Matt Lune's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Rhymes With Geek, Multiversity Comics Reviews: 110
8.1Avg. Review Rating

10
Alex + Ada #11

Dec 17, 2014

Alex + Ada is not a complicated read. It's not a complex, read-it-four-times-backwards-and-forwards meta commentary. At it's heart it is a simple story of love and humanity. Yet its subtleties, its relationships, its personality is much like a dream: take it at face value, or look deeper and find a hidden world of socialcomplexity.

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9.2
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

Apr 10, 2017

A new book by James Stokoe is always a highlight, but "Aliens: Dead Orbit" #1 is a rich and rewarding chapter in what promises to be a must-read addition to the franchise.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #7

Feb 10, 2017

A gorgeous issue that manages to find new things to say about a classic character.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1

May 1, 2014

Superior Spider-man was never going to last forever -indeed that was part of the appeal " and while the main point may not have been a ploy to make us miss Peter Parker I find that we, much like Parker himself, truly didn't know what we had until it was gone.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #2

May 22, 2014

Issue 1 came out of the stands swinging (no pun inten- ok, maybe a little intended), with ridiculous action and Parker-luck humour; which was great, but underneath it all I, and a lot of fans, knew that around the corner was Anna Maria waiting to get her heart broken. I'd come to really feel a lot for her and was eager to know what would happen to her, and in this issue Dan Slott answers that question: she's not going anywhere.While last issue brought the fun and frantic action that we as the audience missed while Peter was away (not to mention the fun Peter himself missed), this issue brought back something much more important; the heart.

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7.9
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #25

Mar 16, 2017

A satisfying main story, five backups and a teaser story for the future of the series means "Amazing Spider-Man" #25 is a strong celebration of the character.

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8.0
Amazing X-Men #6

Apr 17, 2014

A near-perfect way for Aaron to leave the X-Franchise, a great issue that concludes some storylines while setting up others. I'm sad to see him go but this was a fantastic exit for him, and I'm excited for what's to come for this book. Especially the next issue with Kathryn Immonen reuniting Spider-Man with his Amazing Friends – looks to be a lot of fun.

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6.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #3

Jun 4, 2014

Dark Horse should beaiming higher with a franchise that I absolutely love. I grew up with this stuff, I know all the episodes of Buffy and Angel like the back of my hand, so I like to think I know what I'm talking about when I say that both of those shows were constantly evolving. For better or worse they kept changing and never stopped aiming high, which for a TV show is a big deal. With Angel & Faith though I get the feeling that they're trapped by their own mythology; doomed to just keep things lukewarm and not just let loose. That's the kind of comic book this could be. Forget what's come before and stop trying to recreate the TV series and instead create something new. That's what I want to read.

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9.0
Angelic #1

Sep 21, 2017

Stunningly original fantasy with heart and soul, and more than a little word of warning about how we live today.

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7.8
Ash vs. The Army of Darkness #0

Jun 12, 2017

A fun and engaging zero issue that sets up a potentially hilarious status quo moving forward.

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6.5
Avengers (2016) #9

Jul 10, 2017

An elevated score thanks to stunning art, but even that can't save what is frankly a pointless issue.

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8.0
Babyteeth #1

Jun 9, 2017

An intimate, character-driven approach to the birth of the antichrist which is, understandably, as surprising as it is enjoyable.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #20

Apr 10, 2017

A violent clash with some classic Batman moments, framed by strong character exploration. A satisfying conclusion to King's first act.

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6.5
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1

May 1, 2017

A fairly by-the-numbers story from the extended Spidey universe. One for true fans of Ben Reilly only, really.

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8.5
Black Hammer Annual #1

Jan 23, 2017

A pricey book, but worth every penny for the gorgeous art and vital character insights.

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9.0
Black Science #6

May 2, 2014

Where we go from here, both figuratively and literally, is anyone's guess. There's a little time to wait while Image release the trade of the first arc (perfect time to catch up you guys), but Remender, Scalera and the Anarchic League of Scientists will be back in July, and so for that matter will I.

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8.6
Blood Brothers (2017) #1

Jun 30, 2017

A great start to what will hopefully be the first of many adventures.

