Patrick Cavanaugh's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 199
7.2Avg. Review Rating

8.0
30 Days of Night (2017) #5

Apr 18, 2018

Much like a horror movie remake confirms the potential of the original concept, Steve Niles continues to show the strength of his original book's concept, making the familiar territory somehow feel fresh.

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8.0
Aliens: Dust to Dust #1

Apr 25, 2018

Fans will instantly connect with Maxon and his similarities to Newt from Aliens and writer/artist Gabriel Hardman appears to be giving readers the horrific sci-fi story they've been clamoring for, with the first issue putting the series in a good place to terrify even the most hardened Colonial Marine.

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8.0
Aliens: Dust to Dust #2

Jul 11, 2018

Fans have regularly seen the creatures stalk through a variety of dark and claustrophobic spaces, yet this issue sets the stage for the next chapter in the story to open up the world of the journey and offer readers unexpected frights.

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4.0
Aliens: Dust to Dust #3

Oct 24, 2018

Given that this series title is "Dust to Dust," the reader is going to see a lot of dust flying around. Unfortunately, the series suffers from its messy depictions of the inclement weather, making it difficult to understand the chaos and terror of the tense sequences.

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4.0
Aliens: Dust to Dust #4

Jan 9, 2019

Devout Alien fans might be happy to have any comic book material to enjoy, but the book feels like a failed experiment that never knew what it wanted to do with the iconic sci-fi franchise.

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6.0
Aliens: Resistance #1

Jan 23, 2019

There's promise in Aliens: Resistance, so let's hope the creators make good on this initial tease.

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8.0
Aliens: Resistance #2

Feb 27, 2019

While Aliens: Resistance might not be bringing much new to the table just yet, it will surely hit all the required notes of devout fans of the franchise.

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8.0
Assassinistas #4

Apr 18, 2018

Like a cross between Kill Bill and Bob's Burgers, Assassinistas has seemingly settled into its groove, delivering readers both a humorous and at time heartwarming story of hired killers having to reunite after attempting to put the past behind them.

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6.0
Black Badge #5

Dec 19, 2018

As a single issue, it's adequately entertaining, though it leaves us wanting more instead of delivering us a fulfilling installment in the series.

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6.0
Black Badge #6

Jan 16, 2019

Adolescent action, humor, and violence is the concept of the book, with this issue delivering all those things and checking off all the boxes, despite doing little else worth noting.

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4.0
Black Badge #7

Feb 20, 2019

Devout fans of the book might be satiated by the action in the issue, though it will likely come as a struggle to many other readers.

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4.0
Black Badge #8

Mar 20, 2019

The issue serves as a good reminder that these deadly agents are still kids, though it offers little to excite the reader or drive the story forward in any substantial way.

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6.0
Black Magick #11

Mar 28, 2018

This issue didn't have many major revelations, but our interests are officially piqued at the direction this story is taking.

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10
Blossoms 666 #1

Jan 23, 2019

While we're only one issue into the series, Blossoms 666 is off to a sexy and Satanic start.

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8.0
Blossoms 666 #2

Mar 6, 2019

The narrative didn't drive forward too much, the issue's only shortcoming, yet this just leaves us with more places to go, with this chapter remaining engaging and entertaining.

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8.0
Brothers Dracul #1

Apr 11, 2018

The issue suffers from having to set the stage for the entire series, yet now that we know the premise, we're looking forward to where the story goes from here.

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8.0
Crypt of Shadows (2019) #1

Jan 23, 2019

Given that this issue, in particular, didn't feature any otherworldly creatures, fans of '50s horror comics might be left disappointed with the series' camp factor, but Crypt of Shadows has the potential to go down countless dark and disturbing paths to satiate the most devout of horror fans.

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8.0
Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1

Oct 10, 2018

Over the course of 10 terrifying tales, the individual stories have highlights, like Zatanna's journey on a haunted hayride, and lows, like Wonder Woman confronting a mermaid monster, with each story offering readers more macabre stories than usual in one horror-themed compilation.

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10
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1

Jul 4, 2018

Elvira fans won't want to miss this title, which teases many more exciting encounters with horror icons.

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10
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #2

Sep 12, 2018

The narrative fully embraces (pun intended) the concept that Elvira is far more than just a goth version of the male gaze, but a sex-positive figure who refuses to be just an object and happens to have an interest in the macabre.

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8.0
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #3

Nov 7, 2018

This issue marks the first time the series begins to feel redundant, as it began repeating the same structure displayed in the first two issues (including some fourth wall-breaking bits of dialogue from Elvira herself referencing the repetitive nature), though the final act of the storyline offers some insight into what's causing the chaos.

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6.0
Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #1

Jan 30, 2019

The narrative feels in line with what a reader would expect from such a title, but given that Dynamite is publishing another Elvira comic that proved to be more effective and ambitious in its first issue, Shape of Elvira leaves a lot of room for improvement.

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8.0
G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte #1

Feb 6, 2019

With G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte, writer and artist Michel Fiffe taps into the spirit of childhood doodles in the notebooks of burgeoning Joe fans to deliver readers all the action-packed goodness you can imagine to an overwhelming degree.

