Kevin Lainez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Revolution Reviews: 184
7.4Avg. Review Rating

7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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4.0
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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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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7.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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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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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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #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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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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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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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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9.0
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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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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6.0
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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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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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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7.0
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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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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8.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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3.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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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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8.0
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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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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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5.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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8.5
Justice League of America: 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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
Nightwing: The New Order #1

Aug 25, 2017

Nightwing: The New Order #1 is a strong start to what should be an incredible Elseworld. Kyle Higgins did an excellent job giving us enough background to understand why Dick Grayson would turn on the superhero community and his new conviction as he leads the Crusaders organization. That character development made the cliffhanger ending have a greater impact to the rest of this mini-series as we explore this DC Universe more.

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4.5
Nova (2016) #1

Dec 9, 2016

Nova #1 is a comic book that I came in with high hopes for but was largely disappointed by. While Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez story had a few good points all of the negatives outweighed them all. The lack of importance given to Richard Riders return was a big mistake, as was the lack of background on Sam Alexander. With a hefty $3.99 price point on this comic I do not recommend picking up Nova #1 at all. As a Nova fan I will keep my eye on the series to see if others say it's good to possibly purchase in trade paperback format. But as a monthly series it did not earn a spot on my pull list moving forward.

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7.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #14

Dec 2, 2016

After such a strong story arc Jeff Lemire follows it up with another story that is already set-up to be just as enjoyable. Old Man Logan #14 does not waste anytime introducing Logan to the Marvel's world of monsters and making it feel like a natural place for him to be a part of. The new Howling Commandos added a unique dynamic to the story that was refreshing. It all lead to an ending that has me highly anticipating Logan's clash with Dracula and how he will save Jubilee, a person that is like a daughter to him.

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8.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #16

Jan 6, 2017

Old Man Logan #16 was another excellent entry one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books. Jeff Lemire continues to push Logan to go beyond what he is normally involved with. That has created stories that are refreshing to read. The space centric story was nicely balanced out by Logan's mysterious return to his timeline. It's still unknown how these stories are linked but learning that link provides plenty of intrigue for the rest of this new story arc.

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9.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #17

Feb 4, 2017

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino combined storytelling talents have very few equals and Old Man Logan #17 is yet another example of why that is. Lemire's ability to balance two different timelines and how they complement the story going on in each universe continues to be amazing. The horror and cosmic element of this story once again shows how flexible a character Wolverine can be when a writer treats the story with great care. That care in the story is further elevated by Sorrentino's incredible artwork that delivers some iconic images that leave your jaw on the floor. This all comes together for yet another winner in what is one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books.

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6.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #19

Mar 12, 2017

Old Man Logan #19 does a great job building off the previous arc in order to motivate Logan to return to the Wasteland future. The guest appearances helped to drive home how desperate Logan is to get back to Baby Banner and Danny Cage. It all helped set the stage for the choice Jeff Lemire has Logan make at the end of this issue and questioning what it means for Logan's standing with Marvel's heroic community.

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8.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #22

Apr 30, 2017

Old Man Logan #22 did a fantastic job getting over what "Past Lives" is all about. Jeff Lemire was able to make Logan's sense of uselessness as he was unable to change his past to give him some strong character progression. That character progression is only furthered by Eric Nguyen's artwork that does a great job complimenting Lemire's story. Now things are set-up for "Past Lives" to be a great final arc for Lemire's run on this series.

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7.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #26

Jul 17, 2017

Old Man Logan #26 is a solid second chapter to the "Days of Anger" arc. Ed Brisson did a great job further developing Maestro and his army of Hulks as a threat Logan can't go up against alone. The menacing nature of Maestro is all brought to life by Mike Deodato Jr. excellent artwork that is at home with a series like Old Man Logan.

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7.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Jun 23, 2017

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is a strong start to a series that can bring new and old fans into a Spider-Man series that is not reliant on continuity. Chip Zdarsky does a great job creating a light-hearted atmosphere as Spider-Man interacts with a wide variety of characters that bring out something different from his typical banter. The hook ending could go either way on the scale of being good or bad but for now I'm willing to keep an open mind to what it will add to the series moving forward.

