Patrick Cavanaugh's Comic Reviews

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8
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aliens: Resistance #3

Apr 10, 2019

Devout Alien fans might enjoy seeing a story being told competently, given the various other lackluster comics as of late, but those same devout fans might be even quicker to pick up on the redundant vibe of the story.

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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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Bad Luck Chuck #3

May 29, 2019

We're certainly being kept on our toes, but the book is also exploring so many different directions that it feels as though the narrative will come to a close before getting invested enough in any of these storylines to make for a fulfilling conclusion.

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Bill and Ted Are Doomed #1

Sep 9, 2020

It's fun, silly, low stakes, and charming the whole way through, which will surely excite younger readers about the characters and add layers to the well-known heroes for more passionate devotees

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Bill and Ted Are Doomed #2

Oct 14, 2020

While this issue might not have quite as much of Bill and Ted's antics, the actual storyline begins to take shape, making for a necessary installment that's not quite as satisfying, but is still far from being a failure.

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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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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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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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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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Black Badge #9

Apr 17, 2019

While the issue itself was serviceable, if spending less time with your main characters is considered a strong suit, the future doesn't bode well for the consistently uneven Black Badge.

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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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Black Magick #12

Jul 29, 2020

Exciting and mysterious, we already can't wait for what the next chapter holds.

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Black Magick #13

Aug 26, 2020

This second installment in the current storyline might not be pushing the narrative forward tremendously, but it does start the wheels spinning on what the book could be offering readers, as it connects the past to the future without having to lean too heavily on the exposition.

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Black Magick #14

Sep 23, 2020

Even with that slight stagnation, if the pacing of this installment is any indication, the book could be on the rise with subsequent issues.

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Black Magick #15

Oct 21, 2020

The art is as strong as ever and the characters are still engaging, we just feel like the story has been spinning its wheels for multiple issues in a row, leaving us wishing we could feel more narrative momentum.

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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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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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Blossoms 666 #3

Apr 17, 2019

The book continues to walk the fine line between being a straightforward horror story and a campy adventure, which is a highly entertaining delight for all fans of the darker side of Riverdale.

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Blossoms 666 #4

May 29, 2019

Despite the slight stagnation of the narrative momentum, we're still delivered a creepy and charming story exploring the seedier side of Riverdale, making for an entertaining read for all fans of the darker interpretations of Archie Comics.

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Blossoms 666 #5

Jul 17, 2019

The narrative takes readers through expected beats, though the events of the book feel somewhat ambiguous and underwhelming as the storyline seemingly comes to a conclusion. The dialogue between the characters feels authentic and engaging, yet the events of the actual book feel as though the storyline ran out of steam and serves more as a collection of scenes than an organic ending.

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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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Crone #1

Nov 6, 2019

The book is setting the stage for the toll the aging process takes on even the mightiest of warriors, a narrative thread which could be explored to a fascinating degree, though it's possible we'll just get a storyline that is "Badass Female Warrior, but Older."

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Crone #3

Jan 1, 2020

This chapter in the journey goes through a number of expository beats, none that are especially engaging or surprising, yet there's something to be said of offering readers the traditional tropes of such a story, with the book's final pages potentially setting the stage for more exciting over the horizon.

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Crone #4

Feb 5, 2020

While each panel might be competent enough on its own, the overall trajectory feels like the events of this installment were created by throwing a dart at a wall full of typical sword and sandals tropes, resulting in a lack of any narrative cohesion or fresh perspectives on the formula.

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Crone #5

Mar 4, 2020

While this issue marks for an improvement on the narrative moment of its preceding issues, it's still only barely staying afloat, as it's hard to ignore the stumbles of what came before it.

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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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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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Death to The Army of Darkness #1

Feb 19, 2020

The story itself does little to offer audiences anything that new or exciting for long-time Evil Dead fans, up until the final pages, which could set the stage for a more engaging narrative in future issues. This isn't to say that the book is disappointing, as it honors the tone of the franchise, but it largely just goes through the expected motions.

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Death to The Army of Darkness #2

Mar 11, 2020

As strange as it might seem to say, this second entry into this series has as hoping for more backstory and world-building than Ask Williams quips, which the final moments of this chapter luckily tease, setting the stage for the story to possible explore uncharted territory in the franchise.

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Death to The Army of Darkness #3

Jun 17, 2020

The further this story progresses, the more it feels like Evil Dead fan-fiction that does little more than put familiar characters in new situations, yet lacks the ambition or creativity fans come to expect from the franchise.

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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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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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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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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark: Spring Special #1

May 22, 2019

The book leaves readers wanting more while also hitting the necessary beats that draw people towards the horror host.

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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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Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #2

Apr 24, 2019

It's possible that future issues of the book could turn things around, but it currently feels as though the creative team isn't entirely tapped into the innocent flirtations of the character and is heading into a full-blown sex comedy, which will likely turn off devout fans of the character.

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Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #3

Jun 5, 2019

All of the elements of an entertaining Elvira book are present, yet nothing has allowed it to rise above mediocrity.

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Faithless: II #1

Jun 10, 2020

Faithless fans will be thrilled to revisit its fascinating characters in Faithless II but, while far from being a disappointment, the issue doesn't offer readers much to entice them to return for the next issue, other than for Llovet's gorgeous art.

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Faithless: II #2

Jul 16, 2020

The exploration of sex, mysticism, and art continues to be the primary theme, with the final pages of the book hinting at something much more horrific and setting the stage for exhilarating reveals in coming issues, while also making the narrative meandering of the first issue more focused in hindsight.

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Faithless: II #3

Aug 19, 2020

This chapter gives readers the blend of sex and sorcery they're likely after, despite the narrative somewhat pulling its punches.

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Faithless: II #4

Sep 16, 2020

What makes this issue a success is that, despite being stripped from a variety of otherworldly elements, it still makes for an engaging story, even if we're left with just as many questions at this chapter's conclusion as we had at its start.

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Faithless: II #5

Oct 21, 2020

Other than what readers learn about Solomon, this installment does little to propel the story forward and merely feels like we're being bludgeoned by surrealist imagery that grows tiresome.

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Frankenstein Undone #1

Jan 29, 2020

While the book has plenty of melancholy, there are also glimmers of hope, as well as heaping helping of monster mayhem, which will surely satiate fans of the beast.

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Frankenstein Undone #2

May 29, 2020

This installment might be a step down from its debut issue due to its expository nature, putting necessary figures on their own trajectories, though this is the necessity of the ambitious story that still has a lot to love.

