Kevin Powers's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comics Bulletin, Comic Book Bin Reviews: 424
7.8Avg. Review Rating

10
Action Comics #846

Mar 2, 2007

Unfortunately, the wait for Last Son: Part Four begins, but after this issue, it is so worth it. I will have no problem going back and reading this arc over and over. In my opinion, this is shaping up to be the definitive Superman story of our generation. This is one of my two Picks of the Week.

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7.0
Action Comics #847

Mar 29, 2007

This is a decent fill-in issue that does and doesnt fall victim to the basics of that classification. I personally liked this issue. I thought the relationship between Jonathan and Clark was well done, and the way it is tied to the Johns/Donner arc really does help this filler along. Unfortunately, it is still a filler, and some of you may not feel it lives up to the standards of the Johns/Donner arc, but the catch is that its not supposed to. Its a great supplement to that arc.

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9.0
Action Comics #848

Apr 26, 2007

Thank you, Fabian Nicieza for opening the doors of Superman and religion. Its a fine line to tread, but its something I have always toyed with and wondered about. While the Last Son arc has been delayed again, Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza are really doing a great job keeping up quality Superman stories with these fill-in issues. This issue is definitely one that might stir up a little controversy, but its also one that you might find yourself checking out more than twice.

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9.0
Action Comics #849

May 17, 2007

I was really compelled by this issue and story, as someone who struggles with my own faith and ideas behind it on a day to day basis; I was reminded why Superman is so appealing to me. He doesnt believe in one specific religion, but he has faith in the human spirit and the good of the 6 billion people he protects. This issue ultimately becomes one about faith being a moral compass, a way to find what you believe in and to be able to do the right thing based on that faith.

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7.0
Action Comics #851

Jul 8, 2007

This may not be the strongest issue of Last Son in terms of artwork, but it is still a well-written issue. Delays happen and I cant wait to read this arc from start to finish once it ends as I am sure that I will find it one of the best Superman arcs ever. Ill wait forever for a story by Johns and Donner, but I dont really feel Kuberts work has been worth the wait, especially when the Johns and Donner run will continue before Kubert finishes this arc.

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5.0
Action Comics #852

Jul 24, 2007

Kurt Busiek does an excellent job with Superman and does an excellent job here with the relationship between Clark and Jimmy. I am just struggling to be inspired by Countdown, and while this issue reminds me about Jimmys relationship with Superman, it doesnt help my overall feeling on the happenings with Jimmy himself. It will be interesting to see where Busiek can take this story as he is one of the best writers today.

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10
Action Comics #855

Aug 30, 2007

Overall, this is a fantastic issue put out by Johns, Donner and Powell. Its a fantastic set-up to what should be an excellent story-arc and I dont forecast any delays here. I would definitely recommend this issue for great writing and a unique style of artwork that really stands out. This is my Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Action Comics #856

Oct 5, 2007

Overall, Johns and Donner deliver once more with this issue. Eric Powells artwork fits this story very well and helps bring all of the elements together. This issue and story-arc is a great example of how to utilize a superstar creative team. With all the different incarnations of Bizarro throughout all types of media, it is a bit refreshing to see a more classic version of the character.

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10
Action Comics #866

Jun 15, 2008

I highly recommend that you pick up this issue, even if you hate Superman. It's fantastically written, the art is top notch and the implications for the future and the past of Superman are extraordinary. This new Brainiac is chilling, menacing and a formidable foe for the Man of Steel. This is one of the best books DC has put out this year outside of the Green Lantern titles and I can't wait to see what Johns brings to Superman next. This is a Pick of the Week.

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10
Action Comics #867

Jul 13, 2008

I absolutely love this issue, I love this story, and I love the Superman mythos-centric approach Johns takes to this title. Next to Green Lantern this is DC's best title. It's free of big events, and it's truly all about Superman. What's even better is that this is DC's flagship title and now the quality seems to be rising to levels where it should always be. Johns is one of the best superhero writers in the game, especially amongst the icons of DC. I hope and pray that he takes over Batman in addition to Action and Green Lantern because this stuff is just so good.

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10
Action Comics Annual #10

Feb 9, 2007

Fantastic writing, fantastic artwork Pick of the Week.

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7.0
After the Cape #1

Mar 25, 2007

I really hope this book puts a new and unique spin on this story. The former heros moral dilemma is a good one, and it is different, not so much about right and wrong but rather about family. After this first issue there is great potential for this series. I just hope that it delivers.

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6.0
After the Cape #2

Apr 12, 2007

The story itself is worthwhile, and I believe the one thing just not clicking with me is the artwork. Its an alternative superhero story that is bound to develop mixed feelings in readers as the line between right and wrong/good and evil is heavily blurred. If you want an alternative take on superheroes, check this out.

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8.0
After the Cape #3

May 18, 2007

This story is extremely well-written and is an amazing character driven mini-series that is definitely worth a few reads. The ending of this issue is so tragic and heartbreaking that it really raises the stock of the series as a whole. Everything Ethan fought for, everything he loved, is completely lost and all he has is the one thing that destroyed him to begin with. This mini-series could definitely make for a powerful film as I really found the series as a whole very moving and tragic.

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4.0
All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #5

May 20, 2007

Aside from the art, this book is a travesty to Batman and all the other characters included with the exception of the woman Batman saves, who I assume is Selina Kyle. I dont want to see a sadistic version of Batman that gets off from giving some guy a compound fracture and then proceeding to tell that same criminal exactly what he did and how it wont heal. Im all for seeing a darker version of Batman that isnt a complete prick (i.e. the pre-Infinite Crisis/52 version) but I can never see Batman as a sadist who laughs like the Joker when hes out hunting. I like the idea behind the All-Star imprint and I think Grant Morrison got it right in All-Star Superman, but I also think that Miller has re-imagined Batman too closely to characters of Sin City or 300 and a sadist. Batman is not a sadist.

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10
All-Star Superman #6

Jan 5, 2007

Frank Quitelys art is fantastic. Theres really no other way to put it. Quitely has always been able to match Grant Morrisons writing; the action, the environment, everything about the art really makes it feel like Superman. While one of the Supermen of the future has a striking resemblance to Clark, it wasnt until after their true identities were revealed that I noticed how similar they looked. Quitely is quickly becoming one of my favorite Superman artists solely because of his work on this title.

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9.0
All-Star Superman #7

Apr 12, 2007

Morrison and Quitely deliver a solid, entertaining and great issue of their unfortunately delayed title. But the quality of the story and the quality of the artwork really make this title worth the wait. With this title DC seems to have accomplished the general idea behind All-Star, because the team of Morrison/Quitely is and has always been All-Star.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man #544

Oct 16, 2007

I also think another highlight of this issue is the inclusion of the Marvel Directory file and the bonus material at the end. For a $4 comic book, I commend Marvel for including such information. Personally I believe all comics should have at least one page of directors cut material because of the extraordinary amount of work that goes into these books. I also think including the long history of Spider-Man was a positive move, especially for those not familiar with Spider-Man or the current state of the character.

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2.0
Amazons Attack #1

Apr 26, 2007

I have a feeling that this series will definitely pick up and help re-establish Wonder Woman at the top. But this issue serves no purpose (unless you want to see Washington D.C. destroyed and Black Lightning briefly save the President), and can easily be replaced with Wonder Woman #8. Skip this first issue and get Wonder Woman #8 instead, youll get a great issue and the real meat behind Amazons Attack including the reason why they are attacking.

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4.0
Amazons Attack #2

Jun 1, 2007

Overall, Im still having trouble determining the value of Amazons Attack. Its pretty to look at and has a great deal of potential, but its just not hitting the mark. Im not sure if it is something that really warrants its own title, but I can understand why it does for marketing purposes. Pfeifer is a great writer, but he seems to be hampered by either miscommunication or lack of communication with Jodi Picoult as the two seem to craft almost two different stories even though they are basically the same.

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3.0
Amazons Attack #3

Jun 29, 2007

Seriously, Amazons Attack may be far beyond saving. If you really want emotion and an actual story behind it all, read Wonder Woman. Otherwise take your money and spend it on The Sinestro Corps Special for some true madness.

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8.0
Army@Love #1

Mar 25, 2007

This title is definitely out in left-field. It is different, and it is unique, and if Veitch can maintain the shock and awe feel to it, then hes definitely struck gold. Whether you support the war or not, this is a title worth checking out. It may not paint the prettiest nor the most realistic picture of our soldiers, but war is ugly.

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9.0
Astonishing X-Men #19

Dec 31, 2006

As a whole, this issue continues the story from the entirety of Whedons run, and it also serves as a great set-up for the final arc. But it is really the small moments that take this issue from being good to great.

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9.0
Astonishing X-Men #21

May 3, 2007

Backed-up with spectacular artwork from John Cassaday, Joss Whedon has undoubtedly created one of the best X-Men space sagas in years and has really set a high level of expectation for every X-title to follow. While it may be some time before the next issue hits store shelves, its unfortunate that Joss Whedon will be moving on. As long as Chris Claremont and Chuck Austen stay away from this series, Ill be happy. Perhaps X-Men: First Class scribe Jeff Parker will get a shot. This story-arc and run, while outlandish at times, should go down as one of the best X-Men sagas ever.

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10
Astonishing X-Men #23

Nov 15, 2007

Overall, this is the best issue of Astonishing X-Men in Whedon and Cassadays long run. I was thinking about docking this book a bullet because of the rampant delays of this title, but I came to the rationalization that it is a bit too late in the game for that. This is one of the finest penultimate chapters of a storyline and ultimately a creative run I have ever read. This is just a damn good read. Once again I am super-excited about the X-Men, and I am on the edge of my seat for the conclusion of this storyline, no matter how long it takes.

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8.0
Avengers Classic #1

Jun 15, 2007

Overall, Avengers Classic isnt all that bad. So long as they keep up with the light-hearted back-up stories I think Marvel may be on to something by reprinting the re-mastered versions of the original Avengers comics. I wasnt sure what to think about this title, and while it may not be for everyone, anyone with an interest in the Avengers may indeed want to pick it up.

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9.0
Avengers: The Initiative #3

Jun 8, 2007

Avengers Initiative has a massive amount of potential. Slott should definitely take advantage of the characters that have been introduced and take a few issues to focus on the individuals and how they feel about their predicament rather than focus solely on training and being thrown into high profile missions. I also must say I love the use of my hometown of Stamford, Connecticut as a staging area for these new recruits. As we see in a bar scene with Hardball, heroes are still not welcomed with open arms in Stamford.

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8.0
Avengers: The Initiative #7

Nov 16, 2007

Overall, this is the most important comic book of the week. This comic is a must have for Spider-Man fans as well as a good place for new readers to say what is going on with Avengers: Initiative? and pick up the first 6 issues for a great story. I really enjoyed this issue, the major plot developments in here are crucial to Spider-Man, the direction of One More Day and the Marvel U as a whole.

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4.0
Batman #660

Dec 15, 2006

While the story is not that great (as expected from a filler arc), Tom Mandrakes art is just as good as it was back during the 80s. I love the edgy and dark feel to his work. The art does suit (and Mandrakes always has suited) the Dark Knight very well. The action sequences, like the battle with the female ninjas in the elevator, are well-drawn, and they look and feel like true Batman. Unfortunately, once again the artwork just doesnt save this book, and unless you NEED your Batman, you can skip out on the rest of this arc and pick the title back up once Morrison and Kubert come back.

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6.0
Batman #661

Jan 1, 2007

If you havent read any of this arc thus far, now is not a time to jump aboard. If you want a compelling Batman story, dont read this arc. If you are at all interested in this story arc and dont need your bat-fix wait until issue #661 or until the arc is collected in trade format. If you are looking for a bat-story and dont care that it's not the greatest story ever, check out the arc, if that doesnt do it for you, flip through just for the artwork.

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4.0
Batman #662

Jan 11, 2007

Next month I will welcome back Grant Morrison, but I will say that if you want a generic Batman story, this is worth checking out, if not just for the artwork. Although if you need something truly compelling and truly different in terms of a Batman plot, this is not the place to go.

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5.0
Batman #663

Feb 15, 2007

Im all for changing the status-quo and really messing around with the characters we have come to love and/or hate. Some creative decisions work well while others arent as successful and eventually need to be re-worked. However, I am left extremely dissatisfied with the way Grant Morrison executed this issue. Im a bit more baffled that DC would not take advantage of Andy Kuberts talent and actually utilize his talents to draw a truly psychological tale.

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6.0
Batman #664

Mar 29, 2007

Overall, this issue isnt bad, but it isnt spectacular. Morrisons run has been hit and miss, but this is definitely a step-up over the prose issue. Im definitely mixed about the story in this issue, but Id be silly not to hold out and see where exactly Morrison is going.

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9.0
Batman #665

May 17, 2007

This issue is finally what I expected from Morrison. He manages to nail everything on point, and the characterization and character interactions are as almost as Batman as one can get. The only thing about this issue that bothered me was the way it ends; Morrison randomly puts Bruce on a date with some hottie in Venice, seemingly immediately after he get his butt handed to him. Im sure it will all make sense, and I really hope that this issue marks the turning point that will finally launch Morrisons run on Batman to where it should be.

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9.0
Batman #666

Jul 29, 2007

This is two issues in a row of Morrisons arc that I have enjoyed. Last issue was a great and traditional (if anything Morrison writes can be considered as such) Batman story that I loved. In this issue Morrison provides a glimpse into a future that is as frightening as it is insane. While this issue isnt exactly for the kids, it is what Grant Morrison is all about.

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4.0
Batman #667

Aug 14, 2007

Overall, I really wish DC would stay away from the Silver Age and Kingdom Come. Or at least give us younger folks an explanatino of whatever Silver Age idea they are referencing. The plot underneath this mess of an issue is decent, but I dont know how much I really care. With the madness that has ensued during Morrisons arc its really hard to appreciate this issue, but I do hope Morrison can spark my interest in this Club of Heroes, especially since the villain seems to have some tie to the group.

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7.0
Batman #668

Aug 23, 2007

Im very pleased that Morrison pushed the Silver Age and the Bat-worship to the side and focused primarily on the plot and the murders involved in this story-arc. This issue was very well-done and has definitely re-sparked my interest in the arc as a whole. What I thought could be just a dinner and a murder type story indeed has all the makings to be a great Batman/Dark Knight Detective epic.

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5.0
Batman #676

May 18, 2008

It will be interesting, at the very least, to see what Morrison does with this story. However, because I love Bruce Wayne, Batman, and Tim Drake, I can't help but scratch my head and be a little wary of what will come of everything.

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6.0
Batman #678

Jul 6, 2008

Overall, I think this story is okay. I think there are too many flaws to be overlooked, and I think the "shock value" of Morrisons eccentric story may cause some people to miss them. I think as a whole this story may have much more of a lasting impression; however, I do not feel that it is epic nor has the real clout to change the Batman mythos forever. I am definitely excited for the Joker's involvement in this storyline to see how he plays into the Club of Villains or the Black Glove. However, I don't feel a great sense of mystery or threat from the Club or even the Black Glove, and I think that this is where the story falls flat for me.

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6.0
Batman Annual #26

Aug 30, 2007

Or cheap parlor trick to hide your true identityRas.

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4.0
Batman Confidential #2

Jan 11, 2007

While this series is a valiant attempt at emulating Batman Begins, its just not working. The artwork is also inconsistent throughout, there are panels with great environments and really some great art, while there are others where Bruce Wayne looks different in two different places on the same page or he has the deer with headlights look on a number of different occasions. The issue as a whole just doesnt work and is on its way off my pull list.

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3.0
Batman Confidential #3

Mar 1, 2007

I really do see what Diggle is trying to do with these series, and I also see that it is just a way to describe how Batman got his hands on certain things such as the bat-plane. The problem is that it doesnt provide anything too original, and the early days of Batman are almost over explored these days, so it is hard to get excited for this title. I think it would have been more effective if this title were handled like Legends of the Dark Knight or JLA: Classified, where untold stories were portrayed.

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10
Booster Gold #1

Aug 19, 2007

This issue is absolutely fantastic. Its well-crafted, and I hope that Jeff Katz can maintain this level of excitement and interest after Geoff Johns departs. The artwork by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund is fantastic. Both men are very talented and highly underrated but come together very well with this issue. Even if you had trouble following 52, this series should be easy enough to follow even with all the time-traveling that will take place. DC is definitely on to something, and I think this series could be their next big hit. This is my Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Booster Gold #2

Sep 14, 2007

This is another solid issue for Booster Gold as he chases down the mystery man dressed as Supernova. Geoff Johns drops an interesting plot thread in this issue featuring the original Blue Beetle that should have a profound effect on the DCU. Not to mention, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund have always been favorites of mine and they help me enjoy this issue even more as their artwork is fantastic. I hope that this series can really build on this momentum even more and really have fun playing with the DC time stream. Next month looks quite interesting as Jonah Hex comes into play.

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10
Brothers in Arms #1

May 23, 2008

Check out Brothers in Arms, you might be surprised. If you are a fan of World War II, a history buff, you enjoy the game or are looking for something new, give this shot. Personally, I hope other people like this book as much as I do, I really feel like World War II needs a comic revitalization. This is one of my Picks of the Week.

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10
Brothers in Arms #2

Jul 25, 2008

Brothers in Arms is a book I highly recommend. It's powerful, heavily character driven, action packed, and a very raw and accurate portrayal of World War II. I've actually read the issue quite a few times since last week, and it really gets me every time I do.

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10
Brothers in Arms #4

Nov 14, 2008

According to Neumann and Dynamite, this will be the last issue of Brothers in Arms for the time being. That is a real shame as I truly believe this is a phenomenal World War II book. With the return of DCs Sgt. Rock and Marvel exploring Captain America in World War II on a more frequent basis lately, I think that Dynamite should reconsider the hiatus of this book and push forward and really market the book on a larger scale. With Mikey Neumann at the helm, this series has been top notch, theres more action, emotion and character than you would ever expect from a World War II comic. In my review of the first issue, I stated that Brothers in Arms is on a similar plane as Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers. Four issues later, I continue to stand by that statement.

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7.0
Cable #1

Mar 4, 2008

It's difficult to judge this title after just one issue. But the inner monologue and the general intrigue behind the direction of this story is enough to keep me coming back for at least a few more issues. The series just needs to really establish a deeper meaning and general idea, rather than a "Cable on the run" type deal.

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7.0
Captain America (2004) #25

Mar 11, 2007

Ed Brubaker should have written Civil War. Hes had a fantastic storyline going through his entire run on Captain America, and this issue is just a plot device for a great storyline. But I think in the end he will touch on the one issue Mark Millar ignored: that no matter what government policies are and who is in control of the country, the American spirit will always prevail, something that Millar, a British writer, missed. Steve Rogers is one of the biggest comic book incarnations of the American Spirit and will prevail.

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10
Captain America (2004) #26

May 24, 2007

Brubaker is handling his storyline perfectly and not letting the hype of Caps death affect his planned arc too much. He opens a great deal of possibilities for Steve Rogers eventual return and the psychological breakdown of Sharon Carter. This issue proves that Captain America is one of Marvels best books, especially given Marvel's landscape these days. The countdown is on. I believe two men are going to end the registration act and reshape Marvel: Steve Rogers and Nick Fury. But only after the Red Skull has his fun. This is my Pick of the Week.

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10
Captain America (2004) #27

Jun 22, 2007

Captain America remains one of Marvels top books. Whether Cap is dead or not, his supporting cast carries the title extremely well on its own, and the continuing developments involving Bucky Barnes are enough to keep any reader coming back for more.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #28

Jul 19, 2007

I could just copy and paste my last comments about the artwork from last months review. Steve Epting and Mike Perkins are amazing together. The artwork on this book captures the level of suspense and drama involved in this series to a tee. Like Ive stated before, the artwork is the perfect complement to Brubakers writing as the two are the perfect union of artistic styles and create one heck of a comic book.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #29

Aug 16, 2007

As much as I miss Captain America and wish for his return, if Brubaker can keep this story interesting and keep it rolling like it has been, and if Mike Perkins and Steve Epting continue to deliver some of the finest artwork around, then I can wait a little longer for Steve Rogers to toss that might shield. This series continues to rock the house, the pacing is perfect, the art is perfect and Brubaker proves that a great story can still keep a title on top even when its main character is gone.

