Nicole Drum's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 1354
7.3Avg. Review Rating

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20XX #5

Jul 16, 2020

Lauren Keely and Jonathan Luna's true strength with this book is how it's put together in a way that is both futuristic and clean as well as heavy and emotionally devastating at the same time. It's a well done issue.

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80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Wonder Woman #1

Oct 6, 2021

Overall, this is a very solid tribute to and celebration of Wonder Woman.

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A Haunted Girl (2023) #1

Oct 11, 2023

Between the words and the art, there's a respect and a gentleness for the horror of mental illness without flinching about what Cleo is facing with her other, higher purpose. While there's not a lot beyond general table setting in this issue, it's intriguing and very well done.

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A Haunted Girl (2023) #2

Nov 15, 2023

A really enjoyed A Haunted Girl #2, but I feel like there is a bit of a disconnect from the end of the first issue and this second issue, almost as if the second issue is as much a first issue as the first issue was.

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A Haunted Girl (2023) #3

Dec 13, 2023

It's expertly paced in terms of getting things moving and setting the story up for a bigger conflict. The only real "problem" here is that we're so close to the end of this miniseries that one cant help but wonder if things are going to be rushed now that we've gotten things rolling.

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A Haunted Girl (2023) #4

Feb 21, 2024

While I wish A Haunted Girl was a bit more refined and a little less on-the-nose at pointsespecially because I feel like there is a rich story in Cleo's family history that could be beautifully exploredissue #4 concludes with what might be the most interesting and optimistic representation of someone fighting their demons and winning.

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Acid Chimp vs. Business Dog (2024) #1

Jan 10, 2024

When it comes to Acid Chimp vs. Business Dog, there are certainly aspects of that concept in the unexpected crossover between My Bad and Billionaire Island,which sees a superhero parody (My Bad) collide with an economic dystopia (Billionaire Island). Unfortunately, while both premises are independently funny and sharply incisive satires with a lot to say about the world, when you combine them and put their animal stars together, the result is a story that loses its bite. It leaves readers with something that is unfamiliar unless they are a big fan of both series; that winds up feeling as superficial and superfluous as the society they seek to skewer.

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Action Comics (2016) #1010

Apr 24, 2019

With a threat like Leviathian supposedly being a huge issue, it all just sort of falls flat. For an issue with such incredible visual appeal, there's just nothing else there.

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Action Comics (2016) #1011

May 22, 2019

For readers who have been keeping up with Bendis' run on Action Comics, they're probably used to that by now, but it can be a little jarring at times for those hopping in, curious as to what all this Leviathan business is about.

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Action Comics (2016) #1012

Jun 26, 2019

Szymon Kudranski's attention to detail and brilliant use of space on the page gives the story a tangible, real-life feel. The words on the page have meaning, certainly, but the expressions Kudranski creates on the faces of the characters go so much further, to the point that in some panels you don't even need the words to understand what is going on. It's breathtaking.

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Action Comics (2016) #1013

Jul 24, 2019

It's a perfect pairing and it makes for another, standout issue.

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Action Comics (2016) #1014

Aug 28, 2019

Action Comics #1014 continues to offer a bit more insight on the ground-level threat with a sense of urgency that makes the whole mystery all the more exciting. It's a must-read this week.

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Action Comics (2016) #1015

Sep 25, 2019

If the previous issues of Action have had an urgency, #1015 feels like a slow stroll"at least until the confusing and chaotic last panels that bring the story sharply back into focus.

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Action Comics (2016) #1016

Oct 23, 2019

Overall, it's a pretty average issue with cool art, a fun fight scene, and serves as a bit of a breather from some of the other madness in the DC Universe right now.

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Action Comics (2016) #1017

Nov 27, 2019

Ultimately, Action Comics #1017 falls into a space in which the story is is good but it just doesn't execute the way perhaps one might want a comic book to, creating a bit of a disconnect between the story and the images that support it. It's a "good" book. It's just nothing special.

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Action Comics (2016) #1018

Jan 1, 2020

There's a nice little bit of humanity to the bulk of the issue, but the end result is an issue that is just functionally okay"not even really good, just kind of there.

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Action Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 29, 2020

At this point, the fight feels like it's been drawn out too long and it's that concern that drags the issue out. There's just too much going on and in too many points in time. Too much tell and not enough show.

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Action Comics (2016) #1020

Feb 26, 2020

This arc is one that is well past its prime. It's time to end it already. We already know Superman isn't winning the day. Let's move on.

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Action Comics (2016) #1021

Mar 25, 2020

It's a lackluster issue on almost every page.

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Action Comics (2016) #1022

Jun 3, 2020

The current run of Action Comics is honestly a mess and understandably so. There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of things unexplained and it's not always the easiest to read and this is especially true in Action Comics #1022.

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Action Comics (2016) #1023

Jul 22, 2020

You know that a story has gotten overly convoluted when you have to rely on a fairly extensive, full-page (and then some) recap in order to make sense of the issue in hand and that's where we are in Action Comics #1023.

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Action Comics (2016) #1024

Aug 26, 2020

With the gravity of the story being weirdly undercut by needless awkwardness, the book ends up being promising but a little to try hard. Story wise, it's good. Execution wise, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Action Comics (2016) #1025

Sep 23, 2020

It's another miss.

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Action Comics (2016) #1026

Oct 28, 2020

Everything here feels both overwrought and under developed to the point that readers might actually find themselves hoping Superman loses just to put him"and this run"out of its misery.

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Action Comics (2016) #1027

Nov 25, 2020

Action Comics #1027 is a weird mess of an issue.

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Action Comics (2016) #1028

Dec 23, 2020

Bendis' run held promise; this finale shows just how much that promise was wasted.

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Action Comics (2016) #1029

Mar 24, 2021

The whole issue feels genuinely like Superman and the Action Comics title is back after a rather lackluster run from Brian Michael Bendis.

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Action Comics (2016) #1030

Apr 28, 2021

Story-wise, Phillip Kennedy Johnson has a good grasp of Superman and also does a solid job of making Mongul a distinct character in a way that doesn't always happen with some of the major alien big bads. In fact all of the characters are well-written, with distinctive voices. That said, there are moments where it feels like the issue doesn't quite have the space it needs to flesh out what's going on.

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Action Comics (2016) #1031

May 26, 2021

Action Comics, and really all Superman stories, work best when they're not trying to reinvent the Superman mythos but instead use it ways that drive story, feel authentic, but are also fresh and in this week's Action Comics #1031, Phillip Kennedy Johnson knocks that out of the park.

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Action Comics (2016) #1032

Jun 23, 2021

With all these moving parts, Action Comics #1032 could be a real mess, but Phillip Kennedy Johnson makes it work and work beautifully by keeping they story centered around good characterization, particularly when it comes to Superman and to a slightly lesser extent, Lois Lane.

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Action Comics (2016) #1033

Jul 28, 2021

Overall, it's a solid issue that pushes the story forward while revealing just a bit more in terms of detail.

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Action Comics (2016) #1034

Aug 25, 2021

When it comes to Action Comics #1034, I'm torn. While Phillip Kennedy Johnson generally demonstrates a sound understanding of Superman and the characters in the hero's general orbit, this issue feels a bit off.

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Action Comics (2016) #1035

Sep 29, 2021

Whatever is next for Superman after this, the issue feels reassuring and hopeful. The art throughout is also solid and even better, the supporting story is fresh and intriguing. Overall, it's a really solid issue.

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Action Comics (2016) #1036

Nov 10, 2021

The result is a functionally good issue that is just tainted by what came before, which is deeply unfortunate.

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Action Comics (2016) #1037

Dec 1, 2021

Overall, this is an exciting and through-provoking issue on all fronts and while the "Warworld Saga" may not be every Superman fan's cup of tea, the quality here hits the mark.

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Action Comics (2016) #1038

Dec 29, 2021

It's a good book, just gloomy and grim and it kind of pulls everything down a bit for a character so rooted in hope.

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Action Comics (2016) #1039

Jan 26, 2022

I am admittedly not a huge fan of "The Warworld Saga" arc, but even though it's not my cup of tea I can recognize just how solid Philip Kennedy Johnson's writing is this issue and just how well he understands Clark Kent.

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Action Comics (2016) #1040

Feb 23, 2022

We get a frustrated Superman who reacts, not out of character, but accordingly and there's an honesty in it that Action Comics has been lacking for some time. As for the Martian Manhunter backup story, while Superman's story is heavy, this issue gives us a delightful moment of J'onn and his tabby cat that frankly I didn't know I needed, but it's both a truly wonderful "aww!" moment and also absolutely perfect to the character and the story. Both stories" this is a solid, solid issue in all aspects.

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Action Comics (2016) #1041

Mar 23, 2022

Perhaps this is all just the calm before one bonkers storm of an ending, but as a single issue goes, it's just okay.

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Action Comics (2016) #1042

Apr 27, 2022

I'm still not the biggest fan of the storyline overallthat's a personal preferencebut this issue is really solid.

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Action Comics (2016) #1043

May 25, 2022

I've mentioned a few times how the Warworld-related stories haven't been my favorite Superman tales, but Action Comics #1043 might be the issue that sways me.

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Action Comics (2016) #1044

Jun 29, 2022

If there is one thing that is consistent across the entirety of this Action Comics story, it's the art and it's excellent here.

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Action Comics (2016) #1045

Jul 27, 2022

Superman is very much peak Superman here in terms of his character and humanity (even if his powers are failing) and it makes for an incredible read to see this kind of humanity in a dark time, especially considering it's simultaneously still very much unclear how it will all end.

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Action Comics (2016) #1046

Aug 24, 2022

Overall, the whole issue is strong from cover to cover and an excellent chapter of this saga.

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Action Comics (2016) #1047

Sep 28, 2022

Superman is officially back on Earth in Action Comics #1047 and it's a welcome return after the long, sometimes uneven "Warworld Saga" especially with this issue seeing a strong return to form for the hero.

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Action Comics (2016) #1048

Oct 26, 2022

The art in this issue is unfortunately a bit lacking which also doesn't really help things, the end result being a very "okay" overall issue.

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Action Comics (2016) #1049

Nov 23, 2022

While Action Comics #1049 may not be the best Superman story, it is a good one that ticks a lot of the boxes.

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Action Comics (2016) #1050

Dec 28, 2022

Ultimately, Action Comics #1050 was billed as a major shift for Superman and it more than delivers.

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Action Comics (2016) #1051

Jan 25, 2023

Action Comics #1051 lives up to the hype with a trio of stories that are just honestly really good.

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Action Comics (2016) #1052

Mar 1, 2023

The result is an issue that works not just for Superman, but for the full roster of characters in Superman family, all while giving readers a lot to enjoy.

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Action Comics (2016) #1053

Mar 29, 2023

Action Comics #1053 is just really damn good.

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Action Comics (2016) #1054

Apr 26, 2023

Overall, solid issue from cover to cover.

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Action Comics (2016) #1055

May 24, 2023

It is beautifully done on every level, from story to art. This is a fantastic issue all around.

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Action Comics (2016) #1056

Jun 28, 2023

All around this is a great issue of Action.

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Action Comics (2016) #1057

Sep 27, 2023

Action Comics #1057 is interesting in that the main story is phenomenalif not darkwhile the two backup stories leave a bit to be desired.

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Action Comics (2016) #1058

Oct 25, 2023

Overall, this is very clearly one of DC's best books right and this issue is proof.

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Action Comics (2016) #1059

Nov 29, 2023

Action Comics #1059 isn't bad, but it's not good. It falls kind of in the middle when you take in all three stories in the issue.

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Action Comics (2016) #1060

Dec 13, 2023

While Phillip Kennedy Johnson's run on Action Comics has, overall, been very good with some truly excellent storytelling, Action Comics #1060 is a little on the weaker side overall.

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Action Comics (2016) #1061

Jan 10, 2024

After the previous run, this feels like a downgrade, but in terms of being fun, it is a good, if forumlaic, start.

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Action Comics (2016) #1062

Feb 14, 2024

There's a potentially interesting twist at the end, but the breakneck pace taken to get there almost makes it feel like it has less impact.

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Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2023

Dec 27, 2023

Overall, it's been a Superman story for the ages and this issue is a fitting conclusion.

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Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2022

Jun 1, 2022

As a whole, Action Comics 2022 Annual employs the idea of how one moment in life can shape everything else in a way that, while not exactly groundbreaking, is so well-written and well-illustrated that it elevates an otherwise ordinary story to the level of a classic, offering new insight on a beloved character, fleshing out a newer foe, and reminding readers of the superpower we all have in the compassion and care we share with others.

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Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2021

Jul 14, 2021

Overall, this is a fantastic book and a really lovely "Superman" story.

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Action Comics (2016): Warworld Apocalypse #1

Aug 31, 2022

The net result is a book that doesn't feel like it has the significance that it should while also feeling a bit rushed. Still, if you're a Superman fan, it leaves the reader with a lot of possibilities and that's a big win.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #5

Dec 5, 2018

What the issue lacks in plot it makes up for in heart, and that works just fine.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #6

Jan 9, 2019

Adventures of the Super Sons #6 is an absolute treat. Peter Tomasi takes all the elements of what makes for a classic, entertaining comic book adventure, injects some spot-on humor, and even throws in a dash of intrigue and an engaging cliffhanger to boot.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #7

Feb 6, 2019

Adventures of the Super Sons is quite possibly one of the most enjoyable books DC Comics has put out in a long time, and that holds true even with an issue that sees the Super Sons separated and in peril.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #8

Mar 6, 2019

While the story is pretty predictable -- Luthor is up to something far worse than initially hinted -- there's something pure and refreshing about the straightforward story that reminds readers of just how fun comics can be.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #9

Apr 3, 2019

The issue is a superb, fun romp approached with the heart and determination that has been a defining feature of this whole run. A fantastic read with bright, truly enjoyable art; you won't want to put this issue down.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #10

May 1, 2019

Full of action, this issue surprises with a few moments that make it look like the Sons might be betrayed by their robot friend Hex and it even looks like they may not make it out alive. That actually makes the story more interesting, which is why the reveal at the end that help has arrived in the form of the grown ups a little disappointing.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #11

Jun 5, 2019

The best part is that the issue is very much in line with the overall sense of adventure the entire series has had, which makes it a solid, truly enjoyable issue from one of the best series DC has going right now.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #12

Jul 3, 2019

A story within a story within a story, a clever Eminem reference, and a whole lot of action. That's what Adventures of the Super Sons brings in its final issue and while it doesn't all come together seamlessly, the overall effect is a bright, fun, thrill ride of an issue very much in keeping with whole maxi-series.

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Aggretsuko: Out of Office #1

Nov 3, 2021

It's funny, relatable, and honestly just darling. It's not exactly intellectual, but this book is just fun.

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Aggretsuko: Out of Office #2

Dec 22, 2021

Aggretsuko: Out of Office #2 is the palate cleanser everyone needs during the hustle and bustle this time of year.

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Aggretsuko: Out of Office #3

Mar 2, 2022

Honestly, it's a ton of fun and really well put together and this issue really turns up the heat on everything. It's not your regular comic, but it's pretty great.

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Aggretsuko: Out of Office #4

Apr 6, 2022

It's a great book. Truly.

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Alligator Loki (2023) #1

Sep 13, 2023

Alligator Loki #1 is perfect. A collection of the Infinity Comics series from Marvel Unlimited, the one-shot is packed with individual stories of the lovable Loki variant as he gets into adventures and mischief.

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Alpha Flight (2023) #1

Aug 16, 2023

This is a pretty strong start overall.

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Alpha Flight (2023) #2

Sep 20, 2023

Things definitely take an unexpected turn in the issue which is enough to keep the interest and story moving forward. It's a decent issue, though the pacing does make one wonder if this story might be better suited for a collection rather than an issue by issue story.

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Alpha Flight (2023) #3

Oct 25, 2023

There is so much going on in Alpha Flight #3 that I almost wish this particular issue had been divided into two parts or it had been paced a bit different, but that is more a hallmark of everything going on with all things "Fall of X."

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Alpha Flight (2023) #4

Nov 15, 2023

The pacing is strong, the storytelling is solid, and while there are things that do feel a little like caricature with Department H, there are real stakes for the characters and and investment in how things are going to play out.

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Alpha Flight (2023) #5

Dec 6, 2023

The pacing is a little off, but it's still a good read particularly with the promise of seeing some of these characters again in other comics in the near future.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #44

Jul 16, 2020

The issue is not one you want to jump into if you haven't been reading along for at least a few issue prior, but it's certainly an excellent kick off to what terrifying plans Kindred has with the Sin-Eater.

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America #12

Feb 28, 2018

America is such a unique and interesting character, readers will no doubt wish she had a more unique and interesting conclusion to this grand adventure.

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Amethyst #1

Feb 26, 2020

It's a well-told story that manages to hit all the right notes and establish an adventure without sacrificing the current story for the larger arc.

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Amethyst #2

Mar 25, 2020

Coming off of a truly charming and engaging first issue Amethyst #2 continues that momentum with an issue that captures, both in words and art, the frantic feeling of helplessness Amy experiences upon discovering her entire world gone and no allies to help her.

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Amethyst #3

Jun 10, 2020

There's a lot of development in this issue and a lot of stunning art and while the story elements are a bit messy, a bit ragged, and quite frankly A LOT to process, the book is a fun one to read, leaving you with a lot of questions as the fight makes its way to the big bad's territory at last.

