Michael Mazzacane's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 71
7.3Avg. Review Rating

7.5
All-New Wolverine #25

Oct 16, 2017

"All-New Wolverine" has been a quiet and consistently good series, 'Orphans of X.' marks the start of a new story and a fine jumping on point for the series.

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7.5
Arya #1

Nov 6, 2017

"Arya" #1 is a nice reminder of the variety the medium offers even if its continuation isn't as clear as one would hope.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 26, 2017

The fuse is lit, 'The War of Jokes and Riddles' has begun. As always it makes me wish Janin and Chung could somehow do this book all the time.

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7.5
Batwoman (2017) #4

Jun 23, 2017

The creative team manage to close this chapter of Batwoman in a satisfying fashion that develops everything you need emotionally for this issue to work.

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8.0
Batwoman (2017) #9

Nov 20, 2017

"Batwoman" aimed high and stays high as Bennet and Co. use the psychedelic excuse to further examine all aspects of Kate Kane and find out what she may become.

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8.0
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 20, 2017

"Batwoman: Rebirth" is the best kind of zero issue, concise in telling the plot and emotional origins of the character, the kind of thing you can give to a friend to explain something without just wiki dumping on them.

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8.0
Birthright #26

Sep 14, 2017

"Birthright" continues with the start of its most ambitious arc yet

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8.0
Black Hammer #11

Jul 28, 2017

"Black Hammer" #11 packs an emotional wallop into 20 or so pages on top of excellent structure by Lemire and amazing art from Dean Ormston.

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8.0
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3

Jan 23, 2017

With a warm positive relationship at its center and continued varied interest, "World of Wakanda" lives up its title.

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6.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #0

Mar 24, 2017

This won't really sell new readers or excite the faithful to any meaningful degree.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #1

Aug 14, 2017

"Bloodshot Salvation" kicks off the next chapter in this character's history and Jeff Lemire isn't looking away from asking hard questions about its title character.

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7.5
Bloodshot: Salvation #2

Oct 30, 2017

The dueling narratives of "Salvation" continue to diverge and make for a well done and varied reading experience.

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7.8
Bombshells: United #1

Aug 28, 2017

Bombshells sets itself up for a new and more impressive tour of duty.

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7.8
Britannia: We Who Are About to Die #4

Jul 20, 2017

"Britannia" concludes with the dark heart of Rome revealed and the promise of more "adventure" as long as Nero is around.

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5.0
Cable (2017) #1

Jun 5, 2017

Unless you're a fan of the character, there are better X-Books and books period you should be buying.

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7.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9

Jun 12, 2017

"The Master Race" ends effectively and in a manner, I did not expect when this began 18 or so months ago.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #956

May 15, 2017

'League of Shadows' is over and it's fine, thankfully we won't have to wait very long for new, hopefully, more interesting stories to be told.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #958

Jun 19, 2017

'Intelligence' begins with a return to aesthetic form and a renewed emphasis on Family.

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8.2
Detective Comics (2016) #962

Aug 10, 2017

This book has been one of the most consistent reads for a cape book in recent memory. It doesn't exist within a vague continuity that tries to silo itself from the larger meta narratives but lean into and wonder how would its cast react.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #964

Sep 18, 2017

'Dystopia' best qualities are its serialized ones, which place it into a larger ongoing narrative. As a story unit unto itself it just "is," if this were a monthly title the tepid quality of this issue would be bigger disappointment.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #965

Sep 28, 2017

The beginning to 'Living' reads like the Tim Drake/Robin Rebirth fans would want, but what's going to come out on the otherside?

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7.5
Divinity #0

Aug 17, 2017

Maybe not the best introduction to the Valiant U there is, but a great introduction to the world of Divinity and soon Eternity.

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7.5
Divinity III: Stalinverse #3

Feb 27, 2017

If you've gone this far you'll finish the rather enjoyable ride.

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7.5
Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

May 12, 2017

"Eternal Warrior: Awakening" is a fine spotlight on Gilad Anni-Padda and what makes him unique. In that regard "Awakening" is a fitting celebration of 25 years of Valiant.

