Robert Mammone's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Major Spoilers Reviews: 114
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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7.3
Aliens: Resistance #3

Apr 10, 2019

Lots of fun to be had as Ripley and Hendricks battle the machinations of Weyland-Yutani while the Xenomorphs go on a mass killing spree. The cliffhanger complicates matters for our heroes, so there's plenty to look forward to in the next issue!

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6.7
Amber Blake #1

Apr 4, 2019

A mess, but one with some promise. Amber Blake #1 feels a lot like a try out for what works, and what doesn't. Hopefully, Jade Lagardere has worked out exactly what sort of story he wants to tell, and sticks to it for the remainder of the run. If he doesn't, Amber Blake may simply fade away, which would be a crime.

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8.0
American Carnage #3

Jan 23, 2019

Coming out under the DC Vertigo banner, American Carnage #3 is a confronting, oftentimes distressing issue, which nonetheless is important. Oftentimes in periods of great peril or upheaval, it is our artists who can bring meaning to the strife around us, distilling the confusion into one strong image or work that speaks to everyone in a universal language. American Carnage #3 forms part of a work of art that in time will enable future readers to look back in one attempt to understand the movements and moments, those of us living today tried to comprehend. Painful, punishing, but absolutely riveting, American Carnage may be the comic book of our times.

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8.0
American Carnage #5

Mar 23, 2019

While Wynn Morgan isn't a perfect analogue of Trump, he does feel perfectly suited to a world where Trump is President. And while American Carnage #5 isn't a documentary, there are enough elements here to challenge the reader to not look away when confronted with the reality of America today.

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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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7.0
Assassin Nation #1

Mar 16, 2019

A darkly tongue-in-cheek story about the perils of assembling the world's greatest hitmen (and women!) in one room. Fun and frivolous, Assassin Nation #1 doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you. If the crazy antics of the hotheads don't bring a smile to your face, you'd better check your pulse!

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8.3
Assassin Nation #2

Apr 18, 2019

Action and laughs at a rapid-fire rate. Assassin Nation #2 picks up the ball from issue 1, and races for the end zone, filling its pages with relentless action and enough one-liners to keep you chuckling long after you finish the issue.

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6.0
Bad Luck Chuck #3

May 30, 2019

A great premise if somewhat iffy execution, Bad Luck Chuck #3 gives the reader a taste of what's to come.

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8.3
Batman (2016) #67

Mar 20, 2019

Batman #67 gives the audience the silent treatment, but in doing so, brings a new level of storytelling to an old trope, making for an engaging read that will leave you gasping at thee end.

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9.0
Batman: Damned #3

Jun 27, 2019

An impressive effort that falters at key moments, Batman: Damned #3 will provoke endless debate because of the deliberate narrative choice that ambiguity rules.

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6.0
Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command #2

May 1, 2019

A quiet issue that further sets up the characters as the Galactica approaches New Caprica. There's nothing truly remarkable here, as the Moreci is forced to insert his storyline into established continuity. But the character moments are well-handled and the shooting can't be too far away"

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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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7.3
Black Badge #9

Apr 17, 2019

A fast-moving tale of kids in peril, no matter how highly trained, Black Badge #9 looks back and forward, deepening the mystery while introducing new elements that will no doubt fuel further storylines.

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7.3
Black Badge #10

May 15, 2019

Super skilled teen agents against a cohort of corrupted adults. I think I know who'll win. But not before an ocean of blood is spilled to wash the sins away"

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8.0
Black Badge #12

Jul 19, 2019

Good wins and everyone goes home alive. Hurrah!

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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
Black Science #39

Mar 28, 2019

Black Science #39 spends too much of its time talking and not enough time getting ready for the finale. For all that, the art is as good as it has ever been, even if the writing is too wordy and the pace on life support. Stay tuned, though, because with this issue out of the way, the ending promises to be a winner.

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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
Criminal (2019) #1

Jan 9, 2019

2019 starts with a bang with Criminal #1. This is old, familiar ground for Brubaker and Phillips, but none of it feels tired or hackneyed. There's a tired humanity to Teeg that leaps off the page " even though he's badly beaten his son, he still heads out to earn the money that will stop the mob killing the boy. The art is strong, bringing to life the sour reality of a life of crime. Phillips' front cover is a highlight, and tells the reader exactly what to expect inside the book; a man with desperation etched onto his face and blood on his hands, bracing himself to fight whoever comes next. Criminal #1 is the opening issue of what will become a monthly must buy.