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8.5
C.O.W.L. #1

May 27, 2014

Overall this is looking to be a series with many influences. Part Mad Men, part Watchmen, C.O.W.L. stands alone in its class. The characters are clearly set up with the long game in mind, this first issue barely scratches the surface of the players involved, and itll definitely be rewarding to see their stories unfold. Keep an eye on this book, I have high hopes for the series moving forward.

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9.0
Calexit #1

Jul 13, 2017

Thoroughly entertaining, fully engaging and entirely relevant. Calexit is an important book that never lets the politics overwhelm the story.

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9.5
Cap'n Dinosaur One Shot #1

Jul 16, 2014

As a done-in-one tale this book is funny and crazy, with a real mystery at its core (even if the payoff is equally as ridiculous as the rest of the book) and for a one-off purchase of $3.99 you won't be disappointed in taking a chance. Go buy it, put aside 10 minutes of your day and be swept up in the mental world of Cap'n Dinosaur.

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7.0
Colossi #1

Mar 6, 2017

Using a familiar sci-fi premise, "Colossi" #1 may be light on character development, but is filled with fast-paced adventure.

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7.0
Cosmic Scoundrels #2

Apr 3, 2017

A fun and funny second issue that delves a little deeper into the scoundrels and their world.

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9.0
Daredevil (2014) #1.50

Apr 11, 2014

A special nod also needs to go to Marcos Martin, for his amazing variant covers. Scattered throughout this review, they're a brilliant way to celebrate Daredevil's 50th anniversary.

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8.0
Dead of Winter #1

Aug 4, 2017

A strong start. A fresh take in a saturated genre, with a deceptively light tone, and a cast that carries real weight and emotion.

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8.8
Death Of Wolverine #1

Sep 5, 2014

Both surprisingly (this event has practically been told through adverts/solicits before it's begun) and unsurprisingly (Soule and McNiven are both serious talent) Death of Wolverine #1 is a solid read and a great start to the end of an icon.

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8.0
Eternal Empire #1

Mar 28, 2017

A strong debut with a slow build. The best may be ahead, but here is where it all starts.

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8.0
Faith and the Future Force #1

Jul 27, 2017

A fast-paced and entertaining start to an epic time-hopping adventure.

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7.2
Flash (2016) #26

Jul 17, 2017

Despite Barry Allen being, well, Barry Allen, this was an interesting time travel tale, with a fun cliffhanger

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8.0
Generation Gone #1

Jul 20, 2017

An absorbing start that promises an unpredictable series to come.

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7.9
Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1

Aug 28, 2017

Fantastic art supports a fun and engaging presentation of what it means to be Thor for new and old readers to enjoy.

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9.0
Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1

Oct 2, 2017

A well scripted, emotional story supported by stunning art that captures the essence of early Ditko Spidey.

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6.9
Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Aug 7, 2017

A fun issue that feels like a classic Hulk issue, but lacks the intended substance.

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7.7
Genius Cartel #1

Aug 21, 2017

A solid start that takes this sequel in a vastly different direction to the original series.

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8.6
Go Go Power Rangers #1

Jul 31, 2017

A welcome expansion of the story of the early days of the Power Rangers, presented in a fresh and engaging way.

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8.8
Go Go Power Rangers #3

Sep 25, 2017

Solid character development continues to deepen the lore and ultimately elevate the entire franchise.

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7.4
God Complex (2017) #1

Oct 12, 2017

Heavy on the exposition, but the start of a fascinating new world.

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7.9
God Country #2

Feb 17, 2017

God Country #2 satisfies the cliffhanger of its debut issue and continues to build the world and tease its central conflict. The best is surely yet to come, but the deeply engaging characters, be they gods, mortals or somewhere in between, are already here.

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9.3
Grass Kings #1

Mar 9, 2017

Not only the Pick of the Week, but if the series stays this strong, this will arguably be one of the best books of the year.

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8.5
Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1

May 18, 2017

A high-octane neon-drenched acid trip that feels like an underground punk zine, "Grrl Scouts" is unlike anything else out there.

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8.4
Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

Aug 24, 2017

Pitch-perfect characters and the start of an intriguing mystery, with good humor and charm for days.