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7.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #3

Aug 27, 2017

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #3 delivers the fun that fans expect from a Spider-Man comic. Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert team-up to create a story moves forward and never slows down, even in the dialogue heavy pages. Though there are some problems with how Teresa Parker's backstory, it did not get in the way of how entertaining it was to see Spider-Man, Human Torch and Teresa go up gainst Kingpin.

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7.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #4

Sep 26, 2017

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #4 delivered all the fun fans have come to expect from everyone's favorite Web Slinger. Chip Zdarsky does such a great job balancing the comedy and drama that surrounds Peter Parker's life in and out of his Spider-Man adventures. Some strong progression in several sub-plots helped make the main story surrounding the mysterious Teresa Parker even more intriguing.

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6.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #6

Nov 5, 2017

If Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #6 had just stuck to the story told in the first 18 pages it would've gone down as one of the most important comics in Spider-Man's history. The interview between Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson was well executed as both characters got all their animosity towards each other off their respective chests. Unfortunately the fantastic story of this issue is dragged down by the fact it takes place in the middle of the Teresa Parker storyline that has outworn its welcome.

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5.5
Secret Empire #0

Apr 20, 2017

Secret Empire #0 has it's moments where you can see that Nick Spencer will possibly deliver a good big event. The event starts off on a high note when it comes to big action sequences that will be hard to top. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you see it, for those who have not been onboard with Spencer's Captain America work Secret Empire #0 does not go out of it's way to try and win you over. Some of the problems with continuity will definitely leave a lot of people scratching their heads along with some very questionable dialogue choices.

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5.0
Secret Empire #1

May 4, 2017

Secret Empire #1 has a few good things, from a story standpoint, going for it. Unfortunately for readers stepping into Secret Empire #1 fresh will be lost as issue #0 is required reading for this story. Questionable character and story decisions only make things worse for an event Nick Spencer is trying to make resonate with the reader.

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6.5
Secret Empire #2

May 18, 2017

Secret Empire #2 was a massive improvement over issue #0 and #1. There are still several major problems with the story that Nick Spencer needs to address in future issues. That said Spencer did an effective job continuing to make Captain America and Hydra look like an unstoppable force our heroes can't overcome. The ending along with how the underground heroes have chosen to deal with the problem at hand create intriguing scenarios for future issues.

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8.5
Spider-Gwen (2015) #15

Dec 26, 2016

Spider-Gwen #15 is further proof of Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez continuing to deliver Marvel's finest comic book month and month out. The story of this issue has a great balance between Gwen Stacy's life in and out of her Spider-Woman adventures. The way Latour blends the two together works well in complimenting one another. Rodriguez further adds depth to the story by making characters like the Matt Murdock have a much more dangerous look to him compared to his Marvel Universe counter-part. If you aren't reading Spider-Gwen right now I highly recommend changing that right now and catching up. It's one Marvel series that you shouldn't miss out on reading.

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8.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #19

May 9, 2017

Spider-Gwen #19 does not waste anytime getting the series back on track. The interactions between Spider-Gwen and Matt Murdock elevated all the events going on at the moment. The introduction of the Venom symbiote and Wolverine provide Latour with interesting wild cards that add to the unpredictability that surrounds Spider-Gwen's current direction.

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8.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #20

Jun 6, 2017

Spider-Gwen #20 was another excellent entry into one of Marvel's best ongoing series. Jason Latour continues to do a great job juggling multiple sub-plots that help enhance the main story going on with Spider-Gwen trying to save her father and Harry Osborn. Wolverine and Shadowcat's introductions were handled seamlessly as they add even more depth to how SHIELD works within this universe. All of these elements make Spider-Gwen an exciting reading experience that makes you look forward to what happens next.

