Ricardo Denis's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Graphic Policy Reviews: 19
9.2Avg. Review Rating

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Abbott: 1973 #1

Jan 20, 2021

Abbott 1973 #1 is a perfect continuation of Elena Abbotts investigations into how magic has been taken over by racists bent on keeping America divided. Ahmed and Kivel have one of the best characters in comics in their hands and they seem to be well aware of it. Abbott is the kind of creation one hopes becomes an industry staple, producing hundreds of stories for years to come.

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9.5
Basketful of Heads #7

May 26, 2020

The final moments do a great job of bringing everything full circle and the twists and turns in this final issue do bring new things to the table in terms of who also deserves the axe but doesn't always get it. It's worthy of discussion and it invites a controversial opinion or two. I guess that's the thing about stories with axes. No matter the cut, they always leave a bloody mess behind.

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9.5
Blade Runner: 2019 #9

Aug 26, 2020

Blade Runner 2019 #9 is not as simple a jumping on point as it suggests it is, but if it inspires people to go back and read the first issues then it is hitting all the right notes. This series is a treasure trove of cyberpunk storytelling an any excuse it gives readers to explore it is a good one.

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8.5
Bomb Queen: Trump Card #1

Aug 26, 2020

Bomb Queen's Trump-like behavior in past events makes her an interesting example of villainy to bounce off of. The idea of making a Trump-like villain run against the actual Trump is a fascinating one and merits discussion. Give it a read and if it's not your thing, that's okay. If you end up liking it, then you have a lot more satire to look forward to, along with the added sting of pure unpolitical correctness.

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Empyre: Captain America #2

Aug 12, 2020

Empyre: Captain America #2 is an impressive exploration of the Cotati invasion and its forays into military policy basically hold up a mirror to America's Army and how it could be doing more than it usually does.

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Fear Case #1

Feb 4, 2021

Theres enough in Fear Cases first issue to justify following the series at a monthly basis. This is the kind of comic one desperately wants to continue reading once an issue is done. On top of that, it just comes off as a very good pilot episode for a TV series, like the first episodes for Fringe and The X-Files. Much like those shows, Fear Case hooks you in immediately and I doubt youll put up much of a struggle given how good it is.

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Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1

Oct 7, 2020

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 is a strong start to a YA horror story that can set a good example as to how to get the most out of the genre. The creative team for this comic is in perfect synchronization and it shows. Stay with this comic. Theres a lot of horror to be had with the promise of more to come.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn #1

Aug 5, 2020

Horizon's world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word.

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10
Join the Future #1

Feb 14, 2020

Join the Future is a comic in no rush to reveal all its cards. In its first issue, we get a compelling situation with several moving parts that are sure to result in some very interesting looks at what the future will be and whether its in our best interest to join it.

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Killadelphia #4

Feb 28, 2020

Killadelphia #4 speeds things up quite a bitperhaps a bit too quicklybut the quality of the storytelling hasnt dipped not one bit. There are traces of Richard Mathesons I Am Legend here, and even a bit of Candyman in terms of ambiance. Im eager to see what else gets thrown in the ring, because we got a vampire revolution firing up and it looks like its about to get real bloody.

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10
Loud! #1

Feb 21, 2020

LOUD is a statement on visual storytelling, both in terms of erotica and on sound in comics. Few wordless comics manage to tell their stories with such intensity. It genuinely feels like Llovet created her own imaginary soundtrack for the book. Theres nothing quite like it out there. It quite literally demands to be seen and heard.

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Marvel's Voices #1

Feb 19, 2020

Marvel Voices #1 is the type of book Marvel needs to invest more on. It shows just how important it is to bring in other perspectives into this superhero universe and just how different it can all turn out to be. It speaks to the power of voices hungry for diversity in storytelling. And that, in itself, is a beautiful thing.

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9.5
Outer Darkness/Chew #1

Mar 8, 2020

Theres a lot to like about Outer Darkness/Chew #1, especially for fans of the two series. In fact, Id say thats precisely the audience its seeking. New readers will probably struggle a bit to make everything click, but there're still enough things going on in the story that anyone could latch onto and follow. Theres just a lot of fun to be had here, and the promise of more Cibopaths in space is always a good thing.

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Outer Darkness/Chew #2

May 27, 2020

I can honestly say I have absolutely no idea what issue #3 of OD/C is going to bring, and this makes me very happy. Despite Outer Darkness being left out a bit in this part of the story, what Layman, Chan, and Guillory have achieved here is gleefully unique and well worth the price of admission. If you buy one comic this week, make sure it's this one.

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9.5
Outer Darkness/Chew #3

Jun 25, 2020

In a perfect comic book world, this crossover would be its own on-going series. The setting, the exchanges between characters, and the cast as a whole is more than enough to sustain a long-running series for years to come.

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10
Stealth #1

Mar 15, 2020

Stealth #1 presents aworld of conversation starters regarding mental illness, hero worship, andstraight up comic book storytelling. Its a story about checking in with ourheroes to know when theyve reached their limit and when to flip the roles totake care of them. Its about a kind of responsibility we need to own up tomore than we actually do.

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Two Moons #1

Feb 24, 2021

Two Moons #1Two Moons is a new series with a lot of promise. Its in a position to offer an appropriately confrontational take on what makes an American and if its even possible to identify anyone as such. The art is exceptional and it takes command of the story in unexpected ways. The book welcomes questions, demands thought, and values different angles. Come ready into the story or it will sneak up on you with its dark intricacies.

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Werewolf By Night (2020) #1

Oct 24, 2020

The comic is not without its charm and it does have heart. Theres a chance future issues complicate things well enough to take our werewolf into uncharted territory. The first issue of Werewolf by Night is no indication of this, but theres enough here to build on.

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Yasmeen #2

Aug 19, 2020

The second issue of Yasmeen braves unsettling and rough terrains, full of terrible things. But as is the case with the first issue, hope still manages to carve out some space for itself. There's a lot of darkness still, but the promise of light at the end of the tunnel is there. I don't expect that light to be all-powerful or all-healing, but I'm intrigued as to what it offers to Yasmeen.

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