Matthew Mueller's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 115
7.7Avg. Review Rating

10
A-Force (2016) #7

Jul 28, 2016

Sure it has some cheesy sentimentality every now and then, but it never feels dated or ham-fisted, and the book always seems to be in on the joke. You can't really do a team book any better.

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8.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #18

Feb 1, 2017

It's a much-needed boost of narrative direction for young Scott and should result in some real growth for the character in future issues of the series. The character has a chance to become what present day Scott always wanted to be, without all the guilt and resentment that he had to carry by his life's end.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #17

Aug 31, 2016

Slott is still playing with fire with this march to The Clone Conspiracy, but so far he's managed to keep the story less than convoluted and a rather enjoyable ride. Hopefully, that is something that continues in future books.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #22

Dec 21, 2016

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8.0
America #1

Mar 6, 2017

America Chavez is quite the breath of fresh air to those around her. A boundless mix of impulsiveness with charisma for days, Chavez has no time to be mired down in emotional issues, but ironically seeing her toil with those issues is one of the most interesting parts of her debut issue.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Aquaman continues to be a standout amongst the Rebirth books, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Great characterization, a tether to real world issues, and a healthy dose of self-aware humor all make Aquaman a must have for your pull list.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #16

Feb 1, 2017

On the art front, Bradley Walker's characters are wonderfully expressive, including Arthur, who's warmth and compassion come through the page. The more tense and brutal aspects of the book are just as effective, and Walker is able to bounce from one to the other with ease.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

Aquaman #25 delivers a promising new direction for the series while still utilizing the solid foundation of the previous arcs. There's nothing not to love here, and if you've been waiting to jump on board, your wait is over.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #30

Nov 16, 2017

Aquaman has consistently been one of the best books of this DC Rebirth era, and issue #30 shows why. If you've been looking for a place to hop on, now is as good a chance as any, and it will be a decision you won't regret.

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8.0
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 3, 2016

While the premise is sound, it is something you've seen before, so don't expect to have your mind blown. It's a standard "assemble the team" type of issue, with some time travel thrown in. Still, it's expertly constructed by Waid, and it certainly helps that Del Mundo knocks the visuals out of the park.

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10
Babyteeth #1

May 15, 2017

Above all that is a central conflict of what a mother will do for her child, regardless of what that child could become or what they're destined to do. It's something most parents can identify with in some fashion, granted not on this type of scale. While there are many questions left unanswered, the answer to "should I give this a try" is a resounding yes.

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10
Backways #1

Nov 8, 2017

Backways was a pleasant surprise, delivering addicting characters in a world you want to get lost in. With a central mystery constantly pulling you forward, this book seems to have it all, and definitely deserves a chance.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

When DC announced that Batgirl would be leaving the charming town of Burnside, I had my doubts about changing a working formula. So far I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying Barbara's overseas adventure, and if given a chance you might enjoy it as well.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12

Jul 16, 2017

There's a lot to like about the current Birds of Prey, and issue #12 is another winning combination. The series delivers consistently enjoyable stories with endearing characters that you invest in, though at times the storylines themselves aren't as memorable as the characters involved in them.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13

Aug 9, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is about as consistent as you can get, delivering entertaining stories with wonderful comradery amongst its cast. It won't top your pull list every week, but you'll rarely regret spending time in their world.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 20, 2016

As for Birds of Prey, it's a perfect blend of ideas both old and new and goes to show that for all the grief it gets, the New 52 era did contain some solid ideas. In the right hands, those ideas can be reshaped into something even better, and I have high hopes for the ongoing series. The Birds of Prey seem to be in extremely capable hands.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 21, 2016

Both Batman and Detective Comics are hitting on all cylinders at the moment, and in a relatively short span, Tom King has managed to get the reader invested into his two new creations, which is not a small feat by any means. This book continues to be worth a spot on your monthly pull-list.

