Nick Devonald's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comics: The Gathering Reviews: 223
8.3Avg. Review Rating

10
Absolute Carnage (2019) #4

Oct 16, 2019

The issue concludes with the promise of an epic showdown. #5 can’t come soon enough.

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Absolute Carnage (2019) #5

Nov 20, 2019

An unbelievably good conclusion to one of comics most epic events thanks to a perfect collaboration between artist and storyteller. This is an absolute must read. I can’t emphasise enough how good this issue, and whole event, is.

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Absolute Carnage (2019): Avengers #1

Oct 16, 2019

In conclusion all I can say is for completionists only. Had potential but got really lost along the way. I can’t recommend it.

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Absolute Carnage (2019): Weapon Plus #1

Nov 6, 2019

Exactly what it says on the tin, this isn't going to blow anyones minds but is mostly enjoyable, recommended for readers who can't get enough of either Absolute Carnage or Weapon H. It can be bypassed though with no loss for fans not determined to collect them all. But if you only buy one tie-in, I'd recommend this one.

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Absolute Carnage (2019): Captain Marvel #1

Nov 20, 2019

Highly recommended, great art, great storytelling, not essential reading for the main event but if you're going to pick up any of the tie-ins, I would put this one at the top of the pile.

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Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #3

Oct 17, 2019

Not a bad tie-in issue, or series, for that matter, but one for Deadpool fans and completionists only. Those here for the main event can quite happily miss this one.

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Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3

Oct 23, 2019

In conclusion this gives us a look at the chaos engulfing New York which has been skimmed over in the other series, brings back a whole host of characters familiar to readers from Maximum Carnage, and sets things up for an epic battle in Absolute Carnage #5. On the downside there is a lot, a lot, of references to older series that newer readers, or even less well read fans, might find confusing or off putting. Not essential reading, but recommended for more than just completionists. Casual fans of the main series can skip it though without missing out. (This is subject to change since Absolute Carnage #5 hasn’t been released, but I doubt it.)

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Action Journalism #1

May 5, 2020

This first issue deals with an alien armada, the second issue involves mad scientists, this is a series which feels like each issue is going to be even more bonkers than the last. Couple that with art which pays a fantastic tribute to old newspapers, the way the story doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the fantastic homage to old school action stories, this is a great piece of escapism in these trying times.

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Action Journalism #2

May 6, 2020

This all ages comic is sure to appeal to fans of TinTin, or Golden Age comics, as well as being a great bit of escapism which is sorely in demand at this time. It sets out to be an outlandish, fun story, and this is exactly what we get for our money.

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Action Journalism #3

May 7, 2020

Similar to the previous two entries in this series, Action Journalism #3 makes for some great escapism. A worthy tribute to the comics it emulates, this will bring back memories of Golden Age comics for some, or be a good entry for a more modern audience.

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Action Journalism #4

May 14, 2020

Action Journalism has had a consistently good run, a great piece of escapism, a wonderful parody of the golden age comics it emulates while also being a good read in its own rights. As the penultimate issue in the series the only thing that’s lacking is the exposure so that more issues are made. The newspaper design is excellent and the final issue is setup to be as good as the rest of the series.

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Action Journalism #5

May 19, 2020

A good, fun, all-ages series, they’re also reasonably priced and this reviewer would recommend picking up the entire series. Not only are they are modern homage to golden age classics, bordering on spoofing some of the more prolific superheroes, they are a fantastic bit of escapism and will put a smile on any readers face. The art style is clever and helps elevate the entire series.

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Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood #1

Dec 11, 2019

Despite it’s attempts to differentiate it from the crowd of subpar tie ins to the Alien or Predator franchises it misses the mark. Phenomenal artwork is the only reason to pick this comic up. There is potential here, but as a four part series and the first issue missing the mark I have concerns for the rest of the series.

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Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood #2

Jan 15, 2020

Fantastic artwork isn’t enough to save this comic from mediocrity, unlikeable protagonists only carry the story so far. The fight scenes lift the score from last issue but still nothing incredible. I hope the rest of the series proves me wrong and improves, but it needs to be a drastic improvement.

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Alienated #1

Feb 12, 2020

An exciting debut issue. Incredible writing hooks you in, outstanding art pulls you deep inside the comic, the colors bring it all to life and expert lettering makes a complex story readable with ease. A fantastic but subtle look at society and social media, this promises to be a great story. This is a comic that plays to all the strengths of the medium and wouldn’t work nearly as well in a different format.

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Alienated #2

Mar 18, 2020

Only two issues in and I’m already predicting this seriers will end up being one of the greats, and make frequent appearances on ‘best of’ lists. Simon Spurrier’s writing excels as always, Chris Wildgoose’s art is one of the highlights, André May’s colours add a lot to the storytelling. A deep look into the human psyche, each of its character is flawed and human, a commentary on social media and its influences on society, morally grey. There are some great concepts on display here.

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Alienated #3

May 27, 2020

Alienated proves, yet again, what an incredible series this is and is undebatably a must-read comic. The focus on Samantha takes the story in an unexpected but welcome direction, Spurrier manages to tell a story which is emotionally impactful with a conclusion that is genuinely unpredictable. Wildgoose’s art is outstanding as always. Read this comic. You won’t regret it.

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Alienated #4

Jul 7, 2020

Each issue of Alienated has been better than the last, taking the story in unexpected directions and really building on our understanding of the characters. We begin to understand the reasons why each character feels ‘alienated’. This issue covers some dark territory which is rarely addressed head on, but Spurrier does it with a surprising sensitivity towards the subject matter. An incredibly difficult series to describe, it’s a definite must read.

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Alienated #5

Aug 13, 2020

The story being told here is incredible. One of the best coming of age stories ever, an incredible exploration of that moment of becoming an adult, of facing the trauma’s that have defined you and moving past them. It’s also a wonderful exploration of the dangers of teenage emotions, and a clever look at a what if scenario of teens having more power. The art and colours have been as incredible and exciting as the story itself, and there is no doubt that this is one of the best comics in recent years.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Full Circle #1

Oct 23, 2019

If nothing else you owe it to yourself to see what happens when a team of Marvels finest get together. An experiment in story-telling it’s a real treat from cover to cover.

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Angel (2019) #6

Oct 23, 2019

Another great issue, and in this modern age of binging makes me impatient for the next issue to see what happens next. A must for Buffy/Angel fans.

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Angel (2019) #7

Nov 27, 2019

Another great issue of Angel, high standards of writing, art and colors as always. This series is really finding its feet and the pieces are all coming together to recreate the feel of the TV series. A must for old, and new, fans.

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Angel (2019) #8

Dec 18, 2019

The best issue of Angel so far, as each new comic is released there’s an improvement on the one before and like the TV series I think we’ll find this ends up eclipsing it’s parent series of Buffy. Another must have issue, great writing coupled with fantastic art and colors make this an awesome issue and a reminder that the Buffyverse is such a rich playground for these great characters.

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Angel (2019) #9

Feb 25, 2020

Ring of Fire is off to a great start. It's good fun seeing Angel return and learning the new status quo, the introduction of a new character promises a new and interesting dynamic going forward. Angel Investigations has officially been born. The art from Gleb Melnikov and Roman Titov's colors are as outstanding as always and a real highlight of the comic. You need to be reading this comic.

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Angel (2019) #10

Mar 24, 2020

This series has gone from one highlight to another as it progresses, and this issue has some great moments in it. Hill's writing captures the essence of the TV series, right down to the characters banter and the humour throughout. Melnikov and Titov make a fantastic art team and they continue to do an outstanding job, giving the comic a unique and instantly recognisable look. Fans of the Buffyverse will love this series.

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Angel (2019) #11

Jun 23, 2020

This issue is important for getting the characters where they need to be. It's also integral to exploring Angel's past and helping the reader learn a little more about the titular Vampire with a soul, but the issue isn't as fast-paced or as exciting as previous issues are. This issue will read better as part of a collected trade, where the reader can immediately carry on to what promises to be an exciting conclusion to the storyline. The art and colours are as consistently good and stylised as the reader has come to expect from Melnikov and Titov.

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Angel (2019) #12

Jul 22, 2020

An action packed issue, a number of storylines are taking unexpected and interesting steps, it's going to be interesting to see how they resolve. Team Angel feels a lot more fluid and less defined than in the TV series, no-one feels safe or a permanent fixture yet, which adds a sense of danger to the series. Melnikov's art is truly outstanding and has been an excellent match for the series, and this issue has some of his best moments.

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Angel (2019) #13

Aug 25, 2020

As a break between one creative team leaving and another arriving this is the perfect opportunity to dive deeper into Angels past. As a one-shot it also serves as an opportunity for fans who've so far missed out on the comic to pick up an issue and see if it's for them. It's a good fun story, filled with Noir vibes, and hints at events in Angels past. Not essential reading for the larger narrative but a good read nonetheless, fans won't want to miss out.

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Angel (2019) #14

Sep 22, 2020

All in all it's clear that Zac Thompson is the right person to carry this series on. His first issue seamlessly carries on the threads and stories which Hill introduced, while making his own clear mark on Angel's story. It's clear the reverence he has for everything which has already occurred, and it's an exciting time to be an Angel fan. The drastic change in artist may take a bit of getting used to.

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Annihilation - Scourge: Fantastic Four #1

Dec 4, 2019

I look forward to all the characters coming together in Annihation Scourge: Omega. It promises to be quite an issue, and if all the one shots released so far are an indication of quality this is a series that fans of Marvel Cosmic, especially Annihilation events, are going to love.

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Annihilation - Scourge: Omega #1

Dec 18, 2019

I wish Marvel had taken the time to tell this tale properly and give it a bit of space to breathe, as it stands however it's rushed and a big disappointment. Some of the art was really good however, and I enjoyed the fact it gave Nova a big role, but these alone aren't enough to save it from mediocrity.

