Robert Mammone's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Major Spoilers Reviews: 52
7.6Avg. Review Rating

6.0
30 Days of Night (2017) #6

Jun 15, 2018

Steve Niles concludes this reboot of his landmark series from 15 years ago with a no holds barred, stand 'em up and knock 'em down issue length fight to the death!

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8.0
Analog #5

Aug 18, 2018

Like being clubbed over the head with a bottle of Scotch, Analog #5 is a refreshing take on an old noir standby.

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7.6
Bedtime Games #1

Jun 30, 2018

Bedtime Games #1 is as close to a comic book adaptation of IT as you're likely to see this summer.

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7.4
Black Badge #1

Aug 10, 2018

21 Jump Street meets realpolitik as a lost Scout troop take on Little Rocket Man!

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8.0
Black Science #38

Sep 5, 2018

Black Science #38 will have you calling your very existence into question as reality unravels around you!

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7.3
Bone Parish #4

Nov 1, 2018

Bone Parish #4 feels very much like dedicated readers are nearing the end of the story. Bunn brings us to the point where threads start to be tied off, and the dark powers of her family begin to shine forth. Without the supernatural element, this would've been a perfectly fine crime drama involving drugs, cartels, corrupt cops and revenge. Adding the Ash gives the story a twist that adds a far darker element to the story, and the chance for some eye-catching visuals. We aren't quite at the end of this memorable series, but the pieces are being put in place for a gruesome finish.

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6.0
Cemetery Beach #1

Sep 13, 2018

The real hero of this issue isn't super spy Michael Blackburn, or his plucky co-lead Grace Moody, but instead it is Jason Howard's kinetic, muscular art.

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8.0
Coda #2

Jun 15, 2018

Simon Spurrier continues to weave a melancholy tale of magic lost and a world teetering on the edge in Coda #2.

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7.0
Cold Spots #2

Sep 27, 2018

Not all horror stories must be steeped in rivers of blood " Cold Spots will dance fingers of ice down your spine in this menacing second issue!

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8.0
Crowded #1

Aug 16, 2018

Crowded is the literal bleeding edge of futuristic satire, a slippery slope slicked with the blood of the innocents and a riveting satiric take on the gig economy gone mad.

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10
Days of Hate #9

Oct 25, 2018

Something bad is coming and Days of Hate may well turn out to be more prophecy than story.

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7.0
Dead Rabbit #2

Nov 7, 2018

It's evident that Duggan has set out to comment on an important aspect of American life through the prism of a man desperate to save his wife's life. He doesn't preach, but lays out why a man who is living a comfortable life might be pushed to do what he does, against his best interests. More than that, Dead Rabbit #2 is a solid story about a skilled bank robber who never quite lost the itch, and even if he is using his wife's illness as an excuse to get back in the saddle, he's putting the money to a good cause. But, as the warnings say, don't try this at home, kids.

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7.4
Delta 13 #2

Jun 22, 2018

Delta 13 describes a slow-burning spiral into madness and betrayal as the cold reaches of space reveal their horrifying secrets in this taut thriller of man's best intentions gone horrifyingly awry.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #994

Dec 13, 2018

Detective Comics #994 is not only a very good issue of an iconic character, but a good jumping on point for new readers, and for those who may have drifted away (cough). It has everything you expect from Batman " detective skills, a remorseless will to win, and plenty of mayhem and action. The artwork is phenomenal, as is the coloring. There is a real cinematic feel to the art, which helps drive the story forward to its stunning last page. And while you would expect this particular villain to feature at this celebratory point in the comic's history, it still makes for a compelling reveal.

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8.6
Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1

Sep 20, 2018

Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1 is a cleanly written beast of a comic, with a throbbing heart waiting to be unleashed on all those who deserve to fall under the shadow of the man in the yellow trench coat.

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8.4
DIE!DIE!DIE! #2

Aug 25, 2018

The Wild Bunch meets Leon in a frenetic bloodbath that positively drips with unrestrained violence that almost leaps from the page and garrottes the reader.

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8.0
Eclipse #11

Oct 4, 2018

Zack Kaplan's serviceable script performs as to expectations, the overall feel of the issue raised much higher than it perhaps deserves by the outstanding art and coloring.

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8.0
Ether: Copper Golems #5

Sep 19, 2018

The ending to Ether: The Copper Golems #5 is perhaps not what devoted readers wanted, or indeed expected. But, there is a dark grace to it as Kindt elegantly shifts gears during the course of the issue.

