nights: Metal #5 continues the trend started with the beginning of the event with Scott Snyder making sure he pushes our heroes to their breaking point. With the Justice League split off in various directions Snyder was able to focus just enough time on each character left standing in this conflict. That time spent is maximize to such a degree that as a reader you come away even more excited for what comes next.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 31, 2018

Scott Snyder does an excellent job delivering an exciting finish to his big event with Dark Nights: Metal #6. Outside of a few minor complaints, Scott Snyder paid off all of the storylines he built up throughout the course of Dark Nights: Metal in a satisfying way. The characters involved, both on the hero and villain side, came away from this event looking stronger than they did when Dark Nights: Metal started. Snyder's ending does an effective job in building excitement for the future of the entire DC Universe. If you are a fan of big events than Dark Nights: Metal is one comic you should pick up when it's hardcover collection is released.

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DC/Looney Tunes: Batman/Elmer Fudd #1

Jun 30, 2017

Batman/Elmer Fudd #1 is a perfectly paced comic book that every DC Comics fan should purchase and read right away. Everything from the character development to the action worked incredibly. Tom King and Lee Weeks did an excellent job bringing Elmer Fudd and the rest of the Looney Toons to life and integrating them into Batman's world.

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DCeased #2

Jun 9, 2019

DCeased #2 was an excellent follow-up chapter to what Tom Taylor established in the first issue of this big event. Taylor spotlighted the emotional weight of the entire DC Universe faced with a crisis that hits close to home for everyone. The personal moments we get for many iconic characters, specifically for Black Canary, Robin and Superman, makes DCeased a series DC fan should not miss out on reading.

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DCeased #3

Jul 6, 2019

DCeased #3 is another phenomenal issue in what has quickly become one of the best comic books that DC Comics is publishing. Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine hit all the right emotional notes with the crisis facing the entire DC Universe. The ending with Superman forced to make an incredibly heartbreaking decision punctuated an issue filled with strong character moments involving those who have become Anti-Living.

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DCeased #4

Aug 9, 2019

Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine have created a special DC Comics event and DCeased #4 continues to show why that is. This issue is properly paced as the story marches forward with our favorite DCU heroes dealing with the crisis brought about by the Anti-Life Equation. There are plenty of poignant scenes involving Damian Wayne, Superman and others that help make DCeased #4 a strong follow-up to all the development in the first three issues. With only two issues left in this event we are left wondering how things will end up wrapping up, which is an exciting hook to come back for more from the DCeased story.

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8.5
DCeased #5

Oct 4, 2019

DCeased #5 was a phenomenal issue. This issue solidified why DCeased is an event that every DC Comics fan must read. From beginning to end, Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine combine to tell an emotionally charged issue. They do a masterful job taking the reader on a journey and ending on a note that leaves the reader emotionally drained.

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DCeased #6

Oct 31, 2019

Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine and Neil Edwards nail the landing, delivering an emotionally charged ending to their DCeased event. Throughout DCeased #6 we are given one memorable moment after another. The actions and payoff to the character arcs for Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Superboy, Cyborg and others was all deeply satisfying. If you are a DC Comics fan make sure you pick up DCeased when it is collected as a hardcover or trade paperback.

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DCeased: A Good Day To Die #1

Sep 5, 2019

DCeased: A Good Day To Die #1 is a fantastic tie-in issue that elevated the crisis going on in the main series. Tom Taylor maximized the page count of this issue to elevate characters like Big Barda, Mister Miracle and Mister Terrific. Every character involved had a standout scene at some point in this issue. Booster Gold's final scene in particular furthered how desperate things have become in this event. If you are reading DCeased I highly recommend picking up A Good Day To Die #1 as it elevates a great event to higher heights.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #1

Jul 9, 2020

Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine wasted no time in hitting a home run to kick things off with DCeased: Dead Planet #1. Taylor and Hairsine got you right into the next stage of the DCeased Universe's story as the impact of the original event continues to be felt. The way that the events of the previous series was used to made DCeased: Dead Planet come across as an even bigger event. That speaks to Taylor and Hairsine's immense talents. With how things started off here DCeased: Dead Planet is a must-read for all DC Comics' fans.

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8.5
DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #2

Aug 6, 2020

DCeased: Dead Planet #2 continued the momentum from the first issue and brought in plot elements from other tie-in comics all in one wonderful package. It is impressive how Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine are able to bring everything together in a way that continues to grow all the characters involved in this story. The sense of character progression is as excellent as the high stakes that continue with the Anti-Life Equation Virus ravaging the DCeased Universe.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #3

Sep 6, 2020

Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine once again knock it out of the park with DCeased: Dead Planet #3. Even as they slow the story down there are plenty of things that they develop that uses all of the DCeased comics before this as backstory for why things are happening. That long-term vision made the character moments we get create greater anticipation for what happens next.

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8.5
DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #4

Oct 7, 2020

Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine once again knock it out of the park with their work on DCeased: Dead Planet #4. The character work continues to shine as every scene is packed with strong emotions as our heroes deal with the crisis around the Anti-Life Equation. The final few pages further elevate the sense of urgency around the story as a major game changer is revealed. All of that creates greater excitement for what is to come in the final three issues of this event.

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7.5
DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #5

Nov 4, 2020

DCeased: Dead Planet #5 finalized all the set-up that this story needs to have as we head into a conclusion that is shrouded by unknown. Our heroes have done everything in their power to turn things around with how things currently are in the DCeased version of the DC Universe. While there is that positive Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine reminds the characters involved and readers to never feel safe. That strong reminder will help keep readers on the edge of their seats as we now reach the endgame of DCeased: Dead Planet.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #6

Dec 5, 2020

DCeased: Dead Planet #6 got the job done in setting the stage for the final issue of this event. Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine continued to deliver the strong, emotional character moments that DCeased has been known for delivering. With everything that has been set-up the stakes going into the final issue of DCeased: Dead Planet could not be higher.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #7

Jan 20, 2021

Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine worked together to provide us with all the emotionally heavy ending that will satisfy fans of the DCeased franchise. There were plenty of great character moments that made the way things concluded in DCeased: Dead Planet #7 to come across as extremely rewarding. Fans of DC Comics should make sure to pick up DCeased: Dead Planet when its collection is released.

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7.5
DCeased: Hope At World's End #2

Jun 3, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End #2 delivered the high quality storytelling that readers have come to expect from this Elseworld franchise. Tom Taylor does not disappoint with his excellent work writing Black Adam as the Anti-Life Equation virus hit home for the character. The way Black Adam was portrayed and how it played into the ending of DCeased: Hope At World's End #2 worked well to build greater anticipation for DCeased: Dead Planet.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #3

Jun 17, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End #3 is an emotionally impactful issue. Tom Taylor, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Rex Lokus hit all the right story beats to maximize the page count of this issue. There is no wasted moment as we see Wally West lead the Flash Family in combating the Anti-Life Equation Virus. As heartbreaking as the conclusion of DCeased: Hope At World's End #3 it'll be interesting if any of the plot elements of this issue are used in the upcoming Dead Planet sequel.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #4

Jul 2, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End #4 was another strong entry in what has been one of the best Elseworld Universe's in DC Comics library. Tom Taylor and Marco Failla did an excellent job on expanding on Damian Wayne's sub-plot in the original DCeased event. Damian's conversation with Superman will go down as one of more memorable scenes in the DCeased franchise. If you read the original event than DCeased: Hope At World's End #4 is definitely a must-read.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #5

Jul 15, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End #5 continues the trend of emotionally impactful comic books that this mini-series has been known for.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #6

Aug 2, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End Chapter 6 continues the trend of excellence that this entire franchise has been known for. Tom Taylor expertly makes you care for every character that appears in this issue. In the process he is able to elevate new characters in Wink, who steps up in a major way throughout this issue. The appearance of Anti-Living Black Adam at the end of this issue provides a strong hook that gets you to question what will happen next.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #7

Aug 15, 2020

Tom Taylor and Renato Guedes delivered another impactful chapter with DCeased: Hope At World's End Chapter 7. There was absolutely no time to rest as the tension was always high throughout this chapter. From the Justice League appearing to save Jotunheim to the final page with a major hero being turned into an Anti-Living, you are always kept guessing what will happen next. Exactly what fans of the DCeased Universe have come to expect.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #10

Sep 22, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End Chapter 10 was another strong entry in this series that has expanded on the timeline of the original event. Tom Taylor gives greater character progression that adds even more depth to where we see many of these heroes in DCeased: Dead Planet. The characters we have not seen in either the original or sequel series help add to the sense of unknown with where this tie-in series will end.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #12

Oct 20, 2020

Tom Taylor and Marco Failla do not hold back hitting you right in the feels with DCeased: Hope At World's End Chapter 12. This issue was an emotionally draining issue as major losses take place while our heroes do their best to save as many people as possible on Nantucket Island. It is a strong reminder of how quickly things can turn in the DCeased version of the DC Universe. If you are reading DCeased this is a must have comic book.

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7.5
DCeased: The Unkillables #1

Feb 24, 2020

DCeased: The Unkillables #1 is a great follow-up that compliments the original DCeased event extremely well. Tom Taylor sets up a story involving a different set of characters that carries the same emotionally impactful energy the original event had. Getting different perspectives of the crisis in DCeased was refreshing to see, with new plotlines that enhanced the story in the original mini-series.

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7.5
DCeased: The Unkillables #3

May 19, 2020

DCeased: Unkillables #3 delivered an emotionally heavy ending for this mini-series. Tom Taylor did a fantastic job paying off all the character arcs in this mini-series to make the entire package better. Every character involved was given memorable moments. And the ending built greater excitement for what is to come in the sequel, DCeased: Dead Planet.

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4.5
Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #1

Oct 20, 2017

Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #1 delivers on the fun of having these two characters crossing paths with one another. Unfortunately that fun does run dry by the end of this issue as writer Declan Shalvey delivers a generic comic book plot for Deadpool and Old Man Logan to be involved in. That along with the restrained action sequences we do get make it hard to imagine Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan as a series that will live up to its potential.

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Deathstroke (2016) #19

May 26, 2017

As a spotlight for Slade Wilson, Deathstroke #19 does a very good job getting readers to understand the character's motivation in "The Lazarus Contract" crossover. Unfortunately the lack of a true villain in this crossover continues to keep "The Lazarus Contract" from reaching the heights it should.

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Demon Days (2021): X-Men #1

Mar 6, 2021

Peach Momoko knocked it out of the park with the story she told in Demon Days: X-Men #1. This comic book did such a fantastic job setting the tone for the rest of this series moving forward. The writing and artwork by Momoko worked perfectly in sync to make you feel immersed in the new Marvel Universe we are presented with. This is a must have comic book for Marvel fans.

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Demon Days (2021): Cursed Web #1

Sep 6, 2021

Peach Momoko once again knocks it out of the park with Demon Days: Cursed Web #1. Mariko's development continues to make her an even more interesting character with each passing issue. The introduction of Demon Days version of Mystique, Sabertooth, Thor, and Storm adds to how this is one of the most engrossing reading experiences out in the market from Marvel.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #965

Sep 28, 2017

Detective Comics #965 is an excellent start to "A Lonely Place Of Living." James Tynion's love for Tim Drake is clear as he returns Tim's original origin story to the character. The retelling of Tim's origin story is effectively integrated into the conflict between Tim and Jor-El. The ending provided plenty of intrigue on where this Tim Drake spotlight arc will end up going.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #966

Oct 15, 2017

For every answer that James Tynion provided in Detective Comics #966 he gave us two more questions to be answered. The interaction between the present and future Tim Drake made for a compelling chapter in the character's life as his true future is still up in the air. Ending the issue with the future Tim Drake turning his attention to a major Batman Family member provided an intriguing hook ending that will keep fans guessing as to what will happen next.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #967

Oct 28, 2017

Detective Comics #967 nailed the chaotic situation this future version of Tim Drake as Batman has created by coming to the present. His interaction with the Batman Family highlighted how fascinating the character is. At the same time, it shined a spotlight on what the actual future Tim and the Batman Family will be if they all make it out of this story together.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #968

Nov 9, 2017

From beginning to end "A Lonely Place Of Living" delivered on making the return of Tim Drake's return to the DC Universe feel like a big event. And with Detective Comics #968 James Tynion and Alvaro Martinez were able to create an ending that has major ramifications for the future of the entire Batman Family. Moving forward there are a lot of intriguing questions in the air that will keep Batman fans wanting more from whatever Tynion has planned for Detective Comics.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #975

Mar 1, 2018

Detective Comics #975 is an excellent example of a comic that sets the tone for the future of the Batman franchise. James Tynion IV made this rare Bat-Family meeting standout as something special as they decided what to do about Batwoman. Given each member of the Bat-Family's perspective there are a lot of potential storylines that have been created with Detective Comics #975. If you are a Batman Family fan this is a comic that you must pick up.