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10
Captain America (2004) #30

Sep 21, 2007

Personally, Im patiently waiting the return of Steve Rogers. As a Captain America fan, there simply is no Cap without Rogers. I dont want to see Bucky or Falcon as the new Cap. Granted, I dont think either one of them would take the job out of respect for the man; but the nature of Steve Rogers is the very backbone of Captain America. Its no secret dead men dont stay dead in comics, and Steve Rogers has been dead before, but anyone besides Rogers donning the mask and shield, is not Captain America. However, so long as Brubaker and company keep this story as compelling and mind-blowing as it is, I have no problem waiting until some Skrulls start popping up for Captain America to save us all.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #31

Oct 18, 2007

This issue doesnt go very far in terms of plot development, but it is still a well told story. While we know a new Captain America is coming, this series continues to maintain the same level of suspense, drama and intensity that has propelled it to Marvels highest level. Yes, I miss Steve Rogers but if I wasnt reading this title, Id be missing one of the best long-running storylines in the past two or three decades. As long as Brubaker keeps delivering and makes this story continue to work, it stays at the top of my list.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #33

Jan 1, 2008

Like Ive said for months, I really cant wait for Steve Rogers to return but Brubaker and company have done an excellent job keeping this story gripping, compelling, powerful and most importantly, damn good.

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8.0
Captain America (2004) #36

Mar 18, 2008

This issue is definitely stronger than the last issue. I didn't have the feeling of something "big" missing and I do like the way Brubaker writes Bucky's character. However, Bucky doesn't need to be Captain America to do what he does, especially since he's just going to remain covert for the time being. I'm curious as to how next issue will play out, given not only the shocking end of this issue, but the way that Bucky fluxes between acting in his own unique way and acting a little more like Steve Rogers, which for Bucky only gets him in trouble.

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8.0
Captain America (2004) #37

Apr 15, 2008

Brubaker delivers yet another solid issue of this series. While I'm a bit wary that some newer Captain America fans will feel alienated if my theory proves true, I for one absolutely love the idea of tapping into some classic Captain America stories and retro-fitting them for Bucky. While I love Steve Rogers, I also love this series and can hold off on his eventual return a bit longer.

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10
Captain America (2004) #38

May 20, 2008

Captain America is a fantastic series. As a Cap fan, a Marvel fan and a fan of comics in general, I have to say that compelling stories such as this have kept me reading comics into my adult life. Long-running stories like this inspire me to pursue a career in comics and storytelling. Regardless of how much I'd love Steve Rogers to come back, I'll play my broken record and say that as long as Brubaker and co. continue to deliver issues like this and uphold this superb story, I can hold out a little longer for Steve Rogers. This is my Advance Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #39

Jun 24, 2008

This is yet another solid and superb chapter of Ed Brubaker's Captain America epic. This is an example of a fantastic, drawn out storyline that hits all the right chords both in the world of the character and the real world of the reader. Without a doubt, this storyline, since issue #1, has been one of the best stories of the decade, and this is yet another great issue to help support that statement.

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10
Captain America (2004) #40

Jul 15, 2008

It's truly hard to say or find anything negative about an issue I enjoyed from cover to cover. The action and story is paced perfectly in this issue, the fights are beautifully rendered and Bucky's method of battling someone more powerful than he is brilliant in the long run. While some writers may take a legacy filling character and essentially morph them into their predecessor, Brubaker takes Bucky and brings him into his own with only shades of Steve Rogers' style. This issue definitely has a pulse-pounding ending and adds yet another plot thread to keep readers involved. I don't know about you, but Im a very satisfied reader right now.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #41

Aug 19, 2008

Yet again, Brubaker and Epting deliver a solid issue in their epic story. While this issue does offer a few new twists and offers some new plot points, it stays true to the overall story and keeps me wanting more.

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10
Captain America (2004) #44

Nov 25, 2008

Ed Brubaker has indeed shifted gears in terms of direction as Bucky enters into his first solo adventures. The pacing remains the same, but the content and style has definitely been turned up a notch as Bucky-Cap's role has become one of super-spy. I love the way Brubaker is using an unknown past as a gateway for Bucky's current situations, and the action and spy-like feel of this story is perfect. I've said it before: I dont want Bucky as Captain America. To me only Steve Rogers is Captain America, but so long as Brubaker continues turning out stories like this, count me in.

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10
Captain America (2004) #45

Dec 30, 2008

This issue is fantastic and lays the groundwork for future storylines involving Bucky as Captain America. The potential for stories is seemingly limitless as Bucky was never really dead and there's a ton of his past to explore. Brubaker has done a phenomenal job with Bucky and this title, and he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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10
Captain America (2004) #46

Jan 27, 2009

There is a perfect balance of narrative and action, both directly linked and Brubaker pretty much gives readers a clinic in excellent storytelling. Once again, Brubaker hits a grand slam in one issue, telling a story full of weight, history, action and emotion. This title simply is Marvel's top book, and Brubaker just billows with steam as he adds more and more coal to the fire with every issue.

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10
Captain America (2004) #47

Feb 24, 2009

Captain America is, without a doubt, the best comic book available on the market. Not one issue since I started reviewing them at #25 when I joined Comics Bulletin has fallen below a four bullet mark. Looking back at the issues before them, they have not either. Ed Brubaker has broken two taboos in this series: first, he brought Bucky back and second, he killed Steve Rogers and put his former sidekick in the main role. This issue is yet another satisfying and superb installment in Brubaker's epic and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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8.0
Captain America (2004) #601

Jul 14, 2009

To top it off, this story is rather enjoyable and worth the money. If you are a Captain America fan, Bucky fan, vampire fan or World War II fan, this title is certainly for you. Uniquely, Marvel offers the colored version and the black and white version in a fitting send off to one of their greats.

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6.0
Captain America: Reborn #1

Jul 7, 2009

Overall, I wasn't blown away by this issue nor do I think it was terrible. I don't think it's up to par with what Brubaker has brought to the table over the course of his previous 51 issue Captain America run, but it does have some potential as long as it doesn't get too convoluted and the motives of the Red Skull are clearly understood. And while Bryan Hitch did indeed turn in some beautiful pages, elevated by Butch Guice, I still can't shake the feeling that the art feels rushed. I'm interested to see how this series plays out and while it's a bit of a bumpy start, I have a great deal of faith in Brubaker's storytelling and Marvel's current events.

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8.0
Captain America: Reborn #2

Aug 4, 2009

Overall, this issue, some friendly discussion and a little bit of research has certainly washed away a number of mixed feelings I had after reading the first issue. While I am not completely blown away by the artwork, the story is coming together in a very unique way. There is plenty of mystery and a feeling that you think you know what is going to happen, but the involvement of Norman Osborn creates an aura of unpredictability. There's the question of "what exactly is the Red Skull's plan?" and the answer may indeed be to inhabit Steve Rogers' body, but that question is surely a major driving force behind this series. I am much more intrigued by this series after reading this issue, and I think there is much more potential than I did before, and I encourage you to take some time just to look back at Brubaker's epic run to get a better idea of the puzzle that's being put together.

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8.0
Checkmate #10

Jan 25, 2007

The last few pages of this issue really sum up what Checkmate, both the book and the organization itself, is all about. I highly suggest catching up on the Pawn 502 saga if you havent been reading. Checkmate continues to be a well written and well drawn spy thriller that really utilizes whats available in the DCU.

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5.0
Civil War #6

Jan 7, 2007

While this issue isnt all that incredible, I have to take a moment to acknowledge Steve McNiven. His artwork is outstanding. He captures realism while at the same time keeping the look and the feel of comic books. The level of detail and effort is clearly visible, especially in the last few pages. Even if youre not a fan of Civil War as a whole, the artwork is worth the price.

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5.0
Civil War: The Return #1

Jan 25, 2007

While the writing and artwork may be worth the price of this issue, the plot and overall impact on Civil War is not worth the price, unless of course Captain Marvel does something in Civil War #7. If this issue was reissued as Captain Marvel #0 with Sentry back-up story, I think it would be much more effective.

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8.0
Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Rain #1

Nov 9, 2007

This is great Countdown tie-in, its only major drawback being that it is indeed a Countdown tie-in and thus features some forced plot elements. The Search for Ray Palmer is becoming a very well crafted storyline. I hope the momentum continues as the Challengers will next visit the Gotham by Gaslight universe with that story being penned by original Gotham by Gaslight writer, Bryan Augustyn.

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7.0
Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer #1

Sep 13, 2007

Overall, this is another solid start to a Countdown tie-in. Its relatively easy to follow and provides fantastic interaction between characters from Wildstorm and the DCU. I really hope this continues as the Challengers travel to Elseworlds universes. This issue proves that storytelling with the multiverse can be entertaining.

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6.0
Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society #1

Oct 5, 2007

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this issue. While the writing and artwork is strong, there was some initial confusion and I was expected something a little different. However, it is an interesting take on an alternate reality and it wont stop me from checking out the next installment of The Search for Ray Palmer, when the Challengers go to the vampire world.

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7.0
Countdown to Adventure #1

Aug 30, 2007

Overall, this is a great start to what should be a decent mini-series. I hope the Forerunner story picks up a bit more as the dynamic between Adam Strange, Animal Man and Starfire has been expertly built and executed. Beechen manages to continue that trend. If you are a fan of Countdown and 52 you should definitely get this issue. Whether you were a fan of 52 or not, the Strange/Animal Man/Starfire story is sure to please.

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7.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #51

May 13, 2007

This series is a decent start to what should be a great series. Dini needs to look at 52 and what did and did not work with that series and apply it to Countdown. Hopefully, DCs editorial team can maintain the Countdown storyline, which is now the main DC book, and reflect it throughout all of their related titles. Unlike 52, Countdown carries a $2.99 price tag, and I hope that the $155.48 I am going to spend on this series will be absolutely worth it in the end. After all, Ray Palmer, the solution to the great disaster, is also arguably the man who started it when his ex-wife killed Sue Dibny.

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8.0
Damage Control #2

Feb 29, 2008

So yes, this issue was great fun to read. It had a great opening, a compelling scene with Penance and Bart Rozum, and some great character development with the Damage Control members, including Goliath. However, the ending of this issue really threw me off. In fact, I really dont like the way this issue ended. It went from fun fodder to dumb silliness in one panel. Yes, Im talking about the Chrysler Building coming to life. I hope its some kind of joke or something because if the Chrysler Building is really alive I dont know how seriously I can take this series in the end. Regardless, this issue is a good, fun read and I do recommend it to anyone looking for something entertaining to read.

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8.0
Daredevil (1998) #93

Feb 1, 2007

Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudianos artwork is also just as fitting to this title as Alex Maleevs was. The art just fits this title; its dark and edgy, detailed and at the same time not detailed. Color is used at subtle levels and it just comes together and feels right.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #94

Mar 1, 2007

Ultimately, this issue isnt all that bad; it just doesnt put anything new out on the table nor does it detract from the title overall. This issue serves as a good jumping on point in between arcs and should be enough to get new readers to dive into the back-issue bins. For current and loyal readers of Daredevil, it wont be the end of the world if you miss this issue.

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7.0
Daredevil (1998) #95

Mar 29, 2007

The coming story arc has a lot of potential, and this issue does a decent job of setting it up. I dont have any doubts that Brubaker will once again capture the greatness of this title, but right now its dragging in the mud a little bit, which is completely understandable, especially coming off of the last arc.

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8.0
Daredevil (1998) #96

Apr 26, 2007

It will be interesting to see where this story goes. Its a decent story that really needs to have a big twist coming, and for some reason, I really think it does. If Marvel ever decides to bring Daredevil back to the silver-screen, I hope it is a TV show done in the Bendis/Maleev/Brubaker/Lark style because this issue proves that Daredevil is the Law & Order of the Marvel Universe. After all is said and done, I think this will turn out to be a story arc that you may find yourself going back to read again.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #97

Jun 1, 2007

This issue changes everything about this story arc and really grabs onto a great deal of the Brubaker momentum. The plot of this story arc has only gotten better and has gotten very interesting with this issue. The artwork remains consistent and is the best suited for this title. With issue #100 on the horizon, it appears that this story arc may play an integral part of the post-100 issue Daredevil stories well into the next arc.

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8.0
Daredevil (1998) #98

Jul 2, 2007

While this arc may not carry the same ammunition as the arc that took place since back in the day with Bendis, Brubaker manages to tell a good story and also plant the seeds for when he sends Matt Murdocks life back to hell. Its difficult not to like this title because its one of Marvels best. For any Daredevil fan, now is a great time to be on the band wagon with amazing creative teams and great crime-noir stories away from Civil War and World War Hulk. I cant wait to see the conclusion of this arc for what it is going to bring to the table.

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10
DC Super Friends #1

Mar 21, 2008

Overall, this is an excellent place for you kids to start reading about DC Superheroes. Its easy to follow, everything is clearly laid out and theres no need for tie-ins.

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8.0
Detective Comics #827

Dec 29, 2006

This is a great issue and a great chapter in Paul Dinis arc of one-shots. I am a fan of the new Ventriloquist, and I really hope they expand on her more in the future. What a great re-invention of a decent Batman villain.

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8.0
Detective Comics #828

Feb 8, 2007

Paul Dinis run feels a great deal like C.S.I or a detective show, as it should. For die hard Bat-fans, I dont have to tell you that this is the best Batman book out at the moment. For everyone else, I suggest picking up Dinis run on this series. Its fresh, and its darn good.

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6.0
Detective Comics #829

Mar 8, 2007

As I stated, I am a fan of Andy Clarkes artwork and combined with Stuart Moores decent story, everything fits well together in this issue. While it is by no means the most original story featuring Batman, it is better than Grotesk, and it puts Batman into a real-life situation that we rarely see. This issue is not the most unique, but it is a pretty good story and looks to be a decent filler-arc that is worth checking out at the very least, especially for bat-fans.

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9.0
Detective Comics #830

Mar 22, 2007

Theres a lot to like about this filler-arc as a whole. Everything from the way Bruce plays international peacekeeper to the way he plays the role of father. But when he finally confronts Vox as Batman, we get classic Batman.

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9.0
Detective Comics #831

Apr 5, 2007

Again, this is definitely the best Bat-book on the market. Paul Dini is absolutely in his element and shows us a new side of Harley Quinn. This is one of my Picks of the Week.

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8.0
Detective Comics #832

May 3, 2007

Overall, this is probably one of the best of the fill-in arcs, and Royal McGraw does a fantastic job emulating Dinis style. All this issue is missing is the Riddler trying to solve the Terrible Trio case, and it could easily have passed off as one of Dinis.

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10
Detective Comics #833

Jun 8, 2007

This issue of Batman is outstanding, while Paul Dini has been writing entertaining one-shot style stories that feel like the animated series, he ups the ante with this issue and proves that he is without doubt one of the best Batman writers. This is my Pick of the Week, and anyone remotely interested in Batman needs to check out this comic book.

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7.0
Detective Comics #835

Aug 2, 2007

Overall, this is not a bad filler-arc, its hard to rate only the first half because there are so many questions that need to be answered. Its definitely worth checking out, and if doesnt grab you the first time, flip through it again. I hope Rozum has some good stuff in store for the conclusion.

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4.0
Detective Comics #836

Sep 10, 2007

Its unfortunate that one line of dialogue can effectively ruin an entire comic book. This story had decent potential but Rozum never really capitalizes on what could have been a decent filler. But Tom Mandrakes artwork saves this issue from never coming out of my comic bin again and I really hope that DC gives him a continuing job on a Batman title.

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4.0
Detective Comics #837

Oct 5, 2007

This should not have been an issue of Detective Comics. The Athenian Womens Shelter angle is not an interesting one and for it to take center stage here is disappointing. If Dini had crafted this story from Batmans point of few and had Batman follow the Riddler as the Countdown tie-in took place, I think this would have been a much better issue. However, theres hardly any Batman and lots of Countdown.

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8.0
Detective Comics #840

Jan 10, 2008

This issue alone is of greater quality that the entire Resurrection of Ras al Ghul story-arc. Its a perfect epilogue and an excellent establishment of Ras Al Ghuls new direction and thankfully Countdown free. Ill be honest, part of me thought Ras was going to catch the next Boom Tube into Salvation Run. I hope Dini returns to the animated seriess style approach to this title because it definitely succeeds here.

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6.0
Detective Comics #844

May 10, 2008

Overall, this isn't Dini's strongest issue, mostly because of the fuzziness that emerges when considering that Scarface the puppet is actually a magical being as opposed to a crazy old man. Zatanna also feels like too much of a plot device rather than a crucial piece of the story-arc and anything that could have developed between her and Bruce is left out to dry. Nonetheless, Dini still manages to make this issue feel as though it were an episode of the Animated Series. He's done a great job keeping his storytelling style episodic and similar to the old show that it works extremely well and I hope he continues to utilize the style.

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10
Dock Walloper #1

Nov 30, 2007

This is a great story and one that you should try and get your hands on while you can. Ed Burns is a great American writer and filmmaker and he definitely shows it here. He definitely captures the spirit of the era and also adds a level of intrigue and fiction that fits very well into the context of the story. I hope Burns and Palmiotti continue to deliver.

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9.0
Dynamo 5 #1

Mar 8, 2007

This title has the potential to be the next Invincible. It provides another alternative take on superheroes with a great dysfunctional twist. I was pleasantly surprised by this issue and must give props to Mike Diaz for pointing it out in his column. This is my pick of the week.

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9.0
Dynamo 5 #2

Apr 19, 2007

After reading these two solid issues, I am really looking forward to this series and watching each character progress and, as it would seem, Maddies digression into madness. There are a lot of great books hitting the market outside of the big two, and this is one of the best so far.

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9.0
Dynamo 5 #3

May 24, 2007

Theres not much to dislike about Dynamo5. Its got interesting and different characters, a great premise and a decent plot. The character arcs and development is what really makes this title stand out. I hope that it continues to skyrocket in popularity because it is really that good.

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8.0
Dynamo 5 #5

Jul 6, 2007

Dynamo5 has definitely become one of my favorite super-team books. Faerber and Asrar keep delivering a twisted, high octane story that can easily maintain its own continuity as well as be integrated into the Image universe. I love the continuing maturation of the team as well as the continued development of each heros power. The twist that came at the end of this issue was unexpected and definitely raises the bar for this series.

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10
Dynamo 5 #8

Nov 2, 2007

Overall, this is one of the best issues of Dynamo5. Theres something about it that just works. Faerber is able to advance his story and hes able to introduce new characters effectively. Its very difficult to point out any flaws in this issue. Everything seems to be methodically crafted and thought out resulting in a coherent and well told story. I hope Dynamo5 can manage to stick around for a long time.

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9.0
Dynamo 5 #12

Apr 25, 2008

Theres not much negative to say about Dynamo5. Its a fantastic series and a great read as Faerber wonderfully juggles a number of different characters and manages not to get bogged down. Each issue and arc remains focused on the situation at hand and if he decides to feature a certain character, it usually comes at the opportune times. Dynamo5 is unique and continues to be one of the best alternative superhero books you can buy.

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4.0
Final Crisis #1

Jun 1, 2008

Those who have read DC for years and have followed both the major and obscure characters should have less of a problem understanding and following this issue. For new readers and casual readers of DC, this may be the straw that breaks the camel's back. This title is very inaccessible to those new readers coming in off the street and buying the Green Lantern cover of this issue. It's even going to cause headaches for those readers who really got into DC last year with "The Sinestro Corps War." I'm sure issue #2 will sell out as well, but if that doesn't bring more cohesion and a more non-DC reader friendly feel, this title may be facing certain doom.

