Michael Thao's Comic Reviews

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9.1Avg. Review Rating

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1

Feb 12, 2020

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 largely provides setup and background for new fans, and, though this approach may simply be a rehash to longtime fans regarding where Conner and Palmiotti left off with the character, it is a welcome return as the issue stays engaging and humorous throughout. And though the other half of the title doesn't get much time in the story, it becomes clear by the end of the issue that Conner and Palmiotti are ready to hit the gas petal on Harley's adventure with the Birds of Prey.

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Lost Soldiers (2020) #1

Jul 29, 2020

Lost Soldiers #1 brings with it a confident creative team who are all on the same page. The story drags a bit in the middle with some heavy dialogue and jargon-filled panels, but the art remains on-point and consistent with the commentary Kot wants to convey. With an impressive first issue and only four more to go, readers won't want to miss out on this mini-series

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Plunge #1

Feb 19, 2020

This issue could very well just be suffering from first issue-itis, and I think Hill is an experienced enough writer that we can expect to see some more interesting character beats as issues come out. But for now, the art and the continuing mystery of the Dereleth is what is propelling this story forward.

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Plunge #2

Mar 18, 2020

With four issues left and an island full of questions that need answers, Hill continues to move the story along at a brisk and captivating pace. There's lots of interesting threads pulling this story together, and readers will want to stick around to find out what the Carpenter Salvage crew pulls out of the water next issue.

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Strange Adventures (2020) #1

Mar 4, 2020

With Strange Adventures, King looks to have yet another successful maxi series under his belt, proving once again that this kind of self-contained storytelling is where he's most comfortable. However, those burnt out on his work may want to sit this one out as he goes through much of the same execution as he does for books like Mister Miracle and Vision. This is wholeheartedly a book for King fans through and through and will likely be an instant pull list addition for many.

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Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes OGN

Jun 15, 2020

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopesis a necessary story that helps to keep alive the spirit of a generation that dared to speak out.

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