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8.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #24

Oct 2, 2017

Spider-Gwen #24 did an excellent job ending the "Predators" and transitioning into the upcoming Venom arc. Jason Latour made this version of the Venom Symbiote into an intriguing wild card element for this series and how it impacts the rest of this series will be fun to see. Latour's story is made stronger thanks to Rodriguez delivering strong artwork that made each moment in Spider-Gwen #24 even more impactful.

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5.5
Spider-Man (2016) #12

Jan 14, 2017

Spider-Man #12 is a victim of the choice in its story structure by its writer severely hurting any momentum created by the hype leading up to a crossover. Brian Bendis does very little to create further excitement of this crossover between Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen passed the promoted hook of Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy's kiss. The only saving grace is the fantastic artwork by Sara Pichelli, who continues to be one of Marvel's biggest stars. Hopefully the next chapter in this crossover taking place in the pages of Spider-Gwen, a series I'm a huge fan of, is able to create interest in the crossover.

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8.0
Spider-Men II #1

Jul 14, 2017

Spider-Men II #1 does exactly what it needed to do to create an engaging story to follow for the next few months. Brian Bendis did a great job establishing where both Spider-Men are at this point in their lives and the mystery around the older Miles Morales. All of this is wonderfully brought to life by Sara Pichelli's artwork that furthers how Spider-Men II is a comic no Spider-Man will want to miss out on reading.

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7.0
Spider-Men II #2

Aug 19, 2017

Spider-Men II #2 finds its strength in the interaction between Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli do an excellent job developing the two as different types of Spider-Man who also share a big brother-little brother relationship. Developing the older Miles Morales more will be key in making Spider-Men II as good as its predecessor.

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4.5
Spider-Men II #3

Sep 24, 2017

Spider-Men II #3 failed to create intrigue around the older, alternate version of Miles Morales. That is a big problem for the rest of this mini-series given the character's status as the main antagonist of the story. The failed execution of older Miles backstory halted all the momentum that Spider-Men II before Spider-Men II #3. Now it will be up to the next issue to get things back on track in order to recover the interest in this Peter Parker/Miles Morales Spider-Man crossover.

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7.5
Star Wars: Darth Maul #1

Feb 6, 2017

As a Star Wars fan Darth Maul #1 did everything it needed to do to get me back to the series for more. Cullen Bunn and Luke Ross are able to weave a tale together that captures how dangerous Darth Maul is and sets the stage for what their story for the character will be. Unfortunately the $4.99 cover price and the fact that 10 pages are dedicated to a back-up story makes it tough to recommend to any one other than hardcore Star Wars fans. Those two factors keep this series from knocking it out of the park in its first issue. But if you are a Star Wars fan, particularly a fan of Darth Maul, than this is a comic book you should consider checking out.

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7.0
Super Sons #1

Feb 19, 2017

Super Sons #1 lays the groundwork for a comic dripping with a fun, youthful energy. Peter Tomasi's previous experience writing Robin and Superboy in various comic books shows as he has a clear understand who they are and where they come from. The relationship between the two is a true highlight as their difference help create a unique dynamic that is not seen in any other comic book in DC's stable. If you are a DC Comics fan then Super Sons is a comic book you should not pass up the chance on buying right away.

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8.0
Super Sons #3

Apr 23, 2017

Super Sons #3 was another great entry one DC Comics most enjoyable new series. Peter Tomasi continues to play off on the fun, unique dynamic that Robin and Superboy have. The story was given more depth to this Kid Amazo story arc by applying the events of Geoff Johns' Justice League work to the villain's backstory. Jorge Jimenez adds to the fun of this opening arc with his energetic artwork giving further life to the dialogue spoken by Robin and Superboy.

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8.0
Super Sons #6

Jul 20, 2017

Super Sons #6 was pure fun from beginning to end. Peter Tomasi continues to do an excellent job writing the unique dynamic that Robin and Superboy share with one another. Adding the Teen Titans to the mix further added to the fun as Superboy now gets a chance to prove himself in the eyes of his peers. How that turns out for Superboy and how Robin treats him should be a lot of fun to see play out.

