Matt Meyer's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 116
7.1Avg. Review Rating

7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #11

Dec 14, 2018

With a character-driven story that gets to the heart of the Spidey/J. Jonah Jameson dynamic, Nick Spencer is definitely onto something - he just needs to beef up his plots a little more. There's nothing wrong with a lighter touch, storytelling-wise, but a truly great comic should feel like a meal, rather than a snack. This issue is fun, but the plot is too fluffy to be anything more than the comic equivalent of a popcorn flick.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #12

Dec 20, 2018

After a great set-up last issue, this issue unfortunately feels all too rote, despite some solid character beats. Spencer and Ottley are capable of so much more; that said, it isn't wholly bad, either - it just doesn't feel like anything readers haven't seen countless times before.

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5.4
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #13

Jan 18, 2019

Though technically a solid ending that manages to tie up all of this story's loose ends, the uneven nature of its storytelling style makes it too clumsy to pull off everything it's trying to accomplish. There are strong character beats, but everything else falls flat.

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7.3
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #14

Feb 1, 2019

After the last couple of issues lacked luster, Nick Spencer is eagerly moving into the next major story forAmazing Spider-Man. This issue highlighted Spencer's talent for character work, and despite some minor quibbles, was an overall solid book.

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7.9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #15

Feb 17, 2019

It might be easy to mistake this issue as not having a lot happen in it; indeed the action beats are almost nonexistent and the actual plot is fairly by-the-numbers. But that's beside the point: Nick Spencer has created a quiet little masterpiece of characterization, focusing on Peter and May Parker and really leaning into what makes them one of comics' most enduring mother and son.

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4.4
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #16

Mar 2, 2019

Despite some high-minded ideas,Amazing Spider-Man #16 falls short of its ambitious goals. It may be a crucial lead-in for "Hunted," but as a comic unto itself, it just doesn't hold together.

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7.9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #16.HU

Mar 8, 2019

If you haven't readAmazing Spider-Man in awhile, or maybe just haven't been enjoying Nick Spencer's run on the book, do yourself a favor and pick up this issue. You won't be disappointed.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #17

Mar 15, 2019

"Hunted" gets off to a high-stakes, slam-bang start that manages to keep itself rooted in the characterization of its protagonist, Kraven. And despite his inherent limitations as a normal (i.e. non-superpowered) man going up against a superhero, Kraven proves why he has endured as a first-class Spider-Man villain for over 50 years.

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5.9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #18

Apr 2, 2019

All in all, not a terrible issue. I may seem like I've been nitpicking this issue to death when in truth I did enjoy it for the most part. But minor things matter, and they do add up if allowed to persist. And if enough of them keep happening, cumulatively they could be enough to eventually sink this story.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #18.HU

Apr 6, 2019

Though not the most original story, Nick Spencer does a great job of selling the idea that the Gibbon is a character worth caring about. And in doing so, rewrites "Hunted" as a tragedy before the story is even half-done.

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6.1
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #19

Apr 15, 2019

In the end,Amazing Spider-Man #19 never quite gels as its own thing. It exists to move the "Hunted" story forward, but doesn't do enough to that end. It takes baby steps when what it needed to do was stride like a giant.

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8.4
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #19.HU

Apr 21, 2019

The Lizard proves why he's one of Spider-Man's most revered foes in this character-driven one-off, and honestly, proves too that he's a character worthy of considering for a prime-time shot at leading his own book. Don't miss this one!

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6.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #20

Apr 28, 2019

Although it's a bit frustrating that Spider-Man doesn't actuallydo morethan swing around reacting and hiding in trees, "Hunted" continues to be a solid romp. By this stage of the story, though, it is beginning to sag just a hair under the weight of all its myriad subplots.

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7.2
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #20.HU

May 3, 2019

Though not quite as remarkable as the previous character-focused .HU installments of "Hunted," this issue ofAmazing Spider-Man feels stronger and more coherent than the main chapters of the story. It's a strong centerpiece for the Vulture, to boot, who rarely gets solo screen time when he's not being punched by Spidey!

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #21

May 17, 2019

"Hunted" suddenly hits the accelerator as it rockets to its conclusion, giving readers whiplash with all the plot it moves forward at once - yet also leaving them to wonder just how everything is going to wrap up neatly next issue.

