Olly MacNamee's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: COMICON Reviews: 162
8.9Avg. Review Rating

9
A Dark Interlude #1

Nov 18, 2020

A return to the Fearscape as well as the return of familiar faces, plus the odd new one too. Sounds like a sequel to me, even if pretentious murderer and narrator Henry Henry would rather we don't refer to this follow-up as such.

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8
A Dark Interlude #2

Dec 23, 2020

Our hero hospitalised means the spotlight shifts onto other characters in this sequel that's not a sequel but a dark interlude.

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9
Adler #4

Oct 5, 2020

An all-action issue that sees antagonist and immortal Ayesha ramp up her plans and attack this league of extra-ordinary women. All beautifully and meticulously illustrated by Paul McCaffrey from a Lavie Tidhar script. We also get the rather shocking introduction of Queen Victoria, worried for Britain's future. A Britain standing on the cusp of huge changes. Lavish, Victoriana/Steampunk action throughout.

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10
Adler #5

Oct 29, 2020

It's a comic book that will evoke find memories of the better produced Hammer House of Horror films of the late 60s/early 70s, or even Malcolm McDowell in Royal Flash (1975). A fondly remembered, but often romanticised vision of the past that doesn't come without a certain tone of terror, especially as much of this last issue takes place under the cover of darkness.

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10
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Oct 11, 2021

‘Arkham' City #1 is a wonderfully gothic affair with the characters to match. Dan Watters proves his horror credentials once more with this debut issue that is only elevated in the creep states with the artwork of Dani.

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10
Barbaric #1

Mar 25, 2021

Barbaric #1 from Vault Comics, writer Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden is a great new comic that parodies the sword and sorcery genre as savagely as Conan cracks skulls and a great first issue. A new twist on a well-worn genre, but done with affection and a knowing wink to the readership.

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Barbaric #2

Jul 30, 2021

‘Barbaric' #2 serves up a another dose of irreverent sword, sorcery by Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden. We learn all about Soren the necromancer from last issue and return to the deathly abbey she once called home.

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Barbaric #3

Aug 25, 2021

Owen and his talking axe have a lot of fighting and maiming to do in ‘Barbaric' #3 before the end of this first story arc. Lucky he enjoys this kind of bloody lifestyle.

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10
Batman: Reptilian #1

Jun 30, 2021

Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp deliver a menacing Batman not afraid to get down and dirty in the grim of Gotham City in this beautifully brutal new series from DC Black Label. Great, gruesome American gothic!

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Batman: Reptilian #2

Aug 5, 2021

Batman continues to hunt the creature attacking Gotham's underworld criminals, but to no avail so far. More sadistic action from Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp.

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8.5
Batman: Reptilian #3

Aug 25, 2021

‘Batman: Reptilian' #3 continues to present a much darker and cynical Gotham City with a vigilante to match. This issue it's the Joker who's wearing a target on his back. But, can Batman save him in time?

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Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Oct 1, 2020

Jason Todd is the target of the three Jokers. Or, rather the two surviving Clown Princes of Crime, who want to relive crimes of the past. With Red Hood in the firing line. Another derivative issue with little in the way of action, but big on atomsphere. Fabok's art saves this slow-paced story.

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5
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #3

Oct 27, 2020

The final issue of one of the most hyped prestige mini-series in a while, and one that fails miserably. Another derivative take on a Batman classic, ‘The Killing Joke' that doesn't add anything much to either Batman or the Joker's stories in the main DCU. Even as a sequel to ‘The Killing Joke', it isn't all that great a payoff either. What a way to take the work of Alan Moore and drag it through the mud not once (Doomsday Clock) but twice. Shame on you Geoff Johns.

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10
Bermuda #1

Jul 20, 2021

Bermuda #1 is a fun-filled action-adventure story from John Layman, Nick Bradshaw and Len O'Grady that's smart, sensational and stylish. An exceptional debut issue with a great appeal for both young and old comic book fans.

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Bermuda #2

Aug 17, 2021

Action and adventure on the high seas courtesy of John Layman and Nick Bradshaw. ‘Bermuda' #2 is another thrilling read with marvellous detail and a magical but dangerous new world to explore. Bobby goes looking for his sister and we go along for the ride, discovering Piratetown; a hive of scum and villainy.

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10
Bermuda #3

Sep 21, 2021

Bermuda takes a short cut through another dangerous part of the island, only once again to meet a set of foes who have been stranded for decades. But that's not the biggest threat in a comic book series that's fast, furious and fun!

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Chu (2020) #3

Oct 27, 2020

Saffron Chu steal the show in this fats moving issue. A heist, an investigation and one last family dinner. What ever could go wrong, seems to in this fun issue from writer John Layman and artist Dan Boultwood.

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8.5
Chu (2020) #3

Sep 28, 2020

On the run and running out of luck. Saffron Chu must try and save her twin sister from ten sinister hitman, Mr Murder, while Tony Chu is called in to the aftermath. Dark, but funny, with a firebrand of a leading lady. You can't help but root for yet another bad apple of teh Chu family.

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Chu (2020) #5

Nov 23, 2020

While Chu #5 is the concluding issue of this manic and mad funny book, with the news of further adventures starring Saffron Chu, this final issue does away with an explosive climax but does a great job of moving the story on. By the end of the book Saffron has learn a lot. Just none of it good, I imagine.

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10
Chu (2020) #6

Jul 21, 2021

Saffron Chu returns as only Saffron Chu can in Chu #6 from John Layman and Dan Boultwood. A woman with an eye for the big prize is always going to get into trouble sooner or later, and this time its on the high seas. More black comedy and silliness at sea, with a somewhat startling ending!

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10
Chu (2020) #7

Aug 24, 2021

Chu #7 by John Layman and Dan Boultwood is a great heist caper with plenty of surprises and all delivered up with the usual Layman brand humour. A great addition to Layman's Chuniverse.