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8.0
Super Sons #7

Aug 21, 2017

Super Sons #7 was another fun entry in one of DC Comics best titles. Peter Tomasi clear understanding of Robin, Superboy and the Teen Titans shined in this issue. Their interaction together was a big highlight for this issue. Bringing in the Multiverse into the fun was not a bad thing either.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #14

Jan 5, 2017

Superman #14 opened at full speed and never let up. Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason continue to work their magic on this series by introducing the multiverse to the readers. This opening chapter of "Multiplicity" did a great job using The Multiversity mini-series as a foundation for the story without ever making things confusing. That foundation made for a strong launching pad for what feels like a big event, which is only made to feel bigger thanks to Ivan Reis and Joe Prado great artwork. If you have yet to pick up Tomasi and Gleason's Superman comic book this is a great place to start.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #15

Jan 23, 2017

Superman #15 is a strong second chapter to Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's "Multiplicity" story arc. While the choice to have multiple artists work on this issue leaves something to be desired this chapter still delivered the impact it needed to. There is hardly a wasted moment in the story, which allows it to execute moments that we usually see in big blockbuster event comic books. With the threat of Prophecy clear and our Superman gathering so many fan favorite versions of himself "Multiplicity" has quickly turned into a must have comic for DC Comics fans.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #17

Feb 21, 2017

Superman #17 is the type of issue that shows why this series is so special. Rather than relying on the normal Superman adventures, Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason take chances to explore different genres and finding a way to make them fit with Superman's world. Jon and Kathy's adventure in the horrifying Deadman's Swamp is a great example of this as there was never a point that it did not feel like a Superman story. Tomasi and Gleason's story is helped by Sebastian Fiumara art style that brings the Slenderman-like tale to life.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #25

Jun 25, 2017

Superman #25 was a strong ending to the "Black Dawn" arc. Manchester Black was a fantastic villain that almost destroyed the Superman Family but was defeated by the strong bond Superman, Superboy and Lois Lane share with one another. Now with the Superman Family moving to Metropolis it looks like things may become even more hectic as they move back to a familiar setting.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #30

Sep 9, 2017

Superman #30 was a good ending to a rare clash between Superman and Sinestro. Since Sinestro has not been seen in a while, Keith Champagne did a great job in re-establishing the character's status quo and setting up an even bigger story for the character in the future. For his part, Superman was able to come out of this battle stronger as we saw how the power of his family kept him strong. Combine that by some strong artwork from the team of Ed Benes, Tyler Kirkham and Philip Tan, and we have a comic in Superman #30 that all Man of Steel fans will enjoy.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #33

Oct 21, 2017

Superman #33 is a very good start to the "Imperius Lex" story arc. Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are able to get across how epic this Lex Luthor-centric arc will be with Apokolips being the main setting for the story. The way Superman, Superboy and Lois Lane are integrated into what is going on in Apokolips creates even further potential in what will happen in this new story arc. All this comes together for a story that Superman fans won't want to miss out on.

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7.5
Teen Titans (2016) #4

Jan 26, 2017

Teen Titans #4 is exactly the issue that this story arc needed to move forward with. The main conflict between Robin and his grandfather, Ra's Al Ghul, added further depth to the fight between the Teen Titans and Demon' Fist. This depth made the fight between Robin and Mara have a greater impact to the overarching story Benjamin Percy has crafter. And while the other Teen Titans didn't get a lot of screen time Percy did maximize how much of them we saw and give some much needed character development for Beast Boy. Now with the Teen Titans united the conflict with the Ra's and the Demon's Fist should only intensify.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2016) #5

Feb 27, 2017

Teen Titans #5 did exactly what it needed to do to establish a strong foundation for the series moving forward. Robin's character arc in this issue helped to highlight how the Teen Titans will be more of a family than just another response team like the Justice League are for the DC Universe. Batman's guest appearance helped drive that home and Percy was able to create a strong connection for the entire team that he can now build on in order to introduce new characters like Aqualad.

