mrgabehernandez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Weird Science Marvel Comics Reviews: 281
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7.5
A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment (2022) #1

Jul 13, 2022

Avengers X-Men Eternals: Eve of Judgment #1 is an excellent charter-building prologue for the Judgement Day event. This issue is all talk and no action, but you get the key behind who wants the mutants dead and why. The art is excellent, and every dialog scene is well-written, but you may find this issue a struggle to get through if you're unfamiliar with the Eternals.

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5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022): Omega

Nov 9, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day Omega #1 is an expensive and largely unnecessary prologue to the Judgment Day event. There is no story of any kind. The passable art is average at best. And all you really get out of this issue is a few scenes showing how the Eternals are trying to be better.

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8.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #1

Jul 21, 2022

Bits and PiecesA.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 looks, acts, smells, tastes, and feels like a war of interplanetary proportions. The art is great, the story moves with a steady, brisk pace, and the battles are brutally epic in scope. Despite the small army of characters involved, Gillen keeps the focus tight and builds to a cliffhanger that grabs your attention.

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8.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #2

Aug 10, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #2 builds on the first issue with a new wave of attacks against Krakoa on a massive scale. The art and action are all great, and except for pacing speedbumps in the first and second act, the issue does exactly what it needs to unleash the dogs of war.

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7.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #3

Aug 24, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 continues the war with plenty of engaging visuals during the battles, an interesting moral dilemma, and an intriguing last page reveal. However, the issue ends almost in the same place it started, so if you choose to skip it, you won't miss much.

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7
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #4

Sep 15, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 makes a lot of noise, brims with high energy and fast pacing, but ultimately runs around like a chicken with its head cut off until the last four pages. The ending hits big, hard, and fast. Are those last four pages worth a $4.99 cover price? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see what happens next.

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6.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #5

Sep 21, 2022

Final Thoughts:A.X.E.: Judgment Day #5 looks great, sounds big, and feels important. There are plenty of spectacles and human emotion to keep you riveted to the page with every turn. However, the actual plot has barely moved more than a few steps when you consider the heroes' new plan is the same as the old plan. Come for the heart and the visuals, but don't bother if you're looking for a plot that takes up more than a few pages.

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7
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #6

Oct 26, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #6 ends the central conflict with high stakes, big action, and at least one character's evolution to a new status quo. The spectacle hits hard, but the small character moments hit with just as much impact. That said, the conclusion boils down to a "My bad and a lot of lecturing, which ends the main event with a whimper instead of a bang.

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7
Alien (2021) #2

Apr 21, 2021

Final Thoughts:Alien #2 takes everything you like about the Alien film franchise and reassembles it in comic form for a decent enough story. The art is good enough. The story, while not very original, is good enough. If you like Alien, you'll like this.

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6.8
Alien (2021) #3

Jun 1, 2021

Alien #3 hits all the tropes of an Alien story, continues the main thread of a terrorist attack, but lacks enough structure to feel like you're reading something that could be a standalone chapter. I like the art, and the visual tone of an Alien story is there, but the storytelling structure falls short.

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8
Alien (2021) #4

Jun 28, 2021

Alien #4 hits all the right tropes for a decent Alien story with monsters hiding around the corner, a frantic chase, and a Hail Mary plan. That may sound like it's a boilerplate story for the franchise, but the reveal of a new kind of alien at the end gives the overall interest a little bump.

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7.5
Alien (2021) #5

Jul 21, 2021

Final Thoughts:Alien #5 is good “action/chase” issue with good action art, rapid-fire pacing, and escalating stakes. The character art leaves something to be desired and a key emotional plot point is entered much too late in the story to apply the weight it calls for, but this is a good entry overall.

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7.5
Alien (2021) #6

Aug 26, 2021

Bits and PiecesAlien #6 wraps up the current arc well enough by resolving the main conflict with a lot of sacrifices from the main character. The art is good, and the door is left open for the story to continue, but the conclusion here is less than satisfying because the questions raised about the Alien Queen and the Alpha aren't fully addresses.

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8
Alien (2021) #7

Sep 21, 2021

Alien #7 starts a new arc and continues the series in name only by focusing on a completely different location and completely different set of characters. The art looks great, the characters work is excellent, but the overall premise has some pieces that don't quite feel believable or realistic" yet. This is a guarded recommendation.

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7
Alien (2021) #8

Nov 9, 2021

Final ThoughtsAlien #8 takes readers on a very predictable ride where the colonists, at first, don't believe the witness but then start running for their lives when Xenomorphs start tearing through the colony. As far as Alien stories go, it gets the job done but never rises above vanilla boilerplate plot.

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7
Alien (2021) #9

Feb 8, 2022

Bits and PiecesAlien #9 treads on well worn territory in both the art and the writing. In the art, the familiar tropes are a success because they hit the creepiness nerve in just the right ways. In the writing, those tropes produce an issue that takes the originality of the colony's setup and devolves into formulaic territory. In short, this issue is a mixed bag of very good and very predictable.

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6
Alien (2021) #10

Mar 2, 2022

Bits and PiecesAlien #10 feels like the series is trending in the wrong direction. The religious elements Johnson created for this arc feel like cheap copies of religions we already know, the “new” Xenomorphs introduced in this issue don't make a lick of sense, and the generally good art looks, in some spots, looks like somebody pasted word balloons on portrait photographs.

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8
Alien (2021) #11

Apr 26, 2022

Bits and PiecesJohnson sets up a white-knuckle humdinger of a cliffhanger in Alien #11 heading into the next issue finale. The feeling of encroaching horror and hopeless dread is palpable, and the art is consistently okay.

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6
Alien (2021) #12

Jun 1, 2022

Alien #12 ends the arc on a mediocre note. The surprise revelations are neither new nor surprising, and the few bits that are truly new seem irrelevant to the main story. The art is serviceable in closeups and focused panels, but the splash panels look awful in a few places.

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9
Alien (2022) #1

Sep 8, 2022

Alien #1 (2022) is a much improved and engaging start compared to the previous two arcs. The pacing is excellent, the character introductions feel right, the stakes are high, and the plot is clear.

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7.5
Alien (2022) #2

Oct 19, 2022

Alien #2 delivers the Xenomorph-loving goods when the synthetic retrieval team faces off against an entire colony of aliens. The action is fast-paced, and there are enough surprises to keep the intrigue up, but some readers may be annoyed with the horror trope of dumb people doing dumb things to get themselves killed.

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7.5
Alien (2022) #3

Nov 24, 2022

Alien #3 kicks the plot into high gear with great art and plenty of soldier-vs-Xenomorph action. Aliens (1986) fans will have a lot to like in this issue, but the story is quickly becoming formulaic.

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7.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #1

Apr 26, 2022

Bits and PiecesThe Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a decent start to the run by Zeb Wells. Peter starts in a bad place, and things only go downhill. Wells does a nice job of setting up the central conflict, but the lack of information about Peter's absence and the lack of clarity about the twist ending may cause some readers to feel more annoyed and frustrated than curious.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #2

May 25, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #2 delivers a solid, almost standard, Spider-Man story as the wall-crawler takes steps to intervene in an escalating mob war. the plotting, pacing, and dialog are all excellent, and Tombstone is the standout character due to the pure intimidation factor. That said, the confusing wow moments are not only not explained, but they're also completely ignored in this issue, leaving a frustrating aftertaste.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #3

Jun 8, 2022

Bits and PiecesAmazing Spider-Man reminds readers why tombstone is a formidable and dangerous presence in Spider-Man's world. Snared in Tombstone's trap, readers get interesting details about the villain's history and a clear picture of the lengths he'll go to keep what belongs to him. There are a few art oddities, and the shocking moments from issue #1 are still ignored, but this is a hard-hitting issue overall.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #4

Jun 22, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #4 is a captivating issue that makes you appreciate the pure badassery of Tombstone as a main villain. The art is excellent, the pacing is energetic, the action is powerful, and the twist reveal is a pleasant surprise.

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4
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #5

Jul 6, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #5 concludes the arc with a shockingly unsatisfying finale. The multiple bombshells dropped in the first issue are all but forgotten, Romita Jr's art is becoming more distorted with each issue, and any of the dramatic tension Wells successfully created in the last few issues is entirely gone with a relaxed and dialog-heavy chapter. It's hard to imagine a worse possible ending for a first arc from a new creative team.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #6

Jul 28, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #6 is a triple-sized one-shot that celebrates Peter Parker's birthday with a visit from the Living Brain and the OG Sinister Six. The pacing and art are all excellent, but the corny humor overpowers the weighty message behind the Living Brain's quest, and the lack of continuity with issue #5 makes this a #6 issue in name only.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #7

Aug 10, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #7 enters into a new arc with Wells doing what Wells seems to do best, reinvigorate villains. This time, Vulture gets his moment to shine, and it's a doozy. That said, Wells's weakness lies in showing consequences and aftermaths to events you never see or are explained, so Vulture's motivations are suspect. In short, a deadly Vulture battling Spider-Man is a sight to behold, but the poor setup in the writing hinders more than it helps.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #8

Aug 24, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #8 takes a baby step forward by concluding the conflict with Vulture in one, issue-long fight. The fight is brutal, and readers get the reveal of the "new Spidey suit enhanced with Goblin tech, but the fight choreography has a few flaws, and the emoji mask is eye-rolling.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #9

Sep 15, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #9 is a baffling misstep in an increasingly baffling run by Zeb Wells. The issue takes readers back to the Hellfire Gala to flesh out MJ's predicament and eventual salvation, which adds nothing to the current arc and shuffles the resolution with Moria off to the A.X.E. event. But for the art, this issue is pointless.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #10

Sep 29, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #10 takes Peter Parker on an apology tour as the day of judgment has arrived in an A.X.E.: Judgment Day tie-in. (Un)surprisingly, there's almost no Spider-Man in this issue. Spidey doesn't involve himself in the battle, he doesn't help the NYC citizens as panic sets in, and he doesn't use the opportunity to set things right from the mysterious events of issue #1. Peter visits everyone he cares about (except MJ) to let them know how much he cares. Lots of feel-good moments that amount to a whole lot of filler.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #11

Oct 13, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #11 is a serviceable, vanilla, sedate Spider-Man adventure where the Hobgoblin shows up to create problems just when Peter's life is turning around. The art is very good, but the story lacks wow moments or resolution for the long-standing issue #1 mysteries.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #12

Oct 26, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #12 is a solid issue focusing on the emergence of a new Hobgoblin that may or may not be a new Hobgoblin. The personal character moments are very good, and the Spidey action is excellent.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #13

Nov 9, 2022

Final Thoughts:Amazing Spider-Man #13 is a quick, serviceable, standard Spider-Man battle that deals with the present threat and plants seeds for a more significant challenge on the horizon. This issue is better than forgettable, but it feels like Wells is simply going through the motions.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #14

Nov 24, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #14 sets up the Dark Web event with a Spider-Man-free issue that focuses entirely on Ben Reilly. The plan Ben devises with Janine, and Madelyne is audacious, but this issue is just planning. Did this need to be an Amazing Spider-Man comic? No, it should have been a one-shot or zero-issue, but at least you get a taste of what's in store for the Dark Web event.

