Matthew Sibley's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Newsarama Reviews: 166
7.9Avg. Review Rating

9.0
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #4

May 16, 2017

If Rosenberg's Kingpin is focusing on how a figure of criminality looks to someone on the outside, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank occupies the inverse notion. This series is lived in and focuses on kids that should be on the outside, but find themselves on the precipice of falling in. The title may sound like the start of a joke, but this book's subject is no laughing matter. The kids might not have this in mind every step of the way, but that creates an oddball vibe that allows series like this from Black Mask to thrive, occupying a space of its own in the comics landscape.

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9.0
A.D.: After Death #1

Nov 28, 2016

It's an issue that I devoured and then went back through to comb over for additional details and clues and I can't wait to see what comes next, which is maybe the reason for the aforementioned flaw " that I don't have the rest of it in front of me to devour.

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5.0
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 9, 2017

Detailing the back-up would spoil the big reveal so I'll avoid doing so, but Dini has a far bigger sandbox to play in, making for the more entertaining portion of this issue.

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7.0
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

Jun 29, 2017

It's fun in the same way the movies are and it's smart they made this an annual instead of a main series issue because it works better as an optional detour for those who want more of the characters, but disconnected from Duggan's larger story.

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9.0
All-New Wolverine #12

Sep 22, 2016

It's a refreshing change of pace for how often events and their tie-ins have heroes fight each other in lieu of talking. That said, Ig Guara still gets the chance to show off his skills, delivering a dynamic two-page spread, and the series' humour is still present when appropriate, resulting in a wonderful conclusion to this arc.

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7.0
All-Star Batman #10

May 10, 2017

This stands out because it feels different in an issue that otherwise feels surprisingly familiar, not solely because Snyder’s using one of his go-to narrative tools, but after the previous arc’s twisting of formal storytelling conventions, this brings us back down to earth with something that feels a more typical. Compared to the first arc, the narrative has a more solid foundation, but it doesn’t get the blood pumping like both of those have tried to. That said, based on the execution alone, All-Star Batman #10 will clearly appeal as a solid opener, but given the ambitions that have defined this title, I hope this arc will ramp up as we get deeper into the story.

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8.0
Astonishing Ant-Man #13

Oct 20, 2016

The verdict is in "Astonishing Ant-Man #13 sticks the landing and provides a fitting send-off for Spencer and Rosanas' run on the title.

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7.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #1

Jul 24, 2017

Psychics are dying, and none of them saw it coming. Charles Soule andn Jim Cheung's Astonishing X-Men #1 gets right into the plot with a sense of brevity as Psylocke finds herself the target of an attack and brings together a makeshift team of Old Man Logan, Rogue, Gambit, Psylocke, Angel and M to help her deal with that.

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8.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #2

Aug 17, 2017

Focusing on mining character relationships, this creative team cements Astonishing X-Men as one of the top-tier "ResurrXion" titles.

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7.0
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 3, 2016

Mike Del Mundo really is a great artist, huh? And now he's been given a flagship book which ushers in a new time for the Avengers post teen-hero walkout, but doesn't necessarily play to his strengths.

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8.0
Avengers (2016) #1.1

Nov 10, 2016

While the main Avengers title will hopefully be doing something new with Kang and time-travel, these .1 issues look like they'll be providing a classic feeling team updated for a modern reading experience.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 22, 2016

Steve Orlando does a great job bringing all of the stories together, even if some of the finer points are glossed over, and he certainly delivers when it comes to bombastic action. If this is any indication, every member of the Bat Family will have a chance to shine.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 7, 2016

Part 4 of the "Night of the Monster Men" crossover pits Batman and Batwoman against the monster-fied Nightwing and Gotham Girl in an issue that feels like more of the same.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #10

Nov 3, 2016

Rather than repeat what came before in "Knightfall," Tom King manages to turn a reversal of events into a fist-pumping moment that is reminiscent of the hyper capable Batman of Grant Morrison, and continues the high octane streak this book has been on since issue 1.

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10
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 20, 2017

King's script allows the book to transcend the height reached by Gerard's art alone, moving through pillow talk, heart-pumping pages of adrenaline and true genius when the final pieces of the puzzle that is King's Catwoman click into place, it manages to land the necessary beats in an understated way - they register and stick with you without needing repeated reinforcement.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #19

Mar 15, 2017

Comic books have a habit of repeating themselves if you stick around long enough. Batman and Bane have engaged in battles of wit and strength before. Both have been broken by the other. We’re about to be at the point of physical conflict again, but not in the same way that it’s played out before, because this isn’t about saving a city. King’s Batman already did that at the beginning of his run, and now what’s at stake instead is the personification of the city in Gotham Girl. It’s an intently personal confrontation that’s on the horizon. It’s two longtime foes headed on a collision course, not to save the world, but to save just one life. It’s an unstoppable force headed to an immovable object. With this information in mind, the question that remains is… which one will break first?

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4.0
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 24, 2017

For years, people have wondered, "what if the Watchmen did exist in the DC Universe," and while the overarching narrative of "Rebirth" first appeared to be tackling that head on, since then it seems to have been trying to coast on the multitude of hypothesis that stem from it, instead of actually expanding upon it. So while Batman #21 may be visceral and intense, because of those connections to the wider narrative, it feels like an extension of this problem driving to its illogical conclusion.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

It looks like chaos is about to be king in Gotham, but King, Jann, Chung, and Clayton Cowles are decidedly in control of this story.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #27

Jul 24, 2017

A story of casualties, of the ones who suffered as chaos reigned, makes Chuck a ripe subject to study under this lens, that miraculously reaches an ending that'll make you want to say, "hell yeah."

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7.0
Batman (2016) #33

Oct 23, 2017

It took a while to get a real sense of the first year's shape and with that now being built on top of, it'll take a while before the expanded picture - and where Bruce's head is now at - becomes clear, however the idea that a run can feel that large more than 30 issues in is worth savoring, as is the opportunity to try and fit the pieces together.

