M.R. Jafri's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Crusaders Reviews: 154
8.3Avg. Review Rating

9.4
Adventureman #2

Jul 9, 2020

Adventureman takes elements we have seen used before but pushes them into new directions, injects and incredible amount of joy and gives us an amazing heroine that we instantly can relate to and root for. The ending leaves us with the promise of more incredible stories to come.

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6.6
Aggretsuko: Meet Her World #1

Apr 8, 2021

The problem with the Sunday Comic Strip tone in a comic book form is that the conflicts don't feel deep enough to justify the comic purchase. It does suit younger readers in the tone and innocence but the office setting is just an odd fit for an all ages entry. But everyone can relate to being left out of a group and in the end the conflicts here are fairly universal.

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6.6
Aggretsuko #3

Jun 4, 2020

This issue of Aggretsuko plays out as more of a benign office comedy rather than a more aggressive social satire. But it is enjoyable to anyone who is being forced back into an office environment and realizing how many parts of the corporate system are designed to slow us down rather than maximizing our efficiency and encouraging balance.

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8.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #43

May 27, 2020

Spencer's humor is used to great use throughout the book. It's a simple, smart story but it moves quickly and features great character moments for Spider-Man, Boomerang and Gog.

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8.6
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #46

Aug 12, 2020

Overall this is a solid issue with a great artwork and an interesting story. It will be interesting to see what the final results of the Sun-Eater's powers are on the various supervillains. It is nice seeing a villain that is less used to be elevated within the mythos. The hope is that we can get a better visual dynamic to the character as the arc continues.

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7.4
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #67

Jun 1, 2021

The stories are clearly building up and building together, but at this point they just feel more like plot points being laid out like a laundry list than an interesting, cohesive comic. There is a distinctive lack of humor, energy and personality to this issue which is very unlike writer Nick Spencer. This is balanced against some incredibly superb art by Marcelo Ferreira and Carlos Gomez with inks by them and Wayne Faucher.

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8.8
Batman (2016) #99

Sep 17, 2020

We then get an amazing version of the Joker mashed up as the Batman. It has been tried before but not with the amazing artistic styling of Jorge Jimenez. This sets up an epic setup for what should be a wild ride in next months big finale. This is an issue bursting with solid characterization and quality art. It is not entirely original, but it is a well done, classictale.

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9.2
Batman (2016) #106

Mar 4, 2021

The main story is followed by an eight page short with Damian working with his mother Talia against the League of Lazarus. The art and action are fun but the story thus far is incredibly similar to what we have seen before, with Damian having to choose between the more tempered path of the Batman and the more murderous path of Ras Al Ghul. Hopefully future chapters of Damian's journey are more interesting as the false cliffhanger is just not enough to make this feel like anything more than a retread.

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8.8
Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime OGN

Apr 27, 2020

Batman Tales Once Upon A Crime is ostensibly a work for young children. But it is an easy, wonderful read for adults as well. While it would do better to stray away from the traditional story-telling a bit more, it is a lot of fun seeing these characters interacting against new backdrops but still keeping the cores of their personalities the same. Batman and his cast have always worked well against new backdrops and different worlds and tales such as these are much more interesting rather than tales that simply place superheroes in high school. The amazing art and solid character work here make this simple book an immense pleasure to read.

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8.8
Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime OGN

Apr 27, 2020

Batman Tales Once Upon A Crime is ostensibly a work for young children. But it is an easy, wonderful read for adults as well. While it would do better to stray away from the traditional story-telling a bit more, it is a lot of fun seeing these characters interacting against new backdrops but still keeping the cores of their personalities the same. Batman and his cast have always worked well against new backdrops and different worlds and tales such as these are much more interesting rather than tales that simply place superheroes in high school. The amazing art and solid character work here make this simple book an immense pleasure to read.

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8
Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Apr 22, 2021

This issue is a bite of fun rather than a full dessert, but it is a smart way to draw in new readers to the fold. It is not quite as effective a way to draw in classic readers to the Fortnite universe. As enjoyable as it is as a Batman story, it does not take even one panel to introduce us to a Fortnite character or their perspective. Hopefully future issues allow a bit more balance between the characters, and at least a little bit of dialogue.

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6
Batman: Overdrive #1

Feb 26, 2020

On it's own merits, this is an interesting comic with a good narrative arc. Ultimately this story lacks weight because it does not feel like a story of the hero we know and love. Batman's psyche stopped at the moment his parents were killed. His mission became stopping future tragedies such as the one that shaped his life. Having a teen version of our hero, processing emotions such as distrust, grief and guilt is interesting, but doesn't ring true to the underlying core of Batman.

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10
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #1

Mar 31, 2021

This issue represents all that great comics should be, massive action, massive stakes, huge emotion and great character work. The fact that the issue ends with an interview between Johnson and Walter Simonson shows such an appreciation for the character, creators and works that have come before. It adds to our confidence that Johnson is the real thing, a creator who cares about the character and knows how to add to the history of the Marvel Universe rather than simply telling an isolated story. This is a tale steeped in the past but paving a new direction for Beta Ray Bill and comic story-telling.

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9.4
Bill and Ted Are Doomed #1

Sep 10, 2020

The art and colors are perfectly suited to the heart and humor we want from these heroes. Every page overflows with personality and joy. Here's hoping that Dorkin and Langridge can continue the excellent momentum of this first issue and give us a story to unite the world.

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9.4
Billionaire Island #1

Mar 4, 2020

What would be an average story in lesser hands, is an interesting and thoughtful issue by a creative team that knows its craft well. Russell and Pugh set up an interesting future where class warfare is pronounced. The only short-coming of this book is allowing readers to see this warfare as being between individuals, rather than focusing at all on the system that allowed for them.

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8.8
Black Panther (2018) #25

May 25, 2021

This issue employs all the strengths of its creators and showcases the massive leadership and pure courage of T'Challa. This is the kind of story fans will be rereading and enjoying for decades to come.

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9
Canto II: The Hollow Men #2

Sep 24, 2020

This is a comic which goes beyond simple stories and is steadily creating a modern heroic myth.

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9.6
Canto II: The Hollow Men #3

Oct 28, 2020

Canto refuses to be deterred but awakens to tragedy, Veratta has passed away after her sacrifice. The issue ends with a beautiful funeral. As always this series reflects the nature of story-telling and stories throughout.From the story at the funeral to the Shrouded One threatening that Canto's pages will be empty, story-telling itself is at stake in this epic journey. The characters are incredibly likeable and the loss in this issue is felt deeply because of their heroism and friendship. This book is about emotions, supporting others and holding onto empathy and it's abook we all need more of in these times and at all times.

