Meagan Damore's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Resources Reviews: 139
7.1Avg. Review Rating

5.0
A Town Called Dragon #1

Sep 29, 2014

In all, "A Town Called Dragon" certainly isn't a bad book -- but it's not a great one, either. Judd Winick and Geoff Shaw present an issue that reads like sixty pages of exposition, gearing up to a fantastic concept without really delivering it.

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7.0
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #9

Feb 3, 2014

"Adventures of Superman" #9 really gets back to the fun, upbeat Superman of past comics. With classic allusions in the form of plane crashes and quip-infused banter, this issue is fun for fans of all ages, new and old alike. Christos Gage and Eduardo Francisco have created a sweet, heartfelt story that -- though not entirely original -- will certainly resonate with readers.

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8.0
All-New Ghost Rider #3

May 19, 2014

"All-New Ghost Rider" is pure eye-candy with a killer story. Smith and Moore prove to be a winning combination for this fresh take on the Ghost Rider mythos, spinning an engaging, breathtakingly beautiful book out of one of Marvel's more notorious properties. They took me completely by surprise with the story's raw and rough tone; with an intense cliffhanger and even fiercer developments, this book is one hell of a ride.

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9.0
All-New X-Men #14

Jul 21, 2013

Bendis and Immonen add another great chapter to "All New X-Men" -- their characters look and sound genuine; their world, large but fun and familiar. With its tricky concept, the book could easily have lost its pizzazz after a few issues, but Bendis and Immonen keep going strong with brilliant storytelling and strong characters. "All New X-Men" is a pure delight.

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7.0
All-New X-Men #26

May 5, 2014

"All New X-Men" #26 gives its faction of the X-Men a brief respite in order to take care of some unfinished business, ramping up the adrenaline only in the last few pages for an ominous cliffhanger. Though the issue suffers from erratic pacing and a case of odd characterization, it holds steady with an understated but touching opening and phenomenal artwork.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

Jul 28, 2014

As left, Dan Slott and Humerto Ramos' "Amazing Spider-Man" #4 has a whole lot of wasted potential with a character that simply does not live up to her hype. Although the issue certainly has its strong points, its much talked-about reveal of Silk strikes a sour note through its poor execution. Hopefully, there isn't anywhere to go but up from here!

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #11

Dec 12, 2014

As an event, "Spider-Verse" is spectacularly fun and "Amazing Spider-Man" #11 continues that trend, however formulaic the plot. Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel up the stakes with a dramatic death and a new baddie that -- hopefully -- will shake things up for the Spiders.

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6.0
Amazing X-Men #3

Jan 20, 2014

What "Amazing X-Men" #3 lacks in substance, it makes up for in fun. The issue is true to Nightcrawler fashion in its inclusion of pirates and bombastic adventure, even if it forgoes past character developments. While the book maintains its gorgeous art and middling storytelling, "Amazing X-Men" has yet to truly wow.

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4.0
Avengers & X-Men: Axis #6

Nov 21, 2014

Although Remender, Dodson and Dodson's "AXIS" #6 suffers from a wayward plot and rushed artwork, the issue manages to stay afloat with some enjoyable character inversion moments. For the most part, however, the story spends too much time on these moments and not enough time fleshing out plot; with less attention to the story, the issue comes across as trite despite the event's intriguing concept. With only 3 issues left, "AXIS" #6 just isn't enough to save this floundering event.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #21

Oct 21, 2013

Hickman and Yu add another chilling contribution to the "Infinity" storyline with "Avengers" #21. Though the issue felt a little stretched out at times, its fascinating commentary on perspective and miracles help carry its well-paced story along. Hickman gracefully turns the tide of "Infinity" with the aide of Yu's creative designs.

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8.0
Avengers Assemble #16

Jun 14, 2013

Though this title has largely been about the group dynamic between the members of the team, this issue took a particularly personal turn for Carol Danvers. It's great to see how Carol's personal demons are beginning to affect the people around her, especially her fellow Avengers. DeConnick raises the stakes with this returned villain from Carol's past; both Yon-Rogg's connection with the Psyche-Magnitron (the source of Carol's powers) and his subsequent renaming reinforce the personal nature of his attacks and make him into a formidable foe both for Captain Marvel and the entire planet. I can't wait to see how the Avengers tackle this villain, whose only limitation seems to be the scope of his own imagination.

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8.0
Avengers Assemble #22.INH

Dec 23, 2013

"Avengers Assemble" is Marvel's best character piece currently running. With laugh-out-loud humor and excellent character development, the book truly makes the Avengers feel fun again; the run feels like the mischievous younger brother of Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" titles. Kelly Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis, Matteo Buffagni, Paco Diaz and Nolan Woodward have certainly proved that they are a winning combination.

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10
Batgirl (2011) #36

Nov 17, 2014

Having just completed my own Masters degree, "Batgirl" #36 hit home in all the right ways -- and I'm sure it will for anyone who has had or looks forward to their own college experience. Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr show a lot of potential even in just their second issue. While their debut laid fantastic groundwork, this issue sets the bar even higher for the series and any book that aspires to be like it. Watch out, world -- Batgirl is here to rock you.

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5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23.2

Sep 16, 2013

James Tynion IV and Jorge Lucas' "Batman and Robin" #23.2 attempts to take on the Court of the Owls, but they fail to capture the dreadful, organized demeanor of the organization through inconsistent characterization and muddled art. Although the issue isn't actively bad, it does feel rushed and unfinished, going so far as to beg its readers to pick up the next issue. Hopefully, the Court of the Owls will receive better treatment in future Batman storylines.

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7.0
Batman: Black and White #2

Oct 7, 2013

"Batman: Black and White" #2 spans a wide variety of topics and time period and offers some refreshing new takes on Bruce Wayne, his friends, and his ever impressive rogue's gallery. This collection is sure to please new and longstanding Batman fans alike.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #1

Apr 28, 2014

For a weekly book, "Batman Eternal" gets loud and sensational real fast. With utterly phenomenal artwork, this third issue comes packed with dramatic revelations and compelling characterizations. If the series is able to keep up the pace all year, it has the potential to go down as one of the New 52's best ventures.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #3

Apr 28, 2014

For a weekly book, "Batman Eternal" gets loud and sensational real fast. With utterly phenomenal artwork, this third issue comes packed with dramatic revelations and compelling characterizations. If the series is able to keep up the pace all year, it has the potential to go down as one of the New 52's best ventures.