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8.0
Batman (2016) Annual #1

Dec 1, 2016

Everyone involved is in top form for these short-form narratives which are economical in their storytelling " getting in just as the action rises and bowing out as the tension starts to slow. While you may be dying to find out what happens next in "I Am Suicide," this Batman Annual is a worthwhile interlude.

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8.0
Batman/The Shadow #3

Jun 29, 2017

There's something deliciously pulpy about the way Steve Orlando writes The Joker. His interpretation would feel right at home in Batman: The Animated Series, which drew inspiration from the early 1940's, but he'll makes do with this story involving two heroes from that era.

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7.0
Batwoman (2017) #7

Sep 21, 2017

Writer Marguerite Bennett's narration delves into Kate's mindset as she makes this dangerous trek across the desert, but it's the flashbacks that are the highlight of the issue, focusing on Kate's flirtation with the Arms earlier in his life.

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8.0
Black Bolt #1

May 3, 2017

The notion of voice is key to Black Bolt, and not just because of the character, but also because this is the first issue of a new series and the first issue from a new comic bookcreator. The issue gains a character about halfway through that fills the issue with actual dialogue, but for the most part, Ahmed, Ward, and Cowles also value silence. This methodical approach shows what visual storytelling can accomplish and indicates a strong creative voice. The focus on establishing a particular mood shows that this team has something to say here. The team could have afforded to be more abstract in their setting, but this isn’t a series which intends to throw everything and the kitchen sink at you straight away. A picture can say a thousand words, and while some may choose to yell it from the rooftops, the team behind Black Bolt wants to first be sure that you’re listening carefully.

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7.0
Black Panther & the Crew #1

Apr 14, 2017

So it's more of a slower debut, Black Panther and the Crew isn't just about the characters in the title, but also the world they work in. Harlem's a big place, so it's going to take a while to sketch it all out.

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #7

Oct 20, 2016

While Black Panther has always been a worthwhile read, it's been firing on all cylinders since Zeke Stane was added as a main cast member. He's helped to show that the prose like dialogue evident in the first four issues is a Wakandan trait over part of Coates' style and that's proven further here.

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8.0
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

Dec 22, 2016

Roxane Gay may have found her feet within the comics industry even faster than Coates, and with him in tow as consultant, World of Wakanda is wonderful as a companion piece to Coates' series, but works just as well as a standalone.

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8.0
Black Racer & Shilo Norman Special #1

Aug 31, 2017

The two teams work together on this story rather than one handling a back-up, their styles blending well and of course this issue comes with reprints of Kirby's work which helps to make this special all the more delightful.

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9.0
Black Widow (2016) #12

Mar 30, 2017

Black Widow #12 is a phenomenal issue to cap off a phenomenal run that's a deserving candidate of an oversized hardcover in the future.

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8.0
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #3

Jul 13, 2017

Early on Forager remarks his stumbling through dimensions is getting monotonous, but he's in the wrong, for this continues to be delightful, packed with substance and craft in equal measure.

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7.0
Bullseye (2017) #3

Apr 6, 2017

It's wickedly dark and has avoided veering into caricature so far, but I'm not sure there's been anything which is truly madcap.

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9.0
Calexit #1

Jul 13, 2017

An oversized issue rich with story, Calexit comes out swinging, and it's commendable that it throws so many punches and pulls none of them.

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5.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #17

Jan 5, 2017

What prevents this issue being a complete mess is the art from Paul Renaud who also assisted John Rauch on colors. They do some great work with shadow resulting in strong iconography for Sam Wilson, but this isn't enough to help the sour taste of the book's middle subside.

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7.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #13

Mar 9, 2017

On the way to "Secret Empire," Captain America: Steve Rogers marches on to the beat of a drum which sounded foreign when it debuted last year, but has incrementally become attuned to something that might not always be outstanding, but is always interesting.

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9.0
Captain Marvel (2016) #10

Nov 23, 2016

While this series dipped in quality as a result of Civil War II (like many series did), the main strength of the run was the dynamic Carol had with Alpha Flight, putting it at the forefront makes for a strong closing issue and the fact that it'll continue to be present moving forward makes me all the more eager for The Mighty Captain Marvel next month.

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9.0
Casanova: Acedia #7

Nov 10, 2016

For a volume of the series that's been a slow burn, even more so when contrasted with Avaritia's pacing, this appears to be the ignition for full speed ahead.

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9.0
Casanova: Acedia #8

Mar 21, 2017

So, yes, this didn't advance the serialised plotting of this album per se, but on a wider level Casanova's about change. Or at least, it is to me, that's the nature of avant-garde comic-booking, that you get out of it what you can find. It's because of this that the issue works so well, even if I'm not clear on all the details the first go-around. It demonstrates a commitment to never slowing down, to never staying on one thing for too long. Sure, it's dense, it's confusing, it's bombastic, it's immoral at times, it's suave, it's cool. That's Casanova. And the only way it'd disappoint me, is if it wasn't.

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4.0
Catwoman: Election Night #1

Nov 3, 2016

The main issue with Catwoman: Election Night is that it doesn't say anything new. Meredith Finch adopts a duo of outplayed analogues and while it's message warning against one candidate in particular bears repeating, it gets lost in the stilted dialogue and abrupt ending, even though the closing sentiment is touching.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Oct 20, 2016

In short, another strong debut for the imprint " bring on Mother Panic next month.

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8.0
Champions #1

Oct 10, 2016

The Marvel Universe has undertaken a lot of changes in recent years - that much is undeniable, regardless of how you felt about said changes. Champions very much reflects that, but remembers what Marvel did back at its start -classic superhero stories with bright and expressive artwork. Waid knows this, and combines with the sense of belonging that X-Men books have made people feel for decades to create an issue that takes a while to get into the thick of things, but when it does, creates a new team doing what you expect from heroes, only difference being there's someone here for everyone to look up to in some way.