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Annihilation - Scourge: Beta Ray Bill #1

Dec 11, 2019

Is it an outstanding issue? No, like I mentioned before these one shots are beginning to feel very paint by numbers. Is that a bad thing? Not overly, but holds it back from really standing out for the crowd. Good set up for Annihilation Scourge though, and it was good seeing Beta Ray Bill taking the lead here.

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Annihilation - Scourge: Nova #1

Dec 4, 2019

A real return to form for Richard Rider, an excellent issue in Annihilation Scourge, great art and excellent action scenes promise to make this a winner with fans of Marvels Cosmic.

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Annihilation - Scourge: Silver Surfer #1

Dec 11, 2019

Following the same formula as all the other one shots in this series readers will know what to expect. Considering this is Dan Abnett of Annihilation fame the writing isn't quite as strong as I'd come to expect. Colors really help to bring out Paul Davidson's stunning art which is probably the highlight of this issue.

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Annihilation - Scourge: Alpha #1

Nov 20, 2019

A good set-up promising a series worthy of the Annihilation name, a great threat and excellent line up of heroes promise to make this an event that fans of Marvels Cosmic side won't want to miss.

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Archangel 8 #1

Mar 22, 2020

An incredible debut issue, incredibly violent and deserving of the mature rating, this promises to be a fantastic series. It sets a dark, seedy tone early on and the violence contributes to the moodiness of the work. The art is absolutely gorgeous and establishes AWA as a publisher to be eagerly following.

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Archangel 8 #2

May 3, 2020

Archangel 8 is shaping up to be one of the most stylised comics of the year. This is a phenomenal comic that will appeal to fans of the Punisher or Hellblazer. A rich mythos that begs to be explored, gorgeous artwork which will pull readers in, and an incredible hardboiled story that comes together to produce an outstanding comic. Highly recommended.

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Archangel 8 #3

Jul 7, 2020

Ultra violent angel hitman on the trail of a rogue angel and his demon partner, with a huge body count in their wake? The lovechild of Punisher and Hellblazer? Such an incredible set-up for a comic, and Moreci, Smith and Cortez keep on delivering. The writing, the art, the colours, all are absolutely top notch and demand to be read. This, along with everything else AWA is currently producing, demands to be read. Comic lovers owe it to themselves to be reading this series.

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Archangel 8 #4

Aug 18, 2020

The Punisher meets Hellblazer might not be the most natural of bedfellows but the rich tapestry that Moreci has painted out of this mythology of Angel Hitmen instantly hooks the reader in and pulls them deep into the story. Smith and Cortez are a perfect pairing, although whether they’re a match made in Heaven or thanks to a deal made elsewhere is never clear. Hopefully this penultimate issue isn’t our penultimate entry into this fantastic world.

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Bad Mother (2020) #1

Aug 5, 2020

Another exciting debut issue from AWA studios, the concept is fresh, exciting and unique. With elements of Breaking Bad and Taken, it promises a whirlwind ride for the reader and addictive reading. The biggest criticism to be thrown at it is it’s such compulsive reading the issue feels over too quickly, leaving the reader desperately craving more.

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Bad Mother (2020) #2

Sep 10, 2020

The spiritual successor to Taken and Breaking Bad, the storytelling plays to the strengths of the medium to tell a compulsive and exciting crime thriller. The lengths a mother will go to save their child has been explored plenty before, but having a typical suburban mum as the protagonist is a stroke of genius. Stunning art and colours are just the icing on the cake.

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Bliss (2020) #1

Jun 20, 2020

It’s a surprisingly emotional comic, with excellent writing and a unique and exciting concept at its core. This first issue only just introduces us to the world and the characters and while it’s an excellent and entertaining story it feels like this issue is only setting us up for the larger story. There is a rich mythology that is just begging to be explored. Yarsky’s art brings this story to life and makes the world and characters feel real and alive.

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Bliss (2020) #2

Aug 24, 2020

We get to delve further into this morally grey world, where the lure of Bliss is high, the love of a father for his son outweighing everything else. Lewis’ writing makes for compulsive reading, Yarsky’s art goes a step further than most comics in telling the story, and they’re a fantastic creative team. Stories like this play to all the strengths of the medium in telling a story that wouldn’t work in other formats, and are a great reminder why comics are an excellent medium for telling stories that go beyond the stereotyped superhero tales.

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Bliss (2020) #3

Sep 21, 2020

So, in summary, we’ve got ridiculously complicated and morally grey quandaries, a rich mythology which the reader is just dying to explore more of, all told against the backdrop of one of the more compelling stories to be published this year. The storytelling, the art, it’s a cracking combination and there’s not a single thing to fault in this comic. Every once in a while a comic comes along like this which is truly special, a combination of an incredible idea, brilliant storytelling and collaboration between the writer and artist, it’s not to be missed.

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Books of Magic (2018) #15

Jan 2, 2020

Threats continue to mount against Tim Hunter who is oblivious to most of them. This issue succeeds in building up tension even while not neccessarily progressing the plot very much. This arc promises to be a really good one.

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Books of Magic (2018) #16

Jan 22, 2020

This is another solid entry in the Books of Magic series. The tension continues to build in each issue and the next one promises a reckoning. How will these events shape Tim? Will they tip him towards good or evil? Only time will tell, but I’ll make sure to keep reading each issue to find out.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #9

Nov 6, 2019

Don’t let the sub-par art drag you away from what is a fantastic read and comic series. Hellmouth & Angel are both fantastic, and this is the parent of the Buffyverse.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #10

Dec 4, 2019

Another good issue in a consistently strong run, focusing on characters that have so far been a little neglected it is sure to be a fan pleaser. Things look to be coming to a head in the next issue which promises to be good. As with all issues in the rebooted Buffyverse, highly recommended.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #11

Jan 8, 2020

This issue perfectly sums up my feelings about the Buffy reboot. The writing is spot on, there are some real stand out moments, but the art lets it down again. Which makes scoring this issue a real challenge. Writing? 10/10, no question about it. The art however lets it down. When it shines it's fantastic. When it doesn't it drags the whole comic down, taking me out of the story and stopping me being completely immersed, and on the final page leaving me confused about who the character appearing is.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #12

Feb 5, 2020

The whole series has been building to this issue. Excellent writing, fantastic pacing, great art and colors, the best issue of the series. As the penultimate issue of Hellmouth it manages to build up plenty of excitement while also being a brilliant issue in its own right. Well done to the whole team at Boom! Studios.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #13

Mar 4, 2020

A nice break before the Ring Of Fire story-arc begins in earnest, readers will find themselves warming to Kendra and understanding her better. It's a nice change of pace from the craziness of the Hellmouth event and lets readers have a minute to take a breath. Valero-O'Connell's art is also a nice break from the rest of the series and would be welcome to return later.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #14

May 19, 2020

A really strong issue, by taking the time out to develop our characters and their new status quo it makes for a fantastic issue. Minor tweaks to the formula and an incredible new art team take a good series and elevate it to a fantastic series. There is a real potential to surpass the TV series here.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #15

Jun 30, 2020

Another fantastic issue in a series which is sure to delight Buffy fans, Booms! Buffyverse has so much potential. The biggest problem this series has is its inability to choose and stick with a good artist, a constant switching between different artists, is getting a bit frustrating. That being said Ramon Bachs' does a good job here and won't disappoint anyone with the art. The setup for this seasons big bad has so much potential and will excite readers no end.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #16

Aug 5, 2020

Things are really heating up in Boom!s Buffyverse. It feels like no-one is safe, and it's an incredibly exciting time to be a Buffy fan. The art is amongst the best of the series. No slayer fan will want to miss this issue, or indeed incredible series.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #17

Sep 1, 2020

The kind of issue which is important for furthering the mythology of the series, will delight fans with the introduction of certain characters, and is an all round blast. Filled with the trademark humour of the series it's an incredible issue and has so many implications for the rest of the series. The art from Andrs Genolet & Ral Angulo is excellent and amongst the best team we've had so far in the Buffyverse.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019): Every Generation #1

Jun 2, 2020

A strong, talented creative team has been brought together to craft three brilliant Buffy stories. Where All Paths Lead is important for the role it plays in building up the established mythology of the series, the second story has a great twist and a unique way of looking at slayers, while the third story is full of little nods for seasoned scoobies and is generally a fun story. This is an excellent issue to fill the gap between Buffy releases.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #2

Nov 13, 2019

Another fantastic issue in the rebooted Buffyverse, only two issues into Hellmouth and the stakes are already so high. The excellent storytelling matched by outstanding artwork makes this issue and whole event a must have for Buffy fans new and old.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #3

Dec 11, 2019

The Hellmouth event has been great, this is a fantastic example of comic book events done properly. Writing is spot on, the art is great to the point I’ve found myself stop reading to admire it. The conclusion to this issue is one of the best cliffhangers I've read and I can actually hear Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz's voices in my head in the last few panels.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #4

Jan 15, 2020

The penultimate issue of Hellmouth, the story continues to build and build. I can't wait to see where they go with it next. They manage to capture the feel of the show, the writing is dramatic and art is incredible. This is the highlight of the Buffyverse and I hope these events become a regular staple going forward.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #5

Feb 12, 2020

This issue acts as an excellent season finale for the first year of the Buffyverse. It has everything we’ve come to expect of this reboot and so much more. There’s epic battles, quieter emotional moments, good banter. It’s Buffy at its best. It succeeds in drawing all the different threads together to a satisfactory conclusion while also sowing the seeds for what’s still to come. Fans, both new and old, are going to love this. To say I’m excited for the future of the Buffyverse would be an understatement.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #1

Jul 7, 2020

A great first issue in a miniseries where character is put first and foremost, and events unfold naturally as Willow travels the world in an effort to find her place and recover from the events of Hellmouth, amongst other things. Tamaki makes sure that readers understand this miniseries is going to be important within the larger Buffyverse, and teases events our heroes will be facing shortly. Like everything in Booms! Buffyverse, highly recommened.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #2

Aug 13, 2020

Another excellent issue in Boom!s extended Buffyverse. It's an exciting time to be a Buffy fan, and while it's early days for this Willow mini-series it'll be interesting to see how events here affect the other series, and how it'll all tie in. A well deserved opportunity to spend some time with Willow and learn a little more about her. Buffy fans don't want to miss this.