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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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G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte #2

Mar 27, 2019

he events of this issue are more streamlined than in the debut issue, yet the pacing of the narrative is somewhat stilted, with the story itself lacking cohesion. From one page to the next, the reader has a hard time grasping where in time and space those panels are taking place, in addition to not knowing how they relate to the story at hand.

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G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte #3

Apr 24, 2019

Devout G.I. Joe fans will likely enjoy the entertainment value of the book, though even lukewarm readers might not be as entertained by the book that felt more like an opportunity to deliver a "Greatest Hits" of the franchise.

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Gutt Ghost: Trouble With The Sawbuck Skeleton Society #1

Jul 22, 2020

The madness of the book goes off the charts to a dizzying degree, ultimately detracting from the simple joys of Gutt Ghost gabbing with ghouls, but the book still cements itself as one of the weirdest and wildest stories you'll read this year.

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10
Harrow County: Death's Choir #1

Dec 18, 2019

It's too early to tell if this book will surpass its predecessor, but it's already off to a strong start.

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Harrow County: Death's Choir #2

Jan 15, 2020

Delivering both exposition about the book's future and an engaging, spooky battle, this month was another exciting entry into the burgeoning series.

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Harrow County: Death's Choir #3

Feb 12, 2020

This third issue is the series' low point, possibly stalling readers' excitement about the title, though the creative talent behind the book will surely swing the excitement pendulum back the other way for the rest of this arc.

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Harrow County: Death's Choir #4

Mar 11, 2020

What has always made the Harrow County stories so compelling is that, while dealing with the most macabre of subject matters, it always embraces the notion that "evil" is only a matter of perspective and the things that many might consider being scary also bring emotional relief to others.

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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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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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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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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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Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb #1

Feb 19, 2020

While there's no telling where the adventure will go in the second issue, the visuals alone warrant a purchase.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Invaders (2019) #3

Mar 27, 2019

An entertaining issue, yes, but we're still left wondering how this series could change the status quo for the Invaders.

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Invaders (2019) #4

Apr 10, 2019

The issue closes with a looming threat that Namor might face, though we hope the book continues to explore the emotional angle than merely be another exploration of Namor's war on humanity, as these elements have been far more engaging than the action-oriented elements have been in the series.

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Invaders (2019) #5

May 8, 2019

The creative team is proving that the best stories require investing in complex characters, rather than finding arbitrary reasons for them to beat on one another.

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Invaders (2019) #6

Jun 12, 2019

After multiple installments in the series that told us more than they showed, this chapter paid off some of that building tension between Cap and Namor and delivered us some surprising results.

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Invaders (2019) #7

Jul 17, 2019

This arc might not start off as strongly as the series' debut, but there's plenty of room to improve from a familiar concept.

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Invaders (2019) #8

Aug 14, 2019

The book might be entertaining, but it utilizes a few too many familiar tropes for its narrative.

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Invaders (2019) #9

Sep 11, 2019

The book jumps from one scene of characters arguing with another to the next, offering us very little to keep us engaged in the plodding narrative.

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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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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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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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Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - Allegiance #1

Oct 9, 2019

We have more months ahead of us before we learn the significance of this book, but the action looks great and the characters feel authentic to their on-screen representations, building our anticipation for the saga even further.

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Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - Allegiance #2

Oct 16, 2019

While the last issue felt refreshing, merely because we got to experience any content about our heroes since Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there isn't much narrative momentum in this installment, feeling more like issue 1.5 instead of issue 2.

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Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - Allegiance #3

Oct 23, 2019

It's absolutely entertaining to watch Poe and Finn improvise their way out of trouble and see more displays of Rey's fighting skills and growing abrasive attitude, but nothing about the story feels necessary for any of these characters.

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Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - Allegiance #4

Oct 30, 2019

For fans who just can't wait to see the new film, this series will help satiate those desires while also offering exposition about what the Resistance has been up to since we last saw them, filling in the holes of the upcoming narrative which likely won't elucidate on the status of the Resistance.

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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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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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Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #13

Mar 27, 2019

Serving both as an effective conclusion to a narrative and teasing what's in store for the darker corners of Riverdale, this issue will fulfill your hunger.

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Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #1

Apr 24, 2019

Even without Riverdale's resident werewolf, we're given a campy and creepy chapter in what could potentially be a standout series in the world of Archie Horror Comics.

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Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #2

Jun 5, 2019

The book is worth the cover price for the art alone, so if the story can elevate in the next issue, it could become a standout series.

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Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #3

Jul 17, 2019

A majority of the book is just a collection of fight scenes and requisite exposition, interspersed with cheeky dialogue, the final pages deliver a truly unexpected reveal that not only makes sense to justify this story, but also many other of the horror-oriented Archie Comics, which makes the book worth the price of admission.

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Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #4

Aug 28, 2019

The book's art, from Pat & Tim Kennedy and Joe Eisma continues to be its strength.

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Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #5

Oct 9, 2019

Readers are taken through a number of universes, witnessing a variety of action sequences, only to earn a surreptitious climax that feels like it ends before we've realized the series is concluding.

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Kiss: Zombies #1

Nov 6, 2019

Even if you're not familiar with the Detroit rockers, you're given a promising first installment in a zombie story, with a handful of tweaks to the well-worn apocalyptic narrative tropes, making for a strong premiere chapter, which we hope will amplify its accomplishments in subsequent installments.

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Kiss: Zombies #5

Jun 17, 2020

Other zombie books might had more sophisticated storylines, but this book makes for an entertaining and action-packed experience for all readers, no matter how familiar you are with band.

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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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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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Marvel 2099 (2019): Conan #1

Nov 27, 2019

Instead of a, "Wow, isn't it funny to see Conan in the future?" their approach was far more existential and introspective, making for an engaging and thought-provoking narrative that will surely satisfy Conan fans.

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Marvel 2099 (2019): Ghost Rider #1

Dec 4, 2019

The book deliver about as much as excitement as possible with its concept, though the premise is inherently flawed, likely only appealing to a certain subset of readers.

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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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Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Oct 30, 2019

Paving a new approach to the lore, setting the stage for exciting developments, and delivering compelling imagery, Marvel Zombies: Resurrection could become the most effective incarnation of the series since its debut.

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Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (2020) #2

Oct 2, 2020

These robots make sense for the purpose of the story and serve merely as a speed bump towards a larger adventure as opposed to becoming the new focal point, which serves more as a strength. Add to that some exciting zombie-attack splash pages and the series is setting itself up to be one of the best Marvel Zombies storylines in years.

