Rick Lopez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: You Don't Read Comics Reviews: 58
9.0Avg. Review Rating

9.6
Books of Magic (2018) #1

Nov 11, 2018

Kat Howards complete understanding of what makes fans feel such an affinity with this character is perfectly on display. Fowler's art brings the precise tone and look this series has long deserved. With a promising start at their feet, this duo looks to create an amazing coming of age tale for new and old readers alike

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9.6
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Feb 7, 2018

Leaving a wake of epic fan moment after epic fan moment, making room for love from new and old reader alike, Dark Nights: Metal is the prime example of a great event. With two more issue remaining and a whole host of titles to come following it's conclusion, this is only the beginning.

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10
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Apr 4, 2018

Greg and Scott have worked amazingly well since their beginning in 2011 on Batman, Dark Knights: Metal #6 is the perfect end cap to bring their run on Batman to its conclusion, while leaving room for what is still yet to come. As No Justice inches closer, Snyder leaves room, not only for what he has planned in the future, but for the whole DC Universe, even down to mentioning the upcoming Sandman Universe imprint. With more new books coming this June, Metal may be over but this is only the beginning.

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10
Doctor Strange (2015) #384

Jan 17, 2018

If you hadn't guessed already from the cover, Doctor Strange merges with The Void, whom he had locked in his Sanctum Sanctorum, in hopes of defeating Loki. I cannot wait to see where Coates takes us in the following months to come, exit light and enter The Void.

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10
Doomsday Clock #3

Jan 27, 2018

With every issue being better than the last, this being by far the most dense and interesting one, Johns shows that hes a true Master when it comes to storytelling. Being able to jump from scene to scene intermittently with an ensemble cast while still staying true and carrying the Watchmen legacy forward is something only Geoff Johns is suited for. Doomsday Clock issue four cannot come soon enough.

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10
Doomsday Clock #4

Apr 4, 2018

Maintaining the slow burn, Johns and Frank reel readers deeper into the Doomsday Clock as it trudges one step closer to midnight. With the final issue slated for the summer of 2019, readers will be left speculating and guessing for months to come as this epic monolith moves forward ever so patiently.

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7.0
Doomsday Clock #6

Aug 1, 2018

The series will continues to drudge along through this next year, as readers finally reach the halfway point. Issue seven is solicited to have huge revelations about Doctor Manhattan and his involvement with the DC Universe, but, between the last six months of very little happening and having to wait yet another two months until September, reader anticipation has began to wear thin as the Doomsday Clock inches ever so slowly toward midnight.

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9.6
Doomsday Clock #7

Sep 26, 2018

As the Doomsday Clock ticks toward midnight, readers are left at a loss for words from the beginning to the very end. The inevitable bi-monthly release scheduling adds an even larger importance to the title, making every issue an increased impact to readers. With the revelations of this chapter, readers will be left to speculate for works as the anticipation grows for Novembers issue.

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9.6
Flash (2016) Annual #1

Feb 7, 2018

Flash War Prelude was a fun afternoon with Wally West while planting the seeds that will pay off for readers in the months to come. With Wally back in Keystone city, Williamson is bringing the character back to form one step at a time allowing him to a place of his own in this world. The last page reveal alone will keep readers speculating as the countdown to Flash War continues.

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10
Green Lantern (2018) #1

Nov 18, 2018

After months of rumors and high expectations, Grant Morrison makes his explosive return to DC monthly. The combination of Liam Sharp and Steve Oliff on art completely fits the space opera nature of the title, while simultaneously working perfectly with the larger ideas of Morrisons scripts. The Green Lantern is a must buy for fans of Morrison, the Lantern Mythos and comics in general.

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9.6
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #37

Jan 24, 2018

This arc looks to be another great story as well as a jumping on point for anyone wanting to read the title. Whether LCS or digital, this title is not to be missed as the Emerald Warriors find the willpower to overcome Zods might!

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9.6
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40

Mar 20, 2018

Once again, Venditti and Sandoval outdo themselves, moving from Kyle and Hal being left devastated by these rogue Kryptonians to Kyle and the rest of he Corps being left completely devastated by these rogue Kryptonians.