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8.0
Harrow County #29

Mar 21, 2018

This issue is pretty wordy without much action, but the few moments of Hester's violence we witness are pretty horrific, getting us quite excited for the upcoming showdown and the revelations it's sure to bring about Emmy's history.

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8.0
Harrow County #30

Apr 25, 2018

The story didn't advance the narrative too much further, as this issue is clearly helping set the stage for a massive finale.

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8.0
Harrow County #31

May 30, 2018

The series is entering its crescendo in ways that will satisfy fans of both the books characters and its evil exploits, as this issue builds our anticipation further.

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10
Harrow County #32

Jun 27, 2018

Not only does this issue give a fulfilling and emotional conclusion to Emmy's story, but it also hints that terrifying events haven't concluded in Harrow County and something could possibly call Emmy back to the place she fought with her life to keep safe.

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8.0
Infidel #1

Mar 14, 2018

As Infidel continues, we expect to have our fears called into question and decide if we are more horrified by the supernatural or the racist reality we live in.

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8.0
Infidel #2

Apr 18, 2018

This issue skimped on some of the racial themes introduced in the first issue to focus more on the pure fright, amping up the stakes to surprising levels that are sure to entertain horror fans.

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8.0
Infidel #3

May 16, 2018

While we might not have seen many otherworldly horrors in this chapter, the hatred in the hearts of others prove to be the real terrors.

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6.0
Infidel #4

Jun 20, 2018

Readers are finally getting answers about the forces at play in this issue, which are much more straightforward than we were led to believe. There isn't as unique of an explanation for what's happening in the book, which some readers might find disappointing though some readers will enjoy for its familiarity.

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8.0
Infidel #5

Jul 18, 2018

The final issue delivers on what readers would expect from a horror comic while also interjecting the politics of hatred and racism, yet the series didn't entirely stick the landing.

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8.0
Invaders (2019) #1

Jan 16, 2019

The newest iteration of the series, from writer Chip Zdarsky and artists Carlos Magnos and Butch Guice, teases a long-brewing battle that reminds us no matter what physical injuries we can suffer, some emotional damage causes irreparable damage to our entire beings.

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8.0
Invaders (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

The book may have faltered slightly from the first issue, though there is surely much more over the horizon that will excite fans.

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6.0
James Bond: Origin #1

Sep 5, 2018

Die-hard fans of James Bond or classic spy stories will surely enjoy the arenas this story is beginning to explore, but the casual fan will surely be asking why this series exists in the first place.

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6.0
Jeepers Creepers #1

Apr 25, 2018

The series has potential, though there's not much to sink our teeth into just yet.

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10
Journey Into Unknown Worlds #1

Jan 30, 2019

While technological innovations might not be the impetus of either story in the book, its tone honors a specific vibe of books like Strange Tales and Adventures into Weird Worlds, breathing life into a classic comic book genre.

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8.0
Judge Dredd: Toxic #3

Jan 16, 2019

From car chases to weird crime bosses to sewage monsters, readers are delivered their money's worth in this chapter of the series, with the only drawback being the density of the experience.

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6.0
Judge Dredd: Toxic #4

Feb 20, 2019

This chapter, and the series as a whole, managed to deliver all of the things you come to expect from a Judge Dredd book, though had the time we spent trudging through the convoluted dialogue been spent enjoying the sci-fi action, it would have been a much more fulfilling experience.

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8.0
Love Romances #1

Feb 20, 2019

Both beautiful and bizarre, Love Romances will warm even the coldest of hearts with its engaging encounters.

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8.0
Mars Attacks (2018) #1

Oct 24, 2018

While this new iteration of Mars Attacks! might not be a home run for all readers, it delivers a cacophony of campy and comical carnage we expect from the title, honoring both Burton's film and the trading cards that burned images of Martian mayhem into our brains.

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8.0
Marvel Zombie (2018) #1

Oct 17, 2018

This issue might not have offered new insight into the concept, but we're given a compelling story depicting a post-apocalyptic world where one of the "villains" is given humanity, ultimately depicting the horrific lengths supposed heroes are willing to go to in hopes of ensuring the species wins the day.

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6.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #34

Mar 21, 2018

The middle part of the "Invasion" storyline is all about getting each piece on the chess board into place before the infiltration can begin, yet the issue does manage to fit in some solid character bits.

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6.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #35

May 9, 2018

This issue wasn't necessarily action-packed, but it offered some nice emotional bits for our characters who so desperately need things to go their way for once.

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8.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #37

Dec 19, 2018

While it's far from being any sort of recap, this issue really helps get readers caught up in the world this story is unfolding in while also offering brief hints of what's to come in the future.

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6.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #38

Jan 23, 2019

With the end of the series in sight, this month's installment is slowly moving all the chess pieces into place to prepare for checkmate, though it's unclear which faction will come out on top.

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8.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #39

Feb 27, 2019

The issue itself might not have been outstanding, but it's just another reminder that the end of the series is on the way and the events of this issue were necessary to set the stage for the epic conclusion.

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6.0
Outer Darkness #5

Mar 13, 2019

Possibly because we know the crew is doomed, the characters were only ever conceptualized as one-dimensional stereotypes, but this efficient character creation doesn't do the book itself any favors.