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2.0
Batwoman: Futures End #1

Sep 22, 2014

"Batwoman: Futures End" #1's only strength is that it is a blessedly short read with its sparse dialogue and simple artwork. Fans of Batwoman especially will bemoan her total mischaracterization, for there is no Kate Kane to be found in this issue -- there is only vampire. Fortunately, this issue is completely skippable in the grand scheme of the event and the series.

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4.0
Birds Of Prey (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 15, 2014

With a promising core idea, "Birds of Prey: Futures End" #1 fails to deliver its promise with poor story execution. Though the book is lovely to look at, it has flimsy substance that buckles under the pressure of a closer look.

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9.0
Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell #1

May 26, 2014

"Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell" is the kind of book I would lend to a friend who was looking to get into comics. It's got all the right elements in just the right amounts: wicked fun, cheesy yet nostalgic one-liners, fantastic chemistry, rollicking action, full accessibility, and stunning artwork. In short, there's nothing not to love about this book.

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8.0
Black Market #1

Jul 18, 2014

"Black Market" is the "Breaking Bad" of the superhero world. In this first issue of a four-part miniseries, Barbiere and Santos get the story rolling fast with a familiar world and an intriguing, incredibly structured story that focuses on an average man in a world of superheroes and is bound to develop into something great.

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6.0
Black Science #7

Aug 4, 2014

As the first issue in this arc, "Black Science" #7 has room yet to grow and tackle some of the emotional loose threads it left at the close of the last story, even if it does not do so here. With Kadir's strong narration and a lot of fast-paced action, Remender and Scalera give us some strong -- if not quite perfect -- character development that makes for a good, solid read.

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9.0
Black Widow (2014) #1

Jan 9, 2014

Peppered with noir overtones and subtle humorous moments, "Black Widow" #1 has impressive depth and complexity. Edmondson and Noto's brilliant debut issue does Natasha Romanoff great justice by showcasing her diverse skill set and all-around badassery while weaving in some genuine character moments. "Black Widow" is a wild ride for new and old readers alike.

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7.0
Black Widow (2014) #7

Jun 9, 2014

"Black Widow" #7 is another capable installment in a stalwart run. Edmondson and Noto succeed in all the best ways with this issue, highlighting a tough but needed reminder about the morally gray nature of Natasha's work.

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8.0
Black Widow (2014) #11

Oct 3, 2014

"Black Widow" #11 is a gorgeous piece of art. Though soft spoken, its subtlety and deft execution will yield more and more nuance with each reread. Nevertheless, the sprawling nature of this arc -- and the mystery behind Chaos, which only becomes even more steeped in ambiguity in this issue -- is starting to grow a little wearisome and frustrating. With more answers and less questions, "Black Widow" could get even stronger going forward.

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6.0
Blood Brothers #1

Jul 22, 2013

"Blood Brothers" #1 begins and ends with a laugh. Although it's a little shaky in between, the book has strong potential to become a solidly enjoyable comic -- perhaps even one of the funniest of the year. Unlike the Hindenberg, this issue may be a solid investment after all, granted that the characterization continues to improve as the story progresses.

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7.0
Bodies #1

Aug 1, 2014

Under Si Spencer and one hell of an art team, "Bodies" #1 marks a strong debut for these creators. They make the most out of the graphic medium with a vast array of style; between the writing and the artwork, "Bodies" is an elaborate dance through genre, space and time.

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7.0
C.O.W.L. #1

Jun 3, 2014

What "C.O.W.L." #1 lacks in world building, it makes up for in heart. Although the series is off to a shaky start, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis have certainly got a strong premise and its merits are just beginning to shine through in this debut issue.

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6.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #15

Sep 2, 2013

"Captain Marvel" #15's greatest misfortune was having its release synced with the "Infinity" event. With Olliffe's stagnant art and a rigid plot formula to follow, DeConnick and Van Meter do their best nonetheless with the slack they got, using every opportunity to expand on Carol's personal story. "Captain Marvel" has nowhere to go but up from this point forward, especially with the exciting Binary tease left at the end of the issue.

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9.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #17

Nov 11, 2013

Kelly Sue DeConnick's "Captain Marvel" is an important chapter in comic history. With its tear-jerking seventeenth issue, DeConnick salutes her fans -- her Carol Corps -- in a genuine, heartfelt way that will give even her toughest critics shivers. It's no small wonder DeConnick has gathered so many followers with her brilliant, witty, and honest style.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2014) #1

Mar 14, 2014

This is far from the first time Carol Danvers has been in space, between her stint with the Starjammers, her tie to the Kree, and her obligations to the Avengers. However, under DeConnick's more-than-capable hands and Lopez's spectacular pencils, this take on "Captain Marvel" feels fresh, fun and full of life. "Captain Marvel" #1 is a solid jumping on point for fans and, although knowledge of her last run is beneficial, readers new and old will be able to enjoy this stellar issue.

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5.0
Coffin Hill #3

Dec 13, 2013

"Coffin Hill" #3 has the seeds of great potential in its natural-sounding dialogue, great characterization, and solid artwork. However, the book is unfortunately bogged down by awkward pacing and unoriginal character design. Kittredge and Miranda's latest issue feels as though it's on the verge of something great; if it nails down these loose threads, the book could become a must-read.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #2

Jun 9, 2014

Only two issues in, "Cyclops" may be one of Marvel's best ventures yet. Although the book has its darker undertones, Rucka and Dauterman have spun a tale that is devastatingly charming and sweet. No need to keep up appearances here: there is a whole lot to love about this book.

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5.0
Damian: Son of Batman #1

Nov 1, 2013

If there is any reason to pick up this book, the art is it. Andy Kubert's "Damian: Son of Batman" #1 is a dazzling piece of artwork. Where Kubert isn't much of a writer, he sure is one hell of an artist.

