Marcus Orchard's Comic Reviews

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7.9Avg. Review Rating

8.1
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1

Mar 16, 2016

It's nice to have Archer and Amrstrong back again, and if this first issue is any indication, readers can expect plenty of good times. Roberts writes a fun story while Lafuente keeps the issue looking delightful. Sure, there are a few odd decisions regarding some characters' actions, but that doesn't prevent Valiant from having yet another fantastic debut.

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6.7
Action Comics (2016) #1005

Nov 28, 2018

Despite some hiccups in pacing and an underwhelming reveal, Action Comics #1005 is the strongest issue of Bendis' run so far.

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7.3
Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake - Card Wars #4

Oct 21, 2015

Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake " Card Wars #4 is the most exciting issue of the series so far. With the tournament underway, there are plenty of flashy panel layouts and colorful spreads. The relationship between Fionna and Cake is another strong point of this issue, and it's a great opportunity for younger readers to learn about friendship and supporting their commitments. The issue went by a little too fast and didn't do too much for the characters, but otherwise is a fun ride.

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8.5
Alex + Ada #11

Dec 16, 2014

"Alex + Ada" continues to be one of the most refreshing comics on the stands. The second arc has improved over the first in almost every possible way, from character development to story progression. Despite the art sometimes being a little too simple, the book is still pleasing to the eye, with expressions that can tell the story without speech bubbles. Characters that we can relate to, as well as a theme that questions technology's impact on ethical values makes this book easy to recommend. I am very excited to see how the arc will wrap up next month.

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8.8
Alex + Ada #12

Jan 26, 2015

Once again, we are treated with a wonderful chapter of Alex + Ada. The series will be coming to a close in a few months, and everything is slowly escalating. There are still a lot of questions to be answered, but so far, nothing about this series has disappointed.

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8.7
Alex + Ada #13

Mar 18, 2015

Alex + Ada #13 is a gripping issue that seems to be changing the status quo for the final arc. There should be a change of setting as Luna and Vaughn begin the final act of their tale. The second trade has also just released, so if you are behind, I highly recommend catching up.

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8.8
Alex + Ada #14

Apr 30, 2015

Alex + Ada has been special since the first issue, but soon we will be saying goodbye to these fantastic characters. With an emotional ending, Alex + Ada #14 is a chapter that will leave its readers full of dread. What will happen in the final issue is definitely up in the air, with many ways that the final issue can be done. Readers will find themselves looking at calendars, counting down the days to the final issue for some closure (The final issue is set to come out on June 17).

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8.2
Alex + Ada #15

Jun 17, 2015

Alex + Ada #15 ends the series gracefully. Most will be sad to see this story go after only fifteen issues, but it was plenty of time to tell the story of these two characters. Every character got some sort of ending and the issue succeeds at providing closure for readers. This series will go down as one of the best love stories in comic book history. Those who have not yet given it a try should do themselves a favor and finally pick up this series.

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9.0
All-New Hawkeye #1

Mar 7, 2015

Hawkeye is in good hands. Jeff Lemire and Ramn Prez are taking what the previous run built and are adding their own style to it. "All-New Hawkeye #1" has both heart and humor, and uses all of its characters to the fullest. This is both Clint and Kate's story, and the two together have a dynamic that Lemire understands perfectly. Fans of the previous run will find themselves at home, while new readers should feel welcome to give Clint and Kate a try.

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8.7
All-New Hawkeye #2

Apr 10, 2015

After two issues, All-New Hawkeye is clearly a worthy successor to the run before it. Lemire's run is a good balance of both Hawkeyes. Not one character upstages the other, and it makes for plenty of memorable moments. This is smart, funny, and heartwarming series, and fans of either Hawkeye will find themselves very invested in this series.

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9.5
Archie (2015) #1

Jul 8, 2015

Archie #1 does everything it needs to in order to impress long-time fans of the character and captivate new readers. Mark Waid and Fiona Staples both seem to have a good understanding of the people of Riverdale and do more than enough to make their work stand out. While there are a few hiccups, this is an exceptional and fun debut, and I can't wait to see what the creative team has in store for Riverdale.

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8.5
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 9, 2015

There is a whole lot to love about Batman and Robin Eternal #1 as both a sequel and its own thing. As a sequel, it succeeds in deviating from the original without compromising quality, but as its own series it delivers a thrilling Robin story win addition to a fascinating mystery. Tynion IV writes a solid story and sets the stage for massive events that will undoubtedly lead to some wild revelations about the Dynamic Duo. Don't let the weekly $3.99 price tag dissuade you from getting into this series. This is a must read.

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6.7
Batman And Robin Eternal #2

Oct 15, 2015

While Batman and Robin Eternal #2 didn't live up to the expectations that the first issue brought about, it's still an entertaining read full of great moments within the Bat-family. Without strong flashbacks and the Tony S. Daniel's art, this issue ended up being somewhat disappointing. It still did a solid job at setting up the series, and we should expect to see some great things in the future.

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6.5
Batman And Robin Eternal #4

Oct 28, 2015

Batman and Robin Eternal #4 is a decent issue that doesn't do too much to make itself stand out. It's the weakest issue of the bunch, but is still entertaining due to the witty humor and massive roster. The issue ends on a strong cliffhanger that establishes how formidable the antagonist might actually be. This is still a series very much worth your time, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

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8.2
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 18, 2015

Black Canary #1 is unlike anything you've seen before in a superhero comic. It has a wild atmosphere, fun panels, and great art. It's a new approach to the character and mostly succeeds at everything it sets out to do. Fans of Batgirl or Spider-Gwen will find themselves comfortable as they read this fun debut.

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8.5
Blackbird #1

Oct 3, 2018

Blackbird #1 won't be for everyone, but for those that dream of our world having just a little magic, there is so much to love. It certainly isn't flawless, but Humphries and Bartel have successfully built a fantastical world for readers to fall into.

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8.2
Bloodshot: Reborn #1

Apr 16, 2015

Valiant has been consistent in putting out quality books that its characters deserve. Bloodshot: Reborn #1 is just another example of another great new ongoing series that's perfect for new readers. Those who have been turned off by the character should give this series a go; Lemire is reinventing Bloodshot and is making him cooler than ever.

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6.3
Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1

Nov 13, 2018

Bloodshot has seen a lot of character development since The Valiant, but this debut issue fails to humanize the character. Choppy pacing and uninteresting developments make this a hard issue to recommend to those who aren't already fans of the character.

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7.7
Bone Parish #1

Jul 30, 2018

Bone Parish #1 is a great debut with an eerie premise, strong script, and effective atmosphere.

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8.2
Book Of Death #1

Jul 15, 2015

Book of Death #1 is a great start to Valiant's biggest event of the summer. While the roster isn't everything I want it to be yet, Venditti still manages to effectively use these characters effectively. While this title may be accessible to those who are unfamiliar with the Valiant Universe, I would recommend at least reading The Valiant trade before picking this one up.