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8.0
Predator: Hunters II #1

Aug 8, 2018

After only one issue, the stage is set for Predator Hunters II to deliver readers all the sci-fi action that they've come to expect from the property, making this an incredibly promising title.

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8.0
Predator: Hunters II #2

Sep 5, 2018

Much like the original Predator film had messy military politics, Predator: Hunters II is delivering similarly, proving there's more to this franchise than just terrors in the jungle.

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8.0
PumpkinHead #3

May 9, 2018

While the story may not have had much narrative progression, the introduction of these other demons could lead to some horrific encounters in the future, with Blacky Shepherd's art being disgusting and evil to honor the time-honored creature design of Pumpkinhead.

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8.0
Rainbow Brite #1

Oct 3, 2018

Fans of Rainbow Brite are sure to appreciate what the upcoming journey will entail while readers unfamiliar with the character will appreciate the hopeful outlook in a world which currently has darkness around virtually every corner.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2019) #1

Feb 6, 2019

This new series is off to a strong start, delivering not only hand-to-hand combat to appease the action-orientated readers, but also the promise of more strategic warfare, in addition to Sonja herself acting like a total badass.

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6.0
Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell #1

Nov 7, 2018

With the heavier bits of exposition out of the way, hopefully the next issue can offer readers something deserving of Romero's legacy.

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8.0
Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell #2

Dec 5, 2018

The issue is ultimately fine, as zombies are the most interesting things the book has going for it, but caring about anyone's fate would likely improve the narrative.

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6.0
Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell #3

Jan 23, 2019

If you prefer your zombie fare to be light on narrative and heavy on gore, then Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell is for you. If any manner of compelling story is your predilection, then maybe keep this one in your rearview.

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6.0
Rumble (2017) #10

Dec 19, 2018

Writer John Arcudi and artist David Rubin have seemingly dared one another to include as many fantastical details into this issue as possible, resulting in an overwhelming experience.

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10
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #1

Feb 13, 2019

While we can't say this book is a sure-fire hit for everyone who might stumble across it, anyone hoping to see the Cimmerian return to his brutal glory will surely take comfort in the book, made all the more sweeter with a backup prose story that dives further into Conan's magical and mystic world.

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10
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

If you're not reading The Savage Sword of Conan, you're missing out on one of the most fun new books of 2019.

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8.0
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #3

Mar 20, 2019

While the narrative momentum may have slowed down slightly, the depictions of Conan's strength feel as though the burst off the page, putting Conan's impressive physique ahead of any need for compelling plot twists.

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10
Savage Tales: Vampirella (One Shot) #1

May 9, 2018

The story featuring Vampirella is the standout, as it offers audiences the character's signature sense of humor alongside the blood and beasts.

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6.0
Smooth Criminals #1

Nov 21, 2018

The book is fine, but it looks like it will need many more issues at really hook readers at this pace.

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8.0
Spider-Man: Life Story #1

Mar 20, 2019

For Spider-Man: Life Story, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley subject the wall-crawler to the biggest punishment of all: the all-too-human horrors of aging.

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8.0
Spread #25

Mar 7, 2018

The series' final issue delivered on both fronts, offering audiences buckets of blood and grotesque sci-fi atrocities despite not pushing the story into unexpected territory.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #43

Feb 7, 2018

The issue itself might not be exceptional, but the book's final panels manage to build excitement about what's in store for these characters, making this chapter, and arc, an important emotional adventure that helped cement our heroes' place in the overall Rebellion.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) #44

Mar 7, 2018

This arc is sure to see our heroes engage in espionage, which is a return to form after the more emotional journeys of the previous one.

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4.0
Star Wars (2014) #45

Mar 21, 2018

There's little to offer in the way of plot, with the art's shift from cartoonish to photorealistic being incredibly jarring in this issue, making readers question if Salvador Larroca really created it all.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) #46

Apr 4, 2018

The previous arc leaned much more heavily on the emotional journeys and evolutions that the characters needed to go through, with this arc feeling more like an adventure akin to the Millennium Falcon's crew sneaking onto the Death Star to rescue Leia.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) #47

May 2, 2018

This issue didn't feature many dramatic advancements in the covert story arc that's underway, though it also didn't offer any sequences that ground the forward momentum to a halt.

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2.0
Star Wars (2014) #48

May 23, 2018

The penultimate issue of this arc was relatively disappointing, as the Rebel spies' mission was pulled off effectively, only to lead to underwhelming results. Epic action was teased for the next issue, though this issue failed to deliver any compelling action or dramatic reveals, making readers wonder why it has taken five issues to advance the story to this point.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) #49

Jun 6, 2018

The overall arc never really paid off on its promising beginnings, though the conflict between X-Wings and Star Destroyers saved the adventure from being a total dud.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #50

Jul 4, 2018

Much of the Star Wars comic series has seen the Rebels going on covert missions, with this arc teasing that the Galactic Empire has a few tricks up their own sleeves. Additionally, the Rebels are often depicted as a ragtag group of survivors, with this issue depicting what the full force of the Rebellion looks like, made all the more impressive by Salvador Larocca's art.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #51

Jul 18, 2018

The action and excitement of the issue plays to artist's Salvador Larocca's strengths, delivering readers some of the best artwork the book has seen in months, conveying infantry battles and outer space dogfights with dazzling depictions.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #52

Aug 1, 2018

The issue might not have much narrative momentum, but it delivers a lot of intense action that this series has been missing for a while, which is sure to delight fans that feared the storyline was stagnating.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #53

Sep 5, 2018

Earlier issues in this arc got off to a rough start, but with the break-neck action finally unfolding in a series of exhilarating space battles, artist Salvador Larocca is this arc's biggest strength, delivering explosive action by balancing precision with chaos.

