ozwoods's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Comicbook Dispatch Reviews: 34
7.3Avg. Review Rating

7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #60

Feb 24, 2021

Either way, if there's anything to take from this, it's that the comic is finally bringing this up and will be actively exploring the storyline. It'll probably remain in the background until Spencer finishes his upcoming Crime War arc.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #61

Mar 10, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #61 is pretty much setup for the next story arc. The comic shows the main players and gives glimpses of what's at stake in this comic. Of course, there's Spider-Man's new suit which is shown off with Gleason's art and Delgado's colors, though, the mileage will vary on how fans like it. We'll see what Spencer and Gleason have in store for fans in this new story arc.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #63

Apr 8, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #63 wears its Romeo and Juliet influence pretty obviously with Randy and The Beetle. In fact, it's almost like Nick Spencer is saying not to take it too seriously when they become the focus of the comic. Unfortunately, everything takes a back seat to their drama, including Spider-Man, and their relationship isn't that compelling. Hopefully, this stays a subplot in the rest of the upcoming issues.

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6
Avengers (2018) #44

Apr 8, 2021

Final Thoughts:Avengers #44 finally finishes “Enter The Phoenix” and delivers a new Phoenix host. However, Jason Aaron's in-story reasoning for the choice is very weak and the reveal comes out of left field. The art by Javier Garron and colors by David Curiel is good. Sadly, that's about the only good thing in this comic. We'll see what Jason Aaron has in store with the new Phoenix going forward in Avengers or in the upcoming Heroes Reborn.

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7
Avengers (2018): Curse of the Man-Thing #1

Mar 31, 2021

Avengers: Curse Of The Man-Thing #1 is pretty underwhelming, unfortunately. The new villain, Harrower, is not a great addition to Marvel in terms of her design, powers, and goal. She's pretty generic by all accounts. The saving grace of this comic is the action, art, and writing when the Avengers are on panel. Ironically, this comic is meant to be part of a mini-event celebrating Man-Thing, but the character's hardly in it. If anything, he's more of a plot device than a character here. Hopefully the next two issues actually use Man-Thing and make the character more interesting.

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7
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #3

Apr 8, 2021

Avengers: Mech Strike #3 is upping the ante in this series. There's not too much story development, but there's plenty of action to go around for all of the Avengers. The art from Carlos Magno and Guru-eFX's colors continue to be impressive. While Kang's plot continues to unfold, there's a big revelation that could possibly make or break this series' upcoming issues.

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7.5
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #1

Mar 31, 2021

Beta Ray Bill #1 aims to tell an epic story of the titular cosmic hero reclaiming himself again. As a warrior and as a hero. The art and writing by Daniel Warren Johnson is solid and the coloring by Mike Spicer is great. The story feels like a prelude to something bigger and more personal for Beta Ray Bill. Hopefully, the next issue dives directly into the story.

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8.5
Carnage: Black, White & Blood #2

Apr 21, 2021

Carnage: Black, White & Blood #2 lives up to the potential of this series. Each writer delivers a dark story surrounding the crimson, symbiote villain and the artists all deliver spectacular illustrations that highlight the horror and menace of Carnage in the black & white style. This is a strong recommend to Carnage fans and horror comic book fans.

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7
Deep Beyond #2

Mar 12, 2021

Final ThoughtsDeep Beyond #2 gives us more introductions to the characters of this world, but so far not much is done with the protagonist himself. However, this comic is now inching closer and closer to directly following its main premise. Hopefully, it picks up some steam in the next issue and dives right into what this comic is really about.

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7
Eternals (2021) #3

Mar 10, 2021

This comic puts the spotlight on the Eternal Thena but puts the brakes on the plot and murder mystery it set up before. This comic may or may not upset fans of Thena but it continues to establish the relationships of these long-lived beings. Sadly, this comic is pretty skippable except for a few details which the next issue will surely provide in the recap.

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7
Eternals (2021) #4

Apr 21, 2021

Eternals #4 finally moves the plot forward, and the murder mystery picks up a little steam. There is some weird characterization of Sersi, but the focus is mainly on Druig and Kingo this issue, especially the former. It's not bad but it's not great either. The comic finally delivers some desired action from a certain Marvel villain, but it's very brief.