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5.0
Final Crisis #2

Jun 29, 2008

There's no telling where this story is going to end up anymore. Maybe that's part of the intrigue. I have my own theories that this series is more tied to Zero Hour than anything else (i.e. Libra is Extant, and that would be kind of lame). Everyone has their ideas and theories, but after the sales reports on Final Crisis, Chuck Dixon leaving DC and unleashing his discontent, and Morrison's finger pointing, the true crisis is not even be happening inside this book. Whether it was the failed build-up, the lack of tie-ins, the infighting or rumored constant changing of stories, Final Crisis is tripping over its own feet. Morrison has so much material here, a lot of it would be very strong if fleshed out, and there should be tie-ins. But there aren't, and this is leading to a mess of a book with plot points all over the place and no central threat for the heroes to battle. We'll see if this series really "gets going" with issue #3, and I guess from there the true judgment can be han

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4.0
Final Crisis #3

Aug 10, 2008

Final Crisis is a mess. DC has lost the grip on the streamlined storytelling established with Brad Meltzer and Identity Crisis when the mind-wiping seemed like a catalyst for everything. Now that is all but forgotten as the DC team has shifted from the classic core villains of each hero to an almost out of nowhere operation by Darkseid. "The day that evil won" seems trite as this story doesn't really feel like it affects the DC Universe as a whole because there are no tie-ins or connections to what is taking place elsewhere, even in Morrison's own "Batman R.I.P." story. If you want an epic DC story, follow Action Comics, Green Lantern, The Rann/Thanagar Holy War and even Batman. Final Crisis is a cheap gimmick that hasn't come close to delivering the goods.

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10
Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1

Nov 3, 2008

Overall, the only negative thing I can say about this book is that it is tainted by having Final Crisis on it. While I personally dont care for Final Crisis, I think certain books could exist just as well without having to have it connected, or not connected as is the case here, to DCs main event which has been suffering its own problems. However, this is yet another stellar chapter of Geoff Johns ultimate space epic. The Red Lanterns have made their first move and the stakes are raised in the entire scheme of things by the end of this issue. This epic has so much momentum that it continues to get better with each issue and the end is still farther than it is near.

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9.0
Flash (1987) #231

Aug 16, 2007

Overall, this is a perfect re-launch to the Flash and Wally Wests life. The family dynamic should play very well with these characters, and I truly look forward to learning more answers as this series progresses.

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7.0
Flash (1987) #232

Sep 21, 2007

Mark Waid continues to introduce readers to the new era of Flash. While its not the most compelling story-arc out there, it is most definitely a perfect example of how to use comics and plot to develop character personalities. Waid does a decent job with this and I hope we get to see more of Lindas new intelligence as this series picks up speed.

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8.0
Flash (1987) #233

Oct 25, 2007

Also featured in this issue is a very nice back-up story starring Jay Garrick. I assume that it is set during the Golden Age and it features Jay Garrick trying to save an alien race from extinction. Its a well told story that compliments the main story in this issue and the artwork is also fantastic. Very nicely done, I would like to see more of this type of thing, so long as it does not hinder the main feature.

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7.0
Flash (1987) #235

Jan 1, 2008

I still absolutely love the new direction for Wally West. While it does bring up some concerns for how it will play out in the long run, Mark Waid is more than capable of handling Flash, specifically Wally West and I really believe we will see more of Wallys light hearted personality with his kids. This new, fresh and creative take on the life of Wally West has definitely been a step in the right direction and I hope to see Wally featured more prominently in the DC Universe as he continues to mature in his new role.

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9.0
Flash (1987) #236

Jan 18, 2008

This issue was fun, it was energetic and it was a prime example of how to bring a story-arc to a fitting conclusion. Mark Waid has done a great job bringing Wally West back into the DC Universe and into a new role as a character. This issue is very well done because it not only shows how effectively tie a story-line together, but it also shows a major character adapting and accepting a life-altering role. This is my Pick of the Week.

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4.0
Flash (1987) #239

Mar 21, 2008

On the whole, Im wary of the direction of this title. Its trying to do what Fantastic Four and The Incredibles do, but its also trying to be different while keeping a more light-hearted tone. There are definitely some problems with whats happening in this story-arc. I think Peyers writing is solid; he just needs a better overall story and conflict for Wally.

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3.0
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #7

Dec 29, 2006

The Flash continues to be sub-par, and I will stand firm in believing it is not the writers fault. It was the decision to make Bart Allen the Flash that is truly making this book suffer.

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4.0
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #8

Jan 25, 2007

Marc Guggenheim, please save the Flash. Or will someone go into the speed force and find Wally or Barry?

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6.0
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #9

Mar 1, 2007

Hes bailed out by members of the Justice League in his battle with Steppenwolf. Thats not to say he doesnt hold his own and we get to see some of Barts new powers, but I dont know if Bart is ready for Zoom. Geoff Johns creation of the new Zoom was near perfect; Hunter Zoloman was a great rogue for Wally. Im not sure I can believe that Bart can handle some of the rogues in Wallys gallery, at least not yet. My interest is Bart Allen is sparked, although I am still waiting for Wally or Barry to return.

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8.0
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #10

Mar 22, 2007

Overall, a great issue that lets me say that Flash is no longer on my hit list.

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6.0
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #11

Apr 19, 2007

This issue is okay, while Guggenheims writing is fantastic and the art is solid, the questions brought up in this series really hinder its progress and popularity. That, of course, is not Guggenheims nor the artists fault. Fans of the Flash will love the way Guggenheim utilizes the Rogues and the way he actually makes Inertia seem like a credible threat. Guggenheim also does a great job planting the seeds for whatever big occurrence is coming for Bart. While I wasnt a big fan of the ending, Guggenheim manages to keep me on board because the story really is pretty solid and it will be interesting to see what he has in store. While I dont like Bart as the Flash, Guggenheim has done a great job turning this title around.

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9.0
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #13

Jun 24, 2007

Guggenheim writes a fantastic conclusion to the saga of Bart Allen, an issue that is told magnificently, maybe even perfectly. A reluctant hero embraces his legacy and accepts fate, paying the ultimate sacrifice. I highly recommend this issue for those who dropped this title, for those who love good writing and good art, and for those like me who remember Bart Allens first appearance as Impulse in Zero Hour, vibrating through a wall to escape a dinosaur. Again, I commend Guggenheim for the way he turned this title around and brought it to a very satisfying, but sad conclusion. I know I gave him a bad rap, but Bart Allen deserves praise for what he did in this issue. This is my Pick of the Week.

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10
FX #1

Mar 21, 2008

FX is definitely the surprise hit of the week. Its fun, fairly original and plays off of the superhero genre extremely well. His powers are original and visually stimulating and there is a great deal of room for the character to grow. Wayne Osbourne and John Byrne have struck gold and IDWs superhero universe is shaping up to be very intriguing. This is my Pick of the Week.

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8.0
FX #2

Apr 14, 2008

This title is entertaining, fun and classic superhero stuff. Osbourne does the teenage superhero idea very well but this series might be moving too fast for its own good. This title has the potential to go beyond six issues and that would open up a lot of space to explain this universe and some of the characters involved. Otherwise, I really do love this book.

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8.0
G.I. Joe Special Missions: The Enemy #1

Sep 10, 2007

Overall, this is another hit for G.I. Joe: Special Missions. This issue provides an interesting insight into the life of a regular Cobra soldier and into one of the original members of G.I. Joe. Even if you arent reading G.I. Joe or have had nothing to do with the franchise since the cartoon, Id recommend this issue. Its a great look into the inner workings of both G.I. Joe and Cobra.

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10
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #18

Dec 11, 2006

The art is also fantastic; Josh Medors clean but edgy and gritty style is perfect for a military thriller. You won't find yourself lost in sloppy artwork but you will find yourself indulged in the story which is only made even better due to the book's art. There is very little disappointing about this title besides the fact that not everyone is reading it.

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10
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #19

Jan 12, 2007

Jump on now, get the back issues, catch up on G.I. Joe. Ive said it before and I will say it again: this is one of the best books on the shelves. Definitely my pick of the week.

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9.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #20

Feb 8, 2007

I cant help but recommend this title. Its fantastic, its got a great balance of action, drama, romance, and one of the cleanest universes you can find in all of comic books. Now you know and knowing is half the battle.

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8.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #21

Mar 2, 2007

As I stated, now is the time to jump onto the G.I. Joe bandwagon. If you are a fan of the Baroness, you cant miss this arc. You might have to go back-issue-bin diving to get up to speed, but trust me, it's well worth it.

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9.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #22

Apr 5, 2007

As I stated in the intro of my last G.I. Joe review, this book has the intensity, action and drama of an episode of 24 or The Unit. Its a great time to be a G.I. Joe fan, and this is one of the best comic books you can find. The story arc and the coming implications are brilliant and next month Flint returns! Pick up this arc from the beginning, find the back issues and get ready for World War III. This is one of my Picks of the Week.

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10
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #23

May 4, 2007

G.I. Joe remains, in my book, one of the best comics on the market and one of the top five books I really want to be a part of. There are many characters to like and explore and it has definitely matured since the Marvel and cartoon days. Im also happy to see my favorite G.I. Joe and one of my favorite comic characters, Flint, return. This issue does a great job not only furthering the current arc, but it plants the seeds for the coming "World War III" and definitely has a fantastic twist at the end. It also brings up enough questions and plot points that are really enough to keep readers coming back. Like Ive said, this series is amazing. Its also G.I. Joe vs. Cobras 25th Anniversary, so there's no better time to jump on the old G.I. Joe bandwagon. Seriously, go out and start reading G.I. Joe if you dont already. The back issues are starting to sell out both in stores and at Diamond. This is my other Pick of the Week.

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9.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #24

Jun 8, 2007

This is another great issue that continues to propel G.I. Joe even further. World War III is shaping up to be a classic G.I. Joe story with plenty of action, suspense, drama and bloodshed. Its no secret that I personally think that G.I. Joe is one of the best titles on the shelves. With the 25th Anniversary figures shipping this month, it is a great time to be a Joe fan.

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10
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #25

Jul 3, 2007

This is quite possibly the best issue of G.I. Joe since the Silent Issue of the Marvel days. I highly recommend this issue, and I highly recommend that you buy multiple copies of this issue before they sell out completely. The writing is superb, the art is fantastic, and I say again, this issue alone is what G.I. Joe is all about. I am overly excited about World War III. Its the conflict that G.I. Joe was created for, and now its going to happen. As a G.I. Joe fan, Im obviously ecstatic and as a comic book fan, I cant wait to see what next month brings. I will make an early judgment and say this is my Pick of the Week. Yo Joe!

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8.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #26

Aug 13, 2007

Overall, a good issue that continues to roll the ball into the G.I. Joe big event. If you arent reading this series, give this storyline a try. If you were ever a G.I. Joe fan, go to Target, find the 25th Anniversary Action Figures, go to the comic shop pick up the most recent two issues of G.I. Joe, if you havent already, and remember what it was like back in the 80s. Yo Joe!

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9.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #27

Sep 13, 2007

World War III is shaping up to be the biggest and best G.I. Joe story ever. The stakes are high, the story phenomenal and the action intense as this story-arc really gets underway. Mark Powers run has definitely set the bar higher for G.I. Joe and it should be at the top of your pull list. Yo Joe!

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10
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #28

Oct 18, 2007

This is as intense and well-written as comic book stories get. G.I. Joe is definitely one of the top titles on the shelves and World War III is shaping up to be one of the best stories ever. I really cant help but put this series and storyline on the same level as The Sinestro Corps War and Death of the Dream. Anyone who thinks that the rumored G.I. Joe movie, which drops the Real America Hero aspect of the franchise, is a good idea really needs to take a look at this story and realize what G.I. Joe is at its core. This is my Pick of the Week.

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8.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #29

Nov 26, 2007

Overall, World War III continues to steamroll ahead. Theres plenty of great artwork, suspense and sheer shock that takes place in this issue. Of course, there are a number of unanswered questions but next to Sinestro Corps this is shaping up to be one of the best big events in the past decade.

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7.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #30

Dec 21, 2007

Its very difficult to judge this issue because the event is only half finished. While its beginning to show signs of a classic and typical G.I. Joe vs. Cobra battle, theres nothing to say that Devils Due wont lead readers on and throw in a compelling twist that changes everything. Either way, Im still enjoying the hell out of this series and I am very interested to see where it goes from here.

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8.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #31

Jan 25, 2008

When all is said and done, this issue has me wondering exactly how this series will end. Im sure a lot depends on whether or not Devils Due is holding on to the license. Either way, this storyline, while maybe a few issues too long, has played out quite nicely and is shaping up to be a definitive G.I. Joe vs. Cobra saga. I really hope there are a few surprises left in store because this had been a great action-packed comic.

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5.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #33

Mar 14, 2008

Overall, this is probably the weakest issue of World War III thus far. Theres just a whole lot that feels confusing and as if its just going through the motions. The same heart that Mark Powers put into this series early on is definitely not there anymore except in the scene with Cobra Commander. My biggest concern is what happens when this ends and DDP drops G.I. Joe.

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7.0
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #34

Apr 4, 2008

Overall, I like this issue better than the last few. Its solid. Its pretty strong and I hope Devils Due sends the franchise off with a bang. Hasbro deserves a few middle fingers and if writer Mark Powers and Devils Due can end this continuity in a way that will make it difficult to reboot, then there will be a lot of satisfied G.I. Joe fans who will always believe in the Real American Hero rather than some cash cow.

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10
G.I. Joe: Special Missions Brazil #1

May 24, 2007

Devils Dues fourth endeavor into Special Missions is another hit. You dont have to follow the main G.I. Joe title to really enjoy this book, and the $5.50 price tag means absolutely nothing after the satisfying stories conclude. Ive already read through it three times, and I enjoy it more with each read. This is another Pick of the Week for me, and I highly recommend you get this book while you can.

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9.0
G.I. Joe: Special Missions: Antarctica #1

Dec 21, 2006

This is a fantastic issue whether you are new to G.I. Joe or are a current reader. It is also a nice flashback to the old cartoons as the story plays out much like an episode of the classic cartoon. G.I. Joe is a real diamond in the world of comic books and, there is plenty of action and clear storytelling and has been since Devils Due acquired the license.

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8.0
G.I. Joe: Storm Shadow #1

May 25, 2007

This series is off to a decent start not only for G.I. Joe fans and Storm Shadow fans, which are a loyal bunch, but should definitely be checked out by anyone who is a martial arts fan. Larry Hama has the potential to blow this storyline wide open, and I cant help but feel that this title will get crazy as the story progresses and Storm Shadow is unleashed. The potential this book has and the character development of the supporting cast greatly outweighs the lack of action and the seemingly generic plotline. This is a pretty good start to what could and should be a fantastic series.

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6.0
G.I. Joe: Storm Shadow #2

Jun 22, 2007

As a whole, I did like this issue. I just want so much more from the series. Larry Hama is a great writer and has crafted one of the most influential storylines of my generation; I have no doubt that the potential of this series will soon be unleashed. While Storm Shadow is presented as a very wise and confident man in this series, and the action is superb, I want more of his character and more of his past explored.

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4.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #1

Oct 12, 2007

While this issue is riddled with problems and plot-holes, I hope that Winick really explains what is going on, because at the heart of this story, hes got something interesting happening. While the soul of the story is interesting, unfortunately, there are just too many problems with this issue to make it really worth the cover price. I hope down the road this series focuses primarily on the superhero marriage and the logistics of that, but right now Im really shocked by the problems of this issue and Im wary of how this will play out.

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3.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #6

Mar 14, 2008

This series needs to find a distinct identity in order to survive. An artist can only carry a title so far and its very strange to see a writer start an issue fantastically and then watch it sink into something terrible. I hope Winick gets free reign on Titans because Im looking at editorial for this mess.

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6.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary: Wedding Special #1

Sep 21, 2007

Overall this issue leaves more bewilderment than it does anything else. It was difficult to follow due to the constant shift of tone, but the overall point is made. While I dont necessarily agree with the ending, I will say that I am intrigued and I will be picking up Black Canary/Green Arrow to see where this story is going.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2005) #16

Jan 18, 2007

This issue gets as well as my "Pick of the Week" because of the great action, the fantastic artwork, the on point characterization of Hal Jordan and of course, the first battle featuring the new Justice League.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #17

Mar 1, 2007

This issue and this arc sums up why I love Green Lantern. Granted, there was only one issue of this arc that felt like Johns tried to cram too much into an issue. Otherwise, he has done fantastic work with the return of Hal Jordan. The continuous storylines that have been maintained throughout this series remind me of another very popular and successful title: Ed Brubakers Captain America. Both writers have kept up with one major plot point while continuing to explore other happenings in the respective worlds of our heroes. This arc ends up being very successful and ends with this issue pointing to the chaos that is to come, not to mention giving Amon Sur the credit he deserves as a major villain. This is my other Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #18

Mar 30, 2007

Call me biased if you will, but this is my Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #19

May 3, 2007

The back-up story is absolutely crazy. Im curious as to where Johns inspiration comes from for some of these characters. Last month focused on a sentient virus while this month features a young cannibalistic girl, Karu-Sil, raised by monster dinosaur/wolf type characters. In the tradition of the classic Tales of the Green Lantern Corps back-up stories, these Sinestro Corps bios are so well done that I wish the Sinestro Corps had an ongoing series. This Corps of fear-mongers is going to be one of the scariest groups of individuals that DC may have ever seen.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2005) #20

Jun 1, 2007

The back-up story is the last of the introductions for the main characters of the Sinestro Corps before the Sinestro Corps Special arrives next month. Despotellis, the sentient virus, I thought may have been the most frightening of the Sinestro Corps, although Bedovian might be just as scary as Despotellis. Bedovian is a sniper-type character that can hide inside his shell and pass for an asteroid. Apparently, he can kill someone from three space sectors away as well. Good Lord, Sinestro has really got some baddies under his command. But aside from Bedovians origin story, this back-up has a great element featuring Amon Sur and Lyssa Drak (the keeper of the book of Parallax). Johns teaches readers about the fear lodges where the Sinestro Corpsmen have to face their worst fears and exit the small capsule without the aid of their ring. Amon Surs greatest fear is learned and it would appear that Hal Jordan has quite a few archenemies filling out the ranks of the Sinestro Corps. I

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #21

Jul 12, 2007

Johns keeps the momentum going strong following The Sinestro Corps Special as he focuses in on Hal Jordan in this issue. When it boils down to it, this saga will pit Hal Jordan against his mentor once more, and this issue provides one of the biggest character development moments for Hal Jordan ever. I love Green Lantern, and I love Hal Jordan, and what Geoff Johns is doing with The Sinestro Corps War is absolutely amazing. I cant wait for Green Lantern Corps #14 when Sinestro confronts the current GL of his homeworld, one of my new favorites Soranik Natu. If you arent reading this storyline you really should be. Geoff Johns is writing the handbook on mega-events. Like you had to ask, this is my Pick of the Week.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #22

Aug 13, 2007

This is by far one of the greatest Green Lantern storylines ever. It is the definitive Green Lantern story of the modern age and definitely one of the best big events you can read right now. This issue continues to build on momentum and excitement that is already off the charts. Geoff Johns continues to make this Green Lantern fan very happy, and I hope it continues into the future. Like you had to ask, this is my Pick of the Week.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #24

Oct 12, 2007

This issue is a perfect penultimate chapter to a saga of this magnitude and quality. Theres a cliffhanger because its unknown what exactly will happen. Solicitations suggest that the Green Lanterns survive, but everything changes and I cant wait to see how this all plays out. Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis are an amazing team and have made this saga one of the finest examples of comic book storytelling in a very long time. This saga has truly eclipsed other big events of recent years and even if you arent a Green Lantern fan, its one of the best superhero storylines of all time. Obviously, this is my Pick of the Week.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #25

Dec 16, 2007

When the Sinestro Corps Special hit shelves back in June, I participated in that Sunday Slugfest and called that issue my Pick of the Year. As a die-hard Hal Jordan and Green Lantern fan, I find it appropriate now that the year is nearly at a close and the slugfest of the final issue of a saga that began with the Sinestro Corps Special is taking place. A true testament to this issue and this series is that this issue, Green Lantern #25, the final issue of The Sinestro Corps War, has surpassed the opening issue of said saga. This issue is my Pick of the Year. It redefines the way I look at big events, and it finally gives a fitting, worthy and future implicating end to a big event in a time where big events have become the norm.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #26

Jan 1, 2008

This book is by far DCs best and with names like McKone, Johns, Reis and Van Sciver, this book continues to deliver. Theres so much happening in the world of Green Lantern, so much connection to the long history of the mythos and also the ability to move forward with new and creative ideas. I am happy and proud to call myself a Green Lantern fan and a die hard fan of Hal Jordan.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #27

