Penny Kenny's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comics Bulletin Reviews: 306
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8.0
Age of Bronze #30

Jun 28, 2010

If you enjoy drama, history, myth, romance, action, and adventure and haven't yet tried Age of Bronze, why haven't you? Remedy that mistake and pick up this issue now.

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7.0
Age of Bronze #31

Jan 3, 2011

Age of Bronze #31 is full of wonderful moments that add up to a captivating whole. Readers who enjoy history, romance, battles, and well told stories are encouraged to seek this book out.

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6.0
Archie #575

Jun 11, 2007

And that really sums up the whole issue a comic that brings a smile to your face.

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Archie #579

Nov 8, 2007

Overall Archie #579 is an entertaining package for your $2.25.

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Archie #581

Feb 1, 2008

Archie #581 is for people who arent into superheroes or fantasy or art comics, but who do like solid, well-illustrated stories.

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Archie #582

Mar 21, 2008

In the long run, Archie #582 probably isnt going to deter someone determined to cheat but the issue does make a good starting place for a discussion between parents and children about honesty, peer and parent pressure, and responsibilities.

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Archie #587

Jul 31, 2008

While retconning stories into an already established timeline is difficult (it's hard to build suspense when everyone knows how it all turns out), Batton Lash and the rest of the team are off to a strong start, deepening the characterizations and providing a good jumping on point for new Archieverse readers.

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Archie #588

Aug 25, 2008

The Freshman Year storyline continues to be an interesting and entertaining read that shouldnt be missed.

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Archie #589

Oct 16, 2008

If youre a fan of well-told stories of any kind and you havent checked out Freshman Year yet, do yourself a favor and do so now. You wont regret it.

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8.0
Archie #590

Nov 10, 2008

All in all, another superb issue by Lash, Galvan, Smith, Whitmore, and Morelli.

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Archie #591

Dec 22, 2008

While End Term brings Freshman Year to a satisfying close, hopefully it wont be the end of this teams collaboration. Anyone up for Archie: Senior Year?

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7.0
Archie #597

Jun 8, 2009

Archie #597 is a solid, enjoyable issue that shows just how good an Archie comic can be.

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Archie #600

Sep 10, 2009

Overall, "Archie Marries Veronica: the Proposal" is a strong start to the mini-series and an issue that can be enjoyed by longtime fans and new readers alike.

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Archie #603

Dec 21, 2009

The girls in my library have been eating this storyline up. When this issue was released, their squeals of joy were probably heard at Archie HQ in Mamaroneck, New York. While I don't expect every reader to react that way, fans of slice-of-life stories or the Maison Ikkoku manga should definitely join long time Archie fans in checking this issue out.

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Archie #604

Jan 4, 2010

Overall, this is an extremely enjoyable issue. If the final installment lives up to the previous five, this will be one of the best storylines Archie Comics has ever published.

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Archie #605

Feb 11, 2010

Anyone who enjoys humorous slice of life strips like Blondie or For Better of Worse should give Archie #605 a try. It's a fun, sweet, and thoroughly enjoyable issue.

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Archie #612

Sep 27, 2010

Readers who enjoy light spy adventures, who remember the original "Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." series, or who just like a good story should check out Archie #612.

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Archie #615

Dec 20, 2010

Archie #615 makes a great stocking stuffer for tween Archie Comics' fans or for someone looking for a short, humorous, holiday-themed story.

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Archie #618

Mar 22, 2011

"Robbing Arch, Part 1" is an entertaining all-ages story that can comfortably sit on the shelf next to Chuck Jones' Robin Hood Daffy.

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Archie #619

Apr 23, 2011

Archie #619 is an entertaining issue that can be enjoyed by Archieverse fans, Robin Hood fans or just a casual reader.

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Archie #621

Jun 18, 2011

DeFalco moves things forward with solid character interaction. He seems to be an Archie-Veronica shipper, as in both "The Lost Land" and "Robin Arch" storyline the red head is most often seen spellbound by the heiress -- when not panting after any new girl who's on the scene.

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Archie #622

Jul 21, 2011

Artists Fernando Ruiz and Rich Koslowski do a great job on the dinosaurs. Are they perfectly on model with the dinosaur books the kids in the library devour? No. But they look very good. Ruiz and Koslowski capture their immensity and inherent sense of menace perfectly. There's a sense of weight and fluidity to the scenes where these ancient creatures charge and battle our heroes. You can practically hear them thumping across the page. The dinosaurs and their battle with the cave people will be a major selling point for the boys in my library. And the Amazons will have their share of fans too.

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Archie #623

Aug 20, 2011

With such a huge cast, it would be easy to lose track of them all. For the most part Parent does a great job. Jughead gets some good moments. Melody is her usual ditzy, but intelligent self, and even Reggie gets some snarky remarks in.

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6.0
Archie #625

Oct 15, 2011

While this is a "Cause" story, Alex Simmons makes sure it's still a good story. The set-up is solid, with Simmons taking this opportunity to give a history to some of the characters introduced in the "New Kids in the Hall" storyline. The abrasive Shrill and the charming Sayid and their relationship is explored a bit.

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Archie #626

Nov 28, 2011

Beneath its goofball antics, "The Sack-rifice" is an entertaining story that teaches a lesson about character and friendship. Whether you like football or not, you should take a chance and

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Archie #627

Dec 17, 2011

Budding fans of paranormal romance, those who remember the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with fondness, and fans of Archie Comics own Archie's Weird Mysteries are going to enjoy Archie #627.

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Archie & Friends #110

Jun 28, 2007

If Katy isnt your cup of tea, theres always the lead story a fun, if slight little tale of Archie, Mr. Lodge, and the machine thats supposed to get Archie organized. But whichever story sparks your interest, know that the entire issue is worth picking up and throwing in the backseat for the next car trip.

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6.0
Archie & Friends #113

Oct 15, 2007

Archie & Friends #113 might not race off the racks, but it is a fun book to spend some time with.

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Archie & Friends #117

Mar 21, 2008

Readers looking for a bit of Alex Rider/James Bond adventure should definitely check this issue out.

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Archie & Friends #118

May 12, 2008

"Manic Mission to Madrid" easily fulfills the promise of the first chapter of the "World Tour" storyline and serves as a first rate set-up for the next chapter, while telling a complete story of its own. That's not something every comic book can claim. Fans of well-told adventure stories will want to join this tour before it's over.

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Archie & Friends #119

Jun 2, 2008

Anyone looking for a quick dose of adventure and suspense should give Archie & Friends #119 a try.

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Archie & Friends #120

Jun 30, 2008

If you havent picked up the previous World Tour issues, thats your bad. Dont make the same mistake and miss this one.

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5.0
Archie & Friends #121

Jul 28, 2008

The first installment of "The Crooked Comic Con Caper" reads like a standard six-pager that has been over-inflated to twenty-two pages. Though it pains me to say it, while there are some good bits, you wouldn't miss anything by skipping it.

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6.0
Archie & Friends #128

Mar 2, 2009

Archie & Friends #128 is a treat for fans of the characters and aspiring writers and artists. Its the perfect issue to donate to a library or classroom.

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Archie & Friends #129

Apr 6, 2009

The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton has been an enjoyable storyline. Its sad that its ending. However, Simmons and company give it a terrific send-off.

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Archie & Friends #130

Apr 27, 2009

"Zero to Rock Hero" wont ever be a classic story, but it is an enjoyable one.

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Archie & Friends #131

Jun 8, 2009

If youre a fan of Bill Galvans art, by all means pick up this issue. Just be aware that the story is a bit weak.

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5.0
Archie & Friends #133

Aug 6, 2009

Archie & Friends #133 has a solid premise, but its execution is flawed.

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Archie & Friends #136

Nov 2, 2009

"The Way to the Heart" isn't the best Archie & Friends story ever written, but it is an entertaining one.

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Archie & Friends #143

Jun 28, 2010

If you've enjoyed the "Freshman Year" storyline at all, you can't miss this chapter. And if you just like good, imaginative stories featuring real people, you should pick it up too.