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6
Fantastic Four (2018) #30

Apr 15, 2021

Fantastic Four #30 was a filler tie-in. It hardly connects to the main King In Black event but is used to set up future storylines and subplots for upcoming issues. Readers can either skip it or read it, it doesn't matter. The next issue is when the story gets back on track.

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7.5
Geiger #1

Apr 7, 2021

Final Thoughts:Geiger #1 serves as an introduction to a new post-apocalyptic world. The comic has excellent art by Gary Frank and great colors by Brad Anderson. The story leans heavily into the nuclear Earth direction, hinting at mutants, monsters, and a glimpse of the titular nuclear hero, but there's very little shown. There's more setup and world-building here than there is story, but Geoff Johns keeps it well-written so it's not bad to read through. Thankfully, it looks like things will pick up in the next issue.

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7
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #11

Feb 17, 2021

This comic issue is the calm before the storm as the Guardians use their time for some emotional recollection. Some more successful than others while they prepare for the final battle with the Olympians. If you're looking for a story with the Guardians in action, then wait for the next issue.

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9
Immortal Hulk: Flatline #1

Feb 17, 2021

Now, anyone expecting any kind of epic body horror or dark revelations as expected with the rest of the Immortal Hulk series will be disappointed. There's a little bit here and there, but that's about it. This comic is more standard fare on the Hulk action, but it is still good action.

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6
Iron Man (2020) #7

Mar 17, 2021

Iron Man #7 tries to up the stakes and show what Iron Man and the whole cosmos has to lose if Korvac wins and it's pretty underwhelming. As usual, the art by Cafu with D'Armata's colors is great, but the rest of the comic feels like it's padding itself out before reaching the parts people actually want to see. If you're a fan of this series then you'll like this. If not, then it won't be convincing you anytime soon. Like Cantwell's Dr. Doom series, this might be a series that's best read after it's finished.

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6.5
Iron Man (2020) #8

Apr 15, 2021

Iron Man #8 is pretty much skippable for anyone who's not interested in Hellcat, or at least how Christopher Cantwell writes her. This issue is basically her story. As usual, the art and colors are great. Meanwhile, the story is okay but could be potentially divisive because of its subject matter. The overarching story with Korvac doesn't exactly move forward that much and will start up again in the next issue.

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7
Justice League (2018) #59

Mar 17, 2021

Final ThoughtsJustice League #59 isn't the nightmare some might have envisioned it to be, which is helped by some great art but it's not without its problems. It's an average comic with excellent art and a story that could go either way in the next couple of issues depending on Bendis' dialogue and story choices. The backup story by Ram V is mostly setup with great art by Xermanico. If you've read his Future State: Justice League Dark story, then this will feel familiar to you.

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7.5
King In Black: Ghost Rider #1

Mar 31, 2021

King In Black: Ghost Rider #1 gives Ed Brisson the chance to conclude the story he started in his Ghost Rider series. You get demons, symbiote dragons, and Ghost Rider all illustrated by Juan Frigeri and great colors by Jason Keith. The comic takes advantage of the wider King In Black event to resolve most of the plot lines from Brisson's previous Ghost Rider series here. Of course, some parts of the story feel rushed and force certain resolutions to happen. Overall, fans of Ed Brisson's Ghost Rider series will find some payoff here, even if it's not the strongest it could be.

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8
King In Black: Planet Of The Symbiotes #2

Feb 17, 2021

I have few criticisms with Prowler's story other than it just feels like setup for another story. Though it was great to see symbiotes literally raining from the sky.

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9
Maestro: War & Pax #2

Feb 24, 2021

The backup story did fill in some answers concerning the fates of certain members of the Pantheon. But the big takeaway from it was the feeling of tragedy, guilt, and rage in the characters. Hopefully, these same emotions carry over into the main story.

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8.5
Nocterra #1

Mar 3, 2021

Final ThoughtsScott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel definitely deliver with this introduction to a new comic book world. This comic provides a new world enveloped in darkness but shows the fights not gone from humanity yet. It's a great first step into a new comic book series.