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Devil's Highway #1

Jun 30, 2020

Yet another series from AWA which manages to establish, with only its debut issue, itself as yet another comic series that must be read. The level of quality from AWA is uncannily good. Benjamin Percy’s writing is phenomenal, it’s character led stories which are real page turners. The skill of the creative team doesn’t end there though, Schoonover’s art and Filardi’s colours make this comic into a real place, with real characters going through natural emotions. The tale of a serial killer who may have inadvertently chosen the wrong victim, and the femme fatale on his tail, promises to be a good one.

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Devil's Highway #2

Aug 13, 2020

An exciting second part in the investigation of the serial killer who murdered Sharons dad, it makes for some compulsive reading. The only thing which matches the quality of the writing is the quality of the art. Yet another incredible comic from AWA studios which readers are sure to lap up.

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Devil's Highway #3

Sep 15, 2020

Schoonover and Percy make an excellent pairing, working together to tell a perfectly crafted tale of serial killers, snakes, conspiracy theories, and a revenge story following one of the most badass protagonists to appear in a comic for a long time. If you haven’t been following along with this series you need to pick up the first couple of issues then this one, you won’t regret it. AWA continue to show the reader that they may be a small publisher but the quality of the stories they keep putting out there makes them one to be watched.

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ET-ER #1

Apr 22, 2020

It’s definitely an interesting premise for a series, with different creators telling their own stories in each subsequent issue. Early days for sure, but this debut issue does a great job of introducing the hospital and staff. McComsey and Pulido make a great team and manage to keep the ideas feeling fresh and increasingly bonkers.The only criticism is that it feels a little safe at times. Definitely worth picking this issue up if only to see where the rest of the series goes.

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FCBD 2020: Spider-Man/Venom #1

Jul 22, 2020

Another excellent FCBD story, it fills in the blanks between Venom #25 & #26, but most importantly it introduces readers to Virus. Fans of Donny Cates run will lap this up, Ryan Stegmans art is incredible as always, and released as a free comic it's a no brainer. Pick this up at your LCS today.

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Firefly (2018) #11

Nov 20, 2019

Fans of Boom! Studios offerings of Firefly so far will continue to enjoy this series. As this is the only continuation we’re likely to get for Firefly I say no power in the ‘Verse will stop me reading them. A few small tweaks to the formula could make this a really fantastic series.

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Firefly (2018) #12

Dec 18, 2019

The story hasn’t necessarily had the impact it should have done. The argument that this is the only way we’re going to get more Firefly probably isn’t the most convincing reason to buy it. Will I keep it on my pull list? Yes, but it’s not something I’m going to rush down to my local comic book shop to pick up.

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Firefly (2018) #13

Jan 22, 2020

The start of a brand new storyline, it shows a lot of promise, and hopefully won’t make the same mistakes the previous storyline did by feeling drawn out towards the end. The new art team do a great job and I can’t wait to see more of their work. Firefly fans won’t be disappointed.

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Firefly (2018) #14

Feb 18, 2020

This issue is a return to form for Firefly fans. Having a new art team for this arc helps to make this feel fresh and new. If this is the new standard going forward fans, new and old, are in for a treat.

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Firefly (2018) #15

Mar 19, 2020

This issue is sure to be a fan pleaser. Greg Pak’s script captures the characters banter really well, Lalit Kumar Sharma and Francesco Segala’s art have really strong Sci-fi/Western vibes which nails Firefly really well. If the Unification War storyline wasn’t quite to your taste I recommend picking up the New Sheriff in the ‘Verse storyline, it’s much closer to the feel of the TV series.

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Firefly (2018) #16

Jun 17, 2020

This issue feels more like filler than substantial story and only serves to highlight the area’s where the comic can’t capture the magic of the shortlived yet well loved TV series. It’s not a bad issue, or series, per se, but it can’t quite achieve the lofty heights of Joss Whedon’s masterpiece. Another change in art team leaves the comic feeling as if it doesn’t have a clear identity. Fans who have stuck in with this series may begin to feel a little disappointed.

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Firefly (2018) #17

Jul 7, 2020

It’s not a bad series but Greg Pak has spent too long with the crew separated, he can’t quite catch Joss Whedon’s magic, and while it’s likely this will be the only return to the Firefly ‘Verse for fans it doesn’t quite live up to the TV series. Pak has shown he can do it though, he gets so much right, but can’t quite seem to pull it all together to produce a comic that lives up to its TV series. It’s a welcome return of Lalit Kumar Sharma who helps to give the Firefly comic its own unique identity.

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Firefly (2018) #18

Jul 31, 2020

While Pak manages to capture the banter between the crew beautifully it’s a shame that he decides to spend so much time not focusing on it, but this issue remedies that slightly by having a larger focus on Kaylee and Jayne. There are a few important moments within this story which promise to have implications going forward for the series. The art from Sharma & Segala help to give this series an incredibly unique, Western meets Sci-fi vibe which is brilliantly recreated from the series.

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Firefly (2018) #19

Aug 18, 2020

Boom!s Firefly has been a bit hit or a miss of late, and the recent storyline has been one of the weaker aspects. This issue turns that around a little, and the conclusion is one of the biggest twists and revelations in the comics history. It’s an incredible moment and is guaranteed to stun readers and puts a different slant on recent events. The art continues to bring the Western meets Sci-Fi vibe to life.

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Firefly (2018): The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1

Jan 8, 2020

Despite appearing to only be a one-shot this is essential reading for the main Firefly storyline. Good fun and nice to focus on Mal for a change but I missed the rest of the crew and I'm looking forward to them getting back together in the main series. My only real gripe is how this issue was set up in Firefly #12, it just didn't feel realistic to me. The change in artists is a welcome change.

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Frankenstein Undone #1

Jan 29, 2020

This looks to be another unmissable chapter within the larger Mignolaverse. This gives us a closer look at Frankenstein, as well as being a surprisingly deep look at what makes a man and what makes a monster. Stenbeck’s art is great as ever and this first issue promises great things to come.

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Frankenstein Undone #2

May 30, 2020

It feels early on in the series to tell where Frankensteins' story will go. As a collected edition it will no doubt read a little more focused and enjoyable, but not a bad comic by any means. The art from Stenbeck and colours from Wagner is one of the highlights of the comic. Frankenstein undone promises to be another important chapter in the larger Mignolaverse which fans won’t want to miss.

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Friday #1

May 6, 2020

Brubakers story and characters are intriguing, the whole post young adult premise is exciting, and there is plenty of mystery to hook the reader into the story. The art is incredibly rich and detailed, and the colours in particular really stand out. The style of the art, more specifically the characters, won’t appeal to everyone, which is a shame since this is an excellent debut issue with plenty of promise for future issues.

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Grendel Kentucky #1

Sep 1, 2020

An intriguing debut issue, while still early days for the mini-series there are enough hooks to keep readers coming back for the next issue. The comic has a unique, audible feel to it, and this extra layer is a nice touch and will leave the reader wondering why more comics don’t make use of the SFX. The writing is evocative of Sons of Anarchy, and the art style is perfectly suited to bringing Grendel to life. Another exciting debut issue from AWA.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) #11

Nov 13, 2019

The future looks bleak for our heroes, and the concluding issue promises to be epic. It’s a shame that building up to that issue has left this issue feeling a bit of a weak link in this run. However the artwork is, as always, stunning, and well worth the price of admission. And this is essential reading for #12 which promises to make up for the weaker aspects of the Faithless storyline.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) #12

Dec 18, 2019

As Donny Cates last issue on Guardians of the Galaxy he really ends it all on a high. Great art, some incredible references back to earlier Cosmic series he’s done, this is going to be a guaranteed fan pleaser. Now all we need is an omnibus containing all of his cosmic work to date.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #1

Jan 22, 2020

An impressive start to a new run from Al Ewing, his obvious knowledge and reverence for everything that’s come before leaves me excited for what’s to come next. Juann Cabal does a great job on art and leaves you no doubt he’ll do excellent whether it’s quieter moments or galaxy sized epic fights. It’s early to say how good this run will be but right now I’m feeling optimistic, and long time fans are sure to love it.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #2

Feb 19, 2020

It’s early days in Ewings run but it already looks set to be an incredible run. Clever storytelling techniques from not just Ewing but Cabal and Blee set this above other runs on Guardians. The best comics have a creative team firing on all cylinders, this one has them collaborating so closely the final product is nothing short of genius. The galaxy is sure to remain safe, it’s our heroes I’m more worried about.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #3

Mar 18, 2020

A slower issue than the first two, we get a chance to see the Guardians dealing with their grief. An extensive art team help tell the story better than Ewings words, which is a deliberate and effective ploy on his part. I’m looking forward to seeing whose still standing in this team once the dust settles.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #4

Jul 15, 2020

If it lives up to its promise this is a run which could rival Dan Abnetts iconic cosmic run.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #5

Aug 5, 2020

Another excellent issue in what promises to be a fantastic run on the Guardians, Al Ewings makes sure to pay homage to all that’s come before, and is reverential of previous material, all the while making his own mark on the iconic team. The art is out of this world, no pun intended, and just as iconic as the original run on Guardians. Don’t miss out on this series.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #1

Jan 2, 2020

This comic is great fun from beginning to end. Hawkeyes narration is filled with plenty of humour and you don’t need to be well versed in the character to follow what’s going on. We’ve got an interesting setup which takes a good look at the corrupt justice system, as well as a mystery to solve in Ronin’s reappearance. Recommended.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #2