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7.5
Faith #11

May 8, 2017

The final arc of "Faith" continues down a referential rode that shows you don't need absurdist humor and lack of a fourth wall to tell these kinds of stories.

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8.0
Faith #12

Jun 9, 2017

Houser and Co. finish "Faith" on a very strong note with more adventures coming right around the corner.

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6.5
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 28, 2017

We're on this ride and there's no getting off it, nothing is bad about this issue it's just not interesting.

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8.0
Generation Zero #8

Apr 3, 2017

Effective art pieces and sound plotting set "Generation Zero" to go out on a high note, if they can survive the experience.

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6.5
Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1

Aug 14, 2017

Really fun art and the germ of an interesting story about a woman dealing with fate, just wish there was a better structure around it.

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7.5
Genius Cartel #3

Oct 23, 2017

As Destiny's real mission is revealed to audiences and her, the series begins to move beyond a more diverse exercise in secret power structures and Deep State antics.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #26

Jul 6, 2017

'Hard Traveling Hero' gets off to a strong start as the Emerald Archer begins to learn to make if not friends, partners, as he tries to take down his greatest foe.

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6.5
Harbinger: Renegade #0

Nov 9, 2017

A technically fine book and one of the more enjoyable issues of the series overall, but there's a distinct lack of emotional heart to all the proceedings.

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7.5
Harbinger: Renegade #5

Jul 13, 2017

'Massacre' lives up to its name.

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6.7
Harbinger: Renegade #7

Sep 11, 2017

Inconsistent art and a lack of internal direction makes "Harbinger Renegade" feel aimless despite the extra textual marketing pointing toward a destination.

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7.0
Hulk (2016) #8

Jul 17, 2017

Mariko Tamaki's setup a monster mash, but things are more in the early decorating phase with this issue.

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4.5
Justice Inc: The Avenger - Faces Of Justice #1

Jul 10, 2017

Some nicely executed moments and some supremely poor ones.

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7.5
Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1

Jan 16, 2017

"Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth" accomplishes what these kinds of books are meant to do in a fun engaging read.

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7.8
Kill the Minotaur #4

Sep 25, 2017

"Kill the Minotaur" crosses another threshold and continues to spin an intriguing take on the ancient tale with Lukas Ketner and Jean-Francois Beaulieu's art.

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6.7
Kill the Minotaur #5

Oct 20, 2017

If you've come this far, you're sticking around. And repetitive it may have been, the creative teams attempted exploration of its thematics is successful if a bit pat. In another book without the art team, all would be lost.

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7.0
Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1

Sep 7, 2017

"Red Diamond" feels like one in the rough at the start. There is potential, but maybe I'm not the audience for the book either.

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7.0
Magdalena (2017) #2

May 1, 2017

Even as Top Cow moves more into the realm of science-crime "Magdalena" continues to show plenty of room for fresh takes in their Artifacts line.

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7.5
Mech Cadet Yu #1

Aug 3, 2017

Mech Cadet Yu #1 did its job and sold character above lore.

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7.0
Mother Panic #5

Mar 27, 2017

"Mother Panic" and Violet Paige continue to figure themselves out and point towards something better, maybe even "heroic".

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8.0
Mother Panic #12

Oct 27, 2017

"Mother Panic" has closed one chapter and is ready to open another once all this 'Milk Wars' business is over.

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7.0
Motor Crush #7

Oct 5, 2017

"Motor Crush" returns to Domino trying to pick up the pieces as the series begins to rev its engines for the new arc, but maybe that speed is a bit more of a killer this time around.

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8.0
Nightwing: The New Order #1

Aug 24, 2017

Elseworlds and this kind of stories can often come off as gimmicky. And with the covers that this series is set with, it's hard not to see the gimmick. But this mini is on the right path to be more than the covers imply.

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8.0
Ninja-K (2017) #1

Nov 17, 2017

Cape comics are a never-ending battle. As one series ends, another begins. At least in the case of transitioning from "Ninjak" to "Ninja-K," the creative teams set the titular character off on a fresh new chapter and intend to go in a different direction from the previous series. Valiant is at its best when they take their characters and cast them as something other than the Superhero and mix genre. Leaning into the spy antics and institutional history of Valiant's best spy gives the book a novel quality that should be solid ground for new and returning readers.