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7.2
Champions (2020) #1

Oct 8, 2020

These characters have so much potential but this Outlawed crossover feels way too familiar at this point. It's a waste of great story-tellers who can do so much better.

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9.8
Dark Night: A True Batman Story #1

Apr 24, 2020

This is a book that shows why superheroes matter, why supervillains matter, why stories matter. Imagination can trap us if it causes us to ignore reality, but it can also lift us out of trauma and deliver us back to the real world after our bodies and minds have been badly damaged. That an important lesson for us all not only in the events of our lives, but also in the collective trauma caused by war, famine and disease. Heroes and stories are never unimportant as long as people use them to inspire action, activity and healing in the real world.

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9.4
Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

Dec 16, 2020

This issue is paced to allow the battles to breathe and the conflicts to build. The big screen style hides a story full of heart and heroism. We still get enormous action scenes but we hold onto the character moments as we get an epic Wonder Woman story against the backdrop of realities torn asunder.

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8.4
Deadpool (2019) #10

Jan 28, 2021

Except somehow this is the last issue of the run, showing just how pointless Marvel makes crossovers by not even allowing them to build momentum and an audience for their books. They're continually resetting books rather than letting a run as fun as this find a larger audience. More than anything this book proves just how great a writer Kelly Thompson is. Even if this crossover can't find more fans for this run it'll certainly create some new fans for Kelly Thompson.

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8.8
Deadpool (2019): Nerdy 30 #1

Mar 11, 2021

Overall this issue was a celebration of everything that Deadpool is. It has great humor great art and a great overall arc from before birth to after death. It's a brilliant way to showcase so much creativity and an insane amount of fun packed into a single issue.

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6.6
Demon Days (2021): Cursed Web #1

Aug 31, 2021

The story ends with the White Queen-esque Ogin sending Thor and Storm counterpoints to do her bidding. This promises even more great visual fun with the next issue, but it is unfortunate that the great visuals seem destined to be paired with poor dialogue once more.

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8
Doctor Tomorrow #1

Jan 29, 2020

This debut issue is a promising exploration of a unique legacy hero, one who inherits his powers from his future self. The art and writing in action sequences are dynamic and interesting. Unfortunately things slow down dramatically with discussion of scientific principles and character backgrounds. In trying to drive home scientific theory and focusing on a generic teenage character the action is quickly sacrificed. The hope is that future issues are able to convey characterization and story as part of the action rather than a break from it. The creative team of Alejandro Arbona and Jim Towe is a strong one and what remains to be seen is if the story will become more dynamic as it moves forward in future issues.

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8.4
Empyre #4

Aug 6, 2020

This issue is well done, with strong character moments, solid twists and a logical path. It is unfortunate that it leaves us in a much more traditional place, with two arch villainous groups unwilling to bend to see the value of humanity. It will be interesting to see if the Cotati can discover some empathy by the end of the crossover or if they will remain in place as the vegan villains of the Marvel Universe.

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9.2
Empyre: Fallout: Fantastic Four #1

Sep 9, 2020

Overall this issue brings a joyful change to the family dynamic and a massive complication in the return of Uatu. This issue certainly gives the title some momentum going forward. Hopefully Fantastic Four is able to build on these changes quickly and continue to entertain and surprise us.

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9.4
Eternals (2021): Thanos Rises #1

Sep 15, 2021

What's unique about this issue is that it presents the origin of Thanos while barely showing Thanos. It's an artistic achievement and a beginning filled with promise for the battle to come. Thanos is presented as a monstrous force of hate out to destroy any he should love. It's a great take on a villain we love and it will be interesting seeing him face off against his forebears.

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6.8
Extreme Carnage (2021): Scream #1

Jul 13, 2021

The dark, mystical tone and tragic destruction of a strong partnership makes the comic more than a basic crossover tale, but it remains to be seen if the authors are truly willing to throw their partnership away to simply give Carnage a visible score. Sacrificing a female symbiote this early in the crossover seemingly simply to boost the male seems a bit excessive. Here's hoping the crossover is aiming to strengthen all the offspring symbiotes and this is simply a throwaway feint.

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6
Fantastic Four (2018) #30

Apr 15, 2021

An opportunity to see heroes face off is ruined when for some reason Venomized Johnny Storm thinks he can lecture Sue on her parenting skills and Venomized Ben raves at Reed for being a scientist. It is also a bit jarring to see a fast forward to the aftermath of the crossover at the issue's end where we just spend more time worrying about relationships. This issue just lays on the melodrama like it's Nutella and it's exhausting without being enjoyable.

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7.6
Fantastic Four: Life Story #1

May 18, 2021

As it is, this issue is a fairly familiar but well done trip through the first decade of the Fantastic Four.

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9.4
FCBD 2020: X-Men #1

Jul 15, 2020

This book is going to be an amazing treat and this teaser is perfect to draw new readers in.

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8
Firefly (2018) #14

Feb 20, 2020

This is a well told story, but it just doesn't hold weight. Pak needs to find a way to add stakes that matters even while he and Sharma brings to life characters we love.

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7.6
Firefly (2018) #15

Mar 18, 2020

Pak and Sharma continue to tell an interesting story in the Firefly universe. It would be nice to have more attention given to characters besides Mal and Zoe. Whedon's characters are all so well formed that it's a shame not to spend more time with such a vast range of characters. Kaylee, Book, Inara and Jayne deserves a whole lot more focus. That being said, Pak does understand all their voices and this story is building nicely.

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8.4
Firefly (2018) #16

Jun 17, 2020

This issue is a well done continuation to a great arc. Blue Sun is a great villainous corporate monster and it will be interesting to see how the crew navigate both sides of this conflict and take on our mystery assassin. Pak and Bachs have a momentum with this series that hasn't been seen with Firefly since the original television show. It's a remarkable feat that they are able to take such a great series and adjust it to something all its own.

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8.8
Firefly (2018) #23

Dec 10, 2020

The Blue Sun Rising story continues to create a larger enemy for Mal and the crew to focus on. The larger moral complexities of this conflict should play out over the next few issues as they work to attack the kill switch and potential knock out technology which has become vital to the universe around them.

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7.8
Future State (2021): Nightwing #1

Jan 20, 2021

The action, characters and movement in Nicola Scott's art is always astounding, but the city, characters and costumes here do not feel futuristic in any way. This could easily be an issue of Nightwing in his own run if Batman was missing and replaced a la Azreal. It is nice that the characters in Future State still feel like themselves, but time should change anyone and the fun of a future tale should in part be about contrasts with the characters and world we know. Adding cybernetics to the villains and florescent colors to the city isn't quite enough to differentiate things.