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Amethyst #4

Jul 22, 2020

Amy Reeder's Amethyst has been a delightful series thus far and Amethyst #4 continues that streak.

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Amethyst #6

Dec 16, 2020

Amy Reeder's done some outstanding work, both story and art, on Amethyst as a whole and this issue certainly drives that home as well with a book that may not be the most polished in terms of the way it wraps up its story, but is visually gorgeous in every possible way.

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Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #1

Jun 22, 2022

The only real hiccup here is that there are times when orienting yourself as the reader takes a moment, but it's a solid start to what feels like a truly intense (in the best way) series.

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Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #2

Jul 20, 2022

This is truly a great issue and while there are some small details that feel just a touch cliche at times, the sum of the parts here is just a really strong story.

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Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #3

Aug 17, 2022

While I ultimately wish there had been just a little bit more of Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong, the third issue is honestly pretty great.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #1

Oct 27, 2021

For Aquaman fans, this might be an interesting premise, but it doesn't really seem to serve Green Arrow/Oliver Queen at all and it feels at times like Brandon Thomas doesn't really know where he's going with things. Ronan Cliquet's art is very nice, however, so even if the story feels messy, at least it's nice to look at.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #2

Nov 24, 2021

While the first issue of Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target was clunky and confusing and left off with a sense that Brandon Thomas had no idea where he was going with things, issue #2 seems to have a much better grasp of things.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #3

Dec 29, 2021

This issue, like the series thus far, has been little more than an unnecessary mess that does a disservice to the characters and the talent involved.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #4

Jan 26, 2022

Maybe if you're reading it just for fun, there's redeeming value, but when these two characters deserve more substantial adventures, this is just not it.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #5

Feb 23, 2022

This issue by no means saves the series to date"a poorly executed comic is still a poorly executed comic even with one fun issue"but at least this issue is both entertaining and even a little interesting, finally paying off on the Silver Age riffs of it all.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #6

Mar 23, 2022

Other than art, this issue is just poorly executed over all. The characters deserve better and so does the reader.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #7

Apr 27, 2022

In the end, it's a disappointing issue, a disappointing finale, and a disappointing series all around.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special (2023) #1

Nov 1, 2023

Overall, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special #1 is a surprisingly solid comic book. All three stories in the issue are good reads, though the Black Manta offering is probably the best of the trio.

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Archie (2015) #28

Feb 14, 2018

It's a fun issue with a lot of lead up that will hopefully pay off soon.

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Archie (2015) #29

Mar 21, 2018

Overall, it's a solid issue. It doesn't particularly stand out, but it also isn't a bad read.

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Archie (2015) #30

Apr 25, 2018

Archie #30 puts the whole story in position for what feels like the ultimate action point of the whole arc but with so much steady storytelling it's hard to get excited for what's to come.

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Archie (2015) #31

Jun 6, 2018

One of the major strengths of Mark Waid's work with Archie is the pacing and that holds true with Archie #31. The issue kicks off with just the right amount of urgency and maintains the energy through to the last panel. Unfortunately, this issue falls into the same trap that most of the previous issues have before it, and that is that it sets up little cliffhangers that simply aren't necessary.

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Archie (2015) #32

Jul 11, 2018

Archie #32 marks the final issue of Mark Waid's run and the end of the modern relaunch of the series before it shifts into legacy numbering with a new creative team and as closing issues go, this one is practically perfect.

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Archie: 1941 #1

Sep 12, 2018

You can truly feel the heaviness of the looming war and even though we already know where the world ends up in the end, how the beloved Archie characters fare is as much a mystery for us as it is for them and this first issue is an excellent first chapter.

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Are You Afraid of Darkseid? (2021) #1

Oct 6, 2021

It's a bit long and a bit dense, but even at that it's still a good tale. Overall, this anthology has something for everyone and is very well-done. It's easily one of DC's better spooky anthologies.

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Ascender #1

Apr 24, 2019

It's nearly impossible to miss the heavy Star Wars feeling Ascender #1 has and while hero journeys are universal, Ascender is too reliant on stereotypes and tropes, resulting in a too cliche debut.

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Ascender #2

May 29, 2019

A marked improvement over the debut issue, Ascender #2 moves away from the table setting of the first issue to some real conflict and action.

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Ascender #3

Jun 26, 2019

With just the right amount of action and plenty of heart, Ascender #3 finally finds its footing, striking an emotional chord that will keep the reader connected, despite the relatively slow burn of the actual plot.

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Ascender #4

Jul 24, 2019

Ascender #4 really advances the story this week and as the different elements of the plot start to come back into play, it makes for a genuinely engaging and intriguing read.

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Ascender #5

Aug 28, 2019

Ascender #5 does that in a heartbreaking way this week, one that will leave you gasping aloud in the final pages. It simpy doesn't get better than this.

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Ascender #6

Oct 23, 2019

Ascender is one of those stories that may have taken a bit to get going but it's one of the best books out today now that it has.

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Ascender #7

Nov 27, 2019

While narratively there are threads that still need to come together, Ascender #7 feels almost like a one shot, but it's an elegant and beautiful one that sets a new tone for the story ahead. It's exquisite.

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Ascender #8

Jan 8, 2020

Ascender continues to be one of the best comics out there and this week it accomplishes that with a frenetic, powerful combination of deeply emotional storytelling that bring's Mila's parents back together in the worst possible way along with incredible art that draws the sinister tones out of the story written on the page.

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Ascender #9

Feb 12, 2020

I don't know how each issue keeps getting better, but this one is one of the best.

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Ascender #10

Mar 18, 2020

As this chapter of Ascender's story ends, it offers no answers and just the barest shard of hope, but the story is filled with both light and feeling in a way unlike anything else. It's good.

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Ascender #11

Jul 29, 2020

From cover to cover, Ascender #11 simply outstanding. A great read.

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Ascender #12

Sep 2, 2020

As always, I could praise Dustin Nguyen's art all day and it still wouldn't be enough"and it's excellent here once again. Truly a solid issue and a joy to read.

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Ascender #13

Oct 2, 2020

There is a lot here, but what makes the book perhaps a big stronger than some of the other transitional issues of the run, is we get to really dig into Mila, her personality, her thoughts, her situation.

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Ascender #14

Oct 28, 2020

One of the best things about Ascender is that while this deep into the story odd twists and turns are to be expected, they frequently delivery in a way that is very unexpected.

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Ascender #15

May 26, 2021

Overall, Ascender #15 is another fantastic chapter in this saga and a good place for the story to continue from.

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Ascender #16

Jun 23, 2021

Yes, this is an issue largely of setup, but Lemire and Nguyen have managed to pull of one that is very, very, very well-done.

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Ascender #17

Jul 21, 2021

Overall, it's a solid penultimate issue. Bring on the end.

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Ascender #18

Aug 18, 2021

Pacing wise, things move very fast and that certainly does make it perhaps a little less strong story-wise than some of the earlier installments. That said, the art this issue is the best its been and Lemire crafts this absolutely gorgeous emotional gravity that holds all the stakes you'd expect it to, but still ends in a way that is satisfying and doesn't break your heart. It's wonderful.

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Autumnal #1

Sep 23, 2020

Overall, it's a good read, but not great, though there's lots of potential in the mystery presented.

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Autumnal #2

Oct 28, 2020

The Autumnal started off with an elegant and fairly strong first issue, but issue #2 has already started to slip into obtuse mystery and difficult cliche.

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Barnstormers (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

Barnstormers #1 has quite a few things going for it. Perhaps the biggest and best of those things is Tula Lotay's art.

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Barnstormers (2022) #2

Aug 31, 2022

It makes for a very slick, stylistic issue and while it still seems like Barnstormers overall is going to be a book more of style than substance, it's still a good bit of fun as things begin to pick up.

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Barnstormers (2022) #3

Nov 2, 2022

Barnstormers #3 is very much working its way to have a bit more substance to go with its style, though the style is definitely still its defining attribute.

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Barnstormers (2022) #4

Jan 18, 2023

What it lacks in depth, it makes up for in its stylistic sense.

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Barnstormers (2022) #5

Apr 5, 2023

The book itself is beautiful and subtle in its storytelling, finally pulling back just a bit to reveal that the real story here is not Tillie and Bix, but the story of lawman Zeke West who has been pursuing them.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1

Nov 2, 2022

By taking what feels like an unconventional and unsettling pairing and attaching it to a harder, more authoritarian take on Batman and Gotham that Black Label allows, this dense issue both captures a great deal of Batman's noir aspects and pushes the boundaries of what readers expect from both hero and villain.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2

Dec 7, 2022

Things feel cluttered, story wise and while dark and gritty with a sharper edge is something that should work for Batman, this issue veers a little too far into the grim and the weird, ultimately creating a lack of balance that throws the whole issue off.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3

Jan 11, 2023

Overall, this issue is a big improvement over the second issue and definitely feels much more interesting.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #4

Feb 8, 2023

Batman & the Joker: Deadly Duo #4 is an interesting book, but I don't mean that in the sense that it is intriguing or fascinating. Instead, I mean that it is interesting in that it should be intriguing and fascinating with Batman and Joker weirdly working together to deal with a dialed-up-to-eleven take on the Trolley Problem and it has good visualsthe Gotham bullet train is absolutely gorgeous and a sight to beholdbut the whole issue feels overly burdened with trying to out-grimdark itself on nearly every page.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5

Mar 8, 2023

The twists this issue lack punch even as the art pushes things over the top in the gritty department which, in turn sort of has an unintentional "pick me" vibe mixed with the 80s. Add to that, this is a very, very dialogue heavy issue so it is, at time a slog.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #6

Apr 5, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #6, as is most of the series to date, fairly ridiculous though not unenjoyable.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #7

May 3, 2023

It's dated in a sense and because of that, never really rises to reach its full potential. It's not bad, it's just. not great.

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Batman (2016) #12

Sep 8, 2021

Batman #112 like so much of everything in recent arcs just feels like a reheated version of things we've seen before. At least this time Tynion is recycling his own homework.

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Batman (2016) #44

Apr 4, 2018

All in all, a perfect chapter in the Batman story.

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Batman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

Batman #45 is an issue that you will either love or hate. Tom King's story here is solid. Well-written and well-paced, it is slow to dawn on the reader the major twist the story takes at the end.

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Batman (2016) #46

May 2, 2018

The weird alternative universe/timeline story started in Batman #45 continues this issue and doesn't get any less weird, but it simply works better.

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Batman (2016) #47

May 16, 2018

Overall, a very well-done issue that readers won't forget any time soon.

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Batman (2016) #48

Jun 6, 2018

The issue is not an easy read. It's subtly graphic with some intense moments, but it is an incredible issue that will leave readers wanting more even as they flinch and try to look away.

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Batman (2016) #49

Jun 20, 2018

It isn't often that readers get to see the, dare I say, human side of the villains in Batman's world, but Batman #49 does just that and it makes for one of the more thought-provoking and powerful issues of this run.

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Batman (2016) #50

Jul 4, 2018

Overall, Batman #50 may not live up to the overwhelming hype that led up to it, but it doesn't need to. It's an issue that redefines and fundamentally changes Batman -- and Catwoman -- forever in a way that has been far too long in coming.

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Batman (2016) #51

Jul 18, 2018

Given all the hype around the wedding between Batman and Catwoman -- and the way that affair turned out -- one might expect that Batman #51 would take the easy way out by delivering a broken, violent, emotionally shut-down Batman. And it does, but to Tom King's credit the story takes a very different turn.

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Batman (2016) #52

Aug 1, 2018

Tom King's writing is giving Bruce an introspection one wouldn't have expected after Selina left him at the altar and it might be one of the finest chapters in the Caped Crusader's story yet.

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Batman (2016) #53

Aug 15, 2018

Batman #53 is a great reminder that there's a bigger story to be told in King's run than just the love story between Batman and Catwoman.

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Batman (2016) #54

Sep 5, 2018

A little light on action, but strong in emotional weight, readers might not claim Batman #54 as a favorite, but it's definitely a turning point and it will be interesting to see where things go for both Dick and Bruce going forward.

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Batman (2016) #55

Sep 19, 2018

If you've been reading Tom King's Batman, then you've likely figured out that it's the issues that are the quietest in terms of action and major events that end up packing the biggest punch, and that holds true for Batman #55.

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Batman (2016) #56

Oct 3, 2018

Admittedly, it's a slightly cliche story, but King tells it well, moving back and forth from the story of a son dealing with a father who was less than stellar and a pseudo-father dealing with grief and rage over what's happened to his pseudo-son. He even manages to slip in another somewhat unusual villain.

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Batman (2016) #57

Oct 17, 2018

The issue is visually beautiful -- a largely wordless fight between Batman and the man who shot Nightwing -- but it lacks substance.

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Batman (2016) #58

Nov 7, 2018

One thing Tom King has excelled at during his Batman run is humanizing the villains in a way that doesn't make them sympathetic but instead gives better insight into who they are. Unfortunately, despite a genuinely intriguing setup with The Penguin, the issue continues with a further dehumanizing of Batman.

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Batman (2016) #59

Nov 21, 2018

Batman is at his darkest, most unrestrained worst this time around, to the point it's getting nearly impossible to want to root for him in any capacity. To an extent that's the point, but the deeper we get into King's run the more and more this bleak fall from grace into utter darkness becomes a chore to read, and that's especially evident here.

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Batman (2016) #60

Dec 5, 2018

We're no closer to answers to this mystery, but there's a twist at the end that makes this darkness worth sitting in a little bit longer.

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Batman (2016) #61

Dec 19, 2018

King's told this story nearly thirty issues before and, by bringing it back here only serves to stall any forward motion the book should have had -- something that feels awfully dangerous in the first chapter of a new arc.

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Batman (2016) #62

Jan 9, 2019

Batman #62 is, in a word, weird. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Batman (2016) #63

Jan 23, 2019

To say that Tom King has been taking Batman to unusual places is a little bit of an understatement, and those unusual places haven't always worked. This week, however, Batman #63 takes us deeper into the "Knightmares" arc and in doing so follows along with Batman into what feels less like a Knightmare and more like a dream come true.

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Batman (2016) #64

Feb 6, 2019

The balance between the anger stage of grief in Flash and Batman's guilt and desperation makes for a deeply meaningful story, and it's one you won't want to miss.

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Batman (2016) #65

Feb 20, 2019

Despite the solid action and beginnings of a resolution, there is just this vague sense of being left wanting. However, if for nothing else than it's sharp honesty and vulnerability in showing Batman for who he is, the book is a fine and worthy read.

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Batman (2016) #66

Mar 6, 2019

It seems like a waste of narrative space, and it's likely to leave fans wondering when -- or if -- the story is ever going to start moving forward again.

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Batman (2016) #67

Mar 20, 2019

Generally speaking, these Knightmares stories have largely worn out their welcome. While Tom King is trying to tell a larger story arc (he has to get to issue 100, after all), these stories feel more like filler, a way to technically complete an issue without having to expend too much story.

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Batman (2016) #68

Apr 10, 2019

Tom King's extended run on Batman has its highs and lows, and while more recent installments of the "Knightmares" arc have been more on the low side of things, this week's Batman #68 is decidedly a high point -- and possibly one of the most enjoyable issues King's done yet.

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Batman (2016) #69

Apr 17, 2019

We are finally at the end of the "Knightmares" arc, but while Batman #69 does serve to shift the narrative towards the next chapter in an engaging way, it really only illustrates what readers know and editors should have: the entire "Knightmares" arc was a long stall, filling issues and pages for no redeemable purpose bt to extend the run.

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Batman (2016) #70

May 1, 2019

It's a worthwhile read, and at least there's the promise of a showdown soon.

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Batman (2016) #71

May 15, 2019

Switching storylines, inconsistent continuity, and a disconcerting sense of not ever really be certain what parts of the story are "real" and what parts are hallucination has become almost a default for Tom King's Batman run, and that holds true for Batman #71. Unfortunately, that also means that Batman #71 is a bit of a mess to read.

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Batman (2016) #72

Jun 5, 2019

The threat to Batman honestly doesn't feel that substantial. But, of course, that may be the ultimate beauty of the entire issue.

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Batman (2016) #73

Jun 19, 2019

Every page is an exquisite delight so beautifully crafted you can feel the desert sun on your face as you read and as the Waynes make their way towards an uncertain destination.

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Batman (2016) #74

Jul 10, 2019

This deep in, readers get it: Bruce Wayne is a mess with a whole lot of daddy issues. Do we really need to drive that point home every issue?

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Batman (2016) #75

Jul 17, 2019

Not even the one "shock" reveal is enough to lift this from what feels like a major low.

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Batman (2016) #76

Aug 7, 2019

If #75 was too narrow, #76 is open exactly wide enough. There's a lot revealed in the tight narratives in the issue and you'll want to carefully read every expression and every word on every page.

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Batman (2016) #77

Aug 21, 2019

Everything changes in this issue and, even with a shocking semi-cliffhanger, it feels like the story is truly coming together"even if it's in the darkest possible way.

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Batman (2016) #78

Sep 11, 2019

This is 100% a key issue of Tom King's run and an absolutely defining moment for the hero himself.

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Batman (2016) #79

Sep 18, 2019

Batman #79 is another one of the more quiet, character-driven issues in Tom King's run and, like many before it, an excellent example of just how good this run truly is.