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Archie & Friends #152

Mar 12, 2011

Mixing the best of the "Old" and "New" Archie, Archie & Friends #152 is an enjoyable issue that mixes magic, mischief, mayhem and heart.

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Archie & Friends #156

Jul 21, 2011

There's a really nice panel of Betty and Jughead that illustrates this point. Jughead is confidently explaining his "Commander Spork" character. He's got the assured, almost swaggering, posture of a fan in his element. Betty, meanwhile, is shifting her weight from leg to leg and has the uncomfortable expression of a person trying to bluff their way through a conversation.

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Archie & Friends Double Digest #5

May 14, 2011

Archie & Friends Double Digest #5 brings together a collection of strong, enjoyable stories in various genres, making it a great value for the budget-conscious reader.

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6.0
Archie & Friends Double Digest #11

Dec 31, 2011

There are plenty of other stories this issue as well as some puzzle pages, but you get the idea. Archie & Friends Double Digest #11 has a wide variety of entertaining stories for readers of all ages.

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Archie Digest #200

Jul 27, 2009

While the lead-off story Goodbye Forever will garner the most attention, Archies Double Digest #200 offers a range of stories that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

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Archie Digest #201

Sep 19, 2009

If the emo of the main story doesn't draw you in, Archie's Double Digest #201 still has plenty to offer a reader looking for light entertainment.

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Archie Digest #202

Oct 26, 2009

While the "Archie Goodbye Forever" segment is just so-so, there's still a lot to enjoy in this digest.

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Archie Digest #223

Dec 3, 2011

Archie Double Digest #223 provides plenty of grins, chuckles, and outright laughs whether you're in the Christmas mood or not. It's a great stocking stuffer or early present for a person of any age.

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Archie Digest #224

Jan 2, 2012

With the new year coming up fast, this is the perfect time to branch out and try something new in your comic reading -- something like Archie Double Digest #224.

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Archie Digest #236

Jul 30, 2007

Archie Comics has given its readers a great anniversary present with this digest. While it will probably appeal more to comic fans with an interest in history, anyone who enjoys cute girls, vamps, goofy guys, and slap-stick cant go wrong picking it up.

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Archie Digest #248

Nov 21, 2008

Those looking for a stocking stuffer or something to get them in the holiday mood would do well to pick up this collection.

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Archie Digest #258

Nov 16, 2009

If you're looking to introduce someone to the Archie gang or just for something to get you into the holiday spirit, Archie Digest #258 is a great choice.

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6.0
Archie Digest #261

Mar 4, 2010

With winter not being done with us yet and the possibility of more snow days in the future, you might want to pick up a copy of this issue for any younger readers in your family. It will keep them amused until their snowpants dry out again. Archie Digest #261 also includes some fun "Mad House" reprints and several half-page and one-page jokes, making it a great value.

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Archie Digest #264

Jun 21, 2010

Archie Digest #264 is a fun collection of the old and new that makes for some enjoyable summer reading.

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Archie's Haunted House (Archie & Friends All-Stars) #1

Oct 20, 2010

While Archie's Haunted House: Archie & Friends All-Stars is a mouthful to say, it's a book well-worth picking up. It's a collection that could become a Halloween classic.

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7.0
Archie's Pal Jughead #182

Jul 12, 2007

Overall, an enjoyable issue to have fun in the sun with.

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Archie's Pal Jughead #184

Sep 27, 2007

Overall Archies Pal Jughead #184 is an issue I wouldnt hesitate to hand to a long-time fan, a new fan, or even someone who just needs a chuckle.

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Archie's Pal Jughead #188

May 16, 2008

Jughead #188 is a perfect read for someone looking for respite from the workaday world.

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Archie's Pal Jughead #191

Nov 3, 2008

If you know someone who needs a good chuckle, Archies Pal Jughead #191 will provide it.

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Archie's Pal Jughead #193

Mar 9, 2009

Archies Pal Jughead #193 is definitely an issue readers will want to add to their To Buy lists.

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Archie's Pal Jughead #194

May 18, 2009

If youre looking for an intelligent humor comic Archies Pal Jughead #194 is worth checking out.

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Archie's Pal Jughead #195

Jul 3, 2009

Archies Pal Jughead #195 is an extremely entertaining and well designed reading package.

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6.0
Archie's Pal Jughead #196

Sep 21, 2009

If you're looking for some light reading with likable characters, gentle humor, and nice looking art, Archie's Pal Jughead #196 is the comic for you.

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7.0
Archie's Pal Jughead #197

Nov 19, 2009

Archie's Pal Jughead #197 is an enjoyable package guaranteed to bring at least one smile to your face.

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Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest #114

Sep 4, 2007

Theres a lot to enjoy in this digest; plus it would make a great gift for any student who has a mandatory silent reading time in school. So pass along the fun to someone.

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7.0
Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest #118

Feb 21, 2008

With the season of winter "blahs" firmly upon us, this double digest offers a fairly inexpensive way to lighten the mood.

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Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest #120

Apr 28, 2008

With its wide variety of stories and styles, this digest is a superb value that shouldnt be missed.

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Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest #125

Oct 16, 2008

Pick up Archies Pals n Gals #125 for Breakup Blues, but stay for the rest of the stories.

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Archies Holiday Fun Digest #12

Nov 13, 2007

Those looking to get into the holiday spirit will find this digest just the thing to jumpstart the season.

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8.0
B & V Friends Double Digest #210

Jan 24, 2011

B & V Friends Double Digest #210 is a must-have for Cheryl Blossom fans, and is highly recommended for readers looking for some entertaining and well-illustrated stories.

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B & V Friends Double Digest #211

Feb 19, 2011

At one hundred and sixty pages -- with only about twenty of those being ads -- and over twenty-five stories, gag strips, fashion pages, and puzzles, B & V friends Double Digest #211 is a great deal. Even more importantly, it's an entertaining reading experience.

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B & V Friends Double Digest #212

Mar 12, 2011

Readers who have been following the "Queen B" story won't want to miss this issue, while the variety of back-up features ensure casual readers will find something to enjoy too.

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8.0
B & V Friends Double Digest #214

Jun 16, 2011

Betty's summer job at the Riverdale Public Library turns out to be more exciting than she expected as she ends up on the trail of an ancient book and a lost librarian -- a trail that takes her halfway around the world and into the clutches of a dictator with a grudge against librarians! It also brings her into close contact with the intriguing Clayton, who's more than what he seems. I do enjoy how artists Stan Goldberg and Al Milgrom give Clayton a Clark Kent-like look. It's something that fits the character and storyline.

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7.0
B & V Friends Double Digest #216

Aug 25, 2011

The fun begins with Angelo DeCesare and Dan Parent's "Team Spirit." While on a cruise, Betty and Veronica encounter a love-struck ghost who takes a dislike to Archie and the guys. It's a cute idea and DeCesare handles it well, keeping the story moving at a brisk pace. Parent's art, inked by Jon D'Agostino, is attractive and expressive.

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Battle of Britain: Cinebook Recounts #1

Feb 23, 2011

Cinebook Recounts Battle of Britain is a wonderful basic introduction to WWII for younger readers that can also be appreciated by fans of good art and solid storytelling.

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6.0
Betty #168

Oct 19, 2007

I havent mentioned the art this issue, mainly because its disappointing. Stan Goldberg and John Lowe had a real problem with profiles and proportions. They were just off. The main character in any story usually looks good, but supporting characters sometimes take on an odd appearance. And dont even get me started on the horrible fashion faux pas in Friday Night Fever. Veronica is shown in one of the most hideously drawn outfits ever. The fact that an attractive variation of it shows up in Drawing on Experience just goes to show the difference a line makes. However, the art does come together in the last two stories. While Little Betty and Archie dont have the charm of the Bob Bolling version, they do wander through some well-drawn backgrounds. Goldberg and Lowe tighten up on the art, giving the characters a neater appearance more in keeping with the classic look.

