Lillian Hochwender's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 65
8.8Avg. Review Rating

6.6
Adler #1

Feb 1, 2020

At its finest, Adler is a delightful, progressive penny dreadful that reminds readers of its Victorian inspirations. Yet, the unbalanced narrative and facial monotony may make you wish youd read Sherlock Holmes, Carmilla,or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen instead. Hopefully, Adler will come into its own with time. For now, Adlers biggest mystery is what anyone should expect from it.

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9.8
Ant-Man (2020) #1

Feb 6, 2020

Funny and fast-paced, Ant-Man #1 may be small but it still packs a punch.

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9.8
Ant-Man (2020) #2

Feb 26, 2020

Ant Man #2 continues a full-throttle, f-ant-astic, cant miss adventure. Filled with laughs and thrills, its largest flaw is how quickly its going to be over.

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8.3
Ant-Man (2020) #3

Mar 16, 2020

Ant Man #3 is so far the runs weakest issue narratively, but the art remains first rate. With larger threats around every corner, hopefully the next issue will be a return to form.

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9.2
Ant-Man (2020) #4

May 18, 2020

Ant-Man #4 may be stuck on the web, but its as vibr-ant and ant-ertaining as ever.

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9.1
Ant-Man (2020) #5

Jun 18, 2020

Ant-Man #5 is a larger-than-life finish to a playful and striking miniseries. Not as comedic as its first issue, or emotionally hefty as its fourth (R.I.P. Pam), its nonetheless a satisfying, fast-paced page-turner.

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8
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Oct 7, 2021

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is ambitious and visually arresting. Looking through the eyes of Arkhams former inmates, it also accentuates the ways both reality & fiction often fail mentally ill people.

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8.5
Arkham City: The Order of the World #4

Jan 4, 2022

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (@DanPGWatters, DaNi, @Dragonmnky @adityab) continues to be a sympathetic, visually arresting look into the world of Arkhams former occupants.

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9.6
Arkham City: The Order of the World #6

Mar 4, 2022

Arkham City: The Order of the World #6 ends the series as it began: visually arresting, terrifying, and refreshingly compassionate to vulnerable people that society forgot.

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6.8
Big Girls #1

Aug 17, 2020

In Big Girls #1, 300-foot-tall Ember fights against the patriarchy-as-kaiju. Yet, Howards bioessentialist metaphor is battling itself, as is his striking yet simultaneously underwhelming art. One can only hope Big Girls comes into its own with time.

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9.6
Crowded #11

Feb 7, 2020

In its eleventh issue, Crowded continues to be a masterclass in space. Never has a silo felt so small. With less running to do, Crowded becomes somehow even more claustrophobic and even more character-driven. Everything gets worse but the story only gets better.

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10
Crowded #12

Mar 29, 2020

Crowded #12 is a flawlessly executed finale of an exceptional second arc. Its a mystery where everyones favorite queer rom-com near-future thriller is taking us, but it cant arrive soon enough.

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8.6
DC Pride (2021) #1

Jun 8, 2021

"Be Gay, Do Crime" is a fun, stylish story confronting systemic injustice. Yet, while the comic introduces a new queer character alongside Pied Piper, that characters queer identity remains strangely out of frame.

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7.1
DC's Very Merry Multiverse (2020) #1

Dec 25, 2020

Its A Horrible Life! is a darkly comical take on a Christmas classic. All of its jokes dont land, but its fun while it lasts: great if you want more Harley Quinn and less seasonal schmaltz.

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9.6
Defenders: Beyond (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

Defenders: Beyond invites us on a journey outside the bounds of reality. Visually surreal and narratively inventive, its creators push the boundaries of the medium and remind us what wonders comics are capable of.

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10
Die #15

Nov 19, 2020

Die #15 isn't only vibrant and violent but vital. Cathartic. Die begs us to run away, yet forces us to rethink our very act escapism and to confront the confinement and mortality we'd hoped to leave behind.

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9.6
Die #16

May 5, 2021

DIE #16 is a breathtaking and bloodcurdling plunge into a new genre. As always, DIE is a compelling read and its world remains with you long after youve left it.

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10
Die #19

Aug 26, 2021

DIE #19 is a beautiful and poignant exploration of finding and accepting queerness through RPGs. With its stunning visuals and gripping narrative, its a shame the journey is ending soon.

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9.6
Die #20

Sep 30, 2021

As with all things, DIE has come to its end. DIE #20 is a satisfying conclusion and bittersweet farewell to a masterful piece of storytelling.

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10
Hedra #1

Aug 22, 2020

Hedrais a beautifully rendered, retrofuturistic tale that reminds readers that there is always hope even in the grimmest of circumstances.

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9.8
Invisible Kingdom #10

Mar 5, 2020

Invisible Kingdom #10 is a beautifully painted finish examining and celebrating rebirth in a multitude of forms including one particularly beautiful queer one.