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9
Ant-Man (2022) #1

Jul 28, 2022

Ant-man #1 is a pleasant surprise to kick off a 60th Anniversary celebration for the incredible shrinking hero. This first issue recreates the look, style, tone, plot, and dialog of a near-perfect Silver Age-style adventure. If you're in the mood for some nostalgic fun, look no further.

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8.5
Ant-Man (2022) #2

Aug 31, 2022

Final Thoughts:Ant-Man #2 is everything you despise about the Eric O'Grady era of Ant-Man mythology, and that's a positive. Ewing's writing captures the tone and attitude of Eric O'Grady down to a tee, the plot is amusing, and Reilly's art captures the style of the era close enough to feel authentic with a 16-panel page thrown in for good measure. Oi! You may have unkind feelings about the O'Grady ere, but you can't deny the creators replicated it beautifully.

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7.5
Ant-Man (2022) #3

Sep 29, 2022

Ant-Man #3 unveils the world-ending threat serious enough to force future Ant-Man to pull resources from across time to stop it. The character interactions are fun, and the overall art is excellent, but the plot tries to do a little too much, making the issue feel rushed. Complete but rushed.

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8
Ant-Man (2022) #4

Oct 6, 2022

Ant-Man #4 brings the Anniversary mini-series to a close with tons of well-crafted exposition, interesting art, and head-scratching superhero "science. Ewing should be commended for delivering one of the better Anniversary runs that pay honor to a character in recent memory.

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6.8
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #1

Feb 2, 2021

Final ThoughtsAvengers Mech Strike #1 is an above average toy ad disguised as a comic book. The art is better than expected for a paper thin plot, but the overly convenient setup seems to only exist to get to the cool mech suits. If you like action figure smashing and don't want to think while reading, Marvel's got you covered.

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8.5
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #1

Mar 31, 2021

Beta Ray Bill #1 doesn't shy away from the downside of assuming the mantle form one of the greatest Avengers, especially when that Avenger is still around doing great things. The indie art has niche appeal but this reviewer likes it, and there's a lot of potential for issue #2.

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9
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #2

Apr 28, 2021

Beta Ray Bill #2 replaces the grim and sad introduction to the titular character with a sense of purpose and perfectly intermingled humor. This is an adventure well worth the trip so far.

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9.8
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #3

Jun 1, 2021

Beta Ray Bill #3 takes everything successful about the first two issues and continues to build on it even more. This is the strongest series Marvel is putting on right now by leaps and bounds above the closest second.

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9.5
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #4

Jun 29, 2021

Beta Ray Bill #4 is emotionally complex, powerful, and everything that is best about good storytelling.

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10
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #5

Jul 27, 2021

Bit and PiecesI can't say enough good things about this series, and I'm looking forward to see what Marvel can do with Daniel Warren Johnson next. Beta Ray Bill is the best thing I've read in years, and the entire creative team should be proud.

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9.5
Black Cat (2020) #2

Jan 20, 2021

BLACK CAT #2 is the comic I wanted AND needed. The art is great, the story is great, and every panel on every page is hyper-focused on one word: FUN. This is the most entertaining comic I've read in months, and I'm greatly looking forward to what happens next.

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8.5
Black Cat (2020) #3

Feb 24, 2021

BLACK CAT #3 takes a break from the outrageous action to walk us down Hardy's memory lane of pains and regrets. When the power of creation offers her the ability to set every wrong right, we get a much deeper sense of authenticity to Hardy's character and an appreciation for the character she's grown into.

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8.5
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1

Mar 16, 2021

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1does an excellent job of portraying a conflicted, sometimes tortured, and insecure hero that walks the line between light and dark. Sharp, witty, and amusing, this story is worth picking up.

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8
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #2

Apr 21, 2021

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #2 does a solid job following up a strong first issue. The Dane Whitman in issue #2 is a little less interesting but the story fills in tons of legend, lore, and backstory to keep readers engaged.

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7
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #3

May 20, 2021

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #3 has great art, great action, and makes some forward progress on the story, but the uneven pacing and a page-wasting flashback killed the momentum from a much better first and second issue.

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6
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #4

Jun 29, 2021

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #4 is all revelation that we mostly knew, and takes a hard left into "this random character, who's done nothing for the entire run, is actually the most important character" territory. Just when you think you get a talented writer to do something important with a neglected character, it was all a big setup to throw that character away. At least the art is great.

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7
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #5

Jul 28, 2021

Bits and PiecesBLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE #5 has great art and a fairly inventive master plan by the lead villain, but it all feels a little too much like a contrived setup to have Jacks take over as the new Black Knight.

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7.5
Black Panther (2021) #1

Nov 24, 2021

Black Panther #1 focuses on T'challa's evolving roles as Emperor and King. The authoritative choices he makes may be a bridge too far for some readers but it is, at least, an evolution of the character. The comic sets up an interesting story with plenty of action and drama, but there is a major plot hole that may be difficult to ignore. In all, there's plenty of good and a little bad in this first issue with a different take on the character that may be more divisive than anticipated.

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8
Black Panther (2021) #2

Dec 22, 2021

Bits and PiecesBlack Panther #2 improves on the first issue with a proper detective story and chase plot all rolled into one with cool Wakandan tech and energetic fight scenes. The art team pulled off an excellent-looking book, and the pacing is stellar. The one odd/down point is Ridley's insistence in making T'Challa paranoid to the point of being a fascist, especially in his attitude here towards the Avengers, and it seems wildly out of place.

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6.5
Black Panther (2021) #3

Jan 26, 2022

Black Panther #3 looks great and has a couple of slick action scenes but the net progress of the story doesn't get very far. Riley seems intent on using this issue to build out relationships and share feelings without making any progress on the conflict at hand, and while that makes for an interesting character issue, some may view it as filler.

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7
Black Panther (2021) #4

Mar 2, 2022

Bits and PiecesBlack Panther #4 takes the political intrigue of the assassination attempts and slathers on a generous helping of paranoia. The art is good, although the Black Panther design is almost too generic, and the action is energetic. That said, Ridley is painting a story about a deeply flawed hero leading an increasingly unstable nation, and it's not clear where this story is headed but it doesn't appear to be anywhere good.

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8
Black Panther (2021) #5

Apr 13, 2022

Black Panther #5 masterfully captures the paranoia inherent in conspiracy thrillers but seemingly forgets to do the detecting legwork. Still, the dramatic tension never lets up, and the visuals hold your attention throughout.

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5
Black Panther (2021) #6

Jun 1, 2022

Black Panther #6 is a fast race to nowhere with the main character who can magically run away from giant mobs and armed squadrons with barely a scratch. The plot makes almost no progress, T'Challa's ability to evade capture is patently ridiculous, and while the art is very good, the whole issue proves to be plot armor filler.

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8
Black Panther (2021) #7

Jul 6, 2022

Bits and PiecesBlack Panther #7 will be a bitter pill to swallow for T'Challa fans as Ridley brings the character to his lowest point. If this penultimate issue is any indication, T'Challa's future in any role is in doubt, and that may have been Ridley's plan all along. Whether or not you agree with the creative directions of the story, the technical execution of the art and writing is solid.

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5.5
Black Panther (2021) #8

Aug 10, 2022

Black Panther #8 concludes the arc with a technically final but hollow ending. The art is strong with plenty of action and energy. However, the writing ignores missing points about Akili's motivations, the supporting characters constantly demeaning T'Challa at every turn, and the final fight's ending will have you shaking your head.

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7.5
Black Panther (2021) #9

Sep 8, 2022

Black Panther #9 is either a brilliant approach to social commentary or a happy accident from a writer whose completely out of ideas. Either way, the new arc starts off with a bang that will leave you scratching your head.

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5.5
Black Panther (2021) #10

Oct 13, 2022

Black Panther #10 ends the bizarre conflict with the Colonialist with a boilerplate action comic. Between the history lessons, Fake News references, politician jabs, and 1984 quotes, the Avengers fight a powerful alien and win with the help of a superhero science machine. The only reason anyone will remember this two-parter is for its weird tone-deafness.

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Black Panther (2021) #11

Nov 2, 2022

Black Panther #11 starts the next arc of Ridley's run by bizarrely forcing T'Challa to consider whether or not he agrees with terrorists as long as they have good intentions. The pacing and plotting are excellent, but T'Challa's continued maltreatment at the hands of Ridley verges on shocking.

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Blade: Vampire Nation (2022) #1

Nov 17, 2022

Blade: Vampire Nation #1 gives readers an informational tour of the inner workings of Dracula's Vampire Nation, wrapped in a bland, low-tension murder mystery. The art is excellent, but the story lacks stakes, urgency, or energy beyond the prologue.

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Captain America / Iron Man (2021) #1

Dec 10, 2021

Final ThoughtsCaptain America / Iron Man #1 is a fun and engaging first issue with the top leaders of the Avengers chasing down an unassuming villain whose little plan may be more dangerous than anyone realizes. The art is great, and Landy perfectly captures the characterizations of Cap and Tony. However, a few of the minor plot points don't quite add up, relying on the reader to turn a blind eye to get the best experience out of the issue.

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5.5
Captain America / Iron Man (2021) #2

Jan 6, 2022

Captain America / Iron Man #2 has great art with fun, kinetic action and a few nice exchanges between Cap and Iron Man. That said, the overall plot is a jumbled mess and the character of Veronica Eden quickly turned from intriguing in issue #1 to nerve-grating levels of irritating in issue #2. What a disappointment for such a promising start.

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4
Captain America / Iron Man (2021) #3

Jan 26, 2022

Captain America / Iron Man #3 tries to have fun with heartfelt moments between our lead heroes, and a cool robot battle but fails at everything else. Eden's plan is nonsense, her "partnership" is nonsense, and despite some very fine art, this series as a whole is turning into pure nonsense.

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5
Captain America / Iron Man (2021) #4

Mar 2, 2022

Bits and PiecesCaptain America/Iron Man #4 connects all the dots to reveal the villain's master plan, but it's a convoluted mess. Landy goes out of his way to prove that the shortest distance between two points looks like an unspooled ball of yarn gathered in a heap. That said, there's plenty of great rock 'em, sock 'em robot smashing. Buy it for the visuals, but save yourself the headache and ignore the mess of a story.

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6.5
Captain America / Iron Man (2021) #5

Mar 22, 2022

Bits and PiecesCaptain America/Iron Man #5 ends the mini-series somewhat neatly with great art, great action, and a complete ending that leaves the door open for more. That said, the great art and action are put up against a convoluted plan and confusing characters for a generally mixed arc.