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8.0
Book Of Death #2

Aug 20, 2015

Book of Death #2 is another great issue, helping to solidify this event as a worthy successor to The Valiant. The writing is excellent, despite the lack of storytelling when compared to the first issue, and the art makes the battle fluid and exciting. It's clear that Book of Death is more of a Unity event than a universe-wide crossover, which is by no means a bad thing. This is a fantastic way to make new readers familiar with the team, while giving long-time fans plenty to gawk at.

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7.7
Book Of Death #3

Sep 25, 2015

Like The Valiant, Book of Death is moving along fast, and soon it will be over. Book of Death #3 is light on story, but establishes just how frightening Master Darque really is. This is an action-packed issue that paves the way for the end of the series, which looks like it'll be thrilling. Hopefully Venditti can stick the landing in the same manner Lemire did for The Valiant.

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9.6
Book Of Death #4

Oct 27, 2015

Book of Death is now Valiant's greatest achievement. Venditti and Gill have crafted a near-perfect event that accomplishes everything it sets out to do. This series didn't need to draw upon every character in the Valiant Universe; all it needed was the relationship of Gilad and Tama and the powerful message that the two carry. If you haven't started Book of Death yet, track down the first three issues now and pick this one up on Wednesday. If you are already reading the event, you shouldn't need me to tell you to pick up the finale. No one should miss out the best event of the year.

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7.4
Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1

Jul 30, 2018

Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 looks like it will be another fine chapter for Antonius.

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7.7
Bully Wars #1

Sep 1, 2018

Bully Wars #1 is an enjoyable debut and should be fun for all ages. It isn't a home run, but it feels like we have not yet seen the best that Young and Conley have to offer. I look forward to seeing Rufus rise above his peers.

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9.3
Casanova: Acedia #1

Jan 28, 2015

As a whole, "Casanova: Acedia #1" continues to do what makes the series great. It's full of pop culture, action, and just about everything you could possibly love, all packed into one issue. Matt Fraction has created one of the most fascinating worlds in comics, and has fleshed it out even more by adding a whole new setting to it. While new readers can enjoy this issue, it's highly recommended that everyone check out the previous volumes first. If you are already a fan of "Casanova," take comfort in knowing that the series is finally back, and hasn't lost a step.

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9.4
Casanova: Acedia #2

Mar 13, 2015

Casanova: Acedia #2 is an intelligent read that feels more like "Casanova" than the first issue did. While the first issue established the characters and Cass' amnesia, this one brought back some of the lore from previous arcs. This is a brilliantly crafted issue and confirmation that this arc of "Casanova" is just as good as all the others, possibly better. Fabio Moon is at his best, and I hope to see him draw more crazy demons before everything is said and done. Fans of the series have no reason to put this series down now.

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5.8
Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1

Oct 6, 2015

Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1 has a lot going for it, but at the moment not too many pieces are coming together successfully. Chankhamma's art is the highlight of this issue, as it successfully delivers fun action, even if it sometimes looks a bit too lighthearted for the brutal action on the panels. Fans of espionage may want to give this issue a try, but most readers won't miss much passing this one up.

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5.3
Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #2

Nov 13, 2015

Fans of the genre will find a lot of like in Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #2, but the series won't convert any doubters. It doesn't bring anything new to spy stories and the writing and art styles clash at times. There is still a good chance that this series can be special in the future, but for now, you can likely pass on this title without missing much.

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8.3
Cognetic #1

Oct 21, 2015

Cognetic #1 is a powerful first issue and should be welcomed by science fiction fans. James Tynion IV has crafted another strong apocalyptic tale that has the potential to surpass Memetic. Donovan's pencils and layouts help to make the story fee as massive as the issue's page count is. BOOM! Studios has been experimenting with a lot of new ideas right now, and it's paying off with stories like this.

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7.8
Cold Spots #1

Aug 21, 2018

Cold Spots is another solid horror series by Cullen Bunn. Despite the few issues with the dialogue and art, this is a chilling story with an interesting premise. It's not wildly scary, but fans of the genre should certainly give this one a try.

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8.3
Crowded #1

Aug 14, 2018

Crowded #1 is a successful debut to an original series. Its timely, fun, and exciting. This is an easy recommendation for fans of summer blockbuster comedies and for those who want a little mystery sprinkled into their action.

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8.9
Deadly Class #10

Jan 12, 2015

I can't recommend this series enough. This arc has been exceptional all the way through, with fantastic character moments and a brutal antagonist to go along with it. Rick Remender is building something that is nothing short of exciting. The fantastic art by Wes Craig makes every issue gorgeous and never disappoints. All of these pieces make this book a must-read every month, and this month is no different.

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9.2
Deadly Class #11

Feb 15, 2015

This is an incredible issue in an incredible series. Most issues that wrap up arcs tend to fall short of reader expectations and end up disappointing, but Remender manages to avoid this. This is one of the most eventful issues so far, and it's bound to stick with the reader for awhile. It's funny, thought-provoking, and explosive. It's full of moments that show just how great comic books can be. "Deadly Class" won't be back until April, and that is definitely disappointing, but at least it's going on this short break on a high note.

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9.2
Deadly Class #12

Apr 22, 2015

"Deadly Class" is back and doesn't even attempt to slow things down. This issue features some of the best action, as well some of the strongest moments from Maria. David Craig's art is phenomenal as he does everything right to make the action visually striking and easy to follow. This is easily one of Image's best titles and this issue indicates that the series is going to get even better.

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8.8
Deadly Class #13

May 28, 2015

Deadly Class #13 is a must-read issue, like every issue in this series. Rick Remender and Wes Craig have crafted a fascinating and brutal world full of some of the best characters and narration in comics. This chapter is a game changer for the series and fans will have a lot to think about as they wait for the next issue.

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8.7
Deadly Class #34

May 23, 2018

An emotional climax. Deadly Class #34 represents the best of the series.

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9.3
Deadly Class #35

Jun 19, 2018

A stellar conclusion to a heavy arc. Deadly Class is a must-read and is still one of Remender's best.

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8.2
Death or Glory #1

May 17, 2018

Death or Glory #1 is a fun start to what can be a high-speed series full of action and charming characters. Remender has created a few wonderful characters, while Bengal injects the life that this series needs to stand out. Despite a few pacing issues, this is a series that any action fan should be sure to try.

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8.9
Death or Glory #5

Sep 19, 2018

Death or Glory #5 is the issue that will make doubters believe in Glory if they don't already.

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9.6
Descender #1

Mar 2, 2015

This is one of the most awe-inspiring debuts in quite some time. It's full of imagination and innocence. It's rare to see a comic book with so much heart, and it's unsurprising to see that it is Lemire once again writing such a powerful book. Dustin Nguyen is at his best, making this one of the most gorgeous issues I've ever seen. The characters are absolutely believable, and the story is full of powerful themes that beg to be explored further. This is a must read title, and I can't wait to see where Lemire and Nguyen take us next.

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8.8
Descender #2

Apr 9, 2015

Descender #2 is a powerful and moving issue that expands upon what the first issue built. We learn quite a bit about TIM-21's past and everything he has gone through. The juxtaposition with the terrifying events happening now is effective, and the cliffhanger will leave the reader wanting the next issue to come out immediately.