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3.4
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #22

May 31, 2019

In the end, what did "Hunted" accomplish? It spun its wheels for three months and then rushed to a conclusion that ultimately sputtered out and died. The highlights were the .HU issues, which highlighted what Spencer does best: small-focus character-based stories. Ultimately, though, those one-offs weren't enough to save "Hunted" from being a completely forgettable missed opportunity of a story.

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3.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #23

Jun 15, 2019

"Hunted's" epilogue codifies what a complete miss this story has been, an abortive attempt to callback to "Kraven's Last Hunt" that ultimately just acts to remind readers that they could be reading a much, much better story.

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5.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #24

Jun 27, 2019

Writer Nick Spencer exhales a bit from all the recent high-minded "Hunted" goings-on, and takes some time to get back to basics as far as Peter and Mary Jane are concerned. But in taking too much space to set up the next big story - and not quite sticking the landing with it - instead of just taking some quiet time to reflect and have some quiet, smaller moments. It's not a bad issue, just uneven.

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6.3
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #25

Jul 12, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #25 tries to juggle a lot of storytelling balls, but other than the Mary Jane story, fails to provide anything resembling a complete tale. In other words, this issue tries to justify its higher price tag with more pages - but alas, more pages do not a complete story make. It's just ever more set-up for future story arcs, a trope Nick Spencer has deployed far too many times in his still-young Spidey tenure - and with each usage, further diminishing returns.

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6.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #26

Jul 25, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man #26 takes a step back from the last half-year's or so worth of grim, melodramatic storytelling, and just has some fun. A lot of cool, breezy concepts are brought to the fore as well, making this an issue that while not earth-shattering, at the very least isn't mentally draining to try to get through. Spencer needs to do more like this.

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6.7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #27

Aug 19, 2019

"Fun" is the word in "Who Run the World?." Nick Spencer is in his comfort zone, and it's nice to have a Spider-Man story in this book that isn't leaden with melodrama and the knee-jerk need to leave two-dozen dangling plot threads. Focus is the order of the day and if Spencer's run keeps this pace, he has a shot at redeeming it after several recent missteps.

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7.3
Batgirl (2016) #33

Apr 7, 2019

Batgirl #33 is a solid read that brings us a down-to-earth superhero tale that showcases its lead running hot under the collar - and rarely more human.

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8.4
Batgirl (2016) #34

May 1, 2019

Batgirl is part of a quiet revolution of back-to-basics superhero comics. Do yourself a favor and check it out! This is a mystery worth digging into!

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4.5
Batgirl (2016) #35

May 30, 2019

Writer Mairghread Scott strikes out this issue, wanting to go for a straight-ahead action piece but instead leaving readers with uninspired by-the-numbers superhero fare.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #36

Jul 10, 2019

Mairghread Scott more than capably concludes her tenure writing Batgirl, with a gripping and taut thriller that doubles as a thesis on what makes a hero. It is, in a lot of ways,exactly what DC has claimed to be striving for in the "Rebirth" era of its storied history.

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5.0
Batgirl (2016) #37

Jul 30, 2019

Cecil Castellucci's tenure asBatgirl scribe unfortunately doesn't get off to a good start, whether it's the blatant disregard for recent events, a padded script, a weak plot, or the lackluster art. Barbara deserves better, and I hope this is just some jitters Castellucci has to work out of her system here at the start - or this run will be doomed to fail.

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9.4
Batman (2016) #1

Jan 13, 2019

For its finale,Kings of Fear looked inwardly, and turned out one of the most fulfilling finales to a Batman story in recent memory. It may have meandered a bit along the way, but in the end, much like Batman's Quixotic quest itself, it was worth it the journey.

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6.6
Batman (2016): Secret Files #2

Aug 5, 2019

Though not a necessary addition to anyone's collection,Batman Secret Files #2 manages to squeeze some hidden gems out of its format, and while there's certainly some stories that are weaker than others, no one is out-and-out awful. At the end of the day, it isn't essential reading both in and of itself or as a marketing tie-in to "City of Bane," but by the same turn you won't regret reading it.