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7.5
Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1

Apr 13, 2017

A classic adventure in every sense, threading Valiant characters into existing mythology. Great for new readers and old fans alike.

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7.8
James Bond: Kill Chain #1

Jul 24, 2017

A well set up mystery with all the hallmarks of a Bond classic.

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7.8
James Bond: Moneypenny (One Shot) #1

Aug 31, 2017

Giving a much loved supporting character the depth and respect that she deserves, Moneypenny is brought into the 21st century in style.

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8.1
Jessica Jones #13

Oct 9, 2017

A chilling ending provides the heartbreaking release to a tense issue.

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7.8
Judge Dredd: Deviations #1

Mar 27, 2017

A howlingly fun deviation, possibly the best of IDW's current crop, that takes the core concept and runs with it. A satisfying follow-up on the original too.

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9.0
Letter 44 #6

Apr 24, 2014

The first arc has concluded in a very strong way then, and left the book in a fascinating position moving forward. If you already read this book then you won't be disappointed by this issue. If you don't read this book then the trade comes out on July 30th. If you haven't already guessed, I highly recommend it.

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7.5
Loose Ends (2017) #1

Jan 30, 2017

A great start that draws you into its seedy, vibrant, violent world, "Loose Ends" #1 is soaked with as much neon as it is blood.

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8.0
Luke Cage (2017) #1

May 22, 2017

A slow burn debut issue for the unbreakable Defender, with a character-driven plot and bold, crisp art.

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8.2
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Annual #2017

Jun 5, 2017

A fun if occasionally run-of-the-mill annual that's elevated by an unexpected, gothic horror story about the unlikeliest of characters.

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8.9
Motor Crush #2

Jan 16, 2017

In the race for both style and substance, "Motor Crush" is taking first place.

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8.8
Old Guard #1

Feb 24, 2017

A fantastic, action packed debut issue with a fresh take on a familiar concept, ageless characters and lifetimes worth of gorgeous art.

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8.5
Original Sin #0

Apr 25, 2014

What could have been, and almost should have been, a throwaway issue became a surprisingly moving and elegantly crafted tale. It manages to fulfil its original criteria of re-establishing the Watcher for new audiences, but does it in a way that makes you look past the cynicism and actually care. It didn't need to be this good, but the Original Sin behemoth is all the better for it.

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8.0
Original Sin #1

May 8, 2014

So all in all the book could have done with being a bit simpler. All the best murder mysteries start off with the who, what, and why's of the crime, but those essential questions are almost lost in the pile of subplots that ultimately detract from the true essence of the book at this early stage. This is in no way a bad book; in fact it's one of the stronger starts for a Marvel event in some time, but it's not the perfect lift off the story needed.

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9.0
Original Sin #2

May 23, 2014

Original Sin #2 gives me a lot of faith in this event. While the wider premise of ‘secrets revealed' will obviously bring back a mixed bag of results as it permeates through Marvel's entire line of titles, the core series as it is so far is remaining focused on providing a fast-paced, action-packed murder mystery right at the heart of the Marvel Universe; one that encompasses everybody and everything in its quest to reveal the truth. Every character that's given room in this book is given a purpose, and as the mystery deepens I'm on board to follow wherever it leads me.

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9.5
Original Sin #3

Jun 6, 2014

This issue was a major step up for an already stellar event. The epic moments really were epic, and the shocking moments were graphic and brutal. The art has likewise gone up a level here. The quality is in the details, and from the huge splash pages to the smaller panels, Deodato has upped his game and delivered here big time. I cannot wait to see what he and Jason Aaron have up their sleeves for issue 4.

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8.0
Original Sin #4

Jun 20, 2014

The art gets a solid 9 from me. The story though, as I say, is seriously hampered by that one moment which, although doesn't enrage me as much as it will some, is still just a cop out. Sorry Jason Aaron. Saying all this though, Original Sin still has me hooked and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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8.5
Original Sin #5

Jul 4, 2014

The proverbial calm before the storm, Original Sin #5 slows the pace down even more from last issues talking heads, and takes us back through Furys hidden past. Its enjoyable, engaging stuff, and so long as youre willing to be swept along with the narrative youll no doubt have a lot of fun. If you go in looking for specific answers you may be disappointed, but otherwise a solid issue.

