Oz Longworth's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Black Nerd Problems Reviews: 151
8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.5
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

Heavy on action, moderate on exposition".Snyder comes right out of the gate with a promising opening to what looks to be a solid series.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 15, 2016

Bottom Line: Snyder and Romita are still at it, pulling no punches with a gorgeous comic that looks and reads like a summer blockbuster. Easily the best Bat book on the shelf right now.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #3

Oct 13, 2016

This book comes packing a story as compelling and enigmatic as we've come to expect from Snyder while maintaining the pace and excitement of a summer blockbuster movie.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #6

Jan 12, 2017

It would be one thing if this were a bad book, but Snyder is using a title he's already winning with and taking some serious risks to tell a very outside the box type of story. Ambitious, atmospheric, well paced"All Star Batman is topping the top of its game.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #8

Mar 19, 2017

Snyder is clearly enjoying being able to let loose in a way that previous Bat-titles wouldn't really allow for. He's taking some risks that other writers might not be able to get away with and it's really working out for him. All Star Batman proves to continue being a solid home run.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #11

Jun 21, 2017

Crocodiles, MI5, fist fights with mysterious assassins" this is Scott Snyder making it look easy. All Star Batman is the book that other books want to be when they grow up.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #13

Sep 1, 2017

Bottom Line: With the overall quality of Snyder's Batman work over the years, it almost feels overzealous that he is obviously trying to go out so strong with this story".and succeeding at it. This book is one of the best on the shelves everytime it drops without fail.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 20, 2015

This book proved that Issue #1 was definitely no fluke. Waid and Staples have something special, a magic that is difficult to replicate and makes Archie (I can't believe I'm saying this again) one of the best, most accessible comics happening in the industry right now.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #43

Aug 13, 2015

Naysayers can whine all they want but Snyder is consistent in keeping this book feeling fresh and exciting at every turn. This has been one of the most consistent books in comics, and still continues to be.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #44

Sep 10, 2015

Though this issue takes a slight break from the main Superheavy storyline, this is NOT Naruto-type filler. Snyder, Azzarello and Jock gives us a completely immersive, visually arresting story that masterfully cleanses the palette for what's to come.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #45

Oct 15, 2015

This is probably the most effective installment of the Superheavy saga yet. Snyder and Capullo have done a great job of balancing the journey of the Old and New Batman, making for a richer mythology.

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8.5
Batman (2011) #46

Nov 13, 2015

Even with the Bruce Wayne storyline not playing as big a part in this issue as last time, the book overall is still stronger than 80% of DC's regularly rotated books.

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8.5
Batman (2011) #47

Dec 10, 2015

Granted, we would have liked to have found out just a little more about Gordon's arch nemesis, but Snyder and Capullo are still pumping out quality super-heroing. This is still one of the top 5 best DC/Marvel books on the shelf right now.

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8.5
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 22, 2016

Though one exchange in particular didn't overshadow the action the way it should have, this was a solid entry to the Superheavy story arc that reveals some of the layers of Batman and why he has to do things the way he does them.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 11, 2016

Snyder and Tynion offer up a side story that turns out so much more powerful than your typical side story; far more psychological than it needed to be, redeeming Alfred emotionally. A deserving goodbye to Williamsburg Coffee Shop Bruce Wayne.

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10
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 24, 2016

There's no question that Snyder and Capullo finished an epic run strong with a finale that pulled no punches, placing the reader right in the thick of an epic battle for the soul of Gotham. Godspeed, boys. You will be missed" at least until Snyder starts his run on Detective Comics.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #51

Apr 29, 2016

This was an appropriate goodbye with more heart than action, deft and reacquainting us with the new Bruce Wayne and saying farewell to one of the most consistent Batman runs to date.

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8.0
Batman (2011) Annual #4

Oct 2, 2015

Batman Unplugged vs. The Riddler and Company? There's no way this doesn't end up being an awesome premise.

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9.5
Black Panther (2016) #2

May 12, 2016

Bottom Line: As far as the things we want to see from the Black Panther mythology, Ta-Nehisi Coates gets it. This book puts down layers that could be the source of stories for years to come long after the Atlantic writer hangs his jersey up.