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8.7
Criminal (2019) #2

Feb 13, 2019

A glorious nod to the golden age of comics, with all its frailties and triumphs, brought to life by the powerhouse team of Brubaker and Phillips.

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9.0
Criminal (2019) #3

Mar 23, 2019

A great story and a meta-take on the shoddy treatment meted out to the great comic book artists and writers of yore, Criminal #3 will captivate from first page to last. If you're not salivating at the prospect of the next issue after reading this beauty, there's no pleasing you.

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8.3
Criminal (2019) #4

Apr 25, 2019

Crime doesn't pay, but reading about it certainly pays off, again and again. Well-paced storytelling combined with characters both repellant and attractive, Criminal #4 pivots the storyline back to its criminal roots, and promises more, much, much more, to look forward to.

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9.3
Criminal (2019) #5

Jun 7, 2019

A bleak exploration of damaged people in an uncaring world, Criminal #5 still retains the dark, compelling glamor of its predecessors. Read at your own risk, but enjoy the reward at the same time.

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9.3
Criminal (2019) #6

Jul 11, 2019

Even amongst the weeds, a rose may flower. And so it is with the love that grows in Teeg Lawless for Jane. But even a rose may harbor a bee, and the sting in the tale in Criminal #6 is that Teeg is better to have lost, and never loved. There's a storm coming to a summer that will soon enough be crueler than any experienced before.

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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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6.0
Cyber Force (2018) #8

Jan 30, 2019

The kernel of deeper currents appears in Cyber Force #8, but isn't effectively covered. A lot of space is given to a three-way brawl that other than inching that side of the plot along, doesn't provide much narrative juice to the reader. Dominque's trauma is much better handled and deservedly so, with the writing and art coming together to depict an anguished person struggling to come to terms with their new status. Overall, though, there is a feeling of going through the motions with this issue, which is a pity.

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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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9.0
Days of Hate #12

Jan 17, 2019

Even if you look back on current events in ten, twenty years' time, and feel that surge of warmth that you stood for something bigger than yourself, Days of Hate, at the end, asks us something else " what did you do afterward, to sustain the flame, and stop the darkness from coming back? Because what is happening today isn't a bizarre one-off " it may very well be the beginning of something far, far worse. Days of Hate #12 isn't a capstone, but a waypoint on a longer journey.

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6.7
DCeased #3

Jul 6, 2019

Tired tropes, missed opportunities, and a hankering for spectacle over human emotion leave DCeased feeling decidedly underwhelming and a bit pallid. A drab snack instead of the banquet it might have been.

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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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7.3
Detective Comics (2016) #1002

Apr 24, 2019

The Dark Knights face off in a steady as she goes issue that presents excellent artwork and a decent storyline. Mystery piles on mystery, while Damian flings himself into danger. Great artwork carry the larger burden of a story slowly unfolding before our eyes.

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9.7
Dick Tracy Forever #4

Aug 8, 2019

Apart from an ending that feels a little rushed, Dick Tracy Forever #4 is a story that is up to the minute in terms of its satire, yet feels true to the essence of this timeless detective. Hopefully, fingers crossed, we will be getting more from this creative team. If we don't, we'll always have Dick Tracy"Forever!

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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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8.0
Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #3

Jan 19, 2019

There's plenty of grit hidden within the pages of this book " characters killed, brutal crime lords orchestrating the framing of a good cop, rampant corruption, all under the guise of a colorful romp through a city seemingly populated with criminals and cops. Tracy's sarcastic quips and sardonic asides contrast nicely with the colorful, exaggerated artwork. There's the introduction of a support team for Tracy, who will no doubt supply kooky gadgets and lots of fun storylines in the future. And that's the watchword here: fun. Get out and get it, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #3 will leave you feeling more alive than dead.

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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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6.7
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #8

Jun 3, 2019

Low-key to the point of comatose, this issue is either a neat wrap up for dedicated readers, or a twenty-minute hell ride through ennui.

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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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7.3
Female Furies #2

Mar 6, 2019

Female Furies #2 is an ordeal by fire, a broadside against how men treat women, cast against the pulpy Technicolor of a modern superhero comic.

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6.3
Fight Club 3 #2

Feb 28, 2019

Fight Club 3 #2 is an unforgiving test for the reader. You have to be prepared to buy in wholeheartedly to the narrative being shaped, or if not, be ready to be left behind as the whole mad construct pinwheels off into the distance.