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8.3
Original Sin #6

Jul 18, 2014

Overall then another worthy chapter in the Original Sin behemoth. The claustrophobic setting of the previous few issues is opening out to rejoin the rest of the Marvel universe now, and with a faster pace and long asked questions getting answered, you can tell the endgame is near. And it is going to be big.

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8.0
Original Sin #7

Aug 15, 2014

Overall This is an issue that works better as part of a greater whole (understandable for the seventh part of an eight part story). All the character building and story beats have led to this, and this issue serves to set up what looks to be a suitably epic finale. The flashbacks may be more vital to the overall plot, but its the present, brutal clashes that steal the show, and the marriage between the two halves is what really makes this issue work.

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8.0
Original Sin #8

Sep 5, 2014

While satisfying for the overall story it's nothing Earth shattering, there's no 'Things will NEVER be the same!'. Which in itself is actually quite refreshing.

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7.8
Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man #1

Jun 27, 2014

Taking two characters from similar backgrounds in military weaponry and merging certain parts of their story doesn't just make sense, it sort of feels weird that it hasn't been explored/exploited more previously, so in that sense the retcons feel natural and the Sins more believable. Whether the final product will be a story for the ages remains to be seen, but so far so good.

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8.5
Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1

Jul 10, 2014

Haters gonna hate, but at least pick up this first issue before you make up your mind. The characterisation and level of detail prove that the creators take the task of integrating Angela very seriously, and if the rest of the series is as good as this, she'll have no problem fitting right in.

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6.7
Original Sins #1

Jun 13, 2014

While I can't give anything more positive than a shrug to Deathlok, the Young Avengers section is brilliant and no amount of bland filler will take away from that. Despite that, I'm leaving the scoring in the hands of the Math Gnomes, who tell me that a score of 9.5 for Young Avengers is brought down by Deathlok/Lockjaw's scores of 5 to a total of 6.7. Unfortunate. Still check out the book though; Young Avengers is that good.

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7.5
Original Sins #2

Jun 27, 2014

Overall this is a big step up from last issue, but only because all three stories had something to offer. As with all anthologies each issue is its own beast so I'm interested in what's to come from Original Sins…plural.

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9.4
Paklis #1

Jun 1, 2017

With three distinct stories, each as engaging and exciting as the last, Paklis #1 blows everything else off the shelves.

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7.0
Paper Girls #11

Feb 3, 2017

New characters, new mysteries and a new location all provide a solid, if slow-burn, introduction to this third arc. Welcome back, "Paper Girls."

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9.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Jun 22, 2017

An effortlessly fun and fresh take on Spider-Man; classic surroundings with a thoroughly modern voice.

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9.0
Redlands #1

Aug 10, 2017

Tense, unrelenting, genuinely scary, Redlands grabs you and threatens to never let you go.

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7.8
Regression #1

May 11, 2017

Light on character but heavy on visceral gore, "Regression" thrusts you deep into it world of body-horror, and hardly ever slows down.

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8.1
Retcon #1

Sep 14, 2017

Final Verdict 8.1 – A promisingly insane opening chapter to a psychedelic, self-aware roller-coaster.

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6.5
Riverdale #1

Mar 17, 2017

An above average companion piece with engaging art that will work for fans of the show, even if it falls short of justifying its own existence.

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8.0
Rock Candy Mountain #1

Apr 7, 2017

An issue that sets the scene well and begins to build an immersive engaging world, Rock Candy Mountain #1 offers up thrilling and hilarious Hobo adventure.

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10
Rocket Raccoon #1

Jul 3, 2014

What Skottie Young does with Rocket Raccoon (both the book and the character) is take a concept that in other hands could have been standard, All-Ages irrelevance at best, and shallow movie tie-in at worst, and has created something that is unique, funny, gorgeous, special and oh so essential.

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7.0
Rose #1

Apr 17, 2017

An engaging, traditional fantasy with the promise of an epic in the making.

