Kristopher Grey's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comics Bulletin Reviews: 24
8.1Avg. Review Rating

6.0
Alters #2

Nov 12, 2016

The series is picking up and progressing nicely, and is worth the read. With an ending that left on a dismal note, the intro to the next issue will be one to look forward to.

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10
Alters #3

Dec 26, 2016

This issue is essential to the series, and the quality of storytelling is definitely commendable. Knowledge of the previous issues is absolutely recommended. Luckily there are only 2 to catch up on. Where the story goes from here is a mystery, but this issue provided a good amount of unresolved plights for issue #4 to pick up on.

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6.0
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 8, 2016

Storytelling does not always have to be top notch in an action comic, but what the arc is lacking is the villain's motivation and variety from issue to issue. Each has gone mostly by the same format so far: Punch/kick new monster, new gadget/fighting method, Batman yells "Listen to me!", no one listens, beat monster, and here comes another. It started out new and interesting, but repetition will not keep fans interested through the end. Hopefully the reveal of Strange's plan will revamp the story, along with the next monster man, and the fate of Nightwing.

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8.0
Civil War II: The Accused #1

Aug 13, 2016

This issue is a one-shot and gives a decent amount of background about the preceding events, so reading the previous issues isn't necessary to enjoy this comic, but highly recommended to feel the flow of the new Civil War. This comic, along with Civil War II: The Fallen, focuses on the aftermath of the death of the long-running superhero, so while expectations are high, it does not disappoint.

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8.0
Cryptocracy #1

Jul 2, 2016

What will become of the Nine Families, and those that try to eradicate their secrecy? One thing is for sure: this will either be a conspiracy theorist's dream come true or their worst nightmare.

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6.0
Demonic (2016) #3

Oct 23, 2016

Walter's loose drawing style with Brown's use of blues and browns are adequate for the rugged, big city crime/horror genre. Their cover work on the series thus far will absolutely catch your eye. The beautifully seductive, yet eerie body morphing Aeshma is definitely a visual highlight. Along with each anticlimactic ending, pacing seems to be a recurring concern. Everything storytelling-wise is there, but the execution alternates with interesting and flat delivery.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #941

Oct 2, 2016

This issue proves to be a must-read as evidenced by valuable story progression, and stellar images. Highlights include Gotham Girl's inner battle with fear from her run-in with Psycho Pirate, Spoiler's problem solving skills, and an attention grabbing ending to further advance the script. With 3 issues left, the feeling of uneasiness rises as the action and sense of crisis accelerate. Pick up Night of the Monster Men part 4 in Batman #8 coming mid-October.

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10
Eugenic #2

Nov 14, 2017

Following Memetic and Cognetic, Eugenic is the last installment of Tynion and Donovans Apocalyptic trilogy. With the first issue giving background and rising action, the second provides the climax where truths are revealed to both the characters and readers. We will see the aftermath and resolution in the next and final issue, which will also take place 200 years further into the future.

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7.0
I Hate Fairyland #7

Jul 30, 2016

This issue will leave you grasping for more, even if that means reading the series from the start until next month's issue that will be sure to relieve your thirst for some hardcore, Fairyland action.

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9.0
Kingsway West #1

Aug 27, 2016

This comic was full of quality writing. The ending both tied back to the beginning, and introduced something new that will impact the issues to come. This series is worth the reader's money and time to gawk over the combination of top-notch narration and marvelous artwork. With this issue as an opening, this series has potential to be phenomenal.

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10
Last Song #1

Jul 25, 2017

I suggest reading the letter from Interlandi in the back of the issue first. She presents a playlist that goes with this issue. The letter has no spoilers, and the songs will put readers in a rocking mood. With 4 issues in all, Last Song comics will be released every 3 months. Sounds like a stretch, but readers get good quality stories around 60 pages long! Surely that will suffice until the next time.

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4.0
Little Nightmares #1

Jun 13, 2017

Upon further research of the game, a few things about the comic make more sense. The game looks highly entertaining with a ridiculously creepy charm that attracts horror fans. That being said, readers are left with too many questions, and should not have to experience the story in another medium to follow the comic. I always try to wait out an unsatisfying comic until the 2nd issue, so my fingers are crossed that enough questions are answered soon.

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10
Reborn #2

Nov 19, 2016

This issue had the essence of a full blown, television sci-fi series. It had perfect pacing with both entertaining and informative elements of world building.