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Detective Comics (2016) #979

May 1, 2018

Detective Comics #979 was a solid chapter that pushed the "Batman Eternal" story arc forward. James Tynion has done a good job presenting Ulysses as the greatest threat Red Robin has gone up against. How Ulysses uses Red Robin, Brother Eye and OMAC together creates a lot of questions to be answered as to how things will end up when all is said and done for the Batman Family. If Detective Comics #979 is any indication than the answer may not be a good one for our favorite Gotham City superheroes.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #980

May 12, 2018

Detective Comics #980 is the strongest chapter of the "Batman Eternal" story arc we have gotten. James Tynion did a great job bringing all the storylines he has been developing over the course of his run together to push the entire Batman Family. What happens next and how the events of "Batman Eternal" leave Batman, Batwoman, Red Robin, Spoiler, Omen and the others adds a lot of excitement as to how Tynion wraps up his run on Detective Comics.

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Detective Comics (2016) #981

May 24, 2018

James Tynion did an excellent job wrapping up his run on this series with Detective Comics #981. Tynion did a lot of great character work throughout this issue as every major character involved in "Batman Eternal" got their time to in the spotlight. How Tynion leaves Batman, Red Robin, Batwoman, Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain gives future writers a lot of room to make them even stronger characters. If you haven't checked out Tynion's Detective Comics run and are a Batman fan than I highly recommend checking out all the trade collections of his work on this series.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #994

Dec 14, 2018

Detective Comics #994 was a great start to Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke's run on this series. Tomasi did an excellent job highlighting Batman's detective abilities while providing a personal connection to what is going on for Bruce Wayne. It is all wonderfully brought to life by Doug Mahnke delivering his always stellar artwork.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #995

Jan 5, 2019

Detective Comics #995 is an emotionally impactful issue featuring a gut-wrenching loss. Peter Tomasi does a fantastic job emphasizing how important Leslie Thompkins was in Bruce Wayne's life. This story was all wonderfully brought to life by Doug Mahnke's artwork as he hit on all the emotions Bruce was feeling and how intimidating Batman was at the end of Detective Comics #995.

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Detective Comics (2016) #999

Mar 5, 2019

As Detective Comics #999 came to a close Peter Tomasi was able to put over what being Batman means to Bruce Wayne. The strength of Tomasi's writing is made better thanks to the incredible artwork Doug Mahnke turned in for this issue. All of this sets Detective Comics #1000 to be a wonderful celebration of Batman's 80-year history.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1000

Mar 27, 2019

Detective Comics #1000 is a very good celebration as Batman's most iconic comic book reaches a major milestone issue. Thanks to an extremely talented line-up of writers, artists, inkers and colorists there are many standout stories in which Batman fans will find great enjoyment from. This is very much a must have issue for anyone that is a Batman fan.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1001

Apr 11, 2019

Peter Tomasi wasted no time in introducing the Arkham Knight to the DC Universe with Detective Comics #1001. The fast pace of this issue was able to put over how the Arkham Knight and the Knights of the Sun are going to be major threats to Batman. At the same time, the quick pacing meant that their motivations did not have time to develop. With the battle between the Arkham Knight and Batman intensifies this is something that is hopefully improved on in future issues of Detective Comics.

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5.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1004

May 24, 2019

Detective Comics #1004 had elements of a good story. Unfortunately there were some major problems with Arkham Knight's origin. Not the least of is the fact that a major character in Arkham Knight's origin was treated as nothing more than a plot device. It is not to late for Peter Tomasi to turn things around but there will be a lot of work to be done to give a compelling end to Arkham Knight's introductory story arc.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1017

Dec 15, 2019

Detective Comics #1017 is absolutely a must have comic book for every Batman fan. Tom Taylor, Fernando Blanco and John Kalisz combine to give us a comic book that shows there is a phenomenal story to tell around every corner of Gotham City. The interactions between Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne and Lucius Fox in particular standout as special during the course of this deeply personal story. Make sure to do yourselves a favor and pick up Detective Comics #1017 immediately.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1034

Mar 24, 2021

Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora have a strong start as the new creative team for Detective Comics. They set all of the groundwork for how they plan to add their mark in how Bruce Wayne will be addressing the present and future of Gotham City post-Joker War and -A-Day. Joshua Williamson and Gleb Melnikov add further quality content as they build excitement for the upcoming Robin series starring Damian Wayne. The final page with the surprise return of one of the DC Universe's top fighters and fan favorite was an double exclamation point to end Detective Comics #1034 on.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #3

Jan 30, 2020

Detective Comics Annual #3 does a good job in diving into the impact Alfred Pennyworth's death has had on Bruce Wayne. Peter Tomasi presents a story that shows how the pain of Alfred's death may not disappear easily the good memories are what will help Bruce heal over time. It's just a shame that the back-up story didn't explore the greater impact Alfred had on not only Bruce but the entire Batman Family. As is, Detective Comics Annual #3 is a comic that is more for hardcore Batman fans rather than the wider DC Comics audience.

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7.5
Elektra (2017) #1

Feb 23, 2017

Elektra #1 does exactly what every good first issue must do in building an intriguing world for the main character to exist in. Matt Owens does a good job not throwing a lot of exposition at the reader. Instead he plays to Elektra's strength as a silent assassin while building out where she is at this point in her life and why she decided to come to Las Vegas. And with the bright lights that shine in Las Vegas, Arcade is an appropriate villain for Elektra to go up against, especially with his new death game taking over the city's betting culture. All of this comes together for an excellent debut issue that any fan of Elektra will be happy to purchase.

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7.5
Elektra (2017) #3

Apr 30, 2017

Elektra #3 did not waste anytime in moving the story in Murderworld forward. By doing so Matt Owens is able to highlight what makes Elektra such a kick ass character no matter the situation. With the dialogue being kept at a minimum Owens was able to give Juann Cabal more than enough space for his artistic abilities to showcae Elektra's abilities and the dangers of Murderworld.

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7.5
Elektra (2017) #5

Jul 3, 2017

Elektra #5 delivers a very good end to "Always Bet On Red" while also setting the stage for what comes next for Elektra Natchios. Though I wish we could see more adventures with Elektra in Las Vegas it is clear that she is on to bigger things now. What that is and how it ties into the rest of Marvel's street-level comics will be exciting to see play out.

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4.5
Empyre #1

Jul 17, 2020

Empyre #1 was all noise and not much substance. Things definitely take place in this opening issue but none of it is as intriguing as it should be with a lot of poor character development. Add in the fact that Empyre #1 is not at all welcoming to new or casual Marvel readers and you have a start of a big event that just drops the ball. Empyre #1 is definitely only for hardcore Marvel fans who feel like they need to have a complete Avengers and Fantastic Four run. Hopefully the second issue makes vast improvements over what we got with Empyre #1.

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Excalibur (2019) #14

Nov 14, 2020

Excalibur #14 finally kicked off the tournament that X of Swords has been building up to. The first two matches of the tournament did a good job in showing what the X-Men are up against, especially with the big loss they suffer in one of the matches. That said, when things were said and done it did not feel like Excalibur #14 moved the goal post forward very much. Hopefully the story development is better paced out as we are now entering the final chapters of the X of Swords story.

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4.5
Extermination (2018) #1

Aug 16, 2018

With hopes high Extermination #1 was unable to escape revisiting old, tired territory. There is nothing about what Ed Brisson does that adds a new spin on the Days of Future Past story that the X-Men franchise continues to revisit in an infinite loop. That unfortunately starts the X-Men with a tough uphill battle to get readers invested in what happens during and after the events of Extermination.

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Extermination (2018) #2

Aug 31, 2018

Extermination #2 was a big improvement over the first chapter in the latest X-Men event. Ed Brisson was able to create a greater sense of urgency for the X-Men in thanks in large part to the quicker pacing of this issue. Unfortunately the lack of development for Ahab and a few other story choice kept Extermination #2 from being a complete success. Hopefully as Extermination continues Brisson can fix the problems that have persisted in this X-Men event.

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6.5
Extermination (2018) #3

Sep 27, 2018

Extermination #3 was a big improvement over the first two issues of this event. That is not saying much but the quicker pace and elevation of Ahab as a viable threat helped make this a much better issue. There are still parts of Extermination that need improvement in order for it to be a must read story. If Ed Brisson can turn those things around and keep the momentum created by Extermination #3 going than this could turn out to be a successful X-Men event.

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Extermination (2018) #4

Nov 1, 2018

Extermination #4 was exactly the penultimate issue that this X-Men event needed. Ed Brisson fixes all the problems that this event previously faced. The majority of the characters involved, including the main antagonist Ahab, were elevated by what happened in Extermination. Now with how this issue ended the stage is set for Brisson to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the X-Men's Extermination event.

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5
Extermination (2018) #5

Dec 20, 2018

Extermination #5 delivered a lackluster conclusion to what turned out to be a highly disappointing X-Men event. Ed Brisson missed the mark on many character moments that should've been highly impactful to the X-Men franchise. All of the misses, along with the delay of this finale causing spoilers for how things ended, made the entire Extermination series an X-Men event fans can easily pass on.

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Extermination (2018): X-Men #1

Dec 9, 2018

X-Men: The Exterminated #1 was much better than I expected it to be. Having Hope Summers be the driving force of the main story was a smart decision. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler did a good job with the execution of how Cable's death affected Hope's interaction with Jean Grey, Bishop and Deadpool. Unfortunately there was a lot of lost potential in what this issue was intended to do, partly due to the timing of X-Men: The Exterminated #1's release.

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7.5
Far Sector #1

Nov 19, 2019

Far Sector #1 is a great start to what could potentially be one of DC Comics next big characters. N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell combined to create a character in Lantern Mullein and world in City Enduring that grab the reader's attention from the moment the issue begins. If you are a fan of the DC Universe's cosmic corner I recommend checking out Far Sector #1.

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Far Sector #6

Jun 9, 2020

With every issue Far Sector becomes a more fascinating comic book to be following. N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell work on Far Sector #6 continues that trend. By slowing things down a bit Jemisin and Campbell give Green Lantern Jo Mullein the chance to take in everything she has experienced in this story thus far. It sets the stage for even more bigger things to take place in future issues as we uncover what is really going on in Far Sector along with Green Lantern Jo Mullein.

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8.5
Far Sector #7

Aug 9, 2020

From beginning to end, Far Sector #7 captures your interest with an amazing action sequence drawn by Jamal Campbell and a riveting story around the City of Enduring by N.K. Jemisin. The way Jemisin and Campbell work together so well brings all these great elements to life as they build a fascinating world that Green Lantern Jo Mullein thrives in. This is definitely a must-read series for all DC Comics fans.

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Flash (2016) #21

Apr 28, 2017

The Flash #21 was a strong continuation for 'The Button' crossover that kicked off in Batman #21. Joshua Williamson did a great job highlighting the unique relationship Batman and Flash share as fellow detectives. With their investigation taking them on a journey through the Multiverse and running into Flashpoint Batman things should only get more interesting as 'The Button' progresses.

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6.5
Flash (2016) #22

May 19, 2017

As a DC Comics fan there were a lot of very cool moments that made The Flash #22 an enjoyable end to "The Button" crossover. The set-up for Doomsday Clock further built anticipation for Doctor Manhattan's full appearance on screen. Unfortunately the fact that there was very little accomplished in Batman and Flash's investigation did make a major plot point made the story feel unsatisfying.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #33

Oct 31, 2017

The Flash #33 does a fantastic job expanding on the ongoing story in Dark Nights: Metal. Joshua Williamson has a great sense of scale as we go from Flash showing strong optimism for things working out to his hope fading as he sees all the destruction the Dark Knights have caused. That along with what happens to the rest of the Justice League make The Flash #33 a strong start to the "Bats Out Of Hell" tie-in crossover.