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7.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #7

Aug 22, 2019

Although a little light on the original storytelling this issue,Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 nonetheless delivers a well-crafted slice of character-driven introspection, turning two fan-favorite characters on their heads while still remaining true to who they are. That takes skill. Old-school fan or newly-converted, this is oneBuffy reboot worth checking out.

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3.6
Female Furies #1

Feb 9, 2019

Female Furies wants very, very desperately to be A Very Important Comic. Unfortunately, bizarre shifts in tone, an inability to take its subject matter seriously in a consistent manner, and a tendency to reduce all its male characters to stock caricatures sap it of any potency it may have had.

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6.3
Female Furies #2

Mar 15, 2019

After a first issue with questionable (at best) execution,Female Furies gains its footing and begins to move in the right direction. Though not a comic for everybody, writer Cecil Castellucci is telling a story that is beginning to show signs of immediacy and a righteous anger that cannot be denied.

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7.4
Female Furies #3

Apr 11, 2019

Female Furies' trajectory completely switches by this issue's end. It's brutal and heartbreaking all at the same time, a damning indictment of a society of entitlement. Though heavy-handed in its approach, this book's blunt-force impact is hard to deny. Toxic nerds beware.

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7.5
Female Furies #4

May 9, 2019

Continuing its trajectory as a Fourth World retelling for the age of the Me Too movement, writer Cecil Casellucci manages to restrain the ham-fisted feminism - for the most part - and tells a solid story about a woman who is sick of being treated like garbage and isn't going to take it anymore.

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7.5
Female Furies #5

Jun 9, 2019

At turns tender and quietly devastating,Female Furies #5 strongly continues one of the most impressive course corrections I've ever seen in a miniseries after a disastrous first couple of issues.

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5.2
Female Furies #6

Jul 9, 2019

While not a total wash,Female Furies end the same way it began: rudderless, with a lot to say but lacking the vocabulary with which to say it.

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7.3
Flash (2016) #68

Apr 18, 2019

Josh Williamson'sFlash run has been markedly inconsistent, but this issue - and the story it's a part of - has been very solid, if not wholly groundbreaking. New readers might be a little lost as to what all these new Forces are, but Williamson is a decent enough writer that nothing is too vague. A good time can be had by all!

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6.5
Flash (2016) #69

May 6, 2019

Too by-the-numbers to be impressive, yet too tame to really run with what it's got working for it, writer Josh Williamson's latest Flash issue strives for greatness but winds up tripping at the finish line.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #70

May 14, 2019

Eager and exuberant in its initial showcase of the Flash's newfound abilities, this issue starts very strong but then stumbles with a bizarre and unearned turn toward the end. It's not a total wash, but seems poised to neglect the "stripping down to basics" ethos that has made past Year One stories for other characters so great.

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6.9
Flash (2016) #71

May 27, 2019

Though gorgeous to look at, "Flash: Year One" continues to veer off-course in ways that, at only two issues in, provide a roadmap for looming storytelling disaster.

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8.8
Flash (2016) #72

Jun 17, 2019

With its focus shifting to a rookie hero learning the ropes, "Flash: Year One" finally shows some promise toward giving fans what they want. The chemistry between Barry and Iris is worth the price of admission alone, showing that Josh Williamson hasn't completely shot himself in the foot as far as hisFlash tenure is concerned. More, please.

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8.8
Flash (2016) #73

Jul 2, 2019

"Flash Year One" turns out its best chapter yet as Josh Williamson continues the monumental task of turning hisFlash tenure back around.

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8.2
Flash (2016) #74

Jul 18, 2019

Flash #74 brings the penultimate chapter to Barry Allen's inaugural run as eponymous character, and it doesn't disappoint, despite Williamson not quite sticking the landing for Barry's big coming-out party as a hero.

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8.9
Flash (2016) #75

Jul 29, 2019

A celebration of what makes the Flash great,Flash #75 breathes new life into a title that had been stagnant for the last year or so.

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7.3
Flash (2016) #76

Aug 23, 2019

Writer Josh Williamson continues to return the Flash to true form in this engaging, lively installment. If you're a lapsed fan, now might be a good time to revisit the Fastest Man Alive. All signs point to positive gains going forward.