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10
Chu (2020) #8

Sep 24, 2021

saffron Chu has been transported back to 1808 France. And on the look out for a big score in another pacey and punchy issue of Chu from John Layman and Dan Boultwood.

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Clear (2021) #1

Oct 12, 2021

Detective Sam Dunes is an old shoe flavoured gumshoe in the mould of classic film noir P.I.s in a new school neo-noir world. And on the scent of a murder mystery.

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Compass #1

Jun 10, 2021

‘Compass' #1 is a face-paced, treasure hunting, medieval adventure that brings the world of early Islamism to the barbaric shores of Wales. Not the most exotic of locations, but certainly one that offers plenty of mystery and a great juxtaposition of cultures.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #4

Oct 16, 2020

Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman travel to worlds in crises only to find that not all is as it should be. While Batman struggles in a sea of emptiness, Wonder Woman has a heart-to-heart with Superboy Prime and Superman comes face-to-face with Darkseid. It's looking dark for our heroes in an issue that certainly feels like a midway point with its reliance of exposition and dialogue. But, a solid issue nonetheless made all that bit more brighter by Greg Capullo.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #5

Nov 18, 2020

While The Batman Who Laughs makes his power play against Perpetua, Wonder Woman and company set out to do battle one more time for the past, present and future of the DCU. 'Dark Nights: Death Metal' #5 is the calm before the coming storm with a few surprises along the way.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1

Dec 30, 2020

'Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses' #1 portrays the elongated prequel to the grand finale from the point of view of several very prominent superheroes and their evil counterparts. Some of the interludes work, will others don't. After so many tie-ins and showdowns this may well have been one tie-in too far for this jaded reader.

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10
Deadbox #1

Aug 3, 2021

College student, Penny, is not the first or last person to feel trapped in her small town existence looking after her sick father, but it does get her thinking. Thinking of her life and the world around her. And in a town where there isn't even the internet, she has to rely on a dusty old DVD vending machine for entertainment. But, what secrets does it really hold and why has no-one heard of any of the films it contains?

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10
Deathstroke Inc. (2021) #1

Oct 7, 2021

Deathstroke the Terminator joins forces with Black Canary and T.R.U.S.T. in a striking debut issue that mixed odd-couple relationship dynamics with surreal horror. An entertaining read with stunning art from cover to cover.

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Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? OGN

Aug 5, 2021

Meticulously researched and realised by writer Harold Schechterand artistEric Powell, 'Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Did?' is a gritty, engrossing graphic novel depicting the life and crimes of Ed Gein. The darker side of Americana laid bare, but never dwelling on the gory or ghoulish.

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9.5
E-Ratic #1

Dec 1, 2020

Ollie Leif is the new kid in town and has to make his way through the first day at a new school in a new neighbourhood. Kaare Andrews does an exceptional job in 'E-Ratic' #1 of setting out and establishing the various characters and relationships as well as sign posting future problems coming Ollie's way too. All delivered with humour and great art.

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E-Ratic #2

Jan 15, 2021

An all-silent issue is a bold move to take when you're only two issue into a 5-issue mini-series, But, Kaare Andrews more than makes it work. A emotionally charged sophomore issue that places the art front and centre as we follow our young hero through a day in his life.

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E-Ratic #3

Feb 10, 2021

E-Ratic has been kidnapped and only his friend and high school crush, Kirsten, knows. But she ain't telling as her day goes from bad to worse. Kaare Andrews takes well worn ten superhero sub-genre and brings a whole new set of beats to play. The Amazing Spider-Man remixed with a fast paced b.p.m. to match.

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E-Ratic #5

Apr 27, 2021

Kaare Andrews' E-Ratic comes to an end with this issue, but I do hope we haven't seen the last of this energetic, youthful and humorous comic book that takes tried and tested conventions and puts a contemporary twist on it for a whole new readership. Spider-Man for Generation Z

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Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Terror: Snifter of Death #1

Oct 8, 2021

'Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Death' #1 delivers two comedic and creepy stories setting a high bar for the series with the return of 'The Monster Serials' an a daft recount of Edgar Allan Poe's childhood. It all makes for a very enjoyable debut issue for this third volume from AHOY Comics

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Eternals (2021) #1

Jan 12, 2021

The god-like Eternals walk among us once again. But not without their fair share of new troubles. There's the reawakening of the mischievous and mysterious Eternal, Sprite, as well as the murder of their leader, Zuras. Quite the first day back in business for our hero Ikaras. Gillen, Ribi and Wilson deliver a comic book that's epic in scale and ambition.

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Eternals (2021) #2

Feb 13, 2021

Ikaris versus Thanos in a battle through time and space. Kieron Gillen provide the high quality words while Esab Ribic and Matt Wilson provide the grandiose visuals that do more than reverb with a more ancient, mythological time. Another grandiose issue that only elevates a set of characters who have not always had it so good.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #24

Oct 1, 2020

Family is important. That is definitely the big takeaway of ‘Fantastic Four'#24 in this fun-filled new issue. Iceman comes a knocking and that leads to hot-head Johnny Storm taking umbrage, leading to the telling of an untold tale in the FF's history. A tale illustrated by Paco Medina and adopting just the right amount of Jack Kirby influence. All in all, a faultless book and one of the best in Dan Slott's run so far. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #25

Oct 26, 2020

In ‘Fantastic Four'#25 by Dan Slott and R B Silva we get a status-changing issue that wonderfully sets up adventures for future issues. There is loss, there are secrets revealed and there is the return of Doctor Doom too. A family-centric issue that has more than its fair share of dynamic drama and family operatics. A great issue all round and a worthy jump-on pint if you aren't yet reading this titanic title! Excelsior!

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Fantastic Four (2018) #26

Nov 19, 2020

‘Fantastic Four' #26 may be an issue of catch-ups and talking heads, but Dan Slott's snappy banter, quick pace carried to R B Silva's art will have you entertained and enthralled nonetheless. An issue that sees the return of more than one familiar face, but not all are welcome returns. There's trouble ahead for at least one meter if the FF.