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10
Future State (2021): Robin Eternal #1

Jan 13, 2021

Here's hoping Infinite Frontier means that fans can demand more of these classic Tim Drake stories in the far future. But at least we get this issue which uses a future time to restore a classic character to his deserved greatness.

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8
Future State (2021): Superman vs. Imperious Lex #1

Jan 27, 2021

Here the audience gets exactly what they expect from a Mark Russell book which makes it a bit less outrageous. But that being said the larger question which remains at the end of this issue is if Superman is correct and appeasing these blind followers and Lex can teach them a better path, or if compromise will simply lead to Lex finding a path to greater victory.

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9.2
Future State (2021): Robin Eternal #2

Feb 11, 2021

We need a Tim Drake book with this level of art and storytelling on a consistent basis. Fitzmartin and Barrows so clearly love Tim Drake and that fondness shines through in the level of their craft. Although the Lazarus Resin is a crutch that was not needed it does establish Tim as a very powerful character going forward in the Future State universe especially as he rises back from sure death once again at the end of the issue. This comic shows the power that a good Tim Drake story has and the potential within the character for an ongoing comic.

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7.2
G.I. Joe (2019): Castle Fall #1

Feb 19, 2021

This is a very different G.I. Joe run and it does show how a modern depiction could work on page and screen even while Hama carries on the classic run. There is room enough for many different incarnations of G.I.Joe and with a bit more character work and more focus on tactical strategy this book could be the seeds of a new type of G.I.Joe.

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10
Go Go Power Rangers #28

Jan 29, 2020

With this issue, Go Go Power Rangers goes beyond a typical action adventure and allows us to explore the life of the random victims too often ignored in superhero comics. At the same time, it allows us to explore the characters of Rita and her team in greater depth as well as questionable decision-making on the part of Zordon.

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8.6
Go Go Power Rangers #30

Mar 12, 2020

Ryan Parrott and Sina Grace share the writing duties for this issue and overall execute the dialogue, action and story-telling incredibly well. While this remains the more traditional book and includes elements of everyday high schoolers and Finster's monsters attacking Angel Grove, it's always tough to keep these elements interesting.

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4
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) Annual #1

Aug 4, 2021

There is always a place for humor and parody in comics, but this book is so poorly done that it feels like a waste of everyone's time and threatens to derail the entire crossover.

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3.2
Heroes Reborn (2021): Weapon X & Final Flight #1

Jun 15, 2021

Overall this book is meant to be a dystopian look at what Alpha Flight would be without its heart, without hope. Unfortunately this is just not rendered with any depth or true character work beyond the basic plot.

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5.4
Heroes Reborn (2021): Peter Parker, The Amazing Shutterbug #1

May 12, 2021

It would have been more interesting to see Peter go through some more extreme personality changes as a result of losing Aunt May and being continually bullied and looked down on. Instead we see a fairly well adjusted hero emerge in spite of the totally new circumstances. The characters and art all work as we'd expect without any genuine surprises beyond Peter's final transformation.

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8.2
Heroes Reborn (2021): Squadron Savage #1

Jun 7, 2021

The writing and art balance such a large cast with varied powers, personalities and appearances wonderfully and this is a great issue that reminds us of the heyday of Age of Apocalypse and what a great team can do when given a unique opportunity in the midst of a larger crossover.

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7.4
Ice Cream Man #24

May 13, 2021

This book is about our own exhaustion and despair but also serves as a call to action to all of us as readers to take the time and make the effort to show those around us and around the world that they matter and that we truly care and want to help them get through these tough times.

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8
Immortal Hulk #30

Feb 5, 2020

Ewing allows fans to enjoy an incredibly strong set of battles against gamma beasts, and then adds the added horror of parasites released as Hulk tears them apart. Rather than a simple battle with a pat-ending, this battle includes consequences on every level, with the release of even more deadly enemies, the media turning the public further against The Hulk and the human toll.

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9.6
Immortal Hulk: Flatline #1

Feb 17, 2021

This issue feels like a prestige graphic novel. It's the type of story you'll go back to tomorrow and then again ten years from now as you remember what it means to lose a teacher, and remember that truly great teachers not only leave us with more knowledge but leave us understanding just a bit more about ourselves.

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7.4
Iron Man 2020 (2020) #3

Mar 4, 2020

Iron Man 2020 #3 is an interesting book limited by a lack of true depth in the characterization of the various supporting characters. We see many only friends in passing, but it feels more like a cameo than a true chance to visit the AI and examine what differentiates them from each other. Given Tony's status at the end of this issue, we will likely get a lot more focus on the supporting cast in the remainder of this crossover. As it is this issue caps an interesting beginning to the conflict to come.

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6.6
Join the Future #2

Jun 10, 2020

The limited scope of the story might change in future issues, but as of now this feels like a very familiar tale with slight twists in setting and conflict. Comics can take us places film and television simply cannot, both in story-telling and scope. This book simply feels like it was created to sell as a script rather than trying to give us something with depth and character work. The story might benefit from an expansion of the cast, more focus on the villains and some time spent in the city. Thus far it is a beautiful book with very limited imagination.

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7.6
Join the Future #3

Jul 9, 2020

In many ways the limitations of this issue and of the overall scope of the series lie within the muddled thematic elements themselves.

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9.4
Kang the Conqueror (2021) #1

Aug 18, 2021

In the end, Kang cannot stop his own stubborn will, and in this the cycle which creates the flawed villain is renewed. This book is a unique examination of not only what forms Kang, but what prevents humanity from breaking from past mistakes and forming what could be a better version of ourselves.

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8.4
Ludocrats #1

May 12, 2020

In concept and execution this book is a rousing beginning. The real challenge will be to see how well Gillen and Rossignol can keep us engaged over many issues. The hope is that they continue to find new social constructs to pull apart as the story progresses. This issues deals with marriage, property ownership, party etiquette and the greatest sin of being boring. Hopefully the creators continue the pace of pulling at aspects of society and our social media age that too many take a normative.

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6
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #14

Sep 9, 2020

Saladin Ahmed is a much more gifted writer than anything he is giving us on his Ms Marvel run. The writer and character simply are not a good fit. Kamala is an incredibly original superhero in the Marvel universe, bringing a unique perspective, family, friendships and incredible positivity. Unfortunately all of this feels increasingly forgotten in a comic drowning in anxieties rather than rising above them as the story claims to do.