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4.0
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 8, 2016

While they may seem an odd choice, the villains aren't why the book succeeds. It brings the story to a fitting closure, while still leaving a few seeds behind, all the while setting up the next big arc. No one wants a completely vulnerable Bruce all the time, but having those moments shine through every now and again has made Rebirth's Batman better for it.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #22

May 3, 2017

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8.0
Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 16, 2017

Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 is not an essential read, but it does exactly what a great tie-in is supposed to do. It tells a self-contained story that adds to the overall narrative of the event it takes place in, and the book delivers on both of those aspects in spades. This is a one-shot worthy of your time and money.

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8.0
Batwoman (2017) #1

Mar 18, 2017

Writer Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) is joined by James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) and superstar artist Steve Epting (Captain America, Velvet) to present an epic Batwoman story that will alter the course of her life forever! This one's unmissable!

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4.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1

Apr 26, 2017

It does help to have Mark Bagley on art duties to give a sense of familiarity to this new world Reilly finds himself in, and his work on the new costume design is stellar. The art can't overcome the sense of deja vu throughout. More fleshing out is needed to keep this take fresh, as the book feels like a promising concept without a plan. Hopefully, fans will get to see a plan take shape in future issues.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Aug 23, 2016

Spencer continues to take the character in interesting directions, further down a path that will be quite a challenge to come back from, if and when that ever happens. Cap's best traits are somehow still on display, though, but without any sort of filter, and it allows fans of the character to greater appreciate one of Cap's best and most overlooked qualities, his restraint.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Sep 29, 2016

While it takes the wind out of Civil War II's central argument, Steve Rogers: Captain America #5 continuesto tell an intriguingCaptain America tale that manages to surprise at every turn, and deserves a place on your pull list.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2016) #6

Jul 1, 2016

If you've been looking for a good place to hop on, Captain Marvel #6 is a perfect place to start, and if you're looking for a more fleshed out angle in regards to Civil War II, this is the place to get it.

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6.0
Catwoman: Election Night #1

Nov 2, 2016

As a whole, the book is a nice reintroduction to Selina Kyle and a topical one at that. It isn't the strongest single issue of Catwoman you'll ever read, but it's a solid addition if you don't mind some political commentary in your superhero stories.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Oct 19, 2016

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye is a wonderful introduction to the character, and for new and old fans alike there's something to enjoy. Issue 1 is in stores now.

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10
Champions #1

Oct 5, 2016

As the members of the group allude to, this is a call to action in many ways for a younger generation of heroes, who are tired of fighting the same unwinnable battles just because that's how it has always been done. Champions #1 is a breath of fresh air and provides a much-needed shot in the arm to Marvel's lineup.

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4.0
Charmed (2017) #3

May 10, 2017

These characters are just like you remember, and the tone is perfectly in keeping with the series fans loved. Heroes are only as good as the odds they face though, and that needs much more depth. If that can happen over time and the art can find a consistent groove, this can be a truly fun series. It's just not quite there yet.

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8.0
Civil War II #1

Jun 3, 2016

Civil War II contains all the standards of the typical event book. It has conflict, death, a new power at the center of it all, and high stakes, but the creative team is able to rework those familiar elements into a compelling package, and thankfully the story presents two clear ideas that fans can genuinely get behind.

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6.0
Civil War II #2

Jun 16, 2016

Overall It gets things from point A to point B, but the trip isn't necessarily smooth. The developments are promising, though, and should lead to an interesting third issue.

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8.0
Civil War II #4

Aug 5, 2016

The surprise entrance on the last page guarantees that next issue should be a blast.

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8.0
Civil War II #6

Oct 28, 2016

Issue #6 is a pivot point for the series, and plants a variety of seeds for the remaining issues. Captain Marvel has dug quite the hole for herself, but Civil War II #6 cracked open the door to redemption just a bit, and could really be the turning point for the series.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #595

Nov 8, 2017

If you've been waiting for a chance to hop aboard the Daredevil train, now is the time.

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8.0
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 14, 2017

Still, as an event launch and a promise of things to come, Dark Days: The Forge hits far more than it misses, and surpassed all expectations.

