Molly Barnewitz's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicsverse Reviews: 43
9.6Avg. Review Rating

10
Abbott #1

Jan 23, 2018

Groovy artwork, captivating writing, and a hero with a cause make ABBOTT #1 a triumph. The BOOM! Studio's comic combines magic realism and astute political commentary to great effect.

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10
Abbott #2

Feb 27, 2018

Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivel's ABBOTT #2 is even more exciting than the first. With even more gruesome artwork and tantalizing plot twists, the BOOM! Studio's comic is a spellbinding read.

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10
Abbott #3

Mar 26, 2018

ABBOTT #3 keeps the pace of past issues, with just as much passion and intrigue. Ahmed Saladin gives readers more tantalizing hints, and Sami Kivel and Jason Wordie give the comic its dramatic edge in the detailed artwork.

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10
Abbott #5

May 30, 2018

Elena Abbott faces down the shadows in Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivel's breathtaking ABBOTT #5. The BOOM! Studios comic features complex artwork fitting the equally complex narrative that is one-part fantasy and one-part social critique.

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10
About Betty's Boob #1

Jun 7, 2018

ABOUT BETTY'S BOOB is a sweet and humorous comic about loss, recovery, and self-love. Vro Cazot and Julie Rocheleau cleverly mix together surrealism, referencing classic cartoons and exaggeration to portray Betty's experience with cancer and her whimsical journey to reinvent herself.

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9.3
Algeria Is Beautiful Like America #1

Apr 23, 2018

Olivia Burton's travel comic, ALGERIA IS BEAUTIFUL LIKE AMERICA balances her French family's history with the realities the Algerian War for Independence. The complicated narrative features whimsical art by Mahi Grand that captures Burton's sense of wonder.

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9.8
Assassinistas #1

Dec 22, 2017

Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez bring fast-paced energy and brilliant artwork, respectively, to ASSASSINISTAS #1. The series' badass lead, Octavia, and her son, Dominic, make this issue a fabulous start to a tantalizing new series.

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9.5
Assassinistas #2

Jan 16, 2018

Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez's ASSASSINISTAS #2 is an exciting development in the story of hitwoman Octavia "Red October" Price. The second issue takes time to develop the characters, introducing intriguing facts about Octavia's personal history. What the issue lacks in plot, it makes up for in brilliant and humorous details.

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9.9
Assassinistas #3

Mar 6, 2018

Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez start to answer some pressing questions in ASSASSINISTAS #3. The IDW comic is as exciting, humorous, and bizarre as the last, but with added intrigue between Octavia and her old colleagues this time around.

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9.8
Assassinistas #4

Apr 17, 2018

Tini Howard's sense of comedic timing makes ASSASSINISTAS #4 a fantastic read. Moreover, Gilbert Hernandez's bright illustrations support the quick paced character development in the latest issue of this IDW series.

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9.8
Assassinistas #5

May 15, 2018

Tini Howard puts Octavia's choices under the microscope in ASSASSINISTAS #5, hinting at the challenges she faced to balance motherhood with life as an assassin. Humorous and bright, Gilbert Hernandez makes the comic all the more hilarious and chaotic with his vibrant artwork. Watch as chaos ensues in IDW's latest issue of ASSASSINISTAS.

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9.8
Atomic Empire #1

Nov 30, 2018

ATOMIC EMPIRE gives readers a lush adventure through time and space. Alexandre Clrisse's retro art captures the aesthetics of the Atomic Age and illuminates Thierry Smolderen's cosmic journey into the history of the future.

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10
Black AF: American Sweetheart #1

Feb 6, 2018

BLACK [AF]: AMERICA'S SWEETHEART delivers powerful political commentary and a lovably optimistic young heroine. With brilliant art and writing, the comic makes difficult social justice issues accessible to all audiences.

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9.8
Breathless #2

May 2, 2018

BREATHLESS #2 drives the surprising series forward with style. Pat Shand and Renzo Rodriguez successfully develop their daring heroine, Scout, as she faces-off against Big Pharma's big monsters.