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8.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #28

Feb 2, 2021

The Fantastic Four face their one deaths in this concluding chapter to the latest cosmic-fulled adventure of Marvel's first family. Dan Slott sows the seed for future storylines while also including a familiar steak of fun into proceedings too. With out-of-this work art and colours by R.B Silva and Jesus Arbutov.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #31

May 4, 2021

Fantastic Four #31 is another family focussed one-off issue full of the kind of family drama and dilemmas many of us can relate to. The First Family of the 616 at their best.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #32

May 24, 2021

The cover may announce the Bride of Doom, but this is all Johnny Storm's issue. But, not in any good way for him. Great dialogue, great art, and great twists too. From start to finish. A promising start to a storyline celebrating Marvel's First Family's 60th anniversary!

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Fantastic Four (2018) #33

Jun 20, 2021

The wedding day of Victor Von Doom is here. And oh boy is it a doozy! If you have ever liked Marvel's first family, you' really need to pick up ‘Fantastic Four ‘#33. An absolute barnstormer of an issue!

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8.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #34

Jul 28, 2021

The wedding of Doctor Doom has been well and truly ruined. And someone has to pay! No guessing who in Fantastic Four #34 BY Dan Slott and R.B. Silva

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8.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #37

Oct 20, 2021

It's Halloween on Yancy Street and Jo-Venn and N'Kalla want to enjoy it as much as they can. Too much maybe? But being admonished by their adopted parents, Ben and Alicia, is the least of their troubles in Fantastic Four #37 by Dan Slott and Nico Leon.

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Fantastic Four: Life Story #1

May 18, 2021

A new take on an old favourite as Mark Russell and Sean Isaake blends real world events with the marvellous and iconic family saga of Marvel's First Family in 'Fantastic Four: Life Stories' #1. A respectful trip down memory lane with a few new twists on a familiar story. Excelsior!

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Fantastic Four: Life Story #2

Jun 23, 2021

Mark Russell and Sean Izzake's deliver another entertaining and melodramatic revision of the Fantastic Four in this continuity-free real-time take on Marvel's First Family. There are the familiar themes of social injustice we've come to love from Russell's writing (well, I have anyway) mixed in with superhero soap opera and a drastic change in the status quo of the Fantastic Four too.

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Fantastic Four: Life Story #3

Aug 11, 2021

We hit the '80s with Fantastic Four: Life Story #3 and Reed Richards is once more trying to sell the coming of Galactus to the US government. Full of era-appropriate fashion, we get the return of another infamous FF villain as well as parallels with our own history too in another engrossing issue.

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Fantastic Four: Life Story #4

Sep 17, 2021

‘Fantastic Four Life Story' #4 covers the nineties in rather upbeat fashion. Well, that is until the Silver Surfer makes an appearance. And where the Silver Surfer goes, so too does Galactus.

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Fight Girls #1

Jul 8, 2021

Ten of the toughest women in the galaxy compete for the chance to become Queen of the Galaxy in a comic book that's heavy on amazing art, but light on plot.

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Future State (2021): Swamp Thing #1

Jan 6, 2021

Ram V and Mike Perkins deliver in spades in this moody and memorable debut issue of ‘Future State: Swamp Thing' #1. While Ram V delivers an emotive and elegant script, Perkins provides the dark, detailed artwork that makes this one of the stand-out titles for me in the whole Future State slate of books. Homaging the past, while forging a new future for comicdom's favourite muck monster.

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

Feb 1, 2021

Luthor cons a whole planet into believing he is their saviour and now he wants in on the United Planets. But, Lois Lane isn't convinced he wants in on the council for the right reasons. Superman confronts Luthor, as he has done so many time before, but this time with a statical streak running though the whole plot that will have you smile at Luthor's pomposity and pimp-inspired wardrobe.

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Future State (2021): Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Jan 15, 2021

When two suns appear over Metropolis, Superman investigates. An investigation that set him team-up with Brazil's Wonder Woman in a world's finest adventure from Dan Watters, Leila Del Lucia and DC Comics

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Future State (2021): Justice League #1

Jan 14, 2021

Future State: Justice League #1 has some great fun with the readers with its turn-paging revelations that make this new title such a riveting read. If the story doesn't grip you, the art most definitely will. Add to that a contrastingly dark story involving the Justice League Dark and you have another amazing new edition to the DCU.

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Future State (2021): Wonder Woman #1

Jan 7, 2021

A wonderfully fun book with great characters, great artwork and great dialogue. Whatever you thought this book would be, it isn't. Yara Flor, the newest Wonder Woman, protects the Amazonian Rainforests with a little help from the other mythical and mystical creatures of the forest. But, a trip to Hades was never going to be a smooth ride, was it?

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Future State (2021): Catwoman #1

Jan 21, 2021

Catwoman takes on a train heist with some differences. Set in a future Gotham City even grimmer than the presents day one, ‘Future State: Catwoman' #1 is a rollicky good, fast-paced, high-octane thrill ride with more surprises than not.

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

Feb 27, 2021

Future State: Superman Vs. Imperious Rex #2 is a fun and furious issue that sees Luthor regret his hasty decision to join the United Planets. And try and renege on the deal as only Luthor can.

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Future State (2021): Swamp Thing #2

Feb 3, 2021

Swamp Thing faces an old enemy for the future of humanity. Sacrifices are made but a new hope emerges and grows at the far ends of time in the DCU.

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Generations (2021): Forged #1

Feb 27, 2021

Generations Forged #1 is a disappointing second half to what would have been if Dan Didio hadn't been shown the exit at DC Comics. Whatever they did salvage has been hastily slapped together and put out for schmucks like me to grab with my hard earned money.