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9.0
Daredevil (2014) #1

Mar 21, 2014

Fans need not fear: "Daredevil" continues to be one of Marvel Now's most vibrant, spectacular books. With distinct symmetry between Waid's writing and Samnee's art, this issue comes together in a burst of thrilling sensation. "Daredevil" #1 is storytelling at its finest.

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7.0
Dawn: The Swordmaster's Daughter #1

Jul 15, 2013

After a brief absence from comics, Dawn and Darrian find a strong return in "Dawn the Swordmaster's Daughter and Other Stories." Linsner lays solid groundwork in this issue for Dawn's upcoming book, released next year. This issue in particular doesn't immediately appeal to new readers, as the stories forge ahead without explaining much about the universe. Fans of the characters, however, will be delighted with these inventive retellings.

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8.0
Deadly Class #1

Jan 24, 2014

"Deadly Class" #1 is just another awesome book in Image's long list of great titles. Remender and Craig leave a lot to be mined with their newest pseudo-realistic thriller. This is a read that won't disappoint.

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7.0
Death Of Wolverine #1

Sep 1, 2014

In "Death of Wolverine" #1, Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, and Jay Leisten provide a solid overview of Wolverine as a character -- no more, no less. Well written, wonderfully drawn, the issue is beautiful and brutal all at once but its story lacks a certain oomph to drive it home.

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2.0
Death of Wolverine: Logans Legacy #1

Oct 17, 2014

Charles Soule and Oliver Nome don't leave Wolverine a very strong testament in "The Logan Legacy" #1. In comparison to the carefully plotted "Death of Wolverine" series, it falters with a frustratingly ambiguous storyline and choppy artwork. On its own merit, it's already entirely forgettable.

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5.0
Dexter #1

Jul 5, 2013

Although "Dexter" has several kinks to work out, Lindsay does deliver an interesting story by establishing an intriguing mystery that functions as the heart of the miniseries. The first issue certainly ended on a strong cliffhanger that will keep readers interested. At times confusing and bogged down with clichd dialogue, the "Dexter" miniseries has potential to improve nonetheless. Fans of the "Dexter" book or television series will especially enjoy this new chapter in their antihero's life.

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7.0
Dexter's Laboratory #1

May 1, 2014

Even though this seems an odd time for "Dexter's Laboratory" to be making a resurgence, Fridolfs and Jampole make their debut issue a whole lot of fun. With a sound plot, great character work, and on-the-nose artwork, "Dexter's Laboratory" #1 is a pleasant surprise.

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9.0
Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Sep 17, 2014

"Edge of Spider-Verse" #2 is everything that you didn't know you wanted in a Spider-book. Just like her debut, Gwen Stacy is unapologetically loud, driven, and a little rough around the edges but sure to charm her way into readers' hearts.

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7.0
Elektra (2014) #3

Jun 23, 2014

"Elektra" #3 leaves off on a note that has a lot of potential, following a steady and consistent build. Blackman and Del Mundo make one hell of a team with palpable synergy and elegance. Like Elektra herself, this book is as beautiful as it is deadly.

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5.0
FF (2012) #16

Jan 27, 2014

Unfortunately, "FF" felt as though it went downhill after Fraction's departure as scriptwriter and this issue is no exception to that. Although it has a few touching moments and wraps up loose ends, the main plot overshadows everything else with its heavier implications and confusing, rambling explanation of Pym particles. Nevertheless, Michael Allred and Joe Quinones used Allred's recognizable style to the best of their ability to create a genuinely beautiful book populated with fascinating characters.

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8.0
Five Ghosts #6

Nov 4, 2013

"Five Ghosts" combines the best elements of "Indiana Jones" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" for an exciting romp through literary history and the power of imagination. While Frank J. Barbiere and Garry Brown's sixth issue has its weaknesses, the story is pure, inventive fun that bursts with potential.

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7.0
Five Ghosts #8

Jan 13, 2014

"Five Ghosts" #8 does a fantastic job setting up for a big, climactic clash, promising to have even more action and be even more fun. Barbiere and Mooneyham have expanded their universe in the best way possible, inventing a whole host of interesting new personalities and crafting a joyous, high-spirited adventure.

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9.0
Five Ghosts #13

Oct 27, 2014

"Five Ghosts" has truly hit its stride in its 13th issue. Although the fun faces like Jezebel and the pirates are certainly missed from the last arc, Fabian's isolation works well with the themes of alienation that Barbiere weaves into this tale. This volume of "Five Ghosts" looks to be a fantastically fun horror romp.

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7.0
Forever Evil #1

Sep 6, 2013

In its chilling first issue, "Forever Evil" delivers a solid story rife with Geoff Johns' effective character use and David Finch's stunning artwork. Although the book suffers from confusing timelines and episodic material, its debut shows promise through some exceptionally notable moments and strong visual command. "Forever Evil" #1 paves the way for an interesting new epoch at DC Comics with a concept that will hopefully be just as effective in the tie-ins as it was here.

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7.0
Grayson Annual #1

Dec 29, 2014

With a lot of depth, "Grayson Annual" #1 toys with the idea of narrative and builds to an excellent payoff. "Grayson Annual" #1 is another solid chapter for King and Seeley, although the issue ultimately flounders a little under Mooney's peculiar art direction.

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8.0
Grayson: Futures End #1

Sep 8, 2014

Excellently structured and unexpectedly emotional, "Grayson: Futures End" is just as much of a pleasant surprise as the rest of the series so far. Although the art could be just a bit stronger, King, Seeley and Mooney produce an issue that is well worth the read in its genuine chemistry, character-revealing moments and tight plotting.

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7.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #13

Mar 31, 2014

As someone who was extremely wary going into "The Trial of Jean Grey," I came out surprised by how much I enjoyed it. With "Guardians of the Galaxy" #13, Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli and David Marquez deliver an amusing, devastatingly gorgeous issue despite its uneven pacing and abrupt ending.