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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #1

Jun 16, 2022

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 brings in all the standard Captain America tropes about a man out of time trying to fit in when a terror threat calls him to action. The art is excellent, the pacing starts slow but picks up steam at a good point, and the thrilling action introduces an intriguing conspiracy mystery.

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6.5
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #2

Jul 6, 2022

Final Thoughts:Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #2 unwraps a secret cabal powerful enough to wield power over every other secret organization on Earth, both good and evil. The pacing is excellent, the dialog (except for an inexcusable line that comes off as an insult) is natural, and the plot has plenty of meat on the bone. However, the main villain reveal feels like another “been there, done that” retread that sucks all the creative potential out of the series.

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6.5
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #3

Aug 10, 2022

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #3 ticks all the technical checkboxes for what you want to see in a Captain America comic. Cap's "voice is right, the action is energetic, and the stakes are high. However, the big revelation hinges on a very large plothole, and the villain's identity is remarkably unoriginal.

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5
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #4

Sep 8, 2022

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #4 gives readers a grand tour of Cap's neighborhood as he asks everyone he knows what they think about America. The cynical, jaded views of America will turn some readers off, but the message isn't the flaw. It's the fact that an entire comic is taken up with Cap figuring out what America means to him. This issue is a waste of space.

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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #5

Oct 6, 2022

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #5 may be the best issue in the series so far, relatively speaking. Readers get lots of big action and heroics to hold your attention, and Bucky carries the dramatic weight of the issue when he's confronted with the knowledge of the Outer Circle's influence on his life.

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5.5
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #6

Nov 9, 2022

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #6 is a single fight scene that doesn't further the story or reveals any information relevant to this arc. It's a filler issue in every sense of the word.

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5.5
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #7

Dec 8, 2022

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #7 follows up the heartbreaking conclusion to issue #6 with a lot of moping, a little progress, and a big cliffhanger that comes out of nowhere. The art is solid, but the writers are putting too much burden on readers to stay invested in a largely listless and boring story.

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Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #0

Apr 20, 2022

Captain America #0 is the type of comic you will enjoy if you ignore the absurdity of the setup, the villain's plan, and the clunky dialog. Better yet, simply ignore the words and canonical inconsistencies altogether to focus solely on the action pictures.

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Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #1

May 11, 2022

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 has a great look to it with excellent panel design and colors. However, the story has too many nonsensical plot points that don't make any sense, and the big battle scene contains some of the most head-scratching choreography in recent memory. If this is the best Marvel could do for a Sam Wilson/Captain America #1, the series is already in trouble.

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5.5
Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #2

Jun 29, 2022

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #2 lays out a complex and deepening mystery, but Sam and Joaquin do everything but ask basic, common sense questions. It's hard to tell if Oyebuchi is writing sam and Joquin as bumbling detectives or if he doesn't understand the basic mechanics of an investigation. Either way, this story has fantastic art covering for a bumbling, stumbling story.

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5.5
Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #3

Jul 28, 2022

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #3 is a nonsensical series of random events where Sam Wilson investigates a Vibranium smuggling operation with no evidence and little more to go on than third-hand rumors. This issue is the opposite of a smart mystery where nothing is set up and none of the dots connect until the script tells you they connect. At least the art is visually solid.

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Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #4

Aug 24, 2022

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #4 is a chaotic, jumbled mess. Characters are suddenly in one part of the world and then another in the blink of an eye. White Wolf's plan involves kidnapping Mexican citizens without rhyme or reason, faking a terrorist attack in Wakanda without rhyme or reason, and smuggling tons of Vibranium out of Wakanda without rhyme or reason. This story is nonsense.

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5
Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #5

Sep 29, 2022

Captain America: Symbol Of Truth #5 starts off with a fight that makes little sense and ends with a whimper instead of a bang. While the art is enjoyable and the individual issue is the most coherent of the run so far, the writer neglected to do basic research about the characters or how to construct a plot.

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Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #6

Oct 19, 2022

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #6 starts fresh with a banger of an issue when a visiting Prime Minister is attacked by assassins. The story is the cleanest and most straightforward of anything we've read from Onyebuchi, the art is fast-paced and energetic, and the cliffhanger is full of foreboding and intrigue.

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5.5
Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #7

Dec 1, 2022

Whatever Tochi Onyebuchi intended to do with the first issue in this new arc has been completely abandoned in Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7. Sam forces his way into a Civil War on foreign soil because he chooses to do so, forgetting the plot elements set up in the previous issue and doing nothing to progress the plot in this issue. The art's great, but the story is an utter miss.

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Captain Carter (2022) #1

Mar 7, 2022

Captain Carter #1 is a direct sequel to the "What If"?" character of the same name in a slightly different timeline. The character work to help readers get to know Peggy in a modern world is stellar, the art is equally stellar, and this was an enjoyable comic overall.

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5
Captain Carter (2022) #2

Apr 13, 2022

Captain Carter #2 almost completely derails the goodwill built up in the first issue with a heavy-handed, overstuffed collection of unrelated (to the plot) lectures about everything from the failures of Brexit to Colonialism. Somehow, the creators forgot this is supposed to be fun escapism. Skip this title until they remember.

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6.5
Captain Carter (2022) #3

May 25, 2022

Captain Carter #3 has excellent plotting, pacing, dialog, and action. Unfortunately, it's almost a direct copy of Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) with a British setting, which misses the whole point of "What If?. If all you want is an excuse to see Captain Carter in action, this issue is fine. If you want a little more imagination in your Elseworlds story, skip this one.

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Captain Carter (2022) #4

Jul 13, 2022

Captain Carter #4 moves the story forward with a solid mystery that ends with a twist reveal you won't see coming. The art is excellent, plenty of exciting action, and the pacing keeps the energy up. However, the new addition to the team adds nothing of value, and her constant lecturing drags the issue to a crawl whenever she speaks.

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Captain Carter (2022) #5

Aug 10, 2022

Captain Carter #5 ends the series with the best issue in the series. The best part is the utter lack of pace-killing lecturing from Peggy's neighbor, Harley. There are plenty of Mission Impossible-style shenanigans, prison escapes, and vampire fights to end the troubled series on a relatively high note.

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7.5
Children of the Atom (2021) #1

Mar 14, 2021

Children of the Atom #1, has excellent art and is certainly a different kind of X-Men story. Despite a bumpy start, the writing settles into decent levels as the issue progresses, and the story opens up many questions that put a lot of pressure on future issues to pay off.

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6.5
Children of the Atom (2021) #2

Apr 14, 2021

Children Of The Atom #2 is telling a story that's going nowhere fast. You get the impression there's going to be some big reveal or point made with cosplayers pretending they're mutants when they're not. If you've read issue #1, you can skip issue #2 and hope #3 goes somewhere. This issue still gets a 6.5 for the excellent art by Chang and team. At the very least, it's a good looking comic

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6.5
Children of the Atom (2021) #3

May 11, 2021

Final Thoughts Children of the Atom #3 contains good art, but the plot structure and execution is a confusing blob. You get the impression the writer is eventually getting to some point or big reveal, but whatever it is, the painful journey is making it hard to get there.

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4.5
Children of the Atom (2021) #4

Jun 10, 2021

Children of the Atom #4 has good art, but the story is a mess. The big mysteries built up over the last three issues are lazily eliminated, and the new mysteries introduced in issue #3 aren't even mentioned. this series is quickly proving to be utterly pointless.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #5

Jul 6, 2021

This is a well drawn and visually appealing comic, but the story structure and writing borders on incompetent.

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8
Children of the Atom (2021) #6

Aug 11, 2021

CHILDREN OF THE ATOM #6 ends the series with a heartfelt and well-written coming out story. The art is great, and the conclusion hits an optimistic note for the future.

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6.5
Crypt of Shadows (2022) #1

Oct 19, 2022

Crypt of Shadows #1 is a mixed-bag anthology with a few hits but mostly misses. On the whole, the art is solid, and the stories pull together an eclectic collection of ideas, but several stories suffer from not enough page space or not enough writing quality.

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5.5
Curse of the Man-Thing (2021): Avengers #1

Mar 31, 2021

Avengers: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 is a lot of fancy complicated machinations that establishes an extinction-level threat but it's so contrived that it fails to make an impact. The art is decent enough but nothing memorable or stand-out.

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5.5
Damage Control (2022) #1

Aug 24, 2022

Damage Control #1 tries its darndest to create an amusing, whimsical adventure starring a hapless intern in Marvel's version of The Office. Unfortunately, the jokes fall flatter than a postage stamp under a 10-ton boulder, and the main character, Gus, gives you no reason to either like or hate him.

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5
Damage Control (2022) #2

Sep 29, 2022

Damage Control #2 is a wildly unfunny attempt at showing the absurd side of the Marvel universe. The main character has evolved from an audience placeholder to an annoyingly off-putting idiot in the span of a single issue, so the only thing funny about this issue is the cover price.

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5
Damage Control (2022) #3

Nov 4, 2022

Damage Control #3 continues to succeed in one thing only failing to find the funny. The main character is an annoying man-child, his latest adventure makes little sense, and the only redeeming quality of this issue is a slight hint that Gus's employment may be part of a larger plan.

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5.5
Damage Control (2022) #4

Nov 9, 2022

Damage Control #4 rinses and repeats Gus's efforts to find a good fit for himself at the titular agency. The jokes are cornier than a cornfield in Kansas, the farcical humor misses more than it lands, and by the end, you feel like you're reading a comic version of a sitcom doomed to cancellation.

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5
Damage Control (2022) #5

Dec 8, 2022

Damage Control #5 ends the series with the shocking reveal of Gus's history, and it winds up being as dumb as this series as a whole. While the art is quite good, and the general pacing and dialog execution are excellent, the story makes no sense, and the jokes fall flat. As a whole, this series is a waste of time.

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Daredevil (2022) #1

Jul 13, 2022

Daredevil #1 (2022) hits the ground running as Matt Murdock ties up loose ends before saying goodbye to NYC for good. The art is jaw-dropping, and Zdarsky packs every scene with drama and emotion. However, there are a lot of settings to keep straight, some without any apparent connection to the main plot, so your enjoyment may be mixed with confusion.

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9.5
Daredevil (2022) #2

Aug 17, 2022

Daredevil #2 (2022) sets up one of the most unique and intriguing villains in the Daredevil canon. How do you punch Fate? How do you arrest Destiny? It's an interesting idea that makes for a completely unknowable journey, and I'm looking forward to taking it.

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Daredevil (2022) #3

Sep 15, 2022

Daredevil #3 (2022) takes the off path of ignoring the big surprise threat(?) to focus on the B plot of Matt's ascension to the Hand's new leader. The shift in the arc's direction is jarring, and most of this issue focuses on setup and foreshadowing, but the stellar art and engaging writing hold your interest.

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Daredevil (2022) #4

Oct 13, 2022

Daredevil #4 feels like a minor, quiet issue where not much happens, but looks can be deceiving. Characters grow, Daredevil and Elektra take significant steps, and the tension of a brewing war between the Fist and the Hand is in the air.