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9.0
Domino (2018) #5

Aug 9, 2018

Domino is one of the best written and best-looking books on out there right now. This issue suffers from some minor flaws, but overall is exhilarating, funny, and just a joy to read.

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7.5
Exiles (2018) #6

Aug 9, 2018

Exiles #6 is a fun issue that offers are a quiet and effective jumping on point for new readers.

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8.5
Extermination (2018) #1

Aug 16, 2018

Extermination is looking like it will be an excellent farewell for the original five. Ed Brisson has excellent control over these characters and makes the fairly generic plot enjoyable to read. The excellent art is just icing on the cake for this debut.

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7.1
Extermination (2018) #2

Aug 30, 2018

While Extermination isn't a must-read, it still has its moments. If a few matters are handled well in the next issue, this could be a great miniseries.

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8.5
Faith (Mini-Series) #1

Jan 25, 2016

Faith #1 is yet another excellent debut for a Valiant miniseries, and a win for the comic book industry as a whole. Faith is a fun, relatable character that also represents a body-type that isn't usually seen in media. While there are a few hiccups in terms of pacing and the lack of clear antagonist, this is made up for with delightful moments, solid humor, and Faith rescuing puppies (Which is as great as it sounds).

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8.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #2

Feb 24, 2016

Faith #2 is a bit slower than the first issue, but that doesn't stop the creative team from still delivering a fun ride that sets up the second half of the miniseries efficiently. The protagonist is still easy to love and the series' brings quite a bit to comics that we don't see enough of us. Faith is still a must read for anyone wanting something a little different for their superhero stories.

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8.8
Faith: Dreamside #1

Sep 25, 2018

Faith: Dreamside is a great start to Faith's next chapter. Faith is a wonderful character who deserves more attention. This debut issue is great for both fans and new readers.

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8.6
Fantastic Four (2018) #1

Aug 8, 2018

Fantastic Four #1 is as good of a debut as anyone could ask for. It's exactly what the Fantastic Four have deserved, and fans of the characters will be elated with what Slott is doing with them.

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8.7
Fantastic Four (2018) #2

Sep 15, 2018

Fans of FF will find a lot to love in Fantastic Four #2. This is another solid issue from Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli.

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9.0
Farmhand #1

Jul 10, 2018

Farmhand is almost as good of a debut as you can ask for. It's fun, has solid pacing, and has just enough mystery to thrill. Some may find it a bit too silly, but to everyone else, this is worth checking out.

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9.0
Farmhand #2

Aug 7, 2018

Farmhand #2 is another exceptional issue for this new series. Guillory has proven that he is incredibly talented as both a writer and an artist, and I can't wait to see where this story goes.

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8.8
Fence #6

May 21, 2018

Fence #6 successfully does everything that makes sports manga successful.

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8.4
Fence #8

Jul 17, 2018

Fence #8 may lack a bit in the actual fencing, but it succeeds in both character and world-building.

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8.2
Fence #9

Aug 14, 2018

Fence continues to be one of the best Western slice-of-life comics available. It's a joy to read, with just the right amount of drama to make it compelling and easy to relate to.

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8.8
Fence #12

Nov 27, 2018

Fence #12 is a fine conclusion to the arc and ongoing series. I'm glad the story doesn't end here, and I look forward to seeing where this wonderful group of fencers go next.

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7.8
Firefly (2018) #1

Nov 13, 2018

Firefly #1 is familiar but comforting. In many ways, it feels like a script from the original series. While Pak gets bogged down by a few wordy panels, this issue has everything that we love about Firefly.

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8.8
Flavor #1

May 18, 2018

Flavor #1 is a joy to read and a breath of fresh air. It's rare to see a creative team mesh this well.

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8.0
Giant Days: Where Women Glow And Men Plunder #1

Dec 4, 2018

Giant Days: Where Women Glow and Men Plunder is another successful holiday special, even if it doesn't try to do anything crazy this time around. It makes for a fun side-story away from the usual drama that tends to follow Esther, Daisy, and Susan.

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9.3
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #21

Feb 6, 2015

"Hawkeye #21" is the best issue of the sereis in a long while, and it's sad to know that such a great issue is coming right at the end. Despite all of the delays damaging the momentum of the series, this is still one of Marvel's best, and I will be sad to see it go next month. As long as the final issue delivers as much as this one, this will be known as one of Marvel's greatest and most beloved runs ever. Make sure you check this one out, it's definitely a buy.

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7.0
Huck #1

Nov 18, 2015

The debut issue of Millar and Albuquerque's Huck feels less like a Millar book and more like a quiet Superman tale. Unfortunately, Millar's writing doesn't do the story or characters any justice due to a lack of development in both areas. Albuquerque creates a simple and bright world that complements the writing and adds a bit of life to the characters. Huck #1 is far from a great debut, but it may be setting up for a great series.

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7.9
I Hate Fairyland #1

Oct 14, 2015

I Hate Fairyland #1 has all the makings of a wonderful comedy. It doesn't try to be anything that it isn't. It's charming, has an insane protagonist, and is a joy to look at. It isn't the smartest title on the stands, and it will turn away a lot of people, but it's hilarious. Skottie's first creator-owned book is definitely one to check out. Just don't give it to your kids.

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8.5
Imperium #3

Apr 10, 2015

Imperium #3 throws deep concepts at its readers. It's a powerful read that sheds light on one of the series' most interesting characters. Joshua Dysart's writing is exceptional, while Doug Braithwaite's pencils are clean and unique. Those who want more depth to their comic books should definitely hop on this series.

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8.5
Infidel #3

May 20, 2018

Infidel #3 is an unsettling look at not only the evil in the apartment but also the way that Americans have treated others since 9/11.

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8.0
James Bond: Origin #1

Sep 3, 2018

James Bond origin #1 has some pacing flaws, but mostly hits the mark when it comes to its characters. Jeff Parker has created a young, sloppy Bond, but still makes the character recognizable. It feels like this series will only get better, and I look forward to seeing more.

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9.2
Jook Joint #1

Sep 30, 2018

Despite the subject matter, Franklin has created an incredibly empowering first issue that will send chills down the spines of abusers. In an era where #MeToo defines the current climate of society, Jook Joint fits in perfectly. It has a great message and is an enjoyable comic book to boot. Don't let this one slip under your radar.

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7.5
Kaptara #1

Apr 21, 2015

As a whole, Kaptara #1 succeeds in everything that it sets out to do. It has a relatable lead with some sincerely funny moments. While it was an entertaining read, it doesn't do enough yet to stand out from the other Image greats out there, which is perfectly fine at this point. This title could easily be one of Image's best down the road, and anyone remotely interested should definitely give it a try.

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7.8
Kaptara #3

Jun 24, 2015

This issue is full of great jokes and even better characters. There's just enough fantasy and science fiction thrown in to make this book appeal to fans of those genres as well. Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod have created something special, and it appears that the series will only get better from here.

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8.8
Lady Killer #1

Jan 9, 2015

As a whole, this is a strong debut in what should be a fun series. There is plenty of dark humor throughout, and some violence to satisfy those who crave it. Seeing Josie work through the various parts of her life is fascinating, and hopefully we will get to know the character much more as the story progresses. Overall, "Lady Killer #1" is a great issue that should not be overlooked by anyone and deserves to be read.