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Flash (2016) #64

Feb 14, 2019

The Flash #64 is another interesting next step into what the current standing is between Batman and Flash. Joshua Williamson continues to use everything that has gone on in Heroes In Crisis and other stories related to Batman and Flash to give depth to the character work in this story. As long as the problems around Gotham Girl's character arc are fixed over these last two issues "The Price" can become one of the better crossovers DC Comics has had.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #65

Mar 1, 2019

The Flash #65 was a major step up from recent issues of "The Price" crossover. It was disappointing how Gotham Girl turned out to be a plot device to push a major fallout between Batman and Flash. Luckily the confrontation between Batman and Flash in the Batcave and Iris West's role in this story made up for negatives involving Gotham Girl.

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Flash: Fastest Man Alive (2020) #1

Apr 24, 2020

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1 gets the job done for those looking to get their Flash comic book fix during this time. Gail Simone showed a good understanding of who Barry Allen is during the early years of his time as Flash. But with a thin plot this comic book is really only for those looking for new comics to read. And with a $0.99 cover price Flash: Fastest Man Alive fills that need with a solid story.

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6.5
Flash: Fastest Man Alive (2020) #2

May 2, 2020

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2 does a good job setting the stage for a bigger storyline involving Reverse-Flash. Gail Simone and Clayton Henry did a good job giving us a back-and-forth fight between Flash and Shift. Both characters came out looking strong and built anticipation for the story they are building for future issues of Flash: Fastest Man Alive.

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Flash: Fastest Man Alive (2020) #4

May 17, 2020

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4 was a solid continuation of the Reverse-Flash story Gail Simone is building. Seeing this Reverse-Flash story become a multi-part story is a nice change of pace compared to the other Digital-First comics that have been going with one-shot story structure. This gives the rivalry between Flash and Reverse-Flash greater importance as one issue isn't able to contain how big this battle is.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #1

Jan 11, 2019

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 is a great start to Tom Taylor's run on this series. Right away Taylor capturing what makes Spider-Man and Peter Parker compelling as characters. The world around them is properly developed with the back-up story providing an impactful note to leave fans wanting to come back for more. All of this is brought to life by Juann Cabal and Marcelo Ferreira artwork that fit the tone of their assigned stories. If you're a Spider-Man I recommend checking out Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1.

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10
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #6

May 12, 2019

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 is a masterpiece of an issue that's must have for every comic book fans collection. Tom Taylor and Juann Cabal delivered a phenomenal issue with Spider-Man fulfilling a kid's wish to be a superhero. The chemistry between Spider-Man and Spider-Bite was natural and made the final page of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 a memorable ending.

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Future State (2021): Justice League #1

Jan 13, 2021

Of all the Future State comic books that have released thus far Justice League #1 does the best job in tapping into the full potential of this direction. Joshua Williamson does a fantastic job establishing the dynamics and rules for this version of the Justice League. In the process we are able to get a story that captures our attention right away.

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7.5
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #1

Jan 7, 2021

Future State: The Next Batman #1 sets a solid foundation for this series to build on. John Ridley and Nick Derington worked together well to create world with many fascinating elements to build around the new Batman. The Outsiders back-up further elevated what was going on in Gotham City with how Duke Thomas, Katana, and Black Lightning factor into the greater story around the Magistrate.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #1

Jan 16, 2021

Dark Detective #1 does a good job in setting the stage for what this series will be addressing when it comes to the future Gotham City in Future State. Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Matthew Rosenberg, and Carmine Di Giandomenico create a Gotham City that does feel like it is being controlled in a police state way by the Magistrate's regime. This makes what we see Bruce Wayne, Luke Fox, and Grifter go up against something that will be extremely difficult to overcome.

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Future State (2021): Harley Quinn #1

Jan 10, 2021

Future State: Harley Quinn #1 hits the ground running and does not stop on its way to delivering a fun reading experience. Stephanie Phillips does a great job delivering on a sense that Harley Quinn has gone through a lot since we last saw her without losing the core of what makes the character engaging. Simone Di Meo also knocks it out of the park delivering artwork that makes this entire comic book future vibe to it from character design to Gotham City itself.

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Future State (2021): Nightwing #1

Jan 24, 2021

Future State: Nightwing #1 continues the trend of the Batman Family titles being some of the best comic books in DC Comics Future State direction. Andrew Constant and Nicola Scott do a great job setting up Nightwing as having the biggest target on his back as the leader of the resistance against the Magistrate's regime.

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8.5
Future State (2021): Wonder Woman #1

Jan 9, 2021

Future State: Wonder Woman is off to a strong start. Joelle Jones quickly establishes this series as one of the standouts of DC Comics' Future State direction. Jones does a wonderful job with balancing out the way the story unfolds both through the writing and visually. That balance made the world built around Yara Flor's Wonder Woman be something you want to learn more about.

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Future State (2021): Immortal Wonder Woman #1

Jan 22, 2021

Immortal Wonder Woman #1 follows a similar format to many other Future State books with how we are dropped in the time period this series is exploring. That does cause some similar problems seen in other Future State comics to appear here. That said, Immortal Wonder Woman #1 shines where it matters most with the presentation of Diana Prince in the main story and Nubia in the back-up story. Add in the wonderful artwork seen throughout this comic book, Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 is well worth the price of admission.

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4.5
Future State (2021): Teen Titans #1

Jan 14, 2021

Future State: Teen Titans #1 is by far the biggest disappointment of this new direction DC Comics has started. Because of where this comic book takes place in the DCU timeline it became reliant on things in other Future State comic books that have not even been released yet. That causes many problems for where we find all the characters. That lack of character development extends to the main conflicts that this series is dealing with. There are so many key details missing that you quickly get to the point of not caring about what happens next in Future State: Teen Titans.

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Future State (2021): Wonder Woman #2

Feb 3, 2021

Future State: Wonder Woman #2 ended our first adventure with Yara Flor on a strong note. Joelle Jones did a fantastic job bringing Yara Flor and the world around her to life through both her writing and artwork. By the time we got to the final page all you are left with the feeling of wanting to get more adventures involving Yara Flor in the future. Hopefully, we learn that soon as Yara has a lot of potential by being further integrated into the greater Wonder Woman mythos.

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6.5
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #2

Jan 27, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #2 presents a lot of interesting ideas behind how the Magistrate rise was tied to big Batman events like 'City of Bane' and 'Joker War.' While those ties continue to keep you invested in what Bruce Wayne is doing by the end of this issue we are not any further along in this story than when we started. Luckily we got Dan Mora's phenomenal artwork to always keep us engaged in the world that we are dropped into with Future State: Dark Detective #2.

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8.5
Future State (2021): Justice League #2

Feb 11, 2021

Reading Future State: Justice League #2 reminding me a lot of the experience I have whenever I watch an episode of the DC Animated Universe Justice League and JLU shows. Like those shows, you are immediately invited into the story being presented without feeling like you are missing out on earlier events. At the same time, if you are follow any of the other Future State comic books you'll get a lot out of references that are made. That alone makes Future State: Justice League #2 a winner. The fact both Justice League and Justice League Dark stories are fun just adds to the value this Future State series had as the premiere title in this direction DC Comics took.

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Future State (2021): Nightwing #2

Feb 17, 2021

Future State: Nightwing #2 hit it out of the park as Andrew Constant and Nicola Scott make a strong case for this being the best Future State series. From beginning to end you are engaged in the events that unfold as Nightwing sets out to take down the Magistrate. The way the entire Batman Family got involved just added to the hype around this series concluded. This is definitely a series that fans should not miss out on reading.

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4.5
Future State (2021): Teen Titans #2

Feb 10, 2021

When all was said and done with Future State: Teen Titans #2 I could only reflect on all the lost potential with the end of this mini-series. By heavily relying on shock value of where we find this group of Titans at this point in the Future State timeline this series never finds its footing. Once you get beyond character appearances there is nothing but a story that fails to tell a compelling narrative. Its such a disappointment to have to say all of this about a series featuring some of my favorite comic book characters.

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6.5
Future State (2021): Superman of Metropolis #2

Feb 6, 2021

Future State: Superman Of Metropolis #2 built on the foundation that the first issue created to wrap up Jonathan Kent's arc. There were still problems with Supergirl and the villain Brain Cell roles in the main story coming across as rushed. But even with those problems the story of Jonathan's rise as the new Superman who is ready to step out of the large shadow of his father had a satisfying payoff. The success with that arc made this series that strengthened the quality we've seen in Future State.

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Future State (2021): The Flash #2

Feb 4, 2021

I cannot remember the last time I was this disappointed in a comic book. With how much fun the Future State direction has been thus far it is shocking to get such an unsatisfying reading experience like the one we got in the Future State: The Flash series. The fact that this series ended without even telling a complete story furthers how disappointing this entire experience was. At this point the best thing that can happen for the Flash Family is to forget that they took part in Future State.

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Future State (2021): Immortal Wonder Woman #2

Feb 21, 2021

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #2 was a solid issue. The main story involving Diana Prince's final story as Wonder Woman was a mixed bag as Cloonan and Conrad did a good job putting over Diana's mentality at the end of time. But it was The Undoing being such a forgettable antagonist that dragged the main story's down. Luckily, we got Nubia's Future State back-up that lifted the quality content we got as her journey was Wonder Woman added further depth to the mythology in the franchise.

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7.5
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #3

Feb 3, 2021

The main story in Future State: The Next Batman has steadily improved with each passing issue. John Ridley has a firm handle on how he is developing Jace Fox at the start of his career as Batman. While the main story in The Next Batman #3 was solid it was the Outsiders and Arkham Knights back-up stories that steal the show. The conclusion in both back-ups and how they elevate the conflict with the Magistrate helps build greater interest in what is going on in Gotham City across all of the Batman Family Future State stories.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #3

Feb 13, 2021

Both stories in Future State: Dark Detective #3 drive home how what happened to Gotham City under the Magistrate regime has been the most fascinating story in the entire Future State direction. The developments involving Grifter and Huntress continued the trend of back-up stories in Dark Detective and The Next Batman stealing the show. In stealing the show the back-up story for Future State: Dark Detective #3 helps strengthen what we see Bruce Wayne do to combat the Magistrate. So at the end of the day, it all creates a much better reading experience that makes you looking forward to what happens next.

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7.5
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #4

Feb 25, 2021

Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora saved the best for last as Future State: Dark Detective #4 delivered the most compelling reading experience for Bruce Wayne's actions against the Magistrate. Joshua Williamson and Giannis Milonogiannis' Red Hood back-up story further strengthened the content we got in this issue by showing us where Jason Todd and Rose Wilson are at this point in Future State. In many ways the Red Hood story stole the thunder from the main story in Dark Detective #4. Overall, this issue just further drove home how the Batman Family stories were some of the best content delivered by the Future State direction.

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7.5
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #4

Feb 17, 2021

John Ridley, Laura Braga, and Nick Derington did a good job completing the 'Year One' tone that was taken with Jace Fox rise as the new Batman. A strong foundation was built to create even more engaging stories with Jace in and out of the Batman cowl. The back-up stories for The Next Batman #4 added further value to this series. Vita Ayala and Aneke's Batgirls story did a fantastic job creating greater intrigue for the conflict between the Batman Family Resistance and Magistrate. The developments in that story made me even more excited to read all the Future State Batman Family titles together in one sitting.

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5.5
Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1

Aug 12, 2017

Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1 was an impactful one-shot that had a sense of importance to for the future of the current adventures of Jean Grey. For X-Men fans,this is an issue worth purchasing, especially if you are reading X-Men: Blue and the Jean Grey solo series. For others this is a Marvel Generations issue that is passable as it is crafted for hardcore Jean Grey and X-Men fans.

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7.5
Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

Sep 4, 2017

Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1 is easily one of the best comics to come out of the Generations line that Marvel is releasing. Kelly Thompson is taps into what makes Clint Barton and Kate Bishop fun characters and delivers a comic that highlights both characters' strengths and weakness. The dynamic between the two is so great that I am now looking forward to seeing Marvel's two Hawkeyes interact more in the future.

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Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1

Sep 29, 2017

Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1 is easily one of the best Generations comics. Brian Bendis and Ramon Perez did an excellent job making this meeting between Miles Morales and the college version of Peter Parker meaningful. After reading this issue I now want to see Miles interact with Peter much more in the present. If you are a Spider-Man fan this is a must read.