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8.7
Gunhawks (2019) #1

Feb 12, 2019

Gunhawks may not break any new ground, but it isn't trying to. Instead it's a deft homage to the Western genre and that chapter in Marvel's publishing history, and as such it works wonderfully. If you're looking for something different, David "Stray Bullets"Lapham - a modern master of the one-and-done format - along with the rest of the creative team have crafted an extremely fun treat.

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3.8
Heroes In Crisis #8

Apr 24, 2019

This comic is an absolute travesty. I cannot possibly recommend anybody spend their hard-earned money on it, nor even waste their time reading it for free online. Skip this comic at all costs or be prepared for some righteous anger.

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3.7
Heroes In Crisis #9

May 31, 2019

Puerile instead of insightful and trashy posing as deep and meaningful,Heroes in Crisis limps across the finish line and does nothing at all to redeem itself and the sins it wrought upon Wally West... and readers' wallets. This is a story best forgotten, a cautionary tale of what happens when an ambitious writer sets his sights too high and editorial falls asleep at the wheel.

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8.3
History of the Marvel Universe (2019) #1

Jul 25, 2019

Though rushed in its ultimate execution,History of the Marvel Universe #1 is a gorgeous-looking book that might be more for the consumption of the masses than hardcore, longtime fans. That said, it's still worth checking out, if for no other reason than to tip the hat at Mark Waid's meticulous research and the magnificent art that accompanies it.

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7.5
Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1

Jun 8, 2019

Though not perfect by any means,Last Call gives industry legend Peter David the last shot at the Hulk he never got. It's a nostalgia trip to be sure, but you could do a hell of a lot worse.

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9.1
Invaders (2019) #1

Jan 17, 2019

An incredibly strong debut issue from a killer creative team,Invaders has all the makings of a modern classic.

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7.5
Invaders (2019) #3

Apr 4, 2019

Although the story's momentum stalls out slightly this issue,Invaders is still an extremely well-made book that deserves a wider audience. The Invaders may never be the Avengers in terms of popularity, but with a comic this strong, they don't have to be. Even the slight hiccup here in issue three still resulted in a generally strong comic.

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9.6
Invaders (2019) #5

May 13, 2019

Invaders #5 proves why this title deserves to be not just a sleeper hit - but a phenomenon in its own right. Perfect in its execution and pulse-quickening pacing, it just doesn't get better than this. Kudos to all creators involved. If you're not reading this, why are you even reading comics?!

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7.9
Invaders (2019) #7

Jul 27, 2019

Although quieter than previous installments,Invaders #7 does a great job of moving the pieces around the chessboard to set the stage for the next arc. Anyone wondering about the hype of Chip Zdarsky's Eisner win would do well to check this book out. Month in and month out, he proves his writing chops, and that he deserved that win.

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7.1
Justice League: Odyssey #3

Dec 8, 2018

Justice League Odyssey #3 continues to build the world that's gradually being established and explored as the series goes on. It hasn't quite gelled yet, but it really has the potential to be a whiz-bang space opera full of intrigue, action, and strong characterization. What more could a fan want?

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8.0
Justice League: Odyssey #4

Jan 4, 2019

This issue helps bring the series into better focus, and has a fun time doing it. I'm still not sure where the book as a whole is going, but I'm interested to find out as the slow-reveal of the bigger plot paints an intriguing picture.

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9.0
Justice League: Odyssey #5

Feb 4, 2019

After a shaky start,Justice League Odyssey is really starting to go places. I'm excited to see where it heads!

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8.0
Justice League: Odyssey #6

Mar 6, 2019

While I can't say this issue was bad by any means,JLO has foundational issues with its core conceit that underscores even its best intentions. Where these characters are going, why readers should care about them, why they're even together - these are flaws that no change in writers may be able to overcome. While on an issue-by-issue basis there's fun to be had and some strong character beats, something needs to snap into place fast or this book may be doomed.

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8.8
Killmonger (2018) #1

Dec 7, 2018

Bold and brash yet quietly emotional when it needs to be,Killmonger proves this is character worthy of the spotlight. One issue in, and Hill and Ferreyra are on fire.