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8
Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor (2022) #1

Jun 6, 2022

Seeing the return of both familiar faces and a mysterious foe, Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #1 is sure to leave readers hungry for more.

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8.7
Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor (2022) #2

Jul 7, 2022

Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2 invites readers to follow Jane on a nail-biting, expansive adventure and puzzle over Thors disappearance. Its the rightful successor to Journey Into Mystery in everything but name.

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8.6
King of Nowhere #1

Mar 3, 2020

King of Nowhere #1 is a promising beginning to a darkly funny, mysterious, and pleasantly off-kilter miniseries.

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7.7
King of Nowhere #5

Sep 2, 2020

King of Nowhere #5 finishes this series as it began: hard to put down due to a constant hope that it might improve. Yet, lovable characters and the books off-kilter artistic brilliance remain undercut by its unbalanced story and uninteresting protagonist.

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8.9
Ludocrats #1

Apr 29, 2020

So what is The Ludocrats? A gratuitously violent, artistically inspired, fourth-wall-obliterating, steampunk/fantasy Saturday-morning-cartoon-meets-Asterix for people who love profanity. Is it ludicrous? Most definitely. Is it funny? Thats subjective.

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9.6
Mazebook #1

Sep 8, 2021

Mazebook #1 is an intimate exploration of grief and memory that wont soon be forgotten.

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9
Mazebook #3

Nov 13, 2021

Mazebook #3 continues to showcase Lemires skill as a storyteller in this contemplative but raw exploration of grief and memory.

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9.8
Mazebook #5

Jan 12, 2022

Mazebook #5 is a poignant conclusion to an intimate and surreal exploration of love, loss, and memory.

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7.2
Norse Mythology: III #4

May 12, 2022

Norse Mythology III #4 admirably attempts to make a thousand year old literary tradition accessible to a new audience. Regrettably, it leaves both history and nuance on the cutting room floor.

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9.8
Poison Ivy (2022) #1

Jun 7, 2022

Poison Ivy #1 is an elegantly crafted work of psychedelic horror, ecoterrorism, and desire. Its visuals are sure to haunt you and its yearning will linger long after youve put it down.

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9.8
Poison Ivy (2022) #3

Aug 2, 2022

Poison Ivy #3 is a surprisingly intimate exploration of what it means to find hope and connection in the face of ecological disaster and insurmountable despair.

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9.1
Red Mother #3

Feb 19, 2020

Red Mother #3 offers a beautiful balance of humanity, mystery, and monstrosity. It also proves this title is still worth keeping an eye on.

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7.5
Red Mother #4

Mar 25, 2020

The Red Mother #4 remains haunting and, at moments, striking, but its predictable narrative structure and artistic shortcomings can get in the way of an otherwise creepy and compelling story.

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10
Sins of the Black Flamingo #1

Jun 29, 2022

Sins of the Black Flamingo #1 is a stylish heist story with a heart of gold. With creators who understand what it means to be gay; do crime, this comic fights fascism & looks great doing it.

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10
Space Bear OGN

Aug 1, 2020

Space Bearmay be silent, but it has a big story to tell. Its a vibrant, charming sci-fi about communication and compassion that offers children a chance to learn, while giving comic-loving adults a way to share a medium they love. Its also plain good fun.

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8.3
Spider-Punk (2022) #1

Apr 6, 2022

Spider-Punk #1 is a well-crafted, striking introduction to Marvel's anti-fascist arachnid.

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9.2
Tartarus #1

Feb 13, 2020

Tartarusoffers readers a refreshingly diverse and complex world to sink their teeth into. Equal parts driving plot and intricate art, this story is one to keep an eye on.

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9.8
Tartarus #2

Mar 22, 2020

Tartaruscontinues to offer readers an engrossing, symbol-rich, trope-defying science fiction epic worth sinking their teeth into.

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9.4
Tartarus #3

Jun 24, 2020

Tartarus #3 is an action-packed, vibrant continuation full of twists and revelations, plunging readers further into Tildes world.

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9.9
Tartarus #4

Jul 31, 2020

In Tartarus #4, every character is forced to question what sacrifices are worth making. For readers, its more than worth sacrificing $4 and an hour of ones day to read such a beautifully executed book.

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9.4
Tartarus #5

Sep 3, 2020

While Tartarus #5 may focus on an eclipse, neither writing nor art eclipses the other. Bursting with intricate twists and elaborate art, its an ambitious albeit flawed ending to a fascinating first arc.Where will Tartarus take Tilde next?

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8
Tartarus #6

Oct 28, 2020

Tartarus #6 is a compelling start to the books second arc. Though bordering on clich, the narrative is still well-paced and thought-provoking. Tartarus loses something without Jack T. Cole, but the dynamic and vibrant art from the new artistic team is nonetheless a delight. Tartarus #6 is a compelling start to the books second arc. Though bordering on clich, the narrative is still well-paced and thought-provoking. The dynamic, vibrant art from the new artistic team is a delight.