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Ghost-Spider (2019) #2

Sep 29, 2019

Ghost-Spider #2 is a strong sophomore issue for the new series starring Spider-Gwen. Seanan McGuire spends quality time developing how Gwen Stacy is juggling her life on Earth-616 and Earth-65. Part of that juggling involved progressing the threats of Jackal on Earth-616 and Man-Wolf on Earth-65 pose to the world around Gwen. The balance between her personal life and threats from multiple villains provides a lot of intriguing plotlines to follow in Gwen's life in and out of her Ghost-Spider costume.

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Ghost-Spider (2019) #9

May 14, 2020

Ghost-Spider #9 is the strongest issue of this series to date. Seanan McGuire does a great job balancing out several ongoing storylines that Gwen Stacy is involved in. The continued development of the Earth-65 versions of Sue and Johnny Storm has been a major factor in the success of this latest Ghost-Spider story arc. Hopefully a sign of greater developments will be taking place on Earth-65 after so much time in this series was spent on the prime Marvel Universe.

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Ghost-Spider (2019) #10

Jun 21, 2020

While it is sad to discover that Ghost-Spider #10 is the final issue of this series Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara delivered an impactful conclusion. McGuire was able to flesh out the origin story of Earth-65 Sue and Johnny Storm in a way that amplified the story they have been telling with Gwen Stacy. The results was a final issue that set up several storylines for Gwen Stacy to be a major part of while building towards the return of a new Spider-Gwen or Ghost-Spider series.

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Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Magneto #1

Jul 20, 2020

Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto is an enjoyable comic book that places the spotlight on one of the most popular characters in the franchise. The trust between Jonathan Hickman and Ramon Perez is evident throughout this issue as both the dialogue and artwork get a chance to shine at various points. That all helped to elevate the interactions Magneto had with both Emma Frost and Namor during this story.

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Green Arrow (2016) #32

Oct 10, 2017

Green Arrow #32 does a satisfying job in closing out the Gotham Resistance crossover tie-in to Dark Nights: Metal. Carrying the momentum created by the previous chapters, both Benjamin Percy and Joshua Williamson were able to expand on chaotic things have gotten in the DC Universe since the Batman Who Laughs and company invaded. Through the chaos we were treated to a lot of quality character development that makes what role the Gotham Resistance plays in Dark Nights: Metal even more exciting to see.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #43

Aug 5, 2018

From beginning to end Julie and Shawna Benson develop multiple storylines in Green Arrow #43 to start their run on this series on a high note. Everything that happens builds interest for both the life of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow. And in one issue Benson have already created a fascinating villain in the form of The Citizen to challenge Green Arrow. That all comes together to make Green Arrow #43 to be a good entry point for those looking to get into Oliver Queen's ongoing adventures.

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Green Arrow (2016) #44

Sep 10, 2018

Green Arrow #44 carried the momentum created by the previous issue to continue the development of the latest threat to Seattle. In the process Julie and Shawna Benson have created a villain that is unique to Green Arrow. Along with the way the Bensons ground everything that is going on with the relationship between Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance. With how early on we are into the Bensons run this is a great time to get into Green Arrow if you aren't already.

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Green Arrow (2016) #45

Oct 6, 2018

Green Arrow #45 is a must read comic. Whether you are a Green Arrow fan or just reading Heroes In Crisis this comic is required reading. That is all thanks to the excellent job Julie Benson and Shawna Benson do in exploring the impact of Roy Harper's death. That impact created a phenomenal character arc for Oliver Queen that included key scenes with the Justice League. If you are reading Heroes In Crisis make sure you pick up Green Arrow #45. You won't be disappointed.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #46

Nov 12, 2018

Green Arrow #46 was a strong return to The Citizen plotline. Julie Benson and Shawna Benson did a great job progressing the plot at a quick pace. The revelations are worked in well to give Green Arrow and Black Canary the information they need to set in motion the final stage of this story arc.

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8.5
Green Lantern (2018) #5

Mar 11, 2019

Grant Morrison used all of the building blocks he has placed throughout the early parts of his run to make The Green Lantern #5 a satisfying reading experience. Morrison did a fantastic job building up the tension around what Hal Jordan's latest mission is. Now that he has become directly involved with the Blackstars and adopted the name of Parallax what happens next is anyone's guess. Knowing Morrison's past work, the future for The Green Lantern will be an exciting one.

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8.5
Green Lantern (2018) #6

Apr 8, 2019

The Green Lantern #6 was another fantastic issue by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp. These two just continue to outdo themselves with each passing issue. They understand how to escalate things quickly and play up the drama of different moments. With Hal Jordan now stuck inside the mysterious world of his Green Lantern ring who knows what will happen next. And its that state of unknown that will continue to make The Green Lantern one of DC Comics best comic books on the market right now.

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7.5
Green Lantern (2021) #1

Apr 12, 2021

Green Lantern #1 is a very good start to a creative run by Geoffrey Thorne. This issue established a lot with how Oa and the Green Lantern Corps are viewed in the greater DC Universe. Bringing in the United Planets to be part of his run opens a lot of doors to explore not only the current state of the DCU but the Omniverse as a whole. Green Lantern fans should definitely check this issue out as soon as possible.

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8.5
Green Lantern (2021) #2

May 8, 2021

Green Lantern #2 is a game changing comic book for the entire franchise. Geoffrey Thorne, Dexter Soy, and Marco Santucci knocked it out of the park with the impact of the events that take place are felt by the end of this issue. The character work for John Stewart and the Guardians of the Universe further drove home how this is a can't miss issue for Green Lantern fans.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12

Jan 15, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #12 is an example of exactly how you end one story while building a strong foundation for future storylines to branch out of. Robert Venditti and Ethan Van Sciver combined their talents to continuously throw us one big moment after another. Every character involved in "Bottled Light" got some moment to shine, whether through a show of power or personal development. Now that the conflict with Larfleeze is over and there is an alliance between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps what happens next is incredibly exciting.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #13

Jan 27, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #13 halted all the positive momentum created by the first two arcs of the series for a one-shot story that added absolutely nothing to the series. It's something that is very hard to say because I've been such a big fan of what Robert Venditti has been doing with the Green Lantern franchise up until this issue. Unfortunately the recap and marketing nature of this issue only left me with a feeling that I had money taken from right under my nose. Hopefully this was only a minor slip up for this series and Venditti returns to moving forward with all the wonderful things he has done with his work on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #14

Feb 12, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14 got things back on track for the series as Robert Venditti developed several intriguing plotlines to follow. The Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner team-up in particular showed how Venditti is going to have a lot of fun with different kinds of pairings now that the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps alliance is moving forward. That dynamic was made even stronger by Rafa Sandoval artwork, which continues to get better with every issue of this series that he gets to draw.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #15

Feb 25, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #15 did an excellent job progressing several stories at once. The quick conclusion to Hal and Kyle's search for Saint Walker was satisfying, allowing the stories involving the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps alliance to take over the spotlight moving forward. This is particularly good for Guy Gardner's solo mission to confront Arkillo, as that story alone added a new wrinkle to the young alliance. How Robert Venditti concludes that story along with the hunt for the other rogue Sinestro Corps members will be fun to see play out in future issues.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #16

Mar 11, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 did an excellent elevating Guy Gardner stature in this series. The fight Guy has with Arkillo was as brutal as was expected to be. Robert Venditti was able to do a great job balancing the brutality of the fight by giving us a further look into who Guy is and why he searched for the fight in the first place. Now with yet another major plot point in 'Quest For Hope' checked off it'll be time to learn what happens next for the Blue Lantern Corps.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #17

Mar 28, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17 did a lot in the way of bringing the franchise into the bigger picture of what has been going on in the DC Universe. Add in all the personal relationships that Robert Venditti developed over the course of the 'Quest For Hope' arc and you have the recipe for a successful issue. Now I'm even more excited to see where things go from here.

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6.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #19

Apr 29, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #19 was a solid set-up issue for the latest conflict that the alliance between the GLC and Sinestro Corps face. The presence of Rip Hunter, especially in his chemistry with John Stewart and Hal Jordan, helped keep the pace of this exposition heavy issue moving forward. Now with the set-up out of the way we can look forward to the epic space action we have come to expect from the series in the next issue.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #21

May 27, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #21 delivered an impactful ending that sets the stage for some intriguing sub-plots to follow moving forward. Even with Sarko not being the strongest of villains, Robert Venditti's clear understanding of the Green Lantern Universe continues to be the strength of this series and it showed throughout this issue.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23

Jul 1, 2017

Robert Venditti and Ethan Van Sciver delivered an expertly told story that continued to develop the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps alliance. The revelations several characters have in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #23 will be major driving forces for the series moving forward and it'll be excited to see how they all play out.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24

Jul 16, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #24 is an outstanding character driven comic book. Robert Venditti writing was at the top of his game as he challenges the strength Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps alliance with Tomar-Tu's actions in killing Romat-Ru and Soranik confronting Kyle about their future son's fate. All of that is wonderfully brought by Ethan Van Sciver, who makes you feel for every character involved with how he framed every page in this issue.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #25

Jul 30, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #25 delivered an emotionally impactful anniversary issue. With the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps alliance forever broken and Sinestro's return imminent there is plenty of intriguing plotlines that Robert Venditti has set for him and his team to explore. Adding Ethan Van Sciver's incredible artwork help fuel the impact of all the decisions made by the characters involved. That all comes together for an issue that sets up multiple intriguing plotlines for the series moving forward.

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5.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28

Sep 17, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #28 provided minimal plot progression for the "Fall of the Gods" story arc. Robert Venditti sacrificed everything that has happened to make "Fall of the Gods" so intriguing to revisit an old character plot of Hal Jordan's father means to him. Hopefully the next issue of this series can help the story turn around after hitting a massive wall that slowed everything that happened in this story down to a dead stop.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29

Oct 1, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #29 is a strong ending to the "Fall of the Gods" story arc. Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval combined to deliver a lot of strong action that showed the Green Lantern at their best while taking on the Metal Golems. John Stewart and Kyle Rayner in particular came out looking even better than they did before this arc. That is going to be needed with the exciting things coming down the line for this series.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #34

Dec 17, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns #34 was a well executed second chapter to the "Twilight of the Guardians" story arc. Robert Venditti was able to get across what the Controllers plot is and why that would mean even greater trouble for the DC Universe if they are successful. The darkness of the Controllers plot was nicely balanced out by how John Stewart, Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner wasted no time in tracking the villains down. What happens next as both sides near a collision course should be a lot of fun.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #36

Jan 16, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #36 provided a strong ending to "Twilight of the Guardians" arc. Robert Venditti got over the impact the Controllers return had to the entire Green Lantern franchise. Their return to prominence was the perfect way to also bring the Guardians of the Universe back into their original roles. How that goes over with all the changes that have happened within the Green Lantern franchise make this shift in the Guardians' status quo very intriguing.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #37

Jan 28, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 is an excellent start to the "Zod Will" story arc. Robert Venditti did not waste time in creating domineering threat that won't be simply overcome by punching harder in the form of General Zod and his House of Zod. Alongside that Venditti was able to build on the new status quo of the Guardians returning to their old post and showing how the Green Lantern Corps won't just bow their heads like they did in the past. If you're a Green Lantern Corps fan this is yet another story that you will not want to miss out on from Venditti's incredible run.

