Matthew Blair's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 64
7.8Avg. Review Rating

8.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #1

Aug 9, 2019

When something comes along that makes a character like Venom nervous, you should be very afraid...and look forward to some great art and a great story for one of Marvel's most extreme characters.

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5.2
Age of Conan: Valeria #3

Oct 14, 2019

While the main character has some interesting potential, it sadly feels like a cheap imitation of cheesy, epic sincerity of its source material.

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7.5
Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #1

Oct 24, 2019

As long as you can separate this comic from the regular Spider Man mythos its a fun, quirky, and well written book that has some interesting things to say about Hollywood and comic book movies.

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8.6
Animosity #21

May 27, 2019

A well written, well drawn, and gorgeously colored issue that pauses the main plot of the series to offer some deeper thoughts on the relationship between mankind and nature.

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8.5
Annihilation - Scourge: Alpha #1

Nov 22, 2019

A great super hero story that is well planned, well written, and well drawn. The only reason the score isnt higher is because it can be a little difficult to follow at times.

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8.5
Atlantis Attacks #1

Jan 24, 2020

We have a fantastic idea of who is fighting and why they are fighting, just not the best idea of what they are fighting for.

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9.2
Batman/Superman (2019) #1

Aug 30, 2019

An expertly written story with properly terrifying and gorgeous artwork that displays everything that makes Superman and Batman great. You need to read this comic.

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8.8
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #2

Aug 19, 2019

One of the most ambitious comic book series in the past decade and proof that there is still room for originality in the superhero genre.

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8.9
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #1

Sep 23, 2019

A fantastic comic put together by an incredibly passionate, top tier creative team that brings some of the more obscure and diverse elements of the Marvel Universe into the limelight.

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6.3
Black Terror (2019) #1

Oct 7, 2019

While the excessive use of inner monologue is a drag, this is a solid comic about a fun piece of comic book history, especially if you're a fan of the Golden Age of Comics.

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8.2
Bloodshot (2019) #5

Jan 20, 2020

The '90s may be gone, but Bloodshot shows us what could have been.

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4.9
Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7

Jun 3, 2019

An unfortunate case of too many cooks spoiling the broth as a decent story is crippled by too many artists on the same book.

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8.9
Bone Parish #11

Jul 29, 2019

Fists, bullets, and black magic continue to fly in a superb comic book that shows a criminal family falling apart at the worst possible time

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7.6
Breaklands #1

Sep 9, 2019

The script has some good character work, but serious flaws and world building issues. However, the artwork fixes most of the problems and helps to create a comic that tells a fun and interesting story.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #1

Oct 10, 2019

Hardcore fans of Buffy will love seeing all their favorite characters in a familiar setting with just enough unique story and style beats to be different, but newer readers would be advised to do their homework and read the comics that led up to this event first.

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5.2
Calamity Kate #4

Jun 17, 2019

A bittersweet ending to a storyline that has some good character moments, but if this issue grabbed your interest you're better off getting the first issue or waiting for a trade.

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7.1
Canto #4

Sep 16, 2019

If you've read any sort of fantasy this comic should be instantly familiar to you. However, well-written dialogue and great attention to detail make this comic just different enough to be interesting.

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8.9
Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #1

Jul 15, 2019

A fantastic comic that is amazing to look at and captures the spirit and fun of the source material all while being incredibly accessible to fans of the show and new readers.

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8.4
Crone #1

Nov 11, 2019

It's all familiar material, but it's worth revisiting due to a fine level of polish and talent.

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8.6
Dark Red #4

Jul 1, 2019

Only this creative team could combine redneck humor with racist vampires to create a story this good.

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9
DCeased #2

Jun 10, 2019

A touching look into some of DC's most famous relationships set against the backdrop of an overwhelming and horrifying apocalypse.

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6.1
Death's Head (2019) #1

Aug 5, 2019

A decent story that is worth reading if you're looking for something different from Marvel, but cluttered and confusing artwork stop this comic from being the best it can be.