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7.4
Killmonger (2018) #2

Dec 31, 2018

Killmonger takes a back seat this issue to a supporting character whose motivations are all over the place, which is disappointing after the first issue's focused and character-driven set-up. There are some decent character moments, but ultimately nothing that moves Killmonger's character forward any. If you turn your brain off where the plot is concerned it's a decent read, but I highly doubt that's what Hill had in mind. Juan Ferreyra's art is the main draw here, although this issue's cliffhanger could definitely provide the shot in the arm next issue needs to get the story back on track.

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8.8
Killmonger (2018) #3

Jan 8, 2019

If you were a fan of Michael B. Jordan's award-worthy performance as Erik Killmonger in last year'sBlack Panther, what are you waiting for? Buy this comic!

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7.7
Killmonger (2018) #4

Feb 14, 2019

Some shocking violence and back-stabbing galore punctuate this, the penultimate issue ofKillmonger. The action is fantastic, and although the motives are a bit suspect, it's still a highly enjoyable ride.

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8.5
Killmonger (2018) #5

Mar 12, 2019

If you loved Michael B. Jordan's onscreen portrayal of Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, run, don't walk - buy this comic NOW!

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7.2
Lois Lane (2019) #1

Jul 4, 2019

In all,Lois Lane #1 isn't a bad comic. But it does make the mistake of putting its politics before its plot, and winds up feeling a tad threadbare as a result. Greg Rucka is a master mystery-weaver and storyteller, though, and either way the end result will almost certainly be worth checking out, regardless of which side of the political aisle you're on.

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7.5
Lois Lane (2019) #2

Aug 18, 2019

Lois Lane proves to be thinking man's comic, an all-too-rare gem in today's pop culture landscape. Taut, tense, and steeped in mystery and atmosphere, this is one comic you shouldn't let pass by.

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8.9
Martian Manhunter (2018) #2

Jan 16, 2019

A bold and unique reinterpretation of a classic character, Orlando and Rossmo are crafting a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions... get onboard now before you're the only one not talking about it!

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8.9
Martian Manhunter (2018) #3

Mar 4, 2019

Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia continue their journey into the life and times of J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter. It's the story of an alien, but speaks to the humanity in all of us. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

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9.6
Martian Manhunter (2018) #4

Apr 5, 2019

Although a relatively quiet issue,Martian Manhunter continues to prove itself as one of the most uniquely human comics on the shelf today. It may not be drawing the raving hype and talk of Eisner shoo-in that DC'sMister Miracledid, but it certainly belongs in the same conversation as a game-changing book that is a cut above anything else out there. Sadly, April will be a skip month for the book, but rest assured I can't wait for the next installment in May!

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8.1
Martian Manhunter (2018) #5

May 28, 2019

Martian Manhunter definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea - I'd say enjoyment hinges on the reader's ability to get into Riley Rossmo's eccentric art style - but it's definitely unique either way. And at the end of the day, a book that's willing to take chances and be boldly its own thing is one I'm always willing to give a chance.

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9.5
Martian Manhunter (2018) #6

Jun 30, 2019

Heartbreaking, devastating, gut-wrenching -Martian Manhunter #6 is an epic tragedy that closes a major chapter in its title character's life. Though perhaps not for everyone, this series continues to stand out among the crowd each month - a feat worthy of attention in and of itself. No matter what you think, this issue is as flawless as it comes.

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6.5
Martian Manhunter (2018) #7

Aug 1, 2019

This was a bit of a slow issue (I hesitate to use the term "filler," but... well...), as Steve Orlando struggles just a bit to keep the narrative momentum up now that his flashback scenes are concluded. It's still a solid and utterly unique read, though; here's hoping that the miniseries' remaining installments are able to regain the slack from this issue's slow exhale.

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3.4
Morning in America #1

Feb 26, 2019

Morning in America tries to capture the spirit of superior works such as Paper Girls or Stranger Things, and in the process winds up having no identity of its own. By that turn, it really doesn't justify its own existence. Why read the watered down knock-off version when you could be consuming the superior original?

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7.5
Naomi #1

Jan 24, 2019

Naomi seeks to carve out its own unique corner in the DC Universe, but despite an intriguing set-up, fails to hit the ground running with anything stronger than a mild trot.