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8.6
Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (2020) #3

Oct 14, 2020

If anything the book could use a bit more blood shed, it does feel a bit tame at times. Keeping the action so kid friendly, makes it feel more like a video game crossover and a bit less like a zombie horror film. But overall it's a fun ride, with great art and solid surprises as Marvel Zombies should be.

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9.2
Marvel's Voices: Legacy #1

Feb 25, 2021

The rest of the stories are all well done and some are just so different in their perspective that it feels like an independent comic rather than a Marvel book. It is interesting how little politics comes into play here. The political injustice is only emphasized when it's taking place in other nations. The injustices within our own borders just are barely touched upon. That being said the real power here is all of the incredible perspectives and amazing artwork emphasizing these rich, realized characters from so many walks of life. This book is a wonderful start but we definitely need more of this in mainstream comics. Not only diverse voices and artists but also a feeling of editorial freedom where creators can go beyond traditional stories and perspectives.

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5.4
Marvels Snapshot (2020): Avengers #1

Nov 18, 2020

This book proves how incredible the work of Busiek and Ross on the original Marvels books truly was. Making a solid, believable story about people living their everyday lives as they run into heroes can be a beautiful treat. Unfortunately, done badly it is a cloying parody of the stories and characters it celebrates.

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10
Marvels Snapshot (2020): X-Men #1

Sep 16, 2020

The art throughout mixes a classic feel with an incredibly unique look that pops in just the right places. The colors are a vital part of the story-telling as we shift from reflective and action packed moments. This book should be required reading for every filmmaker, writer and editor who ever misunderstood what makes Cyclops such an amazing, complex character, hero and leader.

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8.4
Mighty Morphin (2020) #1

Nov 4, 2020

The art and colors are classic Ranger cool. Not all the characters look exactly as we remember from the show but the art is strong and the characters are easy to differentiate. The art shines the most in the extremely well done action sequences. This is a great start to a brand new Ranger era and it will be interesting to see how Zordon's past will return to haunt the Rangers.

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8.2
Mighty Morphin (2020) #9

Jul 14, 2021

This book continues to highlight some strong characterizations, especially in Skull, Billy, Zedd, Zelya and Zordon. It still continues to be a lost opportunity to make Aisha, Rocky and Adam stronger individual characters. These are characters we had too little time with on the show, and it feels like such a disappointment to not spend some dedicated time with them here. Overall this is a strong arc in an incredibly strong run expanding on the larger Ranger mythology.

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9
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #51

Jul 16, 2020

This issue is entitled Aftermath, but it nicely acts as a prelude to major changes directing the story forward with new villains, dynamics and powers on the horizon. Between the Dark Rangers and the threat Drakkon warns of, the Power Rangers should continue to be in top form for many issues to come.

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7.6
My Little Pony/Transformers #1

Aug 5, 2020

Many readers will likely pick up this first issue out of the novelty of the crossover. This first issue serves its purpose with a simple setup and interactions between the characters. Unfortunately the overall effect is a bit underwhelming. Hopefully the meeting of Grimlock and Spike next issue brings a needed energy to the crossover.

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8.2
My Little Pony/Transformers #2

Sep 2, 2020

Overall this crossover is progressing nicely, being smart enough not to worry about a larger plot and instead allowing for characters interactions to take the spotlight.

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8
Napoleon Dynamite (2019): Valentine's Day Special #1

Feb 12, 2020

It remains to be seen if Napoleon Dynamite is a viable comic book property. This special may be the most effective use of the property, a one-shot removes the need for complex cliff-hangers, conflicts or extended dialogue. Megan Brown and Christine Larsen create a entertaining, interesting and surprisingly thought-provoking piece on the mistakes characters we love might make on Valentine's Day, and the heart it takes for relationships to turn those small mistakes into small victories.

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10
New Mutants (2019) #6

Feb 5, 2020

In one issue, Ed Brisson and Flaviano introduce us to a full range of conflicts and ends with multiple tragedies. This series feels like classic X-Men. While using the premise and larger conflicts Hickman established, it still fits perfectly with the proud tradition established by Chris Claremont.

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8
New Mutants (2019) #8

Feb 27, 2020

This issue reflects some massive parallels to the original New Mutants 8. That issue in 1983 was the first appearance of Amara, took place in the Amazon and features Sebastian Shaw plotting to gain control of mineral deposits in Rio. The parallels between that issue and this one enrich the larger story-telling history and reward long-time readers. At the same time the story is completely accessible for newer readers and those drawn in by the larger Krakoan storyline.

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9
New Mutants (2019) #10

Jun 11, 2020

Every issue of this book gives characters we love more depth and interaction.

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8.8
Paul is Dead (2020) OGN

May 15, 2020

The entire work allows us to see these celebrities in a personal, specific way and puts us through their emotions in a way more strictly nonfictional comics might not. What results is a celebration not only of the comaradarie among the Beatles, but of the comic form. This is a story which could never be told as well without the visual media provided by comics. In spite of being quite simple on the surface, the comic form allows it to be deeply affecting and true creative harmony between the written and artistic form.

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9
Power Rangers (2020) #1

Nov 11, 2020

The visuals of the Omega Rangers, their new pet and the villainous Drakkon are incredible. The breakout scene is action packed to the point that a more traditional battle scene isn't even missed. The larger conflicts between Tommy and Zordon on one side and the Omega Rangers on another is unique and allows for rich character development on all sides. This is a great start to a new arc and seeing the Omega Rangers enter the Final Frontier is massively exciting as endless storytelling possibilities await.

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9
Power Rangers (2020) #3

Jan 21, 2021

The issue caps off with the Rangers entering a nightmare version of Angel Grove capping off a fantastic, action packed, character building issue with promise of more great things to come under Parrott's guardianship of the Power Ranger universe.

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5.6
Radiant Black #2

Mar 17, 2021

There is simply no reason for readers to return other than trust that the arc will take a turn for something more dramatic to what this book currently is: a young man who is completely giving in to all the authority figures in his life.

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9
Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #4

Mar 25, 2020

Dennis Hopeless and Scott Hepburn create an entertaining issue that deals with incredibly complex issues including time travel, contracts for souls, cosmic characters and parasitic monsters. Through strong writing, clear story-telling, dynamic art and strong character work they makes every moment interesting and vital to the larger story arc. The shocking ending is given even more emotional weight through our time spent with Cammi on her journey to return to Frank. All of this represents the great story-telling, history and depth that can only be found in comics.

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7.6
Robin (2021) #4

Jul 29, 2021

One wishes Damian had just as much attitude here as the art does. Perhaps we are just seeing a more mature depiction of the character, but it's also less enjoyable.