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Generations (2021): Shattered #1

Jan 8, 2021

Another threat targets the DCU, but even if you may be feeling “Crisis' fatigue by now, no true DC Comics fan will want to miss this spectacular star-studded issue. A team is forged from across time and space to take on a long-forgotten threat.

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Giga #1

Sep 21, 2020

'Giga' #1 gives us a brave, albeit broken down, future world in which giant sized mechas battled it out for centuries. As a result, the world they leave behind is shattered and stagnating. With more than one mystery to be solved, this first issue was a delight to read and introduces and establishes the characters and the society effortlessly and entertainingly.

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8.5
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #9

Nov 16, 2020

Hal Jordan travel back home only to find he's on the matriarchal Earth 11 and witness to a wedding proposal that will have your head spinning. But, with Liam Sharp on art duties, once again this title rises to the top of the pile. A true classic of the medium in the making and the penultimate issue of this epic run.

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Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #10

Dec 16, 2020

Another confusing issue with a lot to tie-up on the narrative front. Only saved by the outstanding, career-best art from Liam Sharp.

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10
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #11

Feb 15, 2021

Sci-fi, lord and sorcery and one last jaw-dropping reveal too. The Green Lantern Season Two #11 delivers outstanding artwork and a great sci-fi caper that spans the sands of time, It's be missed when it's gone, that's for sure.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #1

May 5, 2021

Blade funds himself on a world he hardly recognises. A work in which the Avengers were never formed thereby creating an alternate timeline full of colourful, creative hybrid heroes. And villains. A fun first issue that leans heavily on showcasing this brave new world, with plot points included for later development. A soldi first issue with exceptional art and dialogue from Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #3

May 24, 2021

Another issue of ‘Heroes Reborn' that relegates the main story to the indignity of a back-up strip. Who's idea was this, because it doesn't fly with this reader?

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #4

May 28, 2021

Doctor Spectrum battles across the galaxy in the name of America in another issue that seems more like a one-shot than a sequential and dynamic cohesive story of any real substance. But with James Stokoe on art duties, it's more than enough to save another thin-on-plot comic book.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #5

Jun 3, 2021

Batman, Arkham Asylum and Commissioner Gordon are all ripped-off in this uneventful event series from Marvel Comics. Why DC Comics have yet to send a ‘Cease and Desist' order is beyond me, but they should.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #6

Jun 9, 2021

‘Heroes Reborn' #6 and it's the turn of Princess Power to grab the spotlight. And it's the best issue by far. Although that's not too easy given how poor this overall event has been. But, nonetheless, it delivered great art and a great script and made me want more from this Wonder Woman knock-off.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #7

Jun 17, 2021

Heroes Reborn ned as it started, with very little to blast about. A simple concept – Mephisto recreates a world without the Avengers – strung out over seven uneventful issues. Minus any satisfying conclusion. I really wished I hadn't bothered.

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7.5
Heroes Reborn (2021): Heroes Return #1

Jun 22, 2021

'Heroes Return' #1 is an amazing book visually, but another wasted opportunity giving us a very predictable dust-up between The Supreme Squadron of America and the Avengers. Well, some of them anyway. A series that seems deigned to set up the next big title-wide crossover for Marvel which I'll be giving a miss based on this slim storyline stretched out to breaking point. Whatever the opposite of "Excelsior" is, this is that series.

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10
Home Sick Pilots #1

Nov 16, 2020

A new kind of haunted house horror from Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard that oozes style and strong storytelling. A 90s' neon-horror that's first issue is a strong opener for this ongoing Image Comics' series.

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Home Sick Pilots #2

Jan 12, 2021

‘Home Sick Pilots' #2 picks up the action from last issue as Ami tries to recover a cursed horseshoe while her fellow bandmates are left abandoned after their brush with death last issue.

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Home Sick Pilots #4

Mar 9, 2021

A new set of black ops characters can only spell trouble for Ami and the old James House. Although the haunted house in question is certainly giving Ami enough trouble of its own as she discovers their relationship is not an equal one in Home Sick Pilots #4 from Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard.

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10
Home Sick Pilots #5

Apr 13, 2021

‘Home Sick Pilots'#5 brings thecurtain down on thefirst story-arc from Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard. Ami must confront the Old James House while her fellow bandmates help out in any way they can in a grand finale of epic proportions. The Home Sick Pilots' lives will never be the same again after this one!

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10
Home Sick Pilots #6

Jun 29, 2021

Home Sick Pilots #6 moves the action to the Nevada desert and we catch up with the remaining survivors as they embrace on a new chapter of their lives. A chapter they never asked for in the genre-breaking series that's only juts getting started. A welcome return!

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10
Home Sick Pilots #7

Jul 19, 2021

Ami and Buzz are alive, but not all that well. After all, Ami now shares an unbreakable link with the haunted old James House stalking her across America.

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Home Sick Pilots #8

Aug 16, 2021

Ami and Buzz try to keep their heads down in Seattle while Meg grows in her powers. It's all heading for one Hell of a large stand-off one way or the other.

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10
Home Sick Pilots #10

Oct 15, 2021

The Nuclear Bastard is coming for Ami in ‘Home Sick Pilots' #10, and there's nothing she can do but face it down. A blockbusting, bombastic season finale from DAn Watters and Caspar Wijngaard.

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Infinite Frontier (2021) #1

Jun 24, 2021

DC Comics' big summer event kicks off in style with ‘Infinite Frontiers' #1 from Joshua Williamson, Xermanico, and Fajardo Jr. We get the return of Thomas Wayne – another Batman who never stays down for long – as well as the Golden Age Green Lantern, Roy Harper and many more, as well as a murder mystery for the Justice League Incarnate to investigate.

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Infinite Frontier (2021) #2

Jul 13, 2021

The multiverse is not what anyone thinks it is with new mysteries and new questions being posed. A diverse set of heroes work separately – for now – to have their questions answered in a likeable second issue. Or is it third issue?