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10
Star Wars (2014) #54

Sep 19, 2018

With one issue left, this arc could be the book's strongest in recent memory.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #55

Oct 3, 2018

Narratively, this arc ended on a somewhat underwhelming note as things wrapped up a little too nicely, with the story teasing a familiar face briefly teaming up with our iconic trio.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #56

Nov 7, 2018

It's quite early in the arc, but we are already enjoying this return to form for the series.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) #57

Nov 21, 2018

The arc is clearly building to something, which is unknown this early on in the run, but merely getting to spend some time watching our heroes banter with one another still made for an entertaining read.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #58

Dec 5, 2018

The issue did lack some narrative momentum though, if the duo keeps up their synchronous storytelling, this arc could raise the bar for the book's future.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #59

Jan 9, 2019

The narrative sets the stage for a big conflict more than it delivered a fulfilling storyline, yet we do get a Han Solo blaster duel that perfectly encapsulates the charming scoundrel, which helps tip the scales of the issue firmly into the "fun read" column.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #60

Jan 23, 2019

Admittedly, the issue felt like it was an organic ending to this adventure, so having one more issue in the arc is perplexing, though it makes us highly invested in seeing how the arc comes to an "official" close in the final issue.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #62

Mar 6, 2019

There's humor and the promise of action, making for a fun-filled experience which will hopefully set the tone for Kieron Gillen's final issues in the Star Wars series.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) #63

Mar 20, 2019

Were the narrative to be as strong as the artwork, this book would be unstoppable.

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6.0
Star Wars (2014) Annual #4

May 23, 2018

This Annual is far from essential, but Luke Skywalker fans will enjoy seeing him follow in his father's footsteps.

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6.0
Star Wars Adventures #7

Mar 7, 2018

Seeing this specific duo and their antics should be a delight to fans of the Star Wars saga, but it felt like they were reenacting some of the franchise's greatest hits.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures #8

Mar 28, 2018

With fans still reeling over the conclusion of Star Wars Rebels, seeing our heroes partake in more casual adventures reminded us of why we connected with the characters in the first place.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures #9

Apr 18, 2018

Similar to the previous story, there's an air of darkness to this tale in a book intended for younger readers, which IG-88 fans are sure to appreciate.

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6.0
Star Wars Adventures #10

May 9, 2018

While this comic is geared towards younger readers, the story featuring Han and Chewie was a little out of character for the duos, as one scene depicts them saying they should blast their pursuers into space dust, only to offer their assistance when it seems as though 4-LOM and Zuckuss could suffer actual injuries.

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4.0
Star Wars Adventures #11

Jun 6, 2018

The continuing story of Han, Chewie, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss being stranded on a remote planet came to a satisfying conclusion as the pilots of the Millennium Falcon used their wits to outsmart the bounty hunters.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures #12

Jul 25, 2018

Prequel fans will certainly want to grab this issue and, based on the Anakin and Padme cliffhanger, the next one as well.

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6.0
Star Wars Adventures #13

Aug 29, 2018

The story itself wasn't much to sink our teeth into, as a group of gangsters pursued a young Max, though we did get to see how the musician became indebted to Jabba, which was really all the story offered.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures #14

Sep 26, 2018

The overall issue might not be ground-breaking, but the enjoyment of the stories lay in their simplicity.

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4.0
Star Wars Adventures #15

Oct 31, 2018

As is a common occurrence, C-3PO unwittingly has a hand in their potential safety, with this story offering little narrative excitement, other than perhaps delivering an anecdotal incident of a droid saving our "heroes."

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures #16

Dec 19, 2018

The narrative delivered action, excitement, and helped demonstrate Kaz's abilities as a spy and as a pilot, making the experience as a reader feel both fun and important for the overall Star Wars saga.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures #17

Jan 30, 2019

The issue as a whole has its ups and downs, though the overall lighthearted tone and action-packed storylines ultimately make it a success.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures #18

Feb 20, 2019

The story leans into the goofy nature of Jar Jar but, given that this is a book that aims to deliver exciting stories to young readers, is fun and silly enough to entertain those that it is intended for.

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10
Star Wars Adventures Annual #2018

Apr 18, 2018

From start to finish, this Annual offers lighthearted adventures that are entertaining for readers of any age, while also incorporating references dating back to Naboo and going all the way to Canto Bight, subtly connecting all corners of the Star Wars saga together.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #1

Nov 7, 2018

This series might not be for everyone, though Rey fans are sure to be excited by witnessing more mundane adventures unfold.