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9.5
Black Panther (2016) #4

Jul 28, 2016

Ta-Nahesi Coates has ten issues and he's putting them to good use, pouring top notch prose and his extensive knowledge and appreciation of African culture into this book, creating a much richer portrait not just of the Panther, but of Wakanda as a whole.

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #6

Sep 15, 2016

It's obvious that Coates is still learning when to get out of the way and let the book show more than tell, but his prose style is solid and Chris Sprouse was an inspired choice as an artist to stand in for Stelfreeze.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #8

Nov 18, 2016

Coates is churning out a page turner that doesn't need a fist fight on every page to prove that T'Challa is an effective and cerebral yet conflicted hero. Also, applause is in order for giving Shuri (possibly) the level-up she so deserves.

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9.0
Black Panther (2016) #10

Jan 26, 2017

For a book with a lot of exposition, Coates swung for the fences getting us ready for the grand finale. Excellent penultimate issue.

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9.5
Black Panther (2016) #12

Mar 23, 2017

Coates crafted an appropriate ending to a story that introduced a smart, self-aware, noble hero of color for a new, savvy generation.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #14

May 25, 2017

This book is walking an entertaining tightrope between traditional superhero antics and Black Panther think piece. And it is walking that rope well. Coates is putting a lot of things into play, putting Wakanda's politics, its leadership and now even its gods into question to see what comes out the other side of the ambition that's being delivered on bit by bit.

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9.5
Briggs Land #1

Aug 18, 2016

AMC knew what they were doing in picking up the rights to this one. If any story deserves to be told in live action, it's this well-oiled crime family saga.

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8.0
Briggs Land #2

Sep 15, 2016

Bottom Line: This issue wasn't as suspenseful as the first but there's still more than enough family tension, questions of who to trust and overall world building to make this a solid effort.

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8.0
Briggs Land #5

Dec 22, 2016

It's a wonder and a disappointment that nobody is talking about this book because it should absolutely be considered one of the best reasons to come to your LCS. This issue isn't the outright best so far but it definitely still makes the case for this series.

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9.5
Briggs Land #6

Jan 27, 2017

Wood has an incredible crime drama on his hands that is potentially on par with The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy. If anything about the premise appeals to you as a show, I'd go ahead and pick this book up to get in on the ground floor.

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9.5
Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1

Jun 16, 2017

Bottom Line: Briggs Land is back, hitting the ground running as if it never left. Granted, given the current sociopolitical climate, the politics of the story may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the tense setup for things to come and the spotlight on Isaac Briggs makes the book worth the read.

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9.0
Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #2

Jul 14, 2017

Bottom Line: A good story got better. It's looking like we might as well view this as an Isaac Briggs solo run and I am completely fine with that. Aside from Grace, it's looking like he's the most interesting character in the book so far. If Sons of Anarchy were in all sepia tones, it would probably look a lot like Briggs Land.

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9.0
Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #3

Aug 18, 2017

Though the plot concluded quicker than it could have, it feels like Wood still advanced the larger plot without rushing it. This issue reminds us why it's a sleeper hit being picked up for television.

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9.0
Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #4

Sep 15, 2017

Brian Wood has something truly special here. Briggs Land is one of the best books on the shelves that it seems like nobody talks about. When this tv show comes out, people are going to be wondering how they were sleeping on this comic and end up collecting it in bulk like people do with The Walking Dead. This issue alone is good enough to sell anyone on this series.

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8.5
Cyborg #2

Aug 27, 2015

This is an amazing looking, well paced book with plenty of promising themes to build upon in the service of seasoning a previously bland character.

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8.0
Cyborg #3

Oct 10, 2015

Bottom Line: Not quite as perfect as the book has previously been visually, but the turn-up action wise is fun enough that David Walker maintains a solid book overall.

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7.5
Cyborg #4

Nov 1, 2015

The story is there, the pacing is on point, the characters are entertaining, but Ivan Reis' absence made all the difference this month.

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7.0
Cyborg #5

Dec 4, 2015

Not bad. It's like a J. Cole album: packs a whole lot of potential but doesn't do as much with it despite the huge production team involved with it.

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7.5
Cyborg #6

Dec 26, 2015

A quickly resolved, but mainly well handled ending falls just short of it's potential greatness due to the lag in the artwork.

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6.0
Cyborg #7

Jan 29, 2016

Bottom Line: This is one of those issues where its heart is in the right place, but the execution is such shoddy framework, it's hard to divorce it from the rest of the book.