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Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (2020) #3

Oct 14, 2020

From images of hordes of undead heroes to shocking revelations, each page is more engaging than the next, leaving us not only satisfied by this issue but also excited for how the whole story will conclude with the upcoming final installment.

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Nailbiter Returns #1

Jun 3, 2020

In concept, tone, and narrative potential, Nailbiter Returns is off to an exciting and disturbing start.

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Nailbiter Returns #2

Jul 1, 2020

Part of what made the debut issue of this sequel series so compelling is that you didn't need much knowledge about its predecessor to get caught up on the state of things, with this issue helping to fill the gaps on how the notorious Nailbiter could still be alive. In that regard, the narrative lulls a bit given the amount of exposition being delivered, but it still manages to keep the reader engaged with a number of gruesome panels depicting heinous crimes.

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Nailbiter Returns #3

Jul 29, 2020

More than just being a rollercoaster ride, the book does also just enough insight into the upcoming journey to fulfill fans, making for an issue that is both narratively and visually rich.

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Nailbiter Returns #4

Aug 26, 2020

Those hoping for more substance in the narrative, however, might be left disappointed, as this installment leans heavily on the action and keeps the overall story progression to a minimum.

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Nailbiter Returns #5

Oct 2, 2020

This installment strikes a good balance of narrative momentum and violent chaos, both of which are what draw readers into this title, though neither component is necessarily stronger than any previous issue, resulting in this chapter largely feeling like an expository necessity to further the actual story being told.

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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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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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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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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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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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Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #40

Mar 27, 2019

This issue might not have been jam-packed with action, but it was evident that the pieces are being moved into place for the book's finale, making fans eager to devour each issue in hopes of understanding what it all means.

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Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #41

May 1, 2019

Much of the issue involves characters standing around and talking, and not about anything all that important, which gives it a serious case of the "wheel spinnings."

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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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Plunge #1

Feb 19, 2020

Given the experience of Hill and Immonen, however, we won't be surprised if Plunge sets the standard for horror comics that explore the darkest parts of the planet, both literally and figuratively.

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Plunge #2

Mar 18, 2020

Much like the debut issue, this second chapter into the series continues to blend a number of polar, aquatic, and undead horror tropes into a compelling new narrative, though this installment was much wordier than its predecessor, which Joe Hill fans will likely appreciate while other riders might find it difficult to digest.

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Plunge #3

May 20, 2020

Sadly, this installment suffers due to the onslaught of information we're given, making us feel similar to the characters in how overwhelmed they are by the information being presented to them.

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Plunge #4

Jun 24, 2020

The book has finally found its groove and has set itself up to conclude with both unexpected and horrifying reveals, potentially staging itself to be one of the best new horror books of the year.

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Plunge #5

Jul 29, 2020

While the previous issue took the narrative into unexpected directions, this installment felt reminiscent of the predictable nature of earlier issues, running the gamut of various plot points from the best sci-fi stories in history.

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Plunge #6

Aug 26, 2020

If you've made it this far into the series, you'll surely enjoy this conclusion, even if the book ultimately feels like an homage to prolific storytellers that offered us more surprises.

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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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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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Predator: Hunters III #1

Feb 5, 2020

If the next three issues deliver unbridled mayhem, it will surely appease a certain set of fans, but if you're looking to invest in any characters, no matter how quickly they meet their demise, this debut issue will surely be a disappointment.

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Predator: Hunters III #2

Mar 18, 2020

Here's hoping this issue proves to be the beginning of some upward momentum for the series, as the familiar setting and characters could make this something worth reading for Predator fans.

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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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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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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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Red Sonja (2019): Lord of Fools #1

Jul 31, 2019

Sword and sandals fans will want to add this book to their pile, but those hoping for more Red Sonja action can sit this one out.

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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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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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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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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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Rumble (2017) #11

Apr 17, 2019

Despite the narrative sometimes lacking cohesion, artist David Rubn gives the reader the most bang for their buck, with every panel virtually overflowing with imaginative and detailed depictions of strange occurrences.

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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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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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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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Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #4

Apr 10, 2019

It's tough to see how the creative team could top themselves with a finale, but we can't wait to see what they pull off

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Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #5

May 8, 2019

The book makes good on the savagery of its title, in addition to delivering plenty of humor and a surprising amount of heart, which may or may not be at risk of suffering the effects of a wizard's poison.

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Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #6

Jun 19, 2019

The narrative might feel predictable because it's such a classic and effective structure, allowing Finch and Ross to deliver something familiar and fresh all at once, capturing both the fantastical and brutal nature of Conan himself.

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Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #8

Aug 21, 2019

The details of the game ultimately leads us to a more action-packed second half of the story, making the more mundane explanation of the card game seem somewhat necessary, though the exciting second of the book isn't impressive enough for make up for the dour first half, resulting in a mediocre chapter into the Savage's journey.

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Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #9

Sep 18, 2019

The final issue in this arc wraps up an engaging adventure featuring the Barbarian, which might not reinvent the series, but ends with enough bloodshed to appease Conan fans.

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Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #10

Oct 16, 2019

Coming off of the previous arc of the book, which was overly convoluted, this new chapter in the Barbarian's story delivers battles, double-crosses, and fantastical dialogue, which is just about everything you want from such a book.

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Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #12

Dec 11, 2019

While it might be a strong Conan book, it's not an entirely fulfilling experience for all readers.

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Savage Tales: Vampirella #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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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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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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Spider-Man: Life Story #2

Apr 17, 2019

Life Story remains a fascinating and entertaining experiment in how to reimagine key components in a character's storied history, though the moments where it feels like it could really break new ground for the character, those familiar elements creep back in, stifling the book's unlimited potential.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars (2014) #64

Apr 3, 2019

While this chapter might not have been a flat-out masterpiece, the strength of this installment bodes well for how writer Kieron Gillen will conclude his run on the Star Wars comic.

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Star Wars (2014) #65

May 1, 2019

The art in the book continues to be fantastic, though the story offers readers little to generate excitement

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Star Wars (2014) #67

Jun 19, 2019

Whatever the future holds for the Star Wars series of books, Gillen has ended his run by setting the bar quite high.

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Star Wars (2014) #68

Jul 10, 2019

While it may be tough to tell how the storyline will pan out, the book is off to a good start under experienced storytellers.

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Star Wars (2014) #69

Jul 24, 2019

Phil Noto's artwork continues to look gorgeous, with Luke's introduction to another Force-user who doesn't seem to align with the ways of the Jedi or the Sith potentially setting him up for some interesting self-reflection.