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9.2
Royal City #1

Mar 2, 2017

An intimate and affecting character study showcasing Jeff Lemire at his finest.

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9.3
Scales And Scoundrels #1

Sep 7, 2017

The next epic adventure series is here, and its every bit as magical as youd expect.

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6.0
Secret Empire #4

Jun 16, 2017

A strange artifact rather than a competent issue, one that lampshades the problems of the current Marvel Universe while simultaneously adding to them.

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6.0
Secret Empire: Omega #1

Sep 18, 2017

Some truly stunning page layouts cannot hide an ultimately unfulfilling conclusion.

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8.6
Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1

Oct 19, 2017

A real treat for Black Hammer fans, one that builds a fully realized world in a way that the main series has merely hinted at.

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7.5
Shutter #2

May 13, 2014

It's not the zany, over-the-top world Kate lives in that will be bringing me back for issue 3. This feels strange to say, seeing as the zany was what drew me to the book when it was being previewed. It was the lack of development of that world that was my biggest criticism of issue 1. Now that I've seen a little more of what Keatinge has in mind for the landscape of Shutter, I've realised that it's not as interesting as the characters that live in it, and that I think may actually be the point. So give it a read. It's definitely worth it, but more for the potential that's hiding behind the ridiculous. Oh, and look out for that one page; it's a doozy.

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8.4
Slots #1

Oct 5, 2017

A gorgeously illustrated issue that lays the groundwork for a compelling underdog story.

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7.0
Southern Cross #11

Feb 13, 2017

It's full steam ahead to the conclusion of volume 2, and with everything coming together there's no sign of easing up on the action or plot twists.

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8.9
Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #1

Mar 30, 2017

With gorgeous, mind-melting frenzy, "Space Riders" returns and it's more manic, more psychedelic, more badass than ever. Welcome back, Mon Capitan.

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6.8
Star Trek: Deviations #1

Mar 20, 2017

This may not be the 'Days of Future Past' for the Next Generation crew, but it's still an enjoyable deviation from the standard Trek tale. "Star Trek: Deviations" #1

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8.0
Star Wars: Captain Phasma #1

Sep 11, 2017

A thrilling insight into a supporting character that fits perfectly into the world of Episode VII

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7.5
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11

Aug 14, 2017

A lot of Aphra's decisions are coming back to haunt her in this issue, and the payoff is satisfying.

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8.0
Superior Spider-Man #31

Apr 18, 2014

The Goblin Nation storyline has had its ups and downs, and while it definitely reads better as a whole this issue is a definite high point to the final arc. Due to the previously mentioned pacing issues regarding the plot, this issue feels more like a prelude to Amazing Spider-man than the end of Superior Spider-Man (for one theres no Otto at all in this issue, for obvious reasons), but it gives a satisfying conclusion to the run. Its saved by the fact that Peter is a joy to read again, and while some will definitely miss the complex and flawed nature of Otto Parker, I for one am looking forward to seeing the original Spider-Man being Amazing again.

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8.8
Superior Spider-Man #32

Aug 8, 2014

Fans of SpOck, rejoice! For he has returned.Even if this whole event was just an elaborate way to get Superior and Amazing together in one continuity I wouldn't care " I'd love to see them trade banter and blows on a monthly basis. As for this issue " a solid return for one of the best 'new' characters in years, and a tantalising, action-packed start to what is shaping up to be an extremely fun event.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #16

Feb 6, 2017

A quintessential Superhero comic that still manages to squeeze in some timely, inspiring words of hope in between the multiversal madness.

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8.0
The Archies (One Shot) #1

May 29, 2017

An enjoyable, engaging story that feels entirely familiar yet rewardingly fresh. A stand-alone book that's easy to pick-up and recommend to others.

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8.5
The Auteur #3

May 14, 2014

Overall. In no way a book for the faint of heart or those that are easily offended, The Auteur consistently provides the most batsh*t insane comic-book reading experiences. As I said earlier, you will either love or hate this series, but either way you cant help but get dragged into the disgusting slapstick journey that its taking you on. Overall 8.5/10.