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8.0
Hawkeye Vol. 2 Annual #1

Jul 29, 2013

"Hawkeye" Annual #1 takes the series in a brilliant new direction as Fraction places Kate behind the wheel of the story. With a story that enhances the book for issues to come, Fraction and Pudilo develop and expand Kate's character in fantastic new ways, almost begging for a series of its own. The first "Hawkeye Annual," like the rest of the run so far, is inspired, eccentric fun.

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5.0
Imperial #1

Aug 8, 2014

Like its protagonist, "Imperial" #1 is painfully mediocre. Although the issue has some solid artwork, Seagle and Dos Santos reiterate an old story without any pizzazz.

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9.0
Infinity #3

Sep 18, 2013

Rife with intrigue, twists and poignant moments, "Infinity" #3 carries this event to its highest point yet. Hickman creates a dark, foreboding atmosphere appropriate to a war that seems impossible to win in his narration and dialogue; Opena and Weaver's inventiveness colors an alien world that is strange enough to wow but subtle enough not to distract from the story. With big ideas and even bigger gusto, "Infinity" will be discussed for years to come.

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6.0
Inhuman #1

Apr 4, 2014

Unfortunately, "Inhuman" #1 doesn't live up to the hype that surrounded its release with its jumbled timeline and poor artwork. However, Soule leaves plenty of room for potential with compelling and enduring characters.

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6.0
Inhuman #9

Dec 8, 2014

Charles Soule and Ryan Stegman's "Inhuman" #9 is a mixed bag that oscillates between poignant and schlocky. While a lot of elements are at play in this crowded book, it moves a lot of pieces into place for what looks to be a thrilling follow up issue, thanks in large part to the effective build up here.

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7.0
Inhumanity #1

Dec 6, 2013

"Inhumanity" #1 opens like a fairy tale and closes with a killer reminder of reality. With Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel at the helm, the book lays a solid foundation for events to come as the Marvel universe braces itself for change. "Inhumanity" is an excellent and engaging introduction to the Inhumans that is sure to please new and old readers alike. I know I'm hooked.

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8.0
Inhumanity: The Superior Spider-Man #1

Jan 17, 2014

"Inhumanity: The Superior Spider-Man" #1 took me by complete surprise with its tight plotting and stunning art. Despite being both a tie in and offshoot of a main title, the issue finds its own distinct voice and revels in it. For Superior Spider-Man fans and new readers alike, "Inhumanity: The Superior Spider-Man" is a fantastic standalone story.

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4.0
Iron Patriot #2

Apr 28, 2014

Ultimately, "Iron Patriot" #2 is a lackluster followup to mediocre debut. Although Kot makes some promising moves, the story gets bogged down by small inconsistencies, unbelievable happenstance, and Brown's dull artwork.

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10
Journey Into Mystery #654

Jul 29, 2013

The issue comes together wonderfully under Immonen and Schiti's pens. With a combination of drama and comedy and straight up fun, "Journey into Mystery" is one of the best Marvel titles currently running, appealing to new and old readers alike. Immonen's writing could not have found a better home in Schiti's style; this writer-artist team consistently one-ups each other in terms of skill, relatability and humor. From start to breathtaking finish, this issue is an all-around pleasure to read, making the cancellation of this book even more of a true loss.

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8.0
Juice Squeezers #1

Jan 3, 2014

Lapham lovingly crafts a fantastic new children's series that will resonate with its intended audience through its secret societies and relatable characters. With fun and guts galore, "Juice Squeezers" #1 is a comic I would have loved to read when I was a kid.

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8.0
Kill Shakespeare: The Mask Of Night #1

Jun 19, 2014

Picking up right after the events of "Tide of Blood," "Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night" is not a book for newcomers, but it is certainly the most fun yet. Del Col, McCreery, and Belanger have reached a distinct level of comfort with their mythos, resulting in dashing, debonair characters and a lively story. Fast-paced and action-packed, "Kill Shakesprease" has truly hits its stride with "The Mast of Night."

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7.0
Kill Shakespeare: The Mask Of Night #3

Sep 1, 2014

"Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night" #3 is another solid installment in "The Mask of Night's" fantastic run. Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger turn up the adrenaline through equal parts action and character development.

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9.0
Lazarus #1

Jun 26, 2013

"Lazarus" #1 opens with Forever's rebirth; readers don't get to see more than her silhouette until she is resurrected in blood and fury, as if to show the break between her past and present self. With her, we start anew, exploring her world through a set of contradictions, watching as she's pulled between her duty to her Family and her conscience. "Lazarus" is an absolutely riveting, complex and stunning new series.

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5.0
Loki: Agent of Asgard #6

Sep 29, 2014

Ewing and Coelho's "Loki: Agent of Asgard" #6 feels like a hiccup in an otherwise stellar run, but this is likely due to its tie-in status. Hopefully, Ewing and Coelho will shift their focus from Doom and back to Loki and his supporting cast soon.

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8.0
Lumberjanes #4

Jul 14, 2014

"Lumberjanes" #4 has so much to love that it simply can't all fit in a short review. Between the hipster yetis, clever catchphrases and secret handshakes, "Lumberjanes" has a whole lot of heart.

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7.0
Madame Frankenstein #1

May 12, 2014

"Madame Frankenstein" #1 marks a strong start for both Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens. In Rich and Levens' capable hands, this first issue will certainly make readers come back for more with its quick pace, phenomenal artwork and healthy dose of intrigue.

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8.0
Magneto (2014) #8

Aug 25, 2014

With "Magneto" #8, a lot of loose plotlines come together -- and the payoff is incredible. Bunn excels with Magneto's steady characterization and bitter voice. Though Fernandez's art could use a touch more subtly, he hits all the right notes when he's on the same page as Bunn's spectacular narrative.

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8.0
Manifest Destiny #5

Mar 17, 2014

With more action and raised stakes, "Manifest Destiny" #5 contributes neatly to Dingess and Roberts' bold, spirited series.

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6.0
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #3

Dec 9, 2013

"Marvel Knights: Spider-Man" continues to have a "Saw"-type horror movie vibe with its latest issue, complete with the genre's strengths and weaknesses. Although the storytelling has its failings, Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy's "Marvel Knights: Spider-Man" #3 is well thought out and beautifully drawn.

