M.R. Jafri's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Crusaders Reviews: 19
8.4Avg. Review Rating

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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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
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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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