Marco Piva-Dittrich's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Big Glasgow Comic Page Reviews: 163
8.4Avg. Review Rating

8.3
'68 Jungle Jim Guts n' Glory (One-Shot) #1

Mar 5, 2015

Blood, guts, violence, zombies - a fun read

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8.4
'68: Homefront #1

Sep 10, 2014

Good start to a miniseries that promises fireworks

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8
'68: Homefront #2

Oct 8, 2014

Surprising, especially but not only in a positive way

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8.5
'68: Homefront #3

Nov 4, 2014

An issue that leaves the reader with lots of unanswered questions " which is good, as they will (hopefully) be solved soon.

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7.8
'68: Homefront #4

Dec 6, 2014

Seems slightly rushed, but definitely not bad

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8
'68: Last Rites #1

Jul 23, 2015

An interesting start for a new miniseries, with plenty of subplots opening.

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7.6
'68: Last Rites #2

Sep 17, 2015

A good story with some very interesting revelations that may explain something about the whole "'68 Zombies" universe!

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7.6
'68: Last Rites #3

Nov 12, 2015

As the "'68 Zombies" universe starts wrapping up, something extremely unexpected happens. A surprising issue.

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8
'68: Last Rites #4

Jan 22, 2016

A spectacular ending for a whole universe.

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8.5
American Legends #3

Nov 17, 2014

An interesting take on well known characters

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8.7
American Legends #4

Nov 24, 2014

A slow build-up towards the end of the series

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9
American Legends #5

Dec 2, 2014

The only flaw is that it all ends here

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9.5
Annihilator #1

Sep 16, 2014

An amazing start for this new series

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8.7
Big Man Plans #1

Mar 3, 2015

Great start for an interesting miniseries

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9
Big Man Plans #2

Apr 8, 2015

Smart and angry. A miniseries to follow

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9.1
Big Man Plans #3

Jun 2, 2015

Big Man Plans is not an easy, straightforward book to read in 15 minutes and forget: it has imagery that will remain embedded in your mind for a long time.

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9.5
Big Man Plans #4

Jul 7, 2015

This miniseries concludes with a hard-hitting issue, dark and gritty but amazing.

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8.9
C.O.W.L. #6

Nov 27, 2014

A vintage-style delight

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8.2
C.O.W.L. #7

Dec 22, 2014

A compelling superhero thriller

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8.3
C.O.W.L. #8

Feb 2, 2015

Complex and compelling

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8.4
C.O.W.L. #9

Mar 18, 2015

Lots of surprises and shocking revelations

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8.4
C.O.W.L. #10

May 12, 2015

C.O.W.L. is a brilliant series, full of references to the period with the addition of superheroes. Jump on the bandwagon, while there is still time.

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8.5
C.O.W.L. #11

Jul 22, 2015

A great way to conclude the series, with (almost) all the subplots being wrapped up.

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8.1
Copperhead #1

Sep 12, 2014

A good start for a new series

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8.4
Copperhead #2

Oct 8, 2014

Very interesting developments, and there's more to come

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8.7
Copperhead #3

Nov 11, 2014

Constantly improving

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9.2
Copperhead #4

Dec 12, 2014

One more great issue of this series that's becoming more and more interesting.

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8.6
Copperhead #5

Jan 16, 2015

Good conclusion to this arc

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8.7
Copperhead #6

Apr 9, 2015

A new story arc opens in a very interesting way

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8.7
Copperhead #7

May 12, 2015

Danger and mystery take central stage

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8.8
Copperhead #8

Jun 11, 2015

A great issue focussed on a very interesting character

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8.7
Copperhead #9

Jul 29, 2015

A brilliant adventure with quite some depth in its characters.

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8.7
Copperhead #10

Oct 7, 2015

A satisfactory, surprising ending to the second story arc in this very good series.

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8
Descender #1

Mar 3, 2015

An interesting start to this series

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8.3
Descender #2

Apr 7, 2015

An extremely interesting (and sometimes quite moving) second issue for Descender, then; definitely worth a read.

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8
Descender #3

May 4, 2015

Still quite interesting

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8.2
Descender #4

Jun 10, 2015

After a slow start, Descender is becoming a really interesting series. The next issue will conclude the first story arc, and I'm sure there are big surprises waiting for us. Stick with Descender, you'll find out that it is worth your time.