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6.0
Betty #176

Oct 27, 2008

While Betty #176 isnt a must have issue, its still worth picking up. And if you know a tween/teen who thinks marriage the day after high school graduation is a good idea, make sure they read Wedding Blistered.

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6.0
Betty #181

Sep 28, 2009

Betty #181 is an entertaining package for tweens looking for some light reading.

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7.0
Betty #183

Dec 11, 2009

Betty #183 makes a perfect Christmas treat for your favorite tween or teen girl.

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7.0
Betty #185

May 3, 2010

Under a beautiful cover, Betty #185 offers readers three solidly written, entertaining stories.

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6.0
Betty #186

Jul 8, 2010

That quibble aside, Betty #186 makes for some light, entertaining, summertime reading.

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6.0
Betty #189

Dec 13, 2010

Betty #189 is entertaining as a stand alone issue and necessary if youre a completist collector. But if youve just read Betty & Veronica #250, you could skip this issue.

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8.0
Betty #190

Feb 22, 2011

Whether you're a longtime fan, a casual Archie Comics reader, or someone who's just stumbled in to comics via your phone app, Betty #190 is the perfect book to check out.

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7.0
Betty #191

May 21, 2011

If you're looking for a comic with positive characters and fun stories, Betty #191 fits the bill.

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7.0
Betty #192

Jun 12, 2011

After a quick recap of the previous issue, Parent jumps into the action, as Betty and Veronica have to deal with a studio full of hyperactive children in the thrall of Klutzy the Clown. The way Veronica interacts with the children here is totally in character. This is a young woman who does not have a lot of patience with kids. Besides the revealing dialog, Parent, along with inker Jim Amash, exaggerates expressions to make it clear what the characters' are feeling.

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7.0
Betty #193

Aug 25, 2011

In a thoroughly modern take on DC's old "Imaginary Stories" concept, Betty daydreams about what it would be like to be married to Pureheart the Powerful in George Gladir and Pat Kennedy's "Fantasy Flair." This is a wonderful story that's both smart and funny. Even in her fantasies Betty is a practical personality, while Archie as Pureheart is still impulsive and broke. Gladir has some fun playing the two types off one another and suggesting ways in which a superhero might make some cash with his powers. Pat Kennedy's art, as inked by Mike DeCarlo, is beautiful. Betty's sister Polly is gorgeous,

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Betty #194

Oct 22, 2011

In Frank Doyle and Dan DeCarlo's "How Sweet It Was," Betty tries to earn some quick cash to buy a dress for a date with Archie. When she doesn't have any success selling "Costly Cosmetics," Archie lends a hand - with smashing results. Betty's optimism, one of her notable characteristics, is on full display here,

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6.0
Betty #195

Dec 29, 2011

This collection of classic tales is a fun way to introduce the Archieverse characters to new readers. Each of the stories stands on its own and establishes who the characters are while being genuinely amusing. The timeless nature of the material makes it something both younger and older readers can enjoy together.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica #181

Feb 7, 2008

While Love is Nasty could have been more, its an entertaining story that heads up a solid collection.

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Betty & Veronica #233

Mar 3, 2008

Offering the offbeat and the classic, Betty & Veronica #233 is another solidly entertaining issue.

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Betty & Veronica #236

Jul 14, 2008

Betty & Veronica #236 makes a nice jumping on point for readers who havent looked at the books before as well as being an enjoyable issue for old fans.

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Betty & Veronica #237

Sep 15, 2008

While Welcome Back to Riverdale isnt an instant classic, it does do a good job of introducing the fan favorite bad boy into the main continuity.

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Betty & Veronica #238

Nov 17, 2008

If you have a tween girl and are heading out for some holiday travel, Betty & Veronica #238 might make the trip less tiresome.

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Betty & Veronica #241

May 18, 2009

Though not an outstanding issue Betty & Veronica #241 is still a light and enjoyable read.

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Betty & Veronica #242

Jul 27, 2009

Taken all together, Betty & Veronica #242 is a quick and enjoyable summer read.

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Betty & Veronica #243

Oct 19, 2009

While Betty & Veronica #243is never going to win any awards, it is a fun, light read for all ages.

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Betty & Veronica #244

Dec 11, 2009

While not perfect, Betty & Veronica #244 is still an enjoyable issue that will help tweens and teens get in the holiday mood.

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Betty & Veronica #246

Mar 26, 2010

Betty & Veronica #246 gives readers four fun, entertaining, and thought provoking stories for a reasonable price. It's a deal that can't be beat.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica #249

Sep 21, 2010

Fans of solid, reality-based story-telling and good-looking art will want to give Betty & Veronica #249 a try.

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Betty & Veronica #250

Dec 6, 2010

Betty & Veronica #250 is an entertaining issue that can be enjoyed by fans and new readers alike.

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Betty & Veronica #253

May 21, 2011

If you have a young daughter or know a tween girl who enjoyed Disney's Prom, you might want to hand them this issue of Betty and Veronica. It will make a nice companion piece.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica #254

Jul 23, 2011

Betty: "It's what we do! We have crushes, we get past them, we move on!"

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6.0
Betty & Veronica #256

Nov 28, 2011

Betty and Veronica #256 offers readers a variety of intelligent, humorous stories with good looking art. It works as an introductory issue for readers new to the Archieverse, as a reminder to former readers of what makes Archie Comics fun, and as an enjoyable issue for current readers.

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Betty & Veronica Double Digest #151

May 18, 2007

So was it worth all the sturm und drang? No. The Archieverse is still very much the same. A bad boy is one who sneaks into the theater without paying and toughs only use their fists, not semi-automatics. Best friends worry about each other, and life revolves around the opposite sex. Under the guise of a dynamic new look Archie has done what its always done: put out an entertaining story.

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Betty & Veronica Double Digest #152

Jun 19, 2007

So to sum up, buy Betty and Veronica Double Digest #152 for Bad Boy Trouble! but stay for Team Esteem and the rest.

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Betty & Veronica Double Digest #153

Jul 24, 2007

But these are just nitpicks that stand out because everything else works so well. Anyone whos been enjoying Bad Boy Trouble isnt going to be disappointed with this installment.

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Betty & Veronica Double Digest #154

Sep 18, 2007

Bad Boy Trouble isnt going to go down in the annals as one of the all-time great comic book stories, but it is an example of a well-told tale, backed up with solid art and beautiful color.

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8.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #155

Oct 11, 2007

If you dont pick up any other Betty & Veronica Double Digest this year, give this one a shot. Its well worth your time and money.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #157

Jan 21, 2008

This issue tends to have an inordinate amount of stories featuring Veronica at her worst. Its all completely in character and definitely fun for the reader, but her fans might want to skip this number. On the other hand, readers looking for some fun, light reading will have a great time.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #162

Aug 1, 2008

Add in a couple of good, old-style Sabrina adventure stories and you have a digest well-worth picking up, even if you skip the lead story.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #175

Jun 7, 2007

Good stories. Romance and misunderstandings. Humor and quizzes. What more could you want? Overall, Betty & Veronica Digest #175 is an enjoyable beginning of summer reading package.

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8.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #177

Aug 17, 2007

If youre looking for some light, fun reading, give this issue a try. Its definitely worth a look.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #190

Jan 26, 2009

Summing it up, Betty & Veronica Digest #190 is a terrific collection and a great value for readers.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #196

Dec 17, 2011

The other great thing about a Double Digest is that you're getting almost 150 pages of comics, mini-posters, and game pages for $3.99. It's a stocking stuffer that can't be beat.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #201

Mar 4, 2010

Taken all together, it's a great package for the price. If you want to introduce a young reader to the Archie line or simply reacquaint yourself with the characters, Betty & Veronica Digest #201 is a good choice.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #203

May 10, 2010

Betty & Veronica Digest #203 is an enjoyable collection that offers a lot of bang for the buck.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #207

Oct 4, 2010

Add these all together and you have an entertaining package for your favorite tween reader.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #79

Sep 27, 2007

The eight question quiz that helps readers determine their adaptability to change will probably be one of the most looked at pieces in the comic. Not only do people love taking quizzes about themselves, but it also has uber-cute spot illustrations of a changed Betty and Veronica.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #81

Mar 3, 2008

While it probably wont win any major awards, this magazine for tweens has its heart in the right place and offers fun for its readers making it a winner in my book.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #83

Jun 26, 2008

Beach tip Number Five: Keep Your Brain Stimulated with some summer reading starting with this issue.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #84

Jul 31, 2008

While your favorite tween might not be ready to head back to school just yet, this issue of B&VS will definitely get them in the mood.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #85

Oct 16, 2008

But scrapbook fan or not, Betty & Veronica Spectacular #85 is a great pre-Halloween treat for readers.