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6.0
Civil War II #6

Oct 28, 2016

While it's a welcome change from the original that Civil War II hasn't become an all-out brawl without time for character, this feels too late for the event to be having the conversations where both sides are well and truly given equal weight.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #17

Feb 15, 2017

This arc had a lot resting on it going in. Not only did it need to feel like a continuation of sorts of Waid and Samnee’s run, but also bridge the timeline between their’s and Soule’s in addition to fitting in tonally with the rest of Soule’s tenure on the title until this point. That’s a lot of balls to juggle, but thanks to the creative team’s work up until this point, they’re able to make it look easy. Having done a couple of arcs prior, they’ve clearly worked out the best way to work with one another and they’ve been waiting to tell this story for a while. Much like Samnee and Waid’s work, it feels mature and serious without an overbearing darkness and due to the respectful way that Kirsten is handled in addition to a late reveal, this feels like an arc that will be mindful of what’s come before.

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8.0
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 14, 2017

What Dark Days: The Forge and Metal have going for them above all else is that they're about exploring something unknown to us, and so even though Snyder has peppered in hints to this story in his earlier work, we as an audience now stand on the edge of exploring a new world. That mere premise and its infinite possibilities is positively captivating.

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8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 17, 2017

Snyder's script takes a while to get to what Dark Days set up, but what precedes the furthering of that plot is grin-inducing and it's a treat to see superhero spectacle that feels this polished from a creative team this strong.

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7.0
Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 12, 2017

Metal still feels too stop-and-start to really feel like a rush, but the baseline tempo is underlying and keeping it humming along.

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7.0
Death of X #2

Oct 20, 2016

The conflict is taking its time to build, but it's appreciated that neither side wants to go to war before they've exhausted all the pacifist options available. Lemire and Soule do a good job with stressing this, but also continuing Cyclops' character arc. Sadly, the issue is hampered by some inconsistent art.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #3

Sep 29, 2016

All in all, Deathstroke continues to be a sprawling narrative told through tight episodic installments

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8.0
Defenders (2017) #1

Jun 16, 2017

There may still be a couple months to go until the four join together on screen, but this book has them assembled (to an extent) with a confident collaboration in Bendis, Marquez, and Ponsor already operating in harmony.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #941

Sep 28, 2016

Orlando has been able to find a nice balance between the major players involved in the arc thus far, and that dynamic improves in this issue now the expository dialogue is out of the way and we’re into the thick of things. However, this issue could be a warning that the thick of things isn’t that thick. The creative team deliver a solid issue with strong action and some interesting character development, but the third issue of purely fighting the Monster Men may leave you wishing that Batman #8 shakes things up dramatically come October.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) Annual #1

Sep 29, 2016

In both of these tales, the art and colors elevate this pair of safe but well-told stories, and should satisfy anyone looking for a piece of Strange to hold them over until the movie's imminent release.

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9.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #4

Jan 27, 2017

Every scene throws a new idea out there resulting in some expansive world building which will make you want to explore every direction suggested, but at the same time you'll find it hard pressed to look away from the engrossing direction the book is currently heading in.

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8.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #7

Jul 26, 2017

While other comes fall into repetitive narrative patterns or don't do enough to distance themselves from the rest of the market, Doom Patrol laughs in the face of these potential stumbling blocks, outright gleeful with the sheer magnitude of ideas it chucks out each and every issue.

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9.0
Ether #1

Nov 17, 2016

Much like Boone within the context of the story, the audience is pulled out of Agartha by the final page, but craving another visit as soon as possible.

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7.0
FCBD 2017: All-New Guardians of the Galaxy/Defenders #1

May 4, 2017

As a taster for Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina's newly launched series, this Free Comic Book Day offering is like the escape from the Kiln in the first movie, but with the team dynamic of the second film.

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5.0
FCBD 2017: Riverdale #1

May 4, 2017

A prelude to the first season, Free Comic Book Day: Riverdale #1 unfortunately lacks the madcap energy of the show's first few episodes and instead offers a milquetoast vibe more in line with what you used to think of when you heard the word Archie.

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8.0
Generation Gone #3

Sep 21, 2017

Andr Lima Arajo and Chris O'Halloran bring a strong visual eye to the series, the opening scenes darts between the red and blues of the police and the more dialogue-driven scenes use unconventional framing, pushing characters to the edges, and sometimes the corners, of the panels, resulting in a distinctive look that ensure the series is looking to be its own thing rather than pure pastiche.

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8.0
Generation X (2017) #2

Jun 5, 2017

This series is likely not what people expected it would be - it's very different to its namesake and is pretty abstract when compared to the rest of the X-lineup. When it comes to X-Men, it is particularly difficult to put together a team because every person has a different idea of what the X-Men should be. When it came to X-Men: Gold, I was struck by a tagline on an ad " "You asked for it. You got it" " as it seemed to suggest they were going with a straight superhero book because that's what was being demanded the most. That might be what people thought they wanted from the X-line, but Generation X is what never knew you needed.

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9.0
Generation X (2017) #5

Aug 21, 2017

If some of the other ResurreXion titles have felt too homogenous for your taste, then take a chance on this one-shot that's willing to be this oddball.

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9.0
Generation X (2017) #8

Nov 9, 2017

What makes Generation X so special is that writer Christina Strain can find the time to mention how annoying it is that Quentin Quire can pull off speedos without taking up vital space that'd be better served otherwise.

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4.0
Ghost Rider (2016) #3

Jan 27, 2017

Amadeus Cho and Laura Kinney are great characters, but they're pulling too much focus away from the titular hero and the ending of the issue suggests this problem will not only persist, but get worse, keeping the book in some unfortunate traction.

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9.0
Giant Days #19

Oct 7, 2016

The trio's first year at university ended with many roads open for exploration and while it'll be pleasant to return to Sheffield next month, this is a delightful experience that most series would be hard pressed to provide.

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10
Giant Days #22

Jan 5, 2017

Giant Days has always been a ridiculously funny book, but it's also been capable of these heartfelt emotional beats. This is one of those issues that has a lasting emotional impact.

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10
Glitterbomb #2

Oct 11, 2016

Followed up with a poignant essay by Hughes, it becomes clear that the sense of dread the book is imbued with doesn’t spring forth from the paranormal elements, but the reminders of normality taken directly from the real world. Everyone involved is crafting a tale that serves to show Hollywood isn’t as glamorous as the pictures make it out to be.