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6.8
Legenderry Red Sonja #1

Feb 10, 2015

This is a fun first issue, but doesn't exactly capture the magic of the series that it is based off. This is only the first issue, and there is plenty of room for the series to grow from here, but Andreyko is going to have to figure out the voice of Red Sonja in order to make her the exciting character that she is known as. Those who yearn for more "Legenderry" will be somewhat entertained by this issue, but there isn't much here for anyone else.

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8.0
Leviathan #1

Jul 31, 2018

It won't please everyone, but kaiju junkies will find a lot to love in Leviathan #1.

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7.5
Lumberjanes #19

Oct 21, 2015

Lumberjanes #19 is great for fans of April, but the issue doesn't offer much else to anyone else. There isn't as much group interaction which somewhat takes away from the magic that readers are used to with the series, but it's still a fun time and easy to recommend to all ages.

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9.0
Man-Eaters #1

Sep 24, 2018

Maneaters nails what it sets out to do, with an unapologetic feminist message. It's smart, funny, and has solid writing throughout. With gorgeous art by Kate Niemczyk and Rachelle Rosenburg completing the package, Maneaters #1 is an easy recommendation.

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9.3
Middlewest #1

Nov 16, 2018

To those who will resonate with it, Middlewest #1 is going to be one of the best debuts of the year. The setting, the protagonist, and the beautiful art all come together to show off some of the best that the medium has to offer. This won't be a home-run for those who want a faster story, but for most, it will feel like a warm summer night.

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8.2
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #8

Dec 18, 2014

On its own, this is a strong issue that delivered a very entertaining story. Jefferson has always been an interesting character with a dark past, and it was nice getting to see some of what he has gotten into with his brother. It would appear that Bendis is building up to something big, but as of right now the series is stuck in an odd place. I expect the story to pick up soon, but for now, it feels like very little has actually happened since this title began.

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7.8
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #9

Jan 15, 2015

"Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #9" wraps up this mini-arc very well. Having Jefferson develop so much in so little time should really help to improve future arcs. Anyone who enjoyed last month's issue should definitely give this issue a read. Bendis and Marquez have put together yet another solid issue that is sure to delight fans, and it seems that this series has a bright future.

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8.5
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #10

Feb 20, 2015

This is one of the best issues in awhile for the series. It's fun, well paced, and has an excellent cliff-hanger that sets up the final two issues of the series. Everything feels clean here and nothing about the issue is confusing. It's a good superhero book, and fans will be relieved that the series has found its stride again. It's just unfortunate that this is coming right at the end of the series.

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7.5
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #11

Mar 13, 2015

The series is coming to an end next month, and I will be extremely sad to see it go. This issue is emotionally powerful, but it also does very little to make sure that the series finale will be well paced. There were plenty of pages that could have been removed from this issue to make way for more progress of the story. There is a lot to wrap up, and it's doubtful that everything will go smoothly next month. While this issue is good, it doesn't do enough to set up for the final chapter of the series.

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8.5
Morning Glories #43

Feb 10, 2015

“Morning Glories #43″ is another great entry in the series, and it's easy to look forward to the future. This issue is full of enthralling characters, exciting moments, and revealing flashbacks. "Morning Glories" is a series that manages to challenge readers while still rewarding them, and always looks good doing it.

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7.8
Morning Glories #44

Mar 22, 2015

As usual, "Morning Glories" is a slow read that somehow manages to keep you interested. The characters are always compelling, and the crazy science that drives the series helps readers to stay invested. Those who have the time to invest in such a dense series will continue to feel right at home as they try to understand everything that is going on, and Morning Glories #44 helps to make that easier.

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8.3
Morning Glories #45

Apr 29, 2015

Morning Glories #45 is one of the best issues of this series in recent memory. It's fulfilling and answers quite a bit of questions regarding Jade and her abilities. When reading Morning Glories you always have to look at the big picture rather than a single issue, but this issue is definitely great on its own.

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7.8
Morning Glories #46

Jun 3, 2015

The structure of the last few arcs has been interesting. Nick Spencer is somehow managing to focus on only one or two characters every issue while still pushing the story forward. It's not as fast-paced as some would like, but still makes for great character development and is a solid read.

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9.2
Morning Glories #48

Sep 30, 2015

The journey to the election and issue 50 has been agonizing, but Morning Glories #48 alleviates the pain with a fantastic issue full of wonderful character moments. This is the best the series has been in a long time, and Morning Glories should be back in your pull list. Oh, and this month's "morningglory babies" is both adorable and hilarious. Don't forget to check that out.

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8.5
Mr. and Mrs. X #1

Jul 27, 2018

Mr. & Mrs. X has the potential to be the best X-Men book of the decade. Check it out.

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8.3
Mr. and Mrs. X #2

Aug 22, 2018

Mr. And Mrs. X #2 is an enjoyable issue. The characters are well-written and the art continues to shine. Despite a few gripes here and there, Mr. and Mrs. X continues to be one of the best X-Men titles out right now.

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9.2
Nameless #1

Feb 3, 2015

What makes "Nameless #1" so great is how pure it feels as a comic book. The writing and art come together perfectly, with every page creating beautiful examples of storytelling and art coming in harmony. There are plenty of believable characters, and they are all complemented with gorgeous art. This is a smart comic book and one of the best debuts of the year (so far).

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9.2
Ninjak #1

Mar 12, 2015

Ninjak is a character that is long overdue for a solo series, and it's great to see that the character is not only getting one, but it is everything that the reader could want. Fans will be overjoyed to see how well Matt Kindt handles the character, making him intelligent, cool, and simply awesome. The script is expertly crafted, with the perfect blend of character development and plot progression. The battles are sure to excite any fan of action, and the creative team successfully makes these scenes fun to look at. Ninjak #1 is yet another hit for Valiant and another great jumping on point for readers new to the Valiant Universe. You owe it to yourself to check this one out.

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8.5
Ninjak #2

Apr 22, 2015

"Ninjak" #2 establishes the series as one to look out for. It's a very well done espionage title with deep dialogue and spectacular action scenes. The narrative is solid and shows just how calculating the protagonist is during his mission. Clay Mann's art is also very precise and enhances every scene, whether it's quiet or involves someone being thrown out of a window. "Ninjak" #2 is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good espionage story with super cool ninjas.

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6.8
No Mercy #1

Apr 4, 2015

No Mercy #1 is a good debut to a series that will surely be full of riveting moments. There is some humor scattered throughout and plenty of tension. The characters are the issue's biggest weakness, but that isn't enough to prevent this title from being one worth checking out.

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6.0
No Mercy #2

May 7, 2015

It's hard to like or dislike No Mercy #2. There is a lot of good stuff in this issue but there is also a lot that takes away from the experience, mostly due to the tone of the story clashing with the art. It's still worth checking out, but this issue isn't exactly as remarkable as the first one.