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Infinite Frontier (2021) #3

Jul 28, 2021

‘Infinite Frontier' #3 continues to explore the multiverse and in doing so re-introduce a lot of JSA associated characters too. Some who have been MIA for quite some time. Great writing, but the art does not come across as the type usually associated with such big summer evens to me.

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Infinite Frontier (2021) #4

Aug 12, 2021

Infinite Frontier #4 begins to draw the various plots together as we get the return of Infinity Inc. as well as the debut of Justice Incarnate's biggest threat.

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Infinite Frontier (2021) #5

Sep 1, 2021

Infinite Frontier #5 delivers on action and ramps up the danger to the multiverse considerably by the end of this highly enjoyable issue. One for old-school DC Comics' fans that's for sure, but plenty for any comic book fan to enjoy too.

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8.5
Infinite Frontier (2021) #6

Sep 8, 2021

Infinite Frontier #6 brings the latest universe shattering event series by DC Comics to an end with both threats and promises of things to come. A climatic battle is blunted somewhat by a plethora of epilogues, only for the dying pages of this book to pull me back in again.

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Jinny Hex Special (2020) #1

Dec 31, 2020

‘Jinny Hex Special' #1 is a fun ride from start to finish. We get to learn more about this new edition to the DCU while writer Magdalena Vissagioand artistGleb Melnikov also do well in setting up all the key pieces of Jinny's backstory should we ever get a follow on series. A reminder of the innocent, fun titles we've seen coming out of Wonder Comics and a hope this imprint has the strength to hold on in there based on the strength of this one-shot.

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Kaiju Score #1

Nov 24, 2020

Kaiju Score #1 is a paint-by-the-numbers debut issue that mixes genres in an attempt at originality. Great art, but a predictable opening issue doesn't do this new series any favours.

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10
Karmen #1

Feb 22, 2021

Guillem March may well be know outside of Europe for his work on Batman, but wait until you get a load of 'Karmen' Part 1 from Image Comics. A truly masterful art book posing as a comic book from a talent who mixes the details of Moebius with the sensuality of Milo Manara.

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10
Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

Apr 13, 2021

‘Locke & Key/The Sandman: Hell & Gone' #1 brings two much-loved comic book universes together in a crossover you never knew you wanted. Lifting a plot point going way, way back to ‘The Sandman' #1, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodrguez deliver a first issue that's beautifully surreal and macabre and drags you in by the neck.

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Ludocrats #5

Sep 30, 2020

The concluding issue to this bonkers book goes out in the same madcap style it launched. Gillen and the gang are clearly having fun at Otto Von Subertan expense, as well as the readers expectations too. The good Baron faces his accusers and faces boredom and mundanity face-to-face. Will he and the other Luodcrats survive this brush with mediocracy?

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Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika #1

Jul 6, 2021

Sweet Paprika mixes up elements of classic Hollywood rom-coms with a good, healthy dose of sexiness and sensuality in a comical debut of a New York inhabited by both Devils and Angels. But, who'd have though the devilish Paprika would be so devout when it comes to her sex life? A raunchy read from start to finish.

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Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika #2

Aug 30, 2021

Sweet Paprika continues to be unlucky in love as she continues to commit to her career at the cost of a love life. Worse still, she has to juggle the pressures of work with a family crisis too! Can her day get any worse? Well, yes, it can.

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7.5
Night of the Ghoul #1

Oct 19, 2021

A fan hunts down a director of a forbidden film with a mysterious providence. What secrets lie with the surviving reels of film may be more than either can live with in a tense first issue from Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla.

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Nocterra #1

Feb 15, 2021

America has been plunged into a debilitating and terror-transforming darkness. A darkness that the survivors of this sudden globe spanning disaster have had to adapt. Like Undiscovered Country, Nocterra seems to be another dystopian road trip across America, but in the dark. Only time will tell if it's too close for comfort, but it's still a promising debut issue nonetheless.

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Nocterra #2

Apr 2, 2021

Val Riggs and her passengers take a pit stop, but danger is never too far off in this nightmare world.

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Nocterra #3

May 3, 2021

Nocterra #3 sees our would-be post-apocalyptic hero, Val, on the road and finding trouble round every corner. But, is it becoming to draw out and formulaic before it even gets a chance to rev up the story?

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Nocterra #4

Jun 1, 2021

A creepy opening and another stop off for Val and her crew on their way to finding Sanctuary. This issue feels like a turning point in this road trip through an apocalyptic landscape and one that offers the slightest glimmer of hope.

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Nocterra #5

Jul 7, 2021

Val, Emory and Bailey seemed to have finally found sanctuary as well as Bailey's uncle. What could possibly go wrong?

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10
Not All Robots #2

Sep 6, 2021

In a world where technology has overtaken human endeavours it would seem the robots running the lives of the living can get away with murder, Literally! Mark Russell and Mike Deodato Jr. deliver another darkly humoured issue of sci-fi satire at its finest.

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Once & Future #12

Oct 20, 2020

Grendel's mother is out for revenge in 'Once and Future' #12 and only Duncan stands in her way. Meanwhile, Merlin continues to scheme and set players into motion in each of the Holy Grail. A fitting end to this chapter of Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's fantasy saga.

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Once & Future #13

Nov 19, 2020

'Once & Future' #13 kicks off an all-new storyline with the resurrection of yet another legendary menace with ties to the Arthurian legend. Kieron Gillen eases us into this new chapter with a family reunion and a new quest. Find Elaine, Bridgette's estranged daughter! But, this is an issue that builds up the tension even before the final page reveal. A great start to the latest new chapter in this sensational saga.

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Once & Future #14

Dec 18, 2020

The Green Knight throws down a challenge and Rose steps up to accept. As legends of yore spill out into our reality, Bridgette, Rose and Duncan continue to defend the realm. But, how much can they take on? And, how long until there comes a reckoning? Another gripping issue from Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Ed Dukeshire.