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10
Glitterbomb #3

Nov 9, 2016

I don’t believe these essays shouldn’t be defined as back matter, because that implies they’re only for the most dedicated of readers, nor do I consider it correct to label them as supplementary material because for the same reason. Instead they should be treated as required reading because not only are they poignant, but they ground the horror. The body horror might be the hook, but the most resonant idea is that the industry itself is a living nightmare for many. Without these essays, Zub, Hughes, Morissette-Phan, Marshall and Dillon wouldn’t be able to reinforce that there’s a truth to this book, and that’s the scariest thing of all.

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10
Glitterbomb #4

Dec 7, 2016

The real-world stuff has always been the more important thematic factor, but they seem more real now, something which can also be said about Holly Raychelle Hughes’ essay. In a way this makes Glitterbomb the book of 2016, in an ideal world we wouldn’t be at this point, but as a result, we have art like this to stand up and speak out. The series and creative team are taking a break until the back half of next year, operating like a TV show, but it’s guaranteed that this series will be something to think about until it returns.

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9.0
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1

Sep 11, 2017

While not necessarily empowering, there's a transgressive slant to the narrative that'll likely have you hoping the supernatural horror wins out over the real-world horror.

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10
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #2

Oct 26, 2017

Bolstered by the emotional artwork of Djibril Morissette-Phan and K. Michael Russell, so much is said through posture and positioning over explicit dialogue and makes Glitterbomb: The Fame Game one of the most powerful (and perhaps vital) books on the stands.

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8.0
Green Valley #6

Mar 9, 2017

Max Landis is a writer that has these out-of-the-box pitches, and that's certainly true of Green Valley, which debuted as a medieval tale and now encompasses dinosaurs. Another concept gets thrown in in this issue and similar to, Paper Girls, a lot of the fun stems from seeing how the pieces fit together.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #1

Dec 14, 2016

Towards the end of the issue, Kate says that she can “actually make this whole P.I. thing work. Like work work.” This debut appears to be indicative that’s true. L.A. doesn’t feel like a single street where everything looks the same, Kate’s voice is as snarky as one would expect, the investigation isn’t as open and shut as initially perceived to be and this has all been achieved in twenty pages. From the evidence presented, this is certainly due to the synergy of the creative team who are already operating like a well-oiled machine. If anyone can make it work for longer than an arc, it’s these guys.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #2

Jan 5, 2017

Combined with the necessary detail of Leonardo Romero's work, how Jordie Bellaire switches up her previous colour set to match the setting and an impressive action sequence and you've got the book which continues to be the strongest of the new Marvel Now launches.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #5

Apr 5, 2017

Jessica Jones and Kate Bishop have some similarities. Obviously, they’re both private investigators and their snark registers on a magnitude that would cause Professor Frink’s sarcasm detector to explode, but they also have different energies. Jess is more unfiltered, while Kate is a little more willing to hold off and get the lay of the land before going in guns a-blazing. So it takes a lot to make those energies meld together, and here it’s a triumph with regards to the writing of Kelly Thompson and the art of Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire that they're able to pull it off so well. In short: this issue really is the best of both worlds.

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9.0
Hi-Fi Fight Club #3

Oct 26, 2017

Hi-Fi Fight Club is simply a top-tier delight, and the laid-back approach of the series is enough to wish it had more than an issue to go before being done.

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7.0
Hulk (2016) #3

Feb 24, 2017

It's also a more conventional book in terms of layouts from Nico Leon " there's a couple of pages which fit the aesthetic of the book prior, but there's a greater number of recognisable layouts utilised by many artists.

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7.0
Infamous Iron Man #1

Oct 24, 2016

Infamous Iron Man #1 isn't an explosive issue, and its subdued nature puts it in line with International Iron Man and the final few issues of Invincible Iron Man - which is actually a good thing as this doesn't feel like a dramatic departure from what came before. But one can only wonder if it would have been better with an explosive plot point to get people intrigued and talking.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #2

Dec 22, 2016

The majority of Bendis' work on the various Iron Man titles has been strong up until this point and here he appears to have found a story he can dig deeper with, even more so than International Iron Man.

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6.0
Jean Grey #3

Jun 29, 2017

Hypothetically, fights under the sea are more appealing than pure conversation, but in reality, it's disappointing to see Jean's inner monologue start to fade, even if it's replaced by sea monsters taking up the page.

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9.0
Jessica Jones #1

Oct 10, 2016

Alias #1 set the tone for this world. The seedy underbelly of New York where people dropped f-bombs instead of gamma bombs, characters were repulsed by the abhorrent tendencies of the villains instead of blasting the villains with repulsors and where a hero could take a moment away from the public eye, but find themselves in the gaze of a private eye. Jessica Jones #1 reestablishes this world and it's aesthetic before setting the scene for an intensely personal conflict for Jessica Jones. This issue by no means gives you all the information, but it certainly gives you enough to get hooked all over again.

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7.0
Jessica Jones #2

Nov 17, 2016

Following up on an astounding first issue, Jessica Jones digs into the past like a private eye should and it pays off in some ways, while causing the issue to stumble in others.

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8.0
Jessica Jones #6

Mar 9, 2017

As much as it carved a niche for itself, Jessica Jones continues to feel like another issue of Alias in part due to Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth's consistency. They shine in this element as much as they did back in the early 2000s and have brought some new flourishes with them here, like the explosion of color when characters get hit, marking the impact.

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5.0
Justice League of America (2017) #4

Apr 14, 2017

While I still prefer this book to its sister Justice League title, Justice League of America hasn't done enough to define itself as the better team book of the two.

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5.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Dec 22, 2016

With any luck, the bookends to this issue will quickly come into play and shake up the event, but if the paneling remains as rigid and Williamson's dialogue remains at this level of nuance, it's going to be a long six issues.

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6.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3

Jan 5, 2017

Maybe the second half of this event will drastically change the game and there'll be surprises abound, but right now it feels a lot like Night of the Monster Men did when we kept hoping there was more to it, only to find out this is all it is.

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7.0
Kamandi Challenge #1

Jan 27, 2017

If the series is going to continue in this manner, then the only thing you can expect is that you won't truly know what to expect.