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9.2
Sasquatch in Love #1

Jul 30, 2020

The art by Alexis Vivallo adds to the lighthearted spirit, creating great characters with writer Jason Nutt. While these archetypes feel familiar, there is absolute talent behind the fun. Sasquatch in Love is a well executed story of friendship, secrets and mistaken identity that leads you feeling uplifted and looking for a Sasquatch of your own.

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9
Savage Avengers (2019) #16

Dec 17, 2020

This is an absolutely epic chapter of a larger tale which gives strong moments to some great characters.

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8.6
Shang-Chi (2021) #1

May 17, 2021

Gene Leun Yung is a skilled creator who has found a perfect setup for our hero to show not only his skills but also his ability to face adversity and adversaries of all types. We're left truly excited about the future of his character, beginning with a matchup against Cap next issue.

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8.8
Shang-Chi (2021) #2

Jun 29, 2021

While the battle between Shang-Chi and Captain America is fast, the battle with the villains and especially Lady Iron Fan is well executed classic action fun. The entire issue is a well made heist plot and the pure love the creative team has for this character and this madcap story is palpable. Although Shang-Chi isn't battling the Marvel Universe, he is reconnecting with it, and through this filter with fans old and new.

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4
Spawn #307

Jun 25, 2020

Spawn has always carried the flag of the superhero horror genre, and while this issue embraces the horror aspect as the issue progresses, it moves much to slowly towards that interesting end. The hope is that future issues in this arc can capitalize on conveying philosophy through dialogue and actions rather than simply burying the issue in text boxes.

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7.8
Spawn #313

Dec 23, 2020

It can't be overstated how great the art is in this book. Every issue consistently brings iconic action, great characters a fantastic action sequences. Todd knows how to foster and hold on to great talent and this book shines each month because of it. The plot and characters are fantastic, they just need a bit more room to talk to each other rather than pages of exposition and internalized angst.

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7
Spawn #315

Feb 24, 2021

The mismatch between the epic plot and visuals and the horrible script makes this feel like a parody rather than a real comic book. That being said, it is a whole lot of fun still and so epic that you'll find yourself flipping back through it over and over.

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8
Spider-Ham (2019) #4

Mar 11, 2020

Zeb Wells is an amazing writer and his work here suits Spider-Ham well. The reader's actual enjoyment of the issue depends entirely on if you have the time, resources and desire to read a relatively throw-away comic in which the stakes are massive but the threats never turn out to be as powerful as the punchlines. The extended Avengers Endgame tribute feels like a YouTube video rather than a comic story. But for those who read comics for silly humor and insane dialogue, this is top form nonsense that Stan Lee would be proud of.

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9.6
Spider-Man Noir (2020) #5

Oct 29, 2020

The art by Juan Ferreyra is astounding. He presents big screen action and the color work he does throughout this book is the perfect combination of dark Noir mixed in with flashes of light. Stohl gives him so much to do in this issue and he absolutely thrives as the issue swings between undead monstrous villains and the smaller character moments. This is a book that is uniquely well done and hopefully it's creators gain even more of a following from it.

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8
Spider-Verse (2019) #4

Apr 3, 2020

Killam's writing is strong, funny and thoughtful. Killam's style of comic humor here clearly borrows heavily from Looney Tunes, and that style of humor suits the Spider-Man multiverse quite well. At some points you can almost close your eyes and hear Maurice LaMarche's Yosemite Sam, or Bob Bergen's Speedy Gonzalez.

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8.6
Spider-Woman (2020) #7

Dec 23, 2020

In spite of these minor issues this book is a brilliant, fun and surprising look at a great character in conflict with the friends and foes around her. As the book builds up to a larger conflict with High Evolutionary, hopefully we get more of the depth and surprises seen so far in this run.

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7
Star (2020) #5

Jul 1, 2020

The ultimate problem with this issue is that it takes the Black Order and reduces it down to a family. Having a super villain team that is also a family is not a new concept. It is however not necessary with a team as heartless and interesting as the Black Order has already been. Trying to create sympathy for some of the coolest villains in the Marvel universe is unnecessary. Some villains can just be villains. They can be extraordinary in their brand of evil, they do not have to be ordinary in their love for each other.

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8.4
Star Trek: Year Five #20

Apr 14, 2021

This issue has massive consequences and given how great this creative team is, the final part of the five year journey promises to be a massive treat.

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8.4
Star Wars (2020) #10

Jan 7, 2021

The art feels a bit simple at times, with the ancient droid looking a bit too nondescript and Leia not looking quite like herself. But on the whole the characters look great and the action and battles have a kenetic aspect which is tough to achieve on the comic page. This book is a solid entry to a new epic filling in the gaps of a vital era and bringing together some great characters from the larger Star Wars Universe.

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8.2
Star Wars (2020) #15

Jul 28, 2021

As Luke takes the kill shot he has a vision of Vader going after the Millenium Falcon at Yavin. He realizes Vader is going after Han and that he needs to quickly join with Leia to save Han from imperial clutches.

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7.5
Star Wars Adventures #31

Mar 18, 2020

Although young children might not recognize the characters, the strong artwork along with the colors by Charlie Kirchoff are enough to draw any reader in through shear story-telling.

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6.6
Star Wars Adventures (2020) #4

Mar 25, 2021

Overall it's tough to recommend a book that spends the majority of its pages spinning its wheels on a weak tribute to a classic concept. The second story shows just how much a book like this can do to add to the characters and mythos of Star Wars. Here's hoping we get more of Tobias and Val in the future.

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8.2
Star Wars Adventures (2020) Annual: 2020 #1

Nov 19, 2020

This second story is vastly different than what we normally see in the Star Wars universe. It is delightful in the way it mixes various Star Wars characters and concepts from many different places and eras, but a bit perplexing in that it sets up many elements with no clear idea of why. This story would mean more if there was some indication of what the mystical concepts it presents means to the larger Star Wars story. On its own, it simply feels too disparate to matter.

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9.6
Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle #1

Sep 25, 2021

The art, the writing, the colors and the great cliffhanger combine into a grand adventure worth coming back for. It's a true tribute to what stylistic and artistic risks can be taken at IDW under their Star Wars books.

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7.6
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #12

May 19, 2021

Valance misses the target on purpose to warn Han but in the battle that follows Han discovers Valance's involvement and blames him for the attack. Han is written perfectly here, both in his banter with Chewie, and his rush to judgement of Valance. In the present Zuckuss and 4-Lom close in, but Dengar is able to trade his knowledge of the location of Han and Fett for their safety.