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7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38

Feb 20, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38 is purely a set-up issue. There is nothing wrong with that as there is a lot of quality character for Zod and the planet of Jekuul. Unfortunately the portrayal of Hal Jordan left a lot to be desired as his status as greatest Green Lantern of all time made for some questionable story decision. That said, the strength of Zod's character development and Ethan Van Sciver phenomenal artwork elevated what happened in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40

Mar 20, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #40 is another strong chapter in "Zod's Will" arc. With this being an action heavy issue Rafa Sandoval had plenty of material to show off how epic he can make a battle between some of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. While being action heavy Robert Venditti was able to give us plenty of moments that continued to develop the character arcs for John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and Hal Jordan. And with the Green Lantern Corps now pushed to the corner how Venditti resolves "Zod's Will" is anyone's guess, which adds further excitement to the ending.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Apr 15, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 does an excellent job presenting the Darkstars as one of the biggest threats the GLC are going to being going against. Robert Venditti's spending time giving Tomar-Tu some quality character development went a long way in giving more weight to the direction the Darkstars will be going in. Having Ethan Van Sciver on art duties made Venditti's story even stronger as the sense of importance in the Darkstars rise was elevated even more.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #44

May 13, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44 is a fantastic issue to kickstart the "Darkstar Rising" story arc. Seeing Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner recruit antagonists they have fought in the past showed how big of a threat the Darkstars are to the entire DC Universe. All of these potential allies gives Robert Venditti a lot of opportunities to work with different sub-plots as the "Darkstar Rising" arc progresses. If your a Green Lantern fan I highly recommend reading this issue as we are about to hit a big chapter in the life of this franchise.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #46

Jun 18, 2018

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #46 was a very good chapter that added more of a personal touch to the "Darkstars Rising" arc. Centering the story around Guy Gardner's origins how that motivates his first action as a member of the Darkstars made this a standout issue in the middle of this arc. Adding in what Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner are doing makes things even more tense for whatever endgame Robert Venditti is building for "Darkstars Rising." If your a Green Lantern fan this is story that you should be checking out if you aren't already.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47

Jul 2, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #47 was a great character study for Hal and Guy Gardner. Robert Venditti's understanding of both characters came through extremely well as he gave Hal and Guy personal arcs that made them stronger than when "Darkstars Rising" started. Given how the Darkstars are now ready to launch a full strike it is going to be exciting to see how Venditti pays off all the recruiting the Green Lanterns did to gather allies for the upcoming battle on Mogo.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #49

Jul 28, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49 did exactly what it needed to do build excitement for how Robert Venditti will close out his run on this series. Everything that happened between the Green Lantern Corps and Darkstars had a strong sense of urgency as both sides tried to get the upper hand in the final battle. Now that fight reaching its peak there are plenty of ways this all can end. All that potential adds to the hype around Venditti's final issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #50

Aug 9, 2018

Robert Venditti ended his run on a high note with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50. With the spotlight on Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Tomar-Tu, Venditti was able to deliver an ending that felt extremely rewarding. Adding in the standout artwork from Rafael Sandoval elevated how Venditti was able to end his run on the Green Lantern franchise with a fantastic final issue.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #1

Sep 10, 2019

Jody Houser and Adriana Melo did everything you can ask for with a first issue to get a new series off to a good start with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #1. Houser does a great job in building the foundation of this series around the relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Their strong chemistry is what will drive this series forward, as proven by the success in this issue.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #1

Mar 28, 2021

Harley Quinn #1 is a fun ride from beginning to end. Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo do a good job in using the post-Joker War state of Gotham City to show us how Harley Quinn factors into all of that. While the fun, chaotic side of the character is a big focus there is depth given Harley Quinn's current direction with Phillips establishing the groundwork for several storylines that will grab the readers attention.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #7

Oct 4, 2021

Superman: Son Of Kal-El #3 is a tightly written issue that continues to establish Jonathan Kent as the one who will carry on his father's legacy. The final interaction between Jon and Clark Kent felt like the training wheels are now off and its Jon's time to be fully step up as Superman. Everything just worked as we look forward to what the future holds for the young Jonathan Kent.

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #1

Dec 15, 2016

Hawkeye #1 sets up all the groundwork to make Kate Bishop's solo series a successful one. Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero deserve high praise for setting a grounded world to develop Kate in and out of her Hawkeye costume. Tackling the problem of online harassment gave Kate a case she can instantly invest in. For us as readers we got to see where her strengths and weakness are as a character through this first case. This all comes together to deliver a strong start for a series with a lot of potential to be Marvel's best comic book.

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #2

Jan 9, 2017

Hawkeye #2 is a strong follow-up to the impressive debut issue of Kate Bishop's solo series. Kelly Thompson has delivered an intriguing mystery to follow with the TBC's true motives other than just being trolls. The organizations influence also provides an excellent first challenge for Kate now that she is starting her solo superhero career as Hawkeye. Leonardo Romero's perfectly complimented the story with how he draws the characters and portrays Kate's unique Archer Point. This all combines for an issue that builds further excitement for what is to come next from this new Marvel series.

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Hawkeye (2016) #3

Feb 7, 2017

Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero are hitting their stride with Hawkeye #3. The writing continues to be sharp as Thompson establishes Kate Bishop's supporting cast alongside with the growing conflict with TBC. It all comes together with Romero's strong artwork that is a perfect fit for this series as he makes the street-level world come to life. This all creates greater interest for where the series goes in the future as it is quickly becoming one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books.

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Ice Man (2018) #1

Sep 15, 2018

Iceman #1 is a solid start to the latest solo adventure involving Bobby Drake. Sina Grace puts in a lot of work to set the groundwork for how Iceman will grow over the course of this series. Though because of how dialogue heavy this issue is there are times that Iceman comes off as annoying rather than likable hero. It's these moments that may turn some readers off who aren't used to how Iceman is portrayed in the X-Men books.

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6.5
Infinity Wars (2018) #1

Aug 2, 2018

Infinity Wars #1 is an exposition heavy start to Marvel's latest event. All of that exposition does gets in the way from Infinity Wars starting out of the gate running. Luckily the story is save by Gerry Duggan's strong work on Loki and Gamora's plotline in this first issue. These storylines along withMike Deodato Jr.'s great artwork build enough excitement to give Infinity Wars #2 a chance to deliver on the potential Duggan has established.

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6.5
Infinity Wars (2018) #2

Aug 17, 2018

Infinity Wars #2 was a step up from the first issue. Gerry Duggan made Gamora look like an absolute badass with how she took down the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately this issue was held back by some questionable story choices that dragged the epic potential of Infinity Wars. Hopefully with what the ending of Infinity Wars #2 teased the problems facing Marvel's latest event get fixed right away.

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4.5
Infinity Wars (2018) #3

Sep 13, 2018

Infinity Wars #3 was a major disappointment. After showing signs of potential the story in Infinity Wars has failed to move forward with a compelling plot. There is no clear direction for what the endgame of Infinity Wars will turn out to be. Instead this issue just serves as a way to market the tie-in comics featuring Warped Marvel Universe characters. For a major Marvel event to fail to build anticipation for what happens next is just unacceptable.

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3.5
Infinity Wars (2018) #4

Oct 11, 2018

From top to bottom, Infinity Wars #4 is a massive disappointment. At no point in this issue does Gerry Duggan bring the reader into the story he is trying to craft. With all the major Marvel Universe characters he gets to write that is completely unacceptable. All the failures in the story creates a lack of confidence in Infinity Wars being able to deliver a compelling ending with only two issues left.

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3.5
Infinity Wars (2018) #5

Nov 8, 2018

Infinity Wars #5 is such a massive disappointment. Gerry Duggan has failed to deliver on a massive scope that is expected from an event involving the Infinity Stones. The lack of character development for both the protagonists and antagonists of this story has hurt the impact of what should be major moments in Marvel's history. With only one issue left in Infinity Wars I highly doubt things will be turned around. I hope that I'm wrong about that but fear that I'm not.

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4
Infinity Wars (2018) #6

Dec 24, 2018

Infinity Wars #6 concludes Marvel's latest event in the most disappointing way it could. Gerry Duggan never made this event come across as something worth reading. The heavy reliance on exposition and question character choices made the entirety of Infinity Wars feel like a chore to read. Which is sad because comics are supposed to be fun but that is not the experience delivered by Marvel's latest cosmic event.

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Infinity Wars (2018): Prime #1

Jul 27, 2018

Infinity Wars Prime #1 did its job to build excitement for Marvel's big event. The scenes with Loki, Doctor Strange and Adam Warlock set-up several intriguing storylines to follow when Infinity Wars begins. The addition of the shocking death at the hands of a brand new threat, Requiem, established how anything can happen in the upcoming Infinity Wars event. If your a fan of the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe I recommend Infinity Wars Prime #1.

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7.5
Injustice 2 #1

Apr 12, 2017

Injustice 2 #1 does exactly what it needed to do to re-establish the world that the video game and comics brought to life. Tom Taylor does not miss a beat in his return to the series, as he delivers great character work throughout the issue for Batman, Superman, Harley Quinn and Amanda Waller. Bruno Redondo further adds to the world building with great artwork that blends the video game and comic book versions of the DC Universe. All that combines for a reading experience DC Comics fans will not want to miss out on.

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8
Injustice 2 #6

May 17, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 6 was another strong issue that further built on what has happened in the Injustice Universe. Tom Taylor delivered a great clash between Batman and Superman that was nicely transitioned to an intriguing reveal involving Damian Wayne. With the reveal of a new character to the Injustice world things should even get more intense as we enter the next stage of Taylor's story.

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Injustice 2 #9

Jun 7, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 9 was a fantastic introduction to this version of Blue Beetles' Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes. Ted Kord was the star of the issue as Tom Taylor highlighted what makes the character so special even in light of his unavoidable fate. Ted's fate was the driving force of Injustice 2 Chapter 9, which ended up delivering excellent scene with Batman and Booster Gold. If you are a DC Comics fan Injustice 2 is a comic you should definitely be reading, whether you played the video games or not.

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Injustice 2 #17

Aug 2, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 17 did a very good job showing us how Batman and the Justice League Task Force are being more proactive in taking on Ra's group of heroes and villains. The chess game between both sides continues to be a fascinating thing to see play out as it still not clear how this conflict will turn out. The mystery around the outcome makes the anticipation for what comes next from Tom Taylor even more exciting as we come back to the Injustice 2 world on a weekly basis.

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8
Injustice 2 #22

Sep 6, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 22 was another strong entry in one of the best comics DC is publishing. Tom Taylor treats fans with a fantastic clash between Batman and Nightwing as things got even more personal between the two. With how things ended there are still a lot of things up in the air for this story arc that can still go multiple ways as Ra's Al Ghul's shadow looms over everyone.

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Injustice 2 #26

Oct 4, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 26 was another strong entry in what has become one of DC Comics best ongoing series. Tom Taylor did an excellent job in spotlighting Nightwing and Supergirl's characters, giving both of them time to develop where they are in their respective lives. With Wonder Woman return to the Injustice Universe seemingly imminent things should only get more interesting for this series.

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8.5
Injustice 2 #29

Oct 25, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 29 was another strong entry into this series. Tom Taylor continues to do an excellent job fleshing out the Injustice Universe as he develops multiple storylines at the same time. The spotlight on Wonder Woman's current status quo along with the direction Taylor is taking Supergirl's character made this an important chapter that plays into the larger story going on in Injustice 2.

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8
Injustice 2 #32

Nov 15, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 32 does an excellent job shining the spotlight on Barry Allen and where he is in his life post-Superman's Regime. Tom Taylor gives weight to the limitations set on Barry and how they end up helping him get stronger as person on his road to redemption. The ending was a strong way to end this one-shot styled issue while also giving readers hope this isn't the last time we see Barry Allen in Injustice 2.

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8
Injustice 2 #44

Feb 7, 2018

Injustice 2 Chapter 44 was a strong issue that set-up a lot of moving parts that will be converging together to face off against Amazo. Tom Taylor did a fantastic job getting over the major threat to the world that Amazo presents. That menacing threat made the ending with Superboy deciding to return to action added a sense of hope to everything going on. And with both Batman and Wonder Woman's forces answering the threat of Amazo there is a lot to look forward to what happens in the upcoming chapters of Injustice 2.

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8.5
Injustice 2 #48

Mar 7, 2018

Injustice 2 Chapter 48 did an excellent job closing out the battle with Amazo. Tom Taylor did a fantastic job building up Amazo to be a threat that needed every hero in the DC Universe to take down. At the same time, Taylor used this conflict with Amazo to further a lot of storylines. Now with the secret of Supergirl possibly public and Athanasia learning about Damian Wayne's traitorous actions against their grandfather, Ra's Al Ghul, Taylor has a lot of angles to explore in his ongoing narrative within the Injustice Universe.

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Injustice 2 #49

Mar 14, 2018

Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere did a great job following up on all the destruction Amazo caused with Injustice 2 Chapter 49. Taylor delivered a lot of surprising character moments that create a lot of potential story angles to be explored in the future. The ending especially creates a big question as to what Ra's Al Ghul will do next and how Batman and Wonder Woman will respond.

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7.5
Injustice 2 #53

Apr 11, 2018

Injustice 2 Chapter 53 does a great job in expanding the story of the series as we explore the consequences Hal Jordan faces after betraying the Green Lantern Corps. Tom Taylor effectively got across how heavy the weight of Hal's actions were as various Green Lantern members reminded him of what he did. Guy Gardner's surprising role in this chapter made Taylor's story added depth to what Hal's redemption arc will be. All of that combined with the mystery of what the Red Lantern Corps create a lot of interest in where Taylor will take this story arc in Injustice 2.