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8.0
Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #15

Jan 24, 2019

A Clash of Kings #15 demonstrates that not all of GRR Martin's writing revolves around stunning twists and acts of bloody violence. He has created a world filled with what feel like real people, with real desires and motivations. At the hands of Walker and artist Mel Rubi (whose naturalistic artwork is fantastic), this adaptation brought to mind my thrill and excitement at reading the earliest books in the Song of Ice and Fire. This issue is a compelling, absorbing read, and one I highly recommend to you all.

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7.3
Gasolina #16

Mar 7, 2019

A compelling tale grounded in on the corner in the here and now, and in the other with an otherworldly story that has a savage, bizarre grace to it.

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8.7
Gideon Falls #14

Jun 22, 2019

Gideon Falls #14 another entry in a stellar series that unfolds like some sort of insane piece of origami art. Time will tell of Lemire is able to stick the landing, but on the evidence at hand in Gideon Falls #14, its more likely than not that he'll be able to present a stunning finale that will reward our patience.

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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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7.0
Gunning For Hits #4

Apr 13, 2019

A funny slice of a long-gone era from a time when music dominated our airwaves. Gunning for Hits #4 is populated by an amusing variety of characters, who feel real and are given time and space to grow. An amusing story with heaps of potential.

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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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8.7
Head Lopper #12

Jun 29, 2019

Head Lopper #12 is a fantastic read, populated with entertaining characters and non-stop action. Would that there were more of these titles on the market; but in the meantime, savor and enjoy this great issue.

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8.3
Heroes In Crisis #7

Mar 27, 2019

Heroes in Crisis #7 is definitely an issue for those who started at the beginning, with a complicated, convoluted plot and series of events beginning to knit themselves into something approaching coherency. If you've come to this issue first " STOP, GO BACK to issue 1. Otherwise, admire the art because it is fantastic.

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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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9.0
Ice Cream Man #13

Aug 2, 2019

I can't say I love Ice Cream Man #13 " but I do damn well admire the craft and effort put in by all concerned to make it work. The lettering by Good Old Neon in places serves ably to underpin characterisation and mood. The art and writing I've mentioned before. It is a hard read, as there's no hope, no chance for redemption for the main character. But this entire run Ice Cream Man comics will undoubtedly stand the test of time in years to come. It's that good.

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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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6.0
Infinite Dark #4

Jan 31, 2019

Infinite Dark #4 caps off this arc of the story in a way that invites the readers back for more this April. The current mystery is resolved, but with enough dangling threads both inside and outside the station that there are sure to be more intriguing questions thrown up in issue #5.

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6.0
James Bond 007 (2018) #7

May 16, 2019

An interesting re-imagining of a classic movie and character, Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 #7 is a perfectly fine tale that sets the table for future events.

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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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9.0
Lois Lane (2019) #1

Jul 5, 2019

You don't have to be Superman to be a shining paragon. Sometimes, you have to get your fingers dirty and work in the shadows to find the information that brings down the corrupt, and upholds the best of what America is. But does the cost have to be so high?

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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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8.7
Lucifer (2018) #9

Jun 20, 2019

A creepy tale of the damnation of an arrogant man at his own hand, Lucifer #9 is darkly blessed by strong writing and artwork from one of comic's legends. If you read one horror comic in 2019, then Lucifer should be at the top of your list.

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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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7.7
Red Sonja (2019) #4

May 3, 2019

All good action stories need a dose of humor, and Red Sonja #4 provides it in spades. Fun, brash and violent, it sets the story arc perfectly for the final denouement in the next issue!

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7.0
Red Sonja (2019) #7

Aug 15, 2019

Red Sonja #7 is a curate's egg " some of it is very good, and the rest, not so much. There's enough sword on sword action here to whet the appetite for more, and if a healthy looking woman in chainmail floats your boat, then climb on board. However, there's some material here to give others pause, and if you're not into scenes of violence or body horror, then perhaps avoid.

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7.7
Road of Bones #1

May 21, 2019

Brutal and compelling, Road of Bones #1 is a hard opening issue to read. Rich Douek and Alex Cormack are confident in the handling of their material, but it isn't for the weak of stomach or those of a nervous disposition.

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9.7
Road of Bones #4

Aug 13, 2019

An effective horror story in itself, Road of Bones #4 is an exercise in bleakness, the sheer uncaring nature of the universe writ small on two desperate men whose only crime is the will to survive.

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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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8.3
Rumble (2017) #12

May 23, 2019

Populated with fun characters and awesome artwork, Rumble #12 catches the eye with its unique art and pacey storytelling, in a rip-roaring tale of good versus evil.