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Once & Future #15

Jan 25, 2021

Mary confronts Rose in her own home, while Duncan and Bridgette go hunting for Mary!?! Once & Future #15 also gives us our very own radical retake on Lancelot du Lac and a frightening family secret revealed that will have you rethinking Mary, our would-be antagonist. Tense, taut, terrific.

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Once & Future #16

Feb 19, 2021

While Duncan and Bridgette face down Lancelot du Lac, Rose has here hands full when stooges of the UK government come a knocking. Seems Mary and her family may have gone bit too far this time in ‘Once & Future' #16

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Once & Future #17

Mar 30, 2021

Once & Future #17 delivers another issue of horror and fantasy as Bridgette and her monster hunters track down Mary in the Otherworld. Merlin tries to control the narrative, but cfor how much longer when there are so many variables coming into play?

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10
Once & Future #18

May 4, 2021

With the current story-arc coming to a close with ‘Once and Future' #18 the thrills don't come from the final battle itself but from what's being set up next. A truly new dawn for Great Britain, but one that certainly isn't trumpeting in a new Golden Age for the UK that's for sure. Riveting stuff and a great way to keep readers on the edge of their seats until its return this summer.

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10
Once & Future #19

Aug 27, 2021

With Britain now part of the supernatural Otherworld it looks grim for Bridgette, Duncan and Rose in ‘Once and Future' #19. King Arthur are on the rise, and mean business as he cuts fast and lose through England.

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10
Once & Future #20

Sep 27, 2021

King Arthur more than meets his match while Bridgette makes plans in the relative safety of the Grail Castle. Plus Rose finally heads out to look for her parents in Once and Future #20.

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10
Primordial #1

Aug 2, 2021

On one level Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's ‘Primordial' #1 is a classic Cold War thriller in the making. But it's also far more ambitious than that, with a sci-fi storyline at its heart and visuals evoking ‘2001: A Space Odyssey'. Primordial #1 is one part John le Carr and another part Arthur C. Clarke.

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10
Red Room #1

May 19, 2021

Ed Piskor's ‘Red Room' #1 is a gloriously gory modern day E.C. comic book that delivers on visceral, graphically detailed horror delivered with the blackest of humour. And I loved it!

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8.5
Red Room #2

Jun 23, 2021

More gory goodness from Ed Piskor in ‘Red Room' #2. One of the baddest comics on the shelves, in every sense of the word.

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Red Room #3

Jul 26, 2021

Another new edition of Ed Piskor's ‘Red Room' and another new character or two introduced. And with each new face we get a new layer of story added to this torture porn gore-fest. The plot thickens as the blood continues to spill.

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10
Red Room #4

Sep 13, 2021

Ed Piskor's ‘Red Room' continues to shock and push the boundaries of decency. This time round we meet a young woman with revenge in her heart and the obsession and money to do something about it. Another glorious gory issue that ramps the dark, dark comedy up to eleven.

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Scout's Honor #1

Jan 4, 2021

A post-apocalyptic future in which a new society has been founded and forged around the ideals of an old copy of the Scout Rangers Survival Handbook. A world in which survival skills are necessary for your own survival. But also a world in which our hero – a young Scout called Kit – must keep their real identity a secret. And that's not the biggest mystery in this exciting new series AfterShock's ‘Scout's Honor' #1, from David Pepose, Luca Casalanguida and Matt Milla.

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Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #1

Dec 14, 2020

'Second Coming: Only Begotten Son' #1 switches focus away from Jesus and onto Sunstar in a secret origin story that will be all too familiar to readers. But, it doesn't mean with teh added humour it's not a fresh and funny take on the story of a lone infant rocketed to Earth on a space ship. A space ship made of finest, classiest Zirconia crystal!

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10
Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #3

Jul 20, 2021

Christ continues to find his way in a very mean-spirited world, while Sunstar worries for the both of them. Another well observed and sensational satire from Mark Russell, Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk.

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10
Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #4

Sep 2, 2021

In just one issue Mark Russell, Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk deliver a variety of storylines and emotions that are both real and melodramatic and tinged with tragedy. I can't think of many more emotive comic books than this one that tries to evoke self-reflection in the reader than ‘Second Coming: Only Begotten Son'. One to definitely recommend to the FOX News viewer in your life. 

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10
Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #6

Oct 15, 2021

Jesus speaks with his dad while Sunstar takes out a sneaky Eastern European dictator. All this and Sheila goes into labour! It can only be the season finale of Second Coming: Only Begotten Sonby Mark Russell, Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk.

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Space Bastards (2021) #1

Jan 12, 2021

Postal delivery across the known universe is a life-threatening job where only the toughest and wiliest survive. And new recruit, David S Proton, doesn't seem to have either of these qualities. A loser in life, he's taken on one of the most violent jobs in the galaxy, but is he up for the challenge? A brilliantly black-humoured space-romp with plenty of gore and more.

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Space Bastards (2021) #2

Feb 13, 2021

‘Space Bastards' #2 lets us in on the history of the Intergalactic Postal Service as well as giving us a closer look at the man who runs it, Roy Sharpton. A man who most definitely puts the “bastard” into ‘Space Bastards'.

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Spawn: Spawn's Universe #1

Jun 21, 2021

Spawn Universe #1 introduces us to the next generation of Spawn inspired heroes in a book that's too reminiscent of the original Image Comics of the early '90s. The problem is, it ain't the '90s anymore. But, has anyone told Todd?

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Strange Adventures (2020) #6

Oct 19, 2020

Alanna takes a winter walk with Mister Terrific in ‘Strange Adventures' #6 while we once again get to see Adam Strange is action and in flashback on Rann. Alanna revels herself to be one tough nut while I worry for Adam after her discussions with her interrogator. A great issue that contrast the inaction of Earth with the all-out action of war against the Pykkts. Halfway though and I feel that I'm only just getting to how the real Alanna.

