mrgabehernandez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Weird Science Marvel Comics Reviews: 40
7.4Avg. Review Rating

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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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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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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7.5
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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4
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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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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9
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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9
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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8
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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8
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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8
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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8
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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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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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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7
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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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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8
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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8
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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9
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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7
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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3
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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