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9.4
The Beautiful Death #1

Sep 27, 2017

A quiet, melancholic look at survival after the end of the world, with breathtaking visuals and a superbly paced script

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8.4
The Belfry (One Shot) #1

Feb 27, 2017

A fun, scary thrill ride providing real moments of horror through truly visceral imagery.

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8.0
The Book of Chaos #1

Apr 24, 2017

A compelling pulp tale with dark Lovecraftian imagery, The Book of Chaos is pure sci-fi horror that engages throughout with gorgeous art and complex characters.

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8.8
The Dregs #1

Jan 27, 2017

A grim premise presented in a unique way, The Dregs looks gorgeous even at its most horrific, and reads like the type of thrilling crime story its main character is obsessed with. A fantastic debut issue.

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9.6
The Dregs #4

Jul 3, 2017

A visually breathtaking tour-de-force that provides an almost flawless conclusion.

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5.4
The Forevers #3

Feb 20, 2017

Not the strongest issue of the series, and an overdependence on photorealistic character work is becoming this book's biggest downfall.

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8.0
The Normals #1

May 26, 2017

"The Normals" is anything but. A fun sci-fi concept excellently paced and leaving you wanting more.

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9.0
The Shaolin Cowboy: Who'll Stop the Reign? #1

Apr 20, 2017

Geof Darrow is an almost unbelievable talent, and a new issue from him should always be revered. Welcome back, Shaolin Cowboy.

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7.6
The Unstoppable Wasp #3

Mar 6, 2017

The energy of this series really is as unstoppable as Nadia, and this issue starts to build a solid foundation of engaging supporting characters, making this book stronger moving forward.

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7.8
There's Nothing There #1

Apr 28, 2017

Sharp, scary, and a little bit sexy, "There's Nothing There" #1 is socialite satire with gorgeous art and a Lovecraftian twist

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7.5
Twilight Zone #4

Apr 9, 2014

It'll definitely work better as a trade, where it will be easier to read it in the style of one complete episode. Plus the opening and closing monologues would have greater effect when taken as a whole. This issue, while not going to convert anyone new, serves as a decent end to the first tale and sets up the next arc to come nicely. Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10

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7.8
Ultimates 2 (2016) #100

Aug 18, 2017

Bafflingly cosmic in the best way, this centennial issue is an epic conclusion to one of the best runs in modern Marvel comics

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7.5
Undertow #3

Apr 24, 2014

As the plot thickens, so too does the art. As we dive deeper (no pun intended) into the ramifications and the rewards of Redum Anshargal's rebellious expedition, it would be nice if the art could be a little clearer. I can still appreciate the detail, the lettering and the gorgeous color palettes, but as the pace of the story picks up, the art needs that extra level of clarity that at the moment it's missing. Otherwise a great issue.

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9.5
Underwinter #1

Mar 24, 2017

One of the boldest, most evocative beginnings to a horror series for a long time, Underwinter #1 is an almost primal, abstract tale of agony, passion, and creation. A must read.

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7.0
Unholy Grail #1

Jul 6, 2017

An intriguing start to a take on the Arthurian legend that's steeped in demonic mystery.

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8.5
Velvet #5

May 20, 2014

Velvet, as a character and as a book, continues to be strong, believable and engaging. There's an intensity to the protagonist that echoes through the narrative and while it hits enough tropes of the genre to make hardcore fans happy, there's a refreshing reality to Velvet that makes it one of the highlights of the comic book landscape at the moment. The trade of the first volume, containing this and all previous issues will be out in June and as you may have guessed I highly recommend it!

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7.6
World Reader #1

Apr 24, 2017

A strong start to an engaging and unique new sci-fi series.

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8.0
Wytches #3

Dec 18, 2014

Uneven art aside, you can't fault the execution of purpose that this book achieves. Wytches is a book that is not out to scare you: It's out to unsettle you -to make you look twice at that shadow in the corner of the room; to make you walk a little faster through that short-cut home at night; and in this issue, it makes you want to hug your loved ones that little tighter. You won't find many books that scratch and claw at your subconscious in quite the same way.

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8.0
Youngblood (2017) #1

May 4, 2017

A welcoming, accessible superhero book for all. With a wealth of character development and a sense of legacy, theres plenty to love for new and old fans alike.

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