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4.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #41

Mar 29, 2018

Outside of the typical last page cliffhangers, Venditti continually goes from one storyline to the next without seeming to build towards anything larger than whatever the current storyline is. This title unfortunately spins its wheels while waiting for Venditti's run to end and the next run to begin. As the final begins to draw closer, Venditti's interest in the series seems to also be straying further away.

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5.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Apr 14, 2018

Venditti presents a great opening to the new and final arc of his run, albeit undercut by the art at times. With bi-weekly schedule and the rotating artists on board, the story still has hopes of finding it's artist stride.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #43

Apr 29, 2018

While already off to a great start, the current arc continues running up until July and, with four issues remaining, gives the creative team ample opportunity to bring this story the conclusion it deserves. Perpetually increasing the tension, but making the stress feel natural and unpredictable, is paramount to the conclusion of this run. With the prospect of Grant Morrison on the horizon for the Green Lantern title, it's time for Venditti and team to go out with a bang!

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9.6
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #44

May 16, 2018

Over the years, with the vast number of Green Lantern issues Venditti has worked on, his characterization and dialogue have always been the high point for the series. Venditti can juggle numerous fan favorites in any given issue, giving each one with their very own different attitudes and traits making them distinct from one another but still remaining true to character is quintessential to the series. As everything comes closer together for the finale in the next months to come, Venditti and team are sure to make it absolutely epic and grandiose.

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6.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #45

May 23, 2018

While the pencil work of EVS left much to be desired, Vendittis character interactions and complete understanding of the Corps Members are what truly sell this series. With only a few issues left until the grand finale on this arch and run as a whole, events will come to a head as all out war will be waged.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47

Jul 4, 2018

Hal and Pals, as its affectionately been dubbed by fans, yet again adds another beautiful issue to the library of the Green Lantern mythos. One chapter draws one step towards its end, but the next chapter has yet to even begin.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48

Jul 18, 2018

As this run draws closer towards the final issue and as Venditti begins to embark on new ongoing titles, there is never a lack of love or care felt in these last chapters. The final showdown between the Green Lantern Corps and The Darkstars has begun, the countdown to the end has started.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #50

Aug 8, 2018

The past couple years on this series with Venditti at the helm, after the departure of legendary writer Geoff Johns, truly brought this series back into readers pulls and discussions with this heartwarming space opera. Venditti and Sandoval will go down as yet another legendary team in the Green Lantern mythos, delivering fan-favorite stories for years to come.

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4.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #42

Apr 24, 2018

Old Woman Harley attempted to be a much more interesting and fun tale than it actually turned out to be, unfortunately missing the mark. With far too many moments of little to no explanation for the sake of the plot, along with the over the top randomness, and the complete disarray of comedic tone, this issue left much to be desired after an intriguing Amanda Conner cover and initial concept. With a Harley Quinn Joker mini series around the corner, there is still hope for  the next story, even if this one left much to be desired.

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10
Harley Quinn (2016) #45

Jul 11, 2018

As the newest pillar of the DC Universe, Harley deserves the creative attention Humphries and Timms bring to the series. More than just cute pin up pictures and collectibles, Harley has a wholesome demeanor that can bring in readers of all tastes, as long as the work continues to speak for itself. Whether its the love of Harley Quinn or Jack Kirby, the adorable main cover or the stunningly gorgeous Frank Cho Variant cover, or the debut of Sam Humphries promising run with Harley, this issue has something for everyone.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #46

Jul 27, 2018

Humphries and Timms display why Harley Quinn is so loved and adored by so many fans, new and old, while also bringing her closer to the rest of the respective universe. This run is off to a promising start, as Harley continues her romp on Apokolips, earning the respect of readers and on the verge of subjugation to Darkseids will.

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9.0
Injustice 2 #22

Mar 28, 2018

Injustice 2 issue Twenty-Two makes for a quick read, as things begin to amp up in Gorilla City, Kahndaq and Delhi respectively. With each issue, Taylor and Redondo keep readers continually guessing and wanting more.