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Strange Adventures (2020) #7

Dec 1, 2020

Adam Strange takes a trip; literally and otherwise, in ‘Strange Adventures' #7. A comic boo of contrast in both styles and subject matter as we witness Adam take on the role of soldier on Earth, while he's all lots in space in the flashback sequences. Trippy, confusing but certainly an issue that lives up to its title. This really is a strange adventure.

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Strange Adventures (2020) #8

Feb 3, 2021

The Pykkts invasion of Earth continues as the bodies pile up and the heroes do their best. Meanwhile, we begin to creep closer and closer to the inevitable death of Adam Strange's daughter. But, if anyone thought the tragedy was what pushed Adam over the edge, you may have other ideas by the end of this issue. Is Adam war hero, or war criminal?

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6
Strange Adventures (2020) #9

Apr 5, 2021

Strange Adventures #9 is another issue that feels like its just playing for time in a comic book that could have easily told its story in half the issues.

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10
Swamp Thing (2021) #1

Mar 1, 2021

The Swamp Thing #1 introduces a new face behind a familiar name in a great debut issue. American Gothic meets a more globally flavoured horror from Ram V, Mike Perkins and Mike Spicer.

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8.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #2

Apr 12, 2021

Levi Kamei – the newest champion of the Green – seems to be slowly coming to terms with his surreal nightmares, with Ram V and Mike Perkins delivering another macabrely beautiful issue of ‘The Swamp Thing'.

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Swamp Thing (2021) #3

May 4, 2021

The newest Swamp Thing enters into the Green where he meets not one but two aspects of Poison Ivy while a lots Jennifer also meets up with a familiar DC Comics character with his own links to the Green.

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10
Swamp Thing (2021) #4

Jun 7, 2021

Ram V and Mike Perkins deliver another faultless issue. This issue blooms with an intelligent and entertaining script that is wonderfully captured on the page by Mike Perkins and Mike Spicer. We walk carefully through the Green in an almost dream-like state. But, where there are dreams, there is always the fear of nightmares too.

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Swamp Thing (2021) #5

Jul 7, 2021

The Swamp Thing is summoned to London i the latest issue of Ram V's run, and he's not the only supernatural DC character to turn up to a house haunted by a WWII bomb. Guest artist John McCrea is the prefect fit with a style that suits Swampy exceptionally well.

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10
Swamp Thing (2021) #6

Aug 4, 2021

‘The Swamp Thing' #6 is another beautiful and bountiful issue that offers up rich language and narrative and equally rich artwork too from Ram V, Mike Perkins and Mike Spicer. An exotic, existential read only spoiled by the arrival of the crass violence of Suicide Squad.

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10
Swamp Thing (2021) #7

Sep 8, 2021

As the Suicide Squad hunt the Swamp Thing one of their ranks makes first contact and forces Levi Kamei to relive his past. It's another glorious and horrific issue that is rich in writing, art and colour from Ram V, Mike Perkins and Mike Spicer.

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10
Swamp Thing (2021) #8

Oct 6, 2021

‘The Swamp Thing‘ #8 is another issue that offers up the prerequisite action scenes suitable for such superhero titles, but delivers more thought provoking existential angst too. But, on this occasion, Levi Kami finds some kind of solace in his troubled past.

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The Department of Truth #2

Oct 26, 2020

Imagine if the tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists were right? Welcome to the dark and dangerous world of 'The Department of Truth' and its newest recruit, Cole Turner. A man who has had his own brush with the dayside of life and may well be ready to remember in this creepy horror tainted comic book from James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds.

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The Department of Truth #3

Nov 24, 2020

The Department of Truth #3 delivers a personal and tragic tale of one mourning mother. A mother open to suggestion, which causes problems for our men and women in black who are on the case. Looks like there may be more than one truth out there. And those others must be quashed to maintain the status quo.

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8.5
The Department of Truth #5

Jan 26, 2021

Cole Turner has an unexpected visitor in ‘The Department of Truth'. One who tries to offer him an alternative perspective in a world gone mad. A fittingly head-spinning finale to the first arc of this engaging, thought-provoking seers from James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds.

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The Department of Truth #6

Feb 23, 2021

We get an interlude from the main storyline in The Department of Truth #6, but an important one nonetheless. We delve into Medical history and learn how far back the conspiracy culture of the series goes. A book that will drag you into its story and smack you with a rather illuminating revelation at the end too. A revelation that will have a part to play in the present.

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8
The Department of Truth #7

Mar 29, 2021

The Department of Truth #7 offers up another intriguing peek into the history of the agency with an issue focussed on tinfoil hat wearing agent Doc Hynes. From James Tynion IV and guest artists Tyler Boss.

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7.5
The Department of Truth #8

Apr 27, 2021

The Department of Truth #8 returns us to ourregularscheduled programmingwith yet more conspiracies to be over-explain and thereby side-stepping anyreal action. Again. Is this series becoming too formulaic for its own good?

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The Department of Truth #9

May 31, 2021

‘The Department of Truth' #9 continues to join the dots between the various conspiracy theories oft-discussed (and believe) in this alternative world history. The Department's fixer – Hawk Harrison – rudely returns to visit Cole Turner and eulogises on the power of magic, symbols and religion in another intriguing and thought-provoking issue.

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7.5
The Department of Truth #12

Aug 26, 2021

More exposition on the nature of belief and tulpas, but after twelve issues it's beginning to feel repetitive. Thankfully Martin Simmonds' art saves the day once more.

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The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides #3

Sep 24, 2020

We catch up with runaways Jael and Sharri once again in The Goddamned The Virgin Brides #3. A couple of young teenage girls who marvellously and miraculously continue to survive the desolate wastelands of early civilisation. A civilisation informed by the fire and brimstone of the Book of Genesis, of course, with enemies and foes to match.