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Daredevil (2022) #6

Dec 8, 2022

Daredevil #6 continues the extended break in the action to engage in multiple therapy sessions with the recently escaped Raft inmates. The art looks great, and the dialog is well-crafted, but the story is moving at a snail's pace, resulting in a well-crafted but dull issue.

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8.5
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

Jan 12, 2022

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 takes a detour from Devil's Reign to reveal Elektra has a deadly enemy after her. An enemy that knows nearly everything about her past and her secrets. Despite needing a few extraneous scenes trimmed, the story was largely enjoyable and the art is just about perfect.

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Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2

Feb 2, 2022

Bits and PiecesDaredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 is another strong example of simple-yet-effective storytelling. Zdarsky and the art team expertly intermingle small yet powerful emotional moments with rough and tumble hand-to-hand action scenes for brisk and entertaining read.

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6.5
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3

Mar 2, 2022

The art is excellent. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, there's plenty of energy in the action, and the coloring is outstanding. If the story would bring readers something new or interesting, this would be a top-tier comic.

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Dark Web (2022) #1

Dec 8, 2022

Dark Web #1 kicks off the supernatural event with new alliances, demonic attacks on NYC, and quickly spiraling chaos. The art is excellent, and there are a few interesting developments in this issue to hold your attention, but the villains' plan doesn't seem fully formed, and the collaboration between the villains doesn't make a lot of sense.

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5.5
Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2022) #1

Oct 19, 2022

Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 has the seed of a good idea, but the concept is dampened with a hook that doesn't make sense and lots of tedious narration. The art has some excellent creature designs, but you'll be tuning out pretty quickly.

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Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2022) #2

Dec 1, 2022

Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2 creates a mystical quest for Spidey to duel the Demon bear. While that sounds interesting, the path to get there is convoluted, poorly explained, and doesn't always make much sense. The creepy art is a highlight, but a few splash pages get fancy with the panel layout to the detriment of the reading order.

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Deadpool (2022) #1

Nov 2, 2022

Deadpool #1 is a respectable start to a new arc from Alyssa Wong. The plot is original and makes sense, Deadpool's "voice is a solid impersonation of Ryan Reynolds, and Coccolo's art is above average.

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8.5
Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise (2022) #1

Nov 28, 2022

Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #1 is a strange (*heh*), dreamy, trippy fairytale that follows the titular hero in a strange limbo as he follows a quest whose goal he can't quite remember. The trippy art is an acquired taste, but it suits this story beautifully.

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7.5
Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1

Jan 6, 2022

Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1 gives readers three short stories that highlight why Elektra is considered one of the deadliest killers in all of Marvel-dom. While each story style is different (writing and art), there isn't a lemon in the bunch. That said, it would have served the anthology better if each short paid more attention to saying something new and meaningful about the character.

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Elektra: Black, White & Blood #2

Feb 24, 2022

Elektra: Black, White & Blood #2 is a strong entry in the anthology series with a general focus on treating Elektra as a force of nature or a plot device rather than as a central character. The art is generally good in all shorts, but nothing particularly stands out as a clear winner in the bunch. In other words, this issue is just okay.

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8.5
Elektra: Black, White & Blood #3

Mar 23, 2022

Elektra: White, Black & Blood #3 is yet another solid entry in the anthology series with great writing across all shorts (some better than others) and great art (again, some better than others). If you're a fan of Elektra, you should be well pleased with something in this issue.

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7.5
Elektra: Black, White & Blood #4

May 18, 2022

Bits and PiecesElektra: Black, White & Blood #4 swings for the artistic fences with myths, legends, and poetry in a stronger than average anthology. In fairness, some stories are stronger than others, but there's something here for every Elektra fan.

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Fantastic Four (2022) #1

Nov 9, 2022

Fantastic Four #1 is a bizarre way to start the series. It's not a FF comic but a Scooby Doo-style adventure in Pennsylvania starring Ben and Alicia. The story has all the wholesome charm of a YA adventure but lacks any sense of danger or drama. It's unclear why Ryan North chose to kick off a FF reboot without the Fantastic Four, but here we are.

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Fantastic Four (2022) #2

Dec 8, 2022

Fantastic Four #2 bizarrely continues the model of delivering an issue that has nothing to do with the "incident in Manhattan or the Fantastic Four together as a team. The art is good enough, and the issue works as a Scooby Doo/Twilight Zone-styled mystery, but if you're looking for a Fantastic Four adventure in a Fantastic Four comic, you may have to wait until the Spring of 2023.

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Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel (2022) #1

Jul 28, 2022

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel #1 drops you right into a story about a resurrected Gennis-Vell struggling to get his memories and his life back. Visiting the past can be fun, and it is in spots, but the constant swapping back and forth between Earth, an alien world, the past, and the present quickly turns the issue into a frustrating knot.

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Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel (2022) #2

Aug 24, 2022

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel #2 suddenly takes a left turn in the lead character's quest to get his memories back for a mission to save Death from the Kree. The dialog, pacing, and plotting are all very good, but the new mission comes out of nowhere and seems like a random distraction.

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6.5
Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel (2022) #3

Sep 29, 2022

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel #3 has plenty of interesting developments and outstanding art, but after three issues, the plot is unclear and directionless. There's still time to build momentum in a particular direction, but this issue feels like the story hasn't figured itself out yet.

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Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel (2022) #4

Oct 13, 2022

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel #4 may be the best issue in the series so far. The timeline-hopping is focused and simplified to let the story breathe, and the character interactions balance with plenty of big-fisted action.

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Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel (2022) #5

Nov 28, 2022

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel #5 ends the five-part run with something between a whimper and a bang. Ramrez's art is excellent, and all the threads wrap up (too) neatly, but it's hard not to look at this run as a rushed, convoluted excuse to bring a handful of characters back to life.

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Ghost Rider (2022) #1

Feb 24, 2022

Bits and PiecesGhost Rider #1 is a serviceable albeit frustrating start to a new run from Benjamin Percy. There's very little Ghost Rider in the story, and the mystery surrounding Johnny Blaze is not mystery at all. On the positive side, the art is excellent and isn't afraid to lean on the horror and gore.

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Ghost Rider (2022) #2

Mar 30, 2022

Ghost Rider #2 is a solid example of comic horror and a noticeable improvement over the first issue. The setup is the stuff of classic horror films. The artwork is excellent. And the resolution opens the door for monster-of-the-month adventures. That said, the narration was frequently unnecessary and dragged the pacing in several spots.

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5.5
Ghost Rider (2022) #3

Jun 1, 2022

Ghost Rider #3 ran off the proverbial road in this issue. There are creepy horror elements, but random events happen with no explanation or connection to each other. It's as if Percy pulled horror concepts out of a hat and smushed them together without consideration for telling a story.

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8.5
Ghost Rider (2022) #4

Jul 6, 2022

Bits and PiecesGhost Rider #4 is a welcome return to form with a horrific monster-of-the-month mission for the Spirit of Vengeance. The plot is basic, perhaps a little too basic, but it gets the job done, and the side story with the FBI agents keeps the tie to a larger threat down the road. The art team is putting out excellent work, so this will be a pleasing pick for horror and Ghost Rider fans alike.

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5.5
Ghost Rider (2022) #5

Aug 4, 2022

Ghost Rider #5 goes out of its way to be as random as possible with a road rally race that comes out of nowhere, populated by a lineup of Marvel characters that come out of nowhere, culminating in a conclusion that goes nowhere.

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Ghost Rider (2022) #6

Sep 8, 2022

Ghost Rider #6 has plenty of cool imagery, but Percy seems content to only develop one or two events of consequences per issue. In short, not much happens, so if you're in for the long haul, you'll have plenty of eye candy to keep you occupied. However, if you insist every issue should earn its cover price, you may want to wait for the trade.

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6.5
Ghost Rider (2022) #7

Oct 13, 2022

Ghost Rider #7 is a serviceable issue that's more setup than story. Blaze and Warroad are simply moved into place as partners to face what's coming while Blackheart creates a new lieutenant that may or may not look cool, depending on your affinity for the Power Rangers. But for these two plot points, you could skip this issue and not miss anything.

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5.5
Ghost Rider (2022) #8

Nov 9, 2022

Ghost Rider #8 takes a prolonged road to nowhere by moving the story forward at a snail's pace. The art is the best horror visuals Marvel offers, and the personal interactions between Warroad and Blaze are well done, but this series is spinning its wheels.

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Ghost Rider (2022) #9

Dec 8, 2022

Ghost Rider #9 provides readers with plenty of gore and potent imagery to keep horror fans happy. However, the characters lack motivation, and the plot hasn't clearly presented itself, so the hopes of a satisfying finale in the next issue are quickly dwindling.

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Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Thunderbird #1

May 4, 2022

Bits and PiecesGiant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1 is a serviceable return for the legendary mutant. The paper-thin resurrection conflict takes a backseat to a generic revenge fantasy about Indigenous people striking back against government injustice. There's nothing wrong with telling that type of story, but the creators tried so hard to make Thunderbird fit in, that they forgot to make him stand out.

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8.5
Gold Goblin (2022) #1

Nov 17, 2022

Gold Goblin #1 firmly establishes an inside look at Norman's sympathetic and fragile new status quo as a former villain trying to turn his life around. Norman's constant struggles with guilt and his need not to revert to his Goblin ways play out like an addict desperate to turn his life around after hitting rock bottom, so this could turn out to be a series worth watching.

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8.5
Hulk (2021) #1

Nov 24, 2021

Hulk #1 imagines what would happen if you pushed one of the world's smartest scientists too far and he turns the tables on being a victim of the Hulk to commandeering the Hulk as the ultimate vessel of destruction. The concept is lofty but intriguing once you get your brain around it, and once the setup is done, the cliffhanger opens up a (pocket) universe of unpredictable possibilities. The art is generally good, but the facework needs some improvement.

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6.5
Hulk (2021) #2

Dec 15, 2021

Final ThoughtsHulk #2 has a lot of cool action set pieces and an unexpected twist ending… and not much else. It's too early to say if this new take on Hulk is a winner or a loser after just two issues, but Cates needs to give readers something more to invest in beyond piles of questions and ultra-violence.

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7.5
Hulk (2021) #3

Jan 18, 2022

Final ThoughtsHulk #3 finally gets to the meat of the story about an encounter with an alternate dimension Banner who's life since the Gamma experiment has taken a more cataclysmic turn. While the story has plenty of creative elements, there's a decided lack of emotional hook or wow factor. It's just okay, and perhaps that's good enough for die-hard Hulk fans.

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Hulk (2021) #4

Feb 16, 2022

Hulk #4 is proving this series is little more than an excuse for Cates to have Hulk smash stuff. There's no rich storytelling or even a plot to be found in this title, so if smashing is all you want, smashing is all you'll get.