Jan 29, 2020

Buy this issue, and the previous one, to see what all the hype is about. Stay, because it’s damn good fun, an interesting story with twists and turns, art that perfectly matches the tone. Plenty of great action, great storytelling, plenty of laughs. I’m excited to see where they take this story in the next issue and how they explain the events of the first two issues.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #3

Feb 12, 2020

The twists and turns keep coming, there are laughs-a-plenty, plenty of cameos from other well known characters, so many reasons to keep coming back issue after issue. The art perfectly matches the tone of the book and makes it an essential if you’re after a good time.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #4

Mar 11, 2020

The gag on the first couple of pages is worth the price of admission alone. The fact that the rest of the issue is just as funny and a good time is an added bonus. One of the funniest comics I’ve ever read. On a parallel earth Matthew Rosenberg’s making his living as a comedian. Otto Schmidt’s art takes the humour, and action packed scenes, to the next level. You won’t stop laughing from the moment you open this comic till the last page. And maybe for a few minutes after as well. The Hawkeye/Ronin plot gets more complicated and convoluted with each issue, and that’s half the fun of it.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #5

May 20, 2020

Another good issue in a pretty damn good Hawkeye series, things are really heating up for the final issue, Rosenberg does a fantastic job building the tension throughout this issue. It’s difficult to know how Barton is going to find his way out of the mess he’s found himself in. This series is likely to go down as one of the best Hawkeye series, and whenever new readers are looking for a Hawkeye series to read this will be an easy recommendation. Hopefully Rosenberg and Schmidt will get the opportunity to return to this character in the future.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #6

Jul 1, 2020

One of the best Hawkeye series in years, it begs for a follow-up series from the same creative team to explore where Clint goes next and what the future holds for him. The story has developed excellently over the six issues, Rosenberg understands what makes Barton great, and has been absolutely hilarious at times. The dark spiral that Clint has undergone throughout the series has made for compulsive reading and this series will not only appeal to Hawkeye fans but to a larger audience as well.

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Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1

Sep 1, 2020

An entertaining story featuring John Constantine, the biggest issues that this issue, and the miniseries at large, face are the comparisons with the ongoing Simon Spurrier Hellblazer. Unfortunately in comparison this series really pales. Released at a different time, without that immediate comparison, it would do better.

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Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: Long Night at Goloski Station #1

Oct 30, 2019

Long night at Goloski station has everything we've come to expect from a Mignolaverse tale, fantastic artwork, a story which will haunt you long after you've put the comic down, each page practically dripping with melancholy.

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Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb #1

Feb 18, 2020

It's nice to return to a classic Hellboy tale. Excellent writing, great art and of course the legendary Dave Stewart on colors make this a tale Hellboy fans won't want to miss. The only criticism I can make is I suspect it will read much better as a complete tale rather than a two-part story. And if that's the onlycriticism I can aim at it then you know you're in for a treat.

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Hellboy: Winter Special: 2019 #1

Jan 15, 2020

A perfect sampler for new readers, the Winter Special is a looked forward to tradition for long time readers to dive back into Hellboys world. Short stories is arguably where Hellboy shines and these three are no exception.

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Hotell #1

Mar 18, 2020

Horror fans are going to love this, and between this and all the other comics releasing this week from AWA Upshot mark this as a publisher to keep an eye on. I’m excited to read the rest of the anthology, which is from the same creative team, and discover more chilling and creepy stories unfolding in the Pierott Courts Hotel.

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Hotell #2

Jun 17, 2020

Another horror filled issue in an anthology series that is sure to appeal to fans of horror. John Lees understands that great horror doesn’t always need to involve monsters and the supernatural, that humanity can be more twisted and scary than anything otherworldly. This second issue suggests there is a bit of an overarching narrative going on here as well and it’ll be interesting to see how the finished anthology reads. Talaji’s art is a good match for the series and Loughbridges colours are fantastic. Horror fans do not want to miss this.

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Hotell #3

Jul 22, 2020

Another excellent tale in the Hotell anthology, Lees’ is a writer to be watched, capturing different horror aspects in each tale and satisfactorily concluding each story. The use of the supernatural is only a backdrop to explore the more human horror stories which Lees knows and used to fully tell the tale. The art and colours have been fantastic throughout the series and help to build up the tension in the story.

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Hotell #4

Aug 18, 2020

An excellent conclusion to an anthology filled with vastly different horror stories, John Lees’ manages to not only tell an exciting stand alone story he also manages to tie it all together to tell a cohesive, larger tale. Hopefully this won’t be our last visit to the Pierot Courts Hotel. Having the same creative team across the anthology has worked well for the larger story telling aspects, and the art from Dalibor Talaji has been a great fit for the horror stories which Lees’ has been telling. Horror fans won’t be disappointed with either this issue, or the anthology as a whole.

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House of Whispers (2018) #17

Jan 8, 2020

This issue looks to be getting ready to tie up a lot of threads from earlier issues and I look forward to seeing where it all goes. I’m enjoying the fact that things are rarely what they same and more often than not taken unexpected directions. Another strong addition in the world of The Sandman Universe.

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Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Ghosts #1

Mar 9, 2020

This is sure to appeal to horror fans. Fans of the original Jim Henson’s The storyteller won’t be disappointed, but it’s equally accessible if you’ve never come across the original. The tale is tragic and haunting, it delivers everything you could want from it. If the rest of this anthology turns out as good as this debut issue this series will be a must have.

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Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Ghosts #2

May 19, 2020

While we might only be two issues into our four part anthology both have been quite entertaining and different reads. Fans of Jim Henson’s Storyteller are sure to enjoy these stories, and if the quality continues then it promises good things to come. What’s most impressive about this issue is the fact that Jennifer Rostowsky managed to write, draw and colour it. The way that the readers expectations of a ghost story are flipped around to tell a totally different, but equally entertaining story, makes it feel fresh and exciting.

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Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Ghosts #3

Jun 30, 2020

The story and the art come together to tell a satisfactory tale. Another great addition to The Storyteller anthology, the nature of the tales meaning the reader can dip in and out of the stories as they choose. Having each tale written and drawn by the same person has been a nice touch. This story, and anthology series as a whole, will appeal to fans of ghost stories, especially as the stories are never typical and manage to evoke a chill down the readers spine.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Nov 27, 2019

I can’t rave enough about what a good issue this is. I don’t think I realised how much I needed this series until I started reading it. If this is the standard from DC’s Black Label I think we’re in for a real treat. I am so excited for the future of John Constantine. If I could award more than 10/10 I wouldn’t hesitate. I can’t remember the last time I read a #1 and felt this excited about what’s to come.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

Dec 18, 2019

I can’t fault anything in this new Hellblazer series, the writing, art, colors, all top notch. The stories interesting, taking unexpected turns, the supporting cast come alive on the page fully formed, this is comic books at their absolute best.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #3

Jan 22, 2020

The third issue cements any doubts that this series is something special. An incredible pairing of writer, artist and colorist make this comic one of the best on the shelves at the moment. Simon Spurriers got such a good grasp of what makes John Constantine so great and has populated his world with characters who feel so real they practically jump off the page. Aaron Campbell manages to bring Constantines London to life in the most incredible way. Jordie Bellaires colors have to be amongst the best in the industry and really atmospheric. This is the comic I look forward to most month after month.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #4

Feb 26, 2020

Brilliant new tone for this two-parter, Simon Spurrier’s writing will have you in stitches, Matías Bergara’s art sets the tone and helps with the humour, and Jordie Bellaire’s colours is the visual glue which holds it all together. A perfect jumping on point for new readers. This run on Hellblazer is definitely shaping up to be one of the best and most memorable. Simon Spurrier was born to write this series.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #5

Mar 25, 2020

Tonally very different from the storyarc that came before, this has been a lighter and funnier storyarc. Changing artists to reflect the differences is a stroke of genius. The Hellblazer world and mythos continues to expand. Spurrier manages to take our expectations and still shock us with twists and turns. Bergara’s art compliments the tone. A satisfactory end to the Scrubbing Up storyline, this is a series that readers will look forward to week after week.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #6

Jun 2, 2020

An incredibly powerful comic, incredible writing, and current global events make it resonate incredibly strongly. If you haven’t been reading this run on Hellblazer do yourself a favour and go pick it up at once. You won’t regret it. The writing, the art, the colours, all three are out of this world.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #7

Jun 23, 2020

Yet another outstanding issue, it’s dark and seedy, a character study into a twisted man and the effects of isolation. The art brings Constantine’s London to life in a way which not many comics can achieve. With these seven issues Spurrier establishes himself as one of the great Hellblazer writers, easily on the same level as Delano or Ennis.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #8

Jul 29, 2020

Each subsequent issue takes us deeper into the seedier elements of John’s London, the human psyche, and the depravities that people do to each other. The supernatural elements allow Spurrier to tell the story he wants, but each story is very human and grounded in reality. One of, if not THE, best ongoing series of 2020. Do yourself a favour and pick this comic up now.

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John Constantine: Hellblazer #9

Aug 25, 2020

Hellblazer is THE BEST ongoing series out there, not renewing it after issue 12 is a travesty. Pick this comic up now, it’ll stand the test of time and will be remembered as one of, if not THE, best runs on Hellblazer. Tell your friends to buy a copy, buy an extra copy for them. Will it be enough to convince DC to carry this series on? Who knows, but a series which is consistently number one on comic book round up deserves an opportunity to prove itself. A different tone than previous issues, its still everything which is excellent about Hellblazer.

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Locke & Key: Dog Days #1

Nov 6, 2019

Dog Days is a welcome return to the Keyhouse, a joy to read, with the promise of more to come.