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7.5
Injustice 2 #56

May 2, 2018

Injustice 2 Chapter 56 is a strong character driven comic that gives added depth to the Red Lantern Corps. The plan that Atrocitus comes up with and how that involves Hal Jordan and another big time DC villain makes things a lot more interesting with what is going on in the Injustice Universe. The additional character development for Conner Kent's personal arc added to why Tom Taylor's Injustice 2 comic continues to be a must read for fans of the DC Universe.

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8
Injustice 2 Annual #2

Nov 25, 2018

Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo and Rex Lokus did a great job closing this series out with Injustice 2 Annual #2. In exploring Batman and Superman's friendship from where it once was to what it became over the course of Injustice Taylor was able to give greater depth to how the sequel game started. If you are a fan of the Injustice video games I highly recommend checking out Injustice 2 Annual #2.

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Injustice: Year Zero #11

Nov 25, 2020

Injustice: Year Zero Chapter 11 is another strong entry in this series that has expanded the history of the Injustice DC Universe. Tom Taylor and Cian Tormey wasted no time in showing the impact Jay Garrick's death has on Barry Allen and the direction of this story. The ending with what Joker is able to accomplish created greater interest in how the Justice League and Justice Society will be able to defeat the Clown Prince of Crime.

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Invaders (2019) #1

Jan 20, 2019

Invaders #1 successfully sets the stage for what the first major story arc of this series will be. Chip Zdarsky catches us up with where all the original Invaders are in the present and how important their history with each other from WWII is. Namor taking a key role provided the hook needed as Zdarsky positions him as the protagonist to follow while simultaneously being presented in a villainous role. If your a fan of Captain America, Winter Soldier, Namor or the original Human Torch I recommend checking out Invaders #1.

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4.5
Invisible Woman (2019) #1

Jul 13, 2019

Invisible Woman #1 is a pure set-up issue to get Sue Storm on a solo mission. Mark Waid positioned Sue to have an adventure that is tailored to make the best use of her powers and skills. This issue is far from perfect as there are several problems with questionable choices made certain character choices and artwork that does not fit the tone of this story. This all ends up holding Invisible Woman #1 back from reaching its full potential. For now I recommend those interested to wait to see how the second issue of Invisible Woman is received before picking up this comic book.

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Iron Fist (2017) #1

Mar 27, 2017

Iron Fist #1 bucks the trend of laying everything about the main protagonist from the beginning. Instead, Ed Brisson begins Danny Rand's hero journey in a place where we will be discovering why Danny is in the state he is in over the course of the series. That mystery adds to a martial arts tournament that has the potential to be a stellar arc that brings in story elements normally seen in shonen mangas. Add in Mike Perkins always strong artwork and Iron Fist #1 is a comic book that fans of action series should pick up right away.

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Iron Fist (2017) #5

Jul 10, 2017

Iron Fist #5 delivered a strong end to "The Trial Of The Seven Masters." Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins put Danny Rand through hell to make him prove that he has earned the title of the Iron Fist. Now moving forward, Brisson leaves the door open to further explore what it means for Danny to carry the mantle of the Iron Fist and what it means within the Marvel Universe.

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8.5
Iron Fist (2017) #74

Nov 7, 2017

Iron Fist #74 delivers a strong second chapter for the "Sabertooth: Round Two" story arc. Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins continue to do a fantastic job playing up Iron Fist and Sabertooth's unique dynamic. Their dynamic is helped by the strong development of the villains of the story, Choshin and the new Constrictor. This all comes together for a comic that continues be one of Marvel's best comic books and one that fans martial arts genre will not want to miss out on.

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Iron Man (2020) #1

Sep 20, 2020

Christopher Cantwell and Cafu kick off their run with a strong first issue in Iron Man #1. Cantwell showed a strong understanding of who Tony Stark is as he gives Iron Man a chance at a true fresh start. That along with strong artwork from Cafu makes Iron Man #1 a comic book Marvel fans should check out.

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5
Justice League (2016) #14

Feb 5, 2017

Justice League #14 is a case of bad execution with questionable characterization for multiple characters. The timing of this one-shot issue just does not line up with everything that this current incarnation of the Justice League has been through. Hindering the issue even more is more is the throwaway treatment of the big threat that caused everything in this issue to happen. The dip in quality of artwork only further shows why Bryan Hitch will be better off if he focuses on one role rather than trying to do everything himself.

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5.5
Justice League (2016) #26

Aug 6, 2017

Justice League #26 is the first issue in Bryan Hitch's run that felt like a risk. While the setting and some of the characters are intriguing the full execution of the story did leave something to desired. Rather than being fascinating new characters, the new children of the Justice League all came off as basic superheroes due to the weak dialogue from Hitch. That leaves a lot of work for Hitch to do in future parts of the "Legacy" arc to make the new characters and world fan favorites.

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7.5
Justice League (2018) #19

Mar 7, 2019

Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez packed Justice League #19 with important information about how the dimensions in the DC Universe work. While learning about the dimensions Snyder delivers a lot of great dialogue between the Justice League members, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Legion of Doom. Adding in the excellent artwork by Jimenez made this another must read chapter for Justice League fans.

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Justice League (2018) #45

May 26, 2020

Justice League #45 does a great job building the intrigue around this "Cold War" storyline. The fighting between the Justice League members worked in well with how this issue spotlighted the problem around Spectre's sudden appearance. With this and how the issue ended, Justice League #45 did its job building hype for how things will turn out moving forward.

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Justice League (2018) #46

Jun 15, 2020

Justice League #46 did what it needed to do to progress "Cold War" to the second half of its story. Robert Venditti kept the sense of urgency high as the Justice League continued to be haunted by a Spectre without a host as it turned the Amazons against them. Though the focus being kept 100% on the Justice League limits the scope of this story as we don't get a sense of how dangerous Spectre lacking a host is to the DC Universe. Hopefully with the developments in Justice League #46 we get into how this is a major crisis within the DCU.

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Justice League (2018) #47

Jun 28, 2020

Justice League #47 was a solid conclusion to Robert Venditti's short run on this series. Venditti was able to get over how the battle with Tartarus and Spectre was a major crisis. At the same time, through this conclusion to the "Cold War" arc Venditti was able to wrap up a few sub-plots he introduced in earlier issues. Add in Eddy Barrows always consistently good artwork and you have another enjoyable Justice League story that fans will enjoy.

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Justice League (2018) #54

Oct 11, 2020

Justice League #54 is another effective tie-in to Dark Nights: Death Metal. Joshua Williamson and Xermanico make full use of the setting to give us a Mad Max-style adventure with a unique Justice League team. The sense of history with the team members will be something fans who have followed this group of characters will greatly appreciate.

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7.5
Justice League (2018) #55

Oct 25, 2020

Joshua Williamson and Robson Rocha continue to do a great job using the setting created by the Dark Nights: Death Metal event to tell fun story in "Doom Metal." Taking everything these characters have been through over the last few years helped enhance the impact of Justice League #55. The ending hit all the right notes to make you as the reader worry about what will happen next.

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Justice League (2018) #56

Nov 7, 2020

"Doom Metal" has been one of the best tie-in stories to the Dark Nights: Death Metal event. Justice League #56 continues that trend as we see how things continue to get darker with our heroes pushed against a corner. The sense of urgency escalates at a good pace with the hook ending of Justice League #56 leaving you in a place where you look forward to how "Doom Metal" will conclude.

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Justice League Dark (2018) #12

Jun 30, 2019

Justice League Dark #12 was an excellent conclusion to James Tynion and Alvaro Martinez Bueno major overarching story arc involving Doctor Fate and Nabu. This conclusion firmly established the Justice League Dark as a team and why Wonder Woman is the perfect person to lead them. If you are a DC Comics fan don't miss out on reading Justice League Dark. This is one of the best comics DC is currently publishing.

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Justice League Dark (2018) #14

Sep 3, 2019

Justice League Dark #14 lays down a solid foundation for the rest of "The Witching War" storyline to build from. James Tynion's understanding of all the members on the Justice League Dark is on full display in this issue. The character arcs set up for Wonder Woman, Zatanna and Man-Bat in particular help drive several plot points within "The Witching War" set-up. Having Alvaro Martinez Bueno back to handle art duties further elevated how well the set up for this new story arc turned out.

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8
Justice League Dark (2018) #17

Dec 3, 2019

James Tynion IV and Javi Fernandez hit another home run withJustice League Dark #17. Tynion does a great job pacing the story of "The Witching War" out to maximize the impact of Circe and the Injustice League Dark's direct attack on the Justice League Dark. How it all turned out builds anticipation on what the status quo for both teams will be after all is said and done in "The Witching War."

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7.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #18

Jan 6, 2020

Justice League Dark #18 was a solid continuation of "The Witching War." Things slow down in this issue as a lot of characters from Wonder Woman to Zatanna to Circe make choices that will affect the future of this series. In going with this direction for Justice League Dark #18 James Tynion and Alvaro Martinez Bueno build greater anticipation for how "The Witching War" will conclude.

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Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

Justice League of America #1 does a great job continuing the momentum created by the Rebirth issue to hit the ground running for this new series. Steve Orlando showed his clear understanding of the characters and mission statement he has set up for this new Justice League team. Bringing in a set of villains like Lord Havok and the Extremists gave this issue a big event feel, which was incredibly well executed by Ivan Reis' phenomenal artwork. All of this comes together to make a strong argument for JLA to be the premiere Justice League title for DC Comics.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017): Rebirth #1

Feb 8, 2017

Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 firmly establishes who all the members of the team are and what their mission statement is. Steve Orlando does a very good job in making the reader understand why Batman would recruit characters like Killer Frost, Ryan Choi's Atom and The Ray alongside Black Canary and Vixen. It is all enhanced by Ivan Reis fantastic artwork that gets over how formidable this new incarnation of JLA is. This combination of creative talents makes a strong case for Justice League of America being the must have Justice League title moving forward.

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Justice League of America (2017) #6

May 14, 2017

Justice League of America #6 was an uninspiring ending to the "Heart of a Bastich" story arc. This second arc for the JLA never attempted to stand out from being nothing more than a typical Justice League story. The failed execution in the attempt to give Lobo, Ray and Atom some much needed character development did not help the story that Steve Orlando and Andy Mcdonald tried to craft.

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7.5
Justice League: Last Ride #1

May 12, 2021

Chip Zdarsky, Miguel Mendonca, and Enrica Angiolini make a strong statement with their work on Justice League: Last Ride #1. You quickly understand why when you pick up this comic book that the DC Universe greatest heroes aren't in the best spot. From there we get into a story involving the United Planets and New Gods that create a big event feel for what will take place in Justice League: Last Ride. Setting all that up creates a comic book that will get fans invested right away.

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Justice League: Last Ride #2

Jun 12, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #2 provides greater details on what occurred in this Elseworld as a Crisis-level event caused a divergence from where the current DC Universe is at. Those details what took place in the past worked well to add further tension in the story taking place in the present even though there wasn't much progression on that front.

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Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 28, 2018

Justice League Odyssey #1 sets the groundwork for the cosmic story that Joshua Williamson is going to tell. The double edge sword of the set-up is that it builds of the events of No Justice well enough, unfortunately the time that has past since that story makes this tough to recommend to new readers. The roster, while having some fan favorites, needs some work to earn the title of Justice League. Luckily Williamson has created a big story that has enough interest behind it that hardcord Justice League fans will enjoy.

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8.5
King In Black #1

Dec 6, 2020

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman do not waste anytime kicking things off as big as possible with King In Black #1. This first issue set the tone that Knull is not messing around as the God Of Symbiotes makes it clear to all the Marvel Universe's heroes they cannot stop him. With how things turned for our heroes by the end of King In Black #1 I cannot wait to see what happens next in Marvel's big event.

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8.5
King In Black #2

Dec 24, 2020

King In Black #2 picks up where the first issue left off and does not miss a beat. Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman do a great job throughout this issue getting over how the remaining Marvel heroes now have their backs against the wall. This situation led to a lot of character interactions and decisions that add greater interest in how things will turn out when all is said and done with King In Black.