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9.6
Injustice 2 #24

Apr 24, 2018

Injustice 2 continues to be a fun, action-packed break from the main DC Universe continuity. Taylor and Redondo once again bring these fun ideas to the page in an extravagant fashion, leaving readers clamoring for more with each new issue.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #38

Feb 13, 2018

Although not accomplishing much plot wise in the issue, Priest and company still continue to drive an interesting story forward filled with moments of levity and high stakes. Batman, still absolutely stunned over everything that had happened decides to appoint Cyborg as the new leader of the Justice League taking himself off of that role. With Justice League No Surrender around the corner, this run will unfortunately have a short lifespan but it is not one to be missed. With months until Synders Justice League event starts, Priest still has plenty of time to stretch his legs and deliver an amazing run.

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9.6
Justice League (2016) #39

Feb 21, 2018

Taking some small cues from the Metal event and beginning to set pieces in place for Justice League No Justice, Priest sets the stage for what's to come while still keeping the focus on his story. Priest continues to display his absolute control over an ensemble cast as he takes readers through his more ground level run with the Justice League. As the run continues Priest piles on more layers with each issue in what will hope to be an epic conclusion before No Justice behind this May.

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5.0
Justice League (2016) #40

Mar 14, 2018

Priests long form storytelling drags in this issue as it seems to just spin its wheels, accomplishing very little in the process. While both of the teams manage to finally work together right at the very end, this particular issue leaves a lot to be desired.  Being only the second part to this story, more has yet to happen although leaving this issue slightly lacking. This issue lacked importance and felt unnecessarily stretched out. However, Priest's run thus far has been a fresh take on The Justice League and still seems very promising with this new story leading into No Justice within the coming weeks.

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4.0
Justice League (2016) #41

Mar 28, 2018

With Justice League: No Surrender right around the corner, this run continues to be unimpressive and spins its wheels as readers are left waiting for the next run to begin in June.

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10
Justice League (2018) #1

Jun 7, 2018

While the title had been lacking its charm since Geoff Johns left the title prior to DC Rebirth in 2016, this issue truly feels like the beginning of something special without feeling like a rehash of an old storyline. If this issue is any indication of what is yet to come, there still so much yet in store for readers this summer and beyond. Justice League by Scott Snyder is the unarguable flagship title published by DC Comics; this is only the beginning.

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10
Justice League (2018) #2

Jul 2, 2018

While implementing one new concept after the next and building to the overall landscape of the DC universe, Snyder and Jimenez expertly craft a developed Justice League run for the ages. As more titles continue to spin out from Justice League: No Justice in July, Snyders flagship title remains at the top of readers pull lists this summer.

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10
Justice League (2018) #3

Jul 11, 2018

Yet again, Snyder and Jimenez display, in expert fashion, exactly why the Justice League are the world's greatest superheroes. Each issue grander than the last, this run continues to bring readers in and prove itself as it towers above the competition. The Justice League by Scott Snyder is the book of Summer 2018.

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8.4
Justice League (2018) #4

Jul 27, 2018

Even with the aforementioned tropes this series tends to take, Snyder still crafts a fun and interesting read alongside the expert pencil work of Jorge Jimenez. With Justice League Odyssey and Justice League Dark around the corner New Justice is off to a great start

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #5

Aug 1, 2018

Between Justice League Dark last week and Legion of Doom this week, Tynion IV shows why he is not only a valuable asset to the New Justice line, but to the DC Universe as a whole. Mahnke continues to produce great works as he has through the years, and this issue is yet another on that long list. Taking the time to slow down the pace and give an origin story right before the final issue(s) of this arc helps to build up the anticipation and momentum towards the big showdown, bringing motives into light and ratcheting up the tension towards the end as readers alike embrace evil.

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9.6
Justice League (2018) #6

Aug 22, 2018

This soon to be legendary run continually fires on all cylinders, from the stunning artwork of Jorge Jimenez to the eccentric scripts of Scott Snyder, this series has it all, for new and old readers alike.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #8

Sep 26, 2018

Justice League stands uncontested as the flagship DC comics title, while remaining accessible to readers of all varieties. With the next arc leading into the upcoming Justice League/Aquaman Drowned Earth crossover mini-event, the series is pulling no stops as it races forward into the next epic adventure.

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9.6
Justice League: No Justice #1

May 9, 2018

With Man of Steel and Batman's wedding still on the horizon, along with all the New Justice titles still to come, DC is pulling no stops to bring in the readers. No Justice looks to be yet another fun, action-packed blockbuster of an event for all readers this summer.