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8.0
Marvel Knights X-Men #1

Nov 15, 2013

Brahm Revel has the start of something great with "Marvel Knights: X-Men" #1. With its setting entirely removed from the Jean Grey School and the introduction of several new characters, the issue feels like an updated version of Joe Queseda and Joshua Middleton's "NYX" series, albeit this time with more focus on longtime fan favorites. "Marvel Knights: X-Men" is the darkly fun side story the X-Universe sorely needs right now.

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8.0
Memetic #3

Dec 29, 2014

"Memetic" closes on a bizarre, eclectic note that will stick with readers long after they've put this book away. In its final chapter, the book just sinks its claws into you with ringing, enduring despair and a feeling of absolute inevitability. Fresh, breathtaking, and wholly mesmerizing, "Memetic" #3 is the horror genre at its best.

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7.0
Mighty Avengers (2013) #1

Aug 20, 2013

"Mighty Avengers" #1 was placed at a great disadvantage when it was assigned as an "Infinity" tie-in with Land on art. However, Ewing manages to rise above this with his fantastic character work; in the first issue alone, he establishes an interesting dynamic between his new "team," regardless of their dysfunctions. Bursting with potential, "Mighty Avengers" is a book to keep an eye on, especially once it's free of the "Infinity" event.

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7.0
Mighty Avengers (2013) #6

Feb 10, 2014

"Mighty Avengers" is just starting to find its own voice now that the dramatic, universe-spanning events have concluded. With a bit of a stumble just out the gate, the series struggles towards and ultimately succeeds in finding its own unique identity outside of "Infinity" and "Inhumanity" with Ewing's solid if complicated storytelling and Schiti's incredible artwork.

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4.0
Mr. Peabody and Sherman #1

Dec 2, 2013

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" #1 is Sholly Fisch and Jorge Monlongo's fun if lackluster revisitation of the classic cartoon. The issue will resonate longtime fans who will enjoy its episodic feel and style, while it simultaneously familiarizes a new audience with the characters just in time for the movie to hit theaters.

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10
Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

Feb 6, 2014

There is nothing not to love about "Ms. Marvel" #1: every character is well formed and distinct; the story, lovingly crafted; the art, meticulously planned and -- at times -- downright funny. Wilson and Alphona infuse pure joy into Kamala's creation, instilling a kind of charm that will resonate with all of her readers. Kamala Kahn is loud, she's Inhuman, and she's here to stay -- and I couldn't be happier for it.

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6.0
New Warriors (2014) #7

Jul 7, 2014

"New Warriors" has a ton of potential with enjoyable, bombastic characters and fun plotlines. However, in its seventh issue, it continues to struggle, bogged down by its wavering continuity. Yost and To have a fantastic, fun world to work with and the series should develop into a solid book -- if it picks up the pace in the next few issues, that is.

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8.0
Nightcrawler (2014) #1

Apr 11, 2014

Although the execution could certainly be stronger, "Nightcrawler" has just enough energy and fun to hold readers steady. Where many of the X-books have had a darker tone lately, Claremont and Nauck breathe life and joy back into the X-Men and they couldn't have picked a better character with which to do so.

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8.0
Nightcrawler (2014) #7

Oct 13, 2014

Although this issue doesn't quite further Nightcrawler's personal arc, it offers a lot by way of nostalgia and reflection. Never hampered by the hiccup in continuity, Marguerite Bennett, Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's "Nightcrawler" #7 respectfully slows the story down for an introspective, highly emotional character piece.

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5.0
Nova (2013) #7

Aug 23, 2013

Wells and Medina's "Nova" #7 attempts to have an easygoing and fun loving atmosphere but the issue feels rushed and at times includes scenes which have no immediate bearing on the titular character. Even though Wells and Medina provide an enjoyable read, the issue is ultimately as forgettable as it is funny. Hopefully, the plot will pick up as soon as the "Infinity" event runs its course, allowing Sam to continue his zigzagging path to becoming a superhero in a more linear fashion.

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8.0
Nova (2013) #22

Nov 3, 2014

"Nova" #22 manages to further Sam's personal storyline while keeping up with its Halloween-themed plot. While not much by way of consequence happens here, it's a wonderful jumping on point that will acquaint readers with the character before he dives into his next Marvel Universe-wide event. Duggan, Santagati, and Timms hit all the right notes with this adorable, youthful one-shot.

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9.0
ODY-C #1

Nov 26, 2014

Fraction and Ward's "ODY-C" #1 is the weird sci fi "Odyssey" fever dream you didn't know you wanted. Following the trials of trickster Odyssia -- plaything of the gods -- "ODY-C" gives new life to an old legend in a daring, profound way.

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6.0
Ordinary #1

May 23, 2014

"Ordinary" #1 isn't quite extraordinary, but it's got more than a few chuckles in store for those who pick it up. Williams and D'Israeli have a fantastic concept on their hands; hopefully, they manage to beef up their execution before the run is out.

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6.0
Origin II #1

Dec 27, 2013

"Origin II" #1 certainly has its high and low points, ultimately culminating in a nice, solid piece of work. However, it's easy for a reader to set the bar a little higher for a creative team as powerful and respected as Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert. Although this issue is a little lackluster, the story has great potential, especially with the promise of Mr. Sinister and Sabretooth's future involvement. With these names attached to the project, I have a lot of faith the run will live up to its potential; I know I'll be sticking around.

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7.0
Original Sin #2

May 23, 2014

"Original Sin" #2 keeps things interesting with its fast pace, genuine character chemistry, and meticulous art style. Although there is certainly room for improvement with this book, Aaron and Deodato are off to a strong start with an issue that will give readers both an adrenaline rush and a hearty chuckle.

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6.0
Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #2

Jul 29, 2014

"Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm" #2 is, in every sense, a hit-or-miss kind of issue that lays the groundwork down for its gut-wrenching revelation. With Ewing's quick wit, Garbett's clear-cut figure work, and Bianchi's gorgeous closing page, this issue shows a lot of promise for the conclusion to come.