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8.2
Descender #5

Jul 7, 2015

An interesting, albeit slightly derivative, series with outstanding art

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8.3
Descender #6

Aug 12, 2015

A very interesting conclusion to this first story arc, with lots of ideas thrown in - all perfectly brought to conclusion.

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8.5
Descender #7

Nov 13, 2015

At a first glance, Descender could seem a complicated series to pick up " but trust me, it is not. Just allow yourself to be carried by the story. And this issue, being the start of a new arc, is ideal to try.

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8.7
Descender #8

Dec 21, 2015

Once again, a big praise must go to the art of Descender. Everything, and I do mean everything, is a watercolour. In this issue in particular Nguyen's art reaches new highs in" urm" a certain scene on (or near) a certain planet. Nothing more I can add without entering the spoiler area.

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8.9
Descender #9

Jan 18, 2016

A very interesting story is developing. And the art is outstanding.

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9.4
Drifter #1

Nov 11, 2014

A great start

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9.6
Drifter #2

Dec 17, 2014

From an excellent start, Drifter keeps improving

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9
Drifter #3

Jan 22, 2015

Complex story, wonderful art

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9.1
Drifter #4

Feb 20, 2015

The plot gets more complicated, the art is majestic

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9.4
Drifter #5

Mar 25, 2015

Spectacular conclusion to a complex but well written story arc

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9.3
Drifter #6

Jul 16, 2015

Now: would I advise to read Drifter? Sure. But not if you are looking for easy entertainment. Drifter is not a series you can read distractedly: it requires concentration, Ivan Brandon seems to be challenging the reader with every small event. But it is so rewarding"

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9.2
Drifter #7

Aug 13, 2015

A very complex but very interesting issue.

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9.2
Drifter #8

Oct 1, 2015

Complex and convoluted as always, but extremely interesting. Brilliant art.

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9.4
Drifter #9

Nov 14, 2015

A majestic conclusion to the second story arc for this series, with lots of questions answered - and even more questions asked.

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8.6
Elephantmen #60

Oct 21, 2014

A transitional issue that however brings several storylines together

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8.4
Elephantmen #61

Jan 13, 2015

Puzzling (in a good way). Amazing art.

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8.7
Elephantmen #62

Feb 12, 2015

One more issue of Elephantmen that will make the reader wait impatiently for the next " probably one of the best things that can be said about a series.

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8.6
Elephantmen #63

Apr 8, 2015

A fascinating issue

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9.1
Elephantmen #64

May 5, 2015

A slower issue, dense with tips at what might happen in the future

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9
Elephantmen #65

Jul 15, 2015

All in all, Elephantmenis a great series. Sure, we already reached issue #65, but don't worry: it will be easy to get into it. Give it a try!

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9.1
Elephantmen #66

Sep 28, 2015

Once again, then, Elephantmen proves to be an interesting series, with a pretty deep sociological analysis disguised under an entertaining adventure. What more can you ask for in a comic book?

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9
Elephantmen #67

Nov 9, 2015

Another very good issue for "Elephantmen".

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9.2
Elephantmen #68

Jan 9, 2016

This series is getting even more complex and exciting

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8.8
Elephantmen Shots #1

May 28, 2015

The stories in it are all great " and the cause is worthy. It costs 6 US Dollars (sorry, 5.99) for 44 pages, and it is for charity. There is no reason not to buy it.

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8.3
Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1

Jan 9, 2016

The pace of the story is slow but brilliant. Great read

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9.3
Heavy Metal #275

Jun 19, 2015

A lot of different styles meet in this issue

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6.9
Imperial #1

Aug 16, 2014

A pretty good start for this new series - let's see where it goes from here.

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8
Imperial #2

Sep 10, 2014

Interesting turn of events here...

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8.1
Imperial #3

Oct 7, 2014

The story improves, the art is getting too close to comedy

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8.3
Imperial #4

Nov 3, 2014

Imperial keeps improving

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8
Intersect #1

Nov 18, 2014

Incredibly confusing, but in a good way

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7.5
Intersect #2

Dec 16, 2014

Complex, odd, interesting

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7.5
Intersect #3

Jan 21, 2015

Extremely convoluted. In a good (but creepy) way.