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6.0
Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #2

Dec 5, 2018

Not a bad issue, though the second half definitely takes momentum out of the book.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #3

Jan 9, 2019

Ultimately, getting a double dose of Rey's adventures would have made for a great issue, but we'll just have to take as many of her Jakku exploits as we can get.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #1

Oct 3, 2018

The subject matter is far from frightening, but the ambition of the series' concept paid off in this inaugural issue.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #2

Oct 10, 2018

The issue might not give young readers nightmares, but it will certainly whet the appetite of any burgeoning horror fans who also love Star Wars.

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4.0
Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #3

Oct 17, 2018

We didn't expect the issue to be full-blown horror comics, compared to the darker stories of ghosts and monsters in the previous two issues, this week was just a bland Han Solo story that fell short of scares and signature Solo humor.

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10
Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #4

Oct 24, 2018

This issue is the clear standout so far, delivering horrors that are tame enough for young audiences yet macabre enough for adult readers.

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8.0
Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #5

Oct 31, 2018

Given that the storyline focused on Rebels breaking into Vader's castle on Mustafar, it's hard to believe they'd live to tell the tale, but this is an all-ages series, after all, so we can cut them some slack in the issue's lack of decapitations.

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10
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Darth Maul #1

Dec 12, 2018

This book is a must-read for Maul fans who can't get enough of the ferocious Sith.

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8.0
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Count Dooku #1

Feb 13, 2019

This book manages to deliver fans both exciting action and complex diplomatic negotiations, so, while it's not a must-read for all Star Wars fans, it will expand upon a formidable foe that will give you a new appreciation for his motivations in the prequel films.

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10
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Special #1

Jan 16, 2019

Mace Windu, Asajj Ventress, Captain Rex, and Jar Jar Binks are all given abbreviated stories in this special, with each tale shedding new light on the characters.

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6.0
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Jango Fett #1

Jan 9, 2019

Fans hoping to get an action-packed story about Jango that could have enriched his appearances in Attack of the Clones might be left disappointed, yet the added insight into Boba's character ultimately makes his journey more complex and enjoyable.

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8.0
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Obi-Wan Kenobi #1

Jan 2, 2019

Fans of either character are sure to appreciate spending time with the duo and, while it doesn't deliver a riveting adventure, it does mark an organic link between the events of the two prequel films, confirming both Obi-Wan and Anakin's motives in the early days of their relationship.

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8.0
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Qui-Gon Jin #1

Dec 5, 2018

The book is far from a game-changer in the realm of Star Wars comics, though getting to spend time with an underrated character makes for a rewarding experience for all prequel supporters out there.

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8.0
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Anakin Skywalker #1

Feb 6, 2019

Reading Anakin's exploits will put his ultimate transition into Darth Vader in the back of your mind, as the compelling adventure and action-packed art deliver a much more heroic warrior in the Clone Wars before his fall from grace.

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6.0
Star Wars: Beckett #1

Aug 15, 2018

Fans of these characters will absolutely love reading about their earlier exploits, but readers hoping to build a deeper connection to Solo's supporting crew will be left wanting more.

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4.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #15

Apr 25, 2018

With the arc being at only the halfway point, the journey might end up being satisfying, though this issue left us with a bad taste in our mouths.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #21

Sep 12, 2018

This issue might only be the third installment in the arc, but the storyline exploring Vader's fortress on Mustafar has already had its ups and downs, allowing this installment to merely exist and move the plot forward.

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6.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #22

Oct 17, 2018

We might not get much narrative momentum, but this tangent offered a terrifying new character, who will likely be an important component of the rest of the arc and Vader's construction of his castle on the lava planet.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #11

Feb 14, 2018

From squabbling with fellow Inquisitors for the way he leads them to bounty hunters destroying his lightsaber, Darth Vader #11 continues to put the Sith through the wringer, proving that his rise to power wasn't as easy as anticipated.

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6.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #12

Feb 28, 2018

This issue doesn't push the story forward that much, coming close to evoking sympathy for Vader as his master is seemingly turning on him, or testing him, while he believes every word Palpatine says.

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6.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #13

Mar 14, 2018

This issue served as a breather for the series, which has been more action-heavy when depicting Vader's escapades.

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6.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #14

Apr 11, 2018

An appearance from Admiral Ackbar made us slightly more invested in the story, though we hope the next issues in the arc are either more narratively satisfying or action-packed.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #16

May 9, 2018

This arc has struggled in its underwater escapades, with this installment offering readers both exciting action and emotional investment, finally giving us a reason to hope these Jedi live to fight another day.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #17

Jun 13, 2018

Compared to other bouts with Jedi in earlier issues, Vader's conflict with Barr felt the most fulfilling, as it offered readers not only compelling action but some surprising turns of events.

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10
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #18

Jul 11, 2018

This issue will satisfy new and old fans alike.

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6.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #19

Aug 8, 2018

While there's nothing wrong with the issue itself, by delivering audiences Vader's violence and ruthlessness in a lightsaber battle, we're left wondering what could be over the horizon more than we're embracing this issue's narrative.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #20

Aug 22, 2018

Much of this series has leaned into action more than a complex or emotional narrative, though the seeds in this issue have been planted for how fans will discover the many secrets of Vader's castle.