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9.0
Pretty Deadly #2

Dec 2, 2013

"Pretty Deadly" really hits its stride with its second issue. DeConnick and Rios' voices are distinct; their message, clear. With grace and poise, both writer and artist exhibit a level of mastery over their work that few others have attained. This may be one of the most stunning books of the year, and I can't wait to see where DeConnick and Rios go next.

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6.0
Princess Ugg #2

Jul 2, 2014

Hopefully, with a few more issues, Naifeh can clear up some of the book's more problematic elements with exposition. Until then, "Princess Ugg" #2 is a simple, enjoyable read that brims with potential that it hasn't quite reached yet.

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8.0
Protectors Inc. #1

Nov 7, 2013

With equal credit to J. Michael Straczynski and Gordon Purcell, "Protectors Inc." #1 is a prime showcase of exemplary collaboration in creating not only a fascinating world but a resonant social satire. Fans will delight in the little nods to comics' history throughout the years, even if the references can be a little heavy-handed at times. This first issue will rope you into an all-to-familiar world that will captivate you and leave you feeling a little uncomfortable -- as it well should.

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7.0
Rat Queens #1

Sep 27, 2013

"Rat Queens" #1 is unadulterated, unapologetic fun. Weibe holds nothing back through his situational humor and his ability to turn clichs on their heads, while Upchurch's style compliments Weibe's writing to create an overall whimsical issue. Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch have the start of something truly wonderful in "Rat Queens."

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8.0
Rat Queens #8

Oct 6, 2014

With its eighth issue, "Rat Queens" continues to be a fun, bombastic series with a whole lot of cussing and heart. While this flashback steps away from the main action, it makes this Rat Queen -- one of the quietest members of the group -- so much more compelling.

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4.0
Red City #1

Jun 16, 2014

"Red City" had a lot of potential with a great premise and a vivid, detailed history. Despite this, this issue is a chore to read under the massive weight of Corey's heavy-handed exposition and standoffish characters. Although Dos Santos' art is a pleasure, there isn't a lot here to save this issue.

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8.0
Rocket Girl #3

Jan 6, 2014

"Rocket Girl" has taken off in a wonderful direction with its third issue. With clear voices, brilliant artwork, and all-around fun, this series continues to wow in a fantastic new way. Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder are making the future here with their zany, wildly inventive series.

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7.0
S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #1

Jan 5, 2015

In its first issue, Mark Waid, Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo, and Jason Paz's "S.H.I.E.L.D." #1 aims to wow but falls a little short of target. Nevertheless, it takes care of the legwork in establishing the team dynamic, albeit lightly, in a fun and memorable way.

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8.0
Saga #20

Jun 27, 2014

Like George R. R. Martin, Vaughan and Staples consistently remind readers that no character is safe -- and that we should be very, very afraid for what's to come. "Saga" #20 is no different with a slow, ominous build, foreshadowing aplenty, and one of the book's signature gut-wrenching conclusions. Even in its quieter moments, "Saga" still manages to knock it out of the park.

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5.0
Satellite Sam #2

Aug 9, 2013

Fraction and Chaykin's second installment of "Satellite Sam" arrives as packed with dialogue and character moments as the first issue. Unfortunately, Fraction attempts to cram too much information into too small a space, however well-researched and thought out that information may be. With a lot of zeal and wonderful artwork, "Satellite Sam" #2 is nonetheless burdened by the weight of too many lifeless characters and off-putting dialogue.

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3.0
Secret Avengers (2014) #2

Apr 14, 2014

At its close, "Secret Avengers" #2 comes across as disjointed and hokey. Kot and Walsh do little to hide the fact that the book is trying to mine "Hawkeye's" creative success and the book suffers for it, failing to establish its own voice at the end of its first arc. With only two issues under its belt, "Secret Avengers" is forgettable at best.

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8.0
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1

Jan 31, 2014

"Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" #1 will leave fans cheering. In its first issue alone, "Firefly's" newest installment is clever, poignant, and funny. Although Jeanty's art bears some room for improvement, he and Whedon are charging full steam ahead in the right direction for this miniseries.

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9.0
Sex Criminals #5

Mar 24, 2014

At its very core, "Sex Criminals" is a book about two ordinary people who can do extraordinary things together. For all its fantastical elements, Fraction and Zdarsky drive home the fact that this is a story about two wholly human characters and their relationship with all the fun and heart and strings attached. From tender start to explosive end, "Sex Criminals" #5 is so enjoyable that you may stop time yourself!

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6.0
She-Hulk (2014) #6

Jul 21, 2014

Although this is a very strong issue story-wise, "She-Hulk" #6 ultimately suffers under the weight of Wimberly's artwork. Nevertheless, Soule puts a whole lot of heart into his characters, which makes this story more than worth its while.

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9.0
She-Hulk (2014) #10

Nov 17, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I hope to have proved to you beyond a shadow of a doubt that Charles Soule and Javier Pulido's "She-Hulk" simply confirms a widely held belief: Jennifer Walters is the best damn lawyer in the Marvel Universe -- and, if you don't believe me, just ask the former Captain America. Soule and Pulido give all the characters involved a whole lot of heart as they struggle to behave professionally and amicably, while fulfilling promises made to friends. "She-Hulk" #10 is another brilliant chapter in a fantastic take on Jennifer Walters.

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8.0
Smallville Season 11 #16

Aug 19, 2013

"Smallville," at home in its new format, excels as a comic book by seizing opportunities it couldn't afford as a television show. Miller utilizes every ounce of its potential through his bold characterizations and his ability to tastefully update beloved heroes, with Jimenez neatly tying the issue together through a fluid layout and detailed scenes. "Smallville Season Eleven" #16 is an absolute pleasure to read. Any person who calls themselves a fan of the series needs to pick this book up immediately.

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7.0
Smallville: Lantern #1

Apr 21, 2014

Can Bryan Q. Miller do no wrong? Under his guidance, "Smallville: Lantern" #1 is nothing but lively and enjoyable. Although the book suffers from its uninspired artwork, the story holds strong with fantastic continuity, humor and heart.