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7.5
Hulk (2021) #5

Mar 30, 2022

Hulk #5 is just starting to get to the good stuff before it prepares to end the arc. We learn a little about this world, but not much. Hulk goes up against Spider-Hulk and Abomination but we barely get to see it. There's a lot of rushing that doesn't give cool ideas their due.

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6.5
Hulk (2021) #6

Apr 20, 2022

Bits and PiecesHulk #6 concludes the arc with gripping tension and epic battles offset with too many unresolved plot points and confusing developments. If Cates's plan was to keep readers hooked by playing coy, that wasn't the right choice. Overall, this issue keeps your attention but be prepared to come away with plenty of frustration.

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Hulk (2021) #7

May 25, 2022

Hulk #7 delivers with big action, hints surrounding a dark threat, and consequences. The art is captivating, and the plotting, pacing, and dialog are all excellent.

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6.5
Hulk (2021) #8

Aug 17, 2022

Hulk #8 (2022), and the Banner of War arc as a whole, seems geared to do little else but set up big Hulk fights with any semblance of the story added as an afterthought. If all you want is to see Hulk smash, you'll love this issue. If you want some meat with your potatoes, look elsewhere.

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7.5
Hulk (2021) #9

Oct 6, 2022

Hulk #9 begins a new arc with a little more focus on the story and less on mindless action. However, the first half takes a very long time focusing on Bruce's abuse as a child, calling into question whether or not the flashback was needed for the present story or if the creators simply needed to fill page space. The second half of the story is all Hulk action, so arguably, there's something for everyone.

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Hulk (2021) #10

Nov 2, 2022

Hulk #10 takes a break from the mindless, pointless action to build Hulk World, showing that the mindless action may have had a point. The art's excellent, and the writing is technically on-point, so this run may be worth the patience after all.

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Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War (2022): Alpha #1

May 11, 2022

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War #1 kicks off the next arc in Cates's run with stronger art but not much story. If all you want is an excuse to see Hulk and Thor duke it out, you get plenty of that here. If you want to know why the El Paso incident is such a big deal and why it's motivated everything since issue #1, you can probably skip this issue and not miss a thing.

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6.5
Iron Fist (2022) #1

Feb 16, 2022

Bits and PiecesIron Fist #1 takes all the gravity and drama surrounding Danny Rand's “fish out of water” story and replaces it with a cardboard cutout character who everybody loves. His powers are unearned, he dresses like Iron Fist because he can, and the strong art only serves to dress up a bland, boring, homogeneous, replacement hero.

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Iron Fist (2022) #2

Mar 30, 2022

Iron Fist #2 answers one of the biggest questions from issue #1 (How?) by throwing out the rules and writing an entire issue dedicated to saying "the rules don't matter so we're making new ones. The net result is a character that's significantly less interesting and special. At least the art in this issue is good.

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Iron Fist (2022) #3

May 18, 2022

The art in Iron Fist #3 is generally good (ignoring the style inconsistencies). The story gets the job done with adequate emotional beats and no surprises. And the end result is a passable martial arts story with mystical elements, none of which have any connection to K'un-Lun or the legend of the Iron Fist.

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Iron Fist (2022) #4

Jun 16, 2022

Iron Fist #4 is filled with exciting art, explosive action, and not much else. Half of the comic is devoted to a fight scene that doesn't have a point, and the other half barely moves the story forward. If you're looking for explosive action and nothing else, you'll enjoy this comic. For everyone else, lower your expectations.

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6.5
Iron Fist (2022) #5

Aug 31, 2022

Final Thoughts:Iron Fist #5 ends the arc without ending the story, and that sentiment exemplifies the series so far. The story is just there. Some confusing bits are clarified, new confusion is introduced, and the ending isn't really an ending. The art is solid, but the story, so far, has yet to justify the Iron Fist mantle swap or its own existence.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1

Jan 20, 2021

IRON FIST: HEART OF THE DRAGON #1 is everything you want in a clean, efficient, exciting, and entertaining action comic. The art is is dramatic and gritty, and the story moves at a high sprint. I wish the colors were a little richer because it does show as muted on the review copy, but that's a minor quibble. Overall, this is an excellent book.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #2

Feb 17, 2021

IRON FIST: HEART OF THE DRAGON #2, combines great art with masterfully efficient storytelling to set up a world-ending threat that's believable and works on every level. With every page, the stakes get higher and not a single panel is wasted.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #3

Mar 17, 2021

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #3 takes readers on a trip around the world to remind everyone Marvel is all about a global hero roster. Light on plot but heavy on action and diversity, it's a good setup issue to line the chess pieces up to hit the midway mark of the arc.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #4

Apr 14, 2021

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #4 is a wild, frantic, fast-paced issue that challenges the readers to keep up with the players, twists, and turns. The art is excellent, and the twist ending was definitely a surprise.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #5

May 7, 2021

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #5 hasn't let off the gas since issue #1 and this penultimate issue is no exception. It would have served better to get the villain reveal sooner and add some motivation for his realm-ending plan, but you can't argue it hasn't been exciting every page along the way.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #6

Jun 7, 2021

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #6 is filled with good art, good action, some stiff dialog, and the biggest gotcha ending I've seen in a very log time. I don't know what Marvel was thinking. The score will reflect the technical merits of the book, and not whether or not I agree with the story (I did not.)

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7.5
Iron Man (2020) #7

Mar 17, 2021

Final Thoughts:Iron Man #7 takes the desperate space chase and throws a big monkey wrench in the works. The existential discussion about the meaning of life was interesting, if a bit out of place, and the twist at the end is a true surprise leaving you to wonder what happens next.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #1

Sep 9, 2021

Ka-Zar: Lord Of The Savage Land #1 brings readers up to speed on the Plunder family post resurrection. The characters are well-written albeit hard to like, and the art captures the beauty of the Savage Land through the lens of a flowery garden. Throw in some techno-organic body horror for good measure, and we're off to a promising start.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #2

Oct 15, 2021

Ka-Zar: Lord Of The Savage Land #2 has some unique action and eye-catching art. That said, it's a struggle to get behind a family of heroes that are increasingly dysfunctional and a villainous threat that executes targeted attacks with seemingly no purpose.

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7.5
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #3

Nov 17, 2021

Final ThoughtsKa-Zar: Lord Of The Savage Land #3 shows what happens when children keep dangerous secrets. The art and action are terrific, and Ka-Zar's evolution in his post-death life is fascinating. That said, we have no understanding of the main villain's wants or motivations after three issues, and it's becoming frustrating when it should be mysterious fun.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #4

Dec 15, 2021

Final Thoughts:Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #4 gives readers a little background on the main villain and some cool action set pieces showcasing Ka-Zar's ever-expanding set of powers. However, nearly every character is turning out to be unlikable on some level, and the creators are making it very difficult to root for anyone, much less care what happens to them.

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5.5
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #5

Feb 2, 2022

Bits and PiecesKa-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #5 brings clarity and sense to the final issue of this series to explain it all as an allegory for the importance of fighting against Climate Change. Despite colorful art and imaginative set pieces, the outcome is always the same when creators forget one basic principle – Starting with a strong message instead of a strong story, never works.

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8.5
Midnight Suns (2022) #1

Sep 15, 2022

Midnight Suns #1 starts a new the-world-is-ending adventure that crosses over the classic Midnight Suns team with Strange Academy for a clear, concise, solid start. The new character introductions are executed with respectable efficiency, the apocalyptic event immediately elevates the stakes, and the rationale for gathering the team together makes sense.

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7.5
Midnight Suns (2022) #2

Oct 19, 2022

Midnight Suns #2 is a serviceable mix of big, exciting action and a healthy amount of flashback exposition to setup up the coming conflict with the big bad of this arc. While the plot doesn't move forward much from the previous issue, the setup information is helpful, and the action keeps you entertained while you learn.

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5.5
Midnight Suns (2022) #3

Nov 28, 2022

Midnight Suns #3 is a contrived, convenient, mildly convoluted, mediocre comic. The plot doesn't feel big or impactful, random developments simply appear to give the Midnight Suns something to do, and the art lacks any mood or element of fear for a horror-ish comic.

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5
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #24

Mar 24, 2021

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24 mixes great, beautiful art with a story that suggests C.R.A.D.L.E. should have stuck around longer to finish what they started. This is a skip.

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Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #1

Oct 19, 2022

Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 gives fans of Miracleman plenty of information on the origins of Young Miracleman and the emotional impact of resurrection in the modern world. However, this issue is almost all exposition and setup, with people talking for most of the page space. You may find this issue valuable as a reference but short on excitement and engagement.

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7.5
Moon Knight (2021) #1

Jul 20, 2021

Moon Knight #1 is a great setup issue for new readers, but existing Moon Knight fans may feel like there's not much here for them. However, the art is great and the new villain introduced looks to be extremely interesting.

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Moon Knight (2021) #2

Aug 17, 2021

Moon Knight #2 is well-structured comic that looks and sounds good. That said, the plot is boilerplate vanilla, and the pieces fall together too quick and too easy. In short, this issue was decent but forgettable.

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Moon Knight (2021) #3

Sep 21, 2021

Moon Knight #3 presents the second Fist of Khonshu in all his glory to act as foil to push Moon Knight in new directions. While the issue is rife with potential, the series doesn't' seem to be following any story or cohesive narrative. So far, it's just things happening. Therefore, this issue is fine for what it is in isolation, but readers may struggle to find anything compelling that keeps them coming back for more.

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Moon Knight (2021) #5

Nov 17, 2021

Final ThoughtsMoon Knight #5 bares Marc Spector's soul to help readers get to know the man behind the mask. The complexity of Spector's past troubles makes this iteration of Moon Knight a surprisingly deep character. In addition to the pathos, we're given great action and, finally, the big villain reveal. However, the villain may be too deep a cut to elicit the “wow” moment the creators were looking for.

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8.5
Moon Knight (2021) #6

Dec 22, 2021

Bits and PiecesMoon Knight #6 is the strongest entry in the series so far because questions are answered, characters are developed and grown, and the spark of potential has been lit. Couple the solid writing with the outstanding art by Cappuccio and you have a winner of an issue. The only thing that stops this entry from getting a top score is the mind-boggling lack of information about the villain after six issues.

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9.5
Moon Knight (2021) #7

Jan 18, 2022

Final ThoughtsMoon Knight #7 packs and long-awaited punch as Marc Spector works through the criminal underworld to track down the deadly Zodiac. Every panel exudes a badass character that's not to be messed with, accomplished by great writing and phenomenal art. As good as the art is, it's made even better by Rosenberg's special coloring touches. This is the issue that feels like a proper return for Moon Knight.

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Moon Knight (2021) #8

Feb 9, 2022

Moon Knight #8 takes a novel approach to event tie-ins by not connecting to the event and keeping the hero out of his own title. Dishonest marketing aside, the old/new villains is now a high concept reboot that takes more than a little brainpower to figure out, and the art is excellent.