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9.6
Naomi #2

Feb 26, 2019

It's hard to say at, this point, exactly where this story is going. But as more layers of onion continue to be peeled back, it's impossible to not be engaged. I wouldn't be surprised ifNaomi is on its way to some Eisner awards sometime in the near future. Bendis, Walker, and Campbell are crafting something special here - get onboard now and find out what all the fuss is about!

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9.4
Naomi #3

Mar 25, 2019

Naomi #3 quietly moves its mystery forward with a healthy dose of deep emotional beats, pulling the reader in and leaving them immediately wanting more. This book won't be for everyone - it's quiet yet strong in a way few comics are. Highly, highly recommended.

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10
Naomi #4

Apr 23, 2019

This comic excels on every level, crafting a character-driven origin story that's wrapped in a mystery that manages to touch on the history of the DCU in an organic, believable, and well-woven way. If you don't like this comic, what are you even reading them for?

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9.3
Naomi #5

May 24, 2019

Naomi continues to be a gem of a comic to behold, even it doesn't quite stick the landing this issue with its origin reveal. Regardless, it's gorgeous, and shouldn't be missed!

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8.9
Naomi #6

Jul 17, 2019

While not quite sticking the landing as it so desperately desires,Naomi #6 brings the eponymous character's first arc to a finale with a compelling sense of closure, and a sense of wonder at what the future holds.

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5.8
Old Man Hawkeye #11

Dec 3, 2018

For what should be an engaging cliffhanger of a penultimate issue, where all the series' themes and story elements come together and leave the reader gasping for the conclusion,Old Man Hawkeye #11 misses the mark. It's neither good nor bad, just sort of existing without providing much evidence for its own necessity one way or the other. Which is too bad. Clint deserves better.

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7.0
Old Man Hawkeye #12

Dec 26, 2018

A well-executed conclusion that overcomes its inherent limitations as a prequel to deliver an exciting yet somber finish.

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9.6
Punisher (2018) #9

Mar 16, 2019

If you haven't read a Punisher comic in awhile, drop everything you're doing and check out Matthew Rosenberg's run. Even coming in cold in this fourth chapter in a story, I was able to dive right in and felt certain I knew what was going on. Accessible on every level, this issue is a treat from start to finish.

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6.6
Punisher (2018) #10

Apr 8, 2019

With an over-reliance on big action scenes and generic cannon-fodder, no-stakes cardboard cut-out villains, this issue ofPunisher winds up being a misstep due to leaning too far into the character's action roots. It might read better in the context of the entire story once this arc's all said and done, but as a single issue, its lack of depth or really much of anything interesting renders it almost instantly forgettable once done reading.

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5.7
Punisher (2018) #11

May 4, 2019

Writer Matthew Rosenberg swings for the fences and comes up short, in his latest repetitive all-action-no-plot issue ofPunisher.

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7.1
Punisher (2018) #12

Jun 20, 2019

Rosenberg turns in another fun-but-vapid script, but it's buoyed by Kudranski and Fabela's strong artwork. Although this series is fun, it does get a little too repetitive for its own good at times, even when it changes locales.

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7.8
Punisher (2018) #13

Jul 8, 2019

"War on the Streets" heats up, and the odds are stacked against the Punisher - and with a fan-favorite set of characters poised to make their big comeback next issue, what more could a fan ask for?

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7.3
Punisher (2018) #14

Aug 21, 2019

Punisher #14 adds a lot of great ingredients to Rosenberg's simmering stew, and is all the better for it. But the story is hampered by rushed, borderline-sloppy art, and a misuse of the Thunderbolts as impotent clowns.

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4.8
Punisher (2018) Annual #1

Jul 21, 2019

Dumb by design,Punisher Annual #1 is a romp that won't be for everyone. But it is what it is... enjoyment will completely depend on a reader's acceptance of that. Sometimes, a comic doesn't have to be an Alan Moore-class visual symphony. It can just be a big silly romp featuring a man shooting space insects.

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6.0
Sideways #11

Dec 30, 2018

The end may be nigh for Sideways, and unfortunately this issue acts like it. Instead of playing up the innate qualities of what has made this book so fun, writer Dan Didio instead chooses to utilize a more straight-ahead superhero fight-scene approach. Here's hoping the series' final two issues fare better - Sideways is a hero who deserves a chance to shine.