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Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1

Aug 25, 2020

The fact that it's Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez returning to the fantastic world of Locke & Key should be enough to sell this comic. Not only is it always a delight to return to the world of Keyhouse, but it's also an excellent story which draws the reader back into the world of Locke & Key. While the fact it's also an important part of the setup for the upcoming crossover with Sandman is an added bonus, the excellent writing and art are the real attraction here. And for fans of Sandman who've never picked up an issue of Locke & Key before this is a great starting point, a stand alone adventure which is sure to paint enough background to enjoy and appreciate the crossover.

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Lonely Receiver #1

Sep 1, 2020

There are some incredibly creative concepts on show here, Zac Thompson feels like he has an important message to tell about humanities unhealthy relationship with technology and using a literal relationship with technology is an inspired way to look at it. It's still incredibly early days for the comic and it's difficult to tell where the series will go from here. Jen Hickman does an amazing job with the art, bringing these fantastical elements to life and managing to portray an adult relationship incredibly well.

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Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #1

Mar 4, 2020

An intriguing tale, unfolding at its own pace and never feeling rushed, Mercy #1 introduces readers to a world steeped in gothic horror. While providing plenty of questions and no answers yet gives us a compelling reason to keep reading. The atmosphere this comic creates is fantastic. It’s all the more impressive when you consider how hard Andolfo must have worked to not only write but draw the tale. Fans of gothic horror will not want to miss this.

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Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #2

May 27, 2020

While it doesn’t feel like any of the mysteries are any closer to being solved than they were after the first issue it’s an entertaining read which keeps the reader intrigued enough to want to return to further explore Lady Hellaine and the town of Woodsburgh. The overall effect is an intriguing otherworldly gothic tale that sucks the reader deep into the story. The art is fantastic and some of the creations contained within are sure to stick in the readers' memories long after they have put the issue down.

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Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #3

Jul 29, 2020

The pieces are slowly coming together to reveal the picture and the reader is beginning to get an idea of what’s going on in Mercy. Mirka Andolfo’s storytelling techniques feel fresh and exciting, and it’ll be interesting to see how this story develops and what the future holds for it. The art is extraordinary and a real strength of the comic.

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Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #4

Jul 29, 2020

The strongest issue yet, filled with plenty of revelations to keep readers hooked and on the edge of their seat, Mirka Andolfo makes sure to fill it with just as many twists and turns while introducing a number of new mysteries. Where this story will end up remains to be seen, but hopefully it’ll continue on past the six issues originally planned for it, or future mini-series can be told in this universe she’s created. Even with answers being more forthcoming it feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface of the rich mythology that Andolfo has created here. The art is absolutely stunning and each page is beautiful.

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Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #5

Aug 25, 2020

A uniquely dark and otherworldly fairytale, each issue gets better and better, and expectations are incredibly high for the conclusion to this series. Readers will be in awe of Mirka Andolfo’s storytelling capabilities, watching her bring her story to life through the brilliant and vivid art.

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Monstress #25

Jan 29, 2020

We have such complex characters, with different motivations and goals, that are all so well rounded. A complex and well thought out world. I can’t heap enough praise onto this series. And while this is only the first issue in this next 6 issue arc and spends a lot of time setting up what our various characters are up to it’s absolutely captivating from beginning to end, and the 30 pages are over before you know it. Epic in a way no other comic comes close to, fantastic art and storytelling, you need to be reading this series.

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Monstress #26

Feb 25, 2020

Every issue of this series is incredible and this one is no different. If you’ve been reading this series from the beginning there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll be picking this one up. If you’ve heard good things and are on the fence about picking it up? Do, but don’t start reading here. Go back to the beginning. You won’t regret it. Fantastical world building alongside outstanding art makes this one of the best ongoing comics on the market. More than worthy of all the awards it’s won.

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Monstress #27

Mar 24, 2020

This comic truly transcends the borders of storytelling, it’s such an incredibly well realised, engrossing and epic story that anyone who picks it up, regardless of their feelings towards comics, will find themselves sucked into it. It’s impossible not to care about Maika and her plight, worrying after Kippa in all her naivety, desperate to understand the mysteries at play. In ten years time this will continue to frequently appear on best of lists.

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Monstress #28

Jun 23, 2020

The scope of the world and the plot in Monstress is truly incredible. The worldbuilding and storytelling is on a whole other level, it elevates it above most comics to a level usually reserved for the most epic of fantasy novels. The art is truly spectacular and is just as intricately crafted as the outstanding story. Liu manages to get the balance right with constantly drip feeding the reader new answers even while introducing yet more questions and mysteries. It doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war, rather it embraces it with the storytelling. A truly epic story.

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Monstress #29

Jul 22, 2020

Another incredible issue in one of the best ongoing comic series bar none. This reviewer can’t heap enough praise on this series, it’s an absolute must read. This issue explores the harsh reality of war in all of its excruciating brutality, making for some chilling moments. It feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface of the tale being told here, which hopefully means it’ll be coming for many years to come. As always the art is so intricate and beautiful, it’s truly breathtaking, even when the subject matter is so violent.

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Nebula (2020) #1

Feb 11, 2020

The final panel employs such a tired storytelling trope it lets down the clever and imaginative story up until that point. Looking past that, if Vita Ayala’s writing continues these otherwise high standards, with Claire Roe and Mike Spicer on art duties, fans of Marvels Cosmic comics are in for a treat. I’m enjoying how Marvel are putting the spotlight on some of their lesser cosmic characters at the moment and I hope the trend continues. We're getting a return to the heights of Dan Abnett and Andy Lannings cosmic run and I hope this trend continues.

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Nebula (2020) #2

Mar 11, 2020

Plenty of promise in this series, I’m interested to see where they take Nebula, and how she’ll have grown and changed once she regains her memories. I love the concept of the All-Seer system and I’m intrigued what that will end up looking like once Nebula remembers again.

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No One's Rose #1

Feb 29, 2020

A densely packed issue which draws the reader deep into its Solar Punk world, its themes and ideas are sure to linger on the mind long after you’ve put the comic down. A breath of fresh air in a world which feels increasingly pessimistic about the future. Some much-needed hope. Brilliantly brought to life by Alburquerque’s art and Raúl Angulo’s colours. Highly recommended.

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No One's Rose #2

Jun 10, 2020

An already important and relevant comic thanks to recent events it feels even more so now. A futuristic Solar-Punk story filled with the kind of moral ambiguity that makes for fantastic reading and will leave the reader pondering the themes and concepts long after they’ve finished reading. A great artist and colourist bring the world in all it’s natural, complex, futuristic details. Highly recommended.

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No One's Rose #3

Jul 7, 2020

It’s still too early to tell where this Solar-Punk tale will take us, and while Thompson & Horn have a clear message to tell, and dire warning for the future, it also makes for an entertaining story as well. Their vision of the future is well realised and beautifully brought to life by Alburquerque. A morally grey tale which has divided two siblings and has readers unsure who to root for. A highly recommended read.

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No One's Rose #4

Aug 18, 2020

Another densely packed issue which asks questions that the reader will be sure to ponder long after they’ve put the comic down. It’s a very unique take on the typical post-apocalyptic story that comic readers get. On one level it’s a cracking adventure filled with political unrest, on another it has important themes delving into the importance of living in harmony with nature. Alburquerque manages to bring this world to life so well it could conceivably be a possible fate for humanity in their far future.

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Old Haunts #1

Apr 22, 2020

A stylistic, cinematic tale of gangsters haunted by their past decisions, it’s unclear whether the intense writing or stunning art which is a highlight of the issue. This is an excellent example of a fantastic collaboration between the entire creative team to produce a chilling debut issue in another excellent offering from AWA studios. A highly recommended new series.

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Old Haunts #2

Jul 7, 2020

Just over halfway through the year and Old Haunts looks set to be THE most stylish comic out there thanks to Campbells incredible art and the outstanding colours from Loughbridge. The blend of Gangster story and supernatural haunting from Masters & Williams promise to make for interesting bedfellows. Yet another comic from AWA that demands to be read.

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Old Haunts #3

Aug 13, 2020

A well written script makes for compulsive reading, Williams and Masters understand the value of show not tell. This series has some of the most stylised art and colours in a comic, period, making this a comic that readers can get lost in, losing time appreciating the phenomenal pairing of Campbell and Masters. All the disparate threads promise to come together for a reckoning, but the reader is still in the dark about how that’ll occur.

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Old Haunts #4

Sep 15, 2020

A gangster movie in the veins of Scorsese, throw in some large dashes of the supernatural and three old men slowly unravelling, an inspired choice of artist and colourist, and the final result is one of the more stylish comics currently on the market. Each cinematic panel looks absolutely gorgeous, the writing is excellent, don’t miss this comic. And if you haven’t been following along makes sure to get down to your Local Comic Shop and pick them all up, you don’t want to miss this train.

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Our Encounters with Evil #1

Nov 13, 2019

A good fun throwback to classic Hammer movies, fans of Mignola or Mr. Higgins Comes Home will love this. Thrilling and exciting the art style won't be to everyone's liking but give it a try. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy the art by the time you finish the book.

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Outlawed (2020) #1

Mar 19, 2020

An essential read for fans of teen superheroes, the start of the Outlawed event won’t want to be missed by anyone. Doesn’t have the biggest appeal if you aren’t reading one of their ongoing series though. A good springboard for the newest Champions series. The art is good and draws you deep into the action. I would have preferred a bit more ambiguity when it comes to the question of whether the teens should be allowed to operate as heroes.

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Punisher: Soviet #1

Nov 13, 2019

Punisher’s greatest storyteller is back, and it’s like he’s never been away. Frank Castle is as brutal, relentless, and methodical as ever. Sensational art throughout reminiscent of the late and great Steve Dillon is just one of many reasons to head out to your comic book shop and buy this now.