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8.5
Cyborg #8

Feb 25, 2016

Overall, this was a far better effort than last month's offering. Better pacing, consistent tone, excellent balance of banter and exposition and consistent visuals. It looks like Cyborg is back to being the book we deserve.

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8.5
Cyborg #9

Mar 27, 2016

Dare I say it, this is the best Cyborg's been since the first two issues. This is some ambitious water David Walker is swimming in, leaving a lot of potential for future threats and new foils specifically for our hero.

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8.0
Cyborg #10

Apr 29, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a full fleshed, respectable book on our hands! With the return of Marv Wolfman, some decent Justice League cameos, and some consistent art, DC has a perfectly serviceable Afrofuturism title.

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8.5
Cyborg #12

Jun 24, 2016

Bottom Line: We have a solid read that continues the work of establishing Cyborg as a hero that sheriffs the evolving perversions of science and technology. Hopefully, we get to see this book continue to evolve and branch out into other aspects of the character.

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8.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Dec 26, 2015

With the storyline picking up speed quickly and virtually without warning, this is turning out to not be the Michael Bay level trainwreck we thought it was going to be so far. But it's early. So, we'll see.

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9.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Jun 30, 2016

A classic turn of events indicative of the master strategist we all love, Andy Kubert, at the top of his game and a writer who gets Frank Miller Batman possibly better than Frank Miller easily make this issue the best of the series.

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9.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9

Jun 10, 2017

Bottom Line: The strongest tact this book could take was bringing a well plotted ray of positivity to Miller's Batman future vision. This is an immensely strong finish to this story. Bravo.

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8.5
Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1

Aug 24, 2017

It's not something I would call life changing, but that's not really the point of this book. Jason Aaron delivers a fun one-shot that would go nicely in just about any Thor collection you could dream up. That's really all that's required and those needs are met and exceeded.

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7.5
Ghost Racers #3

Aug 15, 2015

Not quite as turned up as the last issue but a solid book.

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7.5
Ghost Racers #4

Oct 2, 2015

A little cluttered at times visually, a little rushed, depth-wise, but mainly a good way to end this well intentioned, fun beat'em up story.

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8.5
Green Lantern / Space Ghost Special #1

Mar 30, 2017

The fact of the matter is that, as far as I'm concerned, DC is leaving money on the table in not giving us a whole buddy cop graphic novel of these two testosterone-ing each other to death while saving the universe. This book alone justifies DC's whole Hanna-Barbera line of comics.

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6.5
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 21, 2016

It's a valiant effort to give Sector 2814's B squad some real screentime, but there really needs to be more right out the gate to make us care.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #2

Jul 7, 2016

This really needs to be a solo Jessica Cruz book because Simon Baz wouldn't be interesting if the Rock played him shirtless while handing out Hamilton tickets. It's like his Green Lantern oath is "Because the plot demands it." The sooner they rid the more interesting Lantern of this ball and chain, the better.

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3.0
Green Lanterns #3

Jul 21, 2016

I don't even have any cute jokes or one liners to sugarcoat this because, honestly, this book doesn't deserve it. Green Lanterns is trash.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #1

Jul 28, 2016

This is the book that should have always been the flagship Green Lantern book to kick off DC's Rebirth series. Venditti gets right down to the sort of action and intrigue we expect from the franchise. This one's a keeper.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #2

Aug 11, 2016

Bottom Line: Rebirth has turned out to be the perfect opportunity for this franchise's redemption. Traditional lantern smackdowns, a great villain returning to sinister glory, and some of the best artwork on DC's shelves right now? This is a book that old-school Green Lantern fans have needed for a while now.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #3

Aug 26, 2016

Although the action is as satisfying as it was in the last issue, Hal Jordan is, true to form, becoming a bit of a spotlight hog and it's taking away from the story a little bit.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #6

Oct 13, 2016

Last issue was more than a little rough, but getting back to the aspects of the story we enjoyed and Rafa Sandoval being back on the job put this book back on track as one of DC's strongest.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #8

Nov 10, 2016

Okay, fine. It could have been a better looking book in certain areas, but it gets a lot of credit for its ambition and staying as fun as possible.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #9

Nov 25, 2016

Venditti does a great job of shifting the focus over to the rest of the Corps in this story arc, raising the stakes even higher just like he did in the issue before. Brilliant.