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8.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #86

Dec 22, 2008

This special holiday issue of Betty & Veronica Spectacular is sure to become a holiday favorite.

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7.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #87

Mar 2, 2009

Betty & Veronica Spectacular #87 is a highly energetic and entertaining issue that fans and even non-fans will enjoy.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #89

Jun 22, 2009

Add in a road trip quiz and a fashion page spread and you have an appealing summertime package.

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7.0
Black Bird #1

Mar 17, 2010

Black Bird is a well done, dark fairy tale that will appeal to fans of Yuu Watase's Ceres, Celestial Legend, Kaori Yuki's Angel Sanctuary manga, and readers of Sherrilyn Kenyon's paranormal romances and graphic novels.

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7.0
Cedric: Dad's Got Class #1

Feb 10, 2010

If you're looking for some light reading that's fun, funny, and doesn't insult your intelligence, give Cedric: Dad's Got Class a try.

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6.0
Cedric: High-Risk Class #1

Sep 24, 2009

Readers who wish there was more "menace" in "Dennis the Menace" should give Cedric: High-Risk Class a try.

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7.0
Chicks in Capes #1

May 11, 2011

Editors Lori Gentile and Karen O'Brien have put together a solid package that fans of superheroic and/or paranormal fiction can enjoy. Hopefully this volume is just the first of many Chicks in Capes.

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6.0
Daisy California #0

Apr 9, 2011

Daisy California #0 is a charming introduction to a new heroine.

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6.0
Daisy California #1

Apr 9, 2011

Daisy California #1 is a fun comic that should appeal to both adults and children.

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8.0
Doc Savage Audiobook: White Eyes #1

Sep 7, 2011

Available as an mp3 download or ten CD set, White Eyes is a highly enjoyable pulp tale of adventure and action, with a touch of the macabre.

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8.0
Doc Savage: Python Isle audiobook #1

Jul 6, 2011

If you're looking for a fun action-adventure story, or if you want to try some of the original pulp fiction, you need to give Doc Savage: Python Isle audiobook a try.

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6.0
Domino Lady #1

Jun 29, 2009

Domino Lady #1 is a mixed bag, but theres enough to like about it for me to suggest fans of pulp noir check it out.

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8.0
Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1

Nov 18, 2009

While Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars isn't something that can be kept on library shelves--it would be loved to destruction within a day or so--it is a great gift for budding artists, Star Wars fans, or imaginative youngsters of all ages.

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9.0
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery: Graphic Classics Volume 21 #1

Sep 7, 2011

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery is a solid collection of Poe's works that belongs on the shelf of every Poe fan and horror aficionado. Suitable for twelve-year-olds and up, it also serves as a reader friendly introduction to the master's works for teen readers who haven't encountered him yet.

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8.0
Franklin Richards: Not So Secret Invasion #1

May 6, 2008

Not-So-Secret Invasion is a wonderful, all-readers package.

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9.0
Graphic Classics Volume 20: Western Classics #1

Mar 16, 2011

I won't rhapsodize over the other four selections in this volume, though I will say they're equally as good as the ones Ive covered. Graphic Classics Volume Twenty: Western Classics belongs on the shelf of every Western fan as well as every fan of well-told stories.

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9.0
Graphic Classics Volume 21: Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery #1

Aug 24, 2011

Antonella Caputo and Reno Maniquis's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is everything you could want for an adaptation of the classic story. Caputo's cuts are judicious, keeping the flow of the story intact. The characters of the proto-Holmes and Watson and the world they live in come to life in Maniquis's art. It has a naturalistic feel to it, which makes the horrific moments that much more dramatic.

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8.0
Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott #1

Jan 6, 2010

Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott is a great introduction to the work of the beloved American author.

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7.0
Graylight #1

Feb 3, 2010

Normally I don't give a good rating to stories I can't make heads nor tails of, but I like the mood and look of Graylight. If you like the visual stylings of manga powerhouse Clamp or Colleen Doran's A Distant Soil, then check out Graylight if you get a chance.

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6.0
Home for Mr. Easter #1

Apr 14, 2010

If A Home for Mr. Easter were a cartoon, I could see it becoming an Easter classic. As a graphic novel, it might have a harder time finding its audience, but those who enjoy something a little different should give it a try.

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7.0
Honey Hunt #1

Dec 2, 2009

Summing it up, Miki Aihara's Honey Hunt is a sweet treat for teen girls who enjoy some drama and comedy with their romance.

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7.0
Hulk and Power Pack #3

May 18, 2007

So show Hulk and Power Pack some love and jump in now.

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8.0
I.R.$.: Silicia, Inc Vol. 3 #1

May 26, 2010

I.R.$: Silicia, Inc. is a manly romance adventure that can be enjoyed by both men and women.

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7.0
I.R.$.: The Corrupter Vol. 4 #1

Jul 28, 2010

The action scenes are dynamic, as Vrancken moves in and out, and constantly changes angles--creating a sense of movement while letting readers see the whole picture. If you enjoy intelligent, sexy thrillers, check out I.R.$.: The Corrupter"; you won't be sorry.

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7.0
Insiders: Missiles for Islamabad Vol. 2 #1

Jul 21, 2010

Fans of Greg Rucka's White Out and Ed Brubaker's Captain America--as well as fans of well-written action novels--will want to check out Insiders: Missiles for Islamabad.

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6.0
Iron Man and the Power Pack #3

Feb 5, 2008

Power Pack minis seem to exist in no mans land. Theyre not part of the regular Marvel Universe and theyre not labeled as part of the Marvels Adventure Universe either. They dont even get a regular series. Instead they get mini-series starring the hot characters of the moment. But for all that, theyre an excellent introduction to comics, and this latest issue is no exception.

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7.0
Jughead #192

Jan 5, 2009

Fans of the sharp, scheming Jughead might be disappointed by this issue, but Boldman and Lindseys gentler interpretation makes for very enjoyable reading.

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7.0
Jughead #200

Apr 26, 2010

If you haven't checked out a Jughead or Archie-verse comic in a while, you should give this issue a try. It's a fun introduction to Riverdale.

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7.0
Jughead #201

Jul 8, 2010

Jughead #201 is an enjoyable, inspiring issue for readers young and old alike.

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6.0
Jughead #202

Sep 14, 2010

"The Thin-Malted Man" is an enjoyable story for fans of Jughead and fans of Hammetts Thin Man and Stacy Keachs version of Mike Hammer

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7.0
Jughead #206

May 5, 2011

Taken all together, Jughead #206 is an intelligent, clever, good-looking book that will not only appeal to fans of the characters, but can also be used to introduce non-comic book readers to the format.

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7.0
Jughead #207

Jun 23, 2011

Jughead #207Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011By: Penny Kenny Craig BoldmanRex Lindsey, Digikore Studios (c), Jack Morelli (l)Archie Sure, right after I praise Craig Boldman for his great Jughead short stories, he begins a multi-issue epic. But given the strong opening chapter of "A Jughead in the Family," I don't think I mind.

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7.0
Jughead #209

Sep 13, 2011

The idea of having Jughead move in with Moose is an inspired one. The jock and the slacker rarely have significant interaction. Seeing their two different personalities play-off one another is refreshing. Writer Craig Boldman also offers some insight into Moose and his family that helps develop the underused character and make him more than just "the big dumb guy with anger management issues." One of the best scenes in the book is when Jughead walks home with Moose and gets a taste of what Moose has to endure everyday because of his size.