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6.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #6

Dec 1, 2014

David and Sliney's "Spider-Man 2099" #6 performs its duties as an event tie in and does it well -- no more, no less. Though unremarkable in the grand scheme of "Spider-Man 2099" as a series, the issue provides an enjoyable, tightly plotted chapter in the "Spider-Verse" series, albeit one we've seen before.

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6.0
Spider-Woman (2014) #2

Dec 19, 2014

All things considered, "Spider-Woman" #2 is a complicated issue. With a strong and utterly enjoyable core story and perfect dialogue execution, Hopeless demonstrates that this will be a book worth buying once "Spider-Verse" is over and done. However, Land's style just doesn't fit the tone or character and it can't convey the emotional impact of the issue's reveals. Fortunately, Hopeless puts a lot into "Spider-Woman" that's worth sticking around for.

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9.0
Storm #1

Jul 28, 2014

For a single issue, "Storm" #1 has a lot going on under the surface. Pak, Ibanez, and Redmond have done Ororo great justice in creating such an inspiring, uplifting series for her with befitting subtlety and grace.

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8.0
Storm #6

Dec 22, 2014

Fresh off the aftermath of Logan's death, "Storm" confidently strides out with its own voice intact thanks to Greg Pak, Al Barrionuevo, and Tom Palmer. With a clear new direction, "Storm" #6 is a strong issue that utilizes a subtly layered conflict to great effect.

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7.0
Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller #1

Mar 28, 2014

"Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller" #1 is a carefully wrought character study on the New 52's Amanda Waller. Although the art is lacking, the issue has a strong command of Waller's personality as shown through deliberate narrative choices and tight plotting. After reading this book, I could certainly stand to see a lot more of the Wall.

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6.0
Superior Spider-Man #27.NOW

Feb 14, 2014

"Superior Spider-Man" #27 leaves a lot of promise for the arc to come, but this story is certainly off to a slow start.

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8.0
Superior Spider-Man #31

Apr 21, 2014

A hefty issue, "Superior Spider-Man" #31 wraps the series in a fun and heartfelt way that will only entice readers to come back for more. Long-time fans of Peter Parker will love this nostalgia-riddled finale right down to the very last wisecrack.

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9.0
Superman Unchained #7

Jul 7, 2014

Snyder and Lee flex their mastery of the medium with every bit of grace and poise in this issue, pulling out all the stops for an absolutely riveting ride. Brilliant, nuanced, and gorgeous, "Superman Unchained" #7 will leave readers pumped up and ready for the concluding issues of this spectacular miniseries.

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8.0
Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Nov 18, 2013

As someone who is -- frankly -- leery of the Superman and Wonder Woman pairing, I didn't quite expect just how delightful Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel's "Superman/Wonder Woman" #2 would be. As it builds toward an exciting story arc that is sure to wow, "Superman/Wonder Woman" is guaranteed to be a nice surprise.

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8.0
Superman: Lois Lane #1

Mar 3, 2014

"Superman: Lois Lane" is for everyone: old fans, new fans and even readers who are out of touch with current DC continuity. Bennett presents a well-rounded, thoughtfully developed Lois Lane that falls neatly into her longstanding tradition; where the art has its hiccups, it gives the book an admirable flow that rarely takes the reader out of the story.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2014) #2

Aug 25, 2014

Overall, "Teen Titans" #2 is a step up from its premiere issue, but Pfiefer and Rocafort are still working out the kinks. However, there is certainly enough potential here to stick around for at least another few issues, especially if they concentrate their efforts on a more linear story.

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5.0
Teen Titans: Earth One #1

Nov 24, 2014

Jeff Lemire, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson and Cam Smith's "Teen Titans Earth One" Volume 1 opens with a world of promise and quickly loses its potential with trite character tropes, a one-note plot, and inconsistent art quality. Certainly separate from its predecessor, "Teen Titans Earth One" tells a story that could definitely stand on its own given more character development and a fuller story. Though the graphic novel has a solid concept at heart, it stumbles to the finish, hoping that its elaborate set up will be enough to invite readers back for a second go.

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6.0
The Dream Merchant #3

Jul 29, 2013

"The Dream Merchant" #3 suffers from a dense, exposition-heavy plot that stays exciting only because of its excellent character building. The miniseries has a lot of potential to stay afloat, but only if the story is executed with more natural dialogue. With three issues left to go, "The Dream Merchant" is worth a read for Edmondson's characters, Nvosadov's fanciful art and the sleepy world that seems as though it's just about to get interesting for everyone involved.

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8.0
The Empty Man #1

Jun 13, 2014

"The Empty Man" #1 reads like Slender Man meets "The Happening" (if the movie had a much better execution, anyway) with mysterious murder/suicides, a supernatural disease, and an entire population swept up in something new and dangerous. Cullen and Del Ray's work is instantly palatable, combing action and exposition fluidly for a quick, climactic read. Once you start this issue, it'll be over before you know it -- and its cliffhanger will leave you craving more.

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7.0
The Empty Man #6

Dec 15, 2014

As a whole, "The Empty Man" is the kind of comic that leaves you on the edge of your seat with an ominous, genuinely shocking plot that feels as though it is still slouching towards Bethlehem to be born. Though its confusing conclusion weakens the effectiveness of the story overall, its excellent pacing and astoundingly apt artwork makes this a book to be remembered.

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6.0
The Fearless Defenders #6

Jul 12, 2013

For their sixth issue together, Bunn and Sliney provide a middle-of-the-road conclusion that neither wows nor disappoints. With Bunn's knack for character development, however, the book stays solid and maintains its potential. The very last page of the story certainly sets up for a foreboding new arc that will be sure to hook new and old readers alike.

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8.0
The Life After #1

Jul 11, 2014

Even though I had a sense of what "The Life After" was about, nothing could have prepared me for this startling, attention-grabbing debut. Fialkov and Gabo's promising new series will grip you tight and take you on an electrifying adventure through the afterlife.

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9.0
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Jan 7, 2015

North, Henderson and Wicks' "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #1 is just as unexpectedly amazing as the title's announcement. With a cheerful smile and a whole lot of heart, Squirrel Girl is sure to enchant readers with an outrageously hilarious story and bubbly artwork.