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6.7
Section Zero (2019) #1

Apr 3, 2019

Section Zero #1 is clearly the creator's effort to right a wrong that occurred when it was cancelled back in 2000, down to the decision to retell the original storyline in this revamped release. They may have been able to get away with the storytelling back then, but sadly, today it fairly creaks and groans. Not terrible, but not awesome, Section Zero #1 is simply"there.

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7.0
Section Zero (2019) #5

Aug 10, 2019

Cryptid mania and a desperate search for a lost friend all come together in a fun, if slightly oddly told, story that has appeal for all ages and interests.

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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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8.3
Sukeban Turbo #4

Feb 20, 2019

Sukeban Turbo #4 is about as damned close to a Quentin Tarantino movie in comics form as you're going to get! It is a gut punch of a book, full of incident and character, that evokes the best of pulp movies, with compelling art to match

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6.7
Sword Daughter #5

Jan 4, 2019

If there is enough in Sword Daughter #5 for the reader to come back to future issues, it is those tensions at play that will reward the dedicated reader.

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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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7.7
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #6

Jun 13, 2019

Once Snyder gets the bit between his teeth, he doesn't let go. With all the grace of a hippopotamus performing Swan Lake, The Batman Who Laughs #6 crashes into the comic's scene. It's fun, it's shallow, it's gripping and it's hugely entertaining.

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8.0
The Batman Who Laughs (2018): The Grim Knight #1

Mar 15, 2019

The Grim Knight #1 is a power fantasy for all of us who revel in its masculine identity. It's also a story that lays out in brutal detail that while our Batman operates outside the strictures of the law, it is those laws that keeps monsters like the Grim Knight from imposing their twisted morals and values over the rest of us.

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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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7.0
The Cape: The Fallen #4

Aug 2, 2019

A reed thin revenge fantasy with stock characters and a wholly unlikeable lead, The Cape: Fallen #4 may not be preferred reading for many. If you're into dark, twisted revenge fantasies featuring a warped protagonist more child than man, then The Cape: Fallen #4 is the comic for you.

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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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7.3
The Warning #9

Jul 20, 2019

A fun thrill ride that won't be for everyone, but if you like the scent of high octane flooding your nostrils, then The Warning #9 is the read for you.

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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 Whispering Dark #3

Jan 3, 2019

The Whispering Dark #3 is an excellent example of the weird tale, and one you should all get your hands on.

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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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6.3
Tom Clancy's The Division: Extremis Malis #1

Jan 11, 2019

Tom Clancy's The Division: Extremis Malis #1 is a compactly told opening featuring an engaging lead that sets the table for more technical wizardry and all-around mayhem. While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it has the easy familiarity of a summer blockbuster and is all the better for it. Now that the threat is established and our main character is out on the streets looking for vengeance, readers can look forward to more mayhem and adventure in future issues.

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7.3
Unearth #1

Jul 13, 2019

Unearth #1 won't set the world of horror on fire, but it provides an interestingly blended cast, in an unfamiliar setting, that in the sure hands of Cullen Bunn, will provide a great deal of ghastly entertainment.

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6.0
United States vs. Murder Inc. #6

Feb 7, 2019

Not essential, but interesting nonetheless.

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6.0
V-Wars: God of Death #Review

Jun 12, 2019

Not the most intelligent series around, V "Wars: God of Death makes up for the thud and blunder with an energy most action series ache to achieve, but often fall short of meeting.

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5.3
Vindication #1

Feb 6, 2019

Look, this is a first issue, so much of my problems no doubt stem from the requirement to set up the situation and characters as quickly as possible. There's a very good idea bubbling away just under the surface here. While it concentrates on Christopher for the most part, hopefully, the reintroduction of Washington in the next issue will bring the tension this issue sorely needed in its latter stages. While I'm dissatisfied with the writing, there's enough good stuff and potential that I will be checking out issue 2. The table is set, let's dig in.

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6.7
Vindication #4

May 8, 2019

Crime, punishment and the search for justice intermingle in an issue that mostly sticks the landing. Vindication #4 is a tough, but worthwhile read and if some of the elements don't always cohere, it's a valiant effort at trying to come to terms with the real world as it is, and not how we would like it to be.

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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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7.3
Wyrd #2

Mar 2, 2019

Lots of fun elements that never really cohere, saved for the most part by excellent artwork and some very dark humor.

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7.7
Wyrd #3

May 9, 2019

Above all fun, Wyrd #3 also allows us to see behind the curtain of Wyrd's character. The sense of something bigger going on is overwhelming, and sets the rest of the series up for further revelations, and huge moments!

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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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