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Star Wars (2014) #70

Aug 7, 2019

Luke's journey was the standout storyline in this issue, reminding us that, at this point in his story, he is still desperate to learn as much as he can about the Force, even if it means taking advice from possible criminals.

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Star Wars (2014) #72

Oct 2, 2019

What makes this issue feel like a disappointment is that previous installments were so strong, a more methodically-paced issue fails to meet the expectations set by previous issues, yet is still a relatively entertaining read, even if it's not full of much excitement.

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Star Wars (2014) #73

Oct 23, 2019

With only a handful of issues to go, it's clear that the pieces of this puzzle are finally coming together and, while we know what fate awaits our heroes, knowing that their reunion is just over the horizon adds an extra element of joy to the isolated issues, leaving us to hope the book concludes in a fulfilling way.

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Star Wars (2014) #74

Nov 13, 2019

This issue might not have featured any major revelations and, while we know that this book leads into the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the stage is set to send this series out with a bang that is worthy of the more than 70 issues that came before it.

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Star Wars (2014) #75

Nov 20, 2019

While this Star Wars title has delivered some of the best comic stories in the new canon to audiences, it's also been a mixed bag of excitement, with this final installment reflecting those frustrating elements with a lackluster conclusion.

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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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Star Wars (2014): Empire Ascendant #1

Dec 18, 2019

If you're looking for four strong Star Wars stories covering all corners of the mythology, then Star Wars: Empire Ascendant will make a worthy addition to your collection, though if you were hoping this book would tie up the loose ends of various other Star Wars titles from Marvel, you'll likely be left frustrated.

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Star Wars (2020) #1

Jan 1, 2020

Thanks in large part to an action-packed dogfight, in addition to Luke coping with the discovery that his father was Darth Vader and questioning everything he knew about the Jedi, the stage has effectively been set for not only engaging adventures, but a compelling emotional journey for the burgeoning Jedi.

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Star Wars (2020) #2

Jan 29, 2020

Luke's inner turmoil, which he will ultimately conquer to deem himself a Jedi Master, will likely prove to be the more exciting way the book enriches the events of the original trilogy, though all heroes' journeys will prove entertaining.

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Star Wars (2020) #3

Feb 26, 2020

The book might be missing Han, but Lando's dynamic adds a compelling new cog into a well-oiled machine, making for an exciting experience.

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Star Wars (2020) #4

Mar 18, 2020

This installment in the narrative is really everything a Star Wars fan could want from such a book, as it delivers action-packed excitement, deeper dives into the mythology seen in the live-action films, and teases of entirely unexplored corners of the galaxy far, far away.

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Star Wars (2020) #5

Aug 5, 2020

These exceptional moments and the overall excitement of the book elevates the material above what is ultimately a low-stakes installment.

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Star Wars (2020) #6

Sep 16, 2020

With fans knowing that the High Republic era of mythology would be emphasized going forward, it's hard to tell whether its historical inclusion was due to publishing initiatives or organically emerged, but this concluding chapter of the arc felt not only like a fulfilling end to this specific journey but also sets the stage for the continuing narrative to go in a variety of exciting directions.

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Star Wars (2020) #7

Oct 7, 2020

Despite its overall place in this new storyline, the story is quite compelling and paints Zahra as a captivating villain, with subsequent issues hopefully taking full advantage of her complexities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars Adventures #19

Mar 27, 2019

Had the second story been as effective as the first, it could have been a rock solid issue, but the backup adventure offered audiences little excitement.

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Star Wars Adventures #20

Apr 17, 2019

Both stories accomplish what this series seemingly aims to, which is entertain while educating readers about important life lessons, with this month's entry being a worthy chapter in the series.

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Star Wars Adventures #21

May 8, 2019

The dynamic between all of the major players in the Star Wars saga is the major selling point, though this story honing in on Luke and Han allows us to witness their playful banter, Han's tendencies for deception, and Luke's heroism, offering an amusing and action-packed story.

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Star Wars Adventures #22

Jun 5, 2019

Despite being geared towards younger readers, fans of all ages will love this issue.

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Star Wars Adventures #23

Jul 3, 2019

The first half of the book is a joy, but the second half doesn't follow through on the high marks of what came before it.

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Star Wars Adventures #24

Aug 21, 2019

Star Wars Adventures often delivers young readers exciting tales that embrace the more wholesome corners of the galaxy, with this installment only delivering moderately entertaining tales, though Poe and Maz fans might find more to enjoy in their exploits.

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Star Wars Adventures #25

Sep 11, 2019

Unfortunately, we aren't given a story that's especially exciting and, while fans of the two characters will surely enjoy seeing them embark on any adventure, the narrative itself doesn't feel like one that was begging to be told.

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Star Wars Adventures #26

Sep 25, 2019

Featuring a number of supporting characters that never earned much screen time, it's a difficult story to engage with, yet still relatively entertaining.

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Star Wars Adventures #27

Oct 30, 2019

Another launch of a new arc, this story, and issue as a whole, is a delightful read for fans of both the original and sequel trilogies alike.

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Star Wars Adventures #28

Nov 27, 2019

With the next entry into the series set to wrap up both of these narratives, there's still the potential to surprise the audience.

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Star Wars Adventures #29

Dec 18, 2019

Fans of droids will surely enjoy the book more than your average fan, with the overall experience being mostly forgettable.

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Star Wars Adventures #30

Jan 29, 2020

With Emil typically being used in other issues of Star Wars Adventures merely to set up a variety of tales, longtime readers of the book will likely enjoy seeing him out in the world, even if his journey offers nothing more than a family-friendly adventure.

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Star Wars Adventures #31

Mar 18, 2020

Sadly, this second story just feels like filler, as there isn't much of a lesson to be learned nor is anything exceptionally exciting unfolding, though with one more part to the story on the horizon, it could conclude in a more fulfilling way. Luckily, the first story is so strong that it still makes this a worthwhile chapter in the series.

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Star Wars Adventures #32

Jul 16, 2020

Set before the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the narrative helps fill in the gaps on Leia Organa's call for help at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the cavalry that appears at the end of the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga, shedding light on groups throughout the galaxy who might not be directly invested in the war, but are still willing to fight for what's right.

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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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Star Wars Adventures (2020) #1

Oct 7, 2020

If this debut issue is an indication, this new Star Wars Adventures line could rival anything that Marvel puts out under the franchise's banner.