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7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #10

Dec 15, 2016

This is a good book. No debate there. It's a far better book when it's not following through on its obligatory duty on DC's part to perpetually validate Hal Jordan's existence.

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7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #11

Jan 2, 2017

This book is proving to be formidable. It says a lot that this issue turned out to be a well balanced, entertaining one even with a stupid ass bad guy.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #13

Jan 26, 2017

Even with little to no action involved, Venditti knows how to wrap up a quality story arc with style while still giving us a small look at what's to come.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #14

Feb 11, 2017

Venditti understands what it takes to keep a reader turning the pages and, ultimately, coming back for new issues. This is top notch comic booking that any Green Lantern fan could get behind.

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9.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #16

Mar 12, 2017

I'll put it simply. Anyone who can convince me to be a Guy Gardner fan deserves a medal. Venditti and Sandoval are a match made in Oa. All this book does in win.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #18

Apr 14, 2017

Not a strong as the past few issues, but even at half speed, this is still an immensely fun book to read. Also, the art puts it over the hump for a decent grade this week.

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7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #21

May 25, 2017

Narrative-wise, this is a perfectly good (maybe a little rushed) tale here. The perpetually juggled artwork is the thing holding this book back from true greatness, but Venditti's ambitious storytelling still mostly justifies the four bucks.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #22

Jun 16, 2017

Bottom Line: This new story arc seems to be serving the purpose of keeping the new status quo meaningful and interesting. It's just this carousel of artists that ranges from "outstanding" to "not terrible" to "30 pages of misshapen American Horror Story characters" is getting a little tiresome.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23

Jun 29, 2017

Vennditti deserves way more credit than he's getting for holding the fort in the post-Johns era. Also, this is best looking book we've seen in the past few weeks.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24

Jul 14, 2017

Venditti is still killing it, y'all. This is the kind of tension the Green Lantern books had been missing for a while. I'm excited to see how this leads up to the upcoming New Gods storyline.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26

Aug 10, 2017

Bottom Line: This book has been strong for most of its run so far, but the return of Rafa Sandoval to the pencil is what it needed to get over the hump and get back to being a Top 5 DC book.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27

Aug 24, 2017

Bottom Line: Venditti is on point, as usual. This is a gorgeous, action-packed book that is at its best when it's playing for all the marbles. This is Green Lantern done right.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28

Sep 15, 2017

This book, much like its titular character, approaches everything in such a "kick ass first, take names later" way, it's nice to see that even in tense, high stakes moments, Robert Venditti finds a way to stop get a little emotional" even if it is in a big green fighter jet.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #1

Oct 8, 2015

Bottom Line: After spending almost 15 years writing Iron Man in some form or another, Bendis makes the most sense to step up to the plate. Though we don't get quite as much action as we'd like, a very promising start as far as character development and setting the tone goes.

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9.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #2

Oct 22, 2015

Bottom Line: Bendis has stepped his game up from one issue to the next. Tone setting, pacing, action" everything seems to have been handled better than before. Also, this is some of the best David Marquez artwork I've ever seen. No joke.

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9.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #3

Nov 5, 2015

This book has been picking up speed exponentially with each issue. Although this issue doesn't have quite the same sense of fun as #2, the intensity and wit are both still firmly in place.

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9.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #4

Dec 3, 2015

This book has been off to an outstanding start. All it has to do is keep things fun and I predict a 10 out of 10 in Bendis' future.

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7.5
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #5

Jan 7, 2016

Despite being an entertaining one, the resolution to the immediate threat wasn't as effective to the larger narrative as it could have been. Still, it's a gorgeous book worth reading so there's that.

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9.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #6

Feb 5, 2016

The last plot line ended with more of a whimper than a bang, but this issue gives us high hopes that Bendis can turn things around.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #7

Mar 3, 2016

Bottom Line: It's an exposition heavy, slightly uneven issue of a book that's still one of the strongest in Marvel's arsenal.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #8

Apr 8, 2016

We could probably get a little more depth out of this story arc's latest villain and the color palette isn't as exciting as we'd like, but still a solid offering that highlights Rhodey earning his keep on #TeamIronMan.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #10

Jun 3, 2016

It's slower in some places than others, but Bendis is still managing to churn out a fun Iron Man book that deserves to stay in your monthly rotation.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #11

Jul 7, 2016

This wasn't necessarily a bad book, per se. It had all the right moving parts, but it was bit like your favorite soda without the fizz.