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Batman (2016) #80

Oct 2, 2019

The ending of the issue isn't a twist, you can largely guess what's coming, and like many issues of King's run this one could have benefitted from being part of a larger story rather than a single issue. But it is an excellent issue, one that truly sets the stage for the end in a powerful and important way.

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Batman (2016) #81

Oct 16, 2019

Ultimately what works here most comes in the last few pages, when you realize Batman's plan isn't going to plan. It makes up for the somewhat disappointing undoing of most of the series' drama and the fact that we still haven't gotten to Bane.

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Batman (2016) #82

Nov 6, 2019

If you can get past the threadbare cliffhanger approach once again, though, the use of orange tones in this issue tells a story all its own and is a real treat for the reader.

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Batman (2016) #83

Nov 20, 2019

Comic books, at their best, tell stories by showing and not telling. Batman #83 does that in a way that is rarely seen anymore and it may well make this heartbreaking issue the crown jewel of the entire run.

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Batman (2016) #84

Dec 4, 2019

The second-to-last issue of Tom King's run arrives with Batman #84, but it's an issue that, with so much story left to tell, feels an awful lot like stalling as it takes readers not into a final showdown but reminds them how we actually got to this point. To be fair, it's a beautiful stall.

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Batman (2016) #85

Dec 18, 2019

The overall issue ends up feeling a little too bland and a lot too clean for a Batman story and while one could argue that it's never been a Batman story, it's a Bruce Wayne story, even from that angle it misses the mark.

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Batman (2016) #86

Jan 8, 2020

Overstuffed with far too many words"dialogue, narration, all of it"and further burdened by art that is disproportionate and poorly executed, Batman #86 drowns in its own failed attempts to imitate better works resulting in unrelenting mediocrity.

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Batman (2016) #87

Jan 22, 2020

Batman #87 firmly establishes that we are in a new era for Batman, but it's an era fraught with issues.

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Batman (2016) #88

Feb 5, 2020

The third issue of James Tynion IV's Batman has arrived and while the previous two issues have been a bit difficult, Tynion genuinely finds his footing in Batman #88.

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Batman (2016) #89

Feb 19, 2020

The big threat in Gotham is starting to take a more distinctive shape in Batman #89 and thanks to a bit more time spent on Catwoman's part the story it's more interesting than ever.

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Batman (2016) #90

Mar 4, 2020

Batman #90 gives readers what they've been waiting for: the Designer's grand design, the big plan, the "what is the Designer up to" of it all by revealing Catwoman's big secret and, to be blunt, it's kind of a let down.

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Batman (2016) #91

Mar 18, 2020

The real star of the issue is both the art and sense of subtle vulnerability that Tynion gives Batman"an unexpected treat in a fairly average issue.

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Batman (2016) #92

Jun 10, 2020

The bottom line is this: while the amount of time fans have had to wait for the issue thanks to the coronavirus pandemic make things feel a bit more special in the immediate term, the issue is only average at best.

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Batman (2016) #93

Jun 24, 2020

The issue is simultaneously too much and not enough and ultimately lands as just an "ok" book overall.

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Batman (2016) #94

Jul 8, 2020

The book is one that in a sense serves to let readers catch their breath before things really pop off, but it generally just feels kind of messy, almost like Tynion didn't know really where he wanted to go.

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Batman (2016) #95

Jul 22, 2020

Ultimately, the issue feels like a half-hearted mashup of the weaker parts of Nolan's The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises with a bit more Joker and yet another random shiny thing"this time literally with that new Batsuit"to distract from what is becoming painfully apparent: fun ideas don't always make for a good story.

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Batman (2016) #96

Aug 5, 2020

Things aren't thrilling or groundbreaking, and there's still this nagging sense that the whole story is going nowhere, but the issue is an intriguing read if for nothing else than a glimpse at what Bruce's ideal world looks like.

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Batman (2016) #97

Aug 19, 2020

Batman #97 finally reaches the tipping point where the grand art can no longer cover the holes in the story. By now we should know what Joker's grand plan is or at least be stepping into a showdown. We're not. And it almost feels like we never will be.

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Batman (2016) #98

Sep 2, 2020

It's not a flawless issue, but it's probably a best of run and a damn fine read.

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Batman (2016) #99

Sep 16, 2020

It's well past time for this story to come to an end that, if the lead up is any indication, is going to be nothing more than smoke, mirrors, and marketing hype. Just like the whole arc has been.

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Batman (2016) #100

Oct 7, 2020

This isn't about frightening the dark elements of Gotham nor is it about saving a doomed city. Batman #100 is about nothing more than Batman's (and, perhaps, the author's) ego. That's both a waste of this story's premise and a crying shame.

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Batman (2016) #101

Oct 21, 2020

It's an okay issue that feels almost like it could have been a summary at the front of something more exciting. Not bad, not great and in some regards better than "Joker War" was an entire arc.

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Batman (2016) #102

Nov 4, 2020

The bottom line is that Batman #102 is one of Tynion's better runs, but the story feels sort of recycled which detracts from its overall quality. Perhaps instead of constantly trying to create "new" characters there should be some investment digging into Batman's lesser-explored qualities first.

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Batman (2016) #103

Nov 18, 2020

We're a few issues past "Joker War" into a promised new chapter of the Batman story and yet it's the second verse same as the first.

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Batman (2016) #104

Dec 2, 2020

Batman #104 may be the most interesting installment of the "Ghostmaker" arc thus far, but that doesn't necessarily make it good.

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Batman (2016) #105

Dec 16, 2020

For all of the ideas that James Tynion IV brings to Gotham as he overstuffs it with flashy new characters, the real disappointment of his Batman run ultimately comes down to two things: an over-reliance on hype that is enver really delivered upon and a lack of Batman.

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Batman (2016) #106

Mar 3, 2021

Batman returns this week after taking a brief break for "Future State," but if you're expecting Batman #106 to live up to the excitement and sheer quality that was Future State: Dark Detective or even Future State: The Next Batman, this issue will probably disappoint.

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Batman (2016) #107

Apr 7, 2021

The post-Future State Batman is certainly giving the series a much-needed mystery, but in James Tynion IV's hands, that mystery is getting muddled thanks to an excessive amount of dialog and posturing, much of it which serves only to kick a dead horse, as it were.

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Batman (2016) #108

May 5, 2021

The Unsanity Collective is still a snore and the road to the Magistrate and Future State is still a snore and an eyeroll, but there are some genuinely well-done moments here. Whether they will restore your faith in Tynion as a writer or remind you of just how weak the rest of his Batman work is, that's up to you to decide.

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Batman (2016) #109

Jun 2, 2021

Everything else just continues the same boring and largely formulaic we've seen in this arc.

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Batman (2016) #110

Jul 7, 2021

Bringing Batman to account by making him a somewhat realistic character would be a good idea, but a complete take down of the vigilante with issue after issue after issue of kicking him while down is just too much and it's that lack of nuance and forethought that shows itself sharply here.

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Batman (2016) #111

Aug 4, 2021

The current core of Batman's story isn't serving to tell a Batman story. It's designed to back fill "Future State," just with Tynion dressing things up with flash and gimmick characters. When you realize that, when the whole of Simon Saint's plan is laid out completely bare in the issue, it takes the shine off of everything else.

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Batman (2016) #113

Sep 22, 2021

Ultimately though, the closer we get to the end of Tynion's run, the more it seems like the real plan is just to keep repeating things and hope no one notices there's no "there" there.

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Batman (2016) #114

Oct 6, 2021

At this point, Batman as a title just feels like biding time until this whole arc and run is put out of its misery of mediocrity.

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Batman (2016) #115

Oct 20, 2021

There is just too much going on and anything important feels poorly jammed in. This is not a good Batman story.

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Batman (2016) #116

Nov 3, 2021

The fixation on a host of one-off "original" characters has left "Fear State" and this run and this penultimate issue lacking any nutritional value, as it were. At least Jimenez's art is good and Morey's colors fantastic.

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Batman (2016) #117

Nov 17, 2021

It's no mystery that I've found the bulk of this run, and especially Fear State, to be a mess and while Batman #117 is less messy than previous issues, it's certainly not raising the bar by much.

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Batman (2016) #118

Dec 8, 2021

A brand new chapter begins with Batman #118 and for the first time in a long time it actually feels, truly, like something new.

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Batman (2016) #119

Jan 5, 2022

This issue is, on every page, a breath of fresh air and while I do still have some reservations about Abyss, I'm eagerly along for the ride.

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Batman (2016) #120

Feb 2, 2022

The bar wasn't terribly high, but Batman #120 as an issue is wildly better than anything in the previous run and the "Abyss" arc just keeps getting better.

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Batman (2016) #121

Mar 2, 2022

This is a really solid issue that caps off a refreshing and solid Batman run.

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Batman (2016) #122

Apr 6, 2022

This is a great issue and one that doesn't just feel like a cog in a larger story.

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Batman (2016) #123

May 4, 2022

Batman #123 does exactly what it sets out to do: it advances the "Shadow War" arc in some big ways, not only pushing the story forward, but also connecting a few dots as Batman and Robin work together to get to the bottom of who wants a war between Deathstroke and the League.

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Batman (2016) #124

Jun 8, 2022

Joshua Williamson's run on Batman wraps up in Batman #124 and it does so in a satisfying fashion.

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Batman (2016) #125

Jul 6, 2022

While first issues of new runs are usually pretty promising, Batman #125 comes out of the gate operating at such high levels that it genuinely feels like the only direction is to keep going up. Between the incredible art and a rich understanding and appreciation for DC's most iconic character, this comic book, this issue specifically, is exactly what Batman is meant to be; it's about damn time.

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Batman (2016) #126

Aug 3, 2022

This book, as the kids would say, slaps.

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Batman (2016) #127

Sep 7, 2022

Zdarsky and Belen Ortega both bring their A-games with the story and the art with the entire book feeling richly satisfying. Simply put, this isn't just a good issue; it's a great one.

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Batman (2016) #128

Oct 5, 2022

It's tight visual storytelling and it's spot on. This is start to stop a fantastic issue and another chapter in a truly excellent run.

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Batman (2016) #129

Nov 2, 2022

Chip Zdarsky is continuing to prove that not only is he the best writer on Batman in a long time, but he is carving out a spot as one of the all time greats.

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Batman (2016) #130

Dec 7, 2022

In the end, the "Failsafe" arc concludes almost predictably and while the quality of Batman #130 isn't quite to the high standards set by Batman #125, it's still an interesting issue that positions the story to progress in intriguing directions. Yet it's an unfortunately bloated and somewhat rushed conclusion that doesn't quite land and leaves the reader wanting more because they're just as tired as Batman is by the end.

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Batman (2016) #131

Jan 4, 2023

While it's a move that might feel like it operates counter to the idea of balance Zdarsky created up to now, the result is an intriguing detour from what Batman fans might expect even if this first installment is a little slow to get off the ground.

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Batman (2016) #132

Feb 8, 2023

This is, in fact, the second chapter of a miniseries in much the same way that Powers of X #1 was the second chapter of its own. Once readers understand that positioning, this is an easy issue to enjoy as it frames a very promising saga ahead.

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Batman (2016) #133

Mar 8, 2023

While I would like to see this story progressing a little faster so that we could get back to the main universe so that Bruce and deal with Failsafe because it feels more and more like we've just forgotten the urgency of that storyline entirely, this adventure in this alternate Gotham is still a fascinating one, particularly this issue as we dig a little more into the cracks in the system as it were.

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Batman (2016) #134

Apr 5, 2023

Batman #134 is an issue of layers, both in the main story and the backup, and while not every layer holds it's still a solid issue and an interesting one.

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Batman (2016) #135

May 3, 2023

Admittedly, a little bit of the storytelling is weak in spots and it does at time feel a little rushed, but there's a lot here that really speaks to the core of Batman as a multidimensional character, something I think a lot of creators miss. The art here is also bananas good.

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Batman (2016) #136

Jun 7, 2023

It's a home run all around.

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Batman (2016) #137

Sep 6, 2023

This issue feels very much like they've just taken literal years of Batman development and thrown them in the garbage to push through a half-baked idea of pure, rushed, nonsensical ridiculousness.

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Batman (2016) #138

Oct 4, 2023

This issue, and rapidly this whole title, is just not worth the read.

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Batman (2016) #139

Nov 8, 2023

The writingspecifically Batman's inner monologueis campy as hell and while none of it is patently bad, it's also just not good. It feels tired, worn out, exhausted, which is a shame because the art in the issue is bright and alive and really quite good.

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Batman (2016) #140

Dec 6, 2023

Batman #140, like much of Zdarsky's current Batman story, is a case of potential squandered.

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Batman (2016) #141

Jan 3, 2024

The art is solid, which is nice, but again, it very much feels like a lather-rinse-repeat sort of situation in which Batman hasn't learned anything, just this time jammed full of references that don't always work.

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Batman (2016) #142

Feb 7, 2024

Batman #142, kicking off the "The Joker Year One" arc, is part origin story, part retelling, and part attempt to reconcile current elements of the character's story in Chip Zdarsky's Batman with more definitive tales preceding it. But instead of making important connections between the Joker's past, present, and future, the issue over-explains unnecessary details about DC's most iconic villain and offers very little of substance.

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Batman (2016) #143

Feb 14, 2024

The result is something that feels cheap and a little messy and whose purpose remains a question.

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Batman (2016) #144

Feb 21, 2024

Batman #144 provides the conclusion to "The Joker Year One" arc and ultimately, it all ends up feeling like a needless detour from the general trajectory this run of Batman has been on with the Zur-En-Arrh arc or even the Mindbomb arc.

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Batman (2016) Annual: 2021

Dec 1, 2021

Batman 2021 Annual #1 is, generally, wildly better than the majority of Tynion's Batman work but it suffers from a lot of the same pitfalls, especially in that it feels more like an imitation of something else rather than an authentic creation.

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Batman (2016) Annual #3

Dec 12, 2018

It's something that Tom Taylor's story tells well alone, but Otto Schmidt's art shows it as well, the end result being a beautiful, satisfying, and perfectly Batman tale.

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Batman (2016) Annual #4

Oct 30, 2019

This might be the best Batman book of the year.

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Batman (2016) Annual #5

Dec 30, 2020

If Tynion's main Batman work were even half as good as this story, readers of the main line would be in for a treat. At least with this book Clownhunter feels like a character worth caring a bit more about.

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Batman (2016): Fear State Omega #1

Dec 1, 2021

It's a convenient and rather tidy way to close off Tynion's run, but while it will satisfy some Batman readers in that it gives a distinct sense of closure, one can't help but walk away from the issue feeling as though it was all very superficial " a very slick way to shuffle characters around, clearing the board for the next creative team while also never really dealing with any of the issues presented over the course of the run.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #1

Dec 2, 2020

The much anticipated Batman/Catwoman #1 is finally here and while it's not a perfect book, it's one that lives up to the hype.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #2

Jan 20, 2021

Not a bad book, but certainly not a great one, Batman/Catwoman #2 is enjoyable enough but that only holds if you remain on the surface. Any real scrutiny just weakens the whole issue.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #3

Feb 17, 2021

The result is an issue that is messy, confusing, and a little overcooked with a story that could have just been a one-shot.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #4

Mar 31, 2021

If this is par for the course for the rest of this series, it's going to be a very long, boring, unsubstantial drag.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #5

Jun 2, 2021

Batwoman/Catwoman hasn't been living up to the hype that preceeded the series for a while now, but Batwoman/Catwoman #5 might be the weakest issue yet.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #6

Aug 18, 2021

This deep into Batman/Catwoman, it's fairly obvious that the only thing this series really has working in its favor is the art

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #7

Sep 8, 2021

Every issue of Batman/Catwoman has somehow managed to get worse than the one before it, but this week's Batman/Catwoman #7 is spectacularly awful.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #8

Oct 20, 2021

If I'm being honest, I have no idea what is even going on in this title anymore - and I don't want to.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #9

Dec 22, 2021

If you've been holding out for Tom King's Batman/Catwoman to finally pick up and go somewhere or for the multiple storylines to somehow make sense, you will be gravely disappointed.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #10

Feb 9, 2022

The art's okay, but the story itself and its execution leaves a lot to be desired and really should have been reigned in a long time ago given the bloat, the fluff, and the lack of substance overall.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #11

Apr 13, 2022

When it comes to Batman/Catwoman #11, you have to think of it as two different books: one comprised entirely of art and one comprised entirely of narrative. The former is exquisite. The latter is at least readable.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #12

Jun 29, 2022

In the years since Batman #50, a lot has happened, both in terms of King's run on Batman, as well as with the characters themselves with all of it leading to this: Batman/Catwoman #12. The issue finally delivers that wedding after giving us a dozen issues of story that also wove in bits about their married life and family between a murder story and other elements, but while the issue finally offers up a conclusion and delivers on the "Batrimony" of it all, much like the rest of the Batman/Catwoman series it lacks substance, sense, and lands as little more than a somewhat pretty string of gimmicks that just feels like cheap fan service in the end.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020): Special #1

Jan 26, 2022

This would have been so much better with just a bit more care and substance and as a result, it's the art that gets this issue the bulk of its rating from me.

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Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Red Hood #1

Sep 27, 2023

Story wise, the plot makes no real sense either, and there's a very juvenile quality to the writing that, when paired with Cizmesija's art, feels so rough you'd guess this was a poorly done draft if you didn't know it was a fully finished piece. This is all just extremely disappointing.