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Star Wars Adventures: Clone Wars #1

May 20, 2020

Fans of the Clone Wars era will surely be delighted at the lighthearted adventures of beloved heroes, while also making a good introduction to younger fans who want to jump into the world of Star Wars comics.

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Star Wars Adventures: Clone Wars #2

Jun 24, 2020

The moral message delivered to young readers is a positive one and there are no actual flaws to the storytelling or art on display, but the focus of this specific group of characters might make it more difficult for fans of the main heroes of the saga to engage with it.

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Star Wars Adventures: Clone Wars #3

Aug 5, 2020

The events unfold on a dark, muddy planet, adding a moodier atmosphere to the entire ordeal, while also featuring the concept of clones being hunted for sport by Trandoshans, a much more mature reveal than what you'd expect from a kid-oriented book. These slight tweaks manage to make the book all that more compelling and help it become a stand out entry into this miniseries.

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Star Wars Adventures: Clone Wars #4

Aug 26, 2020

The elements in which the story leans into the concept of fighting for your family as opposed to fighting for whoever is giving you the orders feels a little mature for an all-ages book, which is also likely why it holds back from fully leaning into the elements that would have made this book more compelling.

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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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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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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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Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle #1

Oct 2, 2019

While Maul has played an important role in a number of mediums since his debut, this is yet another demonstration of the character's effectiveness, which also falls in line with the spirit of this younger-skewing title while also offering long-time fans a fulfilling tale of terror.

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Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle #2

Oct 9, 2019

This chapter really encapsulates everything that Return to Vader's Castle sets out to accomplish, delivering a somewhat younger-skewing adventure that offers genuine frights while also mirror the signature tone of the galaxy far, far away.

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Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle #3

Oct 16, 2019

An entertaining read, sure, but far from the creepy narratives we've come to expect from the series.

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Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle #5

Oct 30, 2019

Recent years have seen zombies become pop culture fixations, but that didn't stop this book from showing the more horrifying aspects of the ghouls, while also delivering a very specific Star Wars twist that makes the narrative a wholly effective embrace of the creatures for the series' sendoff. -

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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108

May 29, 2019

Whether you are looking forward to seeing beloved characters from the saga's past or want to see the canonical heroes embark on a wackier journey, this one-shot offers something fun for fans of all corners of the galaxy far, far away.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Jabba The Hutt #1

May 22, 2019

The book was entertaining, yet those hoping to get an adventure totally focusing on the beloved character might feel disappointed.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Darth Vader #1

Jun 26, 2019

Fans of Vader are sure to get a kick out of the book, as it even offers a hint of his dark humor without having to make him crack jokes.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Boba Fett #1

May 8, 2019

Writer Greg Pak clearly knows what fans have wanted from the character, which is why he delivers the deadly adventure we'd expect to see the mercenary embark on.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Han Solo #1

May 1, 2019

There aren't any major flaws with this book, yet it lacks any real necessity for a Star Wars fan.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1

Jun 5, 2019

While it's not a must-read for all Star Wars fans, the book manages to illustrate the iconic hero with many more layers than what we've seen in stories from recent years.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Lando Calrissian #1

May 15, 2019

The joy of this book is we get to see an all-new side of the character, all while retaining that charm. Additionally, the book never sacrifices his roguish behavior to bore us with inane bureaucracy jargon, making a worthy exploration into the compelling character that both feels true to his core values while also expanding his backstory.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Princess Leia #1

Apr 10, 2019

The colorful and action-packed art rivals the excitement of the story, giving readers a captivating journey worthy of Leia's legacy.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Grand Moff Tarkin #1

Apr 10, 2019

This book is a must-read for fans of Tarkin or the original movie in general, delivering an all-new perspective of a beloved character who you'll never look at the same again.

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Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Special #1

Apr 17, 2019

Pound for pound, or page for page, rather, the Special finds unique and engaging stories to tell for both familiar and obscure characters, making it a must-read for fans of the original trilogy of films.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Special #1

Jul 31, 2019

The book, as a whole, is still a fun read for fans of the Resistance era of characters, even if the book's potential feels somewhat squandered.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Supreme Leader Snoke #1

Sep 11, 2019

Fans who were expecting more insight into Snoke's backstory will surely be disappointed, but with Star Wars: The Last Jedi confirming how the Supreme Leader isn't an integral part of the Skywalker Saga, readers get to witness the disturbing relationship between the two characters unfold.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Rose Tico #1

Sep 18, 2019

The narrative does offer her a connection to an iconic character that The Last Jedi didn't afford, but this book just barely becomes a moderate success at elucidating on Rose Tico in a fulfilling way.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Poe Dameron #1

Aug 28, 2019

Offering the signature humor and excitement one would expect from such a book, Poe Dameron #1 delivers fans the pilot's charm and action that has made him such a beloved character in the sequel trilogy.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Finn #1

Jul 3, 2019

Readers are delivered Finn's signature charm and humor in the face of opposition, making for an entertaining adventure that manages to slightly satiate our curiosity for his history while allowing Finn to define himself as an independent character, as we haven't seen him solo since the opening of his debut film.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Captain Phasma #1

Jul 10, 2019

The book is absolutely satisfying for fans of the character, yet it doesn't take us down any unexpected path that could have framed the character in a new perspective or in a way that could give more gravitas to her on-screen role.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Rey #1

Sep 18, 2019

The book doesn't enlighten us regarding the sequel trilogy, yet there's a lot of fun to be had with Rey and Chewie, including an appearance from an iconic ship.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: General Hux #1

Aug 28, 2019

While Hux might not be your favorite villain, this Age of Resistance comic paints a bigger picture of the sequel universe, while also inspiring a sick admiration for watching such a sniveling character earn the rank of General.

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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Kylo Ren #1

Sep 25, 2019

Reading Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Kylo Ren might not take nearly as long as watching any of the films the character is featured in, yet it gives us a succinct and captivating exploration of his mindset, his power, and the neverending quest to not only equal Vader, but surpass him.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1

Mar 11, 2020

The book is off to a good start for bounty hunter fans, but offers little to convince non-fans that this won't be your average mercenary mission.

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2

Mar 25, 2020

Focusing more on Valance makes this issue stronger than the series' debut, though still leaves much to be desired.

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #3

Jun 24, 2020

There surely is a plot in there somewhere, but it is lost over the course of various exciting splash pages of bounty hunters in combat, seemingly confirming that the objective of this book is to deliver just that, and nothing more.

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #4

Aug 19, 2020

The action is exciting, but the narrative foundation leaves much to be desired.