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8.5
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #12

Aug 5, 2016

If anyone else (except maybe Matt Fraction" I mean, he did win an Eisner writing this book) had tried to pull a whole issue of an Iron Man book with no fighting, it probably would have tanked faster than the Suicide Squad movie apparently has. But Bendis and Deodato have managed to keep it fresh and deliver a book that's as solid visually as it is with character development.

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8.5
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #13

Sep 15, 2016

Bendis has gotten back to the basic tenets that have made this book soar during its high times. A very personal, intimate issue with gorgeous pencils.

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8.0
Kingsway West #1

Aug 29, 2016

Bottom Line: It could use a little fleshing out in terms of world building and character backstory, but Pak's fun dialogue and interesting initial premise both make for a decent start that has us looking forward to next month.

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9.5
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #14

Jan 2, 2017

Amy Reeder has a sleeper hit on her hands. This is one of those books you're going to wish you'd given flowers at the ground level. Pre-order the trade paperback and thank us later.

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9.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15

Jan 26, 2017

Whether you read comics for grandiose superhero slugfests or witty character development, if you're a comic reader, it will be to your ultimate benefit to read this book. Not too heavy, but also not too trite, it meets its audience in the middle for one of most sincere, endearing titles on the shelf.

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9.5
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16

Feb 23, 2017

Yes, the writing team is brilliant in their approach to putting Lunella through her paces. Yes, the book is consistently for all ages without being completely transparent or hokey. But before any of the technical stuff, this book has heart and that counts for a lot.

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9.5
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #17

Mar 23, 2017

Hilarious, creatively plotted and infinitely endearing, this book is the poster child for Marvel doing right by their ever-growing pantheon of millennial superheroes.

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9.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #20

Jun 29, 2017

We as a culture are just not discussing this book as much as it deserves. Black Girl Magic and entry-level Afrofuturism all rolled up into a charming little ball of afro puffs and glasses.

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9.5
Ms. Marvel (2014) #17

Aug 6, 2015

Wilson and Alphona have put their Wonder Twin rings back together to churn out yet another winner. Eisner? This comic deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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10
Ms. Marvel (2014) #19

Oct 15, 2015

There are no action beats to speak of in this issue and yet it still a standout example of why this is one of the best mainstream comic books on the shelves right now. Giving this book anything short of a standing ovation would be an insult.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) #8

Aug 20, 2015

Whether you're a Star Wars fan or have never seen a single movie in your life, this is one of those titles that represents the best Marvel has to offer right now.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) #9

Sep 17, 2015

Bottom Line: Aaron could stand to answer some questions about Han's relationship with Sana, but the action beats mixed with Luke's fun, fast paced story throwing from the frying pan into the fire….this book is still the best roller coaster ride you can ask for from Marvel's line.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) #10

Oct 9, 2015

At this point, this is one of the most consistently clean written books in the game. If you're reading these reviews and you're not reading this book, I'm going to start questioning your commitment to this relationship.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) #11

Nov 9, 2015

Whether you're a long time SW fan or someone just looking for a fix until Episode 7 drops, this is one of the strongest comic experiences you can hope for at the moment.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) #12

Nov 21, 2015

Aaron's second arc on this book finished almost as strong as the first one. We would have liked just a little more advancement on the Han/Leia/Sana front, but I'm not convinced we've seen the last of her anyway, so this book really did everything I needed it to do.

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7.5
Star Wars (2014) #13

Dec 4, 2015

Bottom Line: This is a great book if you've been keeping up with Vader Down. If you're just in it for Aaron's series, you're gonna feel like you just walked into a party where everyone was talking about you and isn't telling you.

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9.5
Star Wars (2014) #16

Feb 22, 2016

What the fuck is wrong with you? Why are you still asking me what I think about this book and not buying it? We've been doing this for, what, 16 issues now? What else do I have to do to make you understand this is one of the best things happening to the industry right now? Get on-fucking-board.