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7.8
Intersect #4

Feb 23, 2015

Very complex, very interesting

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7.8
Intersect #5

Mar 24, 2015

As usual, extremely puzzling but also very interesting

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8
Intersect #6

Apr 25, 2015

Extremely challenging, but very satisfactory

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8.3
Kinski #1

Nov 15, 2014

Very interesting, odd story

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8.5
Manifest Destiny #9

Aug 25, 2014

A transitional issue, but still very good - and the art is outstanding.

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8.1
Manifest Destiny #10

Sep 22, 2014

A good build-up for something explosive that will soon happen

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8.5
Manifest Destiny #11

Oct 12, 2014

From high to high!

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8.9
Manifest Destiny #12

Dec 18, 2014

A transitional but very interesting issue

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8.8
Manifest Destiny #13

Feb 16, 2015

Compelling start to a new arc

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8.9
Manifest Destiny #14

Apr 25, 2015

This issue #14 of Manifest Destiny is not exactly the richest in action " but there is so much going on in the story that it just flies.

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9
Manifest Destiny #15

Jun 19, 2015

Getting weirder and more interesting issue after issue

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9.2
Manifest Destiny #16

Aug 20, 2015

Manifest Destiny is a really entertaining series, full of adventure and with an interesting cast of characters. Get into it!

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9.3
Manifest Destiny #17

Sep 18, 2015

A complex story that gets weirder and more interesting by the issue

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9.5
Manifest Destiny #18

Oct 27, 2015

A story arc concludes here, with huge surprises

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7.5
Nightworld #1

Aug 15, 2014

Interesting first issue, the future of Nightworld looks bright

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8.6
Nightworld #2

Sep 2, 2014

Interesting story, peculiar art

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8.3
Nightworld #3

Sep 30, 2014

The plot thickens, the art remains old-fashioned (and great)

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8.4
Nightworld #4

Nov 3, 2014

Great conclusion to the miniseries

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6.5
Oddly Normal #2

Oct 20, 2014

A children-oriented series with lots of potential for adults too

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7.1
Oddly Normal #3

Nov 25, 2014

Things are getting weird. In a good way.

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7.3
Oddly Normal #4

Dec 17, 2014

A fun ride for all ages

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7.6
Oddly Normal #5

Feb 3, 2015

Oddly Normal is a series that, oddly (horrible pun fully intended), asks two new questions for every answer given. What initially might have seemed a simple children story is slowly becoming a really interesting adventure " still good for all ages.

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7.4
Oddly Normal #7

May 19, 2015

An intimate, personal issue

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8.1
Oddly Normal #8

Jul 7, 2015

Childish fun... very funny for adults, too

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8
Oddly Normal #9

Aug 22, 2015

Cute, heartwarming, entertaining

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7.8
Oddly Normal #10

Sep 28, 2015

Oddly Normal is an interesting series for everyone, definitely worth a try " whatever format it will be published in. And Frampton, in the letters page, gives us hints at something even bigger"

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8.6
Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #2

Dec 5, 2014

A surprisingly good story. I'm very curious to know where Michael Stock will bring us now, as the "original story" created by his daughter has been told in the first two issues of the comic: will his creativity be on pair with young Nico's?

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8.3
Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #3

Jan 21, 2015

A brand new angle on some old themes

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8.3
Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #4

Apr 2, 2015

A great read

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8.3
Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #5

Jun 24, 2015

The story flows and this issue, that concludes the first story arc of Penny Dora and the Wishing Box (a collected edition will be published in July), is no different from the previous ones: adventure, fun and some social commentary on children " but not too much of it, Penny Dora is far from being a boring pedagogic dissertation.

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5
Punks: The Comic #4

Jan 28, 2015

Extremely peculiar and different

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7.1
Ringside #1

Nov 28, 2015

A first issue used mostly to introduce the characters and set up future events, but already quite captivating

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7.1
Ringside #2

Jan 4, 2016

Still building up, but we start understanding more. Worth a read.

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6.9
Ringside #3

Jan 29, 2016

Ringside is a good series; if you are a pro wrestling fan, you'll enjoy the many references to "the business"; if you are not " well, those are not intrusive: even the subplot focused specifically on the wrestling company is pretty easy to follow. Do give it a try!