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9.0
Kill Or Be Killed #4

Nov 17, 2016

As a conclusion to the arc, it sets David down a path he'll find it hard-pressed to return from, while also setting up characters and narrative arcs for the future which are sure to haunt Dylan just as much as the demon on his back.

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9.0
Kill Them All #1

Oct 2, 2017

It's a blast, and like the most beloved of 1990's action cinema, something that you're sure to go through, or even just skip to your favorite parts, over and over again.

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8.0
Kingpin (2017) #1

Feb 9, 2017

The name of the book may be Kingpin, but writer Matthew Rosenberg looks beyond this, instead choosing to focus on who Wilson Fisk is besides a crime boss.

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9.0
Midnighter And Apollo #3

Dec 12, 2016

Complete with a tender moment from Midnighter, this series is everything it could possibly be and more, as Midnighter and Apollo packs both a physical and emotional punch.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #9

Dec 1, 2016

Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya pull off the mighty feat of setting the table for the upcoming third act of this year-long narrative, while also continuing to drive the story forward without letting its momentum slow.

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7.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #17

Jul 24, 2017

The portion of downtime is unfortunately the weakest part of the issue from an art perspective, suffering from a lack of detail in places, but this sentiment doesn't linger for long as Higgins gets back to the big stuff in an issue which allows you to jump-on and take a cursory glance and what this series is looking to do moving forward.

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10
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 9, 2017

The creative team might be anxious about where the world is heading - that sentiment is distilled into every facet of the story - but they've taken that apprehension and a desire to interrogate it and poured it into a fantastical and contemporary tale, one with a confidence that feels excitingly era-defining.

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10
Mister Miracle #2

Sep 18, 2017

This issue feels even more rhythmic than the last, through Clayton Cowles' word-balloon placement enhancing the more melodic segments, as the inclusion of more characters and aspects help it to build further momentum and hint at what's really going on without throwing the audience off its relatively stable footing.

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10
Mister Miracle #3

Oct 16, 2017

King, Gerads and Cowles are interrogating this world - while still being respectful of Jack "The King" Kirby - digging into the core of New Genesis and Apokolips, planets ruled by gods and fuelled by the exploitation of slave armies to unearth the harsh realities of both. They've already found plenty of rich veins, and there's still so many left to mine as the series continues.

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10
Mister Miracle #4

Nov 13, 2017

Mister Miracle #4 is the series at its most absurd. Largely a one-location play with much of the action (and inaction) taking place in Scott and Barda's apartment. It blends an extended gag about a veggie plate with another involving an impending delivery and the issue's primary focus: Scott Free's trial at the hands of Orion. It's also a comic book where this highly pressing concern is also juxtaposed about the day-to-day struggle of getting out of bed, something which many know all too well.

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9.0
Mother Panic #1

Nov 10, 2016

The latest Young Animal book to debut might be set in Gotham and deal with common scenarios you'd expect from a book set there, like socialite parties and gang violence, but make no mistake - this is not a Bat-family title.

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9.0
Motor Crush #5

Apr 14, 2017

For a series that has been vibrant thus far, the use of black and white for these flashbacks is striking, and the vibrancy is made up for tenfold in the present day when the Dark Rider resurfaces.

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7.0
New Talent Showcase #1

Nov 30, 2016

There should be something here that appeals to you, if not one story in particular, then the opportunity to sample the work of numerous creators to see if there’s someone you want to keep an eye on. Not all of the stories come together or conclude in the pages provided, and it would have been preferred that they did, but regardless New Talent Showcase #1 is a tantalizing glimpse at the up-and-comers that DC has been able to scout out thus far with the program that suggests there are some new and bold voices about to make a splash, but need a little more polishing before they’re perfect.

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6.0
Nightwing (2016) #6

Oct 7, 2016

While Nightwing makes for a more tense issue of the series as the walls seem to close in on the Bat-family, the attempt to up the stakes falls flat due to it just being a larger monster

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #18

Apr 6, 2017

Fans of Grant Morrison's Bat-run will find a lot to love here as Dick and Damian team up to face Professor Pyg and some Dollotrons in order to save Dick's girlfriend Shawn. The past and present Robins had an immediately engrossing dynamic within Morrison's Batman and Robin, and Tim Seeley retains the playfulness and snark that's been part of that since the start.

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7.0
Nova (2016) #1

Dec 12, 2016

For a book that includes Richard Rider on what is essentially his big return to the Marvel universe, Nova #1 includes very little of him. Instead Jeff Loveness and Ramn Prez choose to spend the bulk of the issue with Sam Alexander tracking him through a space-faring adventure with Ego, through to school day mishaps. As a result, the balance that should come from having a primary cast of two space cops isn't there yet, but appears to be fast approaching.

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7.0
Nova (2016) #6

May 4, 2017

Once the recap is over, it starts to get back up to speed, but it's no longer rocketing towards the finale as much as it felt it was a month ago.

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8.0
Occupy Avengers #5

Mar 30, 2017

Like Fargo's second season without the snow, there's a lot going on and it's easy to immerse yourself in the story without feeling like the threads are purely tangential.

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8.0
Occupy Avengers #9

Jul 31, 2017

Comic books are static, panels work as single moments, but there's a sense of motion in their work. It's clear how characters moved to reach the position in the current panel and where they're heading next. This dynamic art in combination with Walker's kinetic and resonant script does enough to ensure that the comic flows even as characters travel a great distance in a scene transition, but you'll also realise once you come to the final page, that they've done enough to ensure that even if Occupy Avengers comes to a close in that moment, it's not the end. The fight goes on and there's a good chance we can win. Together.

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9.0
Old Guard #1

Feb 22, 2017

This raid is representative of The Old Guard. Meticulously researched, planned and executed with precision. This sharpness ensures that this book is just as impactful of a release this far into Greg Rucka’s career as it would be if it were his debut. While using ideas he’s written about before, it’s his familiarity with them that means he uses them exceptionally well, with a new angle of approach instead of looking at the same way he has prior.

