Reg Cruickshank's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT Reviews: 64
8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.5
Batgirls (2021) #1

Dec 14, 2021

This is a book that has some growing pains, but is ultimately a fun experience that promises a lot, and I think it's gonna deliver. I look forward to see how this team irons things out as months go by, and I can't wait to see this come into it's own. As a longstanding fan of these characters, it gets a pass from me. Good work.

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7
Batgirls (2021) #2

Jan 11, 2022

This issue has some problems with exposition dumping right up front, but is still a fun ride you can read for a quick superhero sitcom adventure with some stellar artwork to really bring it home.

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7
Batgirls (2021) #3

Feb 8, 2022

Flaws from previous issues are still present, but it succeeds at what it's trying to do regardless.

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9.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #1

Jun 1, 2021

A book that feels both fresh and nostalgic, not just for the cartoon it's succeeding, but also for the modern Batman tales it's bringing into its legacy.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1044

Oct 26, 2021

A solid entry that keeps the story Tamaki wants to tell going, with some great art and a solid backup story to make it even more worth your while.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1045

Nov 23, 2021

A good conclusion to the previous story with character development for the supporting cast. Tamaki continues to show her strong understanding of Batman's core appeal as a character with some great artwork and a solid backup story as a bonus.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1046

Dec 28, 2021

Detective Comics continues to be the Batman comfort food I need in the current landscape of comics. Fun, tried, and true to the world and characters.

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10
Detective Comics (2016) #1047

Jan 4, 2022

A great start that hits the ground running, sucking you into the panic of the moment and giving you little time to sit and contemplate what just happened -- in a good way!

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1048

Jan 11, 2022

Not as punchy as the last issue, but continues the story at a steady pace that feels right and gives us some new intrigue.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1049

Jan 18, 2022

A solid issue with some fun revelations, giving out just the right amount of information to keep the narrative progressing and us coming back for more.

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10
Detective Comics (2016) #1050

Jan 25, 2022

A terrific triple threat of great stories that are fun, engaging, well drawn... well, what more could you ask for?

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1051

Feb 1, 2022

A standard but fun issue, where we see the cracks begin to show and get to watch a classic supervillain in action.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1052

Feb 8, 2022

A good issue that really puts the "detective" back into "Detective Comics", even if we as readers already know the answers, helping build anticipation.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1053

Feb 15, 2022

An issue that advances things quick and effectively while remaining entertaining, and sticking to the "detective" part of the title very well.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1054

Feb 22, 2022

Full of fun and rising tension, with a nostalgic backup story to round things out perfectly.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1055

Mar 1, 2022

An action-packed issue of classic Batman tropes and storytelling... even without Batman needing to be there!

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1056

Mar 8, 2022

A solid romp through the explosive climax to this story.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1057

Mar 15, 2022

A good penultimate transition into the final issue of this lengthy story.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1058

Mar 22, 2022

In the end, this was a good final issue, to a fun story, but boy, am I glad that it's over. It was fun, but it's definitely time to move on to something new, and that Riddler tease at the end really got me excited for a change of pace. But as it stands, "Shadows of the Bat" was a fun romp that showed you don't need Batman around to tell a fun Batman story, but he's certainly never unwelcome to show back up and help with the cleanup. It had some good intrigue, good art, fun character writing... just overall, pretty darn good I'd say.

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8
Green Lantern (2021) #2

May 4, 2021

A good follow up that helps bring forth a big shift in status quo that feels new and promising, while also setting up plenty to keep you reading for next time.

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9.5
Radiant Black #3

Apr 20, 2021

Radiant Black continues to be a book that's got my interest piqued. Indie superhero stories are a dime a dozen, and it's not easy to stand out in such a sea of talented creators putting their own spin on the genre. But what Higgins and Costa really manage to do is grab you, and make this world feel fresh and exciting. I can't wait for more to come.

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8
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #37

Feb 23, 2021

A strong entry in the ongoing adventures of Sonic and friends, if a bit hard to follow for a newcomer.

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8
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #38

Mar 24, 2021

A solid new issue in IDW's ongoing adventures of Sega's Blue Blur, giving us some new juicy character information to speculate on while we wait for the next installment.

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8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #39

May 12, 2021

You can tell the creative team wanted this issue in particular to feel like you were playing a level right out of the games, with great action and thrilling artwork all throughout. These are people who know what they're working with, and run (ha) with it. This issue is fully dedicated to the thrill ride, and I can't think of anything more Sonic than that.

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8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #40

Jun 9, 2021

It's everything it needed to be. A conclusion to a fun jaunt with some heartfelt character moments and good action. Only suffering from less than stellar coloring, everything else hits the mark.

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9.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #41

Jun 16, 2021

A strong return to the main book for Ian Flynn, bringing with him the strong characterization and world building he's known for.

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9
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #42

Jul 21, 2021

A solid issue with fun artwork that's well characterized and full of good ol' Sonic fun.

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9
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #43

Sep 1, 2021

Despite some inconsistent art, the whole issue is one big fun fight scene that's a blast to read from cover to cover.

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10
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #44

Sep 15, 2021

Emotional, expressive, heartwrenching, and immensely satisfying. This is Sonic character drama at its very best.

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9
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #45

Oct 13, 2021

A fun issue that gives us time to explore some of the cast that we haven't had a lot of time with yet.

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8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #46

Oct 27, 2021

Another solid issue of Sonic, with good art, enjoyable characters, and smooth pacing.