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6.0
Jughead & Friends Digest #28

Jul 7, 2008

While you wont miss anything marvelous if you dont happen to pick this issue up, picking it up guarantees you some smiles, chuckles, and fun.

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6.0
Jughead & Friends Digest #33

Aug 10, 2009

Jughead & Friends Digest #33 is an enjoyable treat for the dog days of summer.

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6.0
Jughead & Friends Digest #35

Dec 17, 2009

Jughead and Friends Digest #35 is the perfect package to throw in the car for that long ride to Aunt Dorothy's or in a stocking for a last minute gift.

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7.0
Jughead's Double Digest #133

Aug 24, 2007

Rather than throwing a DVD in to entertain the family on the next road trip, try buying multiple copies of Jughead Double Digest #133 to keep everyone happy. The only sound youll hear will be that of giggling.

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7.0
Jughead's Double Digest #138

Apr 3, 2008

Taken all together, this is a superb package for readers.

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6.0
Jughead's Double Digest #139

May 1, 2008

Despite my criticisms, I actually like the opening chapter of The Match-Makers and am looking forward to the next installment. But even if the main feature doesnt grab you, this digest has plenty of other stories readers looking for a light read can enjoy.

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7.0
Jughead's Double Digest #140

Jun 5, 2008

A New Look story and an incredible collection of reprints you cant go wrong picking up this double digest.

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8.0
Jughead's Double Digest #141

Jul 7, 2008

Romance, adventure, comedy Jugheads Double Digest #141 has them all and more! Its a great value for the price.

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7.0
Jughead's Double Digest #142

Jul 25, 2008

Taken all together, Jughead's Double Digest #142 is definitely worth picking up.

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7.0
Jughead's Double Digest #165

Dec 13, 2010

With its mix of new and old stories, Jughead Double Digest #165 makes an enjoyable and convenient package for readers looking for some light reading.

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7.0
Jughead's Double Digest #166

Jan 22, 2011

Jughead Double Digest #166 offers readers a solid and entertaining collection of stories that are fresh and funny.

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8.0
Jughead's Double Digest #167

Mar 3, 2011

Packed to the brim with great verbal and visual storytelling, Jughead Double Digest #167 is a must have for readers of discriminating taste.

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8.0
Jughead's Double Digest #176

Dec 14, 2011

The stories collected here make Jughead Double Digest #176 the perfect early Christmas present for readers who enjoy smart humor and characters who march to the beat of their own drummer.

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Jugheads Pal Jughead #185

Nov 9, 2007

Jughead #185 is an outstanding issue fans of humor comics shouldnt miss.

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7.0
Kitty Nirvana: The First Ginger & Shadow Collection #1

Sep 9, 2009

Whether youre a cat fan or not, Kitty Nirvana will bring a smile to your face.

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7.0
Lady S: Latitude 59 Degrees North #1

May 5, 2010

If you're looking for an entertaining spy story with a beautiful and courageous heroine, look no farther. Lady S: Latitude 59 Degrees North is the volume for you.

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7.0
Largo Winch: The Hour of the Tiger (volume four) #1

Sep 1, 2010

Largo Winch: The Hour of the Tiger offers readers compelling characters, beautiful art, an interesting story, and plenty of action. Its definitely worth checking out.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #1

Sep 6, 2010

While I enjoyed the issue, I'm curious to see what my young Archie fans will make of it. Will they be swept up in the compelling new storylines? Or will they decide it's too "grown-up" for them? Stay tuned for the answers. Or pick up the issue and decide for yourself.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #4

Nov 22, 2010

Life with Archie: The Married Life #4 is an attractive, entertaining package. It's the perfect read for those holiday car trips and also makes a nice conversation starter for the younger and older generations.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #5

Dec 28, 2010

Life with Archie #5 is another enjoyable issue that's sure to delight young readers.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #6

Jan 25, 2011

Life With Archie: the Married Life #6 is another strong issue that sets up intriguing new status quos for the characters. Fans won't want to miss it, while new readers looking to see what the fuss is all about will find it easily accessible.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #7

Feb 21, 2011

Life with Archie: the Married Life #7 is another entertaining chapter that will please fans of the series, while offering a good jumping-on point for new readers wanting to check out what the fuss is about.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #9

May 21, 2011

Life with Archie: The Married Life #9 gives readers fascinating characters, interesting plots, beautiful art and enjoyable extra features. In other words, it's a great package.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #10

Jun 2, 2011

Filled with surprises and magic, Life with Archie: The Married Life #10 is an issue readers wont want to miss.

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7.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #11

Jul 23, 2011

The opening pages are outstanding. Artists Norm Breyfogle, Al Milgrom, Janice Chiang, and Glenn Whitmore take three pages of Archie shooting baskets at night on a deserted court and pack them with emotion, character, and movement. The art isn't flashy, but the angles Breyfogle uses to suggest action and the subtle changes of expression on Archie and latter Reggie's face when he joins his old friend are some of the best work Breyfogle and Milgrom have done on this book.

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6.0
Life with Archie: The Married Life #12

Aug 13, 2011

For the past thirteen years, Penny Kenny has been an elementary library paraprofessional in a rural school district. For the seven years prior to that, she headed a reading-math program designed to help first grade students with learning difficulties. Her book reviews regularly appeared in Starlog from 1993 to the magazine's unfortunate demise in 2009 and she has published several e-novellas under a pen name. She has been a reviewer with Comics Bulletin since 2007.

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7.0
Malice #1

Dec 23, 2009

My other problem with the book is just a personal thing. For a story that's set partially in England, it doesn't feel very British. The real world background is very generic. It's only when the characters enter Malice that the background becomes distinctive. That being said, however, Malice is worth pointing out to middle school-aged readers who enjoy Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman's children's books.

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8.0
Manga Shakespeare: Twelfth Night #1

Apr 13, 2011

Teens and older readers can enjoy Manga Shakespeare: Twelfth Night as a well-done adaptation of the classic romantic comedy, or just as a good story on its own.

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7.0
Marvel Classics Illustrated: The Three Musketeers #2

Jul 1, 2008

Taken all together, this is an adaptation well worth picking up.

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7.0
Mega Man #4

Aug 9, 2011

In a weird bit of synchronicity, Flynns characterization of Rock/Mega Man is similar to that of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the summer blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger. Like Rogers, Rock is an unexpected hero. As the villain Doctor Wily says: Youre no great warrior! Youre a janitor! A go-fer! A lackey! I couldve stolen you with the rest of the Robot Masters, but I didnt. And do you know why? You werent worth the effort!

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7.0
Melusine: Hocus Pocus #1

Nov 11, 2009

I do have one tiny complaint. Many of the characters aren't referenced by name and their relationship to Melusine isn't made clear. While this lack of clarity doesn't necessarily lead to confusion, it does leave the book feeling somewhat unfinished. Most readers won't have a problem with it, but it can be annoying. That aside, Melusine is a great treat.

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6.0
Melusine: Love Potions (volume 4) #1

Dec 1, 2010

Melusine: Love Potions is an enjoyable collection thats appropriate for readers of all ages.

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7.0
Nemi (volume three) #1

Jan 6, 2010

Not every strip is a winner. There are a couple of them that I don't get at all. Additionally, this isn't a book for children or younger teens; it's for a mature audience Overall though, Nemi, Volume III is an enjoyable collection that Goths and non-Goths alike can enjoy.

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7.0
Ninja High School #154

Nov 16, 2007

Without a great deal of fan press attention, Ninja High School chugs along year after year, providing readers with fun, emotional satisfying stories. From its Samurai Champloo inspired cover to its final tender panels, Ninja High School #154 upholds that proud tradition with an issue that shouldnt be missed by fans of solid story-telling.

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9.0
Ooku: The Inner Chamber #1

Dec 2, 2009

oku: the Inner Chamber received the 2009 Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize and it's easy to see why. It's an imaginative, thought-provoking, entertaining story. While this opening volume suffers a bit from inconsistent tone due to exploring too many ideas at once, it shows a great deal of promise. Readers looking for something different should definitely give this one a try.