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Punisher: Soviet #2

Dec 11, 2019

It’s Garth Ennis writing Punisher Max and really that’s all you need to know. It’s great, as good as anything he’s done in the past, and the juxtaposition between Castle and Stepanovich promises to make fun reading as well as an interesting look into Franks personality.

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Punisher: Soviet #3

Jan 2, 2020

This issue is classic Garth Ennis and contains echoes of a lot of his previous work. It contains some strong images, is definitely not for the faint of heart, but is great none the less. It earns its explicit content warning on the front cover. It fills in the missing blanks and sets in motion events for the rest of the series. Castle and Stepanovich promise to be a great team up. Ennis fans will not be disappointed.

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Punisher: Soviet #4

Feb 26, 2020

One of Garth Ennis’ best runs on Punisher, ‘nuff said. By making Castle part of a duo rather than a singular driving force, having interesting antagonists, help to elevate this above Ennis’ other incredible works on the Punisher. This series is a must have. Best part is the Soviet storyline is very standalone from all the other works on the Punisher. The art is great throughout and the entire art team of Burrows, Ortego and Woodard deserve recognition for the great work they do here.

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Punisher: Soviet #5

Mar 11, 2020

One of the best Punisher series in years, the fact it’s Garth Ennis and under the MAX label just reinforce this is how Punisher stories should be told. Art and colours which live up to the high standard of Ennis’ plotting and storytelling, furthering the plot, make Punisher: Soviet a must read series. As the penultimate issue all the pieces are in place for an all out bloody and violent finale.

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Punisher: Soviet #6

Mar 24, 2020

A fantastic addition to the Punisher MAX series, Garth Ennis’ involvement always guaranteed it would be worth reading, but this is a real gem. A great conclusion to a fantastic series. It took a lot of Punisher tropes and turns them on their head. It’s also stand alone so a great introduction to the character for new readers. The art team have done a fantastic job here. Highly recommended.

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Ravencroft #1

Jan 29, 2020

This series hasn’t taken off running like I expected following the one-shots. There are still a number of mysteries to be solved, with no sign of resolution yet, I only hope they start providing answers soon to hold our interest.

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Ravencroft #2

Feb 26, 2020

While this issue goes some way to resolving a number of the problems I had with the Ravencroft series and one-shots it still doesn’t do enough to lift it above mediocre. I’m remaining hopeful that as it progresses this may change but as it stands I’m finding it hard to be overly invested in it.

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Ravencroft #3

Mar 25, 2020

Good art is unfortunately not enough to elevate the lazy writing. Twists and turns, shock reveals, don’t make a good comic. The rest of the writing needs to be of a high standard as well. It’s a shame the effort that’s gone into plotting these twists doesn’t extend beyond that. If things don’t improve soon this series is sure to lose readers.

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Ravencroft #5

Jul 1, 2020

A disappointing conclusion to a disappointing series. Despite attempting to convince readers of its importance to the overall Knull storyline, it doesn’t read as essential reading rather just Marvel being greedy and trying to make the most money out of Cates’ excellent run on Venom and Absolute Carnage. The great art isn’t enough to recommend this comic.

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Red Border #1

Mar 22, 2020

The weakest of the four releases from AWA studios it suffers more for the comparison with the rest of that incredible line-up. Not a bad comic though, it’s taking its time to get going with main characters that the reader is, so far, indifferent to. It won’t be until the next issue drops that it’ll be clear whether this mini-series will be good or not. Good art and colours help to elevate it above being just average.

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Red Border #2

Jun 23, 2020

The plot and overall story feel a little disjointed and unclear to what story is being told. The art is absolutely incredible, and while it might not be quite enough to justify the cost of entry it makes the price of entry a little more palatable because of how good it is.

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Red Border #3

Jul 14, 2020

Despite an incredible art pairing of Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes the poor story makes this comic difficult to recommend. The only one of AWA’s offerings which hasn’t been fantastic, perhaps the high bar set by the other series only highlights this one’s weaknesses. The indecision with the story being told and genre of the tale, coupled with a leading couple that the reader doesn’t root for, leaves this comic a little disappointing. With a little bit of work this could have been a good comic, unfortunately it falls a little short. With only one issue left it looks unlikely to be turned around.

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Red Border #4

Aug 25, 2020

The concluding issue is one probably the strongest issue but it isn’t enough to remedy the mistakes this series has made. Main characters who the reader doesn’t overly sympathise with, and a story which can’t quite decide if its a full on horror or action story, and doesn’t manage to succeed at either. AWAs only weak entry in an otherwise stellar line up.

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Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

Dec 18, 2019

Donny Cates' bonus story at the end makes this worth the price of admission. It's fortunate then that Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider is a great story, helped by stunning art. I look forward to the next part of this story. Following the initial Cosmic Ghost Rider run we’ve needed a good solo story featuring him and I think this could be it.

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Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #2

Jan 15, 2020

Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum proves he’s got what it takes to carry Cosmic Ghost Riders reigns. Scott Hepburn and Antonio Fabela bring that vision to life. Put your sanity away and dive deep into this bonkers tale.

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Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #3

Feb 19, 2020

Hepburns art is perfectly suited for drawing both the manic moments and the quieter (that’s quiet-ER moments, not quiet) and is an excellent fit. Antonio Fabela’s colors accentuate the artwork and take it to a whole new level. I’m excited to read the next issue and see what’s coming next.

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Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #4

Mar 25, 2020

Fans of Cosmic Ghost Rider won’t want to miss this, Hallum understands the character really well, and throws enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. And somehow he still manages to catch us by surprise regularly. Hepburn’s art is as insane as our main protagonist. Highly recommended comic, it won’t just appeal to fans of Cosmic Ghost Rider, or Marvels Cosmic stories, it’s so well told it’ll appeal to comic fans in general.

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Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #5

Jun 3, 2020

This mini-series feels more like it’s setting up a new status quo for Frank Castle's future as the Cosmic Ghost Rider, with new enemies out there to thwart and challenge him. Unfortunately the current uncertainty in the comics industry makes his future seem a little precarious. Without having the most definitive of endings and no major shocks for the reader leaves this concluding issue not quite living up to the high standards which have been set by previous entries in the series. Worth getting if only to see how the story ends and for the implications for the character in the future.

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Rogue Planet #1

May 6, 2020

While only the debut issue in this story it does a great job of introducing the crew, the rogue planet, and the basic premise. The Cortés has a Nostromo flavour to it which helps settle the reader into the story, and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

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Rogue Planet #2

Jun 24, 2020

A little too much story is getting thrown in and it ends up overwhelming the reader and detracting from the overall enjoyment. Whether the storylines will converge or stay separate remains to be seen, but it might have worked better as two separate comics, not one combined one. The horror elements and tension are still there, and being an amalgamation of dozens of sci-fi horror tropes is still working well, but it isn’t quite living up to the promise of the first issue.

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Ruins Of Ravencroft: Dracula #1

Jan 22, 2020

These three one-shots have left me intrigued to see where the Ravencroft series is going. The line-up of characters seems a bit random at time and hopefully an explanation will be forthcoming in the ongoing Ravencroft series. The art has been good throughout. If the goal of these one-shots has been to get people excited for the Ravencroft series then they've succeeded.

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Ruins Of Ravencroft: Carnage #1

Jan 8, 2020

For fans of Absolute Carnage, and horror, this issue will go down well. Where the story goes remains to be seen but I’ll be sure to pick them up. Great and distinctive art between the two artists is a real highlight.

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Ruins Of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1

Jan 15, 2020

Using some clever techniques we get a continuation of the modern day Ravencroft story, as well as delving into a hidden story from Marvel history. A good horror story, I'm still not convinced on the line up of characters in the modern story. The art's good and I look forward to next weeks concluding issue.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #1

Nov 27, 2019

A promising start, if nothing outstanding, to a new series. Time will tell whether it’ll be good or simply a cash in on Venoms success, in the meantime good art and colors make it worth picking up. I have high hopes though.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #2

Dec 18, 2019

This has all the potential to be a great series going forward, I’m really enjoying the fact we’re getting a bit of time to delve into the horror aspects of the Marvel universe. The art really is exceptional and makes this comic stand out in a sea of well-drawn comics.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #3

Jan 29, 2020

Chapman has managed to bring some brand new aspects of symbiote mythology into play, while still managing to keep it feeling faithful to everything that’s come before. There are still lots of mysteries waiting to unfold and I have no idea where most of it’s going but I’m excited to find out. With Brown & Mooneyham on art it’s guaranteed, wherever the story goes, to be a real stand out in the horror genre.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #4

Feb 26, 2020

This horror themed series has been a fantastic spin off from the events of Absolute Carnage. I’m excited to see where the future takes us and how this will tie into the inevitable event when Knull makes his way to earth. It’s difficult to choose which part of the story I’m enjoying most, the writing or the art. Both are brilliant and make this a must read for fans of Marvels symbiotes, especially Venom fans.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #5

Mar 25, 2020

This issue doesn’t quite live up to the epic conclusion of this arc that many will be expecting. It plays it a lot safer in terms of the storytelling and the art, which is disappointing as it had been regularly pushing the envelope out on both until now. Not bad by any stretch, just not reaching the same quality previous issues have. The future of this comic looks great however and I’ll still be recommending it as a whole.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #6

Jun 3, 2020

A great setup for the next big Scream storyarc, it promises great things to come. New villains for Scream to face, new characters for her to befriend, the police slowly circling closer to learning Andi’s alterego, Chapman has plenty of plates spinning with lots to look forward to. The inclusion of The Punisher and Sandman works pretty well overall and the oversized issue makes great use of the extra pages it has to pace the story well. Chris Mooneyhams art remains a highlight of this exciting horror series.

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Silver Surfer: Black #5

Oct 30, 2019

This comic is filled with imagery that goes beyond the stunning art and terrific colours. This is light versus dark. Birth, death and rebirth. There is a poetry in Cates’ writing on show here. The artwork augments this and raises it above just a comic book. This isn’t just a comic. This is Art. And in case you worry this takes away from the comic it doesn’t. This is a comic that NEEDS to be read. And Donny? I think Stan would be proud of this comic.