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8.9
Doctor Mirage (2019) #2

Sep 27, 2019

A well written modern pulp comic that delivers a solid plot, great characters, and is complimented by some of the most gorgeous artwork you will see all year.

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8.9
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #2

Aug 12, 2019

This is the strange, kooky, and crazy breath of fresh air you've always wanted to read.

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8.8
Firefly (2018): The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1

Jan 10, 2020

While die hard hardcore fans of the show might have a few issues with the way Captain Malcolm Reynolds is portrayed in the comic, it more than makes up for it with the introduction and backstory of Ma Reynolds, who would have made a great character in the tv show.

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8.5
Future Foundation (2019) #4

Nov 18, 2019

A great comic book series starring newer, younger heroes for newer, younger readers.

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7.8
Ghost-Spider (2019) #1

Aug 23, 2019

While it doesn't necessarily breathe new life into the Spider-Man franchise, it's still a solid and very well-told story that is a showcase of everything that has made the hero great.

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9.1
Hack/Slash: 15th Anniversary Special #1

Dec 12, 2019

A fantastically meta and tongue in cheek way to process the creative journey, legacy, and emotional roller coaster of a great series.

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9
Harrow County: Death's Choir #1

Dec 23, 2019

Harrow County is back y'all, and it's going to be fun!

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8.1
Heartbeat #3

Jan 27, 2020

A well written story with absolutely gorgeous artwork, but the powers that be felt it was necessary to include the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for anyone who might be feeling upset or lost, which should tell you what kind of story this is.

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8.7
History of the Marvel Universe (2019) #4

Oct 18, 2019

A very slim narrative frame paves the way for an epic recounting of twenty years of Marvel history and lore, all of which is enhanced by some incredibly gorgeous art work that gives these events the epic and grandiose scope and scale they deserve.

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8.8
Invisible Kingdom #4

Jun 21, 2019

A deep, meaningful, and thought-provoking comic with gorgeous artwork that will challenge the reader to really think about how personal faith and belief can exist in the modern world.

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8.1
James Bond 007 (2018) #9

Jul 22, 2019

It's not Goldfingerbut it's definitely better than anything Timothy Dalton ever did.

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8.3
Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1

Jan 17, 2020

While the book does set up an interesting noir style mystery for our superpowered detective, the real highlight of the book are the little moments that make her life relatable and ordinary.

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5.1
Kaijumax: Season 4 #6

May 20, 2019

A fun idea by a very passionate creator, but doesn't work unless you're caught up on the larger story.

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8.9
Klaus: The Life and Times of Joe Christmas #1

Dec 20, 2019

While the choice to have no dialogue and no panel layout might not be a popular one, its still a touching story about celebrating Christmas with some amazing artwork and fun ideas.

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7.2
Locke & Key: Dog Days #1

Nov 7, 2019

A fun little one shot for one of the best horror stories created in the past decade by a fantastic creative team. However, this is a book that would probably more suited for die hard fans and completionists only.

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8.5
Marked (2019) #2

Nov 25, 2019

Come for the tattoos, wait to get used to the unique and initially jarring artwork, stay for the great story and characters.

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7.6
Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Nov 4, 2019

Even if we're all tired of zombies by now, and even if the art isn't as violent and as gory as we might like, Marvel finds ways to maintain their unique twist on the genre and gives us a meaner, nastier, hungrier zombie horde that is starving for the flesh of Marvel heroes.

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8.1
Psi-Lords #5

Oct 21, 2019

While the artwork seems a bit wooden and bizarre, the characters and world-building help shape something unique and interesting to follow.

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8.8
Punisher: Soviet #2

Dec 16, 2019

Long time Punisher fans will love this return to form for their favorite mass-murdering vigilante.

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5.9
Roku (2019) #1

Nov 1, 2019

An okay mystery with some good action and long awaited development for a great character. The reason why the score for this book is so low is because everyone involved with this book is capable of doing better.

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5.9
Samurai Jack: Lost Worlds #2

Jun 24, 2019

It's fine. It won't win any awards or become something that people talk about, but it's okay if you like the show.