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9.3
Sally Of The Wasteland #1

May 19, 2015

An incredibly funny ride

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8.4
Secret Identities #1

Jan 23, 2015

Very interesting start to the series

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8.4
Secret Identities #2

Mar 16, 2015

Secret Identities shows us an extremely interesting side of the world of superheroes, bringing up stuff that we just might not have thought about. It is an extremely entertaining, fun read, and this second issue opens up a series of subplots that will definitely bring something very interesting with them. If I'd have to place a bet on the most relevant one, I'd go for the one involving Gaijin. Besides the "traitor" story, I mean.

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8.9
Secret Identities #4

May 19, 2015

This series is a very interesting one: on one side, it does fit the typical "superhero comic" stereotype, with the villain of the month and funny characters with amazing superpowers. But on the other hand, however, Secret Identities makes those superheroes into real people. True, all superheroes have a" well, a secret identity, but normally the stories are focussed on what they do while wearing their costumes. Here, instead, we see regular people with regular lives who happen to have been born with certain powers and try to help others through them. And this goes even for the aliens, ancient creatures and (mostly) artificial beings in the story.

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8.9
Secret Identities #5

Jun 19, 2015

A very entertaining series to read, that can be followed on several levels.

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9
Secret Identities #6

Jul 16, 2015

A great issue, going deep into the personal issues of some members of the team.

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9
Secret Identities #7

Sep 20, 2015

Secret Identities is a fun yet deep superhero series, very well written and full of those issues that are normally ignored in more "regular" stories. The two authors, Brian Joines and Jay Faerber, managed to create an interesting, believable world, well illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis.

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8.3
Southern Cross #1

Mar 10, 2015

A good first issue, asking many questions

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8.4
Southern Cross #2

Apr 7, 2015

Good characters, interesting and well developed story

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8.9
Southern Cross #3

May 11, 2015

Getting better with every issue

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9.1
Southern Cross #4

Jun 24, 2015

More and more interesting

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9.2
Southern Cross #5

Sep 18, 2015

Southern Cross is complex, weird, compelling. The atmosphere created, both thanks to what happens in the story and to the art, that represents perfectly the vaguely claustrophobic and artificially lit atmosphere on the Southern Cross, is amazingly realistic despite the events taking place.

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9.1
Southern Cross #6

Dec 12, 2015

A very interesting conclusion to this arc

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7.6
The Fuse #7

Nov 4, 2014

Great story, art not on the same level

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7.5
The Fuse #8

Dec 14, 2014

A captivating thriller

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6.3
The Fuse #9

Jan 14, 2015

More and more interesting, despite a below-average art

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6.2
The Fuse #10

Feb 17, 2015

Brilliant story, below-average art

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6
The Fuse #11

Mar 26, 2015

Great story despite the disappointing art

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6.1
The Fuse #12

May 1, 2015

Outstanding story, poor art

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5.9
The Fuse #13

Aug 5, 2015

The Fuse is a really good series, and I do advise our readers to give it a chance: you won't regret it!

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5.8
The Fuse #14

Sep 11, 2015

A very interesting thriller

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6
The Fuse #15

Oct 16, 2015

The story in this story arc is accurately confusing. What I mean is that Antony Johnston has opened a huge number of subplots (and suggested more) and is now slowly starting to bring them together. Unfortunately, however, the art in The Fuse is not getting any better. I am aware that I may seem monotonous about this issue, but" well, I will just leave you with this image of Ristovych and Dietrich, of their slasher smile and vacant eyes"

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5.9
The Fuse #16

Nov 28, 2015

A brilliant story slightly spoiled by a below-par art

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6.2
The Fuse #17

Feb 1, 2016

A very good thriller with brilliant characters

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9.3
The Humans #2

Dec 6, 2014

Rough, dirty, awesome

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9.1
The Humans #3

Jan 14, 2015

Constantly improving, and it had already started very well

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9.3
The Humans #4

Feb 3, 2015

The world of The Humans is a great creation. True, it is pretty much the world as it was in the early 1970s in a biker gang in the USA " but with apes replacing people. OK, let's rephrase it. The characters of The Humans and their interactions are outstanding. This book, like the previous three issues, has the feel of something that could have been created back in those years, with all the tiny imperfections in the slightly yellowing paper and a certain style in the art that can be pinpointed to that period and that period only.