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5.0
No Mercy #3

Jun 3, 2015

No Mercy #3 is a quick read with poor pacing. The story is moving in an interesting direction though, and this series could improve with the time. For now the story contrasts too much with the art, and most of the characters aren't as interesting as they could be. I want to like No Mercy, but there are too many flaws to recommend this title at the moment.

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9.1
Paper Girls #1

Oct 6, 2015

Paper Girls is off to a fantastic start, utilizing a great setting with wonderful characters and nearly flawless art. The final page leads to intrigue, and the series seems to be heading in the right direction. This is a must-read debut. Go read it.

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7.8
Pisces #1

Apr 29, 2015

This is a very dark read and may not be for all readers. There is a very little joy throughout the issue. Carpenter's life is an absolute mess and it's almost depressing to see what the character has been through and will probably endure later. However, it's definitely a compelling read and those who are looking for something darker will certainly find something great in the first issue of Pisces.

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7.7
Pisces #2

May 28, 2015

Pisces #2 is a dense and puzzling read, but also feels rewarding at the same time. The characters are broken, but full of life and aren't hollow. The plot is still perplexing, but the mystery created is intriguing and full of promise. This series hasn't completely achieved its potential, but is still an interesting read and a great addition to the genre.

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8.2
Plutona #1

Aug 31, 2015

Plutona is about a five children, not the superhero that they find, and that's what makes this title special. While there isn't too much to gawk at story-wise, the character-work is exceptional and natural. Emi Lenox and Jordie Bellaire bring the characters to life and together they make this story work in more ways than it should. This should be a solid series and anyone interested in seeing strong characters come together as opposed to great superheroes should certainly give this one a try.

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7.8
Power Up #3

Sep 25, 2015

Power Up #3 marks a major improvement for the series, mostly because everything is finally starting to come together. This is also the strongest issue for the characters, with the supporting cast getting a major chunk of the spotlight. Kate Leth and Matt Cummings have put together a charmingly fun story so far. The six-issue miniseries is halfway through now, but that shouldn't deter new potential readers. This is a wonderful all ages story that can actually appeal to older audiences as well. Check it out!

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7.5
Power Up #4

Oct 28, 2015

Power Up is still a fun and flashy series, despite the pacing issues that continue to hold it back from being great. Anyone who has enjoyed the series so far will find much more to like here, as it continues to be insanely charming.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody (2017) #6

May 30, 2018

Quantum and Woody #6 is a powerful issue with strong moments for the characters.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody Must Die #1

Jan 30, 2015

Overall, "Quantum and Woody Must Die #1" is a great debut for this miniseries. While the rest of the Valiant U is off doing epic things, these two are going out on their own irreverent adventures. It's easy to smile throughout the entire issue, and like most Valiant issues, this one is friendly to new readers. Anyone who is looking for a title that doesn't take itself seriously should give this one a look. In a market flooded with gritty superhero books, "Quantum and Woody Must Die #1" is a breath of fresh air.

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8.3
Quantum and Woody Must Die #2

Feb 25, 2015

Quantum and Woody Must Die #2 is another issue full of witty dialogue and fun moments. The superhero genre is getting filled with more and more fun series, but there aren't too many pure comedies. This series will scratch that itch in addition to giving you a good story. Check this one out if you want to laugh at your superheroes.

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8.8
Rat Queens #9

Mar 7, 2015

Rat Queens #9 marks the return of a series that should be read by fans of comedy and fantasy. The series is still a great representation of women in comics, and is full of raw action and crass humor. Despite the amount of time it's taken for this issue to come out, it's great to finally see the Rat Queens return and not miss a step.

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8.0
Rat Queens #10

Apr 9, 2015

Rat Queens #10 isn't the strongest ending to an arc, but it's still a fun issue. There are quite a few revealing moments, and some relationships are expanded upon. Wiebe does a masterful job at blending genres, and Sejic is proving to be worthy for the great series.

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8.2
Rat Queens #11

Aug 20, 2015

It's good to have Rat Queens back and any doubts about the art are quickly hushed. There are minor inconsistencies but these can all be easily overlooked. Hopefully Tess Fowler will be able to stick around for a while, because this style marks the return of the Rat Queens looking fun again. This isn't the strongest issue of the series, but it's a solid reminder that one of the best comics Image has to offer is back and here to stay.

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8.5
Rat Queens #12

Sep 18, 2015

Rat Queens is constantly improving, despite the constant change in creative talent and tone. The series might have found a sweet spot again with Tess Fowler, who draws the beautiful and hilarious issue with consistency. Wiebe himself continues to be the heart and soul of the series, as he continues to develop the relationships within the team in between the humor and action. If anyone decided to drop the series earlier, it's now in their best interests to catch up and fall in love again with the Rat Queens.

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8.5
Rat Queens (2017) #10

Jul 10, 2018

Rat Queens #10 is a pleasant surprise and avoids most of the pitfalls that have tripped up previous issues. The story gets wrapped up fairly neatly and is full of wonderful moments, especially for Betty.

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4.5
Red One #1

Mar 18, 2015

Red One #1 could have been so much more, but fails to accomplish anything it has set out to do. The story is a mess, with unremarkable characters and many failed attempts at jokes. There is still some potential for things to improve, but I don't see how far up this series could go. Feel free to pass on this one, despite the art by the Dodsons.

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6.3
RunLoveKill #3

Jun 16, 2015

RunLoveKill #3 struggles to add any depth to the series. Fortunately this is still a fun read and any fan of the genre will find something redeeming here. Anyone else will probably forget about this series and won't lose anything by passing this one up. It's a fun title that doesn't require much from readers, and doesn't try too hard to be anything more.

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9.3
Scales And Scoundrels #10

Jun 7, 2018

Scales & Scoundrels delivers a stellar tale for Luvander. This is a must-read that will remind readers why this medium is special.

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8.8
Scales And Scoundrels #11

Jul 31, 2018

Scales & Scoundrels gives an insightful look at one of the series' most interesting characters. Readers will find a new appreciation for Dorma if they don't already treasure her.

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9.0
Seven to Eternity #11

Sep 18, 2018

Seven To Eternity #11 focuses on building the world and characters, making for an insightful and tense read. Despite the issue being mostly exposition, it is still one of the most entertaining issues yet. Seven To Eternity demands to be read. No other book has built such a full world in such a short amount of time.

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9.3
Seven to Eternity #12

Nov 6, 2018

Seven To Eternity is one of the best comic books out right now. With spectacular set-pieces, dynamic characters, and some of the most incredible art out right now, this is a must-read.

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9.0
Sex Criminals #25

Jun 26, 2018

Sex Criminals #25 ends what was the toughest arc of Sex Criminals. It explores breakup, depression, and everything ugly that comes with it.

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8.8
Shanghai Red #1

Jun 20, 2018

Shanghai Red is a strong introduction to what could be one of the great revenge stories.

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8.2
Shanghai Red #2

Jul 27, 2018

Shanghai Red #2 is emotional, ruthless, and simply entertaining.