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10
Check, Please!: Hockey #1

Sep 19, 2018

CHECK, PLEASE! Book 1: #HOCKEY brings Eric "Bitty" Bittle's freshman and sophomore year of college to colorful life. Ngozi Ukazu's endearing characters are more than enjoyable goofballs. These hockey players prove that loyal teammates don't have to perpetuate toxic masculinity.

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8.3
Comic Book History of Comics: Comics For All #1

Dec 20, 2017

Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey serve up more history in IDW's THE COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS Vol. 2. Focusing on the place of European comics, Van Lente makes comics history interesting and accessible. Dunlavey's wild art makes for an exciting history lesson.

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9.7
Coyotes #5

Aug 8, 2018

COYOTES #5 is a riveting start to a new arc in Sean Lewis' werewolf-filled recreation of the Little Red Riding Hood story. With magical artwork by Caitlin Yarsky, COYOTES #5 takes Red deeper on the hunt for her sister's murderer.

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9.8
Feathers #1

Feb 6, 2019

Jorge Corona's gripping fairy tale FEATHERS soars into readers' hearts with vibrant artwork, dynamic narrative choices, and surprising twists and turns.

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9.4
Fence #3

Jan 15, 2018

BOOM! Box's FENCE #3 by C.S. Pacat takes young hero Nicholas Cox to the Kings Row boarding school where he must prove himself or lose his place. The exciting sports drama is brought to gorgeous life by Johanna the Mad. Her attractive characters and animated action scenes make FENCE #3 a winner.

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9.0
Fence #4

Feb 20, 2018

C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad's latest addition to the BOOM! Studios series FENCE takes a step back from plot development to focus on characters detail. FENCE #4 builds tension and excitement, but is over before it can get off the ground.

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9.9
Fence #5

Apr 17, 2018

FENCE #5 delivers a heartfelt message about sportsmanship, along with the usual high school drama. C.S. Pacat's sharp writing reinforces Johanna the Mad's exquisite character design.

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9.3
Fence #7

Jun 20, 2018

BOOM! Studio's FENCE #7 sees exciting progress as Nicholas moves towards his final chance to make the Kings Row fencing team. C.S. Pacat develops other characters in the series and Johanna the Mad uses kawaii aesthetic to add cuteness to the humorous issue.

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10
Fence #8

Jul 18, 2018

C.S. Pacat lets readers in on the life of Seiji Katayama, the series' antagonist. With expressive artwork by Johanna the Mad, FENCE #8 is an exciting character study that builds towards the tryouts finale.

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10
Fence #10

Sep 25, 2018

FENCE #10 returns us to the rivalry between Seiji and Nicholas. The exciting issue brings precise art and writing to capture the core conflict between these fencers.

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9.3
Fence #11

Oct 30, 2018

FENCE #11 lacks the pace of previous issues, but C.S. Pacat takes the opportunity to dive into character development and explore what makes a great fencing team. Johanna the Mad's artwork reinforces the comic's strengths as a character study.

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9.2
Gunning For Hits #1

Jan 9, 2019

Music producer Jeff Rougvie brings his knowledge and imagination to the comics world in Image Comics music thriller GUNNING FOR HITS #1. Moritat's artwork and Casey Silver's colors give Rougvie's work the crime noir/punk rock vibe it deserves!

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9.3
Hex Vet: Witches In Training #1

Dec 12, 2018

Sam Davies' HEX VET: WITCHES IN TRAINING is full of heart and adventure. In a pink and teal color palette, Davies' charming characters make magical animal care their top priority - to exciting effect!

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9.8
Isola #1

Mar 12, 2018

Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl's epic journey begins in ISOLA #1. The Image Comics series features fantastic world building, with mesmerizing landscapes and animals. Kerschl's artwork perfectly captures Fletcher's well crafted characters and their dangerous quest.

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9.8
Isola #6

Jan 16, 2019

With elegant artwork and pithy writing, ISOLA #6 supplies only enough information to leave readers wanting more. The comic's heroes tread ever closer to the land of the dead in a dreamlike landscape full of magical creatures and dangerous twists and turns.