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6.5
Teen Titans (2016) #8

May 22, 2017

Teen Titans #8 does a good job bringing the team into the conflict started over in it's big brother title, Titans. The dynamic between the two Titans teams played in well with how Deathstroke was able to get into Kid Flash's head. Unfortunately "The Lazarus Contract" crossover is still being kept back by the fact that the scale of the story feels too small for a crossover involving three different ongoing titles.

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4.5
Teen Titans (2016) Annual #1

Jun 4, 2017

Teen Titans Annual #1 failed to deliver an ending that made The Lazarus Contract a memorable story. With the characters involved it was fair to expect that the story would reach the heights of other classic Titans tales. Even when the story tried to deliver an ending that impacted the future of multiple characters it ended up not meaning anything. Now the best thing for all series involved is to distance themselves from one another as this failed attempt at a crossover just caused them each more harm than good, from a quality standpoint.

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7.5
The Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1

Mar 2, 2017

The Clone Conspiracy: Omega does exactly what it needed to do by giving Spider-Man's latest event some closure while simultaneously building future stories. Though this issue failed to build interest for the Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider ongoing Dan Slott delivered on where it counted by selling us on more Peter Parker Spider-Man stories. The fact that Peter Parker has to now deal with whatever Norman Osborn is plotting on top of the damage Parker Industry's suffered from The Clone Conspiracy events makes the future for Amazing Spider-Man very exciting.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #7

Jan 13, 2017

Titans #7 captures the spirit of what made so many of us fall in love with this franchise back in the Marv Wolfman/George Perez days. Dan Abnett masterfully juggles multiple plotlines at the same time, seamlessly transitioning between them all without missing a beat. While the Flash and Superman race stole the show in this issue the rest of the Titans were able to get some needed screen time to further flesh out the various dynamics within the team. At the same time, Abnett is able to build anticipation for future storylines as Psimon is brought back in a major way. If you're a fan of the Titans franchise I highly recommend picking up Titans #7, whether you've read this series before or not.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #8

Feb 10, 2017

While low on action sequences Titans #8 more than makes up for it with strong character development for all of the Titans. Dan Abnett does a great job adding depth to the cast, with Donna Troy, Bumblebee and Harold getting the best character progression. The re-introduction of the Fearsome Five was also well handled as Abnett goes in an interesting direction with these established Titans villains. This all comes together to fully kickstart a new arc that will make fans of the Teen Titans franchise very happy.

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7.5
Titans (2016) #10

Apr 17, 2017

Titans #10 was an effect conclusion to the team's conflict with the Fearsome Five. Dan Abnett did a great job in making the Fearsome Five an effective villain team while building towards a bigger future story involving HIVE. Bumblebee's development further enriched the story of this arc as there is another intriguing sub-plot for the Titans to deal with.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #11

May 11, 2017

Titans #11 kicks off the big "The Lazarus Contract" off on the right note. Dan Abnett, along with story writers Christopher Priest and Benjamin Percy, did a great job using the Titans history with Deathstroke as the core to launch the rest of this story. Now with several plotlines in play there are plenty of fun things for Titans fans to follow moving forward.

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3.5
Titans (2016) #12

Jun 18, 2017

In an effort to deliver a number of romantic pairings that would get fans talking Titans #12 forgets to deliver a quality story. Dan Abnett and Kenneth Rocafort failed to make what should be major chapters in Donna Troy, Wally West, Roy Harper, Tempest and Omen's lives impactful due to bad execution. Hopefully having a mole within the team helps the future of the Titans series because the various romantic pairings sure did not.

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5.5
Titans (2016) #13

Jul 15, 2017

Titans #13 was an extremely mixed bag. When Dan Abnett focus on the Titans conflict with HIVE and the potential traitor on the team the comic is at it's best. Unfortunately the heavy focus on romantic sub-plots for every character except Nightwing hurt any positive character development Abnett is trying to deliver. As long as the romance is heavily focused on Titans will never be able to deliver on the potential it has as a strong team comic book.