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7.7
Shutter #11

Apr 17, 2015

Shutter #11 is a good issue, but certainly isn't the strongest issue of the series. The story is moving along at an okay pace, and there is plenty to look forward to. For now, this issue excels at delivering great character moments and superb art, which is more than enough to hold it up.

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7.8
Shutter #14

Aug 13, 2015

Shutter #14 starts fast and is has a few great, humorous moments between the quick pacing. While a lot doesn't occur in its pages, it's clear that the creative team is setting the series up for a great second act. Leila Del Duca's art really elevates this title and the series never ceases to astound visually. If the final page of this issue is any indication, we should be seeing some of the craziest panels of the series next month.

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8.4
Shutter #16

Oct 21, 2015

Shutter #16 is incredibly fast paced and engaging all the way through. The story can be a bit confusing, but it's not enough to turn away those who are already fans of the series. Leila Del Duca's is easily the highlight of this one, with one of the best looking issues so far (Again). As sad as it is, Year 2 of Shutter is already beginning to wrap up, but it looks like the series won't be going on its break on a quiet note.

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8.9
Shutter #17

Nov 19, 2015

It's really a shame that the best issue of this arc is the last one. Shutter #17 has some of the strongest dialogue and one of the most defining moments of the series. Joe Keatinge is really doing some of his best work in the series right now. Leila Del Duca continues to show why she is one of the most creative artists in the industry, as she continues to tell the story effectively with her sequential art. Now comes the grueling wait until February until the next arc. This is a great time to catch up if you somehow aren't on board with the series yet.

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9.1
Shutter #18

Feb 3, 2016

Shutter #18 is setting up the series for what should be an incredible year. Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca's chemistry is at its best, and together they elevate the medium as an art form. The story is going in an unexpected direction, while the characters continue to be multilayered and constantly evolving. Shutter #18 approaches storytelling in a unique way, and is one of the strongest issues in the series so far. Anyone who hasn't yet checked out the series should get a hold of the first three trades and catch up immediately.

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7.9
Shutter #19

Mar 9, 2016

While it isn't as exciting as the last few issues, Shutter #19 is a vital issue that builds upon the fantastic lore of this series. The final few pages of the issue bring the story back to the present and are nothing short of exciting.

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7.7
Silk #1

Feb 20, 2015

"Silk #1" does well at setting the tone of the series, and as a whole it's a very enjoyable issue. While the story is somewhat weak, the art really helps to set this book apart. This is a good debut and before long, Silk could possibly stand on her own as a significant character in the Marvel U. Anyone looking for a fun series should check this one out.

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7.0
Smooth Criminals #1

Nov 21, 2018

Smooth Criminals #1 doesn't innovate the genre but serves as a fun time. The characters are easy to love, and the art nails the aesthetic. Comedy fans should give this one a read.

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9.0
Snotgirl #11

Sep 3, 2018

Snotgirl continues to be a delight and a refreshing read. While it doesn't focus on as much mystery as some readers may like, the drama and characters are interesting enough to keep the pages turning. Now is a great time to catch up on the series and join Snotgirl and company on their wild ride.

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7.3
Sons of the Devil #1

May 28, 2015

Sons of the Devil #1 has an interesting protagonist and solid writing by Buccelato. Infante's gritty art complements the story well. The series is off to a solid start, but doesn't do enough to stand out from other horror titles just yet. Still, fans of the genre will find a lot to like, and should give this debut a try.

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7.0
Southern Cross #1

Mar 11, 2015

There is a lot to like in Southern Cross #1, but there isn't too much substance. It's heavy on setting the tone and does little else aside from establishing characters. Fortunately, Cloonan does well at making the characters and setting compelling. This could be a great story, and readers will surely find the series rewarding later on, but this issue doesn't do enough to make itself a must-pull.

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8.5
Spider-Gwen #1

Feb 28, 2015

"Spider-Gwen #1" was one of Marvel's most anticipated series for this year, and it is certainly delivering. The story isn't too strong yet, but there is plenty of room for improvement. For now, we are given another great character from Marvel that can be enjoyed by any demographic. There is plenty of energy in this issue, and those who want to have a good time while they read would be silly to pass this one up.

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8.7
Sunstone #3

Sep 1, 2015

Sunstone Vol 3 is unlike any other graphic novel on the market right now. While there are plenty of erotic stories on the stands, this one seems to be the only one that has a bigger emphasis on the characters and real relationships. Seeing Ally and Lisa continue to grow is a joy to see, and the Sejic is doing well at making them relatable and genuine. This is a funny, sexy, and charming graphic novel that not only entertains, but educates, and is worth the time of anyone who has any interest in BDSM, or just great characters.

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9.1
Sunstone #4

Feb 23, 2016

Sunstone is an absolute must-read for anyone wanting to see a love-story that feels real. The characters are incredible, the relationships are authentic, and the book is simply beautiful and sexy. Sejic handles all of the explicit themes well, and continues to educate those who are unaware of what the BDSM community is actually like. The end of the volume is powerful, and fans will find themselves clinging to the final few pages. This is the best volume of Sunstone yet.

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9.1
Superman: American Alien #1

Nov 13, 2015

Superman: American Alien has the potential to be a timeless tale for the Man of Steel. It's a unique approach on the origin of an influential icon, and doesn't fail to present the reader with massive emotion. Both the script and the art are fully capable of telling the story by themselves, and together they create a heartwarming tale that emphasizes characters rather than a deep story.

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7.9
Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Oct 15, 2015

Superman: Lois and Clark #1 is a quiet, beautiful issue once you get past a small but exciting battle in the beginning. There is a lot of heart, and those who like to see superheroes in a believable romance will love what Jurgens has written. Weeks' art is simple but beautiful, and together this team may have a hit in the future. For now this is a nice and quiet change of pace, despite a few hiccups here and there.

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6.7
The Beauty #1

Aug 13, 2015

This is definitely an interesting title that is full of potential. The Beauty offers an interesting perspective on how we view beauty today, but doesn't have the interesting characters needed to fully invest its readers just yet. Some of the writing feels artificial at times as well, but the story itself is enough to overcome The Beauty #1's shortcomings.

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8.7
The Fade Out #5

Apr 17, 2015

The Fade Out #5 is a fantastic issue with some of the best dialogue you can find in comics. The characters are superb and all feel real, with actions and motivations that avoid clichs. While this series is moving slowly along, it's still one of Image's best and deserves your attention. If you haven't read this series yet pick up the first trade and this issue. You'll undoubtedly be impressed by the world Brubaker and Phillips are crafting.

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8.0
The Infinite Loop #1

Apr 23, 2015

"The Infinite Loop" #1 is a delightful debut to a series that most people have probably never heard of. The characters are fun, and the concept is sound. Even better, the use of same-sex relationships isn't at forced here. It all feels natural. Those who want to read something different should definitely give this title a try.

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8.7
The Infinite Loop #2

May 28, 2015

The Infinite Loop is starting to become a must-read for fans of either romance or science fiction. It's light-hearted, full of fun, and has a solid foundation. The creative team cares about the characters and how they portray the LGBT community and it shows. Those who give this series will find themselves invested in Teddy's adventures. Check it out.