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8.0
DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1

Dec 14, 2016

There are some duds with good intentions, like the "Day of Returning" and the Green Lantern starring "The Epiphany", but overall the issue is well worth a read, especially if you're looking for some heartwarming fare.

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4.0
Deathstroke (2016) #19

May 24, 2017

While it moves the story forward the most out of all three issues, this is probably the weakest issue overall. So far this series just hasn't lived up to its pedigree, and with only one issue left it might not even get close.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2016) #937

Aug 2, 2016

Detective Comics continues to be my biggest surprise of DC Rebirth, and the creative team manages to keep things entertaining while encouraging some real character growth amongst this band of misfits. While it isn't essential to your pull list every month, if you have the income to spare, it is a consistently great read every issue.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #943

Oct 26, 2016

So far this has been the most consistentlygreat of the Batman books since Rebirth launched, and with the start of a new arc and an introduction of new villains, things don't seem to be changinganytime soon. If you can pick up only one Bat-book, Detective Comics should be it.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #9

Jun 24, 2016

Overall I've been truly impressed with this latest arc, and chapter four sets the stage for a climactic three-way battle between the Empirikul and Stephen and Wong's own demons come to life. It's shaping up to be well worth the wait.

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8.0
Dragon Age: Knight Errant #4

Aug 9, 2017

Soley as characters, the biggest compliment one can offer is how natural Ser Aaron and Vaea fit into Bioware's rich and beloved universe. Getting to know them has been a delightful experience thus far, and issue #4 teases even more that should get fans excited.

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8.0
Edge of Venomverse #1

Jun 28, 2017

Edge of Venomverse #1 is an entertaining start to a summer popcorn series, though a decidedly brutal one. If you aren't a fan of the Venom side of things, this won't change your mind, but if you like hard hitting action you'll find a lot to love.

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8.0
Elsewhere #1

Aug 2, 2017

A surprise meeting at issue's end plants an effective hook for next issue, though the overall premise is enough to do so anyway. Elsewhere was a pleasant surprise this week, and could be the start of something great.

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6.0
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 26, 2017

As for the central mystery, it doesn't really move forward much in this issue either, but it's still a worthwhile addition to the series, and places enough breadcrumbs that will hopefully deliver dividends in issues #3 and #4. Cosmic treadmills and universe hopping aside, the issue is worth it just for more Barry and Bruce, and the promise of bigger things to come.

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8.0
Generation X (2017) #1

May 17, 2017

As a reintroduction to this side of the X-Men universe, Generation X delivers and then some. The art style is polarizing, but can't deter from the delightful cast and chaotic camaraderie that is found all throughout the issue.

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10
Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1

Aug 16, 2017

It was wonderful seeing these two characters share the page once more, and better yet done in a way that didn't relegate Laura to the passenger seat. If you read one Generations book, make it this one.

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7.0
Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Aug 2, 2017

There's plenty to like here, especially for fans of the original Hulk. That said, it doesn't feel connected to an overarching story, and it still feels as if the reader is missing some crucial information, whether they truly are or not.

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8.0
Go Go Power Rangers #1

Jul 26, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers is one of those books that you don't think you need until you read it. Now that it's here, well, here's hoping it never leaves.

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8.0
Go Go Power Rangers #4

Oct 19, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers #4 is another lovely addition to the series and adds new and exciting layers to the Rangers you know and love.

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6.0
Green Lanterns #2

Jul 6, 2016

While it isn't the strongest of DC's Rebirth offerings, the book continues to be a great introduction to the Lantern Corps. I'm enjoying the buddy cop setup so far, but I hope Cruz isn't stuck in complete rookie mode for much longer. As for Baz, hopefully, his backstory and history get more screentime in the next issue.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #4

Sep 17, 2016

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4 is a substantial move forward in the storyline and sets the stage for a few promising plot threads. So far the book has been a pleasant reminder of why the corps matter, and why we love them so much.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24

Jul 16, 2017

You might come here for the space odyssey, but you'll stay for the characters.