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9.2
The Humans #5

Jun 2, 2015

The Humans is a brilliant series; this issue #5, despite being the start of a new arc, requires at least some prior knowledge of the characters, so I'd advise everyone who wants to get into The Humans to start from the recently published Humans for Life trade paperback collecting the first four issues.

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9.2
The Humans #6

Jun 30, 2015

So, who should read The Humans? Well, everyone. Unless you are easily offended, that is. The Humans is gritty and realistic (despite the fact that they are all apes), and incredibly enjoyable.

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9.3
The Humans #7

Aug 5, 2015

Another hard-hitting issue for this fantastic series

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9.4
The Humans #8

Oct 7, 2015

Once more, The Humans doesn't disappoint: blood, violence and gore - and family, loyalty and a strange kind of love.

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9.6
The Humans #9

Nov 7, 2015

The Humans go pedal-to-the-metal in this issue, filled with blood and anger.

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9.6
The Humans #10

Dec 3, 2015

This last issue of The Humans delivers - and then something more. A fantastic conclusion for an outstanding series.

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6.1
The Saviors #5

Aug 24, 2014

Better than the sum of its parts. Still some margins for improvement.

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8.2
They're Not Like Us #3

Feb 25, 2015

An original take on mutants and superpowers

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8.3
They're Not Like Us #4

Mar 25, 2015

Extremely interesting

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8.6
They're Not Like Us #5

May 1, 2015

Complex and convoluted - but perfectly crafted

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8.7
They're Not Like Us #6

May 27, 2015

In They're Not Like Us, something huge will be happening soon: it is absolutely obvious from what happens in this issue. Give it a read.

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8.8
They're Not Like Us #7

Aug 25, 2015

At a first glance this may look like a transitional issue, but there's a lot of stuff happening in the background.

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8.5
Thief of Thieves #25

Nov 18, 2014

Pyrotechnic conclusion of a great story arc

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7.7
Thief of Thieves #26

Feb 24, 2015

A transitional issue that suggests interesting developments

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7.8
Thief of Thieves #27

Mar 25, 2015

Thief of Thieves starts (re)gaining its pace

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8.3
Thief of Thieves #28

May 5, 2015

Getting more and more interesting

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8.4
Thief of Thieves #29

Jun 23, 2015

The story starts getting complex - and every time more interesting

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8
Thief of Thieves #31

Sep 28, 2015

When I started reading Thief of Thieves, I thought it would be an entertaining series but that it would soon get repetitive; well, the authors proved me wrong on the latter theory. This is a constantly evolving series, with surprises after surprises.

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8.3
Wayward #1

Aug 26, 2014

An interesting start to a new series; plenty of promise

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8.2
Wayward #2

Sep 23, 2014

Still building up towards something big, but quite good anyway

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8.9
Wayward #3

Oct 28, 2014

Transitory issue, but very well built

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9.2
Wayward #4

Nov 24, 2014

Another very good issue

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9.5
Wayward #5

Dec 18, 2014

Brilliant conclusion to a great story-arc

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9.4
Wayward #6

Mar 26, 2015

Wayward is back: do yourself a favour and start reading it.

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9.3
Wayward #7

May 2, 2015

Thrilling and full of surprises

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9.4
Wayward #8

May 27, 2015

Great and always improving

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9.6
Wayward #9

Jun 24, 2015

Once again, Wayward managed to go past my expectations " which are pretty high with this series. The next issue will conclude the second story arc, so I'd suggest to start catching up fast.

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9.7
Wayward #10

Jul 29, 2015

This second, great story arc concludes with an amazing issue wrapped up by a genuinely jaw-dropping moment.

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9.6
Wayward #11

Nov 20, 2015

A great way to kickstart a new story arc

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9.5
Wayward #12

Dec 21, 2015

Another great issue in this fascinating series

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9.7
Wayward #13

Jan 23, 2016

A fantastic, compelling read

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8.9
We Stand On Guard #3

Aug 31, 2015

Very interesting read, with the plot getting thicker and thicker. Well worth reading.

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