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8.0
Pandora's Box: Sloth Vol. 2 and Gluttony Vol. 3 #1

Jun 2, 2010

If you enjoy stories "ripped from today's headlines," check out Pandora's Box. Each volume tells an accessible, interesting, and thought-provoking tale.

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9.0
Roy Rogers: The Collected Daily and Sunday Newspaper Strips #1

Jul 27, 2011

Roy Rogers: The Collected Daily and Sunday Newspaper Strips is a wonderful collection that can be enjoyed not only by fans of iconic Hollywood hero, but also readers who like B-Westerns or adventure strips in general.

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7.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #85

May 31, 2007

If you or a shoujo fan you know hasn't given the new Sabrina a try yet, do as the cover says and Catch the Magic! You wont be disappointed.

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8.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #86

Jul 12, 2007

Sabrina is a book that just keeps getting better and better. The team continues to raise the quality bar issue after issue, and in the two and a half years the manga look has been in effect, there has yet to be a clunker. This issue easily deserves its four bullets, but the series overall rates a four and a half.

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8.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #87

Aug 14, 2007

A New Leaf is actually more of the same old, same old for regular readers of this title: a well-told story, beautiful art and colors, and characters you can care about. Heres hoping the Sabrina team stays in this rut for a good long time to come.

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9.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #88

Oct 2, 2007

While this probably isnt the best issue for new readers to jump in on some of the emotional resonances will be lost this is an exceptional chapter in the continuing storyline.

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6.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #89

Nov 1, 2007

This issue kicks off a celebration of Sabrinas forty-five years of magic. And while its not as spectacular as you could wish for, its still a solid issue.

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6.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #90

Dec 11, 2007

All of these scenes reveal something about Sabrinas character and the wands effect on her, but a series of scenes, no matter how well done, does not make a story. Its a surprising failure on Del Rios part. In defiance of the industry tendency to write for the trade, she has always given readers a complete story in each issue. While this is a set-up chapter, given her past work, it should have been able to stand on its own as a story in itself. Fans of the series arent going to want to miss this chapter; but new readers should beware and find an earlier issue to start with.

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7.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #91

Feb 25, 2008

The second part of The Turning is definitely a cant miss issue for Sabrina fans.

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7.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #92

Mar 10, 2008

Fans of Sabrina or magic girls in general shouldnt miss this issue.

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7.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #93

Apr 21, 2008

"Salem's Secret," despite some artistic flaws, is an entertaining package that offers new readers a great jumping on point, and current readers new insight into a beloved character.

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6.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #94

Jun 2, 2008

Although Salems Secret works well as a Part Two and has all these great things going for it, Im not sure it works as well as a stand alone issue. Unless you know going in something of Salems history, the story of the duality wands, and the current intrigues of the Magic Realm, it wont mean as much. Yes, its a well-told tale, but its not exactly what you expect when you pick up an issue of a comic called Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The teenage witch makes only a token appearance on the cover and in one panel at the end of the story. A casual reader could very well be disappointed. But for those who follow the series, Del Rio and company have put together a fascinating look at Salems past a past that will no doubt play a large part in Sabrinas future.

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9.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #95

Jul 25, 2008

While newcomers might not get all the nuances, this issue offers an excellent jumping on point for readers looking for drama and romance.

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6.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #96

Aug 30, 2008

With a cover that brings to mind the Aladdin lyrics A whole new world/a new fantastic point of view and a story where every turn a surprise/every moment red-letter, the second part of Remembrance is another solid chapter in the Sabrina saga.

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6.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #97

Oct 20, 2008

While part 3 of Remembrance is a bit rushed for my taste, its still an enjoyable chapter in the continuing saga.

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7.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #98

Dec 4, 2008

Sabrina #98 is an issue that Sabrina fans and shojo manga fans in general shouldnt miss.

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8.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #99

Jan 5, 2009

Solid plot. Great art. Beautiful colors. It all adds up to another cant miss issue.

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8.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #100

Feb 23, 2009

Del Rio gives readers a satisfying ending to the saga, though its not so final that it couldnt be revisited should Archie Comics want to follow up on it in the future. For the moment though, it looks like Sabrina will be relegated to reprints in the companys digests. However, on the plus side, fans have 42 issues to reread and enjoy. Now if Archie would just collect them in manga-sized volumes.

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6.0
Salem #1

May 26, 2008

Salem Queen of Thorns #1 is a solid introduction to a series that will appeal not only to fans of Orson Scott Cards Alvin Maker and REHs Solomon Kane, but also those who are just looking for an intriguingly different kind of story.

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7.0
Scrapyard Detectives #4

Apr 23, 2009

J.M. DeMatties and Bill Galvans ...And forget is an easily accessible, enjoyable, and touching all-ages story.

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8.0
Sea Ghost #1

Oct 21, 2010

Sea Ghost #1 is a must have for readers looking for a fun, intelligent, action based story and for fans who miss the glory days of Saturday morning cartoons when Space Ghost, Aquaman, and The Herculoids graced the airwaves.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #175

May 21, 2007

Its a book that never talks down to its readers. The thirteen and under set definitely know this is the worlds most way past cool comic! In the elementary library where I work there have been literal races to the rack to get the latest issue. This one will deservedly elicit the same reaction.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #176

Jun 14, 2007

Now the kindergarten and first grade students in my library who devour each issue of Sonic arent going to notice all these details. And even the 5th and 6th graders who fight to be first to get the new one wont catch all them. But they will get and appreciate the cumulative effect. And that is what keeps them coming back for more. Not just the characters. Not just the action. Not just the snappy dialog. But the whole brilliant package.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #177

Jul 20, 2007

Home, New Home is not one of the top Sonic issues. The good stuff comes too late to make it great, but it still has more going for it than most books. It definitely deserves a read, even if its not at the top of the pile.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #178

Aug 7, 2007

After the less than stellar last issue, Sonic the Hedgehog #178 bounces right back with a mature storyline that isnt a polemic and packs an emotional punch.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #179

Sep 11, 2007

As he did the in the previous issue, Jason Jensen uses black to superb effect. The shadows on Sonic and Tails during their battle dramatically enhance the mood. Actually his color choices for the entire book are fantastic. The opening scenes between Sonic and Tails are set against the cool grey and blues of the prison emphasizing the coldness between them. Later the fight moves to the warmer blues, green, and violet of the forest where the emotions are warmer and more heartfelt. Meanwhile Elias and Amadeuss battle takes place against a golden brown background that differentiates their battle from the others- subtly reminding readers that not only are they in a different scene, but that their fight is for a different reason. For Sonic and Tails its personal; Elias and Amadeus fight for a principle. Of course I could be reading too much into it, but it makes a good thesis.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #180

Oct 8, 2007

Regular readers of Sonic the Hedgehog will accept Preparations for War! as a well-done bridging installment of the continuing storyline. Its not the issue to hand a first time reader, though.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #181

Nov 2, 2007

Once again team Sonic provides readers with a satisfying experience.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #182

Dec 4, 2007

Fallen Angel isnt a spectacular issue, but its entertaining, absorbing, and well-worth reading.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #183

Jan 8, 2008

Sonic the Hedgehog #183 is an excellent way to start off the comics reading year.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #184

Jan 24, 2008

Chaos Angel might be the ending Sonic fans were expecting for the Enerjak Reborn Saga but its all the better for that.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #185

Feb 22, 2008

Sonic the Hedghog #185 is a great jumping on point for new readers, while providing "already fans" with an enjoyable new chapter in their favorite Hedgehog's adventures.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #186

Mar 21, 2008

Fans of superheroic action and drama wont want to miss this issue of Sonic.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #187

Apr 24, 2008

Mister Popular, while sure to entertain Sonic fans, would also be a good book to hand to a non-Sonic reader. It has enough familiar elements of pop and heroic culture to make a new reader feel at ease, while providing an original, entertaining story that excites the interest.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #188

May 23, 2008

Taken all together this is a very entertaining package. One thats also particularly friendly to new readers. If someone wanted to introduce comics to a newbie, Beating the House would be an excellent issue to use.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #189

Jun 16, 2008

All in all, a spectacular issue. Fans of well-written comics shouldnt miss.