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6.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #23

Nov 14, 2018

The issue itself wasn't exceptional, though the stage could be set for a surprising finale to the storyline in the next book that could have made the whole journey worth it.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #24

Nov 28, 2018

The penultimate chapter in this series made good on what most Vader fans want to see, which obviously involves seeing the Sith Lord rally his Stormtroopers in a brutal assault on Mustafar against an army of lava fleas as they charge on his fortress.

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10
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #25

Dec 19, 2018

For a series that has had its ups and downs over the course of two dozen issues, Darth Vader goes out with a home run installment that is a must-read for any fan of Vader or the Star Wars saga as a whole.

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10
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) Annual #2

Jul 18, 2018

While the issue doesn't make you sympathize with Vader, virtually every panel shows new levels of his anger and resentment towards what he's become and how, no matter what tasks he carries out, he will still never be Palpatine's most highly-regarded underling.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #17

Feb 21, 2018

Doctor Aphra has proven to be one of the most exciting new additions to the Star Wars universe, yet the recent arc in the series has suffered from introducing a gaggle of new characters to accompany Aphra on her latest mission.

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8.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #18

Mar 28, 2018

After a clunky start to this arc, things look like they're back on track just in time for its conclusion.

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4.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #19

Apr 25, 2018

This arc of Doctor Aphra started off with many more characters than necessary and slowly thinned the herd with each issue to make a more cohesive finale, though this issue ended up complicating matters even further with a story that had too many moving pieces.

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4.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #20

May 23, 2018

Aphra is a compelling new addition to the Star Wars saga, yet by forcing her to meet new characters, readers must suffer through a complicated premise before we get to appreciate Aphra's dynamic with these characters.

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4.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #21

Jun 27, 2018

Much of this issue denied readers what we love most about Aphra, which is her complicated relationships with a variety of cohorts she's met along the way.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #22

Jul 25, 2018

With both Sana Starros and Tolvan in hot pursuit of Aphra, readers get to see the awkward love triangle of past and potential romantic interests colliding, which has long been a strength of the Doctor Aphra series.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #23

Aug 22, 2018

Yet another issue of Doctor Aphra incorporates multiple narrative elements all colliding on one another, making for a messy overall story that overwhelms the reader. Luckily, we do get some moments of true humanity from Aphra, Tolvan, and Sana, the chemistry that keeps us coming back each issue.

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4.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #24

Sep 26, 2018

Much like all the issues that led to this penultimate issue of the storyline, this issue was complicated and cumbersome, as each page is stuffed with multiple storylines that the reader must attempt to keep straight in order to make sense of Aphra's journey.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #25

Oct 24, 2018

This arc was one of the messier narratives of Doctor Aphra, though it ultimately led to some satisfying emotional beats for the main character.

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8.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #26

Nov 14, 2018

This marks a great jumping on point for new readers, though those of us who have been on the Aphra train for a while are left wanting more. However, the issue's narrative cohesive could hint at a more straightforward storyline then past arcs, which could mark the book finally realizing its potential.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #27

Dec 12, 2018

This chapter of the arc might not have advanced the narrative forward by much, though it does introduce multiple new potential obstacles that can likely be used an effective degree further down the line.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #28

Jan 30, 2019

Now that we're halfway through this arc, it's possible that all the exposition is out of the way and we're allowed to savor the rest of the storyline, or the wave of disorientation could continue to have peaks and valleys in narrative momentum to create an uneven experience.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #29

Feb 27, 2019

The narrative momentum of this issue continues to tread water, yet the issue isn't a total miss, thanks to clever exchanges between our two lead characters that make for some of the more endearing conversations in the series' recent history.

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6.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #2

Sep 5, 2018

Many of us would rather have seen Aphra's encounter more familiar faces, but, given the current state of the overly complex narrative in Doctor Aphra, it was a relief to see a self-contained story.

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4.0
Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet #1

Nov 7, 2018

This issue wasn't necessarily bad, per se, but felt wholly irrelevant and made it difficult for us to get invested in a journey that will likely turn out OK for the main character.

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8.0
Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet #2

Dec 12, 2018

The issue might not have had much narrative drive, though the lower stakes felt like a nice relief from the more dramatic stories unfolding in other current Star Wars comics.

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6.0
Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet #3

Jan 2, 2019

Narratively, the events did little to move the storyline forward in any substantial way, yet for those of you keeping up with the series who haven't particularly enjoyed this exploration of his early days, you'll appreciate hints of the character's signature traits.

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6.0
Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet #5

Mar 13, 2019

The book continues to be a serviceable sci-fi with equal parts action and humor, but leaves devout Star Wars fanatics wanting more.

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4.0
Star Wars: Lando - Double Or Nothing #2

Jun 27, 2018

This issue continues to prove that Lando's biggest strengths are his way with words, though his ways with combat leave much to be desired.

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6.0
Star Wars: Lando - Double Or Nothing #4

Aug 29, 2018

The enjoyment of this series, particularly this issue, rests squarely on the shoulders of Lando and the readers' enjoyment of the character. Luckily, writer Rodney Barnes gives audiences all the things they love about the character, from his recollections of lascivious behavior to his captivating speeches that make the captives feel like anything is possible.