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8.0
Hulk (2016) #2

Jan 25, 2017

Art issues aside, though, Hulk is a pleasant surprise and provides something for longtime She-Hulk fans and those who are looking for a great hopping-on point to the Marvel Universe.

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8.0
Iceman (2017) #1

Jun 7, 2017

Overall writer Sina Grace is off to an excellent start here, providing a refreshing look into a fan favorite character that has always been more than his powers but needed someone to bring that out of him. It looks like this time is up for the task.

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4.0
Infamous Iron Man #1

Oct 19, 2016

It's an interesting premise, but right now Doom just isn't as engaging a hero as he is a villain

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10
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #1

Nov 9, 2016

The outlook is an optimistic one, and whether you've loved Iron Man for years or just recently discovered the character, you should welcome RiRi Williams with open arms.

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8.0
IvX #1

Dec 14, 2016

The writers still have some work to do in eliciting any kind of empathy for the Inhumans side of things, but they did quickly resolve the previous issue of making the X-Men appear ridiculously weak. This is going to be an entertaining fight, and coupled with the surprise at the end of the issue, should have some intriguing twists along the way.

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10
Jean Grey #4

Jul 16, 2017

Jean Grey is turning into one of the best X-Men books in Marvel's arsenal, and the team continues to add layers to a character that has always been immensely powerful but at times lacked consistent characterization. That's certainly not the case here, and you're going to have quite the entertaining ride getting to know Jean Grey all over again.

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8.0
Jimmy's Bastards #1

May 19, 2017

If there is one drawback, it's the lack of subtlety. While "TheophilusTrigger" is funny, it's not subtle, and the book has no issue with being crass. That said, most of the jokes land, and the ones that don't get by on the charm and charisma displayed by the book's lead. It will be interesting to see if this character evolves over time or if this is just who he. Regardless, there's plenty to love about Ennis' latest creation, and you'll definitely come out of the experience entertained.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #24

Jul 8, 2017

If you've bee enjoying Aquaman, then Justice League #24 is a must-read, as it only layers more atop that already engaging title. As a one-off, it presents new possibilities for the future League. Either way, the issue should be in your read pile this week.

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6.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #1

Jan 11, 2017

The narrative might change things up in future issues, but for now, the predictability of the story is what drags it down. Still, the book is fun and aware of itself, and if you're a fan of either franchise you'll still get a kick out of it.

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8.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #5

Aug 9, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers knows what it wants to be, and that's an entertaining Superfriends style thrill ride. The great news is that it succeeds, and if you're a fan of either series, you're going to love it even more.

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8.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #6

Sep 27, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #6 is perfectly in line with what you've come to expect from the series. It's witty, action-packed, colorful, and above all fun, and it more than deserves a spot on your pull list.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

Making a case for a new team is a hard sell these days, but Justice League of America #1 makes a convincing argument. As long as the book focuses on the divergent personalities that make up the team first and foremost, this book has the chance to stick around for some time.

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8.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Dec 21, 2016

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #1 is what a team crossover should be. It's fun and action packed with some interesting seeds planted for the rest of the story. Fans will be quite happy with the results, and hopefully, the rest of the series follows suit.

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8.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6

Jan 25, 2017

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4.0
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

Hopefully, as time goes on Hitch will find a balance for both. While it isn't the strongest start, there is enough here to keep me on board for the time being, with Hitch's handling of Clark and Lois being the high point.

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8.0
Marvel Legacy #1

Sep 27, 2017

Marvel Legacy #1 sets out to not only set the course for a universe but to remind fans why they loved it in the first place. To that end, Legacy is a rousing success, and things should only get better from here.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #16

Jun 21, 2017

The team managed to deliver an arc that shows the Rangers at their lowest while also shining a light on their best traits. In doing so they also managed to create a delightful new antagonist for the franchise that should provide plenty of entertainment for years to come.