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8.5
Star Wars (2014) #17

Mar 24, 2016

It doesn't get much better than this. This book delivers on just about every level required of a Star Wars story.

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9.5
Star Wars (2014) #18

Apr 29, 2016

Aaron's Star Wars is like a master class in taking legendary characters and putting them in fresh, fun situations. This book is every bit as strong as it was in its debut.

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9.5
Star Wars (2014) #19

May 26, 2016

Aaron is doing comics a great service with this book and Lenil Francis Yu finishes his run strong. The title of this story arc really should have been, "Star Wars is back at Marvel where it belongs. Deal with it."

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #20

Jun 21, 2016

A damn good looking, fun (though slightly unbelievable) entry in Ben Kenobi's journey through life after the prequels.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) #21

Jul 21, 2016

Once again, Aaron has worked within the cracks and creases of this long adored universe to give us something fresh that I can imagine will be built upon for years to come.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #22

Aug 29, 2016

Bottom Line: Jason Aaron is still putting his trademark spin on seemingly straightforward premises, making for one of the best Star Wars comics a fan could ask for.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #25

Nov 25, 2016

Despite some issue with facial expressions here and there, this book is still kicking ass, the crown jewel of Marvel's Star Wars franchise by leaps and bounds.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #26

Jan 2, 2017

Aaron's obligatory flashback between story arcs still holds up as well as it does when he does it in The Mighty Thor. I mean, what's the point of a rich, well known sci-fi/fantasy world if you don't play with it?

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #28

Feb 3, 2017

Aaron is the master of taking characters we know and love and putting them in situations counter to their usual character to keep them interesting. This issue is absolutely a testament to that.

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7.5
Star Wars (2014) #29

Mar 3, 2017

It feels like the momentum has fizzled a bit, but even at half speed, what we're given is ultimately readable. I just wish it hadn't veered so far over to the dark side.

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7.5
Star Wars (2014) #30

Apr 7, 2017

For the most part, it's a perfectly respectable wrap up to an interesting take on Star Wars' usual flashback interlude arc. Not a terrible looking book, but not quite up to the high standards established by the likes of John Cassaday and Stuart Immonen. Still readable, though.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #31

May 18, 2017

The book is on steadier ground this week than in the previous story arc. Aaron is giving us more of the swashbuckling, betrayal and intrigue we like in a Star Wars book. It's also still fairly accessible even if you haven't read the previous book (hard to come by with crossovers".even the good ones). Solid issue.

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7.5
Star Wars (2014) #32

Jun 16, 2017

Bottom Line: Aaron has been very good to a storyline that really doesn't deserve the fanfare that Marvel tried to sell. All the things that make a good Aaron book are all there so it's not bad, per se. It's just…why?

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #33

Jul 7, 2017

There's nothing this book needed more than a little brother-sister quality time. Aaron delivers heavily on the top-notch character development Leia needed in the era of this new extended universe since we're not going to get as much as we deserve in the movies for obvious reasons. Great offering to the blerd gawds.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #34

Aug 17, 2017

Bottom Line: Not quite the most gorgeous issue ever, but certainly one of the most fun. Sana has already earned her keep as a reluctant part of Team Skywalker but this issue definitely reminded us of her pure entertainment value. How Kanan: The Last Padawan could manage to get a solo book and she couldn't is beyond my understanding.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #35

Sep 1, 2017

Bottom Line: The thing about this book is that it challenges these characters in familiar yet imaginative ways. That's not always an easy task but anyone who reads The Mighty Thor will tell you that this is where Jason Aaron excels and the mythology as a whole is light years better for it. This is one of the best Star Wars books Marvel could ask for and the fandom is going to miss Aaron when he's gone.

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9.5
Star Wars (2014) #36

Sep 15, 2017

Of all the solo character issues so far, this one ties with the Luke/Leia issue as probably the best of Aaron's final issues on this title. Whether you're a decades old Star Wars fan or have only ever watched Rogue One, this book has something awesome going on for you.

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2.5
Superman: American Alien #1

Nov 13, 2015

Nick Dragotta must have owed someone money and is working off his debt via humiliation. That's the only reason I could imagine DC putting him to work wasting such gorgeous linework and facial expressions on Max Landis' script, which is as dull as the look in Kanye's eyes when he's out with Kim Kardashian.