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7.6
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #13

Jun 9, 2021

Overall this is an excellent issue with great art and great action, here's hoping this crossover brings a renewed sense of focus to this book.

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7.8
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #13

Jun 23, 2021

Pak and Ienco are back on track to make this the epic, action-filled story of the dominant Vader which we should be seeing during this time. This crossover has been a boon, cleansing all our minds of the embarrassing weakness Vader was reduced to earlier in the series. Hopefully this is just the beginning of more great stories in which Vader shows why he is the greatest villain in fiction.

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6.6
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #9

Jan 14, 2021

The rest of this arc could hold great promise as Vader and Ochi encounter space terrors as the move towards Exegol the planet of Sith powers and clone experiments. As much as we want to put Rise of Skywalker behind us it would be great fun to see Vader crush an army of Snokes. Unfortunately that's not happening here as we get what amounts to a filler issue bridging the action of Mustafar to the journey to Exegol.

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7.8
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #10

Feb 10, 2021

This issue serves as a bridge between the last story on Mustafar and the upcoming promise of a trip to the heart of Exegol. But in and of itself it is still an amazing space battle and Vader battles past the empire and a monstrous blockade in order to reach the Emperor and the answers he seeks.

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8.4
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #12

May 27, 2021

The issues greatest strength is the insane skill of Guiu Vilanova's epic, art and the coloring by Dean White and Giada Marchisio. They play with light and dark in creative new ways and use color to differentiate the layered flashbacks. Vilanova is definitely an artist to watch, the kind of artist you want to follow no matter what series they're involved with. Hopefully it includes a whole lot more art on this series and in the galaxy of Star Wars.

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7.2
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #15

Aug 26, 2021

That said the book still suffers from two core issues. The first remains that Ochi is still not quirky enough to hold our interest. He does not feel like a true threat to Vader's power and does not serve the role of sidekick well. Secondly as mention is the larger crossover entirely side-tracking all the supporting books and making them feel redundant rather than adding anything new.

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7.8
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #16

Sep 16, 2021

This issue is all action and exactly what this book always should be. Vader is tested and betrayed in turn, but is out in full strength and full determination. The characters and conflicts feel vital and interesting. This book has had moments portraying Vader as a massively weak and flawed character, but this latest arc finally has him acting as his old self.

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9.4
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #8

Mar 24, 2021

The art by Minkyu Jung conveys stong emotions, powerful action and a sense of adventure that's vital to a great Star Wars book. There is world building with new characters on top of classic and new concepts. The book is alway filled with a humor that feels natural and fits the adventurous caper tone of the book. This book is clearly meant to feel a bit like Ocean's 11 and it nails that perfectly even while feeling like a true Star Wars epic.

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9.2
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #1

Jan 6, 2021

This issue holds massive promise with defined, interesting characters and a large cast reminiscent of the Green Lantern Corps. Whatever the larger story of The High Republic becomes it is clear that there is a dedication to strong characters and a classic fantasy tone. This book is in good hands with Cavan Scott and the amazing artistic team. Here's hoping that the other entries to The High Republic live up to the promise of this fantastic initial entry.

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9.2
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #2

Feb 3, 2021

Reading the novel makes one love the story but reading comics as rich and interesting as this makes one invested, and also makes one want to buy every action figure that will inevitably follow.

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8.8
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #3

Mar 3, 2021

After a battle on all fronts, the issue ends with the arrival of the other Jedi with a controlled Sskeer siding with the Drengir. The visuals throughout the issue are well done with great Jedi appearances and action. Everything from seeing a Hutt being dissected to seeing force powers and light sabers in action are done well. The plant-like prison is visually dynamic and interesting. That being said it would be nice if the Drengir were a bit more ominous looking and a bit less like extras from Little shop of horror. But the overall look of the issue is fantastic and the writing and art quality is top notch.

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9.2
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #4

Apr 7, 2021

The danger of The High Republic is the potential of trying to explore too many characters at once. Cavan Scott astutely gives us massive stakes and ominous threats, but focuses the narrative around Keeve and Sskeer. The fact that the creators can succeed this quickly in making us care deeply for characters and conflicts is a testament not only to the storytelling here, but also the care of the Star Wars story group across this line. All that being said, if Sskeer doesn't survive the next issue, we riot.

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8.8
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #6

Jun 30, 2021

This book and the High Republic story continues to shine as an amazing addition to the Star Wars mythos.

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9.6
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #8

Aug 11, 2021

This battle really allows Anindito to showcase some incredible skill, with the best art we've seen in this series. The Drengir here feel deadly rather than silly.

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9
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #9

Sep 1, 2021

This issue has the conflicts, action, and sense of adventure which has been promised since the entire epic began. Both with the second phase of novels and the recent comics, we are seeing heroes we have grown to love facing both physical and moral threats. The conflict and heart bounce off every panel and hopefully the momentum continues as the Nihil threat and this epic continues to evolve.

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9.4
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures (2021) #4

May 6, 2021

This is the book where we see the largest amount of Nihil and the general Jedi order within their respective worlds and it is everything we'd imagine. It is an interesting juxtaposition of this massive Jedi order against the scrappy nests of Nihil. Thankfully all of this is just the beginning as The High Republic era and Daniel Jose Older's involvement in the Star Wars Universe are just getting started.

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8.8
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures (2021) #5

Jun 16, 2021

This series has been some of the best Star Wars tales we've seen in both the story-telling and the art, giving us a visually amazing and character centered view of the central conflict of the High Republic between the Nihil and the Jedi. It will be fascinating to see how this conflict and these characters shift moving forward.

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9
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures (2021) #6

Jul 22, 2021

This is the promise of High Republic realized, so many characters and concepts we got to know in the first cycle mixing it up and having an incredible adventure with massive stakes. The fact that we already see these characters as familiar friends is a tribute to the great writing by all the High Republic creators.

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8.6
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1

Jun 2, 2021

This is the classic Star Wars underworld we love combined with the newer underworld introduced in the modern era, and it's all done so well that it feels seamless. The excitement is just beginning and the galaxy is unlimited.

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9.6
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters: Alpha #1

May 5, 2021

This is a massive opening salvo to what promises to be the biggest bounty hunter focused story we have ever seen. Every fan of Star Wars and The Mandalorian series needs to check out just how great Star Wars comics can get.

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8.2
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #4

Sep 10, 2021

This issue is everything this crossover promised to be, amazing art, massive action, and a parade of great character moments. Here's hoping the momentum keeps building as this crossover draws to an end and sets up the future of Star Wars comics.