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10
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #20

Oct 25, 2017

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #20 delivers an exciting and emotional story full of surprises, but what brings it all together is the attention to building interesting characters, something the book does in spades.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #21

Nov 22, 2017

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers continues to expand the universe while simultaneously developing its characters. Not only that but new additions like Grace Sterling feel completely natural, and only help to provide new wrinkles in the familiar dynamic between the rest of the team. If you're a Power Rangers fan, there's simply no reason to be missing out.

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10
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 9, 2017

In short, regardless of if you're a fan of the character or have never heard of him, Mister Miracle #1 is an exceptional character study and is more than deserving of your time.

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6.0
Monsters Unleashed #1

Jan 17, 2017

This event is a nice change of pace from the heaviness of Civil War II, but it will need a bit more substance to keep up its forward momentum. The good news is that the last few pages indicate more of that is on the way.

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8.0
Monstro Mechanica #1

Nov 3, 2017

Monstro Mechanica #1 is a great start to a series that has bounds of potential and presents an inventive take on a historical icon. A compelling last page hook should keep readers invested, and as long as the three leads are front and center, Monstro Mechanica has a bright future.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #26

Aug 2, 2017

Nightwing #26 starts off as a tale of revenge, but quickly transforms into a spy laced whodunit, delivering a satisfying hook for next issue to boot. If you haven't given Nightwing a chance, now's the perfect time to change your mind.

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8.0
Nightwing: The New Order #4

Nov 28, 2017

Nightwing: The New Order continues to defy expectations, and whether you're a fan of Dick Grayson, the Titans, or Elseworld-like tales in general, you owe it to yourself to give the series a shot.

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6.0
Nova (2016) #3

Feb 1, 2017

Nova continues to be an entertaining cosmic soap opera with an intriguing mystery lying underneath. The story just hasn't exactly hit its full potential just yet.

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8.0
Planet of the Apes / Green Lantern #1

Feb 1, 2017

All in all in what seemed like a weird union ends up being a fun romp through two of pop culture's favorite franchises, and the creative team finds a way to delight fans of both. If you're looking for something a little different, you might want to give this unlikely crossover a second look.

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10
Rapture #1

May 24, 2017

Rapture #1 hitsall the rightnotesfrom the veryfirstpage, bringing fans bothold and new alongfor the ride. If the rest of the series is as enjoyableas the firstissue, fans are in for an amazing journey.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Jul 29, 2016

There is a solid foundation here, and whether the book succeeds will hinge upon whether Lobdell can continue to develop the complicated relationship between Jason and Bruce while maintaining the humorous action adventure vibe that the book has had in the past.

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #1

May 27, 2016

I have to admit, I didn't hold out much hope for this book when it was announced, but just like Future Quest before it, the team has done an admirable job at bringing some new relevance to these classic characters, and giving fans who love the property something new to bite into.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #2

Jun 21, 2016

Still, Scooby Apocalypse continues to be an engaging read, and Giffen and DeMatteis are able to bring depth to these lovable characters that frankly I didn't think they had.

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8.0
Secret Empire #0

Apr 18, 2017

Secret Empire #0 isn't your typical #0 issue and rewards the faithful who have stuck by this character despite what their personal feelings might be towards him at the moment. It's hard to root against an icon, but don't be surprised when you almost enjoy watching him break apart what he's worked so hard to build his entire career. You'll be conflicted, outraged, even sad, but you won't be able to put the book down.

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6.0
Secret Empire #1

May 3, 2017

There's enough in Secret Empire #1 to retain your interest in the series, and some amazing character nuggets are planted throughout. There is, however, a great deal of material that perhaps could have been trimmed or shelved altogether, material that only serves to dilute the main story. If you can overlook some of those issues, there's a lot to enjoy here, and it's a story worth telling.

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8.0
Secret Empire #4

Jun 14, 2017

Secret Empire continues to defy expectations, and this issue is no different, presenting one of the most memorable sequences and conversations in some time. You won't want to miss it.