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10
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018): 30th Anniversary Special #1

Jun 23, 2021

A wonderful and charming book exploring, at long last, the classic era of Sonic. All three stories are masterfully crafted by people who know what they're doing, and the love for Sonic radiates off the page.

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10
Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #1

Nov 17, 2021

A great start that hits the ground running at supersonic speed. 'Imposter Syndrome' is well characterized in both writing and art, and re-introduces fan favorite ideas in a clever, unique, and fresh way.

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9
Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #2

Jan 13, 2022

A fast and fun issue that gives us more of Surge and Kit's personalities as we speed toward their inevitable showdown with the franchise's heroes.

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9.5
Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #3

Mar 10, 2022

Great character writing, fun storytelling, stellar artwork... this series remains a must-read for Sonic fans.

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7.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #114

Feb 9, 2021

A solid issue that slowly continues the forward momentum of the story, but keeps the Turtles a bit too complacent in regards to larger issues they're a part of.

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6.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #115

Mar 17, 2021

The book zigs where it set up a zag, and sidesteps a potentially more interesting premise or internal conflict for the arc's central character. What's there works on the surface, but could easily be so much more.

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7
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #116

Apr 21, 2021

While this book may be a great change of pace for some, it's started to lose some of its luster. Hopefully after this there will be more to chew on.

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9
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #117

Jun 9, 2021

An issue that hits the ground running and never stops. Confirming an openly bisexual character alone is enough to give it praise, but it goes above and beyond from there to really make it feel like we can only go up from here.

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8.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #118

Jun 23, 2021

A solid issue that continues from the last, advancing the plot and giving us insight into one of the Turtles' longstanding enemies-turned-ally.

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7
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #119

Jul 14, 2021

A decent issue with a small characterization issue that drags it down somewhat, but still a solid entry in the ongoing plot.

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7
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #120

Aug 25, 2021

An enjoyable issue to be sure, if a bit simple in overall execution.

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5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #121

Sep 29, 2021

A mixed bag with strong highs and deep lows that left me feeling disillusioned with this current arc as a whole.

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5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #122

Oct 20, 2021

Technically competent and pleasing to the eye, but feels like standard fare otherwise, and is disappointingly dull on the whole.

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8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual: 2021

Jul 28, 2021

A great excursion into the goings-on outside the main book, with fun characters and great artwork.

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10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2

Feb 16, 2021

A fitting return to the Mirage era of TMNT, paying loving tribute without being too lost in nostalgia that it forgets to march forward and be strong in its own right.

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10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3

May 25, 2021

The book continues doing what it does best, marrying the best aspects of old and new in a storyline that blurs the line between classic Mirage and contemporary Turtles.

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10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4

Sep 22, 2021

Another stellar issue in one of the greatest TMNT comics to ever see release, carrying the spirit of Mirage into the present.

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8.5
Transformers (2019) #29

May 19, 2021

A good issue that brings forth some interesting new developments, but those who are antsy about the overall plot's pacing could reasonably wait to binge.

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8.5
Transformers (2019) #30

Jun 2, 2021

A fairly solid issue that gives us a deeper look into Pyra Magna and manages to deliver on a tense and contemplative atmosphere.

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8.5
Transformers (2019) #31

Jun 23, 2021

An issue that starts fun and ends with another promising setup. The characters are fun, and it works as a good breather issue, but it doesn't forget to keep you on your toes.

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8.5
Transformers (2019) #32

Jul 14, 2021

An issue that had me on the edge of my seat to see where it will lead down the line, with stellar artwork and long-term plotting.

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9.5
Transformers (2019) #33

Aug 4, 2021

A really fun and well-characterized issue that ticks all the usual entertaining boxes you've come to expect from an issue of this run.

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8.5
Transformers (2019) #35

Sep 22, 2021

Some fun action and solid characterization, as I've come to expect from this creative team.

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9
Transformers (2019) #36

Oct 27, 2021

An action-packed and fun-to-read issue that firmly hooks you for next time.

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7.5
Transformers (2019) #37

Nov 24, 2021

An issue that gives us some further world building, but struggles a bit in the pacing and also gives us some redundant information. Overall good.

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8
Transformers (2019) #38

Dec 15, 2021

A short but sweet issue that's fun to flip through, even if it doesn't move much plot forward.

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8
Transformers (2019) #39

Jan 19, 2022

Fun action, good character moments, and some exciting plot escalations. All in all a good entry.

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9
Transformers (2019) #40

Feb 16, 2022

Some classic Transformers status quo with the Autobots fighting the Decepticons, and some really good character moments sprinkled in for good measure.

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8.5
Transformers (2019) #41

Mar 23, 2022

Approaching the end of this era of Transformers comics, we get an issue jam-packed with content that's more than worth the bang for your buck.

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8.5
Transformers (2019): Halloween Special #1

Sep 29, 2021

Transformers: Halloween Special isbrief but well characterized, and offers a unique little story where you can just explore a character and watch them go on a bite-sized journey. I actually miss when comics did things like this more often, and in the primary titles at that. It's not the first thing I think of when Halloween comes to mind, sure, but you can't say it isn't unique, and very Transformers.

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9.5
Transformers: Shattered Glass #1

Aug 25, 2021

With some fun writing, great characterization, interesting designs and overall solid art, this feels like the start to something truly great.

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9.5
Transformers: Shattered Glass #2

Sep 29, 2021

A second issue that's even better than the first, doing a great job at re-contextualizing these characters' traits in a morally flipped world.

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9
Transformers: Shattered Glass #3

Oct 27, 2021

Another good issue exploring one of the best characters in the book.

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