Feb 1, 2008

The continuing saga in the pages of Green Lantern continues to deliver in the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War. Geoff Johns is at his best, his writing is excellent, the story and plot wildly compelling and its only getting better with each issue. Add in Mike McKones fantastic artwork and youve got one hell of an issue. This book, no doubt DCs best, continues to deliver on all fronts and the best part? We are just getting started. This is my Pick of the Week.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #28

Mar 6, 2008

This is an amazing issue. Johns teases things to come down the road and in his next arc Secret Origins. He continues to prove that this is DCs best book because it stays contained within itself and every character is interesting and plays a role in some aspects of whats happening. Definitely the best issue since the end of The Sinestro Corps War and most certainly my Pick of the Week.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #29

Mar 28, 2008

This is a much needed re-telling of Hals origin; I just wish I could somehow contribute. Anyways, Johns does an excellent job covering all the bases, including John Stewart, and adds a real emotional depth to Hals character. Hal is my all-time favorite fictional character, I share a great deal in common with Hal and I also wish I could have some of his character traits. Perhaps another time Id go into greater detail, but this issue does a fantastic job setting up the back-story to Hal and a little bit of John Stewart, as well as tying into Blackest Night. This is my Pick of the Week.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #30

May 2, 2008

This issue of Green Lantern is outstanding. I say this not as a Hal Jordan fan but as a lifelong fan of comics, a comic analyst and someone who appreciates a great story. Geoff Johns run on this title and his run with Hal Jordan has been amazing, not only does he revamp aspects of the character to fit his own storytelling, but he also nods to the original stories that help mold the character in the first place. This is my Pick of the Week.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2005) #31

Jun 2, 2008

Overall, Johns and Reis deliver another great issue of Green Lantern. The only real weak point of this issue is the way that the story seems too fast and too condensed rather than detailed. While it does cover all of the basics and does get every point across, I still wish there was more. Regardless, Im very excited for next issue as it should prove to be one of the most important issues in the retelling of Hals origin.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #33

Aug 1, 2008

This is definitely the strongest issue of "Secret Origin" to date. It is also an absolute can't miss for the continued evolution of the "Blackest Night" storyline as Johns takes the focus off of Hal a little bit and shifts it towards Sinesto and Abin Sur, furthering the "Blackest Night" epic. This is without a doubt the best book in DC's arsenal and one of the best continuing epics in all of comics. This is my Pick of the Week.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps #11

Apr 12, 2007

My only qualm with this title comes in the form of the prophecy that Ganthet reveals: The Corps will be destroyed and Oa will be dust. Thats what they are worried about? Didnt that happen about 12 years ago in "our time" but only about 5 in "DC time"? Either way, this is a great space story that will no doubt have huge implications not only for the Corps but for the DC Universe.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #12

May 10, 2007

Green Lantern Corps has had some interesting storylines since it was launched roughly a year ago. But this issue is solid and maintains a good momentum into the coming Sinestro Corps storyline. The implications of Sinestros actions in this issue are really what makes it worthwhile, and hes not even seen nor mentioned the entire issue. There is also an interesting and rare look into Guy Gardeners past as his greatest fears are brought forth when he visits Mogo.

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10
Green Lantern Corps #13

Jun 14, 2007

This has been the best arc of Green Lantern Corps thus far. This has also been one of the better issues as well. Gibbons and Geoff Johns have set-up an event that should be action-packed, intense and should definitely have a major impact on the DC universe. Theres not much to dislike about this issue as it should definitely pique interest in the Sinestro Corps Special and keep new and old readers coming back for more.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps #14

Jul 31, 2007

As I stated, this issue serves more as a character vehicle and tie-in rather than Part 3 of "The Sinestro Corps War." For Green Lantern fans it is an excellent story with an interesting insight into Sinestro and his home world. For anyone who is not a Green Lantern fan, this issue is great for character structure and development but doesnt capture the same intensity and madness of the first two installments of "The Sinestro Corps War." It is essentially just a tie-in, but its a great example of how tie-in issues should work with big events.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps #15

Aug 23, 2007

Overall, this series does an excellent job capturing the more action-packed side of the Sinestro War. While there isnt a great deal in terms of the plot development of the war itself, when dealing with the Green Lanterns, there has to be issues devoted to the battlefront, and this is one of those issues.

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10
Green Lantern Corps #16

Oct 4, 2007

Overall, this is hands down the best issue of Green Lantern Corps to date, and the best Green Lantern Corps installment of The Sinestro Corps War. So many questions are answered and even more are raised as the fight steamrolls towards Earth. As a Green Lantern fan I couldnt be happier, as a comic fan, this is what big events are made of. This is my Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #17

Oct 26, 2007

I cant say enough about this epic. Everything has come together perfectly and, as a Green Lantern fan, I cant wait for the ending and everything that follows. Dave Gibbons has done an excellent job handling a wide range of characters and he and Johns compliment each other extremely well. The Sinestro Corps War is changing the status quo for big events and for the DCU; Final Crisis has a lot to live up to. This is one of my two Picks of the Week.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #18

Nov 30, 2007

While the story at the heart of this issue is strong and the action is decent, there are just two many things happening overall that hinder this issue. Theres some good artwork and a decent origin story of Sodom Yat, but there is something missing in the grander scheme of things. Not to mention that whole Countdown thing. The final chapter of this series will have the ultimate good vs. evil battle, Sinestro vs. Hal Jordan and the fanboy in me cant wait. Based on solicitations, we know how its going to end, but its rare to see two arch-enemies duke it out this day and age. Not to mention, Sinestro will finally be in action since this madness started.

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7.0
Green Lantern Corps #19

Dec 14, 2007

Overall this is a decent epilogue for the Green Lantern Corps side of the Sinestro Corps War. Its rather uneventful except for the end, but for Corps fans its a decent read. With the madness that has been foreshadowed in the final pages of Green Lantern #25, Im a little wary of where this series is going. I think Peter Tomasi is a great writer, but I feel that Dave Gibbons owns this title; much like Johns owns Green Lantern and Im not sure if hes the right choice here.

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7.0
Green Lantern Corps #20

Jan 14, 2008

Overall, this was a decent issue that has its moments. Im interested to see where Tomasi takes this title especially as it serves as a compliment to Geoff Johns spectacular Green Lantern. Tomasi has his work cut out for him working alongside Johns and following Green Lantern Corps guru Dave Gibbons, but for the most part he is off to a decent start.

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10
Green Lantern Corps #21

Feb 15, 2008

This is just another chapter in the fantastic new status quo of the Green Lanterns. Sterling Gates handles himself extremely well amongst DCs best saga. This story is compelling, well-paced and adds a very dynamic angle to the Alpha Lantern saga.

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7.0
Green Lantern Corps #22

Mar 14, 2008

Overall this is a fairly decent issue. Its got some good story to it and it definitely puts Boodikka on a higher level of importance than the other Alpha Lanterns. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out especially with Final Crisis on the horizon. While the past two issues of this series are a bit different than what we have seen previously, they get the job done and add a level of intrigue to the Alphas.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #23

Apr 14, 2008

This is my favorite issue of Tomasis run. He impresses the hell out of me with this issue and I hope he can deliver the same caliber work at least on this title. This issue stays entrenched in the characters featured and the mythos surrounding the Green Lanterns. His dialogue is spot-on and his character representations are extremely noteworthy.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #24

May 16, 2008

This is a strong issue of Green Lantern Corps and Peter Tomasi seems as though hes finally hit his stride Hes doing an excellent job with the Mongul storyline and with capturing each of the Green Lanterns featured in this book. While Green Lantern is probably the strongest title in DCs arsenal, Green Lantern Corps has been an excellent supplement and is certainly rising to the top quicker than ever.

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7.0
Green Lantern: First Flight #1

Jul 30, 2009

I will end with a simple request to the animated producers at both DC and Marvel, these films have to be longer, they are too well done not to be and Green Lantern: First Flight, a great film that could be even better with a few more details, is a perfect example as to why the duration of these features has to increase in the future.

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10
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1

Jul 1, 2007

This is possibly the best comic book I have read in a long time. Already it is one of my all-time favorites, and it definitely raises the bar for the DC Universe. Theres great action, great suspense, and an ending that will blow your mind. This is not only my Pick of the Week, but it is my Pick of the Summer, and possibly my Pick of the Year.

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9.0
Hack/Slash #2

Jun 15, 2007

This series really has a lot to offer. It might not be for everyone, but take it from me, someone who isnt a fan of the horror genre, this series is definitely worth the money. You also dont necessarily need to read the Hack/Slash saga from the beginning, this story arc acts well on its own with a few places that require some background info, although editor extraordinaire Mike OSullivan helps keep everything contained and fluid so that you wont have to do much digging.

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10
Hack/Slash #6

Nov 30, 2007

The artwork is super. I love what was done in this comic book. It starts and ends with some fantastic artwork but its the middle that really makes this story memorable. Telling an Archie style story with Archie style art is fantastic especially when you consider what Hack/Slash is all about. Something about this issue just hit every chord with me, it worked so well and it was so intelligently crafted that it really does stand out amongst this weeks stack of books. Even if you dont read Hack/Slash, you need to read this issue, its a great time. This is my Pick of the Week.

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7.0
Halo: Uprising #1

Aug 23, 2007

Overall, this issue is a decent start to the mini-series. I am really hoping for more action and more Master Chief as this series rolls on, but Bendis and Maleev has done an excellent job capturing the spirit of the franchise. Maleevs art is outstanding; this is definitely some of his finest work to date. While I was thrown off by the shoddy dialogue during the Ruwan/Myras sequences, Bendis has developed a good plot and scripted some outstanding action which should keep Halo fans and Halo noobs coming back.

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10
Headlocked #1

Nov 2, 2007

This is one of the best comics Ive read all year. Just like a live WWE event, there is something different about this comic, something special. As a comic book reader and reviewer and as a wrestling fan, I have to encourage you to read this book. Its extremely well done; the story is clear, coherent, easy to follow and fresh. Find this book, order it if you have to, its really worth it. This is my Pick of the Week.

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10
Hero by Night #1

Mar 22, 2007

The artwork on this issue is also wonderful. Jason Emburys artwork is really fitting for this title. Its styled much like a cartoon, but its also serious, vibrant and rather enjoyable. Not to mention the main villain looks awesome, like a classic villain but menacing enough to the point where you realize how big of a threat he is. I applaud these two creators on a job very well done; this is definitely a great first issue to what should be a classic series. Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Hero by Night #1

Dec 21, 2007

Overall, I am very excited about the return of Hero By Night. Coffman has the opportunity to bring some creative ideas to the table, as evidenced by the introduction and conclusion of this issue, and expand and introduced characters that could not be covered in the mini-series. I think this is definitely a great series to follow that has a level of realism in the writing and some fantastic artwork to really bring it all together.

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5.0
Hulk (2008) #1

Jan 8, 2008

Im a fan of Jeph Loeb, and I really enjoy a lot of his past DC Comics works. However, Im a little wary of where this story is going and how Loeb will execute the events that will transpire and also the effects that have transpired before this issue. As for now, Im along for the ride as it is a bit difficult to judge a titles direction based on the first issue. However, theres nothing truly Earth-shattering about this issue and the same questions that have been looming for months still linger.

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4.0
Hulk (2008) #10

Feb 24, 2009

With the fantastic themes and events taking place in the Marvel Universe, the Hulk, one of Marvel's most popular characters, needs to be involved in some capacity, not be wasted away in a book that seemingly has no direction or purpose besides finding the identity of the Red Hulk. This book needs to be involved in the grand scheme of things, and as long as it's not, it's very hard to take it seriously. But then again, maybe that's the point.

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8.0
Immortal Iron Fist #17

Jul 22, 2008

Overall, I think The Immortal Iron Fist is staying solid on the course laid out by Brubaker and Fraction, and Swiercynski seems to have a clear idea of where he wants to go with the story. The idea that Danny Rand may not live past the age of 33 gives this story a higher level of suspense and is sure to add to the action with each issue. If Swiercynski can keep building on this title's momentum, Immortal Iron Fist will only continue to build steam and move into Marvel's upper echelon of quality books.

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8.0
Incredible Hulk (1999) #107

Jun 21, 2007

Overall, Id have to say that this issue captures the spirit and the idea behind World War Hulk well and does an excellent job showing that the Hulk actually does have allies on Earth. It will be very interesting to see how this event plays out and whether or not it will indeed by the God of Thunder who finally puts an end to Hulks rampage.

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5.0
Incredible Hulk (1999) #108

Jul 31, 2007

Overall, this issue didnt hit as high a note with me as last issue. For a non-regular Hulk reader, I found the narration by Miek and Jones to be helpful as it gave great insight to their characters. However, I just didnt feel the emotion that I should have when reading this story. Im still very intrigued by the whole World War Hulk saga and my interest in the Hulk has definitely taken off.

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8.0
Incredible Hulk (1999) #110

Sep 7, 2007

Overall, this is a rather enjoyable issue of the Incredible Hulk and sports some great artwork from Carlo Pagulayan, Jeffrey Huet, and Chris Sotomayor. In the long run, how some of these tie-ins will fit into the overall scheme of World War Hulk remains to be seen, but for the time being, this is an entertaining and great psychological piece that fits into the puzzle.

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9.0
Indiana Jones & The Tomb of the Gods #1

Jul 12, 2008

Overall, Dr. Jones makes his official return to comics in a big way. This issue was a hell of a lot better than I expected with plenty of mystery and fast-paced action and adventure to keep me salivating for more. This series will no doubt set the tone for the comic book future of Indiana Jones and it has gotten started with a bang. If you are looking for something new to try, give Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods a look, at the very least youve got a familiar character and you can go from there. I really thought this series got off to a solid start and I hope Williams and company continue to deliver. This is one of my Picks of the Week.

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8.0
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull #1

May 23, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a good movie and is indeed an Indiana Jones film. If it's the last, so be it. If not, well, I think Ford has got one or two more in him and I'm sure there are plenty of macguffins. Just don't make Indy take a back seat to Mutt. I hope I've encouraged you to go see it, or maybe even go see it again with another attitude. I love Indiana Jones, and I'm very happy he was brought back to the big screen. While the film is not perfect, it definitely succeeds and holds its own equal ground with Last Crusade and Temple of Doom. To end this review, I think I have to quote Roger Ebert in his review of this film: "I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you."

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8.0
Infinity Inc. #1

Sep 7, 2007

Overall, this is a great start to what could be a promising series. Milligan has introduced some great characters and may have found his perfect spot in the current DCU. Personally, this is the type of post-Infinite Crisis, post-52 story Ive been waiting for DC to release. This is new and fresh, theres no counting down and theres some great character development going on in this issue.

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5.0
Infinity Inc. #2

Oct 5, 2007

Overall, I wasnt overly disappointed with this issue, Im just wary of the direction its taking. I personally hope this group of characters takes on some kind of super-team gimmick, because right now everything is too depressing for me. Milligan has maintained my interest, however, and Im still curious to see where hes going with this series.

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6.0
Ion #10

Feb 1, 2007

The artwork is decent. Its nothing special, but its not bad. Its very colorful and bright. The pencils and inks are done crisply, and the abilities of the characters involved are captured well. I really like the way the Green Lantern/Ion powers are used and drawn throughout this issue, the consistency is what really stands out here.

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7.0
Ion #11

Feb 22, 2007

There is a spark of hope left for Kyle Rayner following this issue. Longtime Rayner fans will absolutely love this issue, and conspiracy theorists should get this to help formulate their ideas. While at this point, as a whole this series has been mediocre, I am excited for the conclusion as we learn not only the fate of Kyle Rayner, but also some insight into DCs future. However, when issue #12 arrives, I will do this series justice and before reading the conclusion I will re-read the series and review not only issue 12 but the entire arc as well.

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9.0
Ion #12

Mar 22, 2007

We have not seen the last of Kyle Rayner, and the end of this book shows what the future holds. As a whole, this series was a success and should not be overlooked by the DC faithful. There were some points that did not fit, and there were moments of wonder about this title, but for the character of Kyle Rayner, this is the most essential story since he first became Green Lantern.

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9.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #19

Jun 22, 2007

Overall, World War Hulk is proving to be an entertaining and fantastic story. While the first issue of World War Hulk was strong, Iron Man #18 ties into the story extremely well and serves as a great complement to the main series.

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8.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #20

Jul 27, 2007

Iron Man fans should enjoy this issue as should fans of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gage does an excellent job with the supporting cast and provides one of the finer World War Hulk tie-in issues.

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7.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #21

Aug 23, 2007

Another solid issue of Iron Man hits shelves this week. It might be Marvels most underrated book as it definitely has the potential to be their number 1 seller. I hope that the Knaufs manage to keep all the different plot threads distinct and that they bring back the Mandarin in full force soon.

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10
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #25

Jan 22, 2008

Iron Man is one of Marvels best titles, on par with Captain America. This title keeps getting better and better with every issue and with the coming Skrull Invasion, this title should be getting even more intense. Because this is an advance review, I cant really call this issue my Pick of the Week; however, I will say that this is one issue you should not leave your comic store without.

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6.0
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #1

Sep 7, 2007

While this story may not be completely mind-blowing, its a whole lot of fun. Its got the potential to be entertaining and exciting and thats really all one can ask for from a series pitting two classic arch-enemies against one another. I hope Casey can keep the exciting and energetic tone that this issue established, as I feel this series will definitely be a fun experience.

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8.0
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #2

Oct 5, 2007

Overall, this mini-series has transcended from a stock origin story to something more. The Mandarins origin was definitely in need of a re-boot and Joe Casey seems to have a firm grasp on ret-conning the Mandarins origin in the modern world.

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8.0
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #3

Nov 9, 2007

Overall this is shaping up to be a pretty good mini-series. Joe Casey has done an excellent job modernizing and expanding on the first meeting between Iron Man and the Mandarin. Also, Eric Canetes artwork continues to be a great fit for this title. His style is very unique and it fits very well with Caseys action and story. Canete seems like he would be a great artist for a war-centric title along the lines of Sgt. Rock.

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9.0
Irredeemable Ant-Man #6

Mar 15, 2007

I really enjoy this book, and I recommend it to everyone. A few people have pointed out the sales numbers of this series to me, and if you get anything out of this review, please know that this series is worth your money. Theres a lot of plot threads left open for exploration should this title survive long enough to get even better.

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9.0
Irredeemable Ant-Man #7

Apr 5, 2007

I think its safe to say my fears about the quality of this title have gone away as Kirkman and Walker deliver in this issue. I really hope readers are still giving this title a chance. It really is pretty good.

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9.0
Irredeemable Ant-Man #8

May 24, 2007

The ending of this issue provides an interesting twist. The final scene is every guys sexual fantasy, except for what Eric utters at the end. Kirkman has turned this series in a great new direction, and it will be very interesting to see where he goes from here. This is definitely one of Marvels best titles, and its free of the Civil War hoopla. I highly recommend this series because it is definitely one of Marvels most different and original.

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8.0
Irredeemable Ant-Man #9

Jun 8, 2007

This series has so much going for it. Theres a lot going on, and it all manages to capture my attention and keep this title near the top of my list. Phil Hesters fantastic artwork only adds to the value of this title. Seriously, go out and read this series. Its different, its fresh and Kirkman keeps the twists coming.