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8.4
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters: 4-Lom & Zuckuss #1

Aug 5, 2021

This issue fits well within the larger story even while telling an entire tale of its own. The characters are welcome and hopefully we get more time with them in many comics to come. Older is a welcome addition to the Marvel family, combining massive action with strong characterization, intrigue and a whole lot of heart.

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9.6
Static (2021): Season One #1

Jun 16, 2021

Static Season Season One #1 is a great start to what will hopefully be a long run and the beginning of big things to come for the Milestone Universe.

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8.4
Strange Academy (2020) #11

Jun 8, 2021

This book really does represent the best aspects of the classic Generation X book, students who bicker, are searching for themselves, are incredibly selfish and heroic in turns. It uses characters and concepts which encompass the Marvel Universe while still being contained enough to be an incredibly entertaining ride in its own right.

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9
Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #2

Dec 3, 2020

It is a bit odd having a Stranger Things story with such little female presence, but it is just a peek into one aspect of the story and is a fun one at that. The hope is that we can get more series like these, that expand on character moments and adventures focusing on the main cast rather than using the comics to build up the mythology aspects that are often too dull to carry a series. In the end the mythology is fine but it's the friendships that bring us back to Stranger Things.

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9
Taskmaster (2020) #1

Nov 11, 2020

Alessandro Vitti's art is pitch perfect and the fact that an artist of this caliber is on this book levels up the expectations for what's to come. Vitti can manage massive action scenes but can also show an incredible broad range of reactions and humor within a simple conversation. That balance is perfect for this book.

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6.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #107

Jul 29, 2020

Hopefully this issue was simply designed to lull us into boredom and complacency before a big twist comes as the arc continues. As this stands, it is simply a forgettable placeholder.

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6.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #110

Oct 22, 2020

The Splinter Clan story has a lot of potential, but it's all been wasted here as the characters just play out gang film cliches rather than acting like Ninja Turtles. Perhaps not having a mentor ages the characters too much, but whatever the cause these ninjas are way too dull and have lost their edge in this story arc.

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9.2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika: II #2

Dec 2, 2020

To have such an original, well developed and thought-provoking style is an unusual gift. Add to it all the different ways the issue looks at political and societal issues and it makes for a thoughtful intriguing series worth checking out even as we continue to gain more depth around the character of Jennika and Mutant Town itself.

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9.2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2

Feb 18, 2021

As great as the action and colors of these scenes are, the ultimate scene is the black and white scene of Michaelangelo's despair in the face of the loss of so much of his family. It would be nice to spend some time with the villains of this book to gain their perspective and a deeper knowledge of who they are as Mikey rises to meet them and enact some punishment. Hopefully future installments not only continue to give us these layered heroes, but also take the time to do the same for our villains.

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7.6
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4

Sep 24, 2021

Each sequence is full of different forms of art and create an amazing whole, but the story would have done better to just focus on Mikey's fight with Hiroto and Baxter Stockman. The massive battle and seeing him take on the mouser army is the least artistic but most memorable part of the book. Unfortunately next issue is the last and this series has still only scratched the surface of its artistic and story-telling potential.

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7.4
The Comic Book History of Animation #4

Mar 5, 2021

This issue repeatedly focuses on efforts of corporations to get animation on the cheap and with a premium on any ancillary profits. That being said it has enough glib humor and strange tidbits about big name creators in animation that it's worth the more cynical tour of the animated universe. And at the end of the issue you'll find yourself flipping back through at the pure fun of seeing characters you love interacting in small ways in each panel.

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9.4
The End: Captain America #1

Apr 2, 2020

Dono Sanchez-Almara's colors compliment Larsen's artwork perfectly. In spite of being an apocalyptic landscape, the art and story-telling never seem dull or tedious. This is a classic comic done in a way which feels fresh and interesting. Its also a prototypical Captain America story, one which readers should enjoy for decades to come.

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9
The Man Who Effed Up Time #5

Aug 27, 2020

Sean is only able to gain back his self by believing in his own innocence, knowledge and abilities even when every authority figure around him attempts to convince him of his own criminality and incompetence. Using tropes of time travel so familiar to us, Layman and Mostart create an epic tale about identity, race, oppression and self-worth.

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8.8
The Plot #7

Nov 27, 2020

It will be interesting to see if this book can stick the landing with its final issue. This is very clearly a metaphorical visitation of the characters trying to deal with the past and the horrors of a rotten family. Even as they try to build a new family their past threatens to tear them down. The book uses these familiar tropes effectively and the art makes it truly special.

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10
The Resistance #1

Feb 19, 2020

With The Resistance Straczynski and Deodato tell a big screen, epic story of heroes rising in the face of a world willing to embrace fascism out of fear. Clearly there are parallels to our modern times, both planned and accidental. The writing is sharp and memorable. Without truly introducing our central characters, Straczynski has created a backdrop which is interesting and leaves you wanting more.

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10
Thor (2020) #3

Feb 12, 2020

This is a true battle between masters of their craft and weaponry. The art evokes the swordplay of Jim Cheung's Scion and the emotion of the battle on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith. The team of Donny Cates and Nic Klein take Superhero Action to the level of true artistry. The simple plot and incredible execution leads to conflicts, characterizations and visual dynamism which any child or grown-child will read and reread for generations.

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9.4
Thor (2020) #5

Jun 24, 2020

Cates has an imagination that clearly inspires artists to do their best work and this book alongside Cates and Tradd Moore's Silver Surfer Black tell massive, beautiful cosmic tales that are still incredibly personal. Thor is everything great comics should be and every chapter leaves you absolutely needing to read the next.

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6
Transformers (2019) #17

Feb 19, 2020

Ultimately the challenge with this main Transformers title is the tendency to ignore characters we have known for decades, and instead focus on characters and concepts new readers would be less familiar with. But the series deals with large interesting concepts and seeks to build something new within a world we are familiar with.

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6.8
Transformers (2019) #23

Sep 16, 2020

The art by Anna Malkova and colors by Joana LaFuente bring a simple clarity to the action and drama. It is welcome to have a Transformer comic where every character is easily recognizable even in battle scenes and crowd scenes. The art is not memorable but it does serve the story well. Hopefully as this story unfolds in future issues the conflict can move away from such obvious parallels into deeper thematic waters. Senate proceedings and political debates truly matter, but making this comic tow so closely to our real world reduces both this comic and the real world drama.

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7.8
Transformers (2019) #25

Dec 9, 2020

That said it's still absolutely a book worth owning simply to see the glory of Sentinel Prime in his final battle and the rise of Optimus. Hopefully at this point we can put politics behind us and the story can embrace the action and intrigue of war rather than political discussion and maneuvering.