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4.5
Titans (2016) #14

Aug 13, 2017

Titans #14 failed to deliver an chapter that built further interest in what comes next for the team. For all the intriguing sub-plots Dan Abnett has created all the forced romantic drama has enveloped the series and is keeping Titans from reaching it's full potential. That's an unfortunate outcome given that Titans #14 finally provided the spotlight Tempest needed but is dragged down by all the worsts aspects of the Titans series.

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5.5
Titans (2016) #17

Nov 12, 2017

Titans #17 shows signs that Dan Abnett is looking to turn this series around from the chaotic state it has been. Unfortunate all of the damage done by the rushed story developments and character arcs continue to plague the series from making the necessary steps to be better. That long-term will be something that will take time to get past and there are signs in Titans #17 is inching its way towards a position it will be a solid title again.

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7.5
Trinity (2016) #5

Jan 19, 2017

After three issues of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman getting in touch with each other's origin stories we finally get some story progression with Trinity #5. Mongul's appearance in this opening story actually moves the story on several fronts as we also got to learn why Poison Ivy is involved with taking out DC's Trinity. While there are some confusing plot holes thrown in at the last minute they don't take away from the positive momentum this issue gives the overall story. Add that to the always fantastic artwork that Francis Manapul provides us than we have an issue in Trinity #5 that delivers on the potential of this series.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #1

Jun 3, 2017

Wonder Woman: Rebirth Annual #1 was exactly what I wanted from the issue. Each creative team used their allotted time to deliver a Wonder Woman story that can stand on their own. The way they all maximized their time made the entire issue a great way to jump into the series for fans, especially those looking for a comic to buy following the release of the Wonder Woman movie.

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7.0
X-Men Prime #1

Mar 30, 2017

X-Men: Prime #1 did exactly what it needed to do to sell the new direction Marvel is taking the franchise on. Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak and Cullen Bunn all did a very good job in creating some excitement in seeing the X-Men as a team of heroes rather than whatever they were the last few years. Though I won't be picking Weapon X up I am going to be giving X-Men: Blue and Gold a shot to each win a spot in my pull list. And for that X-Men: Prime #1 did it's job.

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6.5
X-Men: Blue (2017) #1

Apr 18, 2017

X-Men: Blue #1 is a very good start to what could potentially be the strongest of the relaunched X-Men titles. The reveal of a character from the Ultimate Universe does create a cause for concern with how unnecessarily complicated things could become. That said, the main story of X-Men: Blue #1 has me hopeful for Cullen Bunn's run to be successful one.

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7.5
X-Men: Blue (2017) #2

May 2, 2017

X-Men: Blue #2 was an excellent follow-up to the status quo that was established in the first issue of this core X-Men series. Cullen Bunn has set-up several intriguing plotlines that gives fans a lot to look forward to in the future of this series. Hopefully this momentum continues as the X-Men are now positioned to regain the relevance they lost in the last few years.

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6.5
X-Men: Blue (2017) #4

May 28, 2017

When it comes to showing off the fun dynamic between the original X-Men, Cullen Bunn knocks it out of the park with X-Men: Blue #4. Unfortunately the unnecessary confusion added to the series with the integration of characters from the Ultimate Universe just reminds readers why it is so difficult to read an X-Men comic. Hopefully this new arc moves quickly so Bunn and company can focus on where X-Men: Blue excels.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #1

Apr 8, 2017

X-Men: Gold #1 is exactly what the franchise needed to show that it is returning to what made the X-Men such a beloved franchise. Marc Guggenheim showed great care to develop a layered story for the X-Men, with each cast member getting ample character development time. Though I wasn't excited when ResurrXion was announced X-Men: Gold now has me looking forward for what comes next for the franchise.

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6.5
X-Men: Gold (2017) #4

May 23, 2017

X-Men: Gold #4 was a solid way to start the second story arc of the series. It isn't going to blow anyone's mind but Marc Guggenheim and R.B. Silva's story is just good comic book fun. And for an a franchise that was devoid of that for so long, it is exactly what the X-Men need to get back to and X-Men: Gold #4 does just that.

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