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8.0
Irredeemable Ant-Man #12

Sep 21, 2007

Its sad to see this book go. I loved everything about it from Robert Kirkmans characterization to Phil Hesters artwork. Marvel definitely had a hit on their hands, its just unfortunate that the cult following didnt grow into something bigger. Either way this is a fantastic series finale if you will and when the trade paperback is released you should definitely pick it up. So long Eric OGrady, you jerk, Ill see you in Stamford.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #5

Jan 2, 2007

I also have to say that I am a pretty big fan of Ed Benes art. For a superhero book, it just fits perfectly. He hits every character just right and manages to do the one thing that many artists often struggle to do. If there is one thing that I really appreciate about some artists, it is the ability to keep every character distinct from another. It can be subtle differences or major differences, but so long as they are noticeable differences then an artist has truly accomplished his purpose on a superhero book, especially when the book involves a super-team such as the Justice League.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #6

Mar 8, 2007

Theres a lot to like about this issue and a lot to make you shrug your shoulders. The arc has been absolutely fantastic and has really re-established the Justice League as a great team of heroes. I do get the sense that the JLA is going to get rather large and run along the lines of Justice League Unlimited as we see in this issue when a certain D-list character is featured and by the innuendo in Green Lantern #17 when it is suggested that the team recruits Rocket Red One. Overall, an okay issue to an otherwise great story arc.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #7

Apr 5, 2007

There are some story developments in this issue ranging from Geo-Force to the return of original JLA baddie Starro. But this issue lags in some places and with the JSA crossover coming, it's finally time for the new Justice League to get busy and get their hands dirty.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #8

Apr 19, 2007

This is a good lead-in to a story that has a great deal of potential. It doesnt waste a lot of time talking about the relationship between the two super-teams but offers readers a few good set-up sequences before diving into the main story. For a crossover this big and with the potential it has, the creative team is near perfect.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #9

May 18, 2007

This JLA/JSA crossover has the potential to be huge. It may move slowly, but it plays directly into the multiverse and directly into what is coming following Countdown. I only implore that you start this crossover from the beginning because if you jump on now, you will be completely lost.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #10

Jun 22, 2007

Welcome back, Wally. I have missed you. While everything in this saga pointed to the return of Barry Allen, I could not be happier that the Flash I grew up with, the Flash I know and love, Wally West, is back. Since he disappeared into the speed force during Infinite Crisis, the future of Wally was a bit sketchy. I realize I have been very outspoken about Bart Allen as the Flash, and therell be more on that later, but to me Wally West is the Flash. In an interesting twist, his twin children seemed to have aged quite a bit since we last saw them, but that doesnt matter; Wally West has returned, and it appears he will be the savior of the universe.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #11

Jul 19, 2007

Overall, this issue of Justice League of America was well-written and the artwork complemented the story quite well. Meltzer has done a great job with the new team, and I hope he continues to develop Red Arrow as he has the potential to become a major player in the DCU.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #12

Aug 19, 2007

While this issue is essentially Meltzers way of saying goodbye to his version of the JLA, it is still well-done and supported by the amazing artistic talents of Eric Wight, Ed Benes and Sandra Hope. While Meltzer focused primarily on the character relationships in this series, his successor, Dwayne McDuffie, should no doubt bring some big heroes vs. villains action to the series, but he cannot ignore the relationships and ideas Meltzer has built.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #13

Sep 30, 2007

Overall McDuffies off to a strong start. This could shape up to be a classic yet modern comic book battle between two groups of very powerful beings. I just really hope that McDuffie doesnt put all his eggs in one basket and have a huge battle where one side wins. His run, as well as the arc featuring these groups, should play out like an action packed chess match.

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4.0
Justice League of America (2006) #14

Oct 18, 2007

While I had no problem with Brad Meltzers love song to the Justice League, McDuffie just isnt hitting the right chords here. I cant help but feel like he is just trying to emulate his work on the Justice League Unlimited cartoon but its not as entertaining. I cant get passed the fact that Superman didnt take a few minutes to call for back-up nor can I buy that Luthor made him angry enough to cloud his judgment. A few years back Manchester Black, one of the greatest Superman villains created in the modern era, put Superman through psychological torment trying to get Superman to kill him. He pushed Superman to the edge but Superman remained level-headed, even when Black made Superman think he murdered Lois. Luthor has angered Superman countless times over the years and Superman has always remained level headed. With this in mind its hard to chew that the JLA being captured is enough to make Superman angry enough to do what he does in this issue.

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4.0
Justice League of America (2006) #15

Dec 7, 2007

Aside from an interesting scene were Cheetah confronts her rapist teammate, Dr. Light, and tries to kill him, this issue is sort of a let-down in terms on an expected fight. I was really hoping for an all out battle between the heroes and villains but in the end it is Countdown that rears its head in a DC title once more.

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2.0
Justice League of America (2006) #16

Dec 27, 2007

Unless you are a fan of the Tangent Universe or you want a holiday story, there is really no point in getting this issue. I feel ripped off that Dwayne McDuffie provides a hero and villain heavy storyline and then we get A Brief Tangent that is nothing more than a crappy advertisement. Seriously, at least I got a holiday story.

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5.0
Justice League of America (2006) #17

Jan 21, 2008

While the overall concepts of this issue are intriguing, the tie-in to Countdown is both a blessing and a curse. If you are just a casual reader of this title, you might be a bit lost. As a flagship title like Justice Society, JLA might fair better with the common man by staying fairly self-contained. But the JLA also plays a major role in the grand scheme of the DC Universe, so they are almost obliged to get involved with the major crossovers. I am interested to see how the battle with the Suicide Squad plays out and following this issue, I will say I am a little more intrigued by the concept in Salvation Run.

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4.0
Justice League of America (2006) #19

Mar 21, 2008

At Wizard World LA, the announcement was made that James Robinson would be launching a second Justice League title starring Hal Jordan and Green Arrow, two original members, and would focus more on hunting down villains. So basically its the Outsiders. I think before a new Justice League title is launched, the main one needs to be saved and given some kind of direction. I mean, this is the pre-eminent group of super-heroes in all of comic books and they are entirely inconsequential. So unless you really like Ed Benes artwork, or you really like Salvation Run, skip this issue, there are a lot of titles much better than this, even Johnny DCs Super-Friends.

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10
Justice League of America (2006) #20

Apr 25, 2008

This is a fantastic comic book. I really hope Justice League runs with a brisk stride as we move towards Final Crisis. I honestly wouldnt mind seeing more of this kind of issue, heavily character driven and just damned good. This is my Pick of the Week.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #21

May 23, 2008

So its a bit tough to really rate this issue. As an issue of Justice League it falls quite short of the mark but as a lead-in for Final Crisis its actually a great issue. McDuffies writing is strong and coherent and the artwork is great. Unfortunately, given the caliber of last issue and the feeling that this issue is just an advertisement, it does disappoint a little bit. Theres also a bit of a continuity problem because Salvation Run has yet to conclude. Justice League of America should be about the team and their relationships, not about the next big event.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2006) #22

Jun 22, 2008

Overall, this issue has its moments both good and bad. Ever since Meltzer left the title and it was dragged through the editorial machine, it has certainly lost its identity and McDuffie hasn't really been able to hit the right chords. And thats not exactly his fault. This is worth a read if you liked Meltzer's run, but as a whole the issue is a bit of a roller coaster.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006): Wedding Special #1

Sep 13, 2007

Overall, I was really surprised by the quality and story of this issue. Dwayne McDuffie is off to a fantastic start with his Justice League run, even though I feel this should have been JLA #13. Im excited for a classic Super-Friends type battle that will no doubt have plenty of modern twists as well as much of the Justice League Unlimited flavor.

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8.0
Justice League: New Frontier Special #1

Mar 9, 2008

I really liked this issue, save for the art in the final section. The only other thing that really bothered me was the title of the book. I can understand why the film is called "Justice League," that's going to help it sell. However, in comic form, the title of this should be "DC: The New Frontier." It's a small nitpick, but I'm a purist and I love the original source material. Anyway, as long as Darwyn Cooke remains in full control of New Frontier, I'd be happy to see the stories continue. I just don't want DC to kill it based on critical reception of the film and original series. This issue is a very nice complement to everything Cooke has done and can do with the New Frontier franchise.

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7.0
Justice Society of America #2

Jan 14, 2007

Fantastic artwork helps boost another hit from Johns. While it may not be for everyone and confuse many, theres enough going on that for most fans at least, something has nabbed your interest and its worth checking out the next issue.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #3

Feb 15, 2007

Justice Society of America is one of the best books on the shelves for a reason: great characters and a great creative team. Pick of the Week.

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7.0
Justice Society of America #5

Apr 27, 2007

This series does have the potential to be huge, and its going to raise a lot of questions and put a lot out on the table. There are some great moments in this issue like Batman vs. himself and Superman reflecting on growing up as the only kid he knew who could fly, but it still feels a great deal like the story is still being set-up two issues in.

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6.0
Justice Society of America #6

Jun 1, 2007

While I do like this story overall, and Dale Eagleshams artwork is superb, it is most definitely time to go back to the themes that started this series. It appears that next issue will attempt to recapture much of the momentum that was built after the first few issues. I, for one, am excited for the continuation of Nate Heywood/Citizen Steels story arc. I hope Brad Meltzer can really blow the roof off in the conclusion to The Lightning Saga because the build up has been well told thus far, but its time for the universe altering twist.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #7

Jul 13, 2007

Justice Society of America is back on track in terms of the legacy and family theme that many members of the team embody. The character development and creativity in this issue is superb, and the art is great. The mystery surrounding 52 and Kingdom Come only deepens adding a great deal of intrigue to this story.

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8.0
Justice Society of America #8

Aug 2, 2007

I really enjoyed this issue because Johns has been doing a great job focusing on individual members of the team while keeping the legacy and family aspects fully intact. I love the character centric issues that Johns pens, and I dont really see nor feel the need for Kingdom Come Superman. In fact, I dont really see the need for Kingdom Come to play into anything going on in the DC Universe, except Starman.

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7.0
Justice Society of America #9

Sep 13, 2007

While this issue works as a whole and stays very true to the current theme running in this title, I almost feel like the appearance of Kingdom Come Superman has taken away from the team. This is a team based around legacy and family but that theme is once again thrown on the backburner like it was with The Lightning Saga. From what Ive heard and read, this series will become a type of guide led by Kingdom Come Superman on how to avoid that future. It sounds like its got potential and with Geoff Johns at the helm I really dont doubt it, but is it really necessary?

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7.0
Justice Society of America #10

Nov 2, 2007

Overall this is a solid issue of Justice Society of America. There definitely a grander scheme at work and this is only the early stages of said scheme. The KC Superman angle is working thus far and next issues confrontation with the Justice League should prove rather interesting. While theres some development here, it moves rather slowly but methodically as we are officially counting down to Final Crisis.

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5.0
Justice Society of America #11

Dec 7, 2007

Overall, KC Superman has got to go and Johns needs to be allowed to get back to the true core of this series. Legacy and family is definitely what makes this series click and KC Supermans involvement only pushes those themes to the side. I cant say that Im not slightly into how this will play out, but if it results in KC Supermans permanent residence in the JSA, then I think this book may find its way off my pull list. Although, Dale Eagleshams art is enough to keep any reader coming back, hes one of those artists that could sell a comic book with no words or story.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #13

Feb 29, 2008

Overall, this is a damn good issue. I always liked the idea of Gog being in the mainstream universe and I did like Austens arc in Action Comics back in the day. I think this issue also continues to blur the line between the Kingdom Come Earth and the actual future of the DC Universe simply because of Gogs involvement. Sure, Im still not big on KC Superman being around but it works and it fits perfectly for this story and thats why Johns is the master.

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4.0
Knights of the Old Republic #26

Mar 29, 2008

Overall, Im not sure how I feel about Vector right now. I was disillusioned from the franchise enough by the prequels, but this series is making me wonder where to go from here. As a standalone story-arc solely as part of Knights, this issue isnt all that bad. However, as part of, and the beginning of, a major Star Wars crossover, this issue and arc is leaving a lot to be desired. At least Ill always have Shadows of the Empire .

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7.0
Last Defenders #2

Apr 11, 2008

While I was apprehensive about this series after the first issue, I really enjoyed the second and I appreciate the way Casey is hitting all the right chords in terms of themes regarding the Defenders. This should prove to be a great series for fans of old school Marvel, those who have always been fans of the Defenders and new readers that are looking for a different spin on the Initiative.

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8.0
Legion of 3 Worlds #1

Aug 24, 2008

Whether or not this series directly links to Final Crisis remains to be seen. In the meantime, I will simultaneously say, Shame on DC for slapping Final Crisis on this title while applaud them for doing so because, hopefully, more people will pick it up and find themselves pleasantly surprised like I was. Sure, this issue has a lot going on, but Johns handles it well and has a solid first outing with this series.

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8.0
Lone Ranger #12

Aug 18, 2008

Overall, this is a solid issue of The Lone Ranger. While it does move fairly slowly, there is some great development in terms of the main character. While it took quite some time for this book to be released, I really hope it gets on a normal shipping schedule because the title has the potential for some great drama and suspense in the upcoming storyline.

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9.0
Lone Ranger & Tonto #1

Mar 14, 2008

This is a fine comic book. Its an excellent story and could maybe work with any type of character but really shines with the Lone Ranger and Tonto as the protagonists. Given the history of the Western, the time period of this story and new, more realistic direction of the Lone Ranger, this title is most certainly worth the cover price, even if you arent a Lone Ranger fan, this is a pretty damn good story worth checking out. Not to mention my Pick of the Week.

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10
Marvel Adventures Hulk #1

Jul 20, 2007

I really recommend this title for any age group. Marvel Adventures is a great way for parents to get their kids reading and following classic characters. Marvel Adventures Hulk is a great title because it does a great job capturing the spirit of the Hulk both in character and action.

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10
Marvel Adventures Hulk #2

Aug 16, 2007

Ive really got to recommend this issue. Even if you want nothing to do with "Marvel Adventures" you should grab this issue for a fun, creative and quite comedic story away from the 616. Marvel does an excellent job with this "Marvel Adventures" title as it serves as a great alternative to World War Hulk or any other big event.

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8.0
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #2

Jun 22, 2007

Overall Id have to say that I was very pleased with Marvel Adventures Iron Man. The dialogue and plot may be fairly simple, but its well written and tells a good story. While it focuses primarily on the pure and original form of the character, for a title aimed at younger readers, it really worked for me as a whole. Its nice to see the shell-head not being criticized or viewed as a villain for a change, and I love seeing the classic relationship between Tony, Rhodey and Pepper. Although it may be aimed at kids, this title should not disappoint fans of Iron Man, no matter their age.

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8.0
Midnighter: Armageddon #1

Nov 2, 2007

As my new, in-depth exploration in Wildstorm continues, Armageddon is shaping up to be a decent event. For those who dont read Wildstorm this issue will be a bit confusing. However, Im satisfied that I am getting into Wildstorm now, in the midst of a big event. I can look back and learn everything I need to know about this universe and this issue of Midnighter: Armageddon only makes me want to delve deeper.

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9.0
Mighty Avengers #7

Jan 11, 2008

This is a great set-up for the continuation of the Secret Invasion. The hype and general idea is a lot of fun and thus far, Marvel and Bendis have done an excellent job setting up their next big event and this issue most certainly does not disappoint. With a regular schedule, great characters to work with and a great story, The Mighty Avengers should be well on its way to being Marvels #1 title.

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10
Moon Knight #14

Jan 3, 2008

I absolutely love Moon Knight and I am baffled I never discovered the character before; I also regret initially passing on this series. Thankfully, I have managed to collect all the issues and fully catch-up. This series is unique because of the questionable mental state of the main character and the method by which he operates. This is an excellent series that should not be overlooked, and this issue continues the trend and momentum set by Charlie Huston. Mike Benson and Mark Texeira are most definitely the right choices to continue this series, and I cant wait to see this character evolve further as I continue to collect and read past stories featuring Moon Knight. This issue also serves as a great jumping on point that will no doubt generate enough interest for non-readers to find the back issues and become regular readers.

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10
Moon Knight #15

Feb 5, 2008

Moon Knight is a fantastic book. This story-line features great writing, a truly great psychological story, excellent character development and the continued struggle between Marc Spector and his completely insane god, Khonshu. Mike Benson is doing a phenomenal job thus far and things look like they will only get better. With the Black Spectre's return and the inevitable confrontation with Iron Man, things are bound to get intense. If you haven't been reading Moon Knight, now is a good time to start.

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10
Moon Knight #17

Apr 1, 2008

There's a lot going on in this book. It is intense, it is edge-of-your-seat type stuff, and Benson continues to deliver. There's a lot of psychological stuff happening here, especially with the constant back and forth as to whether or not Marc is really crazy. It's rather compelling actually, and Benson does a great job keeping every relationship as tense as the next. This is a book that you should be reading. Huston and Benson are putting together one of the best runs on Moon Knight in a really long time, and I hope this trend continues.

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10
Moon Knight #18

May 6, 2008

I've got to tell you, read this issue. If you've never read Moon Knight, at least give this issue a try. Mike Benson's story and dialogue are extremely well-done, the artwork is fantastic and you may find yourself loving the mind-trip that reading Moon Knight may put you on. This is definitely one of the most insane and intense issues of a comic I have ever read. Benson continues to deliver and this title continues to shine. This is my early Pick of the Week.

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10
Moon Knight #19

Jun 10, 2008

Moon Knight is Marvel's "unsung title." Since Benson took the reins, it has become one of the best written books that is on the shelves today. Benson knows these characters, and it really seems as though he is a natural when it comes to writing comics. This story-arc has been nothing short of phenomenal. While I love his work on Moon Knight, I really hope he gets the opportunity to work with other characters in the Marvel Universe. However, he won't be taking any breathers as Moon Knight goes up again Werewolf by Night next issue, followed by a six-part battle with the Thunderbolts. Seriously, if you aren't reading this book, start doing so and get the back issues, it's well worth the money. This is my advance Pick of the Week.

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10
Moon Knight #20

Jul 15, 2008

Benson has so much momentum going into the "Death of Marc Spector" arc. This title is action-packed, perfectly balanced between characterization and mind-boggling plot, and so well-done that anyone not reading it is really missing out on one of Marvel's consistently outstanding books.

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10
Moon Knight #21

Aug 19, 2008

Artwork: Mark Texiera's artwork and painted style continues to impress. Of course, after last issue I hope Mike Deodato takes over when Texiera moves on, but you will not find me complaining one bit regarding Tex's art. It's consistent, detailed, keeps perfectly in line with the tone of the story and Benson's style of writing. I'm really excited to see Tex's interpretation of the Thunderbolts and given the way he highlights the action during fight scenes, I can't wait for Moon Knight to do battle with the Thunderbolts.This is yet another fantastic installment of this series, the writing is top notch, the artwork fits perfectly in line with what is taking place and the coming storm should prove to make one hell of a great read. "The Death of Marc Spector" may be just that: he'll have to do what he has to do in order to continue his crusade as Moon Knight.

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8.0
Moon Knight #22

Sep 16, 2008

This is yet another hit for Benson. His writing is phenomenal and his comics resume grows stronger with every issue of this series and I can't wait to see what he's bringing to Marvel next. Benson's writing and handling of all the characters involved deserves 5 silver bullets. However, my only qualms with this issue are (1) the artwork which I don't think is as strong as previous issues and (2) my unfounded fear that when this arc concludes, Frenchie will become Moon Knight. I definitely don't think that will happen, but again, given the state of comics today, our favorite heroes are being drastically altered on a regular basis. Yet another fantastic issue of Moon Knight with decent action, great suspense, superb character exploration and a great ending to leave you wanting more.

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9.0
Moon Knight #23

Oct 14, 2008

Benson gives yet another solid issue of Moon Knight and uses this issue to progress the characters familiar to this title rather than focus solely on the Thunderbolts. This is both a good and bad thing because many readers will yearn for more of the Thunderbolts while at the same time being treated to a solid issue featuring Moon Knight's supporting cast and introducing a cool new villain. Benson also plants the seeds for possible future story-arcs in a brilliant fashion and the intensity of this title increases, not only because of the coming fight with Bullseye, but also because of what Benson seems to have in store.

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8.0
Moon Knight #24

Nov 18, 2008

Yet again, Mike Benson continues to make this die-hard Moon Knight fan very happy. He has a firm grasp on the character and is certainly finding his niche in the Marvel Universe. Benson's dialogue in this issue is great, his portrayal of Moon Knight and the supporting cast is also on point, and I feel that he really captures the spirit of the Thunderbolts.

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10
Moon Knight #25

Dec 16, 2008

Benson's second story-arc is another great success. I think he worked through managing the Thunderbolts and did a good job bringing them into Moon Knight's playground. The battle in this issue was phenomenal, maybe one of the best fights all year and the set up for the next arc is both fantastic and mind-boggling. I'm excited for the next arc as Benson is going to introduce new villains and get a crack at the Punisher. I'll say it once again: if you arent reading this title, you should definitely start.