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7.0
The Last Siege #1

May 31, 2018

While the characters aren't too interesting, The Last Siege has an interesting world that beckons the reader to explore it.

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6.6
The Last Siege #2

Jul 3, 2018

The Last Siege #2 plays it too safe and doesn't do anything too exciting to keep readers invested.

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7.0
The Magic Order #1

Jun 14, 2018

It's unfortunate that this book has so many flaws because the pieces that click well really go together. Still, fans of Millar or magic will find a lot to like about this issue, just be prepared to be disappointed by some of the execution.

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9.3
The Valiant #2

Jan 21, 2015

This series is off to one of the best starts I've seen from a superhero book in awhile. It's energetic, smart, and just plain awesome. If you are a fan of the Valiant universe, this is the next great book. It takes a few of the greatest characters, and features some of their best character moments so far, despite how new the series is. If you aren't at all familiar with the universe, go ahead, pick up the first two issues and become mesmerized immediately. Lemire, Kindt, and Rivera are a dream come true, and they live up to their names in this title. The Valiant is one of the best new books out there, and has already earned its place as one of the best superhero books on the market. Check it out.

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9.3
The Valiant #3

Feb 20, 2015

Marvel and DC have been failing at making massive events both enjoyable and rewarding, but Valiant is doing this with ease. No one is doing superheroes as well as Valiant, and it's been far too long since there has been a massive team-up book this entertaining. "The Valiant #3" is everything an action fan could want, and manages to give the reader even more.

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9.8
The Valiant #4

Mar 22, 2015

This is Valiant Comics' best work yet. In a few issues we were given an event that both introduced new readers to a wonderful universe and changed the lives for a lot of characters. "The Valiant" as a whole is nothing short of a masterpiece, and should be read by any fan of the superhero genre. If you haven't given this one a chance yet, please do, whether you are new to Valiant or not.

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8.3
The Wicked + The Divine #7

Jan 21, 2015

The Wicked + the Divine #7 continues to slowly build this wonderful world. There is still a lot of story to tell, so it's understandable that things are moving at this pace. While the plot doesn't seem to be progressing at a breakneck speed, we are at least treated to rich characters and moments. The creative team is delivering a fun book that has a wonderful blend of pop culture and mythology.

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9.0
The Wicked + The Divine #8

Feb 24, 2015

This is one of the better issues in the series so far. Kieron Gillen is crafting a mesmerizing world rich with strong dialogue and compelling lore, while the art team makes everything look amazing. Matt Wilson really outdid himself this time, with some of the best coloring in comics today. Each issue of this series so far has been full of style without compromising on substance, and this issue is no different than the rest.

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8.8
The Wicked + The Divine #9

Mar 26, 2015

The Wicked + The Divine #9 is a strong issue that reveals plenty while giving the reader something really cool to look at. It's clear that big things are going to happen soon. Character dynamics will change and tears will be shed. This is a strong title that always seems to find the right moment to amaze readers and pull them back into it. This is that issue.

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9.3
The Wicked + The Divine #18

Apr 6, 2016

The Wicked + the Divine is back and at its best. Each creator's work is absolutely superb. The action is exciting, the characters are full of depth, and the art is astounding. This series is back to being a must-pull for anyone who wants to read something special.

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8.3
Tokyo Ghost #1

Sep 17, 2015

Whether you are fan of Remender or Murphy, you will find a lot to like in Tokyo Ghost #1. The dialogue may turn away some, but the stellar characters, setting, and action will draw in most. This isn't the strongest debut, but that doesn't stop the creative team from putting together one of the most interesting and wild stories of the year.

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8.3
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #1

Nov 14, 2018

I don't know if Uncanny X-Men is going to save the series, but it feels special. It's been a while since I've had this much fun reading a mainline X-Men book. The massive creative team allows for all the right characters to shine, and this is an excellent jumping on point for all readers, new and old.

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7.8
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #2

Nov 21, 2018

Uncanny X-Men #2 picks up from the previous issue well. It carries over all of the enjoyable aspects but brings a few new problems with it as well. Fortunately, it succeeds in presenting an entertaining and diverse ensemble cast, with some fun moments sprinkled in.

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7.8
Vampironica #5

Dec 9, 2018

Overall, Vampironica is a satisfying ending to the arc, but it doesn't feel like it should end here. Hopefully, she gets another series, because it feels like the characters are just finding their place in the Archie horror line.

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8.5
We Can Never Go Home #1

Mar 26, 2015

We Can Never Go Home #1 could possibly be looked back on as the surprise hit of 2015. The inexperienced creative team has a fantastic debut on their hands, and this could be the title that makes Black Mask Studios a publisher to watch.

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7.5
We Stand On Guard #1

Jul 2, 2015

We Stand on Guard #1 is a strong debut that effectively captures the gritty thrills that come along with war. The perspective presented in this issue is refreshing, and helps this title to stand out from others in the genre. There a few minor flaws, but this is a must-pull issue for anyone who enjoysthe genre.

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9.7
West Coast Avengers (2018) #1

Aug 24, 2018

West Coast Avengers is one of those comic books that should come to mind when we think about what makes superhero comics so great. It is fun, adventurous, and looks great to boot. Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli are a match made in heaven, and this series should be on everyone's pull list.

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5.3
Wonder Woman (2011) #38

Jan 22, 2015

Wonder Woman #38 is flawed, but it at least makes some strides towards improving the run. There are some promising ideas for future issues, but for now, the series suffers from too many missteps. It's a shame that the biggest flaw in this series is Wonder Woman herself. I'd like to see where Donna Troy fits in the New 52, so I will stick to the series for now, but I will be tempering my expectations until the Finch's can breathe some life back into the series.

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5.7
Wonder Woman (2011) #39

Feb 20, 2015

As always, there is so much potential for this series, but "Wonder Woman #39" disappoints. Hopefully all of the story and character issues will be ironed out in time, but it's hard to say that the art will improve. There is plenty to do with this series, especially with Donna Troy, but it feels like that is just a background story. The Finch's seem to be more interested in the Justice League, which is a shame, because Wonder Woman can easily stand on her own. Hopefully the encounter between Diana and Donna is interesting and not full of weak dialogue.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #40

Apr 1, 2015

It's clear that the Finch's are struggling to figure out what to do with their Wonder Woman run. The action is mostly boring, and the characters are now at their lowest point. Donna Troy's actions left me searching for an explanation, and I don't see her having any sort of a positive impact on this series. This run has promised so much, but nothing has been delivered so far. To make things worse, Convergence is starting, meaning we will now have to wait a few months for this arc to conclude. It will be awhile before this series will get another chance to redeem itself.

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6.8
Wonder Woman (2011) #41

Jun 18, 2015

Meredith and David Finch have certainly improved over the last two months. The story is much more focused while the art is starting to go in the right direction. Some of the dialogue is still weak, but for the most part, this is definitely an improvement over the previous arc. Hopefully the series continues to improve from here.