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8.8
Leviathan #1

Aug 1, 2018

LEVIATHAN #1 wastes no time in bringing the monster to life. John Layman's humor shines as Nick Pitarra and Michael Garland bring forth a vibrant comic filled with grotesque and politically pointed details!

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10
Ronin Island #1

Mar 6, 2019

Layered with intrigue and detail, RONIN ISLAND #1 by Greg Pack and Giannis Milonogiannis is an ornate first issue. The new BOOM! Studios series -- about an island community of warriors and survivors who face off with a monstrous enemy -- is utterly satisfying.

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10
Sheets OGN #1

Aug 30, 2018

Brenna Thummler's graphic novel from Lion Forge is an overwhelming tribute to the power of friendship in challenging times. SHEETS is a triple threat of charming characters, honest writing, and spellbinding artwork.

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10
Sleepless (2017) #6

May 9, 2018

Sarah Vaughn's skill for world-building shines through as the dangers mount against SLEEPLESS's hero, Lady Pyppenia. Ornately illustrated by Leila del Duca, SLEEPLESS #6 captures the challenges of life at court and excitingly sweeps the reader into an enchanting world of politics, relationships, and beauty.

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9.5
Sugar Town #1

Nov 21, 2017

If you have been looking for a queer millennial love story, look no further than Hazel Newlevant's SUGAR TOWN. This tender comic explores open relationships and queer identity with heartwarming characters and glowing artwork.

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8.8
Sword of Ages #1

Nov 28, 2017

Gabriel Rodrguez creates a fantastic sci-fi retelling of the Arthurian Legend. With Avalon at the helm, SWORD OF AGES depicts a gender-bending new version of the medieval myth.

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9.2
Sword of Ages #2

Jan 9, 2018

Gabriel Rodriguez' Arthurian heroine, Avalon, makes a triumphant return in IDW Publishing's SWORD OF AGES #2. Packed with adventure and vibrant illustrations, SWORD OF AGES #2 is a little choppy, but filled with excitement.

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9.9
The Avant-Guards #1

Jan 23, 2019

BOOM! Studios' latest sports comic THE AVANT-GUARDS #1 delivers drama, charm, and wit to the basketball court. Carly Usdin's brilliant girl-gang recipe delivers exciting plays with an assist from Noah Hayes' delightful artwork.

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10
The Avant-Guards #2

Feb 27, 2019

Carly Usdin jumps directly into the fun with the fast-paced AVANT-GUARDS #2. With bright artwork by Noah Hayes, Usdin's comic is full of charismatic characters and celebrates basketball, friendships, and the thrill of young love.

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9.7
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine #1

Aug 29, 2018

It was 50 years ago that the iconic Beatles film introduced us to Sgt. Pepper, the Blue Meanies, and the Nowhere Man. Now, in brilliant color, Bill Morrison's stunning graphic novel tribute THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE showcases the film's psychedelic art and clever wordplay.

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9.2
The Ghost, The Owl #1

May 6, 2018

THE GHOST, THE OWL breaks from the horror tradition to tell a wandering ghost story akin to folklore and fable. Sara Richard's vibrant artwork makes the the comic glow with beautiful animals and energizes Franco's blunt writing.

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10
The Silence Of Our Friends #1

Apr 8, 2018

First Second's THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS puts names and faces to the Civil Rights Movement, powerfully giving voice to two young families in the wake of the TSU riots. Writers Mark Long and Jim Demonakos and artist Nate Powell humanize the movement with clear voices and nuanced characters.

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9.0
The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1

Sep 23, 2018

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY came into the world with a bang, and the latest issue in the series, HOTEL OBLIVION #1 is no different. Gerard Way and Gabriel B start off the new issue with the same chaos and absurdity as ever.

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10
This Woman's Work #1

Mar 9, 2019

Julie Delporte's graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly THIS WOMAN'S WORK is a tribute to women in the arts. The flowing narrative and impressionistic artwork is both heartbreaking and healing.

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