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8.0
Romulus #2

Dec 1, 2016

This might have been one of the more low-key releases to come from Image Comics in recent months, but Hill and Blake have kept the quality consistent from the first issue to the second as it heads further down the rabbit hole, and that consistency is enough of a reason this should be on your radar.

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7.0
Royals #1

Apr 6, 2017

What makes this stand out is the cold open for the book taking place five thousand years into the future with gleaming buildings and wall-hanging cocoons. He gradually introduces the core cast of characters, a technique which has become a trademark of his writing and there's something to be said how he's honed this as his career has blossomed.

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8.0
Savage Town #1

Aug 28, 2017

The team have created a rich world around a familiar narrative archetype, but considering their desire to tell more tales, it's a solid start for Shalvey's long-form storytelling, and hopefully a fitting prologue for more Savage Town in the future.

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8.0
Scarlet Witch #12

Nov 7, 2016

Which is what this book was structured around in a nutshell. Not only does this issue continue the trend of spotlighting artists, some well-known, others which will hopefully become known, but it also provides closure on Wanda's quest that's driven her in these first 12 issues. This issue is lighter on the magic than others, but delivers on the thematic content about family to really drive home the point about this chapter of Wanda's life being resolved meaning those emotional beats hit as intended. These past experiences have caused Wanda to grow as a person, and keeping these fresh in her mind, she's ready to walk the Witches' Road and see where it leads. There's no doubt that you should be following it as well.

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7.0
Secret Empire #0

Apr 19, 2017

So, Secret Empire #0 is devastating, but if the idea of this whole storyline involving Steve Rogers is devastating to you, and that feeling is only amplified when this story tries to say something about the world, while simultaneously shying away from those implicit real-world implications, then this tale about one of the darkest days in the Marvel Universe likely won't land as intended. Regardless, we have to hope that it's always darkest before the dawn, right?

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6.0
Secret Empire #3

Jun 1, 2017

If Secret Empire has one thing going for it, it's that the pacing is precise. Even as more threads get strung together, to the point where it's not easy to quickly sum up what's going on, Nick Spencer never spends too long away from them or too long on them to distract from others.

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9.0
Secret Weapons #2

Jul 24, 2017

Limited series don't last forever, so it's always rewarding to see one like Secret Weapons come together as quickly as it has.

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8.0
Secret Weapons #4

Sep 21, 2017

By all means, the miniseries has been strong enough to warrant getting excited for whatever that may be, but the dynamics of Secret Weapons have been so strong that I want to spend more time with the group right now.

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8.0
Serenity: No Power In The 'Verse #1

Oct 28, 2016

The character dynamics are just as banter-filled as what's come before, but some newer ones develop, like River and Emma, the daughter of Wash and Zoe. It's a little slower in setting up the main narrative of the miniseries, but lays the thematic foundation for it to build upon.

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9.0
Seven to Eternity #2

Oct 28, 2016

If you're familiar with Remender's work, you'll notice some familiar elements, but it's still compelling in this new world.

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9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #17

Mar 30, 2017

Spider-Woman gets a warmer ending than Black Widow this week as she decides to throw a party in the down time she can spare and encompasses how this series has excelled by going against the grain of being a superhero book or even a detective story.

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7.0
Star Wars (2014) #23

Oct 3, 2016

Hampered by a change from the high gear of last year to cruise control and some inconsistent art, Star Wars #23 is certainly enjoyable, but finds it impossible to shake the idea something doesn't sit right.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) #38

Nov 9, 2017

While not as a big a triumph as Darth Vader felt from the outset, Gillen nails the most important building block with his handling of the core trio of Han, Luke, and Leia, as they travel to Jedha (or what's left of it after the events of Rogue One) in their search for a new base, while the Empire are there in search of kyber crystals.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) Annual #3

Sep 25, 2017

This is ostensibly a variation on the tale that's always being told about Han and Leia during this time period and because the confines of said period are starting to show themselves, it can't help but feel more like a bug than it is a feature. Still is isn't forgettable because of the visual approach that comes from Walsh's art which at least has the benefit of granting it distance from Aaron's run. It's just that it's an expected story, and it's hard to blame someone for expecting one that's a little different.

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9.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #25

Oct 14, 2016

The issue caps off the run with an intriguing set-up for Gillen's next Star Wars project, as well as a coda with art by Max Fiumara that relates to Issue #1, bringing the series full circle both narratively and thematically.

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9.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Dec 12, 2016

Complete with a back-up that reunites Gillen with Darth Vader artist Salvador Larroca, this issue is a strong debut that kicks off the initial digging into the nefarious archaeologist's past.

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8.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #14

May 4, 2017

While it may not have an oversized issue to extend this vibe, it is instead strengthened by the presence of General Leia Organa (and by being written by Charles Soule following Carrie Fisher's death). It allows the story, and the Resistance at large, to catch their breath and remember the good times.

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8.0
Star-Lord (2016) #1

Dec 22, 2016

All of this means that Star-Lord has a strong foundation, is within the creative team's wheelhouse and doesn't suggest they'll be going back over already covered ground.

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8.0
Star-Lord (2016) Annual #1

May 25, 2017

It's not the way you may expect this run to end, especially on which scene Zdarsky chooses to say farewell, but that unexpectedness, while not hilarious, lands in much the same way Zdarsky's more

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5.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #2

Sep 19, 2016

Three issues in, Suicide Squad's biggest crime might simply be that it hasn't really done anything new yet. The additions to the team could result in that, but the series has been hindered by the unfortunate combo of being decompressed and not having a full issue to tell a story. There's a reason that John Ostrander's run is revered so long after it was first published, but almost everyone that's been on the book this decade has tried to be Ostrander, but with less of an edge. If Williams' reveal had been at the end of the first issue, I could see myself sticking around and wondering where it goes, but at this point, readers might be forgiven if they've already lost interest.

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8.0
Super Sons #7

Aug 17, 2017

It's solid superhero storytelling with the boundless energy of a young cast to give it that extra spark.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #2

Oct 14, 2016

This and Kara's interactions at home help to build a slice-of-life or young adult spine to the book, assisted by Brian Ching and Mike Atiyeh who get the chance to capture incredibly powerful beings in action, but also in their downtime.