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10
Moon Knight #26

Jan 20, 2009

This title has undoubtedly been given new life by changing the status quo and presenting fresh material in a new area for a character. There's so much potential presented in this issue that Moon Knight could easily be kept busy for quite some time or at least until it's time to stage a coup against Norman Osborn. This title consistently impresses me due to the quality of the story and the handling of the character and the world around him. I can't wait to see where Benson takes this title over the next couple of story-arcs, and I am excited for the continued evolution of the character.

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10
Moon Knight #27

Feb 17, 2009

As a die-hard Moon Knight fan, you wont find any complaints here from me. As a die-hard action fan, you wont find any complaints either. And finally as someone who appreciates a great story, still no complaints. Since taking over this title, Mike Benson has completely changed the quality and depiction of the character. Each issue brings a new dynamic to the table and keeps this book's pulse pounding.

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8.0
Moon Knight #28

Mar 17, 2009

Overall, I think Benson has really tightened up this story and has created interesting and engaging characters in the Zapata Brothers. Once again, I think this story-arc takes on a greater importance and overall relevance especially given the current situation in Mexico today. When Moon Knight, the Punisher and Toltec clash with the Zapata Brothers, it's sure to be one match worthy of greatness beyond Wrestlemania.

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8.0
Moon Knight #29

Apr 14, 2009

Once again Mike Benson puts out another solid issue of Moon Knight, methodically pacing the plot, but keeping character development and exploration a central focus of everything taking place. The dialogue he writes is very strong, and there is very little of it that does not advance the plot. Most of all, I think Benson is building a solid foundation for the future of Moon Knight, and I am very intrigued to see where he takes my favorite character in this arc and the coming arcs and hopefully back to Norman Osborn's doorstep. I think this issue is a great piece in the wild chess match being played by everyone involved in this story. Benson has truly crafted two solid Moon Knight arcs and the quality only increases with each issue. Benson understands the game and is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. The issue is executed well and certainly stays the course within this story-arc, so I really have no complaints...

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8.0
Moon Knight #30

May 26, 2009

The true ending of this issue is where many of the questions regarding this title's future can be raised. We see a few major things happen that warrant mentioning. First, Moon Knight watches an interview with Norman Osborn, the first time he learns of what's happening in "Dark Reign." Second, he flushes Khonshu, as a tequila worm, down the toilet, signifying that perhaps Marc Spector has once again become the dominate personality and Osborn has given him the motivation he needs to turn Moon Knight into the hero he wants to be. And finally, this issue ends with Spector looking out of a window, the reflection showing the Moon Knight hood and behind that, the familiar mug of Norman Osborn. Spector vows he will return home and work to take down Osborn alone. Does this mean the book is cancelled? Will he see Moon Knight pop up during a battle between the Avengers and Dark Avengers? Something tells me that Moon Knight is about to play a major role in the Marvel Universe and it starts

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9.0
Ms. Marvel #30

Sep 9, 2008

This has been my favorite tie-in and story involving "Secret Invasion," and I absolutely love this character and this series. Reed keeps this issue from being an all-out, mindless battle by allowing the reader to get personal with Ms. Marvel and watch as she strategizes the battle. Reed also keeps me locked in by planting seeds for the next story-arc, and this issue offers up some of the best art you will find.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel #31

Sep 30, 2008

This is a great jumping on point for readers on the fence about Ms. Marvel. There's great insight to the character and the book's style as well as the beginnings of what should be a solid story-arc. There's great emotion and great writing in this issue with decent artwork that is a perfect follow-up to Ms. Marvel's very personal "Secret Invasion" issues.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel #32

Oct 21, 2008

This is another great issue of Ms. Marvel. It's a bit graphic, but it definitely opens up some new ground of exploration into Carol Danvers' pre-Ms. Marvel past. I'm excited to see where this arc goes, the conspiracies surrounding it, whether or not Tony Stark has involvement, and more importantly, how it will play into the present day. Oh, and it wouldn't be a bad thing to see the actual birth of Ms. Marvel updated a tad.

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8.0
Ms. Marvel #33

Nov 25, 2008

I really like what Reed is building in this arc. There is plenty of espionage and plenty of character development involving Carol Danvers to keep me fully entrenched in this story. The prospect of Norman Osborn popping up also adds to the appeal of this story-arc, and the artwork alone is worth the cover price.

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7.0
Ms. Marvel #34

Dec 23, 2008

Overall, this was a decent issue that had plenty of espionage and super-heroics, and it was very cool to see a powerful hero like Ms. Marvel in a classic spy role. Again, I'd really like to see more real world organizations involved with super-heroes, but I guess the best way to sum up this issue is how I did earlier: It's like that point in the spy movie when you have a lot of questions and you are trying to put all the little details together. The main plot points are intact and easy to follow, but it's piecing together the little details that make it a bit tough. Overall, I'm still really into this story-arc. I just hope Reed manages to cover all the details when continuing the story.

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8.0
Ms. Marvel #35

Jan 27, 2009

Overall, this will no doubt be a title to watch throughout "Dark Reign," and this is definitely one of the more pivotal issues of what's coming. This issue has a few plotlines running through it, but I think Brian Reed handles it efficiently and effectively. I really think the best events and storylines of "Dark Reign" are going to happen where you least expect them, and this is one of those places.

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6.0
Ms. Marvel #36

Feb 24, 2009

Overall, the core themes that have been present throughout this story-line are intact and remain fairly solid. However, I do feel that this issue tends to jump all over the place and while the narrative and monologue are great, the plot device that will no doubt remove Ms. Marvel from the scene is far too convenient and should have been introduced issues ago. This has made this issue feel like filler until Moonstone takes the lead, and that will certainly be interesting given the level of personal focus this series has had on Carol Danvers.

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7.0
Ms. Marvel #41

Jul 7, 2009

Overall, this issue for the most part is very well written and perfectly sets up the coming "War of the Marvels." However, the artwork is really what hinders this issue. I really miss Aaron Lopresti, Roberto De La Torre and Luke Ross on this title. I do like Takeda's artwork, so I am indeed looking forward to the "War of the Marvels."

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7.0
Ms. Marvel Annual #1

Sep 2, 2008

Overall, this story features a rather bizarre plot that doesn't really offer any insights to the Ms. Marvel character for readers who are on the fence about her book. Some of her personality is shown in the sense that she's a "Stark Avenger," but for the most part this issue plays out much more like an issue of Marvel Adventures Spider-Man. Again, the team-up between Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man is well done, and Reed's writing is superior when it comes to Spider-Man and his banter, but compared to what's been presented in the main Ms. Marvel series, this really feels like a book for younger readers.

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7.0
New Warriors (2007) #2

Jul 6, 2007

What I find probably the most interesting about this series is that the New Warriors dont necessarily care about how their name has been tarnished by the Stamford incident. They arent here to apologize for what happened, but they have returned to bring an end to registration and prove that heroes dont have to be registered to do the right thing. This series has a lot of potential, and I love the direction. This is an Initiative series that I recommend.

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7.0
New Warriors (2007) #3

Aug 2, 2007

Overall, I think New Warriors still has a fantastic amount of potential just waiting to be tapped. Like the past two issues, Paco Medinas work remains strong. Again, I have a few anatomical gripes about the artwork, but as a whole it is consistent throughout. I hope Grievoux and his team start to explore other aspects of this new super-team soon before interest fades. I am still hooked on this series, and I hope it continues to grow and expand in importance and the Initiative really takes off.

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7.0
New Warriors (2007) #8

Jan 18, 2008

The writing in this issue is fantastic, the story is definitely picking up and there are some interesting dynamics going on with the team. Paco Medina is greatly missed on this issue, but will be back next month with #9. I really liked the story presented here and you should get this book if you like good writing. However, the artwork really took away from the overall quality of the issue.

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9.0
New X-Men (2004) #45

Dec 21, 2007

Messiah CompleX has yet to show anything unimpressive or show a dull moment. Its fantastic, intense, character-driven, basically everything you would want out of a major crossover event. Each writer and artist brings a certain flavor and element to each issue and they tie together perfectly. There are hardly any continuity issues and everything manages to stay perfectly contained. Although I cant help but wonder what Tony Stark thinks about whats happening in the mutant world.

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4.0
New X-Men (2004) #46

Jan 22, 2008

I cant wait for tomorrow. Thats all I can say. Ive loved every issue, every page of this crossover. I really hope that the future of the X-Men can live up to the insane quality that the creative teams have brought on with Messiah CompleX. This is my other Pick of the Week.

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8.0
Nightwing (1996) #138

Nov 16, 2007

Overall, this is a strong second installment to The Resurrection of Ras Al Ghul. The creative team behind this story arc is doing a great job keeping each issue focused on the title character while maintaining the greater plot at hand. I enjoyed the action and the narration in this issue and I am really beginning to enjoy this story-arc a lot more than I originally had.

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8.0
Nightwing (1996) #139

Dec 14, 2007

Overall, I would be very interested in learning what Niciezas take on the entire Resurrection of Ras Al Ghul would have been. He wrote two of the strongest, if not the strongest issues, of this storyline and most definitely shows off a love and respect for Batmans supporting cast, specifically Robin and Nightwing.

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6.0
Nightwing (1996) #143

Apr 4, 2008

Tomasis Nightwing has indeed been a mixed bag for me. Overall, I do like it and I think hes on the right track; I just want to see less banter and more well-timed humor from Dick. Im interest to see where Tomasi takes the character I just hope the banter gets cleaned up a little bit.

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8.0
Nightwing (1996) #144

May 10, 2008

This is a great issue of Nightwing and I really think Tomasi is hitting his stride. His last issue of Green Lantern Corps was his best to date as is this issue of Nightwing. He knows the type of story he wants to tell and I think he's found the right voice and character-driven formula he wants to accomplish.

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9.0
Nova #27

Jul 21, 2009

Once of the things I love about reviewing is recommending quality titles, be it an entire series or a single issue. This issue is definitely worth the cover price, whether or not you are a fan of Nova or Marvel Space. This issue is well-written, the action, drama and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the artwork is simply fantastic.

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8.0
Nova #28

Aug 25, 2009

Overall, this is a strong outing from DnA as they do what they can to tie up loose ends and open up new angles and plot threads that are to come. While there is a bit of a lull in the issue itself, it starts out very strong and ends with plenty of intrigue to bring the reader back next issue. And of course, the artwork is stunning.

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6.0
Outsiders (2007) #1

Nov 18, 2007

I did like this issue and I will continue to read about Batman and his new Outsiders. I like the way this issue played out with the superhero espionage and the way each member of the operation really fit into their role. Im not sure how I feel about the involvement of the OMAC or the potential Countdown tie-in, but by itself this is a rather well-done story that could have a great deal of potential depending on how things play out.

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8.0
Punisher (2009) #1

Jan 6, 2009

Overall, this is a solid start to a new Punisher series. Rick Remender seems to be on the right track and he appears to have an appreciation for the character and I'm looking forward to what he brings to the table for "Dark Reign" and beyond.

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9.0
Punisher (2009) #2

Feb 3, 2009

Rick Remender has definitely hit the right chord in this series by introducing a new Microchip. The classic concept, new era, and mysterious past provide an interesting alternative to the Puninsher's straight-forward "I kill bad guys." Once again, I hope Remender stays on this course and can keep the book interesting with Microchip and perhaps other characters surrounding the Punisher. He's got solid momentum and the reveal at the end of this issue only builds on that momentum.

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9.0
Punisher Max #43

Jan 12, 2007

This looks to be yet another promising seven issue story arc by Garth Ennis featuring great art, plenty of blood, guts, sex and guns. Not to mention the Punisher is once again caught in a treacherous predicament where including himself, three ultra-violent parties are all included.

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8.0
Punisher Max #44

Feb 8, 2007

Again, if you have enjoyed Ennis run on The Punisher and want great art in gory goodness, or if you just want a decent Punisher story, check out this arc for sure.

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7.0
Punisher Max #45

Mar 8, 2007

If you like the Punisher outside of the mainstream Marvel Universe and free of Civil War, this is definitely the book for you. While this issue is by no means mind-blowing, the art and action is enough to satisfy any hardcore Punisher and Garth Ennis fan, but if you havent followed this arc carefully you might find yourself a little lost.

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8.0
Punisher Max #46

Apr 5, 2007

There are some pretty decent twists in this issue, and so far this is definitely the best issue of this arc. I hope Ennis has something fresh in store for the tail end of this arc, something that will really stand out rather than the Punisher coming out and wreaking havoc.

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10
Punisher Max #47

May 3, 2007

This is my favorite issue of Punisher MAX in a while, maybe ever. Its extremely well-written, and the art is fantastic. Garth Ennis reminds readers why he is the definitive Punisher scribe while at the same time putting on a clinic of how to develop a character and pack their back-story into one issue. This is one of two of my Picks of the Week.

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8.0
Punisher Max #48

Jun 8, 2007

Overall, this is a solid issue and continuation of the story-arc. There are still many questions to be answered and the potential to explore these characters further, but Ennis has done a great job. Lan Medinas artwork remains top notch and only adds to the value of this title.

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8.0
Punisher Max #49

Jul 6, 2007

This has been one of my favorite story arcs since the Punisher was put under the MAX imprint. The art is beautiful, the plot and story chilling, and the characterization expertly applied to the world of Frank Castle. Im looking forward to what Ennis brings to the table next month in issue #50 when Barracuda returns.

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10
Punisher Max #50

Aug 2, 2007

Overall, this issue is worth the hype. Its well-written, the art is great, and you dont necessarily have to have read the entire run of the series to figure out whats going on. Garth Ennis is the master of the Punisher, and he proves it in the pages of his 50th Punisher MAX issue. I cant wait to see this story unfold as Barracuda has become one of the most insane and creative villains for the Punisher in a while. This is my Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Punisher Max #51

Oct 12, 2007

Garth Ennis has continued to deliver one of the best Punisher series ever for 51 issues now. Theres not much else that can be said for this title besides it captures the Punisher extremely well and manages to pull no punches, providing excellent dialogue and great characters.

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10
Punisher Max #54

Jan 25, 2008

This issue reads as if it were the last issue of the series. Thankfully, that is not the case but Garth Ennis wrote this issue masterfully. A lot of this feeling stems from the fact that this is probably the last time we will have mention of OBrien and definitely the last time we will see Barracuda, two characters that have really had a major impact on this series. Im very interested to see where Ennis goes next and what Matt Fraction can do over in the mainstream universe to attempt to one-up Ennis.

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10
Punisher Max #60

Aug 12, 2008

Thank you, Garth Ennis for an extraordinary run, a memorable series and for giving myself and all readers the most true and definitive interpretation of Frank Castle.

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6.0
Punisher MAX: Naked Kill #1

Jun 2, 2009

Overall, Jonathan Maberry has a solid concept and characterizes the Punisher perfectly, but I think the execution could have been handled differently. The middle of the issue seemed to drag on a bit and got too bogged down in the details of the building's security when the story didn't really feel like "Punisher vs. building." Regardless, it does have a solid concept at heart that Punisher fans should enjoy.

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4.0
Punisher Presents: Barracuda #1

Feb 15, 2007

While I wasnt impressed overall with this first issue, I am going to give it another go and see if things pick up. I suggest readers hold out until the end of the second issue but believe me I understand; $4 is a bit much for this book.

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7.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #2

Jan 5, 2007

Again, you really should read this before you read Civil War #6.

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5.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #3

Jan 25, 2007

Ariel Olivettis art continues to stay solid through this issue. Theres just something about it that I really like. Usually Im not a big fan of the painting look of some comics, but Olivetti manages to do a pretty decent job with the artwork. While it is not my hands down favorite, it is still pretty good.

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7.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #4

Feb 23, 2007

While there are a few continuity problems plaguing this book, it is very well written, and the art does fit even if it isnt Deodatos best stuff. If you like the methodical madness and psychological mind games of the Punisher then you should most definitely check out this issue. If you are looking for a decent story dealing with the impact of the Civil War, you should also pick this issue up. Even if you arent a regular reader of Punisher, this issue is at least worth checking out.

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8.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #5

Mar 15, 2007

Overall, not a bad issue. Fraction shows he can handle Frank Castle just as well as Garth Ennis can without the blood, swearing and sex.

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9.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #6

Apr 12, 2007

This book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Matt Fraction is a force to be reckoned with and that yes, it is possible to write the Punisher well and not be named Garth Ennis. This is the first issue utilizing Caps death that I have actually really enjoyed. Welcome back, Frank. This is my Pick of the Week.

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7.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #7

May 10, 2007

Overall, this issue may feel a little bit like a mixed bag depending on how you read it. Being that Captain America is my favorite Marvel character, I loved the way Fraction fooled around with the interpretations of what Steve Rogers is and represents and for me that overshadowed the political themes. For some, the blunt political references may be a bit much and can take away from this issue as could the idea that on the surface, this series has seemingly taken an entirely different direction that originally set. Either way its a decent read and just like the ideals of Captain America presented in this issue, how you read it is open to you interpretation.

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8.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #8

Jun 14, 2007

Matt Fraction continues to prove that he is heir to the Punisher and continues to separate himself from Ennis in terms of writing the Punisher. Hes got a great deal of character arcs throughout this issue and arc, and hopefully he can keep it strong and finish it out as well as hes continued the story.

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8.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #9

Jul 13, 2007

Fraction also continues his style of non-linear storytelling and while it was a bit strange at first, it works more and more effectively as this story progresses. The ending of this issue is great and puts the Punisher into a predicament that should be interesting to see him get out of. With the conclusion of this arc looming, Fraction brings his story to one linear time frame, and Im hoping for some wild action next issue.

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8.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #11

Sep 13, 2007

Matt Fraction continues to write an outstanding series. The way he writes this issue has beautiful storytelling qualities as well as cinematic appeal. Hes done a great job keeping everything connected and I cant wait to see who and what he brings in next.

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8.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #12

Oct 12, 2007

Punisher: War Journal continues to be one of Marvels strongest and most consistent titles. With Punisher War Journal, The Order and Immortal Iron Fist, Matt Fraction is quickly becoming one of the top creators in the industry. Im excited to see what the coming months bring, as I hope Fraction continues to bring in the Punishers old rogues gallery.

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10
Punisher War Journal (2006) #13

Nov 16, 2007

Overall, this issue yet another hit for Fraction. Everything comes together so well and he really sets up a great story dynamic for the coming issues. And I cant forget, Jigsaw will also be on the hunt for the Punisher. Now that I think about it, this series is insanely fantastic.

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10
Punisher War Journal (2006) #14

Dec 14, 2007

Every issue of this series gets better and better. Matt Fraction is a brilliant writer and has done an extraordinary job with this series. I cant stress the basic fact over and over, this is one of the best books on the shelves and Matt Fraction has done an excellent job bringing the Punisher back in the mainstream Marvel Universe. I dont think anyone could pull this off like Fraction, and I hope no one attempts to in the near future.

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9.0
Punisher War Journal (2006) #20

Jun 3, 2008

This is another solid issue of Punisher: War Journal and definitely the strongest of the arc so far. Matt Fraction is a fantastic writer with incredible range and he continues to deliver a solid and well-written series involving the Punisher. Fraction is getting hotter by the second and is nowhere near his peak which makes his future all the more exciting. He certainly compares to Ennis, especially with the way he writes the Punisher's narration, and that is most certainly a very good thing.

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9.0
Rann-Thanagar: Holy War #1

May 10, 2008

This series has the potential to be a big time sci-fi epic. All of the right characters are in play, the locations are perfect and the series is playing off of ideas that have been built on for years. You may or may not need to do your homework, depending on your own level of comprehension. I'm curious as to whether or not there will be Green Lanterns involved, namely Rannian Vath Sarn and Thanagarian Isamot Kol, but that may not matter once the story really gets under way. If you like big comic book sci-fi space epics, especially those done by the master himself, this is definitely a story you should check out. This is my Pick of the Week.

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4.0
Robin #169

Dec 7, 2007

I dont really know what to think of this storyline anymore, its been an overall disappointment but at least is hasnt tied into Countdownyet. I really think Fabian Nicieza will handle the next issue well, no matter how strange it will be to see Nightwing and Robin fight. This storyline is wrapping up and has still has two issues to try and make it compelling.