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #5

Sep 23, 2020

The explosive action is enough to earn the book repeat reads, which will surely be necessary if one hopes to digest what the hell is happening at any given time.

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #6

Oct 21, 2020

It's unknown what the future will hold for this storyline, but it's off to a much more efficient start than the story that came before it, finding a much better balance of an engaging storyline and bounty-hunting action.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #18

Jul 11, 2018

This issue will satisfy new and old fans alike.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #1

Feb 5, 2020

The book is surely entertaining, but it's too early to tell if it's going anywhere that will be satisfying or earn its place alongside previous Darth Vader series that were strong successes.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #2

Mar 11, 2020

Despite the previous issue ending with a "shocking reveal," it's nice to see the book quickly move forward with its reality instead of prolonging any mystery, with Padm fans sure to appreciate that the upcoming narrative is set to honor her in spirit.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #3

Jul 29, 2020

As readers know that Vader comprehended the truth of what really happened to Padm, we don't have to play dumb for too long as ugly truths emerge in this issue, hinting up some exciting conflicts in the upcoming issue.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #4

Aug 12, 2020

The book continues to find the right balance of exploring the character while avoiding completely humanizing him, which is sure to entertain all sorts of Star Wars fans.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #5

Sep 16, 2020

With another issue to go in this narrative, our expectations are quite high regarding Vader's reunion with Palpatine and the ways in which their chaotic relationship will move forward after an emotional fire within Vader has been ignited.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #6

Oct 14, 2020

For as emotionally engaging as Vader's previous story was, we expect this one to be even darker, potentially bringing with it a taste of what Vader ultimately does to his "master" in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #30

Mar 27, 2019

Fans of Triple-Zero will get both the droid at its most unhinged while also learning more about its backstory, demonstrating all-new elements of the character we never thought we'd get to see.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32

May 8, 2019

Whether you're just starting the book or have been a longtime reader, you'll enjoy the book's adventure, excitement, and emotional core.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #33

Jun 19, 2019

The first half of the story gets slightly muddled in exposition, yet when the narrative finally emerges in the back half of the issue, Doctor Aphra reminds us how fascinating it is to learn more about the Rebellion and the shades of grey it operates in, much like the seedier elements of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #34

Jul 17, 2019

Devout fans of the character will surely appreciate this issue, as we learn key elements of her backstory, despite the issue's actual narrative being relatively lackluster.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #35

Aug 21, 2019

While there might not have been exciting action or unexpected reveals, this issue delivers all of the elements that make Aphra one of the franchise's more interesting and underutilized characters.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #36

Sep 18, 2019

Aphra proves once again why she's not only one of the most resourceful, but also most charismatic, new Star Wars characters in recent years, conveying both a phony sense of surprise and genuine emotional vulnerability, which will hopefully clear the slate as we head into a new arc, which will see her collide with one of the most terrifying sci-fi villains of all time.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #37

Oct 2, 2019

Former fans who may have fallen off the book over the years will want to dive back into this send-off to the character.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #38

Nov 6, 2019

As far as the actual story is concerned, this book feels a little like it's spinning its wheels to get readers ready for a potentially fulfilling finale, leaving us to wait and see if this installment's storyline stagnation was worth it.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #39

Nov 27, 2019

The Doctor Aphra series has long struggled with a cohesive narrative by giving us too many irrelevant characters and plot points, with the events of this penultimate issue hopefully serving as a means to strip away what's unnecessary for a satisfying conclusion.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #40

Dec 11, 2019

After all the ups and downs of the title, the book sends Aphra out on her highest note, both satiating long-time fans and keeping us optimistic that she could drop into a new series at some point in the future and reconnect with an old friend.

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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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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3

Oct 30, 2019

The Annual is far from essential, but as the Aphra series heads towards the finish line, you'll enjoy spending time with the series' supporting characters in this triple-crossing tale of scum and villainy.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #1

May 29, 2020

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 lacks a certain magic that prevents it from being a must-read, but the seeds have been planted that the book's upcoming adventures could surpass its predecessors, due in large part to the fact that overly complex storylines have been put in the rearview mirror and the character's future looks brighter than ever.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #2

Jul 22, 2020

The first half of the book is a dense read, with exposition shedding light on Aphra's history and her new alliances establishing their rapport with our protagonist, which slows down the pace of the story.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #3

Aug 26, 2020

Despite jumping back and forth between various characters, some of which we're only just allowing our minds to accept after meeting mere issues earlier, the book ends by thinning out not only the ensemble but also the overall narrative, setting up the next chapter for success, even if this installment feels more utilitarian than exciting.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #4

Oct 2, 2020

We weren't given any major reveals, however, so there are still a lot of hurdles for the series to climb, but we're largely given Aphra's signature wit and banter as she engages with those around her, whether they are friends or foes.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1

Apr 24, 2019

Were the book titled anything else, it would be a more effective experience, leaving us to wonder why this is called "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" in the first place.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #2

May 22, 2019

Reading more about Greedo's fate makes for an entertaining adventure, despite not really offering much information about the Black Spire outpost, so while the book has a solid mix of action and humor, the concept of the series still feels squandered.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #3

Jun 26, 2019

The book teases another overall connection coming in the next issue, which could result in this series being the connective tissue between all mediums, but as a story itself, it's a mundane affair.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #4

Jul 31, 2019

With this issue focusing on Doctor Aphra's adventures, readers are given a highly entertaining story full of her signature humor and treasure-hunting antics as she explores a Sith Temple in hopes of recovering a legendary sword.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #5

Aug 28, 2019

The series might appeal to devout Disney fans who want to embrace everything the parks have to offer, but the conflicted nature of the book and the overall tone that it was a piece of marketing material than a story that begged to be told will leave most readers disappointed.

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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #2

Sep 25, 2019

Fans of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace will appreciate the similarities with the ways in which this story is unfolding, depicting the Jedi fulfilling their purpose, even in the face of adversity.

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Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #3

Oct 9, 2019

While it's tough to call the book boring, as things are happening with every flip of the page, the lack of narrative highs and lows feel more like an assault of storytelling, making it difficult to engage with the material or invest in its events.

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Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #4

Nov 13, 2019

With one issue left, the book still has the potential to surprise us with something truly great, but we aren't counting on it based on these first four chapters.

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Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #5

Dec 4, 2019

Fanatics of the game might appreciate the expansion of its mythology, but the rest of Star Wars fandom will find the book completely disposable.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: Target Vader #1

Jul 3, 2019

While many fans will love the throwback adventure that honors the expanded corners of the universe, others might be disappointed with the campy tale that borders on fan fiction. Either way, this book makes good on the promise of being a gritty tale of the Star Wars underworld.