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Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Scorched Earth #1

Nov 1, 2023

This comicand the whole eventfeels like a really bad Mad Lib. In fact, it might have been better of being a Mad Lib. Thank gods it's over.

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Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Battle Lines #1

Aug 30, 2023

What happens when the goal is finally in reach just not the way Batman himself would do it? That is, at is core, the premise of Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War Battles Lines #1, but while the idea of seeing Batman come to clash with Catwoman over ideology as Gotham finally gets as close to safe as it has ever been is a hell of a premise, unfortunately the execution of this issue just doesn't deliver on it.

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Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Red Hood #2

Oct 25, 2023

Everything here is just a disappointment which is unfortunate because Jason Todd is a character with great potential that deserves vastly better

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Batman and Robin (2023) #1

Sep 13, 2023

While some of the actual storytelling and art both leave something to be desired, Batman and Robin #1 shows a lot of promise.

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Batman and Robin (2023) #2

Oct 11, 2023

Overall, still solidly in the range of just okay.

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Batman and Robin (2023) #3

Nov 15, 2023

Everything about this issue just screams busy work and while not unpleasant, it doesn't really serve any purpose and even the art isn't especially strong or organized, either.

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Batman and Robin (2023) #4

Dec 13, 2023

Batman and Robin #4 is definitely an improvement.

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Batman and Robin (2023) #6

Feb 14, 2024

Overall, a really strong issue and great fun to read.

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Batman and Robin (2023) Annual: 2024

Jan 31, 2024

What doesn't quite work, however, is the art. just doesn't quite do it when it comes to the human characters. It's messy and a complicated and it detracts from the overall quality.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #1

May 8, 2019

Writer Bryan Hill brings a bit of a fresh approach to the team by incorporating numerous big fan favorites, such as Black Lightning, Katana, and Batman, with younger characters The Signal and Orphan for team incarnation that feels a lot like the Bat Family and is equally as complex and slightly dysfunctional.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #2

Jun 12, 2019

The same clich story elements that created pitfalls in the debut issue still exist here, but the action is hard and fast and fun to read while being even better to look at thanks to Dexter Soy's engaging art.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #3

Jul 10, 2019

The theme of the Outsiders as a broken team continues this issue and, while that's a point already made in the previous two issues of Batman and The Outsiders, this week the story shifts towards healing even as, in a paralell plot, the person the team has been charged with saving falls further towards darkness in the hands of Ra's Al Ghul.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #4

Aug 14, 2019

It's not a bad issue. It's just not particularly great as it lurches forward towards what is (hopefully) an action-packed future.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #5

Sep 11, 2019

Nothing here is easy, as we're learning, and it makes for another solid read.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #6

Oct 9, 2019

It's a solid read and a good lead in to the next arc in the series.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #7

Nov 13, 2019

Batman and the Outsiders #7 still struggles a bit with too much exposition, but we're finally getting into the story for real now -- and it's one that has promise.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #8

Dec 11, 2019

Batman and The Outsiders #8 is flat-out one of the best issues of the series thus far.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #9

Jan 8, 2020

Bryan Hill knocks it out of the park with his stripped down, raw take on Black Lightning's anger and grief, and it makes for a stunning, satisfying issue.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #10

Feb 12, 2020

It's exciting, intriguing, and feels like solid payoff for all the build up we've had thus far.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #11

Mar 11, 2020

In truth, there is a lot of establishing in this issue, but it works well in that it helps resolve some of the emotional notes that have been running through the series as well as bring all of the major players to a spot where the real fight can jump off: going up against Ra's.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #12

May 6, 2020

It's not that it's bad or problematic that the book puts so much weight on this aspect of the story; these relationships are interesting and inform the future of the team. The problem is is that these are conversations that happen in nearly every issue of the series, almost exactly as they do here, and thus far has done nothing to advance the idea of the Outsiders as an actual team.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #13

Jun 17, 2020

For all of the frequent issues of imbalance in storytelling that Batman and the Outsiders suffers, this week's issue #13 is an issue that finds itself firmly set on stable ground with a chapter that offers up not only some explanation as to what's next for the team now that Ra's diabolical plan has been revealed, but delivers on some of the doubts and concerns that have been planted irregularly through the series thus far.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #14

Jul 8, 2020

Batman and the Outsiders had definitely hit its stride in terms of story and while things do drag a little in terms of pacing in Batman and the Outsiders #14, the issue rightly focuses on a bit of character development"Black Lightning getting his upgraded powers in particular"in a way that starts to truly set things up for a coming battle with Ra's al Ghul.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #15

Aug 12, 2020

It feels like we've been waiting for the Outsiders to take on Ra's forever at this point. The book just needs to get on with it.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #16

Sep 9, 2020

The finale of "The Demon's Fire" storyline hits in this week's Batman and the Outsiders #16 and rather than go out with an impressive, spectacular finale, the whole story comes to conclusion with a whimper.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #17

Oct 14, 2020

It's a slightly too-tidy wrap up, but it delivers on the characters in a thoughtful way that serves as a "what might have been" while also serving as an adequate goodbye.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) Annual #1

Oct 30, 2019

The story is a little dense and a bit repetitive at points, but it's a wonderful read and an absolute must for anyone already invested in the Batman and the Outsiders story.

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Batman vs. Robin (2022) #5

Jan 10, 2024

While I wish the pacing of the issue was a bit betterit feels a little too slow and lags at timesstory wise, there is quite a bit in this issue that very much works.

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Batman: Dear Detective (2022) #1

Sep 7, 2022

Batman: Dear Detective is going to be a divisive comic book because it's neither a true comic book nor an art book, exactly, but tries to land somewhere between the two concepts.

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Batman: Off-World (2023) #1

Nov 22, 2023

It's entertaining and has obvious room to grow and, if nothing else, the art is out of this world pun intended.

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5
Batman: Off-World (2023) #2

Dec 20, 2023

It's actually kind of an interesting read and it certainly makes for a nice contrast to everything going on in the main continuity, but the plot feels thing and I'm already wondering how long the overall conceit of things will carry.

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Batman: Off-World (2023) #3

Jan 31, 2024

Batman: Off-World #3 is a bit of an improvement from previous issues in terms of its pacing and in that it does coalesce around a strong direction for the story going forward. Unfortunately, that doesn't help in terms of the characters that still feel disconnected to the point of it feeling like it is weighing things down.

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Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1

Jun 13, 2018

If you aren't reading Batman Prelude to the Wedding, you need to. The third in the series, Batgirl vs. Riddler is, like Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul and Nightwing vs. Hush, excellent.

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Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1

Jun 6, 2018

A solid, incredible issue you'll want to read over and over again.

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Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul #1

May 30, 2018

The march towards the wedding of Batman and Catwoman continues, and Batman Prelude to the Wedding #1 Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul is perhaps one of the best moments of that march.

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Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1

Jun 20, 2018

Batman Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood Vs. Anarky #1 may be the weakest of the Prelude one-shots, but that doesn't mean it's not still a worthy issue.

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Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. Joker #1

Jun 27, 2018

In keeping with the rest of the prelude books, Tim Seely does an impressive job at revealing intimate sides of those in Batman's world and the way he deftly handles Harley and Joker will make you wish he wrote them all of the time.

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Batman: The Imposter #1

Oct 13, 2021

There are many things in the darkness; this Batman: The Imposter #1 makes them worth exploring.

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Batman: The Imposter #2

Nov 10, 2021

While I continue to have some major concerns about the diagnosis salad (I'm starting to question if Tomlin fully understands the conditions he tosses around) that is part of the Dr. Thompkins' internal monologue about Bruce Wayne"and I really don't buy the presentation of how Alfred would handle young Bruce"Batman: The Imposter #2 continues to be a really interesting exercise in realistically approaching the iconic character and his story.

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Batman: The Imposter #3

Dec 15, 2021

Batman: The Imposter is a solid experiment, in terms of Batman stories. Taking a realistic approach to the character and his world is fresh and interesting, but this finale issue reveals a pretty sound weakness in how this creative team did that and it's inconsistency.

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Betty & Veronica (2018) #1

Dec 19, 2018

Well-paced and carefully crafted, Betty & Veronica is an excellent start. The glimpse it offers into the friendship and inner lives of two of comics' most iconic female characters is a welcome and intriguing one that feels long overdue in a world that all too frequently revolves Archie.

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Betty & Veronica (2018) #2

Jan 30, 2019

Every page of Betty and Veronica #2 rings true, and you'll get to the end wanting more.

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10
Betty & Veronica (2018) #3

Feb 27, 2019

Betty & Veronica #3 is a thoughtful, carefully crafted read that continues to delight.

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Betty & Veronica (2018) #4

Apr 3, 2019

It's the second-to-last issue of Betty & Veronica, and Jamie Lee Rotante once again nails the female friend dynamic in an honest, relatable way.

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Betty & Veronica (2018) #5

May 8, 2019

It's sad that the series is done, but there's so much good to take away from the story. Jamie Lee Rotante has created an instant classic with Betty & Veronica.

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10
Big Hero Six: The Series #1

Nov 13, 2019

There is only one way to describe IDW's Big Hero 6: The Series #1: adorable.

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10
Billionaire Island #1

Mar 4, 2020

Billionaire Island #1 is by far the most intelligent, jaw-dropping, razor sharp, impeccably-timed comic you'll read this week or possibly ever.

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Billionaire Island #2

Jul 1, 2020

From cover to cover the issue is great writing and great art and it's overall a great read.

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10
Billionaire Island #3

Jul 22, 2020

Everything just hits here. It's another knockout issue.

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10
Billionaire Island #4

Aug 12, 2020

This issue is another excellent chapter of this all-too-real story.

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Billionaire Island #5

Aug 26, 2020

Some comics falter a little in their penultimate issue, that's not the case here. Russell continues to craft a layered story while Steve Pugh's art is just so spot on.

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Billionaire Island #6

Sep 16, 2020

Taken as a whole, Billionaire Island is a great series, but issue #6 loses its footing, weakening an otherwise great run.

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Black Cat (2020) #5

Apr 14, 2021

There's an elegance to this particular sort of heist story and Jed MacKay pulls off something that is hearbreaking, thrilling, and satisfying all at once.

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Black Cat (2020) #6

May 12, 2021

If Black Cat #5 offered an elegance to the heist, then Black Cat #6 is all brash and bold and it's perfect for this chapter of the story.

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Black Cat (2020) #7

Jun 2, 2021

Generally I hate story arcs that conclude with everything in a neat and tidy box, but Black Cat #7 pulls things together cleanly and neatly in a way that may be light on action, but is a really great story.

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Black Cat (2020) #8

Jul 28, 2021

If you're a Black Cat fan, this comic is an absolute feast of good things. It is a little wordy in some places but other than that it's a solid, exciting read.

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Black Cat (2020) #9

Aug 18, 2021

Black Cat #9 is just flat out fun.

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Black Cat (2020) #10

Sep 29, 2021

Even if "Infinity Score" isn't my favorite arc ever, this issue is pulling things together very well. It's a very well executed issue.

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Black Cat (2020) Annual #1

Jun 30, 2021

As annuals go, Black Cat Annual #1 is fun.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1

Mar 17, 2021

There's a lot of unmined treasure in the Black Knight and this comic is digging into both the humanity of the character as well as the Arthurian aspect of things; the result is something deeply engaging, relatable, and exciting"allowing readers both familiar new to the character to identify with his flaws and the darkness within him and still be thrilled by promises of more adventure around it all.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #2

Apr 21, 2021

There is no sugar coating things. Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #2 has a lot to process in terms of the mythology and that lends itself to a lot of exposition and panel after panel of words. However, the way Spurrier uses that mythology to weave in other aspects of the story, bringing together parallel storylines and build a larger mystery, it makes the density worth it.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #3

May 19, 2021

Like the issue before it, Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #3 has a lot to process in terms of mythology. It's something that makes the book very exposition heavy and while it's a good read, given its juxtaposition with what should be a significant battle, the result is an issue that looses its footing just a bit.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #4

Jun 30, 2021

This is a fantastic issue. Period.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #5

Jul 28, 2021

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade reaches its finale this week with issue #5 and while the entire run has been an action-packed ride that simultaneously delivers on some deeply thought-provoking concepts about the accuracy of the history we're told as well as mental health, Si Spurrier saved the biggest punches and most exciting moments for this finale and the result is a fantastic book.

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Black Manta (2021) #1

Sep 8, 2021

While Black Manta #1 possesses some intriguing ideas and an interesting overall premise, the first issue has many moving parts that never offer readers quite enough context to warm up to the mystery this story is establishing.

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Black Manta (2021) #2

Oct 20, 2021

Black Manta #2 is a strange book and it's honestly a little boring, but it isn't necessarily bad.

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Black Manta (2021) #3

Nov 10, 2021

If you weren't engaged in this story before, this issue will change that - and there's even an appearance by Gentleman Ghost.

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Black Manta (2021) #4

Dec 15, 2021

With just two issues to go, that's really disappointing. The slow burn of this book really deserves something a bit more elevated because the art brings everything else down.

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Black Manta (2021) #5

Jan 19, 2022

This series has been pretty up and down so it will be interesting to see if the finale sticks, but this issue is a truly solid read.

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Black Manta (2021) #6

Feb 9, 2022

Black Manta #6, despite its somewhat abrupt ending that leaves a great many of loose ends, is somehow better than the entire run of the series to date.

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Bloodrik (2023) #2

Jan 10, 2024

The most notable thing about Bloodrik is the visuals. While the issue's story sees Bloodrik following a light he saw on a mountain and it is a, generally, uneventful and, introspective sort of journey in terms of narrative, it is the art and the way the journey is presented that is most interesting.

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Bloodshot (2019) #1

Sep 25, 2019

Bloodshot #1 is a comic with good intentions that doesn't work very well, save for a whole lot of explosions for fun's sake.

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Bloodshot (2019) #4

Dec 18, 2019

It's flat, it's predictable, and it's boring, leaving readers with no real investment or no real reward for opening up the issue.

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BRZRKR #1

Mar 3, 2021

BRZRKR #1 is a fun read, but it's going to need a lot more than the Keanu Reeves of it all to make the ongoing series worthwhile.

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BRZRKR #2

Apr 28, 2021

There doesn't feel like much to propel the story to the next issue here, but the issue is honestly surprisingly good overall and despite the rather ordinary "extraordinary" origin, it's a solid read.

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BRZRKR #3

Jun 16, 2021

To put it bluntly, the Wolverine-adjacent of it all is getting old, even as the story starts to heat up.

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BRZRKR #4

Jul 28, 2021

Overall, this issue kind of feels like a decision point for the title. Either it's going to kick fully into gear or it's going to fizzle. In either case, things are just okay.

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BRZRKR #5

Sep 29, 2021

If last issue was a decision point between full steam ahead and fizzling, BRZRKR #5 takes us closer to fizzling. It's not bad, but it's not great, leaving an issue that feels like it needs a shot in the arm.

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BRZRKR #6

Dec 15, 2021

BRZRKR #6 finally picks things up rather than completely fizzling out and while we do spend a good bit of time with B getting into his feelings, we do it in a different setting, on the battlefield in the present, as it were and it makes all the difference both in how we as the reader perceive him and, perhaps, how B perceives himself.

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BRZRKR #7

Feb 23, 2022

BRZRKR #7 takes the story on a bit of a turn that feels weirdly calm and almost comforting in that we get some answers"or at least what are presented to B as answers"as to what they really want with him.

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BRZRKR #8

Apr 27, 2022

BRZRKR #8 is a decent comic. When taken in the context over the overall series, this is definitely an issue that feels like it moves a little unevenly and on some level there are aspects that feel like they don't need to be a full issuewe already know the government is up to some less than savory things.

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BRZRKR #9

Jun 29, 2022

BRZRKR is a series that is up and down a lot and while there is a lot that looks really, really cool in BRZRKR #9, story-wise, this is a bit of a down for the series.

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BRZRKR #10

Sep 21, 2022

While this is an issue that does still suffer a bit from having a lot of moving parts and there are pages that feel a bit like filler the final pages ramp up quite a bit of tension, just enough that this epic story feels like it may have gotten well back on track as it rounds into its finale.

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BRZRKR #11

Dec 21, 2022

Overall, it's an okay issue but it takes so long to gain momentum that one has to wonder if it will hold through to the finale.

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BRZRKR #12

Mar 15, 2023

As conclusions go, BRZRKR #12 is "okay" at best and, at worst, an issue of missed opportunity.

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BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness #1

Jul 26, 2023

It's, on the whole, a book that works for BRZRKR fans but probably isn't going to make much sense for new readers.

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BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1

Nov 29, 2023

If all of B's tales are like this one, then they will all be a delight to read.

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6
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11: Giles #1

Feb 28, 2018

There's just enough mystery about both the demon and Roux that you'll want to keep reading to find out more.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11: Giles #2

Mar 28, 2018

Another solid mx of humor, action, and exposition, Giles #2 is a fun read, and you can't help but find yourself hooked.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11: Giles #3

Apr 25, 2018

It's something that honestly elevates the entire issue from simply good to great as it invites you further in and breaks your heart with each and every page.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11: Giles #4

May 23, 2018

Here's the thing about Giles #4: the conclusion of "Girl Blue" is supposed to have emotional weight, especially after the revelations about Roux's past last issue. Unfortunately most of the book is tied up with tedious exposition that is honestly better suited to another medium.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1

Jun 20, 2018

It may be repetitive in terms of challenges, but each time the heroes learn something new and that more than makes this issue worth the read.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #2

Jul 18, 2018

If you're invested in the series, it's a solid read, but this issue really is nothing to write home about.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #3

Aug 22, 2018

Overall, kind of a mundane and average read. Here's to hoping they pull out all the stops next issue to make up for it.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4

Sep 19, 2018

The end is finally here for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Season 12, and Joss Whedon's finale manages to pull together all of the threads of the series -- both television and the many comic book continuations -- into an oddly satisfying conclusion.