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6.0
Salvation Run #1

Nov 16, 2007

Overall, this is a slow but decent start to what has the potential to be a great series. Most of the Countdown tie-ins are better than Countdown itself so Im definitely willing to give this series the benefit of the doubt. I will say though, something about Dan Didios DC Nation column this week, discussing the history of Salvation Run, really bothered me. It seemed like he was taking the credit over the actual writer of this series, I understand hes the Editor-in-Chief, but it really felt like Didio was taking all of the credit.

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10
Samurai: Heaven and Earth Vol. 2 #2

Jan 21, 2007

I really want to take another moment to really stress the beauty of the artwork. Everything from the penciling right down to the coloring is really well done. The level of detail in both character and background is really phenomenal and worth the price of the comic and even more importantly, your time.

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5.0
Sensational Spider-Man #35

Feb 15, 2007

Okay, so this issue doesnt make me want to become a regular Spider-Man reader, and it doesnt help answer plot-wise why hes wearing the black suit again. Its an okay story that has some decent potential that hopefully will not be forgotten in the black suit hype of Spider-Man 3. I will say however, that I may be picking up the next issue and possibly the other Back in Black titles to see where Marvel is going with Spider-Man. If you have that curiosity, it may be worth it to check out a few issues of this series; if not, dont buy into the hype.

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3.0
Silent War #1

Jan 21, 2007

There is one scene featured in this issue that was actually fairly decent. The interrogation scenes were decent, but they too fall into the War on Terror category of easy clich. There is also a scene featuring Black Bolt which describes how he feels about the events of the issue. While these scenes are fairly decent, they come much too late in the comic book and come across as too much of a blatant parallel to the War on Terror that they fail to raise this title from the depths. Unless you are a huge fan of the Inhumans, theres really no need to pick this book up.

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7.0
Star Trek: Year Four #2

Sep 7, 2007

Star Trek: Year Four is great for both Trek fans and non-Trek fans. It manages to capture the overall spirit of original series and does a great job nailing the dialogue. I hope Tischman starts to map out story-arcs because there is just too much to cover in 22 pages. He manages to do a decent job, but theres also a great deal of potential for further story development. Now Mr. Abrams, about Captain Kirk

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6.0
Star Trek: Year Four #3

Oct 5, 2007

Overall, this is a decent issue of Star Trek: Year Four sure to satisfy anyone interested in the original series. I hope IDW and Tischman soon break this series into story-arcs, because they will be able to cover a lot more story and still maintain the episode feel.

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5.0
Star Wars: Legacy #20

Mar 1, 2008

So this issue wasn't anything mind-blowing. That's not what really matters, because when you get past the very slow pace and the abundant dialogue, there's a really decent set-up for the coming story-arc. However, as a jump-on point, which most new story-arcs should have some capacity of being, this issue fails. As a continuation of the last story-arc, this issue succeeds. However, I really couldnt get over the fact that hardly anything happened, but I am intrigued to see how this storyline plays out. Kind of ironic.

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8.0
Star Wars: Rebellion #12

Mar 15, 2008

Rebellion is definitely the place to go if you are the casual Star Wars fan or you are primarily a fan of the type of thing that takes place in the first trilogy. This story-arc especially is very well-written, compelling and even though you may know the fate of Luke, Leia and the other main characters, the supporting characters and their motivations and destinies really make this series compelling.

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8.0
Storm Shadow #3

Aug 16, 2007

I was really pleased with this issue of Storm Shadow. Hama has begun to show more of the characters personality and more about the mysterious past surrounding the former G.I. Joe and Cobra agent. I really hope this trend continues as this issue brings a greater level of interest to a fantastically action-packed title. At first I thought only G.I. Joe fans and kung-fu fans would appreciate this title, but considering how the story has progressed, I realize that anyone who enjoys good character exploration and a good plot should give Storm Shadow a try.

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9.0
Storm Shadow #5

Nov 2, 2007

Theres so much to like about this issue. It may seem a little far-fetched but if you consider some of the things that can be done in the real world, its not that far from reality. Hama does an excellent job dropping subtle hints about the trials and life of a ninja, as well as subtle hints into Storm Shadows past. If you like international espionage, great action, a fun story, ninjas and in the case of this issue, killer ninja robots, this title is an absolute must read.

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8.0
Storm Shadow #6

Dec 7, 2007

Overall, another strong delivery from Larry Hama as this series continues to grow and explore the always popular Storm Shadow. As more and more is revealed to Storm Shadows past, I have little doubt that his past will throw him onto the frontlines of World War III and the ultimate choice between G.I. Joe and Cobra will be made. This series continues to deliver a higher level of action and international intrigue that I highly recommend.

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9.0
Superman #659

Feb 23, 2007

While the idea and concept of this issue may not be for everyone, it provides an interesting look into how some people look at Superman, how it affects him and makes him realize that he may be Kryptonian in genetic make-up, but he is human at heart. While this issue may not be perfect, it stands out as the most touching and beautiful book of the week, thus making it my Pick of the Week.

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5.0
Superman #660

Mar 15, 2007

With this said, those of you looking for some good action featuring big blue, you wont find it here. Those of you looking for a decent look at a lower-tier villain, for that aspect this issue might be worth a shot. Overall, there were some redeeming qualities of this book, but the Nitro G character ultimately took away from the story as a whole.

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8.0
Superman #661

Apr 5, 2007

This is a rather enjoyable issue that doesnt get caught up in a lot of hoopla. Its fun, its fast and its well told. This issue doesnt have to change the status quo for Superman or Wonder Woman. It does its job very well, telling a decent and entertaining one and done style story.

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9.0
Superman #662

May 3, 2007

The ending of this issue is very interesting, and I am excited to see how Busieks storyline plays out. There are a lot of concepts and themes involved that have been playing out since Busieks run began and are most definitely worth checking out. A few continuity issues aside, this issue is fantastic. Theres a lot going on that is covered briefly but clearly, and the recap should make you want to go back and check out Busieks entire run. The artwork is phenomenal and seeing the way this story is going to play out is worth coming back for.

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8.0
Superman #663

Jun 8, 2007

Overall, I really liked this issue. It was well-written, and the Camelot Falls storyline is playing out quite nicely. There are just a few aesthetic things that really detract from this issue because the story is spot-on, and Busieks writing is superb. But then again I may just be nitpicking.

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4.0
Superman #665

Jul 31, 2007

Overall, I feel like the Jimmy Olsen experiment needs a real boost. Busiek has done an excellent job capturing the relationships that Jimmy has with those in his life, but I was just not a fan of the ret-conned origin.

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6.0
Superman #668

Oct 12, 2007

While Busiek spends a lot of time on the parenting relationship during this issue, he does indeed expand on the mystery surrounding the third Kryptonian. While he spends a great deal of time exploring the father/son relationship and interaction with Batman, knowing Busiek everything will come into play at some point. Im very interested to see where Busiek goes with the new Superwoman and how this storyline will play out.

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8.0
Superman #669

Oct 26, 2007

Overall, this is a very important issue not because of the third Kryptonian but because of the history surrounding that character and the history of Krypton that comes with her. This is a great read for both Superman and sci-fi fans and I hope that the conclusion rocks the house.

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5.0
Superman #670

Nov 9, 2007

Overall, the idea behind this story definitely gets five silver bullets. The execution however leaves much to be desired. I really wish this story-arc had been stretched out a bit longer. The ending also does not feel satisfying as it just leaves everything wide open for future visitation. I would, however, be very interested to see a mini-series focused on the space adventures of Kristen Wells; perhaps she possesses the willpower to possess a certain green ring. This story ended much too quickly and could have benefited from being drawn out at least two more issues.

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8.0
Superman #674

Mar 17, 2008

This is one of Busieks strongest issues during his run. Theres a lot going on but it flows very nicely from start to finish and he manages to connect the dots very well. I also like the detail and the connection that can be made between Mon-El and Sodom Yat. Not to mention, I love the new apartment.

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7.0
Superman #676

May 16, 2008

This is a good issue of Superman if you are looking for a simple, action-oriented Superman tale that reads rather smoothly from start to finish. Also if youre a fan of the never-ending battle between Alan Scott and Solomon Grundy, this is a very formidable addition if DC ever decides to put out a Scott vs. Grundy omnibus. Again, nothing groundbreaking here, just a well told classic style story that doesnt require a PhD in current DC continuity.

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8.5
Superman Confidential #2

Dec 14, 2006

While this title really doesn't fit in Superman continuity as we know it, it is still a great classic tale that is sure to make keep any super-fan entertained.

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8.0
Superman/Batman #47

Apr 25, 2008

Overall, I enjoyed this issue just as I have continuously enjoyed this arc. The plot is decent and Johnson and Green have managed to successfully separate the voices between Superman and Batman. While the arc may not have huge effects on the main continuity, its worth checking out for a decent Worlds Finest tale.

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10
Superman/Batman Annual #2

Mar 21, 2008

This issue is so well-written and the artwork is so fantastic that its hard to believe that its actually Superman/Batman. Kelly hits the right notes with character tone; humor, especially at the end when Superman and Batman banter about the Justice League; action and drama. The dialogue is near perfect, the representations of every character are perfect, especially that of Robin. This is a fantastic story featuring the two characters well worth the cover price and very well worth your time. This one of my Picks of the Week.

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9.0
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman #1

Oct 5, 2007

Theres not much else to say besides this issue is a must have for fans of The Sinestro Corps War. Its also great for anyone who wants a look inside the mind of a tragic villain. Alan Burnett crafts a great story and a great segue into Green Lantern #24, as well as a plethora of questions surrounding how Hank Henshaw will ultimately die.

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7.0
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion #1

Dec 14, 2007

In terms of the Sinestro Corps War this title isnt the strongest tie-in. However, in terms of Tales of the Green Lantern Corps as the cover suggests, this issue serves its purpose very well. Furthering the evolution of Kyle and well as deepening the character of Sodom Yat, this issue does a good job closing out this chapter in the Ion saga.

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10
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax #1

Sep 21, 2007

Completely focused on Kyle Rayner, this is an issue that recaps his life in the DC Universe, and also provides a well-told psychological and emotional tale by his creator Ron Marz. This is an excellent companion to The Sinestro Corps War and while it doesnt necessarily do anything in terms of major plot revelations for the greater storyline, its still a fantastic story to read.

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10
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime #1

Oct 25, 2007

Another Tales of the Sinestro Corps hit that ties directly into the events taking place in the Sinestro Corps War. Of the three fantastic Tales tie-ins so far, this is the strongest and when this series concludes, I cant wait to read it all in order, knowing the motivations of the major players as I go. This is one of my two Picks of the Week.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2003) #43

Feb 1, 2007

Even if you cant stand the teenage sidekicks, Geoff Johns writing and this title are well worth the $3 price tag. This is one of Johns best books, and I'm sorry to hear that "Titans East" will be his last story arc on this title. The storylines have been intense and action packed since this title's inception and show no signs of slowing down.

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5.0
Teen Titans (2003) #46

May 3, 2007

While Geoff Johns has moved on and is no doubt crafting the next couple years of knock-out storylines with other titles, he will be missed on Teen Titans. This has a been a group of kids that Johns undoubtedly loves and cares for, and his guidance on their journey has been memorable. Unfortunately, this issue does him no justice for the three and a half years that he made this title great. I havent decided whether or not I will return to Teen Titans after this issue. I dont know where they will go without Johns, and Adam Beechen has a massive pair of shoes to fill.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2003) #56

Feb 29, 2008

Im interested to see where McKeever takes this story and how it will ultimately play out. This issue featured a good character centric story with enough humor and enough of the serious stuff to hammer out a decent pace. This issue was also a brilliant set-up to the introduction of the Terror Titans, so Im definitely intrigued to see where McKeever goes with this story.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2003) #57

Mar 28, 2008

Teen Titans is really picking up steam the past few issues and it only looks to improve. McKeevers run is definitely looking better and hes starting to craft one of the better team books in DCs arsenal.

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10
The Brave and the Bold #1

Feb 25, 2007

This first issue has a little bit of everything, including a plot easy to follow for all ages, great characterization, fantastic artwork and a promising set-up to what should be the next big hit in comic books.

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10
The Brave and the Bold #2

Mar 29, 2007

My hope is that no one besides Mark Waid writes this title. He understands where to go, he makes up great pairings of heroes and he keeps the story open for all ages. Brave and the Bold has returned to DC and looks as though it will reclaim its place as one of the greatest and classic team-up books ever.

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7.0
The Brave and the Bold #3

Apr 19, 2007

While this issue really isnt that bad, its not as strong as the first two. Waid manages to hit the mark with the team-up idea and meshing the personalities, but theres way too much happening. George Perezs artwork is also top notch as is Bob Wiaceks inking. Wiacek, I believe, doesnt get the kind of credit he deserves; hes one of the most experienced inkers out there, and on the past three issues he has complimented Perezs pencils masterfully.

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8.0
The Man with No Name #1

May 10, 2008

I think this series has a great deal of potential, especially since I firmly believe the Western genre is on the verge of a rebirth. Gage has an excellent grasp on the character, and I think he understands there is really no place to put his own personal stamp on the character. This is a character deeply rooted in Americana and in cinema, and based on this first issue Gage seems to truly understand the character and his role in popular culture. This series does need to stay away from becoming too much of a stock Western that features a classic character but also needs to stay 100% true to the source material. Dias and Gage seem to have a firm grasp on this, and I am really looking forward to the continuation of this series.

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10
The Man with No Name #2

Jun 27, 2008

I absolutely love what Christos Gage and Wellington Dias are doing with this series so far. All my doubts and fears have been mostly suppressed by excellent storytelling and the fact that Gage and Dias are perfectly capturing the essence of Clint Eastwood, the Man With No Name and Sergio Leone. I really hope the quality of this series only improves because it is certainly carving quite a place for the character in comics. This is one of my Picks of the Week.

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8.0
The Order #1

Jul 15, 2007

This is an excellent start to the continuation of the Initiative. While I do fear that this series will have a very high body count, I think that the core team involved will be in it for the long haul. An interesting aspect of this series is that these people are celebrities-turned superheroes and should make for a few ego-clashes. There also appears to be another government agency involved in the Initiative that seems to be the anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. This series is off to a fantastic start in terms of creative team and premise. I hope that the future Marvel: Initiative team books live up to this one.

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8.0
The Order #2

Aug 24, 2007

The Order has so much potential that Matt Fraction and Barry Kitson could be in the process of starting the next great team book. The series works extremely well thus far, and I really hope Fraction and Kitson continue to build the momentum as this series has the potential for great things.

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10
The Spirit #1

Dec 20, 2006

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10
The Spirit #1

Dec 17, 2006

Darwyn Cookes art is beyond perfect for this series. He captures the tone of the book perfectly, a mix of noir and humor, classic and modern rolled into one. His artwork is very distinct, a comic version of Bruce Timms style but very distinct in its own right. I could not imagine anyone more perfect to give a rebirth to one of comicdoms most fantastic characters. Even if you dont read comics, you should grab this book for a great story.

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8.0
The Spirit #2

Jan 18, 2007

This issue does stray a bit from the one preceding it, and this is both good and bad. This is good because it keeps this title fresh, and it keeps the reader entertained. This is bad only because the first issue was so good that coming off of that high is tough. One small downside to the story is that some readers may not really understand the type of person PGell is nor the relationship and history between the Spirit and her which could possibly make some of what goes on in this issue hard to swallow. However, through his great writing and amazing art, Cooke still manages to provide a great story for a classic character.

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8.0
The Spirit #3

Feb 23, 2007

Overall a great, solid issue that keeps this title steamrolling along.

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10
The Spirit #4

Mar 22, 2007

Theres just so much to really like and appreciate about this issue whether it be Darwyn Cookes fantastic writing and artwork or just the simple way he pays homage to Will Eisner while at the same time making this character his own. I personally would love to see Darwyn Cooke helm the Spirit feature film rather than Frank Miller. Darwyn Cooke just makes this title so accessible and so fun for everyone. If The Spirit still has not made your pull list, do it now.

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9.0
The Spirit #5

Apr 19, 2007

While this issue is by far the most violent and bloody of the series, its a true testament to the fact that mainstream comic books arent for kids. The Spirit would be a great property to aim at kids, but Cooke manages to maintain the very edginess and dark undertones that Will Eisner first introduced. While this title has its humor and has its fun moments, there is a lot of serious business that makes the possibilities for other mediums endless. Cookes one and done style still fits this series very well, and as long as he keeps an animated feel with great stories and great artwork, this will remain at the top of my pull list. It's also my pick of the week.

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6.0
The Spirit #7

Jun 22, 2007

Overall, this issue is a decent read for fans of the Spirit and an interesting look at how creators aside from Darwyn Cooke take on the character.

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10
The Spirit #8

Jul 20, 2007

Every issue of this series that Cooke does is fantastic, and this series only continues to get better. I really hope that Cooke never leaves The Spirit and Frank Miller goes away and lets Darwyn Cooke take control of all things Spirit related. This is my Pick of the Week.

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10
The Spirit #9

Aug 23, 2007

Ill be very sad when issue #12 rolls around and Darwyn Cooke makes his exit from this title. I personally think he should stay on and continue his fantastic work on this title, but he has definitely given future writers enough to keep the ball rolling with this series. The artwork by Cooke, J. Bone and Dave Stewart is another aspect that has made this Spirit revival a huge success in my book. As proven with this issue, Cooke is the master of the characters involved in this series and does a great job introducing new characters who can fit right into the Spirits world.

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6.0
The Spirit #14

Feb 22, 2008

The future of this title without Darwyn Cooke at the helm is off to a decent start. I am still personally a little wary of how it will go, but so far it's not terrible. Aragones and Evanier seem to have a good grasp on the Eisner classic and do have the potential to keep the same quality that Darwyn Cooke brought to the title.

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4.0
The Spirit #15

Mar 28, 2008

I once again fear what the future holds for this title. Its not a kids book and the level of silliness featured in this issue should not be as blatantly obvious. There should be a compelling mystery and plot with a major theme playing throughout the title with intelligent charm and wit to advance the story. I hope Aragones and Evanier look deeper into the character or Darwyn Cooke comes back, even if hes just writing it.

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10
The Twelve #1

Jan 11, 2008

Marvel, JMS and Chris Weston has set the tone for Dynamites Super Powers to live up to. The story telling in this issue is phenomenal, the characterization of the Phantom Reporter is excellent and the concept and direction this story could go is on another level. The Twelve is most certainly J. Michael Straczynski at his finest. Its sophisticated yet fun, sad yet extraordinary, mysterious and brilliant and has the potential to sail out of the park. This story is excellent and I am really looking forward to its continuation. This is my Pick of the Week.

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9.0
Titans #1

Apr 13, 2008

Overall, this is a great start for the Titans. I really hope this doesn't lose steam or spend most of its time re-hashing old plot lines but putting the original New Teen Titans back together is definitely something that could breed success. I'm a fan of these characters, and I hope they remain at the heart of this series and Winick explores these former sidekicks taking on bigger, real world problems. Frankly, I'm sick of DC's Crisis nonsense and I want this series to steer clear of that, much like Green Lantern does at the moment, remaining whole-heartedly focused on what's happening with these characters and the problems they face.

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8.0
Titans #2

May 16, 2008

I really like the current direction of this series. I think that once Winick really gets going theres potential for this title to be the next Outsiders. I hope he plays up the dynamic of the group a little bit more and actually do bring in Kyle Rayner as a member of the team. The reveal at the end of this issue is definitely intriguing and should provide a potentially good story in the coming issues.

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8.0
Titans East Special #1

Nov 16, 2007

Overall, this is a fantastic lead-in to Titans #1. This is one of Winicks best works in the past year or so and I honestly couldnt believe the same guy writing the quirky Green Arrow/Black Canary was writing an issue as strong as this. It reminded me of his Green Lantern days; strong storytelling with a clear theme that brings a plot full circle. I will definitely say that this issue was the sleeper hit of the week.