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6.0
Star Wars: Lando - Double Or Nothing #5

Sep 19, 2018

Devout fans of Lando will surely love how the series concludes, though it wasn't one of Marvel's more stand-out Star Wars titles.

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8.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #24

Feb 14, 2018

The last issue of Poe Dameron offered readers explosions, blaster shoot-outs, and dogfights, and all the exciting action you come to expect from the comic. This issue delivered readers all the other elements of Black Squadron's antics that we love, which is deception, double-crossing, and drama.

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6.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #25

Mar 21, 2018

Readers get a few cathartic emotional moments for members of the Black Squadron, and even an emotional beat for BB-8, but it's the exploration of Tekka's role in the Resistance that is most fascinating.

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8.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #26

Apr 18, 2018

Despite the issue mostly being a recap, we look forward to seeing more of Dameron's journey in the aftermath of the Battle of Crait.

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6.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #27

May 16, 2018

While the issue didn't have many action-packed moments or shocking reveals, it allowed readers to both spend time witnessing our three favorite members of the Resistance enjoying their time together while also shedding more light on the events of The Force Awakens.

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8.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #28

Jun 20, 2018

The information delivered in this issue feels redundant and somewhat unnecessary, yet Charles Soule's writing and Angel Unzueta's art breathe life into the recollection of events we've seen transpire in films.

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6.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #29

Jul 18, 2018

Fans of the rest of Black Squadron will surely appreciate their return to the narrative, while others might feel as though the issue detracted from Dameron as this series winds to a close.

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6.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #30

Aug 15, 2018

With the next issue bringing Poe Dameron to its conclusion, it was frustrating to not get more time with the pilot himself in this issue, even though it is setting the stage for an exciting finale.

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8.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #31

Sep 26, 2018

The series as a whole might not have been a home run with every issue, but with writer Charles Soule and artists Phil Noto and Angel Unzueta, Poe Dameron has been the most consistently exciting Star Wars book in recent years, fleshing out one of the new trilogy's most charismatic characters.

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8.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron Annual #2

Aug 29, 2018

While the proper Poe Dameron series forges into uncharted territory following The Last Jedi, the Annual allows audiences to see how he became a go-to pilot for Leia Organa and possibly enlighten us to the emotional connection she has with him, based on a close run-in with Solo.

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8.0
Star Wars: Solo Adaptation #1

Oct 10, 2018

The standout work in the issue is artist Will Sliney's kinetic and colorful interpretations of scenes from the film that suffered from underexposure, allowing readers to revel in Han's relationship with Qi'ra and his quick-thinking to get out of, and into, dangerous situations.

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8.0
Star Wars: Solo Adaptation #2

Nov 21, 2018

This chapter of the adaptation is basically directly ripped from Solo: A Star Wars Story, playing out exactly as fans had expected, though Robbie Thompson's writing makes the sequence function more efficiently than seen in the film.

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8.0
Star Wars: Solo Adaptation #3

Dec 19, 2018

With the required introductions out of the way, the series finally digs into the meat of the storyline by depicting the strengths of Solo: A Star Wars Story, namely the chemistry between Han, Lando, and Qi'ra.

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6.0
Star Wars: Solo Adaptation #4

Jan 30, 2019

Like the film itself, the adaptation of Solo offers a handful of entertaining moments, but the narrative still lacks a sense of importance or urgency.

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8.0
Star Wars: Solo Adaptation #5

Feb 20, 2019

This issue deviates from the film more drastically than previous issues, offering readers much more comedic dialogue and even physical gags to lighten the mood of the potentially fatal events, making for a highly entertaining experience.

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6.0
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation #4

Jul 4, 2018

This chapter of The Last Jedi offers readers plenty of drama, but not very much action.

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8.0
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation #5

Aug 1, 2018

Between Walsh's compelling imagery and writer Gary Whitta's script, readers are given the most exciting chapter in the adaptation yet, which manages to capture both the excitement and drama of the compelling sequences and are delivered with more urgency and motivation than in the actual film.

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8.0
Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Feb 14, 2018

Since his initial debut in 1994, Grand Admiral Thrawn has displayed that immense strength can only get you so far, quickly becoming a fan-favorite character that deserved to be feared. Marvel's new Thrawn series offers readers their first glimpse of how the character started down that path.

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8.0
Star Wars: Thrawn #2

Mar 14, 2018

As Thrawn grows ever more mysterious, readers can't help but be drawn into the character's calm, collected, and horrifying contributions to the Galactic Empire.

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6.0
Star Wars: Thrawn #3

Apr 11, 2018

Fans of Pryce are sure to love this issue, with those of us who might be indifferent about her at least get a better grasp of her backstory.

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6.0
Star Wars: Thrawn #4

May 9, 2018

The events of this issue were necessary to developing Thrawn's leadership abilities, even if we were inundated with technical jargon.

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6.0
Star Wars: Thrawn #5

Jun 13, 2018

While this chapter might not be as fulfilling as others, it's evident that the stage is being set for a compelling conflict.

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8.0
Star Wars: Thrawn #6

Jul 11, 2018

Fans of the previous five issues will be satisfied with this adaptation of the Thrawn novel will enjoy this final installment, as it delivers deceit, deception, and destruction, making it a fulfilling conclusion to the journey of one of Star Wars' more compelling villains.