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7.5
Superman: American Alien #2

Dec 18, 2015

It looks amazing, the pacing is outstanding and there's a hard-boiled quality that helps to make it stand out from other stories like it. So, this isn't terrible like it was last time, but Max Landis keeps creating hype for this book that he doesn't exactly deliver on. It's improving, though.

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7.5
Superman: American Alien #3

Jan 15, 2016

Bottom Line: This isn't a bad book. In fact, this issue is much better than the series has been so far. In fact, this is like the Peter Parker of Superman comics. Peter Parker could be so many great things, but he'll never reach his true potential because he has to be Spider-Man. American Alien could be one of the great Superman stories that we're talking about years from now, but it won't be. Because Max Landis.

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4.0
Superman: American Alien #4

Feb 18, 2016

Don't get me wrong… there were some redeeming moments like our introduction to Lois Lane or Clark's interview with young Dick Grayson (yes, Dick Grayson just happens to be here in Metropolis for reasons unknown), but claiming you're writing a story about Clark Kent as a character outside of the Superman stuff and then giving us an prequel that is almost completely Superman stuff makes Landis guilty of the same sins as Jeph Loeb when he worked on Smallville. The saving grace, as usual with this series, is the artwork. It was actually surprising the way Jae Lee switched up his style to fit the old school utopian feel of Metropolis. His character work is so definitive and striking, the individual personalities just radiate off of the cast even without the dialogue.

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8.0
Superman: American Alien #5

Mar 18, 2016

It turns out that when Max Landis isn't trying so hard to be controversial and edgy, he writes a perfectly decent book. Who knew?

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9.5
Superman: American Alien #6

Apr 22, 2016

Easily the best issue of this series yet. Granted, that's not a high bar to clear, but Landis really embraced his strength for intimate character portraits and genuine pathos.

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9.0
Superman: American Alien #7

May 20, 2016

It's weird that it was so late coming, but as it turns out, Max Landis ended up putting together a pretty decent lineup of unrelated, yet totally related, pieces of Superman lore with just about the best lineup of artists a writer could ask for. This final issue prevailed as quality Superman and is going to end up being the punctuation in Landis' take on the hero.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #1

Nov 19, 2015

Bottom Line: Nothing's changed, fam. Aaron is still writing one of the strongest books in Marvel's arsenal. If Dauterman doesn't get an Eisner nomination out of his time on this book, he's being robbed, plain and simple.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #2

Dec 18, 2015

This is an outstanding book that is doing a great job of building towards the The War of Realms. The characterization, the action, the pacing, the artwork" it's all here. Aaron is holding a master class on how good comics are written for $3.99 a month.

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9.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #4

Feb 18, 2016

The Mighty Thor is still in the top 3 of Marvel greatest achievements in the past few years. This issue was a visually arresting showcase that boasts all the best aspects of this series.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #5

Mar 11, 2016

This issue does a great job of taking certain elements we know Thor books for and turning them on their head to drop your jaw. This sort of thing is what makes the case the All New All Different line.

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8.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #6

Apr 22, 2016

God bless Jason Aaron. Even the flashbacks, though feeling slightly disconnected, are top notch. If all of Naruto's filler were this good, I might have finished the series.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #7

May 26, 2016

Visually, there were risky choices made that didn't quite clear the bar, but story wise, Old School Dudebro Thor is always entertaining enough and the stage is set for the villains to straight up turn on each other which is always fun.

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9.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #8

Jun 23, 2016

A fairly even paced script, some well placed cameos, a satisfying villain and some of the best visuals in the business all come together to keep this book one of the most consistently pieces of entertainment Marvel could dream up.

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10
The Mighty Thor (2015) #10

Aug 18, 2016

If there's anything else Aaron and Dauterman can do to make this book any more perfect, I don't know what it is. This issue shows up and shows out even more than the previous one did. Wonderful pacing, compelling bad guy, sublime pencils".what else is there?

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #13

Nov 25, 2016

The absence of Russell Dauterman has not stopped Aaron from giving us a fierce over the shoulder view of his epic War of Realms.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #14

Jan 2, 2017

An intriguing bad guy, beautifully rendered slugfests and a compelling tale of sacrifice and suffering (minus one little plot point).