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7.0
Supergirl (2016) #7

Mar 13, 2017

While the book's general structure may result in Orlando returning to this every so often, it's just disappointing to see that it doesn't get a chance to reach the natural, and expected stopping point within the covers of this issue.

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6.0
Supergirl (2016) Annual #1

Aug 31, 2017

The general idea is strong, the action has weight and Orlando's characterization of Kara is a joy, particularly with how she responds to family, but it also feels like it's one script pass away from attaining the heights it should be soaring at.

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9.0
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 24, 2017

Kara wasn't Supergirl right from the get-go and spending this amount of time with her means that we get to know her instead of her superhero persona and as a result this is fast becoming one of the strongest Supergirl stories ever told.

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8.0
Supergirl: Being Super #3

Apr 28, 2017

This is an intense and internal story, seen through the midpoint flashback and the strong sense of character that comes from this approach shows that Supergirl: Being Super should be the go-to recommendation for Kara Zor-El.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #8

Oct 7, 2016

Overall, the team deserves massive praise for crafting an issue which had me reaching for my New Frontier collection to compare similar scenes. "Rebirth" is about legacy and what is legacy, if not paying respect to Cooke's magnum opus about the everlasting heroes?

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9.0
Superman (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

All in all, Superman #11 is about symbols. Bruce and Clark don’t deem their sons worthy to wear them because of their actions last issue. In order to wear the Superboy and Robin emblems, Jon and Damian need to prove they can uphold the codes of their fathers, a lesson that can be learned practically and is best represented by the zipper on Jon’s jacket. Without that self-control, the symbol on Jon’s chest can’t connect and come together - a metaphor that might also apply to the mutual understanding between Jon and Damian. Yet even despite the bickering that characterizes the Super-Sons’ inaugural adventure, it’s clear that Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason are on their way to establishing a strong sense of chemistry for DC’s newest Dynamic Duo.

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6.0
Superman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

This isn’t to suggest that the blame lies with Tomasi and Gleason as storytellers either. As already stated, when the issue does start to build in that final third, the genuine emotion hits in the same way the best issues of this series have already. Which means that the problem is the connection to the wider "Rebirth" plot and as a result, it’s possible to make links between this and Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, which also started with residents of a prison escaping. The stuff with the Kents feels like it could be a normal arc of this series, easily fitting into the two or three issue structure that the book has followed since that opening arc, but instead it’s a part of the "Rebirth" narrative and you’d think that after all this time that it’s spent simmering, it might finally want to feel like a rush.

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8.0
Superwoman #2

Sep 19, 2016

What started out as a book that impressed me with its character dynamics and surprised me with its final page twist in Superwoman #1 has become my favorite book of "Rebirth" with how committed it is to the ideas of the new line. It's jumped right into to dealing with legacy and what it means to Lana Lang in not only a post-Superman world, but a post-Lois Lane world, and I can't wait to see how this is further explored.

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10
Superwoman #4

Nov 10, 2016

Despite Lois re-joining the cast of this book's already impressive list of players, Jimenez's writing in combination with Emanuela Lupacchino's ability to block scenes means that no one gets side-lined to make way for Lois and instead means the series has found a way to bring back the dynamic some thought lost without reversing the emotional beats that worked so well.

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9.0
Superwoman #7

Feb 9, 2017

This debut arc of Superwoman has taken a while to reach its conclusion, and it delivers on the expectations prior issues have set up. This means that not only does it see Lana and others attempt to stop Ultrawoman, but it also provides more surprises.

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8.0
Superwoman #11

Jun 16, 2017

The plot itself zags instead of following the way that the current Superman arc has zigged leading to an interesting direction that looks like it'll be layering in Lana's anxiety without it being a crutch to fall back on for tension.

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8.0
Superwoman #16

Nov 9, 2017

As Superwoman nears its conclusion, K. Perkins does a fine job of tying up the loose threads of Phil Jimenez's initial story while still telling a strong superhero story of her very own.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2016) #4

Jan 27, 2017

It's entertaining enough, but it would be even more so if the rest of the Teen Titans were given more than they currently have to do.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) Annual #1

Jun 1, 2017

Leave it to Christopher Priest to not only script half of this latest crossover, but to bring it home, and back to where it began in such a way that it astutely circumvents the issues of previous "Rebirth" crossovers - namely the lack of consequences.

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7.0
The Few #1

Jan 20, 2017

In the vein of Mad Max: Fury Road, The Few is a fast-paced thrills ride that keeps dialogue brief and the action heavy, but unlike Fury Road doesn't have a story which instantly grabs hold and refuses to let you go, even in this oversized issue.

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8.0
The Fix #8

Feb 24, 2017

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's current comedy-crime vehicle may have slowed down from a storytelling perspective, but The Fix can still lay out a surprise when it wants to.

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10
The Flintstones #12

Jun 12, 2017

Absurdist in the best way, the team took concepts and ran with them when other creative teams would balk at the notion of using a tenth of the ideas on display here. In doing so, they found biting satire, but understood when to cut through this and find genuine, heart-warming sentiment.

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8.0
The Mighty Captain Marvel #1

Jan 20, 2017

Overall, this is a minor issue with the book and it continues to be another "Marvel Now" book which takes the superhero stuff in its stride and then go one step further.

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6.0
The Mighty Captain Marvel #5

May 25, 2017

It has as big of a scope as it can, considering the main Secret Empire series has already shown where this ends up, but it does mean that Stohl can continue to pile on the pressure to see how well Carol contends.

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8.0
The Unworthy Thor #4

Feb 9, 2017

Coming to the issue's conclusion, the emotional response felt is only possible because of Aaron's commitment to producing a saga as sweeping as this.