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8.0
Ninjak #26

Apr 24, 2017

'The Seven Blades of Master Darque' is true to Kindt's run overall and a satisfying conclusion for a character who is perpetually dissatisfied.

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6.5
Ninjak #27

May 22, 2017

Good art, overall structure, and Lizard Ninjas, make up for an issue that gets in its own way at times.

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8.0
No. 1 With A Bullet #1

Nov 2, 2017

"No. 1 with a Bullet" has all the ingredients to be an excellent story and comic book, but they it doesn't come to a boil in this first issue.

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7.5
Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe #1

Jun 15, 2017

If you wanted to give someone a single comic to "sell" them on a universe, this wouldn't be to bad.

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8.0
Rapture #1

May 26, 2017

Final Verdict: 8.0 " "Rapture" takes a strong first step selling readers on character, and getting all the pieces in place for a large scale fantasy adventure down the road.

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7.0
Rapture #3

Jul 24, 2017

The penultimate chapter of "Rapture" sets up the finale and spectacular stakes well, hopefully, the landing isn't Indiana Jones-esque.

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6.8
Rapture #4

Aug 31, 2017

"Rapture" comes to a satisfying if not spectacular conclusion that fulfills what it set out to do.

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7.0
Rat Queens (2017) #5

Aug 21, 2017

The "Rat Queens" feel like they're back, maybe not the storytelling triumph of other late sequel franchise starters but if you were a fan and wanted more of the "Rat Queens" you remember this is pretty much it.

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7.0
Ringside #11

Sep 4, 2017

"Ringside" starts to get real, but stays true to its aesthetic sensibilities as it probes the lives of these broken icons or would be icons.

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7.0
Samaritan: Veritas #1

May 29, 2017

Tech Thrillers aren't a thing you really find in comics at the moment, Image is consistently dominated by fantasy, so this stands out in the crowd and is an all-around workmanlike start to things.

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8.0
Seven to Eternity #5

Apr 17, 2017

"Seven to Eternity" continues its journey with an engrossing first issue to their next arc.

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7.5
Seven to Eternity #8

Aug 7, 2017

Things are looking terrible for everyone in a very good way for "Seven to Eternity."

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8.0
Sovereigns #0

Apr 7, 2017

In a glutted market dominated by trading on established IP, "Sovereigns" does enough to be familiar and novel with a cult cast.

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6.0
Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #1

Apr 10, 2017

There is nothing egregiously bad about this comic, but there isn't anything that argues for its existence either.

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8.0
Swordquest #0

May 5, 2017

This is a great introductory issue that sets everything up nicely, on top of a postmodern view.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) Annual #1

Jun 1, 2017

'The Lazarus Contract' doesn't totally rewrite reality, but it does reestablish a link between Slade and the Titans, and tells a surprisingly human story for the Terminator.

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8.0
The Wicked + The Divine: 455 AD #1

May 19, 2017

As a Roman history nerd, "455 AD" gave me everything I could want. It played off our understanding of the main series while articulating it with era specific methods. This is a fun bit of historical fiction-fantasy.

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7.0
War Mother #2

Oct 2, 2017

"War Mother" continues to be a well-paced and executed book about the struggles of motherhood, responsibility, and duty.

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7.5
Wayward #21

Jun 30, 2017

Well, things sure started with a bang. The consistency of this series continues as it returns for its fifth arc.

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4.5
Weapon X (2017) #1

Apr 14, 2017

There is the germ of an idea in Weapon X #1 but with the price, double shipping, art team, and no reason to care at the end of this issue, maybe it wont sprout.

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7.5
Wild Storm #7

Sep 22, 2017

"The Wild Storm" is back and it's as smooth as ever. Sure, come for the crazy alien stuff but stay for the commentary of banal corporate work.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1

Oct 12, 2017

known, but twisted characters along the way.

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8.0
X-Men Prime #1

Mar 31, 2017

The X-Men have a compass pointing north, now lets hope they survive the experience.

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7.5
X-O Manowar (2017) #4

Jul 3, 2017

Great art and a narrative that creates the conditions for that art makes for a good read.

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