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9.6
Justice League: No Justice #2

May 19, 2018

Being great for new or older readers, this story can stand on its own while also borrowing from previous events, keeping no one in the dark. The series also manages to stay a pure DC universe event rather than just a Batman and friends story, making the series that much more expansive. Every character gets their due or a moment to shine. Spotlighting the various members of each teams allows a character like Beast Boy to have many great moments in this issue when it was his turn under the microscope. As the series reaches the halfway point, the penultimate and the final issue will be the two that truly set the status quo for the upcoming Justice League titles to follow this June and July.

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8.4
Justice League: No Justice #3

May 24, 2018

The series continues to do a great balancing act between high stakes with real weight and just fun blockbuster action, allowing multiple facets to be explored. Justice League: No Justice is not only a smart way to create an entry point new readers following DC Nation #0, but also for the incoming New Justice line of books as a whole. With the final issue still to come, readers are left wondering as to what will be the ramifications (if any) of this event leading into the new Justice League titles still yet to come.

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9.0
Justice League: No Justice #4

Jun 6, 2018

The series acts as an almost-appetizer for the main event of Scott Snyders upcoming Justice League book, with small samples of the other future team books on the horizon. Manapuls art completely sells the series all on its own, but its the added great character moments that wrapped the series all together neatly with a bow. While just a placeholder for the absent Justice League and Titans titles, the Justice League proper book seems to be the series to lookout for, arriving next week.

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9.6
Justice League: Odyssey #1

Oct 10, 2018

With the team coming together, even with the undercut mystery of Darkseid previously mentioned, the doors are open for the second issue and beyond to create all new interesting stories to be told. Although plagued by multiple delays, this series manages to keep interests peaked while bolstering niche characters in a very fun and honest way. This gorgeous space opera marks yet another homerun for the New Justice imprint, and DC Comics in general.

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9.6
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Feb 28, 2018

While technically being a companion piece to the overall run on Aquaman, this series already stands on it's own legs without relying heavily on previous knowledge being absolutely necessary. Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 kicks off what promises to be a great long overdue love letter to the titular character.  

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9.6
Nightwing (2016) #39

Feb 21, 2018

Sam Humphries shows his attention to each character, especially with Dick and stays true to form doing a great job portraying his detective skills. Humphries is off to a great start with his new run on Nightwing, as this story arch draws closer to its end anticipation for the next one grows.

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5.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #38

Apr 14, 2018

Old Man Logan #38 is an entertaining yarn that squandered its potential. It presented a traditional Kingpin story when it could have done something more with the character. It tried to impress upon the reader how weak Logans healing factor was, but forgot that when to set up an action scene that could have been done a different way. The art was unremarkable for the most part, with some weak perspective and proportions and was rather sketchy in places. Its the weakest story of Brissons run so far. For readers who have been reading since it began, its not going to make them drop the book, but its not one that should be recommended as a good jumping on point. It works but it doesnt wow.

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10
Plastic Man (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

This is a fantastic Welcome Back issue for Plas, as well as bringing new readers interested in Plastic Man, whether it is from The Terrifics or even Injustice 2, up to speed with the fan-favorite. The constant theme of juxtaposition, whether deliberate or inherent, adds to the strength and promise of the title while keeping readers on their toes with what comes next. Plastic Man #1 by Gail Simone is yet another home run for the veteran writer.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Woman #1

Mar 14, 2018

Shade the Changing Woman brings readers who are returning right back to where the title left off last year while leaving new readers in the metaphoric dust. While it fails as a jumping on point, the team stays true to form, keeping all of the signature aspects of Shade readers have grown to love while continuing Lomas journey forward. Young Animal continues to pump out one great title after another, and this second wave of new titles is off to an amazing start.

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10
Sideways #1

Feb 15, 2018

As an ominous figure appears at the end of the issue, along with the nature of Sideways powers, this title is going to take readers to strange and beautiful places. Grant Morrison is scheduled to help with future issues on the title, if that wasn't telling already, this title is going to continue to get more interesting as the months go on. DC's New Age of Superheroes is kicking off to a great start, Sideways shows how to introduce a new character organically while keeping the story interesting and displaying how artists truly move the needle.