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4.3
Wonder Woman (2011) #43

Aug 20, 2015

This run has had its share of issues, and while there was hope that the title could improve, it seems that fans of the character will only find more disappointment. At this point it almost seems like Wonder Woman is being wasted, especially when you compare her to other female superheroes as of late. Diana can be great again, I'm just doubting that the Finch's are the creators to elevate her to where she belongs.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #44

Sep 18, 2015

It seems that every time a small issue is corrected in this run, another one returns with severe magnitude. Wonder Woman #44 has the worst dialogue in the series so far, especially while Donna is London. David Finch has improved in some areas on art, but not enough to make this issue worth reading at all.

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3.6
Wonder Woman (2011) #45

Oct 22, 2015

Wonder Woman #45 is another poorly executed issue, but for different reasons than what we are used to. Meredith Finch makes an admirable effort at bringing up important subject matter, but simply doesn't write the characters or dialogue well enough to make it noteworthy. While there are improvements in the art, the rest of the issue is mostly a train wreck, making this yet another disappointing issue for a character that deserves better.

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2.2
Wonder Woman (2011) #46

Nov 27, 2015

Wonder Woman is deteriorating fast and the series is freefalling. It feels like the Finch's have no idea what they want to do with the character. Issue #46 felt tragically rushed with a resolution that provided no satisfaction at all. I wish I could say that the series' biggest problem was still the shoddy character work, but at this point it's hard to find a positive in this train wreck. Diana deserves better.

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6.7
Wonder Woman (2016) #48

Jun 13, 2018

Wonder Woman #48 is disappointing when you consider how much potential this arc has.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #58

Nov 15, 2018

I enjoyed this issue, and I can't help it but feel optimistic about Wilson's run. I can live with the small pacing hiccups because we rarely get to see this character written so well. If this arc goes in the right direction, this will be a memorable Wonder Woman story and a fine starting point for new fans.

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8.1
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1

Nov 20, 2015

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 is a different take on an Eternal Warrior series, and while it isn't action-filled, it still manages to stand out from the other series as the best of the bunch. Venditti's approach adds more layers to a character mostly only known for fighting stuff, while Allen and Martin's art breathes new life into the character. This is a great debut that overcomes being somewhat slow and serves as a great introduction to the character for new readers.

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7.0
X-Men (2013) #24

Feb 13, 2015

Although this isn't a bad issue, it struggles with consistently and an uninteresting story. Fortunately the great characters help to make it worth a read. I have a feeling that Wilson will find her way in this series, she just needs to find the right story to complement the great character moments she creates.

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6.8
X-Men: Black (2018): Mystique #1

Oct 17, 2018

Like it's predecessors, X-Men: Black: Mystique #1 isn't a must-read, but it is an entertaining one. It doesn't offer anything new, but has strong characterization and is an opportunity for new fans to get to know Mystique. It's better than the Magneto story but doesn't impress the way that Mojo's story did.

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5.8
X-Men: Black (2018): Magneto #1

Oct 4, 2018

X-Men: Black: Magneto #1 is a disappointing Claremont story for fans of the character. It doesn't offer much but is at least politically relevant.

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7.8
X-Men: Black (2018): Emma Frost #1

Nov 1, 2018

Emma Frost is a wonderful look at the character and is the strongest entry in the X-Men: Black series. Despite the shaky art, it's a fun read, with an expected but satisfying twist in the end. As the only issue in the series to really bring something new to the mythos, this is a great issue for new readers and Emma Frost fans.

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7.5
X-Men: Black (2018): Juggernaut #1

Oct 24, 2018

While X-Men Black: Juggernaut wasn't my favorite entry, I still liked it more than Mystique and Magneto. As always, this is a great place for people who are interested in getting into the many great X-Men characters.

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5.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #32

Jul 27, 2018

X-Men Blue # is so close to being a solid issue of X-Men, but it is held back by weak dialogue, poor pacing, and spotty art.

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7.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #33

Aug 9, 2018

This is a great issue for Magneto fans, but knowing that the series is ending in just a few short issues makes X-Men #33 feel underwhelming.

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6.3
X-Men: Blue (2017) #34

Aug 30, 2018

X-Men #34 contains everything that has plagued Bunn's run in just one issue. It has some solid moments, but it suffers from pacing, vague storytelling, and insignificant action.

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7.8
X-Men: Gold (2017) #33

Aug 2, 2018

X-Men Gold #33 is one of the best issues in the series and sets-up what could be an exciting arc.

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7.7
X-Men: Gold (2017) #34

Aug 27, 2018

Fans of X-Men (or Storm) should absolutely pick this arc up, regardless of if they have been keeping up with the series.

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7.5
X-Men: Gold (2017) Annual #2

Aug 2, 2018

X-Men Gold Annual #2 is a delightful read that emphasizes the things that we love about X-Men.

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6.5
X-Men: Red (2018) #7

Aug 26, 2018

X-Men Red #7 is the weakest issue in the series so far, but that doesn't mean that it is a bad issue. At it's worst, this issue is about the same quality as the average modern X-Men book. Hopefully, things will pick back up again next month.

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5.5
X-Men: The Wedding Special #1

May 21, 2018

A disappointing special that fails to make the upcoming wedding feel special.

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8.5
X-O Manowar #31

Dec 31, 2014

This has been another strong issue in one of Valiant's best titles this year. Despite being in the shadow of the epic "Armor Hunters" crossover, the latest arc still excites and intrigues. Without the help of the rest of the Valiant heroes, it will be interesting to see how well Aric fares against an enemy that seems to have the upper hand right now. Venditti is writing a fantastic arc, with a ruthless new antagonist possessing powerful technology and cruel intentions. "X-O Manowar" is a must read for fans of action filled comics, and now is one of the best times to start.

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7.5
X-O Manowar #32

Jan 30, 2015

"X-O Manowar #32" is an action-packed, but somewhat disappointing end to what could have been one of the best arcs in the series. Philip Zahn turned out to be a generic, although ruthless, villain that could have been a great rival for Aric. The issue at least delivered to us some great moments, and I can't wait to see what's next for Aric.

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7.8
X-O Manowar #34

Mar 2, 2015

“X-O Manowar #34″ is an explosive start to a new arc. It's clear that Valiant has a lot of plans for its 25th anniversary, and Dead Hand will undoubtedly be one of their most exciting works for it. Aric has definitely dealt with high stakes since obtaining the armor, but after this issue, it's safe to say that he has never encountered anything this dangerous. Once again, this is another issue that is friendly to new readers, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to add to their superhero reading list. This series has been somewhat slow lately, but it looks like it's heading in the right direction once more. I look forward to seeing where this arc goes from here.

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7.2
X-O Manowar #37

Jun 18, 2015

Despite some of the disappointment, X-O Manowar #37 is still another good issue in the series. It's fun to see Aric continue to grow as both a character and a leader. The days of him being one-dimensional are far gone, and seeing him have so much purpose elevates this series. Next month we will see Aric at his wedding, so hopefully we will get a light-hearted issue before the story goes back to a serious direction.

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7.6
X-O Manowar #45

Mar 25, 2016

X-O Manowar #45 is fairly disappointing, but it also comes with hope that the arc will be going in a different direction soon. What it lacks in fun action it makes up for in stellar dialogue and decent pacing.

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