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6.0
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2017) #0

Aug 9, 2017

Bennett and Trujillo also deliver a fantastic hook for next issue, and it will be interesting to see how that premise is implemented into future issues. Sheena: Queen of the Jungle isn't afraid to embrace its pulpy roots, and while it might not be for everyone, you shouldn't be afraid to give this hero a chance.

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8.0
Spencer & Locke #1

Jan 25, 2017

Spencer & Locke deals with some adult themes, but it does it with a wink and a nod and delivers something truly unique. If you're a fan of procedurals but want a little crazy with your Law & Order, Spencer & Locke might just be the thing for you.

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8.0
Spider-Men II #1

Jul 12, 2017

Parker eccentricities aside, Spider-Men II #1 sets up what promises to be an entertaining adventure, and the last page manages to deliver a worthwhile hook for future issues. If you're a Spider-Man fan, you'll want to hop on board.

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8.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #12

Oct 19, 2016

If you're looking for the next big storyline or event, this issue will do nothing for you. That said, if you've been reading Spider-Woman for awhile, you know that isn't what makes the book special, and issue #12 just continues to build upon its already entertaining foundation.

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10
Spider-Woman (2015) #13

Nov 2, 2016

Spider-Woman places its central importance on characters and humor, and issue #13 continues to build the strongest run this character has seen in some time. The issue hits hard, and if you've spent any time with these delightful characters, it hits even harder.

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10
Spider-Woman (2015) #14

Dec 31, 2016

Spider-Woman continues to reward longtime fans with rich relationships and character development, and always delivers enough comedy to keep things from getting too dark. This issue is no exception.

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6.0
Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Aug 4, 2016

Costume designs aside, Suicide Squad will be a great jumping on point for fans of the film, and while it doesn't feature very many characters at the moment, the ones it does focus on are done well. William's take on Rick Flag is intriguing so far, and if he can get the reader to care about him, then hopes are high that he can get fans to care about the rest of the team.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #1

Sep 8, 2016

Supergirl isn't a book for everyone, but that shouldn't take away from what the book does well, which is deliver fans a Supergirl that is all at once alienating, intelligent, witty, sarcastic, compassionate, and awkward. In other words, she's human, but terms like human and normal don't really register to Kara. Watching her figure out just how human she really is should be quite entertaining indeed.

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6.0
Supergirl: Being Super #1

Jan 2, 2017

This book won't be for everyone, but for those who are looking for a Supergirl story that any teen can relate to, this is your best bet. It is a bit on the slow side, and lacks significant action elements, but the friendship between Kara, Dolly, and Jennifer tends to make up for most of that.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #2

Nov 23, 2016

The growth from the Rebirth launch issue to now is exemplary, and if it keeps improving at this rate it could be a must add to your pull list. More team development is needed, especially involving characters like Wally West, but in just a few short issues the book has made some excellent strides, and issue #2 provides an immense amount of potential for the future of Teen Titans. You can view a preview of the issue in the gallery.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2016) #8

May 17, 2017

The storyline moves forward much more here than last issue, but it's still unclear why Grant's death is hitting Deathstroke so hard now. That should come more to light next issue, as the extent of the newly revealed agreement between Deathstroke and a Titan comes to light. It hasn't yet delivered on the homage of its title, but it seems to be moving in the right direction.

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6.0
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 30, 2016

The book and this team, in particular, have the potential to be something fun and entertaining, but so far it feels like it's still trying to figure out what it wants to be. The good news is it has plenty of time to do so.

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8.0
Tekken #1

May 2, 2017

The tone is something along the lines of Tango and Cash meets Roadhouse, and it works extremely well with the license. The true test will be keeping the story from getting too out of control, which considering the lore already in place seems easy to do. Hopefully, things can stay just grounded enough while embracing the ridiculous fun of the games. If you aren't a fan of these characters, you might not derive the same amount of enjoyment, but that shouldn't stop you from giving it a shot.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #2

Oct 19, 2016

Trinity #2 is a treat for the eyes but doesn't forget to include a compelling narrative that makes these three DC icons shine.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #3

Nov 16, 2016

In short, Trinity has been a pleasant surprise, and while it deals with some familiar themes, it does it in an impressively effective way and should be an easy addition to your pull list.