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The Last Book Youll Ever Read #1

Jun 21, 2021

Reading for pleasure can have dire consequences if the book you're reading is the new one from author, Olivia Kade in The Last Book You'll Ever Read #1. A book that will have a savage reaction on even the mildest of readers i this new horror series from Vault Comics.

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The Other History of the DC Universe (2020) #1

Nov 30, 2020

John Ridley offers up a very distinct and alternative take on the history of DC Comics' black characters in this out-of-continuity new Black Label series. Told through the rightfully cynical eye of Black Lightning, we get a trip back through time that is as much a reflection of the social and political struggle of Black American as it is about black superheroes and their place in the privileged world of white superheroes.

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The Other History of the DC Universe (2020) #2

Feb 1, 2021

The history of the Teen Titans is recounted by Malcolm and Karen Duncan. As you would imagine, both have differing memories of the past, but both can be sure of one thing: tokenism and subconscious racism was rife in the DCU. A great alternative take on DC Comics history and culture with on and off the page.

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The Other History of the DC Universe (2020) #3

Apr 5, 2021

The Alternative History of the DC Universe #3 hits the mind-'80s with Batman and the Outsider' s member Katana cast as this issue's narrator. Another solid and substantial issue that re-evaluates the nostalgia-tinted stories of yesteryear from the hard-hitting perspective of minority characters.

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The Picture of Everything Else #1

Dec 21, 2020

Paris, in the late 19th century. A serial killer is on the loose, while two down-and-out Parisian artists go about sustaining themselves through parties and pilfering. Until, that is, they meet the supernaturally cursed basil Hallward. Last seen dying by the bloody hands of Dorian Gray back in London. A murderous mystery and a daring debut issue from Dan Watters and Kishmor Mohan.

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The Picture of Everything Else #3

Apr 14, 2021

In Dan Watters and Kishore Mohen's'The Picture of Everything' #3 we learn more about Basil'smature plan as well as delve into his recent history and exactly how he manages to still be living after the events of 'A Picture of Dorian Gray'. A fascinating mix of gothicism and art history with the boundaries between real life and fiction blurring even further.

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The Resistance #6

Oct 5, 2020

The concluding issue of this first season continues to be engaging but also frustratingly inconclusive. A world has been build and populated in great detail.But we have only just scratched the surface of this new shared universes from J Michael Stracsynski. and Mike Deodato Jr. Real world politics comes crashing down on the superhero genre in a book that's one part Stan Lee and another part John Le Carre.

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The Union (2020) #1

Dec 2, 2020

‘The Union' #1 introduces us to an all-new British-based superhero team made up of supes from across the United Kingdom. A training mission handily allows writer Paul Grist to introduce this new team one character at a time, as well as set up drama and danger that the team will be acing in the next issue. A solid first issue, but not a stellar one.

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The Union (2020) #2

Jan 15, 2021

Britannia is dead just as we were getting to know her. The King in Black's forces are on the attack and have taken their first scalp by possessing team member Choir. The team are in hot pursuit, but it's the internal conflict that's the real threat in ‘The Union' #2 from Paul Grist, Andrea De Vito and Le Beau Underwood.

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The Union (2020) #4

Apr 6, 2021

The Union #4 brings a reluctant team back together again when their colleague and friend, Ten Choir, goes missing in Wales. Freed from the limitation the King in Black tie-in forced upon the plot, this is a book that's beginning to finally find its own voice. Sadly there's only one more issue to go in this current series. I do hope this isn't the first and last time we'll be seeing The Union.

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10
Time Before Time #1

May 3, 2021

Time travel, for a price. And if you can afford it then the likes of Tatsuo, a down-and-out loser in life forced to work for the Syndicate in order to pay off his debt in new sci-fi thriller, Time Before Them #1 by Declan Shalvey and Joe Palmer. Until the day he Strats thinking of stealing a time-travelling pod and hiding from it all. But, with so much bad luck, will be ever get a break?

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Undiscovered Country #8

Sep 24, 2020

The gang travel through Unity, a new, high-tech drenched area of this new America, that sees some familiar faces returning and a good deal of exposition in favour of action. A modern day ‘Wizard of Oz' for contemporary comic book readers looking for something different from their usual pull list.

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5
Undiscovered Country #10

Nov 23, 2020

A rather dull issue, even with all the action, as out heroes continue to explore the high-tech paradise that is Unity. A paradise that isn't all it would seem. But then, was anyone thinking anything different? A disappointing issue to an otherwise entertaining series.

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10
Vinyl #1

Jun 4, 2021

Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard bring us another series killer sicko who you can't help but side with in ‘Vinyl' #1 from Image Comics. A black comedy full of gory, guts and a great array of fascinating characters. The Manson Family meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Charlize Theron cast in one of the main roles.

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8.5
Vinyl #2

Jul 27, 2021

Walter continues in his attempts to extract his new friend, and FBI agent, from the clutches of the local death cult by sending in acquaintances with the same tastes as himself into a situation where angels would definitely fear to tread.

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10
Vinyl #3

Aug 23, 2021

Serial killer Walter continues to seek out Dennis, an FBI agent he has grown attached to. ‘Vinyl' #3 serves up more gore and guffaws in another savage, satirical issue.

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10
Vinyl #4

Sep 21, 2021

It's a comic that like any good horror film delivers on shocks and spectacle and with two more issues still to go, I fear there will be even more bodies piled up high before this little savage saga is dead and buried.

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10
Vinyl #5

Oct 18, 2021

The penultimate issue of this gory black comedy sees Walter still suffering and his companions doing their utmost to hold back the horrors of Sunflower Farm. A conclusion of sorts is reached, but not for Walter.

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10
We Have Demons #1

Oct 5, 2021

The conflict between good and evil is about to come to a head when a teenage hero embarks on a journey that unveils a secret society, monsters, and mayhem in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's ‘We Have Demons' #1

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