Rory Wilding's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT Reviews: 23
7.9Avg. Review Rating

9
Asadora! #1

Jan 20, 2021

Although you don't have an instant idea about what the story actually is until that reveal at the very end, this first volume of Asadora! is a wonderful character-driven piece of historical fiction.

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9
Asadora! #2

Apr 19, 2021

Asadora!'s greatest strength is the human story that moves from tragedy to explore new waters.

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9
Asadora! #3

Aug 17, 2021

Although the next volume will most likely be the first confrontation with the Kaiju, there is still a lot to like about this volume thanks to Naoki Urasawa's artwork and characterization.

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7
Asadora! #4

Oct 19, 2021

In the end Naoki Urasawa is still playing the long game with the central mystery, which is very frustrating, though there is still enough to like about this volume that hopefully the next installment will really deliver.

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9.5
Ask for Mercy: Ask for Budgie #1

May 7, 2019

This one-shot is a funny and touching character study about an innocent monster who is an instant favorite.

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5
Batman: Earth One #3

Jun 14, 2021

Concluding with a rushed ending that does a lot while setting a potential fourth volume, the long-awaited return of Batman: Earth One is ultimately not worth the wait as it juggles too much and achieves so little.

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9.5
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): The Riddler #1

Aug 16, 2022

An excellent start for the One More Day series, as Tom King and Mitch Gerads deliver a compelling psychological thriller about one of the greatest villains the Dark Knight has confronted.

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8
Clue: Candlestick #1

Jan 28, 2020

I never even played CLUE when I was a kid, but I certainly had fun with what Dash does with the premise, such as applying black comedy wrinkles about motivation and morality.

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4
Crueler Than Dead #1

Sep 29, 2021

With so much zombie content out there a lot of it is bound to be similar, and sadly Crueler Than Dead falls into such a pitfall.

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9.5
DC/Looney Tunes: Batman/Elmer Fudd #1

Jun 28, 2017

Tom King pokes fun at both the Bat-mythos and his reinterpretation of Looney Tunes, presenting a darkly comic crime-ridden tale.

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10
Fantastic Four: Full Circle (2022) OGN

Sep 6, 2022

Alex Ross uses today's tools to tell his own version of a classic Fantastic Four story. Full Circle is an essential read for those who are fans of the artist, as well as Marvel's First Family.

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8.5
Fist of the North Star #1

Jun 14, 2021

Although this is dramatically inert compared to the future works that this inspired, Fist of the North Star remains an important and well-crafted battle manga that wears its own influences proudly.

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9
Forever Home OGN

Feb 16, 2021

Forever Home doesn't reinvent the wheel in terms of the haunted house narrative, but it'sa fun, heartwarming tale about the understanding of others and the significance of a home.

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7
High Crimes #1

Feb 19, 2019

The VerdictIn twelve issues, Christopher Sebela can be long-winded as he juggles two narratives, but when he focuses on the disgraced former Olympian climbing the snow-filled danger of Mount Everest, stunningly illustrated by Ibrahim Moustafa, that's where High Crimes succeeds.

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9.5
Look Back (2022) OGN

Sep 20, 2022

Tatsuki Fujimoto is all about coming-of-age narratives but is able to put a new spin with each new title, whether it is about a literal chainsaw man, or in the case of Look Back, a powerful examination of what it means to be young and ambitious.

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10
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019) #1

Jan 7, 2020

In five issues, Kieron Gillen and Caspar Wijngaard present a masterpiece that celebrates and dissects comics through the legacy of one of the greatest titles in the medium. Far from merely a carbon copy of Watchmen, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt uses its ideas and techniques to craft its own narrative that is meta, potent and trippy.

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8.5
Primer (2020) OGN

Jun 24, 2020

Although I wish the book was longer and some elements were fleshed out more, 'Primer' does plenty right as a coming-of-age superhero narrative that explores a literally colorful array of superpowers.

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4
Remina OGN

Dec 14, 2020

Ito's tale of a hell star may have a chilling presence, along with quality art, but Remina is frustratingly lacking in substance.

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4.5
Snake Eyes: Deadgame review #1

Dec 7, 2021

It's a bad year for Snake Eyes, who on his own isn't that exciting in the movies or in the comics. The latter is apparent in the blandness that is 'Snake Eyes: Deadgame'.

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8
Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection OGN

Oct 19, 2020

As always with these collections, some stories are better than others, but Sneeze overall is a fun departure from Naoki Urasawa's more dramatic works.

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8
The Girl In The Bay #1

Aug 29, 2019

A fun crime/fantasy miniseries that is visually striking, whilst being thematically driven by great characters wrestling with their own identity.

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10
Waves #1

May 6, 2019

In under a hundred pages, Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel create a masterpiece about heartbreak that also explores love and reconstruction in a way that is truly heartwarming.

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6
Wonder Woman: Warbringer OGN

Jan 7, 2020

As the first of the DC Icons novels to be converted as a comic book, Warbringer is an okay adventure that tells Wonder Woman's well-established origin in the confines of a YA narrative.

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