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Spider-Man (2019) #2

Oct 16, 2019

These first two issues have been enjoyable reads. It almost feels too early on to say how good this series will be yet, too many unknowns, but if it carries on the way the first two issues did readers will be in for a treat.

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Stealth #1

Mar 9, 2020

This is a very promising start to a new series. I really hope the rest of the series lives up to expectations, and if they do this could very well be called a classic several years down the line. Not only tackling sensitive issues but making them the focus of the story is a brilliant move. I’m excited to see what comes next. Costa works really well with Bellegarde and Bonvillain to tell an exciting and fresh superhero story.

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Stealth #2

Jun 10, 2020

Stealth is a unique concept that doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matters. In a genre already saturated with superheroes, Stealth manages to find it’s own niche to fill and if the quality continues this is sure to be a recurring character for Image. Brilliant artwork helps bring the more emotional aspects of the story to life. An exciting read which is highly recommended.

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Stealth #3

Jul 7, 2020

Stealth continues to take a unique look into the effects of Alzheimer’s, both on the victim themselves and their loved ones, and the more dangerous implications that this can have. Setting this against a superhero story is a clever storytelling technique, and is an excellent opportunity to look at the real life effects of mental illness against a completely different backdrop than we’d usually see it. While there isn’t quite as much emphasis on this as in previous issue’s it’s still a great story and has much promise for the rest of the series. The art from Bellegarde and colours from Tamra Bonvillain are as consistently good as they have been in prior issues.

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Stealth #4

Aug 13, 2020

While this issue focuses a little less on Daniels declining mental state and a little more on all of the other storylines it’s cleverly done and doesn’t feel like the dementia storyline is taking a back seat, rather it’s just allowing the other storylines a chance to breath. The art and colours continue to be good. A unique and interesting way to look at mental health through a superhero story, this is a comic you won’t regret picking up.

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Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1

Jan 8, 2020

For die hard fans only, those fans looking for a bit more Stranger Things won’t necessarily get what they’re after here. Not to say this is a bad comic, it’s enjoyable, it just doesn’t have the same allure the TV series does. It suffers from the same problems all tie-in comics do.

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Stranger Things: Into the Fire #2

Feb 13, 2020

The art and colors are well done, some clever storytelling techniques are used. On paper this should be a great comic. The biggest problem it has is tying it into Stranger Things. It can’t capture the eighties movie vibe that the series does so well and as such will only appeal to the superfans. Unlike a lot of tv tie ins this won’t appeal to the masses more just the zealots.

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Sweet Heart #1

Jan 22, 2020

This is something horror fans are not going to want to miss. An adult fairy-tale, one of the only genuinely scary horror comics I’ve read, this is a must read for horror fans.

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Sweet Heart #2

Apr 5, 2020

This comic works incredibly well as a metaphor for chronic illness, dealing with the emotions and impact on the victim, the alienation from peers, the struggles of family. It’s incredibly effective and well done. Also, it’s an entertaining story in its own right. The art and colours are a good match to the tale being told. All in all a good comic where you can’t help but be sympathetic towards Maddie.

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Sweet Heart #3

Apr 13, 2020

A genuinely scary comic, charting the seemingly futile struggles against an enemy which can’t be defeated only kept at bay, this comic works on many levels. One of the most chilling comics you’ll read, and some of the themes and concepts will linger on after you’ve finished reading. It should be praised for its mature approach to tackling complex issues surrounding illness and the various stigmas attached to it. The art fits the comic brilliantly and makes this a really great comic for horror fans. But it also works equally well for comic fans either suffering chronic illness themselves, or who have loved ones who endure similar suffering.

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Sweet Heart #4

Apr 20, 2020

Sweet Heart deserves to be recognised as one of the few comics that manages to be truly horrifying. At times that is due to the nature of the monsters in the story, the chronic illness metaphor given flesh. While at other times it works because of the suffering that illness brings to everyone it touches, the desperate measures and lasting effects. And it works because, at its core, this is an incredibly human story.

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Sweet Heart #5

Apr 28, 2020

A fantastic conclusion to an excellent series, this is sure to hit the mark with readers suffering from chronic illnesses. A surprisingly emotional and hard-hitting final issue, it shows the way the stories adapted as the series has progressed, from a full on horror into something much more poignant. The overwhelming message coming away from this comic is one of hope, and it is incredibly well done and affecting. A highly recommended series.

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Tales from the Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death #1

Sep 16, 2020

While this may only be the intro to this latest mini-series it's good fun and sure to delight fans of The Umbrella Academy. Klaus is one of the funnier characters in the series and putting him into the spotlight is an excellent decision. I.N.J. Culbard does a great job with the art, capturing the feel of Ba's Umbrella Academy without feeling like he's just imitating him. An excellent first issue, whether a seasoned fan or new to the series there's something for everyone here.

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The Boys: Dear Becky #1

Jun 3, 2020

A slower paced issue eases us gently back into the world of The Boys, the backdrop of two mates having a pint works well to reintroduce the world and the changes that have occurred over the fictional last twelve years. Having Garth Ennis reunited with the rest of the creative team from The Boys helps it feel familiar to the reader and like there hasn’t been such a long hiatus between issues. When the violence comes it’s extreme and most definitely not for the faint-hearted. This is Ennis at his most brutal and cynical, and it’s a welcome return to the dark world of The Boys.

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The Boys: Dear Becky #2

Jun 30, 2020

It’s a welcome return to the dark world of The Boys. It’s a look at Butchers descent into madness and the long lasting effects of the trauma that Wee Hughie endured. It’s darkly hilarious and feels like catching up with that old friend, where no matter the length of absence the years fall away and it’s like you’ve never been away. Fans of Garth Ennis will lap this up, as will fans of The Boys, and it works as an introduction to this world if you haven’t had the pleasure.

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The Crow: Lethe #1

Mar 4, 2020

This is an interesting first issue, introducing a number of interesting characters, a twist on the familiar crow story, a mysterious villain. I enjoyed Kyriazis’s art and Mae Hao’s colours. The issue felt over really quickly, it could almost have done with being slightly longer to get the story really flowing, but otherwise I would recommend it. Fans of the Crow franchise are sure to enjoy this for the twists on the more familiar tropes.

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The Crow: Lethe #2

Jun 17, 2020

While the first two issues manage to cram a lot of story in Steeley manages to make them not feel too dense and keep the story character driven. Next months concluding issue has a lot to try and fit in though so time will tell whether he manages this trick. An interesting take on the Crow mythos it manages to make this series stand out amongst others. The art is a good fit for the story, sudden acts of violence come out of the blue and are impactful for the way they’re drawn. Crow fans will lap up this story for the subtle differences it makes.

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The Dreaming (2018) #17

Jan 2, 2020

Another great issue, making this series another great issue in the Sandman Universe. The characterisation has been fantastic and I love seeing where the characters are going, even if it does seem to be to new depths. While everything seems to be coming to a head it’s difficult to know where it’s going to go and what will happen next. And it’s this mystery, this unknown, which helps bring me back issue after issue to find out what’s coming.

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The Man Who Effed Up Time #1

Feb 5, 2020

A great first issue which pulls us deep into the mystery, it’s great fun, and the end of the issue brings home the stakes at play for our main character. Good art throughout helps to bring home how absurd and insane this issue is and keeps it entertaining. This is a series I look forward to following.

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The Man Who Effed Up Time #2

Mar 9, 2020

A fun read, I look forward to finding out where the series goes next. Unashamedly just trying to have a good time, this is exactly what we get. The art team makes these alternate timelines believable, the mysteries and intrigue keep us coming back.

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The Man Who Effed Up Time #3

Jun 17, 2020

Carrying on the high standards the first two issues set this third issue continues to surprise readers with numerous twist in an insane time-travelling storyline. It carries on being a fun read and is sure to appeal to readers who love bonkers stories with different timelines being intertwined.

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The Man Who Effed Up Time #4

Jul 22, 2020

The penultimate issue in an otherwise fun and engaging series is beginning to outstay its welcome. Questions which have been apparent to the reader from near the start of the series are only just occurring to Sean, which takes away a little of the shock factor and instead leaves it feel a bit predictable and unexciting. The art and colours are a visual treat, and here the art team faces its hardest challenge yet.

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The Resistance #1

Mar 18, 2020

If this first issue is indicative of the quality of this new, shared superhero universe AWA comics are not only onto a winner but they are a publisher to keep an eye on. An emotional, human story, incredible art and colours, this is one of the best first issues EVER published. Probably the easiest 10/10 I've ever awarded. Incredibly excited for the future of this shared universe. The talent involved takes this story to a new level. The coincidental timing of its release and the coronavirus just add an extra layer of drama.

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The Resistance #2

Mar 27, 2020

The Resistance is shaping up to be one of the best comic series period. As the set up for AWA’s shared universe it’s doing a fantastic job. The writing is outstanding. The way the story comes together from smaller, human stories, sucks the reader in. The tales feel so real. The artwork is spectacular. Every single part of this comic is brilliant. This is 2020’s must read comic. If the quality of their releases so far are any indication AWA are going to be huge in a few years. On a slightly different note they’re also making some of their releases free online due to the coronavirus outbreak and availability issues, which is such an incredible move. Check out The Resistance #1 here.

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The Resistance #3

Jul 22, 2020

Tonally quite different from the first two issues, by focusing on one character we’re beginning to get a feel for Straczynski’s new shared world. At times it feels like it’s bordering on a parody of the superhero genre, but it’s deliberately done and deftly handled so it never goes into full-on satire. It’s an exciting world and shared universe which is being crafted here, and readers will want to get in on the action now while it’s still forming. The art and colours continue to be out of this world, crafting a sense of realism that fits perfectly with the story.