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King In Black #3

Jan 21, 2021

The war that the Marvel Universe's greatest heroes have found themselves in against Knull and the Symbiotes continued to escalate with each passing page of King In Black #3. The appearance of Thor and another major cosmic character further elevate what is going on with Marvel's latest big event. By the end of King In Black #3 you are left even more hyped for what comes next. And as a fan that is all I can ask for from an ongoing story.

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8.5
King In Black #4

Feb 18, 2021

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman once again knock it out of the park in providing another chapter in King In Black that captures the grand scale expected from a big event. Every page in King In Black #4 builds on each other as the heroes finally start turning things around against Knull. By then end you can help but have your sense of hype for the ending of this event to be at its max level. The stage is now set to make the final issue of King In Black one of the most epic conclusions to a big event that Marvel has had.

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8.5
King In Black #5

Apr 8, 2021

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman made sure that the final battle between Venom and Knull was as epic as possible. And that is exactly what we got as King In Black #5 delivered an action packed conclusion that had some good heart at the end. This will definitely go down as one of Marvel's best big event. If you missed out on getting King In Black in single issues I highly recommend reading it when it comes out in hardcover or trade paperback form.

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King In Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage #3

Mar 5, 2021

Seanan McGuire and Flaviano concluded Gwenom vs Carnage with a issue that appropriately captured the spirit of King In Black as it was both chaotic and emotional. The story told used the history between Earth-65's Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson that made this conflict with Carnage to feel personal. While the final page of Gwenom vs Carnage #3 doesn't hit the way that was intended there is no doubt that this was very good tie-in to the King In Black event.

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Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

Mar 16, 2019

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 was a good start to Kamala Khan's new series. For the most part Saladin Ahmed did a very good job writing Kamala Khan in and out of her Ms. Marvel identity. There were a few parts in the story presented that fell flat but overall Ahmed put over how fun Ms. Marvel is. Minkyu Jung also showed why he is the perfect artist for this series. His vibrant artwork elevated Ahmed story. If you are looking to get into a new series from the beginning I recommend picking up The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1.

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8.5
Marauders #13

Oct 10, 2020

Marauders #13 is the strongest chapter in the X of Swords crossover that we've gotten so far. Vita Ayala and Matteo Lolli did not disappoint in spotlighting Storm's journey to claim her sword as one of Krakoa's champions. Bringing in Wakanda as key to the story gave greater emotional weight to the decisions that Storm had to make. It all positioned Storm to be a powerful champion as X of Swords continues to develop.

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7
Marauders #21

Jun 5, 2021

Marauders #21 does a great job at the overall presentation of the Hellfire Gala. Gerry Duggan's writing of Emma Frost as the host of the event and other key character interactions keep you invested in what is going on. That is further elevated by Matteo Lolli artwork that sets a high bar for the look of the Hellfire Gala in every following chapter. The only thing that Marauders #21 misses on is how quickly it gets to the end of the Hellfire Gala by the conclusion of chapter 1. This leaves you as the reader feeling left out of what took place at the Hellfire Gala rather than looking forward to the next chapter in this crossover.

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6.5
Martian Manhunter (2018) #1

Dec 6, 2018

Martian Manhunter #1 is a very good start to this maxi-series dedicated to one of the Justice League's founding members. Steve Orlando showed a strong understanding of who Martian Manhunter is as he crafted a compelling story around his life on Earth and Mars. The developments in this first issue are more than enough to grab the reader's attention in order for them to come back for more.

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7.5
Marvel Team-Up (2019) #1

Apr 6, 2019

Marvel Team-Up #1 is a fun start to this new series. Eve L. Ewing and Joey Vazquez did a great job capturing what makes Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel engaging superheroes. I recommend Marvel Universe fans to pick up Marvel Team-Up #1 .

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Marvel Team-Up (2019) #3

Jun 11, 2019

Marvel Team-Up #3 nicely wraps up what was a fun opening story arc to an iconic series. Eve Ewing captured how fun Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel are both individually and together. If it was for a bad choice of villain and odd story choice at the end Marvel Team-Up #3 could scored higher than it did. Still, if you are a Marvel fan who has a spot in your pull list to try a new comic than Marvel Team-Up is a series you should check out.

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5
Marvel Team-Up (2019) #4

Aug 5, 2019

Marvel Team-Up #4 was a solid start to this series' second story arc. Clint McElroy did a good job developing the chemistry between Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel. Not everything about this issue clicked, specifically with key choices with how Carol Danvers was portrayed. That said if you are a fan of Captain Marvel or Ms. Marvel then Marvel Team-Up #4 is something you should check out.

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Marvel Two-In-One (2017) #11

Nov 4, 2018

Marvel Two-In-One #11 did a fantastic job exploring the current state of Mr. Fantastic and the Thing's friendship. Chip Zdarsky was able to use previously established continuity from events like Secret Wars to give greater weight to Reed and Sue Richards disappearance. What that meant for Reed and Ben's relationship propelled this issue to be one that Fantastic Four fans don't want to miss out on.

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6.5
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #1

Dec 16, 2018

Saladin Ahmed has a good kick off to his run on Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Ahmed quickly established his understanding of Miles Morales and the world around him. Unfortunately the same can't be said by the villain, which is rushed and hurts one of the major sub-plots Ahmed tried to establish. That said, if you are a fan of the character Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is an issue I recommend checking out. For casual fans I recommend waiting to see how this story arc turns out before deciding to pick Miles Morales: Spider-Man up.

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5.5
Mr. and Mrs. X #1

Jul 30, 2018

Mr. & Mrs. X #1 had a rough start but once it got going Kelly Thompson was able to build a fun story involving the Shi'ar Empire. Thompson past experience with Rogue and Gambit showed as she got over how much fun these two are together. Hopefully moving forward the focus will be on the strengths of Mr. & Mrs. X #1 rather on what kept the issue from starting strong in the first half of the story.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #3

Sep 24, 2018

Mr. & Mrs. X #3 was by far the strongest issue of this young series starring Rogue and Gambit. Kelly Thompson nails how fun and dramatic the cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe can be by putting Rogue and Gambit in the middle of a Shi'ar Empire civil war. The reveal of a powerful X-Men related offspring and what she means for the larger story created greater anticipation for where Thompson plans on going with this first story arc.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #4

Oct 21, 2018

Mr. & Mrs. X #4 was a fun, fast-paced issue that continued the strong momentum Kelly Thompson's has created for this series. Thompson understanding and love for Rogue and Gambit is made clear throughout this issue as she tests their relationship in different ways that makes them a stronger pair. The involvement of the Starjammers, Shi'ar Empire and Deathbird made the entire conflict around the child of Professor Xavier and Lilandra even stronger. If you are an X-Men fan you should give Mr. & Mrs. X a shot.

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8.5
Mr. and Mrs. X #5

Nov 27, 2018

Mr. & Mrs. X #5 was a fantastic end to the first story arc of this series, "Love & Marriage." Kelly Thompson's understanding of Rogue and Gambit is the strength of this series. The particular developments in this issue set the groundwork for some intriguing storylines for both the Mr. & Mrs. X series and the X-Men franchise as a whole. If you are an X-Men fan I highly recommend giving Mr. & Mrs. X a try.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #7

Jan 4, 2019

Mr. & Mrs X #7 was another enjoyable issue it was has quickly become one of Marvel's best ongoing titles. Kelly Thompson does a great job using the Mojoverse concept to continue to explore the relationship between Rogue and Gambit. She also did a good job handling Mojo's character so he comes across as a compelling antagonist. With how things ended up it'll be very interesting to see what direction Thompson goes with this latest story arc in Mr. & Mrs. X.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #11

May 26, 2019

Mr. & Mrs. X #11 was another solid issue in one of the most consistent titles Marvel is publishing. Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua did a great job getting us in the mind of Gambit and where he is now. How that compliments where he and Rogue are in their relationship strengthens the scene they have together at the end of Mr. & Mrs. X #11.

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7.5
New Mutants (2019) #14

Dec 21, 2020

Vita Ayala and Rod Reis kick off their run on New Mutants with a strong opening issue. They show a clear understanding of the voices and powers of this rather large cast of mutants. The unique dynamic that different cast members share is well worked into the story in New Mutants #14. Adding in Shadow King to the story does creates interest in what will happen in this series in the immediate future along with the long-term sub-plots introduced in this issue.

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Nightwing (2016) #12

Jan 10, 2017

Nightwing #12 did its job in moving this "Bludhaven" arc forward on several fronts. It's in these instances where Tim Seeley focuses on the multiple plotlines he has involved Nightwing in that this series continues to shine. Unfortunately the Run-Offs' part of the story is starting to show itself to be the weakest part of this arc. Luckily Marcus To's energetic art style is able to lift up the weaker parts of Nightwing #12. Hopefully the next chapter of this arc is able to focus on the strengths of the story, something I'm confident Tim Seeley can do.

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Nightwing (2016) #14

Feb 4, 2017

Nightwing #14 successfully closes out the Bludhaven arc by fully establishing the life Dick Grayson will have in his new home. Tim Seeley was able to give a voice to the various characters he introduced into Dick Grayson's life that makes Bludhaven feel like it is more than just another one of Nightwing's stops. The ending with a mysterious red Nightwing showing up offers up a lot of potential for were Seeley can take the story next. If you are a Nightwing fan and haven't given the series a try this Bludhaven arc is a good place to start with one of DC Comics best ongoing comic books.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #15

Feb 20, 2017

Nightwing #15 is an excellent standalone story that effectively makes us care for Dick Grayson and Shawn Tsang's relationship. Tim Seeley is able to tell a complete story that makes the progression of the relationship come off as natural. Bringing in members of the Batman and Titans Families help further how strong Dick and Shawn's relationship is becoming. This all helps make the future of Nightwing's ongoing something you want to continue read, especially with how this issue ends.

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Nightwing (2016) #16

Mar 5, 2017

Nightwing #16 is a strong kick-off to the new "Nightwing Must Die" arc. Tim Seeley is able to tap into the potential that always exist whenever Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne team-up. This latest team-up played well with the re-introduction of Deathwing into the DCU as the latest addition to Nightwing's growing rogues gallery. How Deathwing's appearance relates to the current events with Nightwing's relationship with Shawn Tsang provides this new arc with a lot of interesting possibilities.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #18

Apr 9, 2017

Nightwing #18 delivered a well-paced story with some new developments that create greater interest for future issues in this series. Tim Seeley once again showed what makes the dynamic between Nightwing and Robin special. At the same time, Seeley is able to up the impact of the story by having a big reveal in the final page that'll get Batman fans excited for what comes next.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #20

May 8, 2017

Nightwing #20 does a fantastic job concluding the "Nightwing Must Die" arc in a satisfying way. Though we get to see Nightwing and company overcome the threat posed by Doctor Hurt and Professor Pyg it is not done cleanly. The damage caused by these latest events leave the door open for some interesting plot points for Tim Seeley to follow up with. How that is done only creates further excitement around one of DC Comics best ongoing comic books.

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Nightwing (2016) #24

Jul 6, 2017

Nightwing #24 is an energetic story that Dick Grayson fans will love. Seeing Nightwing go up against and overcome a wide variety of villains from all corners of the DC Universe was a site to see. The "Blockbuster" arc still suffers from not enough development for the main villains of the story but the action in Nightwing #24 more than makes up for that as we enter the big anniversary issue of this series.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #25

Jul 24, 2017

Nightwing #25 closed out the "Blockbuster" arc with Tim Seeley setting up the groundwork for the future of the series. Now that Blockbuster is firmly entrenched as the most powerful underworld boss in Bludhaven the series has big bad Nightwing needs to overcome. That alongside how Dick's relationship with Shawn Tsang came to an end provides plenty of questions for Seeley to answer in future issues of Nightwing.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #26

Aug 7, 2017

Nightwing #26 does a great job bringing Spyral back into the fold. Tim Seeley is able to nail how much fun a team-up between Nightwing and Huntress is. The pair have a unique chemistry that Seeley and artist Javier Fernandez do a fantastic job tapping into with the super spy-centered story. That fun is dragged down a bit by the eye rolling direction Shawn Tsang's character takes. It certainly put a damper on an otherwise strong issue of Nightwing.

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Nightwing (2016) #28

Sep 10, 2017

Nightwing #28 does a lot of things to create further interest in the future of this series. Tim Seeley's understanding of Nightwing and Huntress' characters made this a strong ending as the two are great compliments for one another. The strength in their dynamic helped cover up the eye rolling character development Shawn Tseng has gone through during this story arc. That said, we now have a lot to look forward to as Raptor is set to make his big return to Nightwing's life.