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8.0
Resident Alien: The Man With No Name #1

Sep 18, 2016

Pick up The Man with No Name issue #1 to prepare yourself for an intelligent mystery and a cat-and-mouse game the government.

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8.0
Rise of the Black Flame #1

Sep 10, 2016

Fans get a little taste of previous Black Flame appearances with a few throwback panels in the first few pages, and new readers are being led into the beginning of some interesting story arcs. Anything by Mike Mignola is worth picking up; nonetheless, the rest of the contributors give hope to the 5 issue miniseries that it will live up to its preceding Hellboy features.

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10
Spencer & Locke #2

Jun 13, 2017

Pepose and Santiago Jr. develop a good flow of jumping from past to present for each issue making each memory fruitful to the story. Each adolescent recall either parallels to the overall conflict, or justifies a single scene that progresses the story. These great pacing techniques help the story make sense, and all around enjoyable.

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10
Spencer & Locke #4

Jul 25, 2017

With lots of conflict and combat, alternating colors from Jasen Smith and gritty line work from Jorge Santiago illustrate the action to parallel the critical tone. Pepose wraps it up with all important questions answered, and a sense of relief. With the success of this comic being picked up for a feature film by the producer of the Hitman movies, we hope to see more from the team!

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8.0
Steven Universe (2017) #1

Feb 13, 2017

The popular television show and comic miniseries is recommended to explain the background that leads the characters to their current setting. Anyone looking to enjoy the story, however, can read this as a standalone since it does not further the main story, or even touches the primary conflict. This comic is kid friendly, and for anyone who takes joy in the animated TV series. More main characters and story advancement to come!

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10
The Gravediggers Union #1

Nov 7, 2017

Keep the terror rolling even after Halloween with this eerie, and altogether thrilling, comic. Cole knows much more than he is letting on, so Im eager to watch the gravediggers embark on a perilous mission. With the visual talent of Toby Cypress and Niko Guardia to exude a classic horror feel, Wes Craig joins the ranks of great storytellers in his writing debut.

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6.0
The Rift #1

Jan 16, 2017

With a great premise, this comic would have felt more exciting if the description didn't basically summarize the issue. Before reading, I already knew about the main characters' conflicts and the government's involvement. By the time I got to the end, there were no surprises. Even with a few details to flesh out our characters, it was mostly predictable based on what was already given.

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6.0
There's Nothing There #1

May 1, 2017

Even though Reno is a celebrity, her character still feels like any other privileged, problematic human. Humans reacting to supernatural situations they don't understand can be as exciting as a superhero story, and maybe even more relatable. Readers were given an ending that was somewhat stimulating, but still left enough anticipation to pick up the second issue.

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8.0
WWE #1

Jan 27, 2017

If you are not a current WWE fan, reading the one-shot from last November is necessary. It provides background of The Shield and destruction of the faction. Also, its just damn good to read and look at. As a hardcore wrestling and comic book fan, spending my money on a kayfabe WWE comic after already loving the one-shot was one of the easiest decisions this week. It is all-ages friendly, even with all the punches, suplexes, and knees to the face (at least no violence a child wouldnt already see on the televised shows). The ending set up some good major conflict for issues to come. Im interested in seeing how far they stick with Rollins story arc, and when/if they will jump to a new wrestler. Both the one-shot and issue #1 have been remarkable. There are other WWE comics, but these monthly releases will prove to be the most remarkable.

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8.0
WWE #2

Feb 17, 2017

Only a few flaws turned my attention away from the story. Most importantly, a WWE Hall of Famer was mistaken for a cameraman in the writing, which is unacceptable. Other than that, the dialogue can get a little campy, but that's sports entertainment for you. Flaws aside, WWE #2 is a stimulating read for the wrestling mark in us all. Also, enjoy the short at the end of the issue about an inspirational monologue of The Ultimate Warrior written by Aubrey Sitterson, with art by Ed McGuinness and Marcio Menyz.

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10
WWE #4

May 1, 2017

By the end of next month, we'll be formally introduced to Dean Ambrose's character. It can now be assumed that all 3 former members of The Shield will get their own arc, and eventually have their stories blend together. With exhilarating art and sensational storytelling, the WWE comic series is one all fans would enjoy, and issue #4 does not disappoint. Kayfabe for everyone!

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