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4.0
Uncanny X-Men (2016) #12

Sep 9, 2016

Overall, Uncanny X-Men #12 continues to build it's plot and does contain a few excellent character interactions. It has yet to really find that distinguishing element that sets it apart from Marvel's other X-Books, but hopefully, it will find that hook soon.

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6.0
Venom (2016) #2

Dec 21, 2016

Venom continues to be a pleasant surprise and offers a unique take on a classic character, and the symbiote has never been more interesting, only weighed down by its rather boring host.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Overall Rucka, Sharp, and the rest of the creative team have given fans a very lost and confused Wonder Woman, but in all likelihood with the intent of building a much more human Wonder Woman, and that is something I couldn't be more on board with.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #5

Aug 25, 2016

The main issues with this latest entry is also part of what makes it great, that being the time jumps. The every other issue format of the story Rucka's telling is compelling, but at times it becomes a bit hard to follow, with certain aspects of both stories blending in a bit too much. Not sure what the plan is for the long haul, but hopefully the stories converge sooner rather than later, as eventually, things might start to get a bit too muddied. At this point, though, the book continues to be a worthy addition to your monthly pull list.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #12

Dec 20, 2016

The long-awaited appearance of a known Wonder Woman rival gives the book a great hook for the next entry, and this is the most well rounded the character has been for some time. In short, Wonder Woman is more than deserving of a spot on your pull list.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #15

Jan 25, 2017

The stories in the past and in the present don't seem as disparate as they once did, and it's getting easier to flow from one timeline to the next. Stil, the present storyline is by far the most compelling, and this is yet another great addition to the Wonder Woman canon.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #25

Jun 28, 2017

In short, Wonder Woman #25 is a magnificent way to end one of the best runs on the character in years, and you should definitely not miss it.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #26

Jul 12, 2017

The storyline still needs to develop a definitive "hook", but Fontana is off to a good start with these characters, especially where Diana and Etta are concerned. If you're expecting a grittier tone, this isn't it. However, if you are looking for something fresh and endearing, you've come to the right place.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #1

May 31, 2017

It brings this lovely journey full circle, putting some of Wonder Woman's most endearing traits on the pedestal they belong. You don't need to buy this, but if you're a Wonder Woman fan in any shape or form, you're going to want to.

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8.0
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Jun 9, 2016

By the end of the issue, Diana has a new look and a new purpose, and neither point felt less than organic. The book positions Wonder Woman in a great place for new readers to hop on board, as Rucka will explore not only her origins and history but also her rightful place in the DC Trinity and Universe overall. If he can do that with the same deft touch he used in Wonder Woman Rebirth #1, this version of Wonder Woman has all sorts of potential.

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6.0
Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor Special #1

Jun 7, 2017

Overall the character's biggest weakness is how vanilla he can be, but you need aspects of that to keep everything else grounded. The book succeeds in showing why people trust him, but it doesn't necessarily succeed in showing why they love being around him.

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6.0
WWE: Summer Slam 2017 #1

Aug 9, 2017

There's plenty to like in the WWE SummerSlam special, just keep in mind that you might not like everything.

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10
X-Men: Gold (2017) #1

Apr 5, 2017

X-Men Gold kicks off this X-Men renaissance with a bang, and for longtime fans or those who lost touch, this is the book you've been hoping for. It's time to give the X-Men another chance.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #7

Jul 5, 2017

X-Men: Gold continues to set the bar for the other X-Men books, and this issue is no exception. X-Men: Gold #7 injects meaningful ties to Secret Empire while still retaining its delightful focus on great characters, a feat not to be underappreciated.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #9

Aug 2, 2017

All in all issue #9 continues a hot streak for X-Men: Gold, which continues to put characters and development before convoluted plots and epic throwdowns. So far the process is working, and hopefully, it doesn't stop anytime soon.

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