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Bully Wars #1

Sep 5, 2018

In many ways it feels an awful lot like a Cartoon Network show circa 2000 and if that's not enough reason to read it then I don't know what is.

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Carnage (2022) #7

Oct 19, 2022

What works here is that there is a combination of a slight bit of humor as well as an increasing sense of escalation and while some of the action sequences here feel ridiculous at times, it's still an intriguing and fun read all around.

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Catwoman (2018): Uncovered #1

Aug 30, 2023

While there's not a story to tell on these pages, the covers here themselves tell a story of one of DC's finest characters who frequently doesn't get quite enough her own due.

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Cemetery Beach #3

Nov 14, 2018

There's aren't a lot of words in Cemetery Beach #3. The issue tends to let the art do the storytelling and while it does it well, the words that we do get as the story progresses isn't particularly deep.

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Cemetery Beach #4

Dec 12, 2018

Cemetery Beach is a unique book that suffers from a too-common problem: the concept is strong, but the execution sloppy at best, and the end result for issue #4 is a book that feels like everything is being run into the ground.

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Cemetery Beach #5

Jan 9, 2019

Cemetery Beach continues to be weighed down by the very thing that makes it interesting: strong concept, weak execution.

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Cemetery Beach #6

Feb 6, 2019

The story here is a common one: someone in power wants to remain in power and will do anything to stop those who threaten that. Finally that's becoming more clear, and with Cemetery Beach so close for our two protagonists, this issue feels like it all might come together at long last.

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Cemetery Beach #7

Mar 6, 2019

While the story is wrapped up in what generally works as a natural stopping place, if you've managed to make it this far with the series, you may well find yourself feeling like you've wasted your time.

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Chilling Adventures (2022): Salem #1

Oct 12, 2022

It's just the right amount of horror for this time of year and a pretty fun comic at that.

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Coda (2023) #1

Sep 13, 2023

It's a great balance that reestablishes the characters, addresses how things have evolved for Hum and Serka, and sets up what may just be the wildest adventure yet.

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Coda (2023) #2

Oct 18, 2023

Coda #2 is a little hard to follow; something with the narration and the individual stories between Hum and Serka don't really differentiate enough on the page in places to keep it all straight at times, but if you go slow and are careful, it still ends up being a solid issue.

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Coda (2023) #3

Nov 15, 2023

Compared to the two previous books in the series, Coda #3 is a bit messy and has some structural weaknesses that make it difficult to follow as there are multiple things happening at once, though none of them are particularly clearly laid out.

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Coda (2023) #4

Dec 27, 2023

While Coda #4 is longmaybe a little too long at pointsits an issue that brings the story into very intimate focus.

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Coda (2023) #5

Jan 31, 2024

It's beautiful, it's gut wrenching, and ultimately it is a story about hope and it's one that is very finely crafted.

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10
Contagion #1

Oct 2, 2019

It's scary, it's interesting, it's even got a bit of humor. The art is top-notch. It's a winner for sure.

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Contagion #2

Oct 9, 2019

Contagion #2 is perfect. It's got it all: there's action, there's some adventure, there's a dose of horror, a lot of heroes, and some unexpected turns.

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Contagion #3

Oct 16, 2019

Not to put too fine a point on things, but Contagion is a great series and if you aren't reading it you should be.

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Contagion #4

Oct 23, 2019

What started just as Ben Grimm's worst nightmare has quickly become everyone's and it's so satisfying, if not frightening to read.

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Contagion #5

Oct 30, 2019

Overall as a series, Contagion has been an incredibly fun ride and this issue brings it all to a fun, satisfying conclusion. And, of course, we get a great panel of Ben Grimm and his cat. Who could want anything more?

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Cosmo #4

Apr 18, 2018

This title is simply a breath of fresh air and while it may not pack any major punch, it's just a delight to read and you won't be able stop yourself from wondering what the evil queen of Venus is up to next.

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10
Crowded #1

Aug 15, 2018

The story alone is brilliantly written, but it's well-supported with art and color that look every bit like Instagram snapshots, making the world of Crowded almost hauntingly like our own. It's a combination that sets Crowded off on an excellent start.

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10
Crowded #2

Sep 12, 2018

It's a stunning warning and an uncomfortably honest take, one that makes one wonder just how far Crowded will take us into the depths of our own hearts.

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Crowded #3

Oct 10, 2018

It's unsettling and that is a huge part of why Crowded #3 is such a fantastic read.

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Crowded #4

Nov 7, 2018

The issue balances that depth out by also fleshing out Vita and Charlie just a bit more as well and, just because it can, ends off on a cliffhanger that will leave you wondering just how the story can move forward from there.

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10
Crowded #5

Dec 5, 2018

Fast-paced from almost the word go with an incredible amount of depth and heart, Crowded #5 is absolutely perfect, especially when it comes to the ferocity of the library.

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10
Crowded #6

Jan 2, 2019

Packed with action and intrigue, Crowded #6 is a stunning issue that promises even more to come.

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Crowded #7

Jul 3, 2019

It's a wild ride, but a truly great one and a solid reminder of why Crowded is simply one of the best comic books to hit shelves in years.

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Crowded #8

Aug 7, 2019

It's a great issue with a lot of fun to balance the fact that we know even less than before.

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Crowded #9

Sep 4, 2019

The twist at the end is pretty much the cherry on top of the whole crazy sundae that is an issue that kicks off fast and simply doesn't stop.

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Crowded #10

Nov 20, 2019

Crowded continues to be one of the best comics out there with Crowded #10 this week, and part of that is because of how much of a departure the issue is.

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Crowded #11

Feb 5, 2020

It feels very much like a transition issue, but one that offers a lot of promise for what's to come.

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Crowded #12

Mar 25, 2020

Crowded consistently manages to be one of the best books out there but this week's Crowded #12 takes things to a new level as it shakes up the story in a big, big way while also closing out the current arc.

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10
Cyborg (2023) #3

Sep 20, 2023

If you aren't reading Cyborg, you're doing yourself a disservice.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! #1

Nov 12, 2020

The book doesn't take itself seriously while also taking itself absolutely seriously and the result is a kick-ass read from cover to cover that also looks cool and delivers quite a few full belly laughs.

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Dawn of DC Primer (2023) #1

May 17, 2023

As a prologue for the big "Dawn of DC" event, Dawn of DC: Primer more or less does its job. Joshua Williamson gives readers an important piece of world building for the story, offering up a frustrated Amanda Waller who is just done with the heroes of the DCU and is now ready to take actions against them from the shadows, of course.

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DC / Looney Tunes: Harley Quinn/Gossamer #1

Aug 29, 2018

Overall, Harley Quinn Gossamer Special #1 is a fun break from the usual insanity of the Harley Quinn world.

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10
DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1

May 12, 2021

This is quite honestly one of, if not the, actual best anthology DC Comics has ever put out, period.

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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1

Oct 6, 2021

It seems a little strange to call a horror comic rooted in religion and populated by uncomfortable characters with art and colors that make one feel like they need to wash their hands after reading them a masterpiece, especially after only one issue, but that's what Soul Plumber is.

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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #2

Nov 3, 2021

This issue sets up a weird and grand mystery that blends the horror of exploitative spiritual malpractice with the very mysteries of the universe and it never misses a beat in terms of interest and excellence.

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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #3

Dec 8, 2021

Yes, it's bonkers, but there's also a lot of well-done commentary about how religion is concerned only with itself and not the people who truly believe and it's that balance between vicious commentary and bonkers adventure that makes this book and this issue an absolute delight.

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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #4

Jan 5, 2022

This issue is unholy in the best way and it it forces the reader to genuinely think about the nature of faith and it's brilliant.

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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #5

Feb 23, 2022

This issue is an absolute blast and a knockout for one of the best series currently going.

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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #6

Mar 16, 2022

Where the real strength lies, however, is the commentary about the nature of people " just how far we'll take things, how cynical we can be, and how history doesn't always repeat itself but frequently rhymes. For a book that was, fundamentally, an exploration of humanity and faith, it's a knockout send off.

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DC Mech (2022) #1

Jul 27, 2022

DC Mech #1 is a lot of fun, even if at times it feels very much like an extended advertisement for some cool new toys (toys I would shamelessly buy, for the record.)

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DC Mech (2022) #2

Aug 24, 2022

DC: Mech is proving to be a title that is just so specific and so niche that it's not really for most readers but, more than that, it seems to lean too much into its weakest points.

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DC Mech (2022) #3

Sep 28, 2022

This is very much the definition of style over substance and a case of even the style being thin.

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DC Mech (2022) #4

Oct 26, 2022

Does it all work? No, but it is engaging and a bit of an improvement over issue #3.

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DC Mech (2022) #5

Nov 23, 2022

DC: Mech #5 continues this title's general trend of being style over substance, or more specifically, of trying to shove the world of DC into the box of another genre only to end up with a very mid result.

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DC Mech (2022) #6

Dec 28, 2022

The art this issue improves a bit, but at the end, this whole series and this issue in particular was just a bit of harmless and at time mindless fun the absolute definition of mid.

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DC Power (2023) #1

Feb 1, 2023

This may be DC's best anthology to date and one can only hope that it is the start of more of these stories from these creators outside of just this one month

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10
DC Pride (2021): Through The Years

Jun 14, 2023

DC does an incredible job with its Pride issues, but this one, is truly outstanding.

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DC Pride (2021): Tim Drake Special #1

Jun 15, 2022

On the whole, I went into the DC Pride: Tim Drake special wanting to love it. The idea of one of the most enduring of Batman's sidekicks being bisexual is something that feels both groundbreaking and natural all at once, but these stories don't handle it well, particularly out of context.

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DC Pride (2021): 2023 #1

May 31, 2023

For the third year in a row, DC has celebrated Pride Month with an oversize one-shot that puts its LGBTQ+ characters front and center. And, in addition to the issue once again being packed with solid stories and art that put the characters first in an authentic and humanizing way, it's an issue that feels timelier and more necessary than ever.

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DC Silent Tales (2023) #1

Apr 19, 2023

This is a fantastic book and I wish there were more like it.

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10
DC's Crimes of Passion #1

Feb 5, 2020

It's a fine collection, one that will make you wish DC did this more often.

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DC's Grifter Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2022) #1

Nov 30, 2022

Overall, each of the stories in this anthology is a winner and it's a really great book overall.

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DC's Harley Quinn Romances (2023) #1

Feb 1, 2023

It's very much the equivalent of reading a magazine in a sense, where you get a some good stuff, but you flip through some lesser things for those few things and for a book this size, it feels like we should get something just a touch better.

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DC's Nuclear Winter Special #1

Nov 28, 2018

DC Comics continues their tradition of annual holiday specials, and, as these things go, DC's Nuclear Winter Special is unique.

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DC's Very Merry Multiverse (2020) #1

Dec 9, 2020

Really, this is one of the weirdest holiday specials DC has put out, but it has a ton of heart and is a fun, offbeat read from cover to cover.

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10
Dead Day #1

May 29, 2020

Dead Day #1 is an outstanding comic.

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Dead Day #2

Aug 19, 2020

It's a good second issue from cover to cover.

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Dead Day #3

Sep 16, 2020

It feels a bit too much like "Riverdale" in the worst possible way and that doesn't really move much this issue. Other than that, Dead Day #3 is a strong comic.

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Dead Day #4

Oct 21, 2020

Well-written, heartfelt at times, and fast moving, the only real problem with Dead Day #4 is that it just wasn't long enough"it's an issue that certainly leaves you wanting more.

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Dead Day #5

Nov 18, 2020

Still, it's an excellent read and, when taking this issue with the whole of the series, one of the better comics this year. I just wish there had been more.

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5
Deep Beyond #3

Apr 7, 2021

Deep Beyond is an ambitious title and three issues deep, it continues to be visually fascinating and lovely to look at, but the story in progress drags and feels a little dull, if not bloated in places.

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Deep Beyond #4

May 5, 2021

Puzzle boxes are fun, but this far in, we should be making more progress.

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5
Deep Beyond #5

Jun 2, 2021

As a reader, I'm still not really sure what's going on and this far in, that's concerning.

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5
Deep Beyond #6

Jul 7, 2021

There's a bit more to work with this issue than previously, but it unfortunately doesn't improve things much.

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5
Deep Beyond #7

Aug 11, 2021

Deep Beyond #7 takes the story a lot deeper, but the continued issue of interesting elements that don't fully connect that has been an issue for the whole series remains strong here.

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5
Deep Beyond #8

Sep 15, 2021

This issue has some stable art that is better than most of what we've seen in the run, bu the story is still cluttered, convoluted, and very hard to follow issue to issue.

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Deep Beyond #9

Oct 13, 2021

I'm still not seeing the allure of Deep Beyond. Nine issues in and with so many twists and reversals and what feels like a truly pointless motivation from the politian in the story, nothing feels like it has any real stakes.

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Deep Beyond #10

Nov 17, 2021

Told mostly in flashback to give some context for who Jolene is seeking for assistance, this issue really feels fleshed out and cohesive, unlike some of the more frenetic previous offerings. It's a solid issue.

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Deep Beyond #11

Dec 22, 2021

That's one thing about this overall title that has been pretty consistent and makes it an immersive world, even if it is largely a confusing one.

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Deep Beyond #12

Feb 16, 2022

Deep Beyond saved its big swing for the end and missed completely.

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10
Dejah Thoris (2018) #4

May 9, 2018

Dejah Thoris isn't a title you can just jump into. In order to have an idea as to what's going on in Dejah Thoris #4, you really need to read the previous three, but if there is one thing that this issue makes clear is that it's worth it.

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Dept. H #24

Mar 21, 2018

Haunting, masterful, and beautiful, this issue would be gorgeous if done all in black and white, but Sharlene Kindt's colors elevate the entire experience. It's a beautiful end to a beautiful series.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #1

Aug 3, 2022

Lead-in series have a lot of ground to cover and that means a lot of risk of being too much. That's the case here. Hopefully, things will improve going forward.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #2

Aug 17, 2022

As an anthologywhich is roughly what this is with different writers and artists on each storyit's enjoyable and oddly consistent in look and feel save for "Mini-Spider" which looks a little rough, but is still fun.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #3

Sep 14, 2022

The previous issues of Edge of Spider-Verse have been a little uneven with their stories that introduce the various players in a larger, coming adventure, but issue #3 is a trio of stories that are all winners, both in terms of their narrative and their art.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #4

Sep 21, 2022

With Spider-Ham, the Disney Princess Version of a Spider Person, the Spectacular Spider-Mobile, and more, Edge of Spider-Verse #4 is probably the weirdest issue yet of this series and, save for a few spots where the overall "plot" is forced into things, this is honestly the most delightful.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #5

Oct 5, 2022

Overall, this issue has decent balance and while it's not great, it's not awful.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2023) #1

May 3, 2023

Issues like this, that contain little vignettes, can be hit or miss, but this is definitely a hit with two stories that are fully well crafted, just in totally different ways.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2023) #2

May 31, 2023

Neither of the stories are bad but there is a definite imbalance in the amount of space each one is given and how that impacts the quality.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2023) #3

Jun 21, 2023

As the stories in this round of Edge of Spider-Verse have gone, Edge of Spider-Verse #3 is pretty solid all around provided that you have frame of reference for them.

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Edge of Spider-Verse (2023) #4

Jul 5, 2023

At the end, I don't really know what the point of Edge of Spider-Verse was. Was it just random Spider stories? Was it meant to be some connected web as the final story in this final issue sort of tries to suggest? In either case, the series never really succeeded and this issue sort of is a pretty strong example why.

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Elvira In Horrorland #1

May 25, 2022

Elvira does a lot of talking and it takes up a lot of the page where the book might be better served with some showing rather than telling. But even with that, it's a fun little romp of a book.

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Elvira In Horrorland #2

Jun 22, 2022

To put it bluntly, it's a very weird issue that doesn't seem to conform to any real rules, but for movie buffs, it's a ton of fun even if it does feel a bit like a narrative disaster. The art is also really kind of fun, though just a little inconsistent.

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10
Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #5

Jan 22, 2020

Simply put, this book is practically perfect.

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Eve (2021): Children of the Moon #1

Oct 19, 2022

The only real weakness to this issue is that if you aren't familiar with Eve, you aren't on the best footing to start this off and are left with a lot of questions that even a simple basic recap in the story could have fixed. Other than that, this is a strong start.

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Eve (2021): Children of the Moon #2

Nov 23, 2022

While this issue does feel a little slow in pacing, that's actually a very good thing as it lets you soak the story. You're left wanting more even as the story shifts to the present and leaves on a big cliffhanger.

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4
Eve (2021): Children of the Moon #3

Dec 21, 2022

Eve: Children of the Moon #3 feels a little lackluster.

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Eve (2021): Children of the Moon #4

Jan 18, 2023

With this being the penultimate issue in the series, there is still a lot of questions and no real set feeling that a firm direction is at hand, but the investment in terms of story is finally starting to gel and it's a marked improvement.