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7.1
Sideways #12

Jan 29, 2019

Near the end of its run,Sideways continues to do what it does best: put a average, likeable and relateable kid in the craziest of situations. It isn't the most original concept around, but it's fun, and you could do a heck of a lot worse.

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7.3
Sideways #13

Mar 8, 2019

Dan Didio and Kenneth Rocafort'sSideways ends with a satisfying conclusion that leaves the door open for return engagements to the character.

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5.2
Silver Surfer (2016) #1

Dec 17, 2018

Well-intended but ultimately disconnected and scattershot, this issue has easily been the weakest of Marvel'sBest Defense miniseries of one-shots. Although the art occasionally shines, that alone isn't enough to get this entry up to snuff. Recommended for completists only.

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7.1
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #1

Jul 18, 2019

Jimmy Olsen is back, and maybe a smidge too cutesy for his own good...but that's not necessarily the worst thing that could happen. What this book needs is a bit more story, and less forced quirkiness, and it will fire on all cylinders.

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4.9
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #2

Aug 24, 2019

Far too in love with itself and its own slapdash sense of humor to be taken seriously, this comic utilizes facile attempts at humor to hide the fact that it has no real plot. At only two issues in, this miniseries is already careening off the rails - which bodes very, very ill for the next ten months, and the remainder of this non-story.

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5.9
Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Apr 13, 2019

If you were hoping for a deep-dive into Peter Parker's life with a symbiote, and how it impacted him, this comic won't be for you. But if you want a surprising take on a classic villain who's usually depicted in a more two-dimensional manner, there's a lot of promise. With only five issues to work with, I hope Peter David turns it around.

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8.5
Symbiote Spider-Man #2

May 10, 2019

Peter David is writing a rip-roaring Spider-Man yarn with more than little bit of creeping horror thanks to the symbiote's presence, balanced by superb character work for often-two-dimensional villain Mysterio. It's an outstanding comic that is worth every penny.

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8.2
Symbiote Spider-Man #3

Jun 18, 2019

Symbiote Spider-Man continues to be a fun dip into its title character's past, but through the lens of one of his oldest foes. Anyone suffering from Amazing Spider-Man fatigue would do well to check it out!

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8.3
Symbiote Spider-Man #5

Aug 20, 2019

Symbiote Spider-Man wraps up firing on all cylinders, with slam-bang action and a creeping sense of dread at the end, knowing what's still to come for Spider-Man and his "wondrous" new suit.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #25

Dec 31, 2018

A surprisingly fun outing focusing on two of the newest Titans, writer Adam Glass proves he has what it takes to make a reader feel invested in them.

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5.8
Teen Titans (2016) #26

Jan 28, 2019

Adam Glass continues to shine on the under-the-radar Teen Titans, but the art team drags an otherwise engaging issue down a few notches.

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8.5
Teen Titans (2016) #27

Feb 25, 2019

Teen Titans is quietly one of DC's best books, and easily the best Titans book since Geoff Johns' run ended allllll the way back in 2007. By focusing on the team's interpersonal dynamics, Adam Glass is staying true to the team's credo that they're a family first, and superheroes second. The way these characters bounce off one another so organically is reminiscent of early seasons ofBuffy, which is some of the highest praise I can give!

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7.2
Teen Titans (2016) #28

Mar 26, 2019

"The Terminus Agenda" gets off to a fun, action-packed start, bringing several ofTeen Titans' ongoing plot threads together as well as kicking off the latest Titans/Deathstroke clash. It asks readers some heady questions, and seems poised to shake up the current Titans dynamic before it's all said and done. (It also seems poised to have a smarmy, ethically-challenged teenager get kicked in the head by Deathstroke, and hey, isn't that what all comics should aspire to?)

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7.7
Teen Titans (2016) #29

Apr 25, 2019

Writer Adam Glass delivers another stellar installment of "The Terminus Agenda" as everything on every level ratchets up. This story is going to blow up the status quo of bothTeen Titans andDeathstroke, and it's anyone's guess what either book will look like when the dust settles!

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6.0
Teen Titans (2016) #30

May 26, 2019

An anticlimactic epilogue to an anticlimactic crossover,Teen Titans #30 ultimately falls flat of its ambitions by being entirely too predictable in its characters' actions and reactions.