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6.5
Moon Knight (2021) #9

Mar 2, 2022

Bit and PiecesMoon Knight #9 is a serviceable, stand-alone issue that struggles to re-establish momentum, partly lost from the Devil's Reign tie-in and partly lost due to excessively decompressed storytelling. The art looks great and reads great, but the theme of the story is almost non-existent, and MacKay needs to get something going if he wants to keep readers invested.

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Moon Knight (2021) #10

Apr 6, 2022

Moon KNight #10 is another knockout issue from Jed MacKay and the art team. The writing interweaves two timelines that come together at just the right moment for a cool reveal. The haunted office is a fun addition to Moon Knight's team. And, the "take no prisoners ending truly sets Moon Knight apart as a dangerous force.

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Moon Knight (2021) #11

May 25, 2022

Moon Knight #11 keeps the energy, tension, action, and drama on a high note coming out of the previous issue. Zodiac is still a loosely defined character, but he presents a formidable threat, and Moon Knight is forced to grow to meet the challenge. The art is stellar, the writing is excellent, and this series is in the best place it has been for quite some time.

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Moon Knight (2021) #12

Jun 22, 2022

Moon Knight #12 ends the year-long arc and conflict against Zodiac with great art, great dialog, and plenty of urgency to race readers to the final battle. However, the main villain is defeated too easily, and nothing is revealed about his plan or motivations for a completely dissatisfying ending. This issue was supposed to be the big payoff, but all you get is a few pennies and pocket lint.

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8.5
Moon Knight (2021) #13

Jul 13, 2022

Bits and PiecesMoon Knight #13 begins a new arc with a new crusade against a growing tide of vampires in NYC. Taskmaster's cameo adds an amusing bit of levity and reputation-building for the Fist of Khonshu, and the art is filled with gritty, moody drama and action. Coming off a lackluster finale to the Zodiac arc, this is an excellent start to get the title back on track.

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7.5
Moon Knight (2021) #14

Aug 4, 2022

Moon Knight #14 is half a step above a breather issue with an interesting conversation between Moon Knight's multiple personalities as they debate the merits of their relationship and decide on a new way to live. There's almost no progress on the plot, but there's enough potential for a new status quo to feel like this issue is leading you somewhere.

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Moon Knight (2021) #15

Sep 8, 2022

Final Thoughts:Moon Knight #5 gives readers plenty of world- and character-building, but does so at the expense of any action or plot progression. Almost nothing of consequence happens in this issue other than readers learn why Marc Spector developing a cooperative relationship with his other personalities is valuable. If you're looking for fun and excitement, you'll have to wait a bit longer.

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8.5
Moon Knight (2021) #16

Oct 19, 2022

Moon Knight #16 journeys to the heart of Chinatown to uncover a secret Cold War between rival vampire gangs and a closer look into Tutor's grand plan. The art is outstanding, the exposition (though lengthy) sets the stage and raises the stakes, and the last page will have consequences for several issues to come.

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Moon Knight (2021) #17

Nov 9, 2022

Moon Knight #17 is a quick but impactful entry in the series as Moon Knight gets revenge for his dead "brother and takes the fight to the vampires. This depiction of Moon Knight is brutal, unrelenting, and unforgiving in all the right ways.

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7.5
Moon Knight (2021) Annual #1

Oct 26, 2022

Moon Knight Annual #1 is a good Annual with a creative plot, but a glaring continuity error and a too-much-to-believe resolution to the fight keep the book from being great. Still, you can never have enough werewolves and the art's fantastic.

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6.5
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood (2022) #1

May 11, 2022

Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #1 is the latest title to cash in on the Blac/White/Red motif with a mixed bag of collected short stories. The stories range from amusing to painfully gimmicky, but Moon Knight fans will likely find something in here to enjoy.

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6.5
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood (2022) #2

Jun 16, 2022

Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #2 is a serviceable anthology highlighting the Fist of Khnoshu's exploits. As with most anthologies, it's a mixed bag of writing that ranges from weak to decent and art that ranges from weak to very good. If you're a Moon Knight completist, this may be worth your time. For everyone else, there's nothing special in this issue.

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5.5
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood (2022) #3

Jul 20, 2022

Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #3 delivers three tales of adventure starring the fist of Khonshe. Unfortunately, the shorts are more miss than hit, leaving you with a sour reading experience.

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Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood (2022) #4

Aug 31, 2022

Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #4 ends the anthology series with possibly the weakest entry so far. Only Azaceta's short gives readers a clear picture of what Moon Knight is all about. The rest either get lost in metaphors or try to do too much with not enough space.

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Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #1

Oct 13, 2022

Namor the Sub-Mariner #1 brims with gorgeous artwork and an impressive amount of world-building to set the stage for Namor's journey. Unfortunately, the issue is all stage dressing and no substance beyond the world-building, so you're never given a reason to come back to find out what happens next.

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8.5
Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #2

Nov 17, 2022

Namor: Conquered Shores #2 greatly improves on issue #1 by delivering a quest to save humanity and hinting at the possibility of a new war. The multiple mysteries are well-introduced with high stakes, and the art is gorgeous.

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Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker (2022) #1

Dec 1, 2022

Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 sets up Sakaar for the future and Amadeus Cho's place in it to set the stage for the story to come. The narrative flow is clunky in spots, and you get the distinct impression Pak is using the setup as an allegory for real-world issues, but the story doesn't come together enough to make the message clear. Regardless, this first issue is all setup with a weak cliffhanger and a throwaway backstory that reads like an Animal Rights PSA. There's enough intrigue to get you to wonder what happened to Hulk, but this issue is not a strong start.

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Predator (2022) #1

Aug 10, 2022

Predator #1 hits the nail on the head with a simple yet effective revenge story about a little girl who grows up on a revenge quest to kill the Predator who made her an orphan. The art is on-point, the action is brutally violent, and the main character's acting hits all the right emotional notes.

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Predator (2022) #2

Sep 15, 2022

Predator #2 (2022) builds out Theta's credibility as a capable warrior. Strangely, there's almost no Predator activity in this issue, so you could argue the book is all set up, but the character-building does its job to prepare readers for the challenge to come with solid writing and beautiful art.

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Predator (2022) #3

Oct 19, 2022

Predator #3 turns the series in the right direction by bringing a lengthy Predator battle into the mix, forcing Theta to survive, and introducing a revelation that could change the course of Theta's revenge quest. The art is grounded and hard-hitting, and the ending creates a moral dilemma with uncertain consequences for the future.

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Predator (2022) #4

Nov 4, 2022

Predator #4 takes a solid series and steps up the pacing and action for a thrilling issue. Rather than replace storytelling with mindless action, the action moves the plot forward and reveals new information about the effect of Theta's hunt on the Predator race. This is an excellent issue that should please OG Predator fans.

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6.5
Predator (2022) #5

Dec 8, 2022

Predator #5 is an uneven mix of high-drama moments, and long scenes that pad out the story with filler. The art is excellent, and the cliffhanger is high with anticipation, but you get the feeling Brisson misjudged the story time and filled the issue with fluff to get the page count to work out.

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9.5
Punisher (2022) #1

Mar 7, 2022

Punisher #1 is a killer (*ahem*) first issue in this new status quo for Frank Castle. The action sequences are terrific. the violence is gritty, and Aaron makes Punisher an unapologetic killer. Everything about the character is elevated to a new level, and I'm onboard to see what happens next.

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8.5
Punisher (2022) #2

Apr 26, 2022

Bits and PiecesPunisher #2 continues on the path of death and destruction as Frank learns more about the Beast's designs on him since he was a boy. Aaron does an excellent job building a sense of momentum towards a final and permanent change for Frank, and the main villain's reveal makes complete sense for the mythology at play in this story.

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7.8
Punisher (2022) #3

May 25, 2022

Punisher #3 is another solid entry in the series with plenty of violence, great art, a flashback that fills in lanks about his past to make his retcon a teeny bit more palatable, and strong emotional bits surrounding Maria. That said, the well-choreographed violence is starting to feel like more of the same without a clear direction for Frank's mission.

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8.5
Punisher (2022) #4

Jul 13, 2022

Punisher #4 builds the stakes, amps up the brutality, and plants seeds of doubt for a possible game-changing issue in the series. The pacing,m character-building, and drama are set on high, but the jarring shift between two radically different art styles leaves a sour taste.

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Punisher (2022) #5

Aug 10, 2022

Punisher #5 takes a semi-break from the main plot to show readers how Frank Castle matured in school with a chance at living a normal life until tragedy and circumstance put him on a darker path. The dramatic writing is well done, and the bits of information we get in the present is intriguing, but the flashbacks (which take up most of the issue) don't do much for the present story.

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7.8
Punisher (2022) #6

Sep 8, 2022

Punisher #6 continues to assail you with brutal violence, emotional and mental torture, and heartbreak. All emotional beats you want for a comic to grip you. Unfortunately, the lack of a destination or goal is becoming a point of frustration that makes it feel like Aaron is giving you violence and heartbreak for their own sake.

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Punisher (2022) #7

Nov 4, 2022

Punisher #7 delivers a rich, thoughtful character piece about a soldier struggling with life after the smoke of war has cleared. Unfortunately, Frank Castle's pre-Punisher life is doing nothing to further the present story, and it's slowing the momentum of the arc to a crawl.

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6.5
Punisher (2022) #8

Dec 8, 2022

Punisher #8 gives Frank Castle a mild upgrade and continues to flesh out his backstory with his wife. The art is excellent, and the showdown promises to be epic, but the glacial pacing and lack of plot movement kill the energy and momentum heading into the war.

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Punisher War Journal (2022): Blitz #1

Jun 22, 2022

Punisher: War Journal Blitz #1 does exactly what it sets out to do by giving the Punisher a reason to hunt down and kill a war profiteer and his army. The art is solid, and there's plenty of action to keep your eyeballs busy, but if you're looking for an actual story, lower your expectations.

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Sabretooth & the Exiles (2022) #1

Nov 9, 2022

Sabretooth & the Exiles #1 is a solid start to the continuation of the Sabretooth limited series. The action is energetic and bloody. The new villain is truly villainous (a rarity these days), and this issue acts as an excellent jumping-on point for the next phase in Victor's journey to fulfilling Destiny's prophecy.

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Sabretooth (2022) #1

Feb 2, 2022

Bits and PiecesSabretooth #1 takes readers on a weird, mind-bending adventure when Victor Creed is trapped in the bowels of Krakoa, and his own mind, forever. The art looks great, and there's plenty of action to satisfy your claw-ripping appetite. That said, the plot doesn't transition well from one scene to the next, constantly casting doubt on when and where you are and making for a mildly confusing reading experience.

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7.5
Sabretooth (2022) #2

Mar 8, 2022

Sabretooth #2 is a cleaner, clearer issue compared to issue #1 with a story that's easier to follow and presents a clear direction. That said, the supporting cast of mutants introduced in this issue are somewhat forgettable, and the demystified setup is somehow less intriguing. However, the art is strong from front to back.