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The Resistance #4

Aug 13, 2020

We’re only just beginning to scratch the surface of this rich new universe that Straczynski has crafted but it’s one of the more unique and exciting worlds out there. Filled with dozens of mysteries to be solved, incredibly human characters and raw stories, infinite possibilities. The quality of the writing and art is second to none. Do yourself a favour and get in on this incredible story now, at the start. You won’t regret it.

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The Resistance #5

Sep 10, 2020

The penultimate issue of one of the most original and ground-breaking superhero universes out there, it’s going to be exciting to see where this series, and the larger shared universe, go from here. An incredible human story which tells a vast and epic story. There are exciting ideas and concepts on show here, and this may well be the best origin story for a new shared universe. Pick this comic up, you won’t regret it.

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The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1

Oct 30, 2019

This is a welcome return to Constantine of old, a chain-smoking, swearing, back stabbing, conniving, haunted, snarky, lying bastard. Welcome back. Can't wait to see what you do next.

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Thor (2020) #1

Jan 1, 2020

As a New Year dawns a New Thor stands ready to take on a galactic threat that threatens the entire Marvel universe. Luckily the team of Donny Cates, Nic Klein and Matthew Wilson are more than up to the job of telling this story. This isn’t just for fans of Thor, or Marvel, this is a comic all comic fans NEED TO BE READING. Yes, it’s that good.

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Thor (2020) #2

Jan 29, 2020

Donny Cates continues to be paired with some of Marvels hottest artists which make for some of the best comics in the industry. If these first two issues are anything to go by fans of Thor, and Marvel in general, are in for a real good time going forward. Twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, possibly the most dangerous threat the Marvel universe has faced, and Thor in a new role promise some exciting storytelling going forward. Nic Klein’s art has to be seen to be believed.

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Thor (2020) #3

Feb 12, 2020

With the creative team of Donny Cates, Nic Klein and Matt Wilson we were obviously going to be onto a winner. The amount of love and passion the three of them have for this project is abundantly clear. This is shaping up to be one of, if not THE, best runs on Thor. And I can say this with certainty despite only being three issues in. That’s how good it is.

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Thor (2020) #4

Mar 11, 2020

There hasn’t been a bad issue in this run on Thor. A phenomenal creative team of Cates, Klein and Wilson make this epic series a must have. Cliffhanger endings keep me on tenterhooks between issues. A level of intricately detailed artwork and rich colours which defy belief. An instant classic.

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Thor (2020) #5

Jun 24, 2020

Yet another incredible issue in a run which is promising to live up to the high standards that Jason Aaron set before, Cates is using his own brand of magic to make Thor his very own while paying homage to everything that has come before. Twists and turns abound in this issue, showing the reader to expect the unexpected, and the cliff-hanger ending promises an incredible conclusion. The art and colours are truly spectacular and worthy of much praise.

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Thor (2020) #6

Aug 19, 2020

This run on Thor already stood out as one of the best Thor runs ever, coming off the back of Jason Aaron’s run that’s high praise indeed. Cates’ clearly has big plans for the character, and the Marvel universe at large, that readers won’t want to miss. Get in on this series now, it’s incredible. There are big changes for Thor in this issue, and the Marvel universe at large, and teases for more to come in the near future. The only thing better than Cates’ writing on Thor? The art from Nic Klein. This is one of the best looking comics out at the moment.

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Thor (2020) #7

Sep 16, 2020

Donny Cates knows just how long to tease readers before giving them answers, and he’s timed that to perfection here by exploring Mjolnir’s new problems. Filled with plenty of references to previous Thor stories it’s sure to delight long time fans without alienating newer readers. It’s nice to see Beta Ray Bill having a larger role. Guest artist Aaron Kuder does a fantastic job with the art in Kleins absence. Another excellent issue in an extraordinary run.

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Venom (2018) #19

Oct 30, 2019

Great writing, superb art & colours, mysteries teased, a solid entry to both Venom & Absolute Carnage, only a shame it was marred by poor decisions around the release schedule, which unfortunately drags the score down.

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Venom (2018) #21

Dec 26, 2019

After the craziness of Absolute Carnage we get a chance for a brand new story arc, a throwback to a classic ASM story, and a chance to slow things down before the inevitable insanity of Knull’s arrival and what that’ll mean for our heroes. A great premise for the story I can’t wait to see where the story goes. Mark Bagleys art is good while we wait for Ryan Stegmans return.

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Venom (2018) #22

Jan 8, 2020

If you’ve been reading Donny Cates’ run on Venom there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll be heading to your local book shop at your earliest convenience to pick it up, this is one of the best things happening in comics right now. And if you’re not then you need to catch up on the rest of this run then buy this one. The writing, the art, the characters, it’s all top notch. A standout issue in an incredible run.

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Venom (2018) #23

Feb 12, 2020

Another incredible issue in an outstanding run. Cates consistently increases the tension, and here he shows us there can be consequences in comics. Bagley’s art makes the island feel real, and Martins colors make the most of the great art. Everyone needs to be reading Venom Island.

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Venom (2018) #24

Mar 11, 2020

Venom Island is turning into one of the best arcs of Cates’ run on Venom, which has taken me pleasantly by surprise. The art has been incredible, thanks to the talented team of Bagley, Owens and Martin. Cheap plot twist aside this issue’s been great, like all the subsequent ones. It’s building up to a hell of a finale and the next issue promises to be a good one.

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Venom (2018) #25

May 27, 2020

While 25 issues might not be the biggest landmark Marvel has made sure to go all out with this issue in style. An excellent conclusion to a great Venom story arc, it feels like a conclusion to everything that’s come so far from Cates’ run and a setup for the future. With its summary of events to date it works as a jumping-on point for new readers. Bagley’s art has been an excellent part of Venom Island, and the two-page montage from Stegman will get readers excited for his return, and Venom's future. It also features the first appearance of Virus, a major new player in Venom’s future, even if we won’t learn anything about him until the FCBD issue.

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Venom (2018) #26

Jul 15, 2020

It feels like Cates’ is concluding a number of his earlier storylines and mysteries while getting ready for what is coming, namely Knulls arrival later this year. It features the introduction of Virus, who promises to be an interesting villain for Brock to face off with. And, as is becoming tradition, the cliff-hanger ending manages to exceed our expectations and raise the stakes from the previous one, leaving readers desperate for the concluding chapter.

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Venom (2018) #27

Aug 13, 2020

One of the most exciting and revelatory issues in Cates’ entire run, an achievement in itself, this issue cannot be missed. The symbiote mythology is further explored and expanded on as more new questions are introduced. Virus and Codex are both exciting new characters. Parallel universes are always great fun and we’ve never come across a universe quite like this one. The art matches the frentic pace of the comic. Cates’ run on Venom is one of the most exciting things happening in comics at the moment and this is one of the best issues to date.

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Year Zero #1

Apr 15, 2020

A fantastic creative team combine to make this one a must read. Between Rosanas and Loughbridge’s artwork the final product doesn’t look like a typical horror comic. Percy’s writing doesn’t read like a typical horror comic. The slow build-up of tension without building to a crescendo by the end of the first issue doesn’t read like a typical horror comic. And Year Zero is so much better for all of this. By making it character driven rather than plot it makes for some interesting and exciting reading, which readers are sure to be drawn into. It’s early days for sure, but just like the rest of AWA’s current line-up, this looks to be another exceptional comic and one not to be missed.

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Year Zero #2

Jun 23, 2020

Year Zero is doing an excellent job of filling the Zombie shaped hole in horror fans hearts after The Walking Dead’s abrupt ending. Percy does a great job of crafting an interesting and distinctive cast who each have their own unique story to tell. Rosanas and Loughbridge use some clever storytelling techniques to differentiate between the different characters and the finished comic is an interesting and exciting new take on Zombie apocalypse.

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Year Zero #3

Jul 14, 2020

Year Zero is shaping up to be one of the best Zombie apocalypse comics out there, by focusing on the characters and their tales, it makes the zombie hordes feel like a backdrop to their individual tales rather than the focus. Fantastic art and excellent colours, along with a host of clever story telling techniques, make our four protagonists stand out from each other and each tale exciting and clever. Another must read from AWA.

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Year Zero #4

Aug 25, 2020

As the penultimate issue in the series it’s a bittersweet feeling, readers will be excited for the conclusion but sad that we’ll soon be leaving these characters behind. AWA have recently announced a return to the world of Year Zero soon though, so it’s not all bad. The writing and art have been incredibly good throughout and this issue continues that trend. Not only does this fill the Walking Dead hole in our heart it surpasses it.

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Yondu (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

This Buddy movie shows plenty of promise. Fantastic art helps elevate the good writing and makes this one not to be missed for cosmic fans.

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Yondu (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

So far I feel like this series is promising more than it delivers. Will it improve? Too soon to tell, but when it’s 2 issues into a 5 issue mini it’s a little worrying that it’s not delivering on the goods yet. I’ve enjoyed the art and the colors really help set the tone. Perhaps a little naively I remain hopeful for the rest of the series.

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Yondu (2019) #3

Dec 11, 2019

The buddy movie we’ve been promised all along, I look forward to seeing the conflict growing between the two Yondu’s, and seeing if they’re both going to make it out of this in one piece.

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Yondu (2019) #4

Jan 8, 2020

The buddy movie is really beginning to shine, I recommend getting through the earlier shakier issues just for this issue. Great writing, even better characterisation, and an art style that perfectly compliments the story make Yondu a surprise hit.

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Yondu (2019) #5

Feb 5, 2020

This has been a brilliant conclusion to a great series, the final couple of pages really show how much the Yondu’s have influenced each other in their time together. Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler make a great team on writing, John McCrea’s art brings their story to life with some fantastic action. I recommend not only this issue but the whole series.

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