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8.0
Trinity #1

Jun 8, 2008

It does help to have a basic knowledge of the DC Universe to completely understand this issue, but it is not essential like it is for something like Final Crisis. While this series is supposed to steer clear of the mainstream DC Universe, I really can't help but wonder how it's going to be able to do that. It definitely takes place in the present day DC Universe and the Trinity plays too big of a role, and this series is too high profile for it not to have a major impact on the mainstream universe. As it stands now, this first issue is a solid start to the series, and the mystery will definitely keep me around for a few issues to come. How this series will turn out remains to be seen, but right now I'm onboard.

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9.0
Ultimate Iron-Man II #4

Mar 28, 2008

Ultimate Iron Man II is a fantastic follow-up to the original and definitely gets better with every issue. I will stress though that this series will probably be best enjoyed read from start to finish at once, but nonetheless it is still compelling. Orson Scott Card has done an excellent job bringing his high concept science-fiction into the realm of Iron Man.

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5.0
Ultimate X-Men #78

Jan 18, 2007

This issue's solicitation claims an X-Man dies. I for one thought it would most certainly be Cyclops, and usually if you die in the Ultimate universe, you stay dead. But Cyclops takes a ninja star to the visor from Cable, the visor falls off and Cyclops goes AWOL on Cable. This fight doesnt have the same meaning that it would have in the mainstream Marvel U. Here its just another Cyclops vs. Wolverine battle as opposed to being a compelling father vs. son fight. While things look grim for Slim Summers, Xavier pulls off a ballsy move and crashes the X-Jet into X-Force and decides to battle Cable himself. Cable prepares to detonate a bomb and Xavier uses some telekinesis to throw Cyclops from Cables bunker.

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6.0
Ultimate X-Men #79

Feb 15, 2007

While this issue doesnt do much for the non-regulars to the series, Ultimate X-Men fans will want this title to get an idea of where this title is going. It is also interesting to see how each X-Man is affected by the loss of Xavier even though you may not shed a tear.

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6.0
Ultimate X-Men #82

May 18, 2007

Kirkman has a lot of plot to work with and a lot of potential still at large for the Ultimate X-Men. With the number of directions Kirkman can go, I hope he manages to hit a home run and help return the Ultimate Universe to its seemingly forgotten glory.

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6.0
Ultimate X-Men #83

Jun 29, 2007

Overall, this was an issue that moved the overall plot along and doesnt really change much in the realm of the Ultimate X-Men. It wasnt great, and it wasnt horrible, but the potential and the possibilities of what may come are definitely worth following and keeping this title.

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4.0
Ultimate X-Men #86

Sep 13, 2007

Theres still a lot of potential for Ultimate X-Men and the Ultimate Universe as a whole. The one saga besides the Phoenix Saga that has remained virtually untouched is Apocalypse. While he has only been seen briefly with a crazy version of Sinister, a meshing of Ultimate Phoenix and Ultimate Apocalypse could be exactly what the Ultimate X-Men need to succeed and reinvigorate the Ultimate Universe.

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6.0
Ultimate X-Men #87

Oct 18, 2007

With the conclusion of this issue there is definitely something deeper taking place and Kirkman has captured my fleeting interest in this title. I hope that hes on the right path in reinvigorating this series with fresh ideas.

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7.0
Ultimates 2 #13

May 18, 2007

My hope is that Jeph Loeb can save the Ultimate universe. I really have enjoyed everything Ultimate that Marvel has put out, and right now Ultimate Spider-Man seems to be the only consistent series of the imprint. The Ultimate Avengers should be the flagship title of the Ultimate universe and should change the status quo of Marvels ultimate experiment. They should look at the Ultimate universe and the Ultimate Avengers not as a way to streamline continuity, but as a way to provide a newer, edgier and more modern take on these classic heroes. Delays or not, Mark Millar has laid the groundwork for the Ultimate universe to maintain its edge and its originality. I hope Loeb and Bendis take advantage of what Millar has created.

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4.0
Ultimates 3 #1

Dec 9, 2007

Ive come down fairly hard on this issue, mostly because of what came before it. Ultimates and Ultimates 2 were ultimate genre defining; they were once the hottest books on the market and inevitably, comparisons will be made to Ultimates 3. The bottom line is that Loeb is not Millar and Joe Mad is not Hitch, and this is not the Millar/Hitch Ultimates, but Id be a liar if I said I wasnt curious to see where this story was going. Because it is the Ultimates, I will more than likely finish this series start to finish. Maybe once everything really gets going, this will turn out to be a great read. But for now, there are too many questions and too many situations that, like Ultimate Cap, feel out of place.

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9.0
Uncanny X-Men #493

Dec 7, 2007

Overall, this is another great installment of the Messiah Complex. The action of this issue is intense and serves as a great introduction to the new X-Force. The mystery behind the whole story deepens as the newest target of the X-Men and the Marauders, and eventually the Purifiers, becomes Cable. This is my Pick of the Week.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men #494

Jan 8, 2008

With all the craziness happening and going on I have two questions. The first, who is this baby that they are all trying so hard to protect or kill? I still believe the child is connected to the Summers family, and I really hope its a familiar character and doesnt become just another stock character. The second question is the more theoretical one. Where is Jean Grey and what, if any, role will she play in this storyline? These days, readers and comic book junkies like myself tend to try and solve storylines and the direction of a series. However, this is a rare treat, like DCs Sinestro Corps War, where you need to just sit back and enjoy the ride because its one of those storylines that comic books are all about.

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5.0
Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #7

Feb 1, 2007

This series has been one of my favorites of the post-Crisis minis and maybe thats because it stirs up emotions and my inner patriot. Either way when the next issue comes, I will definitely be reading ig all the way through to give a final consensus on the story arc as a whole.

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6.0
Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #8

Mar 8, 2007

Overall, this arc is enjoyable, and new versions of classic characters are brought forth. I particularly love the Native American Black Condor who looks and feels like a true warrior. This series is worth the read, and if you love America free of policies and the nonsense plaguing our nation today, check out this series.

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10
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1

Sep 15, 2009

As a big Moon Knight fan, I've been waiting for the opening issue of this series for a long time. This is Moon Knight being elevated to the level where he should have always been. It takes the brilliance of Huston and Benson's run and incorporates it into creating a confident and stronger Moon Knight. This issue is a must read, a must bag and board, not only for Moon Knight fans, but for those who want to see the beginning of the next chapter in Norman Osborn's reign as the great protector. Could you imagine if Steve Rogers commands a team of heroes to take down Osborn with this reborn Moon Knight in his ranks alongside Bucky-Cap? Osborn wouldn't stand a chance.

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9.0
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #2

Oct 6, 2009

Overall, another home run from Hurwitz and Opena. Moon Knight is certainly a character to watch and could be one of the most important players in the Marvel Universe's future. If this title isn't on your pull list, you are making a big mistake. The force is strong with this one.

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9.0
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3

Nov 10, 2009

What Hurwitz and Opena have created here has all the makings of a great superhero book, but one with great horror elements as well. Hurwitz has once again upped the ante for this series and he's building a lot of momentum as Moon Knight continues to make his way to the forefront of the Marvel Universe. If you arent reading this book yet, you're making a big mistake. Moon Knight is indeed back with a vengeance, and so is his archenemy!

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10
Winter Soldier: Winter Kills #1

Dec 29, 2006

This is an excellent read, definitely my pick of the week.

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8.0
Wolverine: Chop Shop #1

Nov 11, 2008

This is an excellent one-shot that covers a rare subject matter, especially for comics. This issue is ballsy, fresh, creepy and exciting all at the same time and is definitely some of Benson's best work. The narrative is phenomenal, the dialogue feels real on and concise, and the action is aggressive, quick and very well done.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #4

Feb 23, 2007

I really do think Heinberg has a decent story arc in this series, and there is a lot more to his arc than putting as many Wonder Woman villains and supporting characters as he can into the story. Unfortunately, the delays have really hindered this book, and this is a fact that I obviously have a hard time looking past. I will say, however, that when Heinbergs arc ends, I will look back at the arc as it was intended to be as part of One Year Later.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #5

Mar 15, 2007

This issue earns points for a nice spin on a familiar plot, great art, and a story about female empowerment that is sure to lock in some new readers into the comic shop. For this I commend Pfeifer and the team who worked on this issue, setting things straight after Heinbergs shortcoming and paving the way for Jodi Picoult. This is my pick of the week.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #6

Mar 29, 2007

Jodi Picoult, having never written comics, has definitely done her homework. She manages to set-up what should be a decent storyline of Wonder Woman really finding her place in the new DCU. While it is the type of story that has been done before both with Wonder Woman and other characters, I really think Picoult will add a bit of an edge and add the much needed emotional substance to this troubled title. I thought it was a great job for Picoult to show that she has done her homework and hopefully shell be able to gather in some new readers. I hope she raises the stakes as her arc continues because there is a great deal of potential here.

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6.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #7

Apr 12, 2007

This issue really isnt all that bad. Its just nothing spectacular. Picoult has definitely got the skills needed for writing major comic books; she may just need a better team of editors to help move Wonder Womans journey forward rather than keeping it where it is. I am interested to see how the Amazons Attack storyline plays out, and I hope that Picoult can really set the stage for Wonder Woman to regain her place before the crisis.

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10
Wonder Woman (2006) #8

Apr 26, 2007

After reading this issue, I understand why Picoults first two issues were a bit slow. Her first job in comics was cleaning up a mess, and she did so admirably. She delivers what should have been the first installment of Amazons Attack, moves beyond Max Lords death and begins to further Dianas character development. I know many readers are happy Gail Simone is coming back to write Wonder Woman, but I hope that after Picoults arc ends, she begins to plan her second, longer story arc. Wonder Woman is finally getting back some prestige, and Jodi Picoult definitely delivers. This is my Pick of the Week.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #9

May 24, 2007

Overall, another strong performance by Picoult, who is rapidly improving with each issue. My hope is that the twist at the end stays as such, and there is something greater behind Amazons Attack and this storyline. With Picoults help it seems as though Wonder Woman is finally getting her feet on solid ground following the One Year Later mess.

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6.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #10

Jun 29, 2007

It is unfortunate for Picoult that she was stuck with such a poorly executed storyline. I think if she was given free reign over Wonder Woman this would have gone much differently. This issue is redeeming however, because it still manages to capture a more emotional side of Amazons Attack and focuses on the character that readers care much more about. Compared to Amazons Attack, this issue is worth the read for Wonder Woman fans. But if you care less about Amazons Attack, you really arent missing anything universe-changing.

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6.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #11

Jul 27, 2007

Sure, the Amazon Princess may suffer schizophrenia with the constant change in lead writer but for the most past Wonder Woman has maintained a strong consistency throughout the whole Amazons Attack event. I personally believe "The Sinestro Corps" should have been a separate special while Amazons Attack could have been contained in the pages of Wonder Woman because Picoult and now Torres handle it quite well.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #12

Aug 30, 2007

Overall this issue isnt really what I expected and aside from the art, the decent fight scene and some great dialogue from Nemesis theres not much else going on here. But if youve followed Amazons Attack read the last page of that series before reading this issue.

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3.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #13

Oct 12, 2007

I hate to be this harsh on anything when it comes to reviewing, I respect and admire comic creators and the amount of work they put into a single issue, but enough is enough. Before Infinite Crisis, Wonder Woman was one of the best titles on the market, now its a joke. I hope Gail Simone ups the ante and DC begins to treat Wonder Woman right once again. Jessica Biel is out, Gail Simone is in; please save Wonder Woman.

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10
Wonder Woman (2006) #14

Nov 16, 2007

I absolutely love the Dodsons work I think it is beautiful, detailed and stunning. They add a higher level of quality to whatever they touch and this issue is no exception. I hope Gail Simone keeps this going and that she and the Dodsons stay put for a long time to come, Wonder Woman appears to be once again back on her feet.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #16

Jan 25, 2008

Wonder Woman is most definitely back on track. Gail Simone has lived up to the hype and is a savior of sorts to a title and character that seemed doomed. Shes doing an excellent job exploring Wonder Womans past and reestablishing everything she stands for.

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8.0
Worl War Hulk: Aftersmash: Damage Control #1

Jan 25, 2008

Damage Control is definitely the surprise hit of the week. Dwayne McDuffie turns in a story much more compelling than whats happening in Justice League of America which makes me curious as to how much Countdown influence he faces over at DC. This issue features great artwork, a well-crafted story, excellent character development and a surprise twist at the end that is sure to excite any Marvel fan. With only three parts to this series, theres no excuse as to why you shouldnt check it out.

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8.0
World War Hulk #3

Aug 5, 2007

Greg Pak has definitely provided a very entertaining and enjoyable summer blockbuster. I have really been intrigued by World War Hulk since its beginning, and I think Pak still has a few surprises in store. I think it would be great if he leads the story on to seem very predictable with the Sentry and all and then just throws something totally different in the mix. This was my favorite issue of the series thus far. Sure, I brought up a lot of questions and pointed out a few things, but a well-written and well constructed comic book in the middle of a big event should do that. The writing, the artwork and the timing of this series is superb.

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7.0
World War Hulk #5

Nov 18, 2007

Overall, this is an okay end to a great story. While it sets up many interesting things to come, I just felt things played out too conveniently in this issue and it just seemed kind of stock. Either way, John Romitas Jr.s artwork has been very well done throughout this series, and he continues to be at the top of his game in terms of his unique style and his ability to draw great action. Greg Pak has done a great job with his first two Hulk epics, and I hope that he continues to deliver.

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8.0
World War III #1

Apr 22, 2007

The second issue is probably the most mediocre of the mini-series, but if you have followed 52 or want an explanation for One Year Later, or if you want to see a super-battle without Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Hal Jordan or the Flash, this is it.

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9.0
X-23 Target X #2

Jan 5, 2007

X-23 is one of the best and one of the most carefully developed characters created in recent comic history. So long as Craig Kyle and Chris Yost keep their hold on their creation and control all character development, X-23 will rise even further in popularity.

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9.0
X-23 Target X #3

Feb 8, 2007

For any Wolverine fan, you should be picking up this title. For anyone looking for something new, or wondering about X-23, you should definitely be picking up this title.

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8.0
X-23 Target X #5

Apr 19, 2007

I think with Craig Kyle and Chris Yost at the helm, X-23 could manage her own monthly title. And if that did happen, they could keep it going until Kyle and Yost have decided to retire from said title. Kyle has launched his creation into mainstream popularity, and I hope no one else except he and Yost touches X-23.

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8.0
X-23 Target X #6

Jun 1, 2007

I hope Craig Kyle and Chris Yost continue to tell X-23s story, perhaps in her own series. They are two of Marvels hottest new writers and have produced two solid mini-series featuring a character than can only grow in potential and popularity.

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10
X-Factor Vol. 3 #25

Nov 16, 2007

This is yet another strong chapter of Messiah Complex. Im absolutely hooked as the story-telling is strong and the possibilities for what can happen are seemingly endless. Now that time travel is involved, I have no doubt we will see Bishop, who is said to have a prominent role in this event, as well as other mutants and characters from different futures. This, of course, does not rule out Cable or X-Man either.

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10
X-Factor Vol. 3 #26

Dec 14, 2007

Messiah Complex continues to roll along, building the action and the drama to a point where I cant wait to see how this whole story plays out. There are definite implications for the X-Men and everyone involved and I absolutely love the handling of Cyclops and the further evolution of his character.

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4.0
X-Force #1

Feb 10, 2008

I really liked this issue. I hope that this gimmick doesnt get old and Kyle and Yost have plenty of shock and awe stories up their sleeves. I think the X-universe has been sorely missing a title like this, one that tosses Xaviers dream to the side and establishes the true military nature of the X-Men. Cyclops has become one hell of a leader and serves his purpose as X-Forces Executive Officer perfectly. So long as the roster stays the same and doesnt overload and get ridiculous this series can have the potential to reshape the way readers look at the X-Men. Anyone who likes mutants, military operations, Wolverine-esque violence and pure bad-assery is sure to love this title, because you get all of that rolled into one.

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9.0
X-Men #205

Nov 30, 2007

Overall, this is another strong installment of Messiah Complex. This story-arc keeps me guessing and wanting more. The big reveal at the end of this issue is worth the cover price as it crushes many of the most popular theories behind this story.

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10
X-Men #206

Jan 1, 2008

This is one of the wildest cliffhangers ever. Messiah CompleX has brought back the X-Men crossover sagas with a vengeance and the creative team behind this event has definitely pulled out all the stops. I am very intrigued and excited to see where this story goes and how it will affect the overall landscape of the X-universe.

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10
X-Men: First Class #4

Dec 22, 2006

Bottom line is that this title is one of the best X-books you can buy, and I would highly recommend you pick up the back issues before they are hard to find.

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10
X-Men: First Class #5

Jan 18, 2007

Im excited for the sequel series coming off of the success of this title. What I love most about this title is that it works in the same way DCs Confidential endeavor works. These are modern stories with classic and original characters before any Civil Wars or Crises ran rampant through comicdom. Easily topping the list next to Whedon and Kyle Yost's works, this title has me screaming for an ongoing series and for Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz to take the reigns of all three main X-Men titles once Joss Whedon steps down.

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8.0
X-Men: First Class #6

Feb 23, 2007

This title is so accessible to hardcore X-fans, old school X-fans, kids and those looking for good stories. I stick to my wish and hope that Marvel makes this a monthly title with Jeff Parker at the helm.

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9.0
X-Men: First Class #7

Mar 22, 2007

This is a fantastic issue that doesnt deal as much with the X-Mens first encounters with certain characters as it does with teenage emotions like jealousy, lust and trust. Not only does this story sum up what this series is aboutm, but I also noticed that as the series has progressed, Roger Cruzs artwork has gotten better and better. His images are crisper with every issue, and Val Staples colors really make this issue even more worthwhile. With all of the grit and the edginess in the mainstream Marvel U, this bright, fun and pre-Civil War series is really a treasure. Thank you, Marvel for making this an ongoing series.

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9.0
X-Men: First Class #8

Apr 26, 2007

Its very difficult to say anything negative about this series; it's fun, its humorous and it is the X-Men as they were originally intended to be, just modernized. The best decision Marvel Comics could have made was to axe the sequel series and give this title the green light to be an ongoing. This has the potential to explore things that Stan Lee never could with the original team, and this title also has the potential to be the best X-book on the market.

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10
X-Men: First Class Vol. 2 #1

Jun 29, 2007

X-Men: First Class is appropriate for all readers and perfect for fans of the original X-Men. Then again, if you can deal without Wolverine in an X-title, this series is perfect for an X-Man fan looking for a fun, well-told story. Theres a great deal of potential in X-Men: First Class, and Parker definitely has a lot of room and a lot of continuity to explore.

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8.0
X-Men: First Class Vol. 2 #10

Mar 28, 2008

X-Men: First Class continues to impress. Its fun, energetic, and most importantly, original. The original five X-Men are often forgotten amongst the Wolverines and Gambits of the world, and Jeff Parker has done an amazing job creating an all ages title that captures the very essence of Stan Lees original X-Men.

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10
Xombie #1

Apr 15, 2007

Theres little to nothing I did not like about this title. Its fun, its fresh, and its different. Its one of those series that makes you wish there was more. For example, I never started reading Invincible until well after 20 issues of the series had been published. After I read it I couldnt get enough and bought every trade and read them over the course of two days. Xombie is one of those series that makes you want more, so check out this book, the animated series and the previous graphic novel. Devils Due has struck gold again.

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9.0
Zorro #1

Feb 22, 2008

Zorro is a fantastic read for a first issue. In the tradition of The Lone Ranger, Zorro captures the essence of the character seemingly as it was always mean to be. The exploration into Diego's past will be very important to the continued story of Zorro throughout this series. This series has a great deal of potential and Dynamite's success with licensed properties should continue.

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8.0
Zorro #2

Apr 4, 2008

I have indeed read Allendes novel in the past month since the first issue hit shelves. Being a visual learner, I love seeing this story come to life so I really dont mind the coverage of Diegos childhood and the urban legend stage of Zorros career. The character is timeless and the character will always appeal to any age group or generation. One has to remember that without Zorro, who does indeed predate Superman and Batman, the landscape of heroes in popular culture might look a little different. I am really looking forward to seeing what Matt Wagner brings to the legend.

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