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8.8
Sabretooth (2022) #3

Apr 26, 2022

Bits and PiecesSabretooth #3 successfully plants the seeds of rebellion on Krakoa when the cracks of corruption have long since spread. LaValle demonstrates why Creed, even when trapped in a comatose state, is still one of the most dangerous mutants around. With excellent writing but admittedly little action, this offshoot of the X-Titles shows the most promise for the future of Krakoa.

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8.5
Sabretooth (2022) #4

Jun 29, 2022

Sabretooth #4 gets high marks. Not for what it is, a well-drawn but dialog-heavy comic, but for what it has the potential to be the spark that finally ends the Krakoan Era. That alone is worth the cover price.

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5
Sabretooth (2022) #5

Jul 6, 2022

Bits and PiecesSabretooth #5 is a frustrating finale for a series with so much potential. The big action happens off-panel, the pieces of the escape we do see are dialog heavy and packed with unanswered hints about the future, and this all appears to be a setup for another series coming later. Such a waste.

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6.5
Secret Invasion (2022) #1

Nov 2, 2022

Secret Invasion #1 is a serviceable start to the latest attempt by the Skrulls to infiltrate the seats of power and take over the world. The issue gets off to a bumpy start, but once the plot is discovered, the pacing keeps the story flowing briskly and evenly. However, Maria Hill and her colleagues handle the situation a little too well, removing any feelings of paranoia or tension.

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7.5
Secret Invasion (2022) #2

Dec 8, 2022

Secret Invasion #2 is a tense, thrilling, paranoid-filled issue with great art, great action, and great drama. However, the meat of the issue is effectively one big scene that heavily borrows from John Carpenter'sThe Thing(1982) and doesn't move the plot forward more than an inch.

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Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #1 starts the issue numbering reboot with plenty of action and stellar art but a thin plot that does little to get readers invested in the story. Come for the cool action, but pass if you want something more.

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7.5
Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (2022) #2

Aug 24, 2022

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #2 does a fine job furthering the idea that every organization is out to get the Ten Rings for themselves, but Shang-Chi's lack of good judgment and common sense in this issue almost confirms maybe he isn't the right person to have them. At least the art is fairly good.

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8.5
Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (2022) #3

Sep 29, 2022

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #3 delivers the goods with great art, exciting action, and eye-catching mysticism, paving the way for more trials for Shang-Chi to prove his worth as the owner of the Ten Rings. That said, the ending falls a little flat in the satisfaction department.

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Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (2022) #4

Oct 19, 2022

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #4 shifts the series into a story that reads like a second-rate combat tournament video game, complete with colorful opponents and an objective to survive multiple levels of a mystical pagoda. This issue is light, low-stakes fun, but don't look for a meaningful plot.

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9
Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (2022) #5

Nov 17, 2022

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #5 builds out the legendary origin of the Ten Rings with a universe-ending threat that raises the stakes of Shang-Chi's tournament run exponentially. The action is solid, and the Rings' origin makes sense, so this series takes a big step up with this issue.

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She-Hulk (2022) #1

Jan 18, 2022

Final ThoughtsShe-Hulk #1 successfully pulls off a '90s-style, light and airy tone showing how the main character is down-on-her-luck in every way possible. While the tone is inoffensively pleasant, this first issue is nothing more than a decompressed prologue that doesn't get to the heart of the story until the last page. It's the cotton candy of adventure stories, and maybe that's enough for She-Hulk fans who've waited for her return to form.

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7.5
She-Hulk (2022) #2

Mar 2, 2022

Final ThoughtsShe-Hulk #2 spends nearly the entire issue (re)introducing readers to Jack of Hearts through his history and how he feels right now, admittedly with a flawed memory of recent days. The art is serviceable, but there's no story (yet) to speak of.

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She-Hulk (2022) #3

Apr 6, 2022

She-Hulk #3 is a golden opportunity to bring the character back to her glory days but Rowell seems content to have the character sitting and talking for the entire issue without uncovering anything about the plot. It's effectively a 22-page idle chit-chat session. At some point, Rowell needs to get going with a story because the only progress being made is in how quickly this issue is losing readers.

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She-Hulk (2022) #4

Jun 29, 2022

She-Hulk #4 contains absolutely nothing of consequence. The titular character spends the entire day hanging out with friends and chatting about nothing of consequence. After four issues with a $3.99 cover price, this story is worth less than the paper it's printed on.

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4
She-Hulk (2022) #5

Jul 20, 2022

She-Hulk #5 must be the comic about nothing because it's doing absolutely nothing. The beginning fight simply stops without resolution, and the rest of the issue follows Jack and Jennifer as they talk about life. There's no urgency, no stakes, no direction, and no destination.

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5.5
She-Hulk (2022) #6

Sep 8, 2022

She-Hulk #6 works best if you treat this comic for what it is a slice-of-life comic unconcerned with solving Jack of Heart's resurrection mystery, drama, or a basic plot. The only thing that matters is showing Jennifer Walters living her best life. If that's good enough for her, that's good enough for you.

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5.5
She-Hulk (2022) #7

Nov 4, 2022

She-Hulk #7 continues the trend of the entire series by doing nothing in particular. Surprisingly, the story takes a step or two forward in the last page, but everything about this issue is time-wasting, boring fluff.

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5.5
She-Hulk (2022) #8

Nov 17, 2022

She-Hulk #8 reveals (almost) all the secrets behind Jack of Hearts' disappearance and how it plays into a secret villain She-Hulk didn't know existed until now. You'll enjoy this issue as long as you don't mind reading a She-Hulk comic with no She-Hulk in it.

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Silk (2021) #1

Mar 31, 2021

Silk #1 is an excellent start and setup for a relatable character. Despite voice problems for J. Jonah and substandard art, there's enough here to want to know more.

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5
Silk (2021) #2

Apr 28, 2021

Despite a promising start in #1, Silk #2 falls down with lackluster art and nonsensical plot points. This is only a recommend for the hardest of hardcore Silk fans.

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7.5
Silk (2022) #1

Jan 18, 2022

Final ThoughtsSILK #1 starts the volume off right with the introduction of a new and intriguing villain, an improvement in the depiction of J. Jonah Jameson, and the potential for a little character growth for Cindy Moon. That said, Marvel's need to incessantly insert a super-obnoxious character in every Silk volume is wearing very thin. If you can get past Lucas, everything else about this first issue is fine.

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Silk (2022) #2

Feb 24, 2022

Silk #2 is a nice, pleasant, safe comic. Safety is the high point and its downfall because the character beats and relationship building works well enough but the threat level from a centuries-old witch is treated as no more than an inconvenience.

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Silk (2022) #3

Mar 30, 2022

Silk #3 hits readers with a big reveal about the nature of the witch and her powers. Unfortunately, the witch's methods were easily guessed two issues back and what should be a shocking moment falls flat. Regardless, the art is very good and the pacing is consistent. This issue looks and reads well, even if the story is somewhat forgettable.

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Silk (2022) #4

Apr 26, 2022

Bits and PiecesSilk #4 is a middling issue with amusing character interactions between Cindy and her friends and a little bit of action toward the end. If you're into fluffy, slice-of-life storytelling with a superhero twist and all the dramatic punch of a Scooby-Doo adventure, you'll enjoy this issue a lot.

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7.5
Silk (2022) #5

May 18, 2022

Silk #5 ends the arc the way it began with a light, airy ending that fits right in as an Afterschool Special or a Scooby Doo Mystery. The action is fine but safe, the linework is adequate, and the coloring is very good. If you want some light superhero fare for the kids, this is a solid title. If you want hard-hitting drama, look elsewhere.

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7
Spider-Man (2022) #1

Oct 6, 2022

Spider-Man #1 is a #1 issue in numbering only. Readers are dropped into the Spider-Verse and ASM storylines to bring the Spider-Verse to a close with a multiversal threat. The dialog is solid (except for Spider-Man's terrible jokes), and the threats have weight, so there's enough interest to warrant picking up the next issue. However, this is not recommended for new Spidey readers.

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7
Spider-Man (2022) #2

Nov 9, 2022

Spider-Man #2 is an acceptable entry in the series that relies almost entirely on exposition, explanations, and setup to get readers up to speed and characters in place. There's minimal action, and the pacing is almost too high, but the narrative stays clear throughout.

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7
Spider-Man (2022) #3

Dec 8, 2022

Spider-Man #3 is loud, wild, crazy, and chaotic. That may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view. If all you want is wall-to-wall action, you're in for a treat. Readers who want more drama and depth should look elsewhere.

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8
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022): Omega

Sep 8, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Omega ends the series with energetic action, tension, stakes, and excellent pacing. Does a strong finale make up for a troubled series? No, but at least the creators can walk away on a high note.

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Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022): Alpha

May 4, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Alpha Exodus #1 is a fun, energetic, and wholly imaginative return for the character. The character designs are creepy, the setting feels futuristic in an unrestrained way, and the Cabal's plan feels like a high-stakes threat. That said, the minor letdown is the last page reveal of the Cabal's leader which is much too predictable in an otherwise fresh return for the titular character.

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6.5
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #1

May 25, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1 does a fine job of introducing readers to Winter Soldier 2099 and nothing else. The art is good, WS99's design and backstory are cool, and there's plenty of action to hold your attention. However, the plot makes little sense when you pick it apart, and this issue has almost nothing to do with Spider-Man 2099 and his conflict with the Cabal.

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6.5
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #2

Jun 16, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2 makes the bold move of telling two issues in a row in a Spider-Man 2099 arc that have nothing to do with Spider-Man 2099. the art is very good, and this new origin story about Valkyrie 2099 is interesting enough, but the timing of events is out of whack, and the main arc is at a complete standstill.

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6.5
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #3

Jun 29, 2022

You can't be following this series without concluding Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #3 isn't a Spider-Man 2099 comic but an excuse to introduce even more 2099 variants of current Marvel characters. There is a small amount of plot progression in this issue, but make no mistake, this series only exists to create new characters under the guise of a paper-thin plot. If you like alternate character designs and eye candy, this one is for you.

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Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #4

Jul 13, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #4 offers more 2099 derivatives of established characters, this time Black Widow and Hawkeye, to help Spider-Man track down a fugitive mutant. The action is exciting, and the art is eye-popping, but the setup is severely lacking. Things happen with little explanation as to why, making this the weakest issue in the series.

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5.5
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #5

Aug 4, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5 takes up the penultimate issue with yet another character introduction by way of X-Men 2099, keeping the titular character sidelined. There are too many characters to introduce properly, and the heavy-handed messaging about displaced indigenous people lacks a valid setup, but the art is well-executed with a few wow moments. The story serves no purpose other than as an excuse to get the X-Men in the middle of the fight, and the execution is superficial and poorly developed, at best.

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4
Spider-Punk (2022) #1

Apr 6, 2022

Spider-Punk #1 is a bizarre comic that mixes all the worst stereotypes about Leftist activists into a story about Spider pals fighting the evils of Gentrification and Capitalism. If this is a parody, it's cleverly disguised parody. If it's not, this comic practically dares you to make fun of it for the level of obnoxiousness it reaches.