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8.5
Radiant Black #2

Mar 26, 2021

Radiant Black #2 is starting to find its footing as it really starts to build this new superhero. The blend of grounded elements with the superhero action feels pretty good here and the art and colors from Marcelo Costa look great. There are a few hiccups in the comic but nothing too bad. The story ends up being surprisingly wholesome and mature with the main character and shows there are great things in store for this series and its hero.

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7
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #3

Feb 10, 2021

Final ThoughtsThe biggest takeaway is the art and character spotlight on Manifold. I'd recommend the book to fans of Manifold, the artists, and Al Ewing's world-building. But if you want a story that shows more of their involvement in the main King in Black event, then the next issue will have more of that.

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6
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #4

Mar 17, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. #4 brings its King in Black tie-in story to a close and the series can get back on track for what it's supposed to be. We finally see the fight it set up issues ago and the art and colors by Valerio Schitti and Marte Gracia is stellar as always. Fans who already have the second and third issue can finally complete the set with this one.

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6
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #5

Apr 19, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. #5 is less of a story and more of a dressing down of Fabian Cortez by the mutants, or rather by Al Ewing. If you dislike or hate Cortez, then this book is up your wheelhouse as Ewing lays all his flaws bare. But if not, and this is your first exposure to the character, then skip it and wait for the next issue.

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7.5
Sea of Stars #9

Mar 12, 2021

Final ThoughtsSea of Stars #9 gives readers solid story progression, good art, and some bloody action to go along with it. There's also some significant story development for long-time readers of the series. For fans of the series, this is a solid recommendation for them.

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8
Shadecraft #1

Mar 12, 2021

Final ThoughtsShadecraft #1 wastes no time digging into its core concept as it introduces readers to its protagonist and monsters right off the bat. There's a lot of introduction here, little story progression, but it leaves a solid impression. The art is good and the artists really made the characters and shadow monsters look great. It's worth checking out.

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7
Star Wars (2020) #12

Mar 10, 2021

This comic is basically a cool down before the next big story arc. For fans of Poe Dameron or his parents, this may be the comic for you. But for anyone looking for an eventful Star Wars comic, then they'll have to wait till the story picks up in the next issue.

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6
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #3

Mar 3, 2021

Final ThoughtsThe Star Wars: The High Republic #3 continues to introduce more of the new villains of this era who continue to disappoint. The art is good but there are moments in this comic that don't feel too developed or well-thought out. Fans of the High Republic may enjoy this, but it's not a strong recommend to those waiting on the fence.

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6.5
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #4

Apr 8, 2021

Star Wars: The High Republic #4 is trying to ramp things up with the Drengir. It works on some parts but fails at others. The story feels very rushed concerning certain characters, especially Master Sskeer and his choices. This comic has some difficulty in balancing its world-building and telling a solid story.

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8
Taskmaster (2020) #4

Mar 10, 2021

If you're not a fan of this comedic take on Taskmaster, it's understandable. But Taskmaster #4 will surprise readers in how it commits to showing Taskmaster as a skilled fighter and mercenary. If you're already reading the series then definitely check this out.

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9
Thor (2020) #12

Feb 17, 2021

One thing I'm glad this comic finally did was show us where Odin's been all this time. Though I expected more for the former king of Asgard, I'm not too surprised by his current state. Marvel comic writers have spent five or so years making Odin a shadow of his former self in all kinds of ways. Even though I don't like it, finding him in some bar halfway across the Universe adds up. Here's hoping Donny Cates actually does something cool with Odin in the next issue.

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7
X-Men (2019) #18

Feb 24, 2021

The main fight overall was a quick one, which speaks to the team's abilities but it wasn't all that great either. The primary fighters were Laura, Darwin, and the Flaming Skullhead, again the comic doesn't tell us any of the Children's names. Everyone else is pretty forgettable except for the last surviving member of the Children who goes kamikaze and tries to self-destruct. During the whole battle, Synch didn't really do much but provide narration and that's it. It seem's like Synch is meant to be the POV character for this story arc, but he may not be the most compelling.

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