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6.7
Teen Titans (2016) #31

Jun 25, 2019

Though something of a letdown in terms of storytelling, Teen Titans #31 is still a solid if breezy, all-killer-no-filler action bonanza with our titular heroes facing off against a villain who hopelessly outmatches them.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2016) #32

Jul 23, 2019

After a couple of bumpy issues,Teen Titans begins to get itself back on track with the conclusion of Crush's first confrontation with her father, Lobo, and tantalizingly presents more questions than answers. Though not a work of high art, it is most definitely an entertaining bit of superhero romp - and sometimes, that's enough.

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6.5
Teen Titans (2016) Annual #1

Feb 5, 2019

Though something of a mixed bag in terms of overall quality, there's enough meat on the bones of these stories to justify the extra dollar price tag. Adam does a great job moving his subplots running, but if you were expecting a conclusion to the Robin/Red Hood/The Other story, you'll be a bit disappointed.

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6.6
Thanos (2019) #1

Apr 25, 2019

While getting off to a relatively quiet start given that this comic is about Thanos, by focusing on Gamora's formative years in the Mad Titan's "care," it holds a lot of promise for some definitive character moments promise to flesh out her backstory and give readers greater insight into her motives.

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4.9
Thanos (2019) #2

Jun 4, 2019

After reading this issue, it's hard to understand why this series exists other than to be a quickie cash grab to tie intoAvengers: Endgame. Everything about it is sopro forma, I have a hard time imagining anyone other than readers completely new to both the characters and comics will be all that interested in it. And maybe that's the point, maybe it does exist as a lure for new readers - but just because that's your designation, doesn't mean you don't have to aspire for more.

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6.5
Thanos (2019) #3

Jul 1, 2019

Thanos #3 makes moves in the right direction by focusing on the Thanos/Gamora dynamic, warped though it may be. But three issues in, is it too little, too late?

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4.6
Thanos (2019) #4

Aug 3, 2019

Another painfully middle-of-the-road issue ofThanos, wherein little of consequence happens and characters behave in dull and predictable ways. The Titan may be mad, but his series is a snooze.

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6.7
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #7

Aug 2, 2019

The Batman Who Laughs #7 tries to tie up the multiple and myriad plot points this miniseries has had going, and does so, but in a way that feels messy, unconvincing, and overlabored in its delivery. The art is gorgeous but at the same time could be better, and the story is trying really hard to convince readers it has something to say - whether it does or not is up to the reader, but the fact that it's as nebulous as it is speaks to the general sense that this series' eyes have been bigger than its stomach from the start.

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9.1
The Best Defense: Namor #1

Dec 13, 2018

While not necessarily doing much to move theBest Defense story forward, this issue is quite a gem in its own right. The argument could be made against the necessity of a character study for such a timeworn character as Namor, but I'd argue that it's always best to remember that every comic could be someone's first. And if I knew nothing about Namor, this issue would hook me without hesitation.

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4.3
Titans (2016) #32

Jan 9, 2019

An unfortunate misstep from a usually-reliable writer, this issue plays it far too safe to be compelling. There are some hints of good things to come, but readers will at least need to wait until next issue to discover them.

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7.8
Wolverine (2014) #1

Feb 12, 2019

Wolverine: The Long Night is a slow-burning mystery that may not be for everyone, but is definitely worth your while if you're looking for an alternative to more mainstream superhero fare. I can't wait to see where it's going.

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3.6
Wolverine: Infinity Watch #4

May 25, 2019

A bad miniseries continues to get worse in Wolverine: Infinity Watch #4. Danger, Will Logan-san, danger!

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3.3
Wolverine: Infinity Watch #5

Jun 21, 2019

Wolverine: Infinity Watch has been bad from the start, and issue five is no exception. Duggan's execution has been completely wrong, the characters are thrown together for the heck of it, and the story ultimately proves to be completely meaningless. I cannot possibly recommend readers spend their hard-earned money on this nonsense.

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5.8
Wolverine: The Long Night #5

Jun 2, 2019

Wolverine: The Long Night can't quite stick the landing, choosing instead to layer on multiple plot twists at the eleventh hour and winds up with an overstuffed, leaden ending.

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