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4
Spider-Punk (2022) #2

May 18, 2022

Spider-Punk #2 is a terrible comic, but it's at least a better comic than issue #1. The action scenes are ridiculous, the big reveal surrounding the mystery of the Spider-Band's land is given without any build-up, ceremony, or sense, and the dialog is painfully bad. Still, if issue #2 is better than issue #1, there's hope for the series to trend upward.

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3
Spider-Punk (2022) #3

Jul 13, 2022

Spider-Punk #3 sends the Spider-Band on a side trip (literally) to Philadelphia when the Spider-Van is attacked by the Marauders, resulting in a story that's wholly absent of creativity, style, charm, humor, or imagination. The serviceable art gets the job done, but there's nothing punk about this comic in either the writing or the art.

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3
Spider-Punk (2022) #4

Aug 4, 2022

Spider-Punk #4 gives up on any attempts to be punk, edgy, or interesting by shifting into an all-out propaganda piece equating Norman Osborn as a fascist, racist despot with a former U.S President. The writing is poor on every level except the pacing, and the only punk thing about this title is the grungy, underground art style, but just barely.

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Spider-Punk (2022) #5

Sep 15, 2022

Spider-Punk #5 finishes the run as well as could be expected with possibly the strongest issue in the series. The issue-long battle is engaging, and the epilogue ends on a hopeful note. It's not a very good comic, but it's a high point compared to every issue that came before it.

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Spirits Of Vengeance: Spirit Rider (2021) #1

Aug 5, 2021

SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE: SPIRIT RIDER #1 has great art and interesting ideas, but the overblown narration and exposition brought this one-shot down to a snail's pace. Over-explained concepts of esoteric mysticism and a goofy character representation for Johnny Blaze also didn't do this comic any favors.

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8.9
Strange Academy (2020) #7

Jan 26, 2021

Strange Academy #7 is one of those (not so) quiet character studies that adds to a series' main plot with impactful emotion and outstanding character development. Even though the main plot doesn't move much, you come away with a deeper connection and appreciation for these characters and what they're going through, hopefully making the finale that much more meaningful.

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6.5
The Thing (2021) #1

Nov 9, 2021

Final ThoughtsThe Thing #1 is an amusing trip back to the simpler days of the Fantastic Four with an adventure focused on the blue-eyed Thing. The art is great and the writing perfectly captures the character voice of the titular hero. That said, the plot is a jumbled, chaotic mess with events happening at random without reason or explanation.

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The Thing (2021) #2

Dec 15, 2021

The Thing #2 is like a bizarre fever dream from the deep recesses of a deranged child's mind. It's either so esoteric that it escapes the comprehension of the average mortal, or it's a work of pure chaotic insanity. I beg you to read it simply to marvel (no pun intended) at it with your own eyes.

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The Thing (2021) #3

Jan 12, 2022

The Thing #3 forces readers to ask one question over and over again " Why? Why are things happening randomly? Why would the creators believe readers want to know about Ben Grimm's sex life? Why are police showing up instantly to harass our hero when that never happens in real life or any part of the Marvel universe? Why is Reilly's great art put in this book? Why does this series exist? Why?

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3
The Thing (2021) #4

Feb 2, 2022

Bits and PiecesThe Thing #4 challenges your notions of what a comic can be by haphazardly stringing together a random collection of cameos, scenes, and dialog without any sense of flow or structure. This issue is the equivalent of a scrapbook assembled from unrelated magazine clippings. If Mosley manages to stick the landing… any landing… it will be a major miracle.

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5.5
The Thing (2021) #5

Mar 2, 2022

Final ThoughtsThere are no words to adequately capture the tomfoolery going on in The Thing #5. You get a lot of answers to mysterious things happening up to this point, but the answers are more bizarre than you could have guessed. This comic makes about as much sense as a shark attack in an ocean made of cotton candy on the planet Venus. Read at your own peril.

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5
The Thing (2021) #6

Apr 6, 2022

The Thing #6 takes all the nonsense and insanity of the previous five issues and surprisingly wraps it all up in a relatively neat package. The neatness of the conclusion doesn't excuse the awful dialog, the convenient plot contrivances, or the slightly downgraded art, but at least it's done.

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #1

Mar 17, 2021

Final Thoughts:The Trials of Ultraman #1 has good art and good action but is mostly a setup issue to set the stage for the story to come. Shin is portrayed with a wholesome Peter Parker/Spider-Man vibe, and the copious exposition isn't slowed down at all with the brisk pace.

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The Union (2020) #2

Jan 13, 2021

Final ThoughtsThe Union #2 improves significantly over issue #1 by giving the readers a clean, easy-to-follow story that's almost entirely one big fight scene. The art looks great, the battles were energetic, and the pacing was very good. Some of the science behind the final fight was a little too convenient, but overall, the issue told the story it needed to tell and laid the groundwork for the next issue.

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8.5
Thor (2020) #25

May 18, 2022

Thor #25 fills in critical and long-overdue blanks from the main Hulk run with clarity on everything from the Avengers' whereabouts to the oft-referenced El Paso incident. The art is generally good, except for an occasional odd panel with weird facial expressions and body proportions, and there are plenty of wow moments to keep you engaged.

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Thor (2020) #26

Jun 8, 2022

Bits and PiecesThor #26 clarifies the intent of the Banner Of War mini-event by making it as plain as possible – Who would win a fight? Thor or Hulk. There's no deep pathos or emotional depth. This arc is strictly designed to answer that one question and do it with as many fun, entertaining, wow moments as possible. The art's excellent, and the last-page development could lead to interesting developments in the future.

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8
Thunderbolts (2022) #1

Aug 31, 2022

Final Thoughts:Thunderbolts #1 is a surprisingly solid setup issue that brings a new team together under the authority of Mayor Luke Cage. The introductions are well-paced and shown rather than simply told. There are intriguing hints that not every team member is problem-free. And the rationale behind forming a new team makes sense for the story Zub is telling.

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8.5
Thunderbolts (2022) #2

Sep 29, 2022

Thunderbolts #2 adds a new teammate, more mystery, and oodles of potential for a superhero book tinged with solid humor and hard-hitting action (literally). Zub's pacing and dialog are excellent, and the art is great. Barring Hawkeye's depiction as an insecure buffoon, this title continues to show great potential.

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Thunderbolts (2022) #3

Oct 26, 2022

Thunderbolts #3 is a solid story that feels like a repeat of the plot from issues #1 and #2. The issue is well-constructed in its pacing, plotting, dialog, and excellent art, but the series feels like it's not going anywhere.

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7
Thunderbolts (2022) #4

Nov 17, 2022

Thunderbolts #4 finally gets around to introducing a threat that puts the whole team out of commission at the end of the penultimate issue. Hawkeye's dream world is everything he could hope for and more, but the nature, origin, and motivation behind the attack are completely unknown, which is a rough place to start going into a finale.

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7.5
Tiger Division (2022) #1

Nov 2, 2022

Tiger Division #1 is a decent start to an adventure starring Marvel's latest superhero team. The standard plot is elevated by efficient character introductions, a brisk pace, and a fair bit of intrigue going into the cliffhanger.

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Tiger Division (2022) #2

Dec 8, 2022

Tiger Division #2 is a rock-solid superhero adventure comic with a balanced mix of superheroics, character development, intrigue, and mystery. The writing elements are on-point, and the art is top-notch.

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8.5
Timeless (2021) #1

Dec 28, 2021

Timeless #1 is a better-than-average one-shot with great art (despite a small army of artists) and a complete story that fully educates the reading audience on why Kang the Conqueror is the most dangerous villain of all time. I'm not a fan of the hefty cover price but there's a lot to like in this issue, and the last-page teaser is an interesting surprise announcing the advent of a famous character we've not seen in years.

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Way of X (2021) #1

Apr 21, 2021

Way of X #1 is thought-provoking, insightful, and forces the reader to ask all the questions that should have been asked and answered a long time ago. What do people become when the mysteries of life are no more?

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7.5
Way of X (2021) #2

May 20, 2021

Way of X #2 has interesting plot points and reveals a lot of interesting pieces, but there's so much going on in a swirly jumble that you need to have Legion's powers to keep it all straight. The story is still there, but this issue got away from Spurrier a little bit.

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7.5
Way of X (2021) #3

Jun 28, 2021

Way of X #3 takes a soft right turn away from the Onslaught problem to explore the politics of sex and reproduction. While interesting (and occasionally amusing) in isolation, this issue feels more like an aside from the imminent threat building since the first issue.

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Way of X (2021) #4

Jul 13, 2021

Final ThoughtsWay of X #4 is becoming a prime example of storytelling that poses thought-provoking discussion topics, but by not answering the questions in Nightcrawler's mind, the story is beginning to fall flat. The reader doesn't have to agree with the answer, but the main character eventually has to to make a choice about where he's going. Otherwise, the main character, much like this series, starts to go nowhere.

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Way of X (2021) #5

Aug 17, 2021

Bits and PiecesThe “creating a mutant religion” hook has all but disappeared from this series in favor of a corruption arc. While the writing and exceptional art make for engaging storytelling, the big revelations about Onslaught's method of attack could lead to big happenings on Krakoa IF Spurrier follows through. For now, this is a tentative reccomend.

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Werewolf By Night (2020) #4

Jan 26, 2021

Werewolf By Night #4 wraps up the arc, possibly the series, by beating the bad guy, saving the innocents, and letting the villain escape to fight another day. If Marvel wants to continue this series, they've got a lot of rework to do.

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X-Men: Onslaught Revelation (2021) #1

Sep 21, 2021

Final ThoughtsX-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 caps the Way of X storyline with a parable about forgiveness and letting go of hate to cure the rot living inside you. While the narration tries a little too hard to reach biblical proportions, the outcome is thought-provoking, the execution is fascinating, and the art is top-notch. This ending to the Way of X is as strong as the first issue, and the finale sets up a new X-team that's worth keeping an eye on.

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4.5
X-Terminators (2022) #1

Sep 21, 2022

Final Thoughts:X-Terminators #1 has bold art and kinetic action, but the plot makes no sense, and the heroes are written in the same voice as screechy, delinquent middle schoolers.

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3.5
X-Terminators (2022) #2

Oct 26, 2022

X-Terminators #2 is a loud, obnoxious, contrived, pointless mess. The characters' voices don't sound anything like they should, and worse, they all sound like each other. The plot is a series of random happenings, but at least the art's good.

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5
X-Terminators (2022) #3

Dec 1, 2022

X-Terminators #3 defies expectations. It's a comic that's nothing but noise, nonsense, and nattering in the middle of big action. There are no stakes, there's no dramatic tension, and the characters' voices all sound the same. Thankfully (or not), nobody seems to care, so if you want to spend the full cover price for a goof of a comic, this one may just be for you.

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