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9.6
Sideways #2

Mar 20, 2018

Sideways is a light-hearted and beautiful work of art, never taking itself too seriously and even being slightly self-referential at times, making for a wholesome read. DC's New Age of Superheroes imprint is perpetually getting better as the weeks carry on with titles still yet to be released. Regardless of imprint, Sideways stands head and shoulders above the average comic book on sale. As this title pushes forward, readers can only expect more depth and development towards the larger aspects of the title in the months to come.

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9.6
Sideways #3

Apr 14, 2018

Sideways never takes itself too seriously, even down to the comedic editor notes, pulsating with non-stop fun throughout. The last few pages of the issue bring old and new readers up to speed on everything Sideways has gone through until now, even speaking directly to the reader while doing so, further displaying what readers still have to look forward to as the series continues.

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9.6
Sideways #7

Aug 15, 2018

The fun, light-hearted tone of Sideways has been met with tragedy and importance from these last few issues, overall positioning the series above its contemporaries within the imprint. With the upcoming first Annual for the title solicited to have legendary writer Grant Morrison helming the scripts, this series is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

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9.0
Super Sons #12

Jan 17, 2018

Tomasi and Gleason do a great job wrapping up this crossover and leaving behind seeds for future story lines in each of the titles while also carrying the Super Sons title forward. Per usual it's sincerely heart warming seeing Damian grow closer to the endearing Jonathan Kent as the months have gone on leaving me excited for what's to come next month.

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10
Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Feb 7, 2018

The Swamp Thing Winter Special is a monument to the late creators and their legacy while displaying the newer talents of King, Fabok, and Jones. Eighty pages has never felt so short as it leaves the reader wanting an ongoing series that isn't coming. Truly bittersweet, this special is not one to go under the radar. Master class comics at it's finest.

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9.0
The Sandman Universe #1

Aug 15, 2018

As great as the issue is, it leaves only small cracks for new readers looking to jump into certain titles. Being built as a primer for the new books while also being complete fanservice for readers long since invested in the Sandman Universe, makes this a bit harder to break into than the typical DC comic. The hardest nut to crack, The Dreaming, is the culmination of thirty years of Sandman continuity, giving new readers a run for their money. The Sandman Universe #1 weaves a tapestry of tales kicking off this brand-new imprint, as readers finally return back to Neil Gaimans masterpiece one more time.

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10
The Terrifics #1

Feb 28, 2018

This issue moves quickly and covers a lot of ground fast, all while keeping the pacing natural.  The Terrifics has the perfect balance of using continuity a tool rather than a crutch making it a great book for new and old readers alike. Hands down the best title from 'New Age of Superheroes imprint, The Terrifics is certain to be a fan favorite and a title not to be missed

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9.6
The Terrifics #2

Mar 29, 2018

Maintaining the unofficial title of best series from DC'S New Age of Superheroes, The Terrifics yet again proves it's worth to readers with another fast paced issue. Never sticking to just one note, whether it's the good cop bad cop relationship between Plastic Man and Metamorpho, to the stoic Mr Terrific, to the mysteries behind Phantom Girl and the Dark Multiverse, this series brings a new symphony of diverse tones for readers to fall in love with each month.

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10
The Terrifics #3

Apr 29, 2018

It's a wonderfully enjoyable title that repeatedly delivers with each new issue, continuing to set the bar for DC's newest imprint.

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10
The Terrifics #4

May 24, 2018

While initially seen as a shameless Fantastic Four carbon copy, the series has proven itself time and time again as it has come into its own these past few months. The contrasts and relationships between each of these four characters allows for many tales yet to come. As the narrative continues to unfold, the larger mystery set up at the beginning of the series is still yet to be answered, Who is Tom Strong?

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10
The Terrifics #5

Jul 4, 2018

This series continues to prove itself issue after issue, and comes into its own while the narrative unfolds and the story continues. While managing to fill the pages with light hearted moments and outright comedic scenes, the down-to-earth moments sell this book as more than just another fun team-up title for children. Lemire creates another beautiful love letter to the Silver Age, and Shaner brings the specific style to fit perfectly within that role. With new each issue drawing in readers, the overall mystery of Tom Strong remains unanswered as the countdown to his arrival continues forward.

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