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Star Wars: Target Vader #2

Aug 14, 2019

The story of famous bounty hunters coming together to hunt Vader does move forward with this issue, but the ways in which the book is offering readers aliens who look familiar to every era of the film universe feels more like fan fiction than any sort of organic story deserving of its own series.

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Star Wars: Target Vader #3

Sep 25, 2019

If bounty hunters are your thing, this issue is the series' high point so far, but if you were hoping for a compelling or unconventional series, you'll still be left wanting more.

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Star Wars: Target Vader #4

Oct 9, 2019

The book serves a number of compelling moments and, while the future of the narrative could take a nosedive, this installment gave us just enough story to serve as more than an art book full of fan-service showdowns.

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Star Wars: Target Vader #5

Nov 13, 2019

Whatever happens in the next issue, it will be tough to disappoint readers who have been on the journey this long and wonder who the toughest character in the Star Wars galaxy really is.

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Star Wars: Target Vader #6

Dec 11, 2019

Devout fans of the character will likely enjoy this six-issue run, though it also confirms that maybe there was a good reason why Valance was largely forgotten for years.

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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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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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Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1

Dec 18, 2019

Rise of Kylo Ren is off to a strong start, depicting a variety of encounters Ben had with figures connected to the Dark Side that feels in line with the tone of the characters' on-screen appearances that feel like organic explanations for how we could turn his back on his former allies.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #2

Jan 8, 2020

Both from an emotional and action perspective, Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren isn't pulling its punches in giving Ben and Kylo fans everything they felt the films were missing, while also offering exciting and unexpected connections to various corners of the Star Wars mythos.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3

Feb 12, 2020

it's a horrifically dark plot with killer work by Roland Boschi"if one artist gets Hell and the Underworld, it's Boschi and his dark and grimy artwork, just like it needs to be.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #4

Mar 11, 2020

The book makes for an action-packed conclusion to this part of the character's journey, which Ben Solo fans are sure to relish, while the rest of readers will be satiated to see one of the final puzzle pieces in the Skywalker Saga pressed into place.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #1

Apr 17, 2019

The inaugural issue manages to intrigue and entertain, setting the series up for some interesting reveals that help color in the supporting characters in the saga.

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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #2

May 15, 2019

After two issues, the book feels as though it's still setting the audience up for excitement more than giving us something to be excited by, which could build towards a rewarding payoff, but results in a disappointing experience thus far.

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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #3

Jun 19, 2019

From an action standpoint, the book delivers, with Roge Antonio and Geraldo Borges' art delivering adrenaline and excitement to the intergalactic dogfight between TIEs and X-Wings. From a narrative perspective, there's still little to care about with these characters, making their fatal decisions feel relatively hollow, with the exploration of the inner workings of these Imperials also feeling rather mundane.

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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #4

Jul 17, 2019

Even after thinning the character roster, Star Wars: TIE Fighter still struggles to give us any reason to care about its protagonists. Both the art and writing are competent, but after four issues, there's still little exciting about the characters who we're supposed to care about and, knowing there's one issue left, feels like a fruitless effort.

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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #5

Aug 21, 2019

This final issue, like the rest of the series, feels like a misfire, though devout fans of the Empire might appreciate seeing a story depicting TIE pilots as quasi-heroes.

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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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Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #2

Mar 27, 2019

Vader is certainly a presence in this issue, though he occupies only a handful of panels. Instead, readers are given an exciting display of what the fear of the Sith Lord could cause an Imperial to do, ultimately delivering an action-packed story.

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Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #3

Apr 24, 2019

Taken on its own, it's an entertaining depiction of a surprising corner of the galaxy, giving readers another reason to be terrified of Vader, though the unconventional approach to romance in the galaxy far, far away will likely be a turnoff for some.

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Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #4

May 29, 2019

An entertaining read, sure, but it squanders the potential of the premise and fails to explore how Vader's terror could impact young members of the Rebellion.

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Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #5

Jun 12, 2019

Were some of the details of the relatively generic narrative given more specificity that tied it to more established characters or locations, it could have served as an interesting way to fill in the narrative gaps of the original trilogy of films, with this book instead being just a somewhat entertaining tale of Darth Vader's powerful sense of purpose.

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Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1

Jan 8, 2020

Devout fans of the franchise, on the other hand, will more likely be left feeling frustrated yet again with Dark Horse's franchise spin-offs.

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Stranger Things: Science Camp #1

Oct 2, 2020

We might not know what the big mystery might be, but merely seeing Dustin at his full dorkiness makes this book worth the cover price.

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Stranger Things: Six #1

May 29, 2019

While we might not know enough about Six to invest a lot in her story, the series has huge potential to expand the world of Stranger Things in exciting and unexpected ways without having to merely be fan service for those expecting to see the show's greatest hits in comic book format.

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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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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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Stranger Things: Into the Fire #2

Feb 12, 2020

Fans of the Stranger Things series are sure to connect with this issue more than the previous installment, given that there is a more direct connection to Eleven's adventures in Season Two, though this chapter doesn't so much expand upon those elements of the overall storyline and more just addresses them.

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Stranger Things: Six #2

Jun 26, 2019

As we're only halfway through the narrative, there's a lot of potential for the series to capitalize on, but after two issues, all we've really been given is something that feels like an homage to the TV series as opposed to a worthy narrative deserving of its own comic book series.

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Stranger Things: Into the Fire #3

Mar 25, 2020

Now that we're in our third issue, the book finally starts to get its footing in making you care about the adventures of these characters as opposed to merely being an opportunity to use the words "Stranger Things" in its title, though its blend of a fairy tale theme with the narrative's reality makes for a tonally uneven experience, though could result in an exciting conclusion.

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Stranger Things: Six #3

Jul 31, 2019

Fans of the TV series still might not connect with the character in this book as strongly as the show, but the dynamic of the main characters is competently explored, making for a solid compendium to viewers who want to continue to explore the mythology of the series.

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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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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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Stranger Things: Six #4

Aug 28, 2019

Despite not offering much new, fans of the series will still likely enjoy the further adventures of the world and, with it likely being a long time before a new season debuts, Stranger Things: SIX well help hold them over.

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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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The Crow: Hark the Herald #1

Nov 27, 2019

While The Crow is often associated with dark and gritty settings, placing the character in a winter wonderland makes each panel all the more engaging, resulting in a must-read one-shot that helps you get into the spirit of the season in an entirely unexpected way.