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9.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #190

Jul 25, 2008

If you're looking for seriously fun superhero reading, grab a glass of lemonade, a chocolate bar, and hit the hammock with Sonic #190. It's the perfect book to ignite or re-ignite a love for superhero comics.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #191

Aug 25, 2008

All in all, another solid issue of the worlds longest-running videogame-based comic.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #192

Sep 22, 2008

To sum up: Sonic the Hedgehog #192 is an intelligent, enjoyable comic. Pick up a copy -- now!

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #193

Oct 23, 2008

While only so-so, Sonic the Hedgehog #193 still has highpoints readers will enjoy.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #194

Nov 24, 2008

Taken together, the two stories add up to another highly enjoyable Sonic issue.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #195

Dec 15, 2008

Readers looking for a smart, fun comic book would do well to pick up this issue of The Worlds Most Way Past Cool Comic!

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #196

Jan 19, 2009

Younger fans of Sonic the Hedgehog will no doubt love this issue for its action. Older readers like myself, however, who enjoy the depth of storytelling usually on display in this title, will be disappointed.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #197

Feb 23, 2009

Though Sonic the Hedgehog #197 probably isnt the issue to pique a new readers interest--its a little too backstory dependent--it is an enjoyable issue for diehard fans and occasional readers.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #198

Mar 23, 2009

Fans of well-told, heroic action stories really need to pick up this issue of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #199

Apr 13, 2009

If youre searching for a good looking, intelligent, enjoyable superhero book, look no further. Sonic the Hedgehog #199 is what you want.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #200

May 25, 2009

What this all adds up to is Turnabout is Fair Play is an enjoyable, but ultimately somewhat disappointing, issue.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #201

Jun 15, 2009

Sonic the Hedgehog #201 offers readers action and intrigue. Its a great jumping on point for readers looking to check out a new comic book or for fallen away fans to rejoin the flock.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #202

Jul 20, 2009

If youve been thinking of trying Sonic or havent read an issue in a while, Sonic the Hedgehog #202 is an excellent jumping on point.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #203

Aug 24, 2009

If youre suffering from Dark and Blackest burnout and are looking for an entertaining, superhero-style story, give Sonic the Hedgehog #203 a try.

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9.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #204

Sep 21, 2009

If you're looking for action, drama, humor, and mature relationships in your comic reading, give Sonic the Hedgehog #204 a try.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #205

Oct 19, 2009

Taken all together, Sonic the Hedgehog #205 is an entertaining and enjoyable package.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #206

Nov 19, 2009

If you want a good, action, hero-type comic to read, look no farther. Sonic the Hedgehog #206 is the book to pick up.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #207

Dec 28, 2009

Readers looking for a story with action, characterization, humor, and romance should give Sonic the Hedgehog #207 a try.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #209

Feb 18, 2010

Sonic the Hedgehog #209 is another highly enjoyable issue that fans of classic superhero action shouldn't miss.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #210

Mar 22, 2010

Sonic the Hedgehog #210 is an entertaining, enjoyable book for those who enjoy heroic superheroes.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #211

Apr 19, 2010

The "Iron Dominion" storyline took nearly a year to tell, yet it never felt padded or directionless. This grand finale was worth the wait and is truly a grand finale. Fans of stories like the Legion of Super-Heroes' "Great Darkness Saga" or Avengers Forever should give this a look.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #212

May 10, 2010

All told Sonic the Hedgehog #212 is an enjoyable issue that gives readers a breather between storylines.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #213

Jun 21, 2010

If you enjoy stories of adventure with smart, funny heroes and heroines, check out this issue of Sonic the Hedgehog. You won't be disappointed.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #214

Jul 12, 2010

I could go on and on about this issue. How there's a wonderful panel where the Felidae queen goes feral or the scene where the over-stuffed, genial Big takes on the enraged Razorklaw. Or I could natter on about how Flynn writes some terrific female characters and charming romantic moments. But I won't. Instead I'll tell you to pick up a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog #214 and see for yourself.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #215

Aug 14, 2010

If youre looking for a story that retains the best of the Silver Ages imaginative sc-fi craziness while still remaining entirely comprehensible, give Sonic the Hedgehog #215 a try. Its well-worth checking out.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #216

Aug 30, 2010

The second part of "Family Matters" finishes the story in style and sets up some exciting future narrative possibilities. Fans of smart superhero comics won't want to miss it.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #217

Sep 27, 2010

Sonic the Hedgehog #217 continues Ian Flynn's "Mobius World Tour" with an entertaining dive into the Western genre that fans will enjoy.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #219

Nov 30, 2010

Even if you don't enjoy a well told, fast paced, beautifully drawn story that combines elements of the Looney Tunes with Jason Bourne, pick up Sonic the Hedgehog #219 for the cover. It's gorgeous.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #220

Dec 30, 2010

As a package, Sonic the Hedgehog #220 offers lovers of Sonic's opponents a plethora of the Big Guns in smart, entertaining stories.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #221

Feb 12, 2011

Sonic the Hedgehog #221 definitely lives up to its tag of "The World's Most Way Past Cool Comic!"

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #223

Apr 7, 2011

Sonic the Hedgehog #223 offers readers action, humor, drama, suspense, an accessible story, and good-looking art. What more could you want in a comic book?

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #224

May 5, 2011

Filled with thrilling action and ending with a great cliffhanger, Sonic the Hedgehog #224 should definitely be on your reading list.

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8.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #225

May 31, 2011

Sonic the Hedgehog #225 is what you want a superhero comic to be. It has admirable heroes, interesting villains, action, a solid plot and a sense of fun. If you haven't picked it up yet, you're missing a great tale.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #226

Jun 28, 2011

And with those words we have -- RESET! After last issue's major battle in the Death Egg, we catch up with Sonic running through a different looking Mobius searching for missing animals. After being attacked by strange mechanized creatures, he encounters Sally Acorn, Boomer, Antoine and Eggman... for the first time.

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #227

Aug 2, 2011

Now as much as I enjoy the nods to past stories and hints that a larger story is unfolding, I have to admit I found this issue a wee bitsimple. In this second chapter of the "Genesis" storyline, Sonic and his new friends Sally, Boomer, and Antoine continue the hunt for Eggman and run into danger. It's strictly an "Encounter problem-Solve problem" type story. There isn't a lot of meat to it. Don't get me wrong. There are some nice moments. The scene between Sonic and Antoine and their dialog about "sigh-kick" is funny.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #228

Aug 30, 2011

The title, "Divide and Conquer," pretty much says it all. After Sonic introduces his "new" friends Sally, Boomer, and Antoine to Tails...

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6.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #229

Oct 13, 2011

Plotwise there's not much to say about this episode. Sally, Antoine, and Boomer race through the Oil Ocean Zone trying to cut Eggman's power source, while Sonic confronts the villian. There are some nice bits of dialog, especially Sally's "Something tells me [Sonic] should be here with me! Us! Be here with us!" The look on Boomer's face as she makes this slip is great. You can read a whole "Yeah, right. Pull the other one, Princess" in his slightly tilted head and lowered eyelids. The silent Antoine's displeasure is also evident in his eyes and bit of mouth. In fact the only thing off about the two panel scene is the way the characters are hovering above the walkway. I get that they're in mid-stride, but it looks off.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #231

Nov 30, 2011

Sonic the Hedgehog #231 is an enjoyable issue that moves the story forward into some interesting territory. I just wish it could have been even better.

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7.0
Sonic the Hedgehog #232

Dec 31, 2011

Sonic the Hedgehog #232 provides readers with solid, character motivated action, drama, and romance and attractive art.

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6.0
Sonic Universe #1

Mar 23, 2009

Still, fans who has been following the regular Sonic comic will probably enjoy this book more than someone who walks into it cold, picking it up because it has a #1 on it. Though it is new-reader friendly, it still feels as if its the last part of a story rather than the beginning of something new.