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Eve (2021): Children of the Moon #5

Feb 15, 2023

Overall, the series never delivers on any of the stakes it sets up and just lands the reader in a place where they wonder where eve will go next and while that's not a bad place to end, it just feels very basic.

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10
Event Leviathan #1

Jun 12, 2019

Engaging and well-considered, Event Leviathan #1 both looks and reads like thriller, offering just enough in the way of twists and turns to take readers on a story that is both a little predictable and a bit unexpected, leaving the quiet possibility that this is a threat that the heroes may not be able to stop"while also making one wonder exactly who the heroes really are and what cost is worth paying for a "better world."

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10
Event Leviathan #2

Jul 10, 2019

Event Leviathan is billed as a six-issue mystery thriller and after a stellar kick off issue, the second installment is absolutely living up to that.

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Event Leviathan #3

Aug 14, 2019

Event Leviathan #3 may not be the strongest issue so far, but it certainly gives readers a lot to consider ensuring they'll want more.

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10
Event Leviathan #4

Sep 11, 2019

To put it bluntly, Event Leviathan #4 is a damn fine issue of a damn fine series. Period.

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10
Event Leviathan #5

Oct 9, 2019

The result is a damn near perfect penultimate issue that makes the wait for the finale that much harder.

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10
Event Leviathan #6

Nov 13, 2019

Beautiful story, lovely art, it's an excellent closing issue to the short series, well-executed and well-done.

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Exorsisters #1

Oct 17, 2018

Exorsisters #1 is one of those comics that seems like a light, slightly campy and fun read, and for the most part that's exactly what it is.

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Exorsisters #2

Nov 21, 2018

What really makes it an interesting read instead of being cumbersome the way some backstories can be is that it's hard to tell who you feel most for, Kate and Cate or their mother as all three (well, two) are victims of deals with the devil gone awry. What makes the story even better, though, is how no one seems to learn from these deals.

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Exorsisters #3

Dec 19, 2018

Cate's story about her ex-boyfriend Buzz is genuinely interesting even if it only barely moves the story forward.

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Exorsisters #4

Jan 23, 2019

While the book often reads like it's trying too hard, especially with Kate, the only real let down this issue is that there wasn't more of it.

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Exorsisters #5

Feb 20, 2019

It's a very middling issue in a promising series that is starting to buckle under its own bloat.

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Exorsisters #6

May 29, 2020

Overall, though, Exorsisters #6 is a fun read and here's to hoping we don't have to wait so long to see what's next for the Harrow sisters.

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Fairlady #1

Apr 10, 2019

The writing, the complete "one and done" story format, the art, and even the carefully crafted culture of The Feld all makes the book a standout. Come for the anthropomorphic cat. Stay for a genuinely original and fascinating story that will leave you wanting more in the best way possible.

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Fairlady #2

May 15, 2019

Things take a sharp, sudden turn towards the resolution in a way that feels a little too convenient and easy, but other than that, Fairlady #2 is an absolute delight.

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Fairlady #3

Jun 19, 2019

One of the best things about Fairlady is that each issue is a full story, but while Fairlady #3 does, in fact, give readers a full story, it also sets up a bigger mystery.

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Fairlady #4

Jul 17, 2019

It's just a top notch issue and if you're not reading Fairlady then you need to correct that immediately. This book is fantastic.

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Fairlady #5

Aug 21, 2019

The issue manages to pull off both a conclusion and a cliffhanger, defying convention much the way the book's heroine does thus making Fairlady #5 one of the best books out this week.

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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #1

Sep 6, 2023

It's been a long time coming for Fire & Ice to get their due, but Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville more than pulls it off. in the hands of Joanne Starer and artist Natacha Bustos, the issue delivers what might be comics' most iconic friendship with both deep and obvious respect for their character histories while also leaning into more modern complexity.

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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #2

Oct 4, 2023

The creative team does a fantastic job of staying true to these iconic characters while also keeping the story fresh and approachable and building this quirky story with some good momentum. It's a solid issue.

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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #3

Nov 8, 2023

If you aren't having fun with Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville, you're missing out.

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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #4

Dec 6, 2023

Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #4 is cute and while I'm still not fully clear on what the plot that is carrying through this series actually is, it does seem to be starting to take some subtle shape and this issue has Lobo showing up even as the rift between Fire and Ice grows deeper.

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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #5

Jan 3, 2024

Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #5 starts to pull things together in time for the next issue's finale and while the overall plot of the issue is a little clunky and jumbled because it has the task of throwing a lot of new information at the reader while also tying that information to previous events, it's still pretty enjoyable largely for the character development on the part of Fire.

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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #6

Feb 7, 2024

The book is a bit silly, but also really fun and heartfelt. It's a blast throughout and hopefully we'll get more adventures from these two.

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Flashpoint: Beyond #1

May 4, 2022

It isn't bad, but it's also not as great as it could be especially considering the quality of the art is already top notch.

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Flashpoint: Beyond #2

Jun 8, 2022

Two issues into Flashpoint Beyond and I think that this event may end up being just as divisive as Flashpoint, but perhaps for different reasons.

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Flashpoint: Beyond #3

Jul 6, 2022

In a sense, Flashpoint Beyond #3 definitely feels like a turning point for the story, but it isn't clear if that turn is going to pay off. That said, Penguin is delightful in this issue, as he has been the whole series so far. I wish we could get a book of just him and Dexter.

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Flashpoint: Beyond #4

Aug 3, 2022

It's a great issue, the only real "negative" being that readers might really need to go back and do a touch of homework to get the full force of things, but man it is worth it.

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Flashpoint: Beyond #5

Sep 7, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond has just one issue to go after this week's Flashpoint Beyond #5, and the penultimate issue may be the series' strongest.

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Flashpoint: Beyond #6

Oct 19, 2022

It's not the cleanest series finalethe series largely serves to set up the upcoming JSA title in a lot of regardsbut it sticks the landing and offers a lot to consider about the nature of moving forward from insurmountable loss.

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Future Fight Firsts: Crescent & Io #1

Nov 6, 2019

It's a simple book done beautifully"a real winner.

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Future State (2021): Harley Quinn #1

Jan 7, 2021

The whole book is just incredible and easily one of the best Future State offerings. This book is a knockout.

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Future State (2021): Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1

Jan 13, 2021

It's a gorgeous story, a gorgeous issue. A winner all around.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #1

Jan 13, 2021

It's a back-to-basics story that is anything but basic.

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Future State (2021): The Next Batman #1

Jan 7, 2021

This is a bold book and it's masterfully done and a great launch into "Future State."

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Future State (2021): Superman vs. Imperious Lex #1

Jan 27, 2021

Nuts and bolts here is that this is well-done and thought-provoking title that avoids being preachy but stays true to its message in a way more comics should.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #2

Jan 27, 2021

DC's "Future State" continues to be a fascinating set of stories about the future of the DC Universe, but just as was the case with the first issue, Future State: Dark Detective #2 is easily one of the best.

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Future State (2021): Harley Quinn #2

Feb 3, 2021

The whole issue is just a great turn from start to finish.

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Future State (2021): Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2

Feb 10, 2021

There's a lot of good stuff coming out of "Future State," but this story of strength, sacrifice and hope transcends it all.

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Future State (2021): Superman vs. Imperious Lex #2

Feb 24, 2021

This is a book that's fun to read even when uncomfortable and is very much of the moment in a way that feels timeless.

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Future State (2021): The Next Batman #2

Jan 20, 2021

Simply put, this book from cover to cover is a revelation and it's brilliant. If this is the future of the DC Universe, these are absolutely the stories we need.

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Future State (2021): Superman vs. Imperious Lex #3

Mar 31, 2021

While not a bad read, Superman vs. Imperious Lex #3 misses the mark, overstays its welcome, and simply leaves readers wondering what the point was.

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Future State (2021): The Next Batman #3

Feb 3, 2021

Future State: The Next Batman #3 is a solid book but what really stands out is the art.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #3

Feb 10, 2021

Every Batman story should be this good. Period.

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Future State (2021): The Next Batman #4

Feb 17, 2021

They only "bad" thing I have to say about Future State: The Next Batman #4 is that it's the last one and with the quality of this book"specifically this issue and the little series overall"that's just wrong.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #4

Feb 24, 2021

While the story does feel like it moves a little fast and there's a sense of wanting more, it's a solid issue of a truly great Batman story. I can't wait to see what happens next when Tamaki and Mora take over Detective Comics next month.

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Future State: Gotham #1

May 12, 2021

Future State: Gotham #1 is a comic book that no one really asked for, but between the writers' solid grasp on Jason Todd and their willingness to go (a little) outside the box with him along with the unexpected approach to the book's art, it manages to land as a solid read.

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Future State: Gotham #2

Jun 9, 2021

Ultimately, Future State: Gotham #2 is just okay.

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Future State: Gotham #3

Jul 14, 2021

The art itself is solid, but the choice to make the book black and white doesn't really work so well when without color it's becoming increasingly difficult to tell characters apart. Particularly in the case of Punchline and Harley Quinn, the two characters are essentially identical in terms of features.

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Future State: Gotham #4

Aug 11, 2021

While I'm still not loving the black and white for this story over all and that especially holds here given that Future State: Gotham #4 follows some of Gotham's most colorful characters, this chapter of the story is actually kind of refreshing and delightful.

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Future State: Gotham #5

Sep 15, 2021

While the lack of color has been problematic previously, it really works this issue and, in a sense, brings everything we've seen thus far together in a rich and immersive way.

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Future State: Gotham #6

Oct 13, 2021

The result is a fast-paced and nail-biting issue that is a delight to read.

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Future State: Gotham #7

Nov 10, 2021

This book felt a lot like a low key Fear State and now it feels like we're moving to a high key "Fear State," just with a different name. Gotham, and readers, need a break.

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Future State: Gotham #8

Dec 15, 2021

This story"and indeed this issue"would pack more of a punch if we hadn't just sort of resolved The Magistrate in the main continuity.

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Future State: Gotham #9

Jan 12, 2022

Again, it all just feels like everything we've already seen from Batman and other Future State stories run through a blender and while it's executed well-enough, the overall story just lacks punch.

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Future State: Gotham #10

Feb 9, 2022

Future State: Gotham #10 kind of feels like it could be sorted out using a series of bullet points at this point because most of the criticisms the previous issues have earned remain here.

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Future State: Gotham #11

Mar 9, 2022

While I get that the issue and indeed the whole title is supposed to have a manga-like feel, it never really hits that mark, both in terms of visual and story.

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Future State: Gotham #12

Apr 13, 2022

I realize that the art in Future State: Gotham is supposed to have something of a manga feel to it, but as I've said before this really looks more like someone's rough sketchbook rather than developed art.

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Future State: Gotham #13

May 11, 2022

It's not unreadable. You can certainly pull things of value from it, but so much here just feels like an elaborate junk drawer of ideas that DC can't justify throwing away but also doesn't really want to do justice and sadly it shows.

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Future State: Gotham #14

Jun 15, 2022

It's just so meh and the manga-inspired art, which itself isn't particularly well executed, doesn't help.

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Future State: Gotham #15

Jul 13, 2022

Future State: Gotham continues to disappoint, which is really sad considering that the creative team is certainly capable of better work and there are even moments within this very series that prove that. Future State: Gotham #15 suffers from many of the same issues that previous installments have, though somehow they all seem distilled here.

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Future State: Gotham #16

Aug 10, 2022

There really isn't any way to say this softly. Future State: Gotham is terrible.

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Future State: Gotham #17

Sep 14, 2022

In terms of story, Future State: Gotham #17 is a slight improvement over recent issues but that isn't saying much.

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Future State: Gotham #18

Oct 12, 2022

It's chaotic, it's weird, it's lazily put together, and I'm thankful it's over.

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Ghostlore (2023) #1

May 10, 2023

Ghost stories can be tricky, but Ghostlore #1 manages to set up an interesting approach to the genre.

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Ghostlore (2023) #2

Jun 14, 2023

This comic book is just so very, very good, subtly building a haunting tale while also digging into human emotion.

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Ghostlore (2023) #3

Jul 12, 2023

Ghostlore #3 is so very good and the same things that have been outstanding in the first two issues are strong here, too in particular how we build on the fraught relationship between Lucas and Harmony.

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Ghostlore (2023) #4

Aug 9, 2023

This is just such a good story, it's okay to take a moment here.

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Ghostlore (2023) #5

Oct 4, 2023

Ghostlore #5 is a really lovely issue, even if the overall tone of the series had me on edge the entire time waiting for something awful to happen.

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Ghostlore (2023) #6

Nov 1, 2023

The art here is also really stunning. It's also really neat to see the issue take on the idea of certain roleplaying games being demonic. It's a little tongue in cheek and clever and nice. -

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Ghostlore (2023) #7

Jan 3, 2024

Ghostlore #7 brings Harmony's group face to face with Shane's peopleor his emissary, at leastand starts to set the stage for a major battle between the two all while fully establishing the idea of a coming storm. The problem, however, is that other than the set up for a conflict between the two sides, there's still a lot that we just don't know about w hat's actually going on.

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Ghostlore (2023) #8

Feb 7, 2024

It's well-executed and perhaps the most interesting look at Lucas so far, making it a really fantastic issue, even if somewhat slow.

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Giant Days #36

Mar 7, 2018

Max Sarin's art, coupled with Whitney Cogar's coloring, is charming as well, bringing the whole ordinary story together and making it a little fun at the same time.

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Giant Days #37

Apr 4, 2018

Overall a refreshing, darling issue.

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Giant Days #38

May 2, 2018

Giant Days #38 is a rare issue where everything just works in the best way possible making it a great read across the board.

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Giant Days #39

Jun 6, 2018

Giant Days continues to be one of those rare books where there's no need for something to fix or a mystery to solve. Instead, it finds its story in real-world situations that readers can easily identify with.

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Giant Days #40

Jul 4, 2018

Giant Days may not be a book with a lot of action, but it's that relatability that makes it outstanding yet again this week.

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Giant Days #41

Aug 1, 2018

It's another delightful issue. This title is really just a joy.

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Giant Days #42

Sep 5, 2018

Every issue of Giant Days is a treat. It's rare that a comic book will tell a complete story in a single issue while still feeding the bigger picture that will, eventually, become a future issue's central problem.

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Giant Days #43

Oct 3, 2018

Moving, funny, and brilliantly real, Giant Days #42 is another excellent issue you won't want to miss.

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

Sep 16, 2020

From cover to cover, this is a truly glorious book and while there is a little bit of cliche in some of Storm's thoughts about life and its meaning, this book is so beautiful we'll just look past it. It's wonderful.

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Gospel (2022) #1

Nov 9, 2022

It reveals a tale that is much more than it initially seems taking the threads of medieval history, the hero's journey, issues of faith, and all out adventure to take on something biggernamely questions of selfwhile providing a dreamy visual quality as dynamic as the story on the page.

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Gospel (2022) #2

Dec 14, 2022

Yes, you have to pay attention and think your way through the Gospel #2, but it's well worth it.

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Gospel (2022) #3

Jan 11, 2023

Will Morris does an incredible job with stories within stories, but what really makes Gospel #3 perhaps the best and most fun issue of the series yet is that this issue not only deepens the storypast, present, and legendbut inserts a banger of a bar fight as well.

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Gospel (2022) #4

Feb 8, 2023

Each issue of Gospel is an increasingly fascinating exploration of humanity, belief, and story but this penultimate issue of the series might be the best example of it.

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Gospel (2022) #5

Mar 8, 2023

This is storytelling at its finest all while telling a story and frankly, this issue is just fantastic. So is the whole series. There's really no other way to say it.