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Nightwing (2016) #29

Sep 25, 2017

Nightwing #29 is a great tie-in issue that adds depth to what is going on in Dark Nights: Metal. Tim Seeley did a great job bringing past Batman and Nightwing stories into this issue. That history is elevated by the strong character interactions we get throughout Nightwing #29. So if you are reading Dark Nights: Metal I highly recommend picking this crossover tie-in story up.

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5.5
Nightwing (2016) #32

Nov 6, 2017

Nightwing #32 is nothing more than a filler issue to get us to the next stage of the "Raptor's Revenge" arc. Tim Seeley does a great job continuing to develop what makes Nightwing such a great character. Unfortunately that is overshadowed by the lack of character development to make Raptor, Run-Offs and everyone else involved intriguing parts in this story arc.

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4.5
Nightwing (2016) #34

Dec 12, 2017

Nightwing #34 is a clear example why rushing to wrap up every sub-plot is a bad idea when there hasn't been enough time dedicated to each storyline. After having such a strong run leading into "Raptor's Revenge" it is extremely disappointing that Tim Seeley wrapped up his time on Nightwing with a story that lacked an emotional impact. By the end of Nightwing #34 the only character that came out well enough was our lead character, Dick Grayson. Everyone else, from Raptor to Shawn Tsang, could easily end up disappearing like the New 52 Superman and they wouldn't be missed.

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Nightwing (2016) #36

Jan 9, 2018

Nightwing #36 has a lot going for it as Sam Humphries furthers the war for Bludhaven between Nightwing and the Judge. In this issue we get to see how the new villain of Bludhaven caused a massive disruption in the city and bring even more chaos to the city. As interesting as all that is the lack of development in everyone outside of Nightwing and the Judge kept the story from reaching its full potential. Hopefully future issues in this arc will find a better way to manage its page count for all the characters involved.

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3.5
Nightwing (2016) #40

Mar 12, 2018

Nightwing #40 was another disappointing chapter in the "Untouchable" story arc. While Sam Humphries does a solid job writing a Nightwing as a hero you don't want to mess with the same can't be said about everyone else involved in this story arc. The execution in the development, or lack thereof, for the Judge and the new supporting cast for this series has left a lot to be desired as everyone has been portrayed as throwaway characters. Unless something big happens Humphries run on Nightwing will be as forgettable as the characters he has introduced.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #42

Apr 5, 2018

Nightwing #42 is a solid one-shot story that is inconsequential to the overall narrative of the series. Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly delivered a surprising story that placed Nightwing in a setting out of a Bruce Lee movie. That setting gave Lanzing and Kelly the opportunity to show of how badass of a fighter Nightwing was. It also gave them the opportunity to integrate Damian Wayne in a surprisingly enjoyable way.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #43

Apr 22, 2018

Nightwing #43 isn't a comic book that will blow anyone away but is a fun one-shot story. This isn't an issue that you need to think about on a deep level. Trying to look deeper into what connections Nightwing #43 has to the greater DC Universe will only ruin your experience. Instead, this is a comic that you just need to just enjoy seeing how the rare mix of Nightwing, Robin and Arsenal tackle a mission together. If you approach it that way you'll find yourself greatly enjoying Nightwing #43.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #44

May 7, 2018

If your a Batman fan then I recommend checking out Percy's Nightwing as it'll look just as memorable as his recent run on Green Arrow.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #46

Jul 11, 2018

Nightwing #46 continues a solid trend of comics for this series that is quickly solidifying Benjamin Percy's run that is just beginning. Percy has developed a story that feels like a personal attack on Nightwing while having larger ramifications if Bludhaven's hero doesn't stop Mirage's Phantasms. That along with some fun interactions with Batgirl makes Nightwing #46 a issue fans don't want to miss out on.

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5.5
Nightwing (2016) #47

Aug 4, 2018

Nightwing #47 won't blow anyone away. There are a lot of good ideas presented in this issue. That along with Benjamin Percy's writing of Nightwing and Batgirl's dynamic helped elevate story that was presented. Unfortunately the lack of development for the new characters introduced in this story arc made it tough get fully invested in the end result of what happened.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #50

Oct 4, 2018

Nightwing #50 does a great job setting up Dick Grayson's new status quo after he was shot in the head. In embracing this life changing event Benjamin Percy is able to build a strong foundation to explore Dick Grayson's character in an intriguing new direction. That new direction is made even more compelling by how characters like Batman and Batgirl reacted to Dick's status quo. If you are a Batman fan I recommend picking this issue up.

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Nightwing (2016) #51

Oct 22, 2018

When the focus was on Dick Grayson, or should I say Ric Grayson, new status quo Nightwing #51 is at its best. Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza show a good understanding of how such a traumatic event like being shot in the head would affect someone. Unfortunately its problems with the smaller details and an ending that falls flat that kept Nightwing #51 from reaching its full potential.

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Nightwing (2016) #53

Nov 26, 2018

Nightwing #53 was the best issue of this new direction for this series thus far. Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza did a much better job developing Ric Grayson and the new Nightwing's characters to be more fully realized than previous issues. Now that they are moving the Scarecrow sub-plot into the main story Lobdell and Nicieza should be able to make this new direction for Nightwing much stronger.

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3.5
Nightwing (2016) #56

Jan 13, 2019

Nightwing #56 was a disappointing conclusion to the first story arc involving Ric Grayson. This issue emphasized how the change from Dick Grayson to Ric Grayson has fallen flat. The potential shown early on has faded away. It was all replaced by lackluster character development that has created concern for the future of this series. The faster we get back to Dick Grayson as the only Nightwing, working with the Batman Family and leading the Titans, the better.

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3.5
Nightwing (2016) #68

Jan 17, 2020

Ever since the Court of Owls entered the picture Dan Jurgens started to gain real momentum around this Ric Grayson arc. That momentum all comes to a dead stop with Nightwing #68. The way things end with Ric Grayson's fighting off becoming a Talon and then clashing with William Cobb was not rewarding at all. The only feeling you are left with after Nightwing #68 is the hope that the character will return to being Dick Grayson right away.

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Nightwing (2016) #69

Feb 24, 2020

Nightwing #69 is another step in the right direction for the ongoing Ric Grayson saga. For the first time we see a Ric Grayson who shows actual motivation in what he is doing rather than going through the motions. How that ties into the Court of Owls role in this story made for a better comic book. There are still problems that continue to persist in this Ric Grayson saga but at least we are now starting to see some light in the darkness that previously covered Nightwing as of late.

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Nightwing (2016) #70

Mar 22, 2020

Just as things were looking up Dan Jurgens takes several steps back with the story he presented in Nightwing #70. Jurgens does nothing but spotlight all of the problems this series has had since Ric Grayson became the lead character. If it wasn't for the tie-in to the upcoming Joker War story Nightwing #70 would've been a complete loss.

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4.5
Nightwing (2016) #71

Jun 14, 2020

While the tie-in to the upcoming "Joker War" does bring some excitement it is not enough to overcome all the problems with the Ric Grayson Saga. Even when Dan Jurgens writes a solid Joker in Nightwing #71 all of the plot elements around Ric Grayson keep the story back. There is a chance that this "Joker War" tie-in turn out to be the strongest issues of the Ric Grayson Sage but Jurgens has a lot of work ahead of him to overcome all the problems with this story.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #73

Aug 23, 2020

Nightwing #73 is a vast improvement over the majority of comic book issues in this Ric Grayson Saga. That is all thanks to how Batgirl drives the story of this issue with Ric Grayson under the control of Joker and Punchline. Without Batgirl's involvement the story of Ric Grayson comes across as recycled story telling of when the Court of Owls did the same thing to our lead that Joker has done in this "Joker War" tie-in. As things stand, the sooner we get Dick Grayson back as Nightwing the better this series will be.

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Nightwing (2016) #74

Sep 9, 2020

While it was road getting here it is good to have Dick Grayson officially back. Dan Jurgens gave Dick Grayson's return the weight it needed to have with the roles the Batgirl, Red Hood, and Robin serve in helping make it all happen. The involvement of Bea Bennett in Nightwing #74 also leaves the door open to explore the impact this whole Ric Grayson Saga has on the direction for this series moving forward.

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Nightwing (2016) #75

Oct 24, 2020

There was great hope that once Dick Grayson returned as Nightwing during Joker War that things would turn around for the character and his series. Unfortunately Dan Jurgens spends the first half of Nightwing #75 oversized page count in rehashing the same Ric Grayson storytelling that has hurt this series for the last two years. Its not until Jurgens gets past that and gives us a story about what Dick Grayson returning as Nightwing means that this issue turns a corner. Hopefully with the appearance of KGBeast the positives of Nightwing #75 are what become the focus of this series moving forward.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #76

Nov 22, 2020

Nightwing #76 is easily the best issue of Dan Jurgens run on this series. Jurgens and Ronan Cliquet reminded fans why when Nightwing is at the top of his game he is one of the best superheroes around. The ending, while heartbreaking, does provide the character and series to get a fresh start in whatever form Nightwing returns in March 2021.

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Nightwing (2016) #78

Mar 17, 2021

Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Adriano Lucas knock it out of the park with their work on Nightwing #78. A strong statement is made to get the reader immediately invested into where Dick Grayson is at this point in his life. This is definitely one of the must-have comic books in DC Comics new Infinite Frontier direction.

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Nightwing (2016) #79

Apr 21, 2021

In just two issue Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo have made Nightwing one of the must have comic books that DC Comics is currently publishing. Nightwing #79 solidifies the direction that Dick Grayson will be taking to help protect and save the people of Bludhaven. If you are a fan of superhero comics you should not miss out on reading this series. Taylor and Redondo are creating something special with their run on Nightwing.

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Nightwing (2016) #80

May 19, 2021

Nightwing #80 is another home run by the creative team of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo. This issue does a great job in showcasing the dynamic that Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, and Tim Drake share. At the same time, the developments around the new Heartless villain continue to be compelling as things continue to escalate in Bludhaven. All of this makes Nightwing one of the best comic books on the market.

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Nightwing (2016) #81

Jun 16, 2021

Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Adriano Lucas further cement how they are delivering the best comic book DC Comics is publishing with Nightwing #81. From beginning to end you are fully invested in everything that is going down in Bludhaven. From Nightwing taking on Heartless while trying to save kids from a massive fire to the Melinda Zucco big reveal, this is a can't miss comic book.

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Nightwing (2016) #82

Jul 21, 2021

Nightwing #82 is a masterclass in storytelling. Tom Taylor and company do a fantastic job having Melinda Zucco's bombshell expand on the Grayson Family history in a way that makes you care even more about everyone involved. It creates even greater interest in what Dick Grayson's future is as Nightwing and Bludhaven citizen. If you aren't reading Nightwing do yourselves a favor and change that immediately. Nightwing is a comic book everyone should be reading.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #83

Aug 22, 2021

Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Adriano Lucas work perfectly together to tell a wonderful, can't miss story in Nightwing #83. Everything that takes place in this issue carries a sense of importance. Taylor, Redondo, and Lucas have truly created something special with their Nightwing run thus far that fans of superhero comics should not miss out on reading.

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Nightwing (2016) #84

Sep 26, 2021

Nightwing #84 quickly establish how important this series will be to the Fear State event while still keeping in mind Dick Grayson's current vision for Bludhaven. The scenes with Batman and Nightwing will be what this issue will be remembered for as we get one of the best moments of the year through their interaction. This is definitely a must have for Nightwing fans and those reading the Fear State event.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) Annual #1

Sep 2, 2018

Nightwing Annual #1 was exactly what the Dark Web plotline need to create interest in the bigger story Benjamin Percy is telling with his run on this series. From beginning to end Percy is able to make Vire, Wyrm and the Dark Web come off as viable threats that Nightwing and the entire Batman Family must watch out for. The hook ending of Nightwing Annual #1 propels the next chapter in the Dark Web story with great moment behind it.

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Nightwing (2016) Annual #2

Nov 4, 2019

Nightwing Annual #2 is the comic book that the entire Ric Grayson story desperately needed. Dan Jurgens did more to create a sense of importance in the Ric Grayson story within these 38 pages than the last sixteen issues of Nightwing did combine. I am now finally invested in the Ric Grayson story Jurgens is telling in Nightwing, which I never expected to be. This is definitely an issue that Nightwing fans and those reading the current Batman run should pick up.

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