M.R. Jafri's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Crusaders Reviews: 43
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 #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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8.8
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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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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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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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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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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9.4
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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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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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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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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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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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
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6.8
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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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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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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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
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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