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Green Arrow (2023) #4

Sep 27, 2023

Paired with the story, you get something that feels like a throwback for long-time readers and fans of Green Arrow while also being new enough for those who haven't had a chance to truly take in this character. It's just so very, very, very good.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #37

Feb 7, 2018

"Angry Bird Part One" is compelling follow-up to the "Batter Up" story arc and while it's a lot of set up with the promise of action to come, it's fully of humorous pop-culture references that helps Harley pop right off the page and draw fans in as for what the eventual showdown between Harley and Penguin might hold.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #38

Feb 21, 2018

This title is consistently a fun read, but this issue is honestly one of the best this week.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #39

Mar 7, 2018

While the book doesn't need it to keep you coming back, the perfect pacing of this story will definitely have you eager to find out what happens next.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #40

Mar 21, 2018

Harley Quinn consistently proves to be one of the most fun and well-crafted books DC has going right now and this issue is no exception.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #41

Apr 4, 2018

Harley Quinn #41 is a mess, but it's a fun, fantastic, and utterly bonkers mess.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #42

Apr 18, 2018

There's nothing to like here, which is really unfortunate considering how much fun the rest of this book has been lately.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #43

Jun 6, 2018

There's no way to put this other than bluntly: Harley Quinn #43 is a mess.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #44

Jun 20, 2018

The real threat that seemed so promising before feels too much like it was forgotten and by the time the arc ends, it's all so unsatisfying and lackluster that you can't help but wonder what the point was at all.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #45

Jul 4, 2018

Harley Quinn works best as a character when she's allowed to simply be herself, and Harley Quinn #45 massively delivers on that front.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #46

Jul 18, 2018

There is a fine line between letting Harley Quinn be herself and turning her into a discount Deadpool, and, unfortunately, Harley Quinn #46 leans a little too hard into the latter.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #47

Aug 1, 2018

Harley's adventures on Apokolips come to an end in this issue, and while the conclusion is just as bonkers as anything you'd expect from Harley Quinn, there's a serious quality to the way things wrap up with Granny Goodness.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #48

Aug 15, 2018

After a not-so-relaxing vacation to Apokolips, Harley is back and in top form in Harley Quinn #48 and that means a campy, somewhat bonkers adventure for the beloved character, but where previous recent storylines have lacked in presenting a fitting challenge for Harley, "Clown For Hire Part One" might just be the most Harley Quinn story in several issues.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #49

Sep 5, 2018

One of the best things about the Harley Quinn book is that it's fairly predictable and, no, predictable isn't bad.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #50

Sep 19, 2018

Harley Quinn isn't Deadpool and DC isn't Marvel, but someone might want to tell Harley Quinn #50 that. Not only is the issue one giant breaking of the fourth wall, it's an Avengers: Infinity War-esque story as well, just insane in a bright and sort of wacky way.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #51

Oct 3, 2018

While the "oh no, Harley broke continuity" schtick is more than a little yawn-worthy, there's something charming about #51 with Captain Triumph being stuck out of his own time, trying to be a hero the only way he knows how and colliding directly with a society and time that he simply doesn't understand.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #52

Oct 17, 2018

Captain Triumph's story continues in Harley Quinn #52, and this issue holds on to everything that made the previous issue a standout. The pacing is perfect, with the story sacrificing nothing in slowing down from the title's usually bonkers hijinks.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #53

Nov 7, 2018

It's truly an outstanding read, and the art is pretty great too.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #54

Nov 21, 2018

It's a lovely read, and it's even nicer to see Harley continue to evolve in a real and meaningful way.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #55

Dec 5, 2018

The book is a true treat and a must-read.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #56

Dec 19, 2018

If you follow comics at all, you're probably aware of something called Comicsgate and if you follow Harley Quinn you that the character -- and the book -- aren't one to turn away from a ridiculous fight. That's right, Harley and Comicsgate -- I mean, "Pettergate" -- collide in #56 and it's some of the most brilliant satire you'll read.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #57

Jan 9, 2019

Harley Quinn #57 is honestly this title at its finest.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #58

Feb 6, 2019

It's a fun read with real heart for a message, something that doesn't always come across in comics featuring Batman.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #59

Mar 6, 2019

I won't spoil the exact challenge Harley faces this issue, but the book stands as a beautiful reminder for readers to embrace who they really are as opposed to what others think they are. It's a powerful message, and it's beautifully done.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #60

Apr 3, 2019

This run overall is simply a delight, but this issue is a real winner you won't want to miss.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #61

May 1, 2019

While the story is a little bit tricky to follow in places -- it has quite a bit of table-setting to do -- stick with it for just the insanity of it all.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #62

Jun 5, 2019

It's a it messy with a lot of moving parts and while it does show some growth in Harley as a character in that she doesn't try to quit and is determined to save her friends without question, it's wrapped up rather quickly and too-tidily before being decorated with a little bow as part of Harley's trials.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #63

Jul 3, 2019

It's raw, it's genuine, and it hits you right in the gut. That's the story the book is hopefully getting back to. It's the story where the character shines the most. -

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Harley Quinn (2016) #64

Aug 7, 2019

It's a belly laugh, a punch to the gut, and a genuinely perfectly done issue. Read it. Now.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #65

Sep 4, 2019

Harley Quinn #65 isn't simply the next issue in the "Trials of Harley Quinn." It isn't just another comic book. Harley Quinn #65 is a beautifully executed portrait of grief and the power"and bravery"required to face pain and loss.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #66

Oct 2, 2019

If you're looking for a ton of zany Harley Quinn action, a lot of witty quips, and just the general insanity that comes with the character you're not going to find it here. Instead, Sam Humphries delivers one of the most emotionally powerful and moving issues of the story thus far.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #67

Nov 6, 2019

Think of Harley Quinn #67 as DC's Thanksgiving Special and it's a clever, funny, goofy romp full of heart and a bit of sly commentary that is both fun and fresh.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #68

Dec 4, 2019

The story itself in the episode is honestly a little thin"but it's perfectly fitting for the absolutely bonkers adventures the book takes readers on each and the parts of it that pack a punch do so in precisely the way you'd expect a holiday tale to. The art is what wins here with a bright and beautiful holiday display, Harley style.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #69

Jan 1, 2020

It's refreshing and fun and funny and a great way to close out one year and enter another.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #70

Feb 5, 2020

It's everything you could want in a Harley comic and more.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #71

Mar 4, 2020

It's just A+ all around.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #72

May 13, 2020

It's beautiful, it's real, and its heartwrenching just as much as it is funny. It's a fantastic issue; it's timing just makes it perfect.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #73

Jun 10, 2020

Say what you will about the social messages of the book, but Sam Humphries delivers a damn near perfect bit of storytelling in this bonkers book. This is Harley at her finest, period.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #74

Jul 8, 2020

Harley Quinn #74 is definitely a wrap-up issue, closing out her adventures in Los Angeles and bringing the story of her grief following her mother's death full circle. It's satisfying in a truly unique way.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #75

Aug 19, 2020

It's a lovely send off for the title, a book that fully humanized one of comics more colorful and sometimes underestimated characters.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #1

Mar 24, 2021

It is a truly great issue and one that welcomes long-time Harley Quinn fans and prepares to win over plenty of new ones.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #2

Apr 28, 2021

With Stephanie Phillips behind the pen, Harley Quinn's voice is the most authentic and enjoyable that it has ever been and that's very obvious in Harley Quinn #2.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #3

May 26, 2021

There's a solid balance here between words and action, Harley being both brilliant and, well, Harley, and it all just works well.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #4

Jun 23, 2021

Even with Rossmo's art hitting a stride, the actual story it is supporting simply doesn't move leaving the issue to be little more than a fun and pretty piece of mostly filler.

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10
Harley Quinn (2021) #5

Jul 28, 2021

The stall that Stephanie Phillips' Harley Quinn series hit in the previous issue is gone entirely in this week's Harley Quinn #5 and what readers get may be the best of the run yet.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #6

Aug 25, 2021

Harley Quinn #6 sees an artist change, with Laura Braga taking over for Riley Rossmo and while I wasn't exactly a big fan of Rossmo's art and I do enjoy Braga's work, it's a hard shift that feels a little unsteady with this next chapter of Harley's story.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #7

Sep 29, 2021

Generally, I like Stephanie Phillips' take on Harley. She leans into the psychology of things in a way that differs from most previous takes on the character and that holds true in this week's Harley Quinn #7 but that doesn't work quite as well as it should when jammed up against the "Fear State" event.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #8

Oct 27, 2021

The "Fear State" story in Batman may be dull, directionless hot mess of nothing, but the same story (or rather, setting) in Harley Quinn #8 is a revelation of heart, action, and genuine character development that only further cements Stephanie Phillips as one of the best to write Harley ever.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #9

Nov 24, 2021

Goofy, fun, and authentic from words to art (that's it, I'm totally converted to Riley Rossmo's style), this is a knockout issue.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #10

Dec 29, 2021

In life, there are rarely storybook endings to chapters and that's the case here for these two but this issue shows us a Harley who is finally strong enough in her sense of self that she is able to help the person she loves find that same clarity"all while setting the stage for what is likely to be a very exciting and action-filled story to come.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #11

Jan 26, 2022

Harley Quinn #11 is a new arc that sort of continues from the end of issue #10 and in terms of plot, this issue is honestly kind of lacking. It's pretty weak overall and the set up just isn't there.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #12

Feb 23, 2022

For as much as I love Harley Quinn as a character generally and have been enjoying Stephanie Phillips' approach to the character, Harley Quinn #12"especially when paired with the preceding issue #11"feels like the comic book equivalent of "this meeting should have been an email."

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Harley Quinn (2021) #13

Mar 23, 2022

Harley Quinn #13 gets things a bit more on track after the rather unnecessary previous issue, but that doesn't do much to help the overall momentum of things, at least not until the final pages which presents something of a new challenge for Harley.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #14

Apr 27, 2022

Riley Rossmo's art does not work especially well with this character so you get that little bit of dissonance in what is otherwise a strong issue.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #15

May 25, 2022

Harley Quinn #15 is something of an unexpected entry in the series to date, but unfortunately it doesn't really work.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #16

Jun 29, 2022

Harley Quinn #16 is an issue of necessary exposition and it's surprisingly good.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #17

Jul 27, 2022

Phillips can write a good Harley. But this issue just isn't it. Nothing about this issue is it.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #18

Aug 3, 2022

It's not the weakest book in this current Harley run, but it's just very, very mid.

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2
Harley Quinn (2021) #19

Aug 10, 2022

I'm not entirely certain what was the driving force behind making Harley Quinn a weekly title, but I think it's a situation of diminishing returns.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #20

Aug 17, 2022

Overall, this isn't a bad issue, but it just isn't great and feels pretty crammed full of things that don't really have anything to do with Harley.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #21

Aug 24, 2022

The result is a slightly bloated issue that is just okay and generally pretty disappointing.

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3
Harley Quinn (2021) #22

Sep 28, 2022

It's a lot and it's a mess. At this point, it feels like we're reading a caricature of a caricature and this issue is a prime example of it. And it's sad.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #23

Oct 26, 2022

This feels like a Harley comic in all the right ways: snappy dialogue, action, a lingering mystery, and some major surprises along the way.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #24

Nov 23, 2022

To perhaps put a finer point on it, the issue feels tired.

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3
Harley Quinn (2021) #25

Dec 28, 2022

The issue is generally just an example of DC trying to throw things at the wall to see what sticks and in this case, nothing really does.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #26

Jan 25, 2023

The only thing that's really done well here is the pacing in that it's clear that Phillips is setting up for a tidy end, both to the story and her run on the title, but this issue feels like a reminder that both can't come soon enough.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #27

Mar 1, 2023

No new ground is tread here and as Harley stories go, it's just okay, but that's good enough.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #28

Mar 29, 2023

There is a lot going on in Harley Quinn #28 and, at some points, almost too much for it to make sense or even less sense than most Harley stories, anyway.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #29

Apr 26, 2023

Howard has a real grasp on Harley's complicated mind and Sweeney Boo's art is an absolute home run.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #30

May 24, 2023

This is pretty messy and it feels like this issue in particular is really losing its thread.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #31

Jun 28, 2023

This is very much all over the place and chaotic and while that is accurate to Harley as a character in broad strokes, this isn't really working in terms of larger storytelling.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #32

Sep 27, 2023

Things are still a bit chaotic and messy and at times hard to read and keep up with, but this at least feels like it makes sense and builds on what happened in "Knight Terrors" as opposed to just leaves it as some weird thing that half-happened.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #33

Oct 25, 2023

There is a lot going on in Harley Quinn #33 and while the previous arc was a mess at best, even with so much packed in this issue's pages, things come together so much better here.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #34

Nov 29, 2023

Harley Quinn #34 is just weird. That is no real surprise because this whole run has frankly ben extremely weird, but there's something nice about seeing Harley stand up for herself this issue as well as a quiet little reunion between Harley and Ivy which is what the issue really needed amid the chaos of a few too many puns and visual jokes.

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3
Harley Quinn (2021) #35

Dec 27, 2023

This is just a mess of a book in a mess of a run.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #36

Jan 24, 2024

There's still too much reliance on the idea of Harley defined by being wild and crazy for this story to work.

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9
Harley Quinn (2021) Annual: 2021

Sep 1, 2021

While annuals can be hit or miss, Harley Quinn 2021 Annual is definitely a solid hit.

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2
Harley Quinn (2021) Annual: 2022

Aug 31, 2022

The best thing I can say about Harley Quinn 2022 Annual is that it concludes the "Task Force XX" story arc. Beyond that, the same issues that have plagued that arc are present here.

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Harley Quinn (2021): 30th Anniversary Special #1

Sep 21, 2022

If this issue had just been maybe half of what was ultimately packed into it in terms of number of stories, it might have been better but as is, it's just a bit mediocre and doesn't fully do the character much justice.

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Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder (2023) #1

Jul 19, 2023

It's a pretty strong issue and one that has great appeal in terms of exploring this wildly multifaceted character.

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10
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder (2023) #2

Aug 16, 2023

The issue is simply a knockout thought provoking and fantastically presented.

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Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder (2023) #3

Sep 20, 2023

This whole issue is inventive and balanced and is some of the best Harley we've ever gotten. More like this, please.

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10
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder (2023) #4

Oct 18, 2023

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder # 4 is just so good.

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Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder (2023) #5

Nov 22, 2023

The final issue of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder is perhaps the most unique of the run but that's not a bad thing with three very different stories each with very different takes on Harley that show both the wide range and the endless potential of DC's most dynamic character.

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Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder (2023) #6

Dec 20, 2023

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder #6 is easily the weakest of the series.

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Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #1

May 2, 2018

Harley deserves better, especially from her creator.

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Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #2

May 16, 2018

I said this last issue, and I will say it again: Harley Quinn deserves far better than this.

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8
Hawkeye (2016) #15

Feb 7, 2018

This issue is almost like a mini-movie and it's a hoot from start to finish.

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Hawkeye (2016) #16

Mar 7, 2018

With this being the series finale, the issue does a solid job of wrapping up the story while giving lots of tantalizing opportunities that we can only hope writers will take when Kate Bishop's Hawkeye returns.

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10
Hawkeye: Freefall #6

Jul 1, 2020

It's a brilliant and somewhat unexpected way to end a run, and it's grimly perfect. Top notch from cover to cover.

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6
Heathens (2021) #1

Nov 3, 2021

There is a lot to unpack in the first issue of The Heathens and to be honest, not all of it makes a ton of sense.

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5
Heathens (2021) #2

Dec 15, 2021

I'll be honest: The Heathens #2 seems as convoluted and messy as the first issue and it's really only bolstering my initial thought that this is a story better suited to the graphic novel format than that issue-by-issue serialization format.

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Heathens (2021) #3

Jan 19, 2022

Each issue of The Heathens only further solidifies my initial thought that this was a story that should have been a one-and-done graphic novel rather than an ongoing comic and this time it's because it's almost impossible to make sense of without going back to reference the first two issues.

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5
Heathens (2021) #4

Feb 23, 2022

The Heathens #4, structurally, is a bit more coherent than its previous issues which is something of a feat considering how the book is divided up across multiple points of view and narratives.

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Heathens (2021) #5

Mar 30, 2022

Better-written than previous issues, but still a bit rushed, it's a reasonable enough ending.

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2
Heroes In Crisis #3

Nov 28, 2018

Heroes in Crisis is now three issues in, and a few things have become clear: Tom King fundamentally does not understand Booster Gold as a character, and the story is going nowhere so efficiently that it's not clear what the story actually is.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #1

May 5, 2021

What works best in Heroes Reborn #1 is that while this is yet another event series and the story draws on aspects of current Marvel continuity this first issue is accessible to both readers who buy every single issue every single week and far more casual fans. That aspect of things just puts a nice little bow on a comic that looks good, reads well, and makes the familiar concept of an alternate reality feel fresh.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #2

May 12, 2021

To be kind of blunt, Heroes Reborn #2 reads like a DC comic, but not in a good way.

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5
Heroes Reborn (2021) #3

May 19, 2021

The result is a pretty book"the art is nice"that feels like it's taking up space rather than telling a story.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #4

May 26, 2021

The bottom line is that there's enough here to keep the reader interested, but as for where it's all going, it certainly feels like there's an awful lot without a plan.

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5
Heroes Reborn (2021) #5

Jun 2, 2021

Chalk it up to structure, but this series and this issue just isn't adding up.

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5
Heroes Reborn (2021) #6

Jun 9, 2021

If the issue was intended to be just a one shot, it would probably be better, but as part of a larger series"and a major event at that"it just feels like filler.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #7

Jun 16, 2021

On the plus side, the story really moves here and while the issues upon issues of setup do not fully pay off, the pieces that do come together do so well-enough for the stakes in the final pages to feel very real and for the story heading into Heroes Reborn to feel a lot more interesting. However, the overall quality of this issue's story reveals just how unnecessary most of the preceding issues were even as a few elements connect here.

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6
Heroes Reborn (2021): Heroes Return #1

Jun 23, 2021

It's just okay and it works well enough as an end for an event that I'm still struggling to understand the point of.

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10
Hex Wives #2

Nov 28, 2018

Hex Wives #2 is infuriatingly uncomfortable from cover to cover, and that's quite possibly what makes it one of the best reads this week.

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Hex Wives #3

Jan 2, 2019

Even though the reader knows very clearly what they are reading and seeing, there's this incredible dissonance in how it's all presented that makes you think you're losing it (in the best way possible) too.

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10
Hex Wives #4

Jan 30, 2019

Full of genuine tension and expert characterization, Hex Wives #4 is stand-out issue with the story only getting better, richer, and more interesting as it plays out.

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10
Hex Wives #5

Feb 27, 2019

Hex Wives #5 is a top-notch issue, and it may just be the best of the series yet.

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10
Hex Wives #6

Mar 27, 2019

Full stop, this issue is full of butt-kicking girl power in a way that is fresh, intense, and worth rooting for. The cover art's homage to Bewitched is just the icing on the cake.

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I Hate Fairyland #18

Apr 4, 2018

. This issue is largely a set up for the next issue, but even if the story is lacking, the colorful art is absolutely a delight with its perfect balance between the goofy and the grotesque.