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6.0
Sonic Universe #4

Jun 18, 2009

If youre looking for a fun, action-adventure story with some heart, Sonic Universe #4 is worth checking out.

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7.0
Sonic Universe #5

Jul 20, 2009

If youre looking for an entertaining, action comic with humor, warmth and a few twists to its plot, check out Sonic Universe #5.

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7.0
Sonic Universe #7

Sep 14, 2009

Sonic Universe #7 is an enjoyable comic for fans of the Sonic comics and games and superhero action comics in general.

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6.0
Sonic X #20

Jun 8, 2007

Sonic X is geared more to the younger reader, but that doesnt keep casual older readers from enjoying it or even getting hooked on it. Unlike some comics, Sonic X actually respects the intelligence of its readers young and old! Which makes Speed Lines! the perfect issue to take along on a car trip or to throw in the picnic basket for some after lunch reading. The whole family can enjoy it provided they like giant robots!

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6.0
Sonic X #21

Jun 29, 2007

Overall though, Sonic X #21 is another entertaining issue for children and adults alike.

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8.0
Sonic X #22

Aug 14, 2007

Sonic X #22 isnt going to change the life of anyone who reads it. But it is going to entertain them and thats really what its all about.

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6.0
Sonic X #28

Jan 24, 2008

Sonic X isnt trying for the epic scope of the main Sonic comic, but it provides an extremely entertaining alternate take on the characters.

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6.0
Sonic X #35

Jul 28, 2008

While this issue of Sonic X might not appeal as much as others to the cartoon's fans, it is a book that can bridge the gap and be given to humor fans. This issue isn't particularly character specific. The gags aren't funny because of the character's nature; they're funny because they're clever verbal or physical comedy. Though Flynn neglects to provide an introductory caption explaining who the characters are and fails to identify them all by name, the story works without it. This is one of the few comics on the shelf that doesn't need continuity to make the script work. Someone knowing nothing at all about Sonic could pick up this issue, get a chuckle out of it, and probably be interested enough to come back for more. And that makes it worth checking out.

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7.0
Sonic X #36

Sep 22, 2008

While Sonic X #36 doesnt have the epic storyline of some comics, its still a very enjoyable issue worth checking out.

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5.0
Sonic X #40

Feb 16, 2009

While I wont say snap up this issue before it disappears, I will say its worth a look if you run across a copy at your local library.

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8.0
Station #1

Jun 23, 2008

Station is not perfect. A pivotal scene is staged in a confusing manner and the dialog seems off in another, but overall this is book worth seeking out. Dont wait for the collection -- buy the single issues so you can read and enjoy now.

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8.0
Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon #1

Mar 24, 2010

Fast-paced and entertaining, Heart of the Dragon is an enjoyable addition to the Supernatural canon.

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7.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #21

Jul 2, 2007

If youre a collector seeking first appearances of characters or just looking for a pleasant afternoons read, make sure to pick this issue up.

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8.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #25

Dec 18, 2007

Taken as a whole Tales from Riverdale Digest #25 makes a nice package for under any tree.

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8.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #26

Jan 31, 2008

Tales From Riverdale Digest #26 is a package well-worth its $2.49 price, providing readers with plenty of bang for their buck.

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6.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #27

Mar 6, 2008

Those seeking an afternoons enjoyment are urged to seek this issue of Tales of Riverdale Digest out.

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8.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #30

Oct 27, 2008

If you need an extra treat for a favorite trick or treater, or if you just want to treat yourself, pick up a copy of this digest. Its sugar free and loads of fun.

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7.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #31

Feb 9, 2009

BuyTales from Riverdale Digest #31 for "U.F.O. Uh-Oh!", but make sure to read the entire entertaining package.

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6.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #32

Apr 20, 2009

While I wouldn't characterize Tales from Riverdale Digest #32 as a "must have" issue, "Seafood Be Food" and "Lunchroom Lament" make it worth picking up.

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7.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #33

Jul 13, 2009

Three other stories, two of them new for this issue, and a one pager fill out the remainder of the slots in the digest. With its variety of art styles and story types, Tales from Riverdale Digest #33 makes an enjoyable and entertaining sampler of the Archie-verse.

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6.0
Tales From Riverdale Digest #38

Jul 12, 2010

Tales from Riverdale Digest #38 isn't going to set the comic book blogosphere on fire, but it does provide some genuinely entertaining reading.

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9.0
The Chimpanzee Complex: Civilisation Vol. 3 #1

Aug 11, 2010

If youve been following The Chimpanzee Complex you wont want to miss this final chapter. If youre looking for a hard science SF graphic novel that includes elements of both horror and beauty, I highly recommend you seek out this series.

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10
The Chimpanzee Complex: Paradox #1

Jan 13, 2010

The Chimpanzee Complex: Paradox will appeal to readers of Michael Crichton's Sphere, Warren Ellis's Orbital, and fans of the Moonlight Mile anime. It's compelling reading, and I can't wait for the next volume.

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10
The Chimpanzee Complex: The Sons of Ares #1

Mar 10, 2010

Fans of programs like Lost and Fringe as well as those who enjoy thoughtful science fiction should really give The Chimpanzee Complex a try.

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9.0
The Scorpion: The Devil in the Vatican #1

Aug 26, 2009

The Scorpion: Devil in the Vatican is a well-written, good-looking book that fans of historical thrillers wont want to miss.

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8.0
The Secret History, Books 8 and 9 #1

Jun 29, 2010

The Secret History is an intriguing series recommended for fans of Dan Brown or Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian.

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6.0
Veronica #181

Jul 31, 2007

As tabloids go, this is one of the better ones.

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6.0
Veronica #182

Aug 21, 2007

Veronica #182 isnt a landmark issue, but it adds up to an enjoyable one.

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6.0
Veronica #185

Dec 18, 2007

While Veronica #185 probably wont convince a tween to turn off High School Musical or High School Musical 2, it will give her something fun to read while waiting for the DVD player to cool down between viewings.

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6.0
Veronica #186

Jan 28, 2008

Light and fluffy, like the romance novels that inspired it, Veronica #186 is sure to entertain its readers.

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6.0
Veronica #192

Feb 16, 2009

Adding it all up, Veronica #192 would make an enjoyable belated Valentine for that special tween in your life.

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6.0
Veronica #195

Jul 27, 2009

Archie or Archie?! is a delightful story that romantics of any age can enjoy.

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6.0
Veronica #197

Dec 14, 2009

Veronica #197 is a perfect stocking stuffer for someone who likes a mix of naughty and nice.

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6.0
Veronica #199

Mar 26, 2010

Veronica #199's mix of economics, humor, and slapstick makes for an enjoyable alternative to the daily headlines, providing non-partisan politics for the younger set.

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6.0
Veronica #202

Sep 30, 2010

Veronica #202 received a lot of publicity for introducing Riverdale's first openly gay teenager, but it should be remembered for being a solid, entertaining story.

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6.0
Veronica #204

Jan 31, 2011

"All That and a Bag of Chips" brings the "New Kids off the Wall" storyline to a gentle, open-ended conclusion. Simmons has brought an interesting new set of characters to life and left them in place for future storylines. Here's hoping they'll make frequent appearances.

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6.0
Veronica #205

Mar 24, 2011

Veronica #205 is a fun little story about friendship that will resonate with young readers.

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7.0
Veronica #206

May 14, 2011

If you're looking for a fast-paced, light spy adventure with wholesome, sexy, empowered heroines, Veronica #206 is the comic for you.

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8.0
XIII: The Day of the Black Sun (volume one) #1

Sep 22, 2010

Fans of Robert Ludlums Bourne books and the movies based on them will obviously want to check XIII out; but any one who just enjoys a well-told action/adventure story is also encouraged to seek out this volume.

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10
Yakari: The Island Prisoners #1

Jan 20, 2010

Great art, wonderful characters, and a positive message make Yakari: The Island Prisoners a graphic album that both adults and children can enjoy.

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