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10
Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #1

Mar 6, 2019

Of all the characters in the Star Wars saga, Vader makes the best choice to deliver readers the universe's interpretations of the Sith Lord, reminding readers how much larger than life the villain, and the saga as a whole, can be perceived.

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8.0
Stranger Things #1

Sep 26, 2018

While we don't expect the series to have major ramifications on the TV series, we at least get to spend more time with the characters we enjoy and explore more of what the other side has to offer.

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6.0
Stranger Things #2

Oct 31, 2018

While Will's narrative isn't quite as compelling as what his friends were up to, learning about Will's experiences in the Upside Down and how some of the show's more iconic moments played out from his perspective will appeal to devout fans of the TV show.

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6.0
Stranger Things #3

Nov 28, 2018

With only one issue left, we're hoping the series pulls out the stops and delivers an exciting conclusion, or at least something more exciting than the first three issues.

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6.0
Stranger Things #4

Jan 2, 2019

This issue, and the series as a whole, helped solve some timeline questions fans may have had about the series and also helps set up why Will feels so unsettled in the second season of the series, but this title will only excite the most devout fans of the franchise.

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8.0
Terminator: Sector War #1

Aug 15, 2018

It's unclear where Terminator: Sector War is going, but consider us along for the ride.

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10
The Girl In The Bay #1

Feb 6, 2019

From its opening panels, The Girl in the Bay hooks a reader with the tease that our main character will die, making it impossible to put the book down.

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8.0
The Girl In The Bay #2

Mar 6, 2019

The narrative continues to head into exciting and ambitious territory, weaving existential questions about spirituality into a murder mystery.

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4.0
The Silencer #12

Jan 2, 2019

The issue serves as a culmination of the entire arc, yet everything plays out as expected.

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4.0
The Silencer #13

Jan 30, 2019

The issue isn't necessarily of poor quality, other than offering audiences very little in the realm of the assassination action, and it may well satiate devout fans of the character.

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8.0
The Whispering Dark #2

Nov 21, 2018

The book is far from a "fun" read, with its potential for an unsettling experience continuing to build.

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8.0
The Whispering Dark #3

Jan 2, 2019

At this point in Whispering Dark, readers will believe virtually any fate is possible and the upcoming final issue could make good on the horrific promises it has been making or may botch the landing. Regardless, this installment offers us disturbing sequences with both its fantasies and its realities.

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10
The Whispering Dark #4

Feb 13, 2019

Far from being a "fun" read, Whispering Dark will chill you to your core in countless ways.

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4.0
Vampirella vs. Reanimator #3

Mar 6, 2019

The Lovecraftian dialogue and story don't entirely fit in with Vampirella's wisecracks, with the issue mostly feeling unbalanced with these jarring tonal juxtapositions.

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10
Vampironica #1

Mar 14, 2018

Whether you like Archie Comics or the horror genre, or just enjoy a charming story, Vampironica is going to be a title to watch.

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8.0
Vampironica #2

May 30, 2018

This issue also offers more B-movie references both in plot and in tone, helping craft a familiar stage for fans of the horror genre.

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10
Vampironica #3

Sep 12, 2018

If Vampironica keeps up the pace, it could end up being one of the most satisfying books of the year.

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8.0
Vampironica #4

Oct 24, 2018

The book is still solid; we might just have to get used to this new approach to Vampironica's artwork.

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10
Vampironica #5

Dec 12, 2018

Whether you came for the vicious vampires or the lighthearted escape to a more wholesome corner of comics, Vampironica is inventive, exciting, and always entertaining, surely making it one of the best new series of the year.

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6.0
William Gibson's Alien 3 #1

Nov 14, 2018

From the return of Ripley to the possibilities of more xenomorphs, Alien fans are sure to be excited by this new series while non-fans will hardly see anything unique about this mythical script that makes it worthy of the hype.

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4.0
William Gibson's Alien 3 #2

Dec 12, 2018

While this issue did briefly deliver some carnage caused by the xenomorphs and their kin, this installment of the Alien 3 reimagining was quite wordy, explaining not only the corporate structure behind the research, but also the military protocol in place.

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4.0
William Gibson's Alien 3 #3

Jan 9, 2019

The experience hasn't been entirely abysmal, but has yet to excite readers with any fresh interpretations of the franchise, leading us to wonder if maybe it was for the best that this version of the film never came to fruition.

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6.0
William Gibson's Alien 3 #4

Feb 13, 2019

Despite this issue being yet another frustratingly incoherent mix of nonsensical dialogue, the ways in which the xenomorphs begin to emerge through the station offers us our first glimpses of anything new or exciting in the storyline that was never turned into a film.

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8.0
Wyrd #1

Jan 30, 2019

Wyrd is off to a fun and perplexing start, which will hopefully only get more engaging with each issue.

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6.0
Wyrd #2

Feb 27, 2019

This installment was passably dark and disturbing, satiating many readers while others will await something more ambitious from the creative team.

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10
Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special #1

Oct 31, 2018

If this is a taste of what the next arc of Wytches has in store for readers, we can't wait to sink our teeth into it in 2019.

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