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8.4
Scream: Curse of Carnage #1

Dec 2, 2019

A little sluggish and drawn out in places, but offset by some great horror artwork and thematic material perfect for a Venom book.

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6.2
She Said Destroy #2

Jul 8, 2019

A decent comic with some good character work, but pacing issues and cliche subject matter prevent this comic from being anything better than alright.

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7.9
Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Nov 28, 2019

The story leaves quite a bit to be desired, but the art makes this comic a joy to look at.

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6.2
Spawn #300

Sep 6, 2019

The individual stories are flat and boring, while the issue as a whole is jumbled and confusing. However, the artwork is fantastic and theres a goofy sincerity to it that reminds the reader why this character has been able to last this long.

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8.2
Star Pig #1

Jul 26, 2019

A wonderful comic with great characters and tons of heart; but if there aren't plans for a Space Pig plushie in the near future"I will be very disappointed.

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8.3
Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Oct 3, 2019

Once you get past a slightly annoying inner monologue, theres a well written, no nonsense, and very tense spy thriller with an unknown, yet incredibly menacing, alien threat.

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7.7
The Avant-Guards #7

Aug 26, 2019

Fun artwork coupled with tons of heart and pep elevate what would otherwise be a fairly boring sports story about working as a team and overcoming adversity.

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8.3
The Dollhouse Family #1

Nov 15, 2019

While the two stories in the comic dont really feel like they should fit together, its still a great horror story that evokes many of the best elements of the British Invasion of DC, as well as the strong independent comic book scene that became prevalent in the 1980s.

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7.5
The Necromancer's Map #1

Sep 2, 2019

It's a comic that suffers from a confusing story and too much exposition, but the world-building, artwork, and commitment to breaking traditional fantasy molds make it a worthy read.

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7.7
The Orville #1

Jul 19, 2019

A solid effort and a good story with good artwork, but slightly handicapped by the limitations of the medium and not the best comic book it could be.

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9.1
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #44

May 13, 2019

A funny, self aware, and surprisingly deep story that promises to be a lot of fun and is perfect for readers of all ages.

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8.7
Thor: The Worthy #1

Dec 9, 2019

A fantastic book for Thor fans and a great tribute to over eighty years of stories and characters that would have never worked anywhere else.

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6.2
Titans: Burning Rage #1

Aug 15, 2019

A safe, inoffensive comic with great art and is perfect for small children, or anyone who has never read a superhero story in their life. Other than that? Skip it.

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8.3
Tony Stark: Iron Man #17

Oct 28, 2019

A vicious, brutal story that presents Tony Stark with one of his most difficult challenges yet. It's just a little disappointing that the artwork didn't fully embrace its body horror potential.

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5.1
Transformers: Galaxies #1

Sep 30, 2019

While the comic has some interesting ideas and good artwork, it is crippled by a confusing plot structure, too much dialogue, and crowded pages.

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9
War of the Realms: Omega #1

Jul 12, 2019

A great ending to one of the best event stories in recent comic book history that lays the foundation for an exciting future.

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8.5
Web of Black Widow #4

Dec 6, 2019

A great bit of comparatively quiet character work that would make great inspiration for anyone who might want to work with the Black Widow character, no matter what form of media she might appear in. A great bit of relatively quiet character work for one of the greatest couples in Marvel history.

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7.4
Witchblade (2017) #17

Jan 13, 2020

A decent book that moves the broader story along nicely, but if you're not already invested in the Witchblade series there's really no need.

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5.2
Wolverine: Exit Wounds #1

Jun 28, 2019

If you collect comics, it's a good book to have; but if you're in the mood to revisit some of Wolverine's greatest moments, you're better off re-reading the comics that inspired these stories.

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7.6
Year of the Villain: The Riddler #1

Sep 12, 2019

It's a comic that strongly disapproves of its roots from the Adam West tv show, but there are some nice little funny moments and it's all in the name of a potentially interesting character shift.

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6.9
You Are Obsolete #1

Sep 20, 2019

Its well paced with good art and just enough creepy imagery and ideas to make it interesting, but it would probably be better to wait for the trade paperback.

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