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8
Transformers vs. Terminator #3

Aug 19, 2020

This issue has strengths including clear artistic storytelling, classic characters rendered well, seeing the Autobots and Decepticons in battles right out of our childhood with The Terminator by their side. But we don't get enough of the perspective of The Terminator or Sarah Connor. This feels too much like a Transformers comic with a few guest stars rather than a balanced crossover. Hopefully Starscream's scheming against Terminator and Sarah Connor's promise to bring help give these characters more focus in issues to come.

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8.2
Transformers vs. Terminator #4

Sep 30, 2020

Alex Milne is one of the greatest Transformers artists ever and this book reminds us why. The classic battle scenes, epic destruction, and great expressiveness of the characters shows us just how great Transformers and The Terminator can be in battle. The nice twist at the end with Megatron's destruction and the alteration in Skynet will hopefully lead to even more cybernetic crossover greatness in the future.

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8.8
Transformers/Back to the Future #1

Oct 7, 2020

Overall, this is a fantastic start to a promising series. If they can continue to do callbacks to classic lines and visuals from the Back to the Future films and still mix in the Transformers and have them feel organic to the storytelling, this could be an all-time great crossover.

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9.4
Transformers/Back to the Future #3

Mar 18, 2021

This book is shear pleasure, going beyond nostalgia into solid story telling with old friends and unexpected new ones. Cavan Scott and Juan Samu are giving readers an incredible gift in this well executed crossovers and here's hoping this miniseries will lead to more.

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9.2
Transformers/Back to the Future #4

Jun 24, 2021

Every crossover event should feel this important, this epic in scope and create these types of ripples. All we can hope for is that is not truly the end as the final page hints at. We really needed a big banner at the end exclaiming it will be continued as with the original BTTF film. Here's hoping the sequel brings back this same brilliant team as does not take quite as long to come to fruition as the second film.

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9
Transformers: Galaxies #7

Jul 8, 2020

The writing here by Sam Maggs is superior with clear storytelling, well developed characterization and deep issues of blind faith and the desire to apply logic upon that faith. It provides easy access to new readers as Gauge is discovering the Transformers and their story and universe with newly opened eyes.

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9.8
Transformers: Shattered Glass #1

Aug 25, 2021

Every panel of this book just sings with action, color and motion. The limited cast allows us to focus on characterization and what begins as a study of Blurr is clearly simply a feint as the issue showcases how deadly Starscream is in any reality.

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7.2
U.S.Agent (2020) #5

Apr 29, 2021

This series is a great ride, with an epic arc. But in the end it feels a bit forgettable. It's not clear what the repercussions of this arc will lead to as the series ends and John moves onto what appears to be a totally unrelated book. Walker is a true Everyman, and he's not good enough to stand out compared to other heroes, but that never stops him from battling for the everyday people.

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9.8
Undiscovered Country #6

Jun 10, 2020

This book uses the backdrop of a pandemic, a fractured political empire, and martial law not simply to show what our own society has become, but also to emphasize what truly matters in such altered times. The conflicts around us are not what define us, what defines us is how we join with others to find ways to navigate these hurdles. Every quest gains meaning because the quest itself is an opportunity to create a better society.

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9.4
Usagi Yojimbo: Wanderer's Road #1

Nov 25, 2020

The art the colors and the tone of the story are perfectly done. There is a simplicity to the story but it never feels rushed or forgets to keep us engaged. The parable is one that is so incredibly important for our time, remembering that anger is easy and destruction is simple, but it never leads to happiness or joy to the one meting it out. Everything about our current times would be better if people just looked at stories like these and truly took the lessons to heart.

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9.6
Usagi Yojimbo: Wanderer's Road #2

Dec 30, 2020

Given the simple, beautiful, animated style this series uses it is always surprising to see such horrific and complex conflicts and themes. The colors match the tone of the art and characters perfectly and the entire piece is just proof of how great well made comics can truly be.

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8.4
Way of X (2021) #1

Apr 21, 2021

The art is a bit too classic in construction but each panel is well done, making pages of dialogue interesting and keeping characters active and expressive. This is a book that was badly needed in the current X-Men universe. The X-Men need a conscience and it will be fascinating to see if Nightcrawler can move Krakoa at all back toward God and morality.

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7.4
Web Of Venom: Empyre's End #1

Nov 5, 2020

Symbiotes on the page can take any shape and configuration. Limiting them to more familiar appearances robs some of the horror of the remainder of the book. The book ends as it must, with the death of many of our heroes, few survivors and the revelation that Knull and the Symbiote army have arrived.

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9.8
Wolverine (2020) #4

Aug 20, 2020

The story by Benjamin Percy is perfect for Wolverine, it also uses the text pages to build up the story itself rather than just give background information. The humans in the bar are each varied and interesting characters. Even though this is a simple tale, it builds nicely and comes to a crashing end with the arrival of Omega Red and the vampire army. Wolverine has his work cut out for him in issues to come. Readers are clearly in for a treat with this high quality of storytelling. This is the best Wolverine comic we have had in decades.

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8.6
X-Men (2019) #16

Dec 30, 2020

World building including concepts of elections, galas, councils and talks should not be this interesting, but Hickman and Noto knows how to tell any story well and it keeps our attention. Hickman's individual issues always seem unimportant until one pulls back and sees the larger narrative. That being said this issue does much to build up a new potential enemy and sets up a new status quo in admirable fashion.

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4.6
X-Men: Legends (2021) #2

Apr 1, 2021

This comic is a celebration of so much that we loved and hated from the 90s and in many ways the art, wordiness and character work mirror the excesses of the 90s X-Men run. Unfortunately nostalgia and the ending of a long held mystery alone aren't enough to make this a book worth recommending.

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9
X-Men: Legends (2021) #5

Jul 21, 2021

Despite the simple premise, the humor, color, action and team dynamics set this issue high. It's such a classic Peter David adventure that it makes you want to dive into you comic stack and read all the others.

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8.8
X-Ray Robot #2

Oct 1, 2020

Of course the main attraction of any book by Mike and Laura Allred is the insane, incredible art. This book pops with all the fun, bombastic effects we expect from this team. The art and colors perfectly suit this story. The Surreality absolutely lives up to its name. All of the characters are visually unique and interesting. X-Ray Robot is an absolute joy of a book, Even if it is taking us down a narrative path that feels familiar. Theabsolutely glorious artwork and great character work is well worth taking the adventure.

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