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6.0
God of War (2018) #2

Dec 13, 2018

There's plenty of heroic action in comics today, but there may be none so exciting and full of promise as the adventures of Kratos, the God of War.

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6.0
Haunted Horror #34

Jul 11, 2018

Haunted Horror #34 is a deep, delicious dive into the campy delights of pre-code 1950s horror comic's anthologies!

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8.0
Hit-Girl (2018) #6

Jul 27, 2018

The World's Deadliest Tween Superhero vs the Great White North in this knock 'em down, stand 'em up, then knock 'em down again slugfest!

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8.0
Infidel #4

Jun 21, 2018

Inspired by the psychological thrills of 70s horror films, Infidel #4 creeps up on you before leaping out and feasting on your frantically beating heart.

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8.0
Infinite Dark #1

Oct 10, 2018

It's one thing to realize your mortality in the face of a vast universe that doesn't care; it's another to make that same realization when there is no universe left at all. This knowledge, intangible though it is, is perhaps the strongest aspect of Cady's script.

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4.0
James Bond: Origin #1

Sep 6, 2018

Shaken and not stirred, young James Bond starts his career with an almighty bang.

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6.0
Joe Golem: Occult Detective:The Drowning City #1

Sep 15, 2018

Mignola and Golden continue the two-fisted, occult adventures of detective Joe Golem, in this spooky return to drowned New York!

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7.0
Judge Dredd: Under Siege #1

Jun 1, 2018

Shows promise, but only if you're prepared to slog throughthis opening issue"

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9.5
Lodger #2

Dec 5, 2018

Lodger #2 presents its own form of seduction, drawing the reader in by presenting an ordinary family down on its luck, and then shoving them off a cliff's edge with the introduction of the Devil. If you want sweetness and light, go watch My Little Pony. For the rest of us, the Lapham's and Lodger, will do just fine.

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7.0
Low Road West #3

Nov 23, 2018

What would otherwise be a series of tired tropes is brought to life in the skillful hands of Phillip Johnson, who advances the plot while revealing new mysteries to be fathomed. Low Road West #3 continues the momentum of the earlier issues, presenting each of the characters in a moment of tension that reveals their characters, as all good drama should. I really loved the art, particularly the alien sequences which popped off the page and brought a real vibrancy and life to the book. Low Road West #3 and the series as a whole are definitely worth your time.

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5.6
Lowlifes #2

Jul 20, 2018

Lowlife's #2 examines every husband's nightmare, every cop's dilemma. When does the search for justice become a quest for vengeance?

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9.3
MCMLXXV #3

Nov 16, 2018

Joe Casey has created a new mythology with this series, of a Hell that isn't burning but is just as equally full of torment and despair. His New York City is a mirror image of Hell, with the citizens fleeing a night full of danger, leaving it to the gangs and punks and pimps to organize. Pamela is the one shining light in the dark, tougher than all the rest, prepared to fight the creatures of the night to save herself and her city. MCMLXXV #3 is an absolute joy to read, and one everyone should get their hands on.

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6.0
Night Moves #1

Nov 21, 2018

Night Moves #1 sets up the storyline to come. There's a lived in quality to the characters and the writing, which makes it easy for the reader to settle in. It's really important now that the next few issues take the ball and run ahead, and not get bogged down in more scene setting. There's a great deal to like with this opening issue, and I really hope it finds an appreciative audience. There's the potential here for something great.

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7.0
Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #3

Jun 7, 2018

Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #3 presents the sort of good, clean dungeon bashing fun we all loved on those fabled Friday night gaming sessions of yore.

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7.0
Prodigy #1

Dec 7, 2018

Millar's skill in setting up Elliot's backstory with economy and grace allows the story to build up to a breakneck speed very quickly. Prodigy #1 is a delightful book on a number of levels, particularly the good, pulpy fun throughout, and the beautiful artwork. If you're looking for a heavier treatment of the themes and story in this issue, this isn't the place to start. But if you're interested in excitement and adventure and a story with a big heart, then Prodigy #1 is the book to read.

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5.0
Red Sonja (2017) #23

Nov 29, 2018

Conan doesn't have this sort of problem, and there's no reason why Red Sonja can't be the same. Robert E Howard's Hyborian Age is packed to the gills with teeming cities, brooding jungles, blood tinged oceans, mystical mountains, uncaring gods, short and brutal battles and doom-haunted tombs. Dishing up such a bland meal as Red Sonja #23 is a crying shame that shortchanges not only the character and her potential, but more importantly, the audience.

