Michael Farris Jr.'s Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Rogues Portal Reviews: 22
8.4Avg. Review Rating

Acts of Evil: Moon Knight Annual #1

Sep 11, 2019

Moon Knight Annual #1 is a wild ride through time that is not only fun but also presents us with a moral what-would-you-do-in-this-situation quandary that makes this the perfect one-shot issue.

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Black Stars Above #1

Dec 31, 1969

Black Stars Above is grounded in themes that provoke empathy and familiarity while also managing to scare the bejesus out of you. It's only one issue in, but it already has so much that you can skin from multiple readings.

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Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams #1

Jan 10, 2020

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams is a triumph for Bowie fans and music history lovers everywhere. People who grew up watching Bowie take on the world will wax nostalgic and learn new bits of trivia, and people who latched onto Bowie after the prime of his career will learn all of the amazing ways he crossed paths with movers and shakers of the '70s and '80s and ultimately influenced generations of musicians to come.

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Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #1

Oct 23, 2019

Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter might have a few bumps along the way, but the retro monster tale straight out of your VCR is a fantastic and original love-letter to classic horror that freaks and ghouls alike will enjoy.

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DCeased #1

May 1, 2019

Overall, its pretty enjoyable to watch this zombie takeover of the DC Universe. DCeased bites right into your fears and promises to be a fun seriesfor the living and the dead.

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Excellence #1

May 8, 2019

All in all, this is a book that is well-deserving of the title Excellence. In this first issue, we are introduced to the complicated familial relationship that is sure to blow up around the powder-keg that is Thomass well-thought out world building. It may be a world where people can use magic, but the obstacles they face are all-too real.

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Frankenstein Undone #1

Jan 1, 1970

Frankenstein Undone is a worthy successor to the classic book full of complicated philosophical questions, heartbreak, and great art that carry the story. It's a must-have for Hellboy fans and newcomers alike.

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Ghost-Spider (2019) #1

Aug 21, 2019

Ghost-Spider #1 sets up a lot of external and internal conflict for Gwen Stacy which might not be what she's looking for, but it's exactly what we as the readers are here for. It's a fun read for all ages, especially those of you returning to school or college.

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Harleen (2019) #1

Sep 25, 2019

All in all, this book is built on a familiar foundation and made Harley Quinn's backstory a lot stronger. While it easily could have been washed away into mediocrity by simply giving us more details about her backstory, eji wisely helps us get into her head and focuses on the nature and nurture side of Harleen to where we can see how she descends into her psychotic identity as Harley Quinn. It's a fascinating character study which I eagerly anticipate to continue, but don't get too close — you just might end up losing your sanity with her.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #1

Jan 1, 1970

Hawkeye: Freefall #1 is a worthy return to Clint Barton as Hawkeye. It's got a quiverfull of humor to spare with a dash of identity crisis undertones, a beautiful mess of a situation, and art that will delight and surprise fans. It's worth multiple reads from one issue alone, which, for fans of recent Hawkeye comics, means it hits the bullseye.

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Heart Attack #1

Nov 20, 2019

Heart Attack has a lot of the right elements for an engaging sci-fi story about love and overcoming oppression, but unfortunately, the ingredients leave a bland taste. It ends up feeling like a variation on X-Men that fails to capture one of the greatest strengths of the X-Men: likeable characters.

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King of Nowhere #1

Mar 4, 2020

For a story that includes fish-men and bartenders with upside-down heads (or is it our heads that are upside-down?), this book is overwhelmingly human. The existential struggle is masterfully paired with the all-too-common questions of why we get caught in a vicious cycle of harming ourselves and our loved ones. Through it all, there is a slight glimmer of hope peeking through — possible redemption for Denis's inner demons and escape from Nowhere itself.

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Protector #1

Jan 29, 2020

Protector sets its ambitions high with its detailed world-building and equally detailed art, but ultimately, it sacrifices character development and a compelling narrative along the way.

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Punk Mambo #1

Apr 24, 2019

Punk Mambo promises to be a thrilling supernatural ride through Voodoo culture with a hard-living Londoner to guide us. Fans of series like Punk's Not Dead, Hellblazer, and Sandman will find a story that stands up on its own studded leather boots.

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Resonant #1

Jul 17, 2019

You may have a good idea for a story, but, if your characters aren't immediately accessible, it's a hard-sell to keep reading forthcoming issues of a comic. Resonant #1 builds on a firm foundation with strong characters attached to a haunting premise about what would happen if humanity finally lost all control. I'm absolutely sold on this series after one issue and can't wait to keep reading.

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Something is Killing the Children #1

Sep 4, 2019

Something is Killing the Children #1 has all the right elements of a perfect horror story. You'd be hard-pressed to find any fault with the characters, the premise, the narrative flow, and the artwork. It's got all the right ingredients to make you scared enough to want more.

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Sonata #1

Jun 12, 2019

All in all, it wasn't a bad book, but with the amount of positives, it felt like the story and the characters deserved a lot more than they were given. I'm hoping issue #2 provides a clearer divide of what makes this story unique as opposed to a story that has been rehashed a thousand times … but maybe with less beautiful skin.

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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #1

Apr 17, 2019

Star Wars: TIE Fighter promises to be an engaging mini-series that makes us face the fact that maybe those TIE pilots aren't so different from us. This first issue presents a lot of high-stakes drama that I can't wait to see unfold in the next issue.

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Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Oct 2, 2019

Strange Skies Over East Berlin is a well-crafted, genre-blending story ripped right out of the history books and given a haunting sci-fi twist. It has all the makings of historical revisionism done right — I just hope I don't have to scale over an oppressive wall to get to the next issue.

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The White Trees #1

Aug 14, 2019

White Trees is a very fantastical, and it presents a mature, new high-fantasy realm for us to dive into. While certain graphic scenes might turn some readers off, the themes of family and belonging are universally engaging.

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Tommy Gun Wizards #1

Aug 28, 2019

This debut issue reminded me a lot of Abbott with historical fiction mixed with dark magic and fantastic art. Abbott ended way too soon, so I'm hopingTommy Gun Wizards goes on a lot longer than the former did. Ward, Kivel, and co. are on to something here that is as close to wizardry as it can get.

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Wellington #1

Dec 18, 2019

Wellington gave us a somewhat intriguing story with a promising start, but I found myself wanting more action by the end of the book. Hopefully, the next issue has less Wellington walking around and talking to himself and more character-driven monster hunts. I know this team is capable; I just didn't see it here in the debut issue.

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