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10
The Wake #5

Nov 22, 2013

With a story almost as deep as the ocean itself, "The Wake" #5 showcases an impressively original world that captures the very essence of the horror genre by basing itself in fact and culture. As the book prepares to veer in a very different direction, Snyder and Murphy promise to keep shocking readers with its inventiveness and beauty.

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8.0
The White Suits #1

Feb 21, 2014

"The White Suits" #1 makes a strong showing for Barbiere and Cypress' latest venture. Fans of the mystery/thriller genre particularly will delight in the enigmatic characters and dark, shady artwork.

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9.0
The Wicked + The Divine #3

Aug 18, 2014

Gillena and McKelvie keep on strong in their third issue of this innovative, captivating series. It's delicious. It's decadent. Simply put, reading "The Wicked and the Divine" is a religious experience in and of itself.

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8.0
Thor (2014) #1

Sep 29, 2014

Aaron and Dauterman's "Thor" #1 may be gorgeous and fun, but it is only the beginning. Though new Thor's path to Mjolnir has been cleared, we have yet to see her in action and there are many questions still to be answered; however, the road so far is bombastic, gripping, and heartfelt. While Odinson could never truly be replaced, Thor is sure to wend her way into readers' hearts -- if she hadn't already.

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8.0
Three #1

Oct 14, 2013

In "Three" #1, history is not written by the victor; rather, it is returned to the Helots with dire consequences. In Gillen and Kelly's hands, "Three" is a spectacular new series that defies expectation with its astounding depth and rigor. This is definitely a book to keep an eye on.

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8.0
Tomb Raider #1

Feb 28, 2014

Simone, Selma and Gedeon's "Tomb Raider" brings Lara Croft back to comics with a gripping, fast-paced new story. With a clear voice and style, this debut issue is both visually stunning and fun. Fans new and old will enjoy the latest chapter in Lara's story.

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8.0
Umbral #2

Dec 20, 2013

This book is only the latest comic in a line of fantastic Image titles. Its effectiveness does great credit to the joint effort of Johnston, Mitten, and Rauch, as each individual steadily builds off and improves the other. With a distinct look and great gusto, "Umbral" continues to wow with fast paced action, inventive world building, and just the right amount of humor.

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9.0
Veil #1

Mar 7, 2014

Especially for a debut issue, "Veil" #1 is absolutely engrossing and so quick a read that it will leave fans begging for more. With naturalistic dialogue, riveting characters, and a genuinely fascinating mystery, "Veil" will haunt readers for days to come.

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7.0
Velvet #7

Sep 15, 2014

Brubaker and Epting push "Velvet" forward with another solid installment, giving voice to some of the book's secondary characters. By the issue's breathtaking end, readers will be begging to see more of Ms. Templeton as her plan comes together.

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8.0
Wayward #1

Aug 29, 2014

With a stellar creative team, "Wayward" #1 has a lot going for it, reading like a fantastical "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"-meets-Studio Ghibli film with an R-rated twist. Bright, vibrant, and alive, Rori Lane's world will enchant readers with its relatable protagonist, intense action and fascinating mythological allusions.

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8.0
Wild Blue Yonder #1

Jun 19, 2013

"Wild Blue Yonder" #1 puts a fresh spin on the dystopian narrative that's become so ubiquitous in popular culture. The creative team presents strong characters and relationships that feel real, including a glimpse of a larger-than-life yet multifaceted villain. The story is action-packed and fast; the exposition, developed but not overbearing. Needless to say, I'll definitely be picking up "Wild Blue Yonder" next month.

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6.0
Wolf Moon #1

Dec 5, 2014

In "Wolf Moon" #1, Bunn and Haun play it safe with a new werewolf legend that feels... well, old. With an interesting concept at its heart and a promising conclusion, it contains a world of potential that it can't quite reach in its debut issue. Strong but trite, "Wolf Moon" squeezes itself into a long tradition of lycanthropy mythology without ruffling any feathers.

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2.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #37

Oct 28, 2013

Jason Aaron, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrew Currie disappoint in this latest addition to "Battle of the Atom." Though the issue has some solid moments and exchanges, the sheer amount of careless mistakes and throwaway lines make them instantly forgettable as the reader slogs through a confusing story with too much dialogue and not enough revelation. With "Wolverine and the X-Men" #37, the cover shows all you'll get inside: one giant fight and not much else.

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6.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #41

Feb 17, 2014

"Wolverine and the X-Men" #41 feels like pure setup, moving the chess pieces across the board as writer Jason Latour and artist Mahmud Asrar prepare to take over. Aaron's story comes across as arbitrary and unremarkable, though it does have a few solid moments; Larraz and Nauck, on the other hand, put splendid work into their collaborative effort with stunning figure work.

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9.0
Wytches #1

Sep 12, 2014

With an October release, "Wytches" #1 comes out just in time for Halloween and its dark tone could not be more apt to suit the season. Snyder and Jock's "Wytches" is at once outlandish and grotesque and alarmingly intimate in the way it dishes out horror.

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8.0
X-Men (2013) #5

Sep 16, 2013

While most books run the risk of losing their original voice when they're involved in a crossover event, Wood and Lopez's "X-Men" #5 maintains its distinct quality and more. Wood flexes his storytelling strength by creating an excellent sense of balance between his characters and the crossover's plot while Lopez carries the issue to new heights with his superb artwork. If "X-Men" #5 is a harbinger for things to come in "Battle of the Atom," count me in.

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4.0
X-Men (2013) #11

Feb 24, 2014

"X-Men" #11 is a disappointment in what has otherwise been a strong run. With a few too many careless mistakes and some poor set up, Brian Wood's writing falters and ultimately suffers for it. However, Kris Anka does a wonderful job with the issue as a whole; if there's any reason to pick up this book, it's the artwork.

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10
Young Avengers (2013) #10

Sep 30, 2013

Gillen, McKelvie and Norton have struck gold with this issue. Aside from a few discrepancies, "Young Avengers" sets a new bar for comic book writing with its smart storytelling and profound art. If you didn't care for the issue, I'd keep it to yourself; after all, Loki's watching.

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