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The Dollhouse Family #1

Nov 13, 2019

What really pushes the book above and beyond are all the various details that are seemingly unnecessary, which give enough explanation for the mysterious events unfolding while never explicitly laying things out.

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The Dollhouse Family #2

Dec 11, 2019

This sophomore chapter keeps the audience both emotionally engaged and mildly terrified at the secrets we will likely unearth as the series continue, confirming that the strength of the debut issue was far more than a fluke.

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The Dollhouse Family #3

Jan 8, 2020

While the quality of the book continues to be high, this specific installment's narrative momentum resulted in a lackluster experience, yet it was far from being a wash, thanks to the high caliber of the story being told.

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The Dollhouse Family #4

Feb 12, 2020

The exposition of this entry might have been required for the overall series, yet the experience mostly felt like it was treading water.

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The Dollhouse Family #5

Mar 11, 2020

This chapter might not have as many horrifying reveals as its predecessors, but as the narrative starts to become more clear, readers will be relieved to see all the disparate threads starting to weave together for a perplexing and disturbing storyline.

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The Dollhouse Family #6

May 20, 2020

This final issue is The Dollhouse Family at its best, blending horror, fantasy, and comedy to tell a compelling and nightmarish fable that leaves readers wanting more.

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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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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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The Girl In The Bay #3

Apr 3, 2019

With one issue left to go, we're left struggling to come to our own conclusions, with the finale hopefully being as fulfilling as what came before it.

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The Girl In The Bay #4

May 1, 2019

Katherine finally has the opportunity to confront not only the person responsible for her death, but also for the evil entity that motivated the killer's actions, seeking answers for her dual existence. What follows is a mind-bending exploration of the meaning of reality, which provides insight into the nature of reality for our hero, in addition to the possibility of a great sacrifice.

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The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides #1

Jul 1, 2020

The debut issue of The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides establishes itself as patriarchal exploitation of religious texts akin to the dystopic The Handmaid's Tale while the landscape and imagery feel evocative of the more recent Midsommar, while also establishing the potential to critique or current culture of misogyny in fascinating ways, in addition to serving as an unsettling piece of escapism.

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The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides #3

Sep 23, 2020

The story, however, continues to engage and excite us, with the profanity merely being indicative of just how badly our heroes want to avoid being brides, a journey we hope they continue to avoid in future chapters.

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The Magicians #1

Nov 6, 2019

Rather than spoon-feed its readers required exposition, the characters and their conversations help clarify those points, all while driving the narrative forward. Add to that a rather exciting display of magical abilities in the book's final sequence, include an immensely effective fourth-wall-breaking moment, and any fan of wizards and witches, no matter when you know about Magicians, will be given an enticing first installment of a promising miniseries.

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The Magicians #2

Dec 11, 2019

Fans of the Magicians series will enjoy seeing their favorite characters in the compromised situation while others will appreciate a more adult exploration that feels like Murders in the Rue Morgue if it was set at Hogwart's.

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The Magicians #3

Jan 8, 2020

The mystery surrounding Sophie's return is more than enough to engage the reader, while this chapter manages to deliver a number of more emotional character beats, reminding readers that this isn't just your average school of magicians, as our emotional investment in their journeys trump the sorcery.

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The Magicians #4

Feb 5, 2020

This issue might lean more heavily into the more macabre elements of the book, allowing the interpersonal relationships to come through only as necessary, making the entire book feel more genuine.

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The Magicians #5

Mar 4, 2020

Whether you're a devout Magicians fan or are merely looking for a mature blend of Harry Potter and The Breakfast Club, this series has got you covered.

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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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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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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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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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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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Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Mar 25, 2020

This book is complex, confusing, and jam-packed with complicated details regarding time travel and artificial intelligence that it just feels like a lot of nonsense, but the art also manages to cram exciting sci-fi action into each panel, resulting in a premiere issue that will sure to delight die-hard fans of either franchise while frustrating more casual readers.

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Transformers vs. Terminator #2

Jun 24, 2020

Fans of the shape-changing robots will surely appreciate the campy carnage that one would expect from the series, but the involvement of Terminator and its mythology is tenuous, at best, and makes for a dense experience that doesn't entirely feel worth investing yourself in.

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Transformers vs. Terminator #3

Aug 19, 2020

Hopefully future issues of the book offer either a more cohesive narrative or more accessible art, as this issue was nearly impossible to decipher on all fronts.

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Transformers vs. Terminator #4

Oct 2, 2020

If nothing else, knowing that this series has finally come to an end and we have no more overly complex techno-babble headed our way in the near future leaves us with higher spirits than wrapping up each previous issue.

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Undiscovered Country #7

Aug 5, 2020

With this being the first issue in a new arc, it serves largely as an attempt to provide some closure for the previous arc while hinting at what's in store for our heroes next, offering the bare minimum of compelling components to keep readers invested yet not entirely enthralled by where the upcoming journey will take them.

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Undiscovered Country #8

Sep 23, 2020

Readers, like our research team, have been presented a promising adventure, with the book's final page hinting that there's much more excitement for everyone in store.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vampironica: New Blood #1

Dec 4, 2019

While this debut issue doesn't tease limitless potential for the book's future, the fact that it is merely a serviceable premiere is a strong enough launching point.

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Vampironica: New Blood #2

Jan 22, 2020

The book still has a lot of room to grow, which could see a stronger embrace of a The Lost Boys influenced that the narrative is beginning to tease.

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Vampironica: New Blood #3

Mar 4, 2020

While it might not have a strong connection to Archie Comics, we do get one interesting detail about the founding of the iconic town, even if that might not be entirely canonical.

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Vampironica: New Blood #4

Jun 17, 2020

The narrative isn't necessarily an insufferable experience, but feels like it was crafted merely to keep the Vampironica brand alive more than offer anything fresh or exciting for fans of these macabre adventures.

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Wellington #1

Dec 18, 2019

The book is off to a creepy and kooky start, setting the stage for a highly entertaining experience.

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Wellington #2

Jan 22, 2020

The book will surely feel familiar to horror aficionados, yet the storyline still feels entirely fresh, as the book is shaping up to be one of the more compelling horror titles out there right now, as its equally bone-chilling and engaging.

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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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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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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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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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William Gibson's Alien 3 #5

Mar 27, 2019

This final installment in the series at least offered readers more gruesome sci-fi horror, but it still feels like a big disappointment for those who were excited to see a new interpretation of the franchise, only to be given something quite generic.

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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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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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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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