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I Hate Fairyland #19

Jun 13, 2018

Skottie Young's I Hate Fairyland is bonkers even as it marches towards the end and that might be what works best about the book.

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10
I Hate Fairyland #20

Jul 4, 2018

I Hate Fairyland #20 is a great big acid colored middle finger to convention and it's brilliant.

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I Hate Fairyland (2022) #6

Jun 21, 2023

I Hate Fairyland #6 is bonkers, which is par for the course for the series, but it is somehow even more bonkers and more colorful than previous issues.

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Inferior Five #1

Sep 18, 2019

When the end arrives, there's some hope that perhaps the miniseries is just a slow burn that will pick up in a few issues, but readers may have a weird, bumpy ride getting that far.

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Inferior Five #2

Oct 16, 2019

I know that as critics go, I'm probably in the minority on this title, but Inferior Five #2 is just as weird as its debut issue and while there is a bit more to this one in terms of story, it's starting to seem less like a slow burn.

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Inferior Five #3

Nov 6, 2019

Inferior Five has been a rather inferior book thus far, but this week's Inferior Five #3 does something a bit unexpected, reversing that quality issue by way of finally offering readers a sense of context to the story already in progress.

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Inferior Five #4

Dec 4, 2019

After an issue that felt like things were starting to even out and make sense, The Inferior Five #4 comes back feeling a bit messy, a bit hurried, and with artwork that looks as messy and rushed as the book feels.

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Inferior Five #5

Mar 31, 2021

Much like the main story, though, it's unclear how it's all going to come together in the final issue making everything about Inferior Five #5 promising, but really messy and uncertain.

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6
James Bond 007 (2018) #1

Nov 7, 2018

Overall, the issue is a pretty average read and enjoyable if you're a James Bond fan, though the mystery the issue sets up isn't likely going to hold the attention of those without some sort of genuine interest in the character from movies.

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James Bond 007 (2018) #2

Dec 19, 2018

While the issue does have some low points, particularly in places where Bond doesn't exactly appear to be the best at his job in surpring un-Bond-like fashion, the issue is very much exactly what you'd expect from an issue bearing the famous secret agent's name.

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6
Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #4

Mar 7, 2018

Overall, a fun read, especially with the two, unconnected stories format. Definitely worth checking out.

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6
Jennifer Blood (2021) #1

Oct 6, 2021

The issue is just a lot of set up which isn't bad and tends to be just enough make the reader curious for more - even without having much knowledge about the original.

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10
Jim Henson's Beneath the Dark Crystal #1

Jul 4, 2018

Beneath Dark Crystal is a compelling start to a fascinating story. A worthy read.

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Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock #1

May 9, 2018

The entire issue is a done like a series of watercolor paintings, fitting given that Mokey is a painter, and is stunningly beautiful to look at. Very well done.

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Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation #1

Feb 28, 2018

The tragic story Jareth tells Toby is moving and haunting, but has just a slight sinister edge to it -- more than enough to keep readers eager for more.

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10
Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation #2

Mar 28, 2018

This book is truly a master work and if you aren't reading it you should be.

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10
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Fairies #4

Mar 21, 2018

The art has a warm feel that is fitting with this fireside tale, making the whole issue a moving delight to read.

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10
Joe Hill's Rain (2021) #1

Jan 12, 2022

While it will be interesting to see where Rain goes from here, the first issue is genuinely outstanding.

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10
Joe Hill's Rain (2021) #2

Feb 16, 2022

It's rare that a second issue is as good as the first, but a dare say, Rain #2 may be even better.

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Joe Hill's Rain (2021) #3

Mar 16, 2022

You could not ask for a better issue, but particularly of this story as we continue to explore the horror and variation that is grief.

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Joe Hill's Rain (2021) #4

Apr 13, 2022

Rain #4 is absolutely outstanding.

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Joe Hill's Rain (2021) #5

May 18, 2022

Rain, as an overall series, has been one of the most moving and interesting comics thus far this year and while that holds true through this week's fifth and final issue, Rain #5 may also be the weakest issue of the series.

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10
Jook Joint #1

Oct 3, 2018

Jook Joint, the latest from Tee Franklin and Alitha E. Martinez, is uncomfortable even before the story starts with the big red "trigger warning" alerting people that there are some heavy, difficult subjects ahead, but don't let that stop you.

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10
Jook Joint #2

Nov 14, 2018

Tee Franklin's writing in this issue will make you uncomfortable and keep you there even into the final panel, and it's a good thing.

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10
Junkyard Joe (2022) #1

Oct 5, 2022

While this spinoff series takes readers deeper into that world long before the events of Geiger, it's a story that very much stands on its own, one that paints an unflinching look at the horrors of war, the impact of trauma, and what it means to be both human and humane.

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10
Junkyard Joe (2022) #2

Nov 16, 2022

This book is just beautiful visually and there are many, many panels that say more in images than words can ever express. It is another genuinely solid entry in this new series.

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Junkyard Joe (2022) #3

Dec 21, 2022

There's some really beautiful storytelling here, some very well-done character work and all of it bolstered by truly gorgeous art. But the issue also starts really setting up for a greater conflict that seems like it will end up impacting not just Muddy and Joe, but the Munns as well.

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Junkyard Joe (2022) #4

Jan 25, 2023

While I would like for things to be a little meatier story-wise here, it's obvious that we're about to head into some interesting territory and this is a strong left turn.

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Junkyard Joe (2022) #5

Feb 22, 2023

As always the art in this book is top notch, but there is a great story this issue as well. It's a solid read.

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Junkyard Joe (2022) #6

May 10, 2023

Junkyard Joe concludes and while this isn't exactly a perfect endingat times it feels like there are some bits of the story that aren't fully fleshed out and questions fully answeredthere's a lot here to love.

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Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 26, 2018

While having a current working knowledge of the goings-on of the DC universe would be a plus, the story does an excellent job of setting things up in a way that its accessible for all readers and doesn't loose any of the interest in the process. There's a lot to be interested in here, too, especially with Darkseid's perhaps unexpected role in the issue.

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10
Justice League: Odyssey #2

Oct 24, 2018

Come for the art, stay for the well-cracted and interesting story that will keep you wondering what's next with the same level of depth most books take many, many more issues to reach.

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Justice League: Odyssey #3

Nov 28, 2018

Justice League Odyssey #3 is the issue of the story that starts to plunge what could otherwise be a very thin premise into real story depth. It's a solid read.

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Justice League: Odyssey #4

Jan 2, 2019

Justice League Odyssey #4 makes a couple of things pretty apparent. The first is that Darkseid is up to something, which really isn't a surprise considering its Darkseid. The second is that each of our heroes, save for maybe Jessica, is going to find themselves worshipped. But once you get past those fairly thin elements of the issue there's a lot to enjoy.

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Justice League: Odyssey #5

Jan 30, 2019

While it's anyone's guess how things will fully play out, Justice League Odyssey #5 is an outstanding entry, and it's one you don't want to miss.

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Justice League: Odyssey #6

Feb 27, 2019

Overall, the issue is a turning point for the series, deepening the cosmic mystery in a solid, visually spectacular way.

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10
Justice League: Odyssey #7

Mar 27, 2019

The book's a visual treat as well making it a stand out in an already excellent series.

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Justice League: Odyssey #8

Apr 10, 2019

We finally get some answers in Justice League Odyssey #8 this week, and while the issue doesn't really do much with them, what really works here is the interplay between Darkseid and the heroes.

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Justice League: Odyssey #9

May 8, 2019

Justice League Odyssey has been an enjoyable read overall even when it dips into exposition territory and, to an extent it does that this week. However, this issue it's a weird shift of sorts that may finally be starting to give Green Lantern Jessica Cruz a real purpose in the story.

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Keepers of the Cosmos #1

May 10, 2023

It's hard to miss the obvious Guardians of the Galaxy inspiration in Keepers of the Cosmos, but where this comic book excels is that it pulls no punches.

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10
Killadelphia #1

Nov 27, 2019

Overall, Killadelphia #1 is a strong debut. A dark, deep, seamless story that plays into multiple genres without becoming fully any one of them, the book offers a tantalizing nightmare of urban horror that feels real, rich, and mysterious. It'll infect you if you let it, and you should.

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10
Killadelphia #2

Jan 1, 2020

Paired with the beautiful and hauntingly understated art, it's a thrill ride of a story done with skill and class making it another stellar issue and one not to be missed.

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Killadelphia #3

Jan 29, 2020

Killadelphia continues to be a fascinating book, but this week's issue shifts a bit to digging into backstory.

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Killadelphia #4

Feb 26, 2020

Overall, the issue does what the series has done best from the start in revealing just enough of the true conflict to push the story forward while challenging the reader to consider the larger picture and this issue perhaps does that the best the series has thus far.

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10
Killadelphia #5

Mar 25, 2020

This issue has a real energy to it that makes it a thrill to read even with its darker themes.

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8
Killadelphia #6

Jun 10, 2020

While the story is not over (there's more Killadelphia coming) the end of this arc lacks the bite it started with. Still, it's a good book, just not great.

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Killadelphia #7

Aug 26, 2020

This week's Killadelphia #7 kicks off a new story arc and, in many ways, feels like a completely different book.

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Killadelphia #8

Oct 2, 2020

Rodney Barnes is a fantastic storyteller, and the crafting of this issue is further proof of that.

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Killadelphia #9

Oct 28, 2020

Throughout the series thus far Killadelphia has brilliantly shined a light on the racial inequality of America generally, but this issue and Jupiter's story is a sobering punch in the gut about the harsh realities of slavery and America's history"vampires notwithstanding.

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Killadelphia #10

Nov 25, 2020

It's a knockout issue with absolutely stellar art that tells the tale almost as precisely as the words on the page.

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Killadelphia #11

Dec 23, 2020

Killadelphia #11 feels a bit like filler even as much as it comes across as another unexpected right turn in an already slightly confusing narrative.

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Killadelphia #12

Jan 20, 2021

It's a complicated issue of a complicated story, but at least this installment makes the effort worth it.

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Killadelphia #13

May 26, 2021

Overall, the issue is a little messy in terms of its narrative, but it packs a solid punch when it comes to not only the direction of this arc but the emotional core of the story as well.

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Killadelphia #14

Jun 23, 2021

The storylines in Killadelphia have started to converge in issue #14 which definitely makes it a much easier read.

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Killadelphia #15

Jul 21, 2021

Killadelphia is, at its best, an outstanding and often difficult series. This is definitely one its best.

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Killadelphia #16

Aug 25, 2021

While this is a complex issue, it's also fantastic and truly one of the better ones this entire series.

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Killadelphia #17

Sep 22, 2021

There are a lot of complex stories at play in Killadelphia, especially in recent issues. But this week's Killadelphia #17 brings everything together in a way that shifts the story in a way that takes it from the relatively contained battle for America's soul to one for the very world as we know it as the past (literally) wages war on the present with the idea of the future in the balance.

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Killadelphia #18

Oct 27, 2021

It's all just so good, somehow maintaining this incredible story that never turns away from examining the darker parts of our collective American history. Killadelphia #18 is fantastic.

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Killadelphia #19

Feb 23, 2022

Killadelphia is probably one of my favorite ongoing series and Killadelphia #19 is a prime example of why.

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Killadelphia #20

Mar 23, 2022

Killadelphia #20 is a very heavy, dense issue and rightly so.

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Killadelphia #21

Apr 20, 2022

Truly, Killadelphia is always good but this issue? Magnificent.

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Killadelphia #22

May 25, 2022

Killadelphia as a series is phenomenal, but this issue is easily a series best to date.

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Killadelphia #23

Jul 6, 2022

Killadelphia #24 is a heavy issue, both in terms of actual amount of contentthere are a lot of words on the page, a lot of exquisitely crafted images, and a lot of story to work throughbut also in terms of the nature of the content.

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Killadelphia #24

Aug 3, 2022

This week's issue of Killadelphia in many ways feels like the most ambitious yet, but it's also the most action-packed and pulls together so many threads of the entire series.

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Killadelphia #25

Nov 30, 2022

Killadelphia #25 is a truly outstanding issue and continues to deliver readers an incredible story on the page and plenty to consider after closing the comic book.

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Killadelphia #26

Dec 28, 2022

Somehow, Killadelphia #26 might be the best of the series to date.

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Killadelphia #27

Jan 25, 2023

Killadelphia #27 is another very dense issue with narrative split across several characters but the real gem of this issue is George Washington.

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Killadelphia #28

Feb 22, 2023

Every issue of Killadelphia is brilliant in its own way, but #28, while also furthering the story a bit, also does what this title does consistently at a masterpiece level: tells individual stories about its characters.

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Killadelphia #29

Mar 29, 2023

This is storytelling at its finest and there isn't anything more that I can say about this issue. It's as close to perfect as they come.

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Killadelphia #30

Apr 26, 2023

It is not an exaggeration that if you read just one comic this week or maybe even this year, it should be Killadelphia #30.

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Killadelphia #31

Nov 15, 2023

For a story that takes a lot of twists and turns all without ever losing sight of the core issues and commentary, this is a very big swing but it works brilliantly, completely redefining things in a way that just makes it all fresh while still feeling familiar. The art here is also incredible. This is a great issue.

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Killadelphia #32

Dec 20, 2023

I'm going to be honest. I love Killadelphia and have since the very first issue, but I'm starting to wonder i this current arc is taking things a direction too far with the addition of Spawn and now, Savage Dragon.

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Killadelphia #33

Jan 31, 2024

Visually it looks very cool but at its heart, Killadelphia works best when it is its own story. And right now, it just isn't that.

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Killmonger (2018) #1

Dec 5, 2018

Deftly written and beautifully drawn, Killmonger #1 may be one of the best comics this year as it takes a familiar story and gives it completely new dimension. It will be interesting to see exactly where the series takes us, but one thing is for certain: you'll never see Killmonger the same way ever again.

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Killmonger (2018) #2

Dec 19, 2018

It's a complex, powerful, and beautiful issue.

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Killmonger (2018) #3

Jan 2, 2019

This issue is absolutely haunting, one that will linger in the reader's mind for quite some time.

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Killmonger (2018) #4

Feb 6, 2019

Through hauntingly beautiful storytelling and truly excellent art, all the hope and promise of who N'Jadaka could have been washes away with swaths of bright red blood.

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Killmonger (2018) #5

Mar 6, 2019

Killmonger's story is one that is a cautionary tale of the toxic nature of anger and vengeance, and despite the ominous final panel, it's difficult to not feel devastated about the road the once-promising young man went down.

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King In Black: Black Panther #1

Feb 10, 2021

King in Black: Black Panther #1 is a moving and engaging delight of a read that never loses sight of its greater purpose.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #1

Jul 12, 2023

Ultimately, Knight Terrors #1 isn't bad. It's just a symptom of how crowded and contrived the entire event feels so far.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #2

Jul 26, 2023

Knight Terrors #2 is a case of a comic that doesn't really know exactly what it's trying to do all built on a premise stretched so thin that the holes get bigger and bigger every page.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #3

Aug 9, 2023

There's no heart, no connection, and what should feel like a major, emotional reveal just feels really boring and not worth the investment in any sense of the word.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #4

Aug 23, 2023

As a reader, I'm just left feeling like this was all a weak cash grab in a universe overstuffed with ill considered events in need of serious editorial rethinking.

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Knight Terrors (2023): Night's End #1

Aug 30, 2023

Much like the "Knight Terrors" event overall, Knight Terrors: Night's End #1 is a mess that ultimately was all spectacle and no sense with pieces of story sort of haphazardly strung together in an attempt to offer up some semblance of conclusion.

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Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #1

Jul 26, 2023

While as an event series, the tie ins for Knight Terrors have no consistency whatsoever, Knight Terrors: Action Comics #1 is actually really fantastic and is probably the best one of the whole event thus far.

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Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #2

Aug 23, 2023

Action Comics was the best of the Knight Terrors tie-ins and that holds true with Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2, specifically when it comes to Leah Williams' Power Girl story.

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Knight Terrors: Batman (2023) #1

Jul 5, 2023

This one just isn't worth the time.

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Knight Terrors: Batman (2023) #2

Aug 2, 2023

To put it directly, Knight Terrors: Batman #2 is not good. Not only does the story of both this issue and the previous issue of Knight Terrors: Batman it continues from have no real story to speak of, it also sits in this weird space where it tries to propel the reader into a cliffhanger of sorts that forces them into the main event, but the story here is so nonexistent that you almost don't care.

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Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #1

Jul 26, 2023

This is just a rough, rough issue and further cements that no one knows what they're doing with Harley.

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Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #2

Aug 23, 2023

Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #2 continues to have absolutely nothing to do with Knight Terrors and while the main story in the issue has its moments and is interesting, like the current Harley Quinn title it's honestly just a mess that feels like it is less a coherent story and just a grab bag of discarded ideas that got stretched into something else.

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Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy (2023) #1

Jul 5, 2023

Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 understands the assignment when it comes to delivering on the idea of taking its characters into their worst nightmare and, as has been true with G. Willow Wilson's overall work on Poison Ivy, it does so by taking an unflinching and uncomfortable look at reality.

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Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy (2023) #2

Aug 2, 2023

The result is a comic that is chilling and weirdly heartfelt and unsettling that you know will have impact far beyond the event it's been dropped into. It's a solid reminder why the Poison Ivy series is one of DC's best even when shoehorned into a mediocre event.

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