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8.3
Tartarus #10

Mar 25, 2021

In Tartarus #10, the past hurtles into the present with an ambitious, action-packed conclusion. As Tartarus goes on an indefinite hiatus, readers are left to hope for its future.

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10
The Me You Love in the Dark #1

Aug 4, 2021

The Me You Love in the Dark #1 is a chilling tale driven by familiar fears: ghosts and creative block. While the artist-protagonist may feel insecure, the comics creators seem more inspired than ever.

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10
The Me You Love in the Dark #3

Oct 6, 2021

The Me You Love in the Dark #3 flawlessly mingles horror with romance. Reminiscent of a Guillermo del Toro film, its hard not to fall in love with The Me You Love in the Dark.

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10
The Me You Love in the Dark #5

Dec 1, 2021

The Me You Love in the Dark #5 is an exquisitely crafted conclusion. From start to finish, The Me You Love in the Dark is a beautiful and unforgettable addition to the horror genre.

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8.7
The Mighty Valkyries (2021) #1

Apr 19, 2021

The Mighty Valkyries #1 begins two exciting Asgardian adventures. The primary tale is mouthwateringly cinematic, but both have tantalizing secrets urging readers to return.

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6.8
The Mighty Valkyries (2021) #3

Jun 16, 2021

Mighty Valkyries #3 is often a feast for the eyes. However, the writers have perhaps bitten off more than they can chew. While the issue sets the stage for the latter half of the miniseries, its sadly lackluster on its own. Hopefully, the next issue is a return to form.

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9
The Mighty Valkyries (2021) #5

Sep 16, 2021

The Mighty Valkyries #5 is a visual feast that strikes a balance between the high-octane and the profoundly human.

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9.2
The Picture of Everything Else #1

Dec 26, 2020

The Picture of Everything Else #1 is an artistic tour de force soaked in blood, booze, terror, and homoerotic longing. Ending on a chilling cliffhanger, this is certainly a book worth keeping up with.

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8
Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #1

Mar 8, 2021

Thor and Loki: Double Trouble #1 whisks young readers across the Bifrst while staying faithful to the characters and fun for older fans. While a tad slow to get going, its a shame how quickly it ends.

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6.6
Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #4

Jul 6, 2021

Double Trouble #4 effortlessly sustains the energy and playfulness of previous issues. Disappointingly, its charm is undermined by a subtle but pervasive undercurrent of transphobia.

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7.8
Thor (2020) #12

Feb 18, 2021

Thor #12 shows a creative team in their element. As Donald Blake rips the world apart, the mix of humor, horror, and high stakes can only leave readers begging for more.

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9.1
Thor (2020) #14

Apr 15, 2021

Thor #14 is a brutal read worth every Thor fans time. Visceral & striking, it always puts its characters who they have been and who they are becoming above all else.

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7.6
Thor (2020) #15

Jul 12, 2021

Thor #15 is a thoughtful and visually arresting read. Offering readers a much-needed look at Thors fears, it also sets the stage with plenty of intrigue for the future.

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9
Thor (2020) #17

Sep 29, 2021

Thor #17 is unquestionably one of the best issues in the last two years. Deftly balancing humorous action with character-driven drama, its not one to miss.

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8.4
Thor (2020) #19

Nov 24, 2021

Thor #19 teases a gripping new twist in Marvels Thor mythos and offers readers page after page of spectacular artwork.

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8.7
Thor (2020) #21

Jan 27, 2022

Thor #21 is an action-packed visual feast. Each and every issue seems to break down Thor further than the last. Where will all of this destruction and deconstruction take us next?

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8.6
Thor (2020) #23

Mar 9, 2022

With Thor #23 bringing another electrifying arc to a close, where the future will take and perhaps break Thor is anyone's guess. But as always, it's exciting to be along for the ride.

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8.1
Thor (2020) #24

Apr 25, 2022

Showcasing decades of talented writers and artists, Thor #24 is a beautiful and broad-ranging retrospective. It's a nostalgic look at where the God of Thunder has been and where Marvel may take him (and us) in the future.

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5.6
Thor (2020) #26

Jun 9, 2022

Thor #26 continues "Banner of Wars" endless fight scene. Its a fast read and apristine-looking comic, but its story is only surface deep.

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8.4
Thor (2020) Annual #1

Jul 19, 2021

Thor Annual #1 is an action-packed, nostalgic read. In some ways a What If? issue, it reminds us of what transpired in older Thor stories, but also asks what might have happened instead.

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7.8
Thor (2020): Lightning and Lament #1

Jun 27, 2022

For MCU fans, following your favorite character into the comics can feel intimidating and confusing. Luckily, comics like Thor: Lightning and Lament are finally helping bridge that gap.

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9.8
Young Men in Love: A Queer Romance Anthology OGN

Jul 9, 2022

Young Men in Love is just as stunning as it is essential. It reminds queer readers that they across all times, places, and genres are worthy of love and celebration.

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