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7.0
Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell #1

Dec 31, 1969

Zombie fiction is not dead, but it sure aint alive, either. There will always be a place for it within the horror canon, but as with anything, the wheel has begun to turn. It will come back, after the next iteration of the vampire, witch or Cthulhu-esque monster has had its turn on the stage. Until that moment, Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell #1 is a more than adequate placeholder.

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8.0
Shanghai Red #4

Sep 28, 2018

Traditionally a dish served cold, revenge in this issue of Shanghai Red comes hot, salty and very, very bloody!

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9.0
Shanghai Red #5

Oct 31, 2018

Sebela's writing and Hixson's art crash together in this vital, heart-aching tale of revenge in Shanghai Red #5

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9.0
Sparrowhawk #1

Oct 5, 2018

Artemsia is the perfect heroine for the story " a mixture of pluck and vulnerability, embarking on a quest where she is at peril of losing her soul.

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8.4
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #36

Jun 28, 2018

An issue of a crime book like no other, with a philosopher king lead protagonist like no other, Stray Bullets #36 will reach in and pull your heart out, and make you enjoy every moment.

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9.0
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #37

Aug 3, 2018

Bumbling besties Beth, Orson and Nina chase their dreams, and a boatload of cash and cocaine, in this explosive issue of Stray Bullets!

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8.0
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #40

Nov 30, 2018

Since picking up Stray Bullets after a lengthy hiatus, I have been drawn back to it repeatedly due to the strong storytelling and rich characters. The events are appalling, and some of the characters barely deserve the title human, but Lapham has woven a rich tapestry of crime and tension from the disparate threads. Stray Bullets #40 feels in some way like an ending, but there is so much more on offer that it really feels instead like a beginning.

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9.4
Sword of Ages #4

Jun 9, 2018

Gabriel Rodriguez's first writing foray is a gloriously mad melange of 70s science fiction shackled to an Arthurian aesthetic that will leave you shaking your head at the wondrous audacity of it. A 21st century Moebius!

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9.0
The Beauty #24

Oct 13, 2018

With a solid leading pair in Vaughan and Foster, you have the yin and yang of police partnerships that covers all bases while creating people you can root for when the bullets start flying.

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7.0
The Beauty #25

Nov 14, 2018

Beauty #25 is not a compulsory read within the larger body of the series. Given it ends on a similar cliffhanger to the previous issue, I feel that you could very well skip it and proceed to the following issue, which will no doubt propel the story farther along. For all that, the artwork is solid as usual, and while the story is as thin as the paper the issue is printed on, there is a good sense of pacing and action that lifts it just above average. Not essential, but still good.

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8.0
The Cape: The Fallen #1

Jul 4, 2018

Evil's origin is examined in this tense opening issue of the Joe Hill inspired mini-series, The Cape: Fallen.

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5.4
The New World #2

Aug 31, 2018

Mad Max and Romeo and Juliet come together as then forces of anarchy clash with a new police state in issue 2 of The New World.

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10
The Seeds #1

Aug 4, 2018

The Seeds is a series that is as timely as it is authentic " a critical examination of America today, against the backdrop of an alien plot to profit from our slow-motion destruction.

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6.7
The Whispering Dark #1

Oct 27, 2018

Overall, this is a solid issue, which matches its theme to the story, and proves compelling.

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7.0
The X-Files: Case Files: Hoot Goes There? #1

Jul 19, 2018

The X Files meets Joe Lansdale's trademark Southern Fried Gothic in this opening issue helping to celebrate 25 years of The X Files!

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8.6
Thief of Thieves #38

Jul 6, 2018

Thief of Thieves #38 is a dramatic, character filled issue that breaks down our lead Redmond and leaves him to pick up the pieces of himself.

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7.6
World Of Tanks: Citadel #2

Jun 16, 2018

War is Hell and Garth Ennis is the writer to take by the hand in your journey through it as you join the Soviet and Nazi tankers in this searing examination of the opening moves of the Battle of the Kursk.

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8.6
Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #3

Jun 12, 2018

Frank Miller returns with a mythic take on an old, old story of war, domination and men reaching for heaven and the mantle of God.

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