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9.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #15

Jan 12, 2017

You have to hand it to Jason Aaron. The man knows how to swing for the fences. Much like Asgard's would-be invaders, this issue had two prime directives: to wreck shit and leave. With the return of Dauterman to the drawing board, the book completes both of these missions with absolute style. If you're not reading this book by now, you are officially playing yourself.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #16

Feb 17, 2017

You have to hand it to him" Jason Aaron plays for keeps on every single page in every storyline. This tale puts Thor's godhood to the test and looks damn good doing it. We'll be talking about Aaron's run in ten years. I guarantee you that. The Mighty Thor is undeniable.

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9.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #17

Mar 19, 2017

This book is top of the line mythical storytelling. The best part about this is that it's this epic and still only a stopgap leading to an even bigger threat on the horizon.

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8.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #19

May 18, 2017

It's actually kind of hard to believe Aaron managed to fight that much story into one regular sized book but he managed it without the issue feeling too crowded. Quality wise, there's not really anything new to report. This is still, by leaps and bounds, some of the best work Marvel has to offer. This book puts the hammer down and never lets up.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #20

Jun 22, 2017

Even with half of Russell Dauterman's work, this book is still better than 90% percent of its peers between the Big Two. Jason Aaron is one of the top three go-to writers for top shelf world building and it shows in this issue.

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8.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #21

Jul 20, 2017

Another masterful job on Aaron's part giving us an entertaining introduction to what could have ended up being a dull, lifeless character while leaving us salivating for the almost certainly impending throwdowns.

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10
The Mighty Thor (2015) #22

Aug 17, 2017

An action packed installment of what is already a compelling read. Aaron is going to stop writing the hell out of this book until he's regarded as a Top 5 Thor writer.

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8.0
Thors #3

Sep 3, 2015

Bottom Line: Though the art isn't as infallible as it's been previously, Aaron's series is still genre-bending greatness.

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7.5
Thors #4

Nov 12, 2015

If you were expecting a standalone sense of finality, then you might be disappointed. But if you're looking for a big of fun to go with this week's Secret Wars and you've enjoyed Aaron thus far, it's worthwhile.

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8.5
Tokyo Ghost #1

Sep 17, 2015

Not quite as heavy as it could have been but Murphy and Remender is a superhero team up so awesome, this book was bought from the start. Same goes for next month, too.

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9.0
Tokyo Ghost #2

Oct 22, 2015

Everything about this issue is a step up from the first (which was already amazing). Once we see where this story is going, Tokyo Ghost stands every chance of being one of the best books in the game.

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9.0
Tokyo Ghost #3

Nov 21, 2015

This book started out "pretty good" but it took Issues #2 and #3 for it to really find it's legs and start telling a story that, at this point, I could only guess at it's ultimate direction.

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8.0
Tokyo Ghost #4

Dec 18, 2015

The story is still pretty compelling and the action was pretty entertaining but the execution wasn't quite as tight this month. Still a good book overall, though.

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8.0
Tokyo Ghost #5

Jan 22, 2016

This issue managed to wrap the first chapter up in a way that isn't necessarily as neat and nuanced as the book started, but still managed to be fun and leave us satisfied. Oh and Sean Murphy's artwork makes miracles, so there's that, too.

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9.5
Tokyo Ghost #6

Apr 22, 2016

With some of the most well choreographed action so far in the series, questions answers, political satire and Sean Murphy going Peak Sean Murphy" this might be one of the best issues in an already exemplary display in techno-thriller action.

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8.5
Tokyo Ghost #8

Jul 7, 2016

The metaphors and gentrification elements aren't as heavy as they were in the last issue, but the action and suspense are turned up until the knob breaks off. Solid issue. Definitely worth coming back for more next month.

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9.0
Tokyo Ghost #9

Aug 6, 2016

Bottom Line: This book is quickly becoming the most fun series on the shelves that nobody is talking about. Remender has raised the stakes consistently every issue for the past few installments and shows no sign of stopping. And we love every page of it.

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9.0
Tokyo Ghost #10

Sep 2, 2016

Bottom Line: It's a little top heavy on exposition, but for the most part, Remender stuck to his guns and comes out on the other end with the clean, satisfying ending that readers deserve. For maximum enjoyment, pick it up in trade to keep up with the pacing. Other than that, Remender can add another hit to the "win" column.

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