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8.0
The Wicked + The Divine #28

Apr 14, 2017

It's always a treat to see Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson depict a godly party and it pops in every panel, even when the issue gets more talky. And that's before Sakhmet's sequence demonstrates what this team can do with black pages.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #32

Oct 12, 2017

No part of it feels truncated to squeeze another in, and where the issue leaves off is proof the band-aid has been ripped off and everything's going to come spilling out.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine: 1831 #1

Sep 21, 2016

If you’re looking for a The Wicked + The Divine fix before the main series returns later in the year, or haven’t yet jumped on the title and want a taste of what the series can do when it’s firing on all cylinders, or simply want a one-off story, then you should not hesitate to pick this issue up. It’s a stunning issue: Gillen gives us a look into a scenario that’s familiar, but has enough divergence from what we know to feel fresh, Hans’ expressive art breathes life into these characters so the issue can slowly drain them of said life and together they set a high bar for one-shots that follow in the future.

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7.0
There's Nothing There #1

Apr 28, 2017

A story that combines the spiritual, physical and material worlds as they intersect with the lives of the social bourgeois, There's Nothing There should feel as uniquely arresting as Olivier Assayas' Personal Shopper, but despite the raw sexuality, found present in similar works like The Neon Demon, this debut feels more mechanical than the orgy in Westworld.

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5.0
There's Nothing There #4

Aug 31, 2017

Maria Llovet's art is still the main attraction, as haunting as always, but the book is spread so thin that even when one of these threads ends in a bang, it lacks that punch that's expected from something so socially conscious.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #8

Feb 9, 2017

The first arc of Titans had such a heavy focus on Wally West, that it didn't really feel like a team book all of the time, but if this issue is any indication, it appears that Dan Abnett will be able to provide a well-balanced dynamic moving forward.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 26, 2016

While the book is light on plot progression, there's something to be said for how the wonderfully illustrated pages grab your attention and hold it until the end. In that way it's a lot like Manapul's The Flash run from a few years ago. It remains to be seen whether his plotting has become more intricate, but it's clear from this issue alone that his visual storytelling has only gotten better. With that in mind, this series looks like it will be a joy to read and should the narrative remain simple moving forward, this is sure to be a book that's enhanced by the art.

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8.0
U.S.Avengers #2

Jan 20, 2017

While not as explosive, the second issue of U.S. Avengers is still delightfully bombastic.

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9.0
Ultimates 2 (2016) #100

Aug 21, 2017

Ultimates2 may have gotten lost amidst a plethora of other titles that launched around the same time, but it will be remembered as the place where Ewing and company were given a sandbox to play around, and chose to use this space to help build a better universe.

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10
Vision #12

Oct 26, 2016

A moment isn’t beautiful because it lasts and we treasure the good ones because of what they make us feel. This series has now come to a close and is the end of King’s time with Marvel for the foreseeable future (he’s DC exclusive), but it made us run the full gambit of emotions. Horror, sadness, dread, joy. And is there anything more human than feeling something?

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8.0
Weavers #6

Oct 14, 2016

This is by no means Spurrier's strongest work after his X-Men: Legacy run and his previous miniseries The Spire, but that doesn't mean Weavers is something to sleep on.

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7.0
Winnebago Graveyard #1

Jun 16, 2017

Stephane Paitreau handles both parts equally well, being sure to increase the level of color while keeping a creeping shadow in the second half and Steve Niles' script here is shocking, not because of what's seen or unseen, but instead because it feels like it leaves off on an easy cliff-hanger before a real hook has been established.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #8

Oct 14, 2016

Rucka continues to portray strong women well, while Evely's art is akin to Scott's and will clearly be a fine replacement in the near future.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #25

Jun 28, 2017

The harmony of the creative team has been front and center throughout, a team with a single vision – to show what makes Diana Wonder Woman in the first place over creating an interpretation that would be more at home in an Elseworlds tale. A tale rich with symbolism and dense with meaning that never lost sight of what Diana represents even as her world was shaken up. I can only hope that this run provides a sense of stability going forward for her, after countless origin stories, having had her core ideals re-cemented and then her story furthered. That said, even if this does itself subject to a future writer deeming this tale another lie, I have faith that this will go down as one of the classics, as fondly remembered as Rucka’s original run, as a compassionate conclusion that stands as affirmation of everything Diana can be. 

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #26

Jul 12, 2017

Overall, arcs which have too much going on are preferable to ones which have to stretch a thin amount of material into the length of a trade and Fontana's looks to err on the side of the former. With any luck, these are purely growing pains and Fontana will be able to properly examine these ideas.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #28

Aug 17, 2017

As the midpoint of the run, there's still a feeling that Fontana's hindered by having such a short time for her run, but if the remaining two issues can retain the pacing found here, it'll end strong.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #29

Aug 31, 2017

With just one issue left, Fontana merges the two halves of her run into a concise and intriguing package, but this could be hampered by the fact that her tenure has been so short; here's hoping that won't be the case.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #32

Oct 12, 2017

Remember how James Robinson is, possibly best, known for writing compelling family drama? Most extensively in his Starman run, but even recently with Scarlet Witch, it was a welcome hallmark to his writing because he did it so well. Yet as of the end of his second Wonder Woman issue, it just feels like he's going through the motions attached to the theme as does his story.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #1

Jun 1, 2017

This quartet all have a very specific goal, from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott's depiction of when Diana first met Batman and Superman to Michael Moreci and Stephanie Hans' picturesque tale of a sparring match in Japan.

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8.0
X-Men Prime #1

Mar 29, 2017

Storm states, “We’ve been so consumed with surviving today, we’ve forgotten how to live for tomorrow.” As a result, everyone involved in “ResurrXion” appears to have set a direction for the X-Men, and have taken this launch issue to demonstrate it. The reason that comics readers come to the X-Men in their adolescence is because a family that’s a little strange, but welcoming is a welcome prospect. And there’s nothing wrong with being aware that we’ll struggle at times, or that the X-Men have to contend with the threat of extinction every now and again, but it’s also smart to take some time to think ahead with a sense of optimism. Which is what this issue has, and inspires. Sure, we could worry that this is too much of a tilt in the other direction, that overcompensation has gone too far, but that feels like we’d be missing the message of this issue and how warm it feels today.

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7.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #2

Apr 28, 2017

While not a grand reinvention, the basics are locked down enough that anyone's who jumped on will be able to ride out the growing pains without too much trouble.

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