Ross Hutchinson's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 139
9.0Avg. Review Rating

8.2
Acts of Evil: Wolverine Annual #1

Oct 1, 2019

Overall a sterling effort from Houser and the art team which ultimately ends up telling the kind of Wolverine story I like to read: one that looks at the tragedy of Logan as a character while examining the greedy selfish nature part of the human condition as the man known as the Wolverine continues in his long life to try to make up for the sins of his past.

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7.6
Archangel 8 #1

Mar 18, 2020

It's a solid, well-written and decently-illustrated opener from Michael Moreci and company who manage to balance the gritty action elements with the supernatural ones to offer something engaging and interesting without falling too deeply into the pit of feeling like just some sort of supernatural Punisher knock off. It's worth checking out.

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8.8
Archangel 8 #2

Jun 17, 2020

Archangel 8 #2 is a violent, intriguing and even better executed second chapter in this supernatural noir tale with strong moody art and writing that balances some heavy, violent action with good character work and tension building storytelling from the team. It's well worth the read.

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9
Beyond the Breach #1

Jul 14, 2021

BEYOND THE BREACH #1 is an intriguing opening issue brilliantly capturing the emotional gamut that it's main character goes through with both the art and writing as it introduces us to the strange and deadly creatures from the even called The Breach.

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8.6
Black Cat (2020) #4

Mar 31, 2021

Black Cat #4 cools down after the craziness of King In Black with a more intimate story about a young person needing to redefine their identity in their quest to be a better person through the lens of the fictional world of superheroes that taps into a solid emotional core with a theme that is highly relatable but still remains true to the concept of the main character.

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6
Black Widow (2019) #1

Jan 24, 2019

It's a mixed bag issue one with things to recommend it but also things that do not seem to fit. Overall a middling start to a series for a character who's previous two series I enjoyed immensely. I need to be sold a lot more on this creative team though and hopefully, the next issue will do that.

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9
Black Widow (2020) #1

Sep 2, 2020

Black Widow #1 is slick, beautifully-crafted first issue that plunges us into the latest mystery that Natasha Romanov finds herself in. It's a beautiful package that leaves us wanting to know more...

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8.5
Black Widow (2020) #6

Apr 28, 2021

Issue #6 chucks us headfirst into the new arc, is long on action but short on concrete answers as it cultivates an air of mystery around Black Widow and the White Widows' new mission. It's just the right blend of mystery and action to make you invest in this new storyline.

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9
Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #1

Oct 1, 2019

Catalyst Prime: 7 days #1 is a prime (haha) example of the excellence that can be achieved by any publisher if you have the right creative team on a book. It's this type of solid opening issue that every comic book event series should aspire to be. Well written, superbly executed in all parts of the art from lines to lettering (lettering IS an art for the people at the back) and carries weight and gravitas that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more. Highley recommended!

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10
Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #2

Nov 13, 2019

This is a perfect issue. It has everything from beautiful drawn and colored art on every page to an exciting and engaging story that balances action and mystery with an absolutely amazing cross-section of human emotion... it's modern comics at its absolute finest. Bravo!!!

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9.7
Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #3

Dec 16, 2019

Catalyst Prime: 7 days issue three continues to be a fantastically written and drawn outing from Lionforge, Simone and the rest of the creative team. It's an excellent example of what inclusive comic storytelling should be while not feeling like one giant cliche. This is a comic I recommend to EVERYBODY who loves the superhero genre...no scratch that. I recommend this comic to EVERYONE who loves great comics!!

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9.2
Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #4

Jan 18, 2020

Issue #4 of this CATALYST PRIME: & DAYS is a packed bag of revelations, strong emotional character writing and action that is an absolute masterclass in inclusive storytelling that engages you from the first to the last page.

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10
Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #7

Jun 25, 2020

7 Days issue #7 is a thrilling conclusion to a series that has been flawlessly executed on fronts. It's a superb example of a comic and series where every aspect of the creative process matches the other in its excellence. It perfectly balances the excitement of a classic style, high stakes superhero action yarn with positive inclusive storytelling that examines the best and worst of the human condition and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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9.9
Domino (2018) #1

Apr 15, 2018

This creative team has really put together a fun and exciting start. Their enthusiasm for the subject matter and what they are doing emanates straight out of the pages as you read them and is infectious. I am looking forward to more!

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9
Domino (2018) #2

May 12, 2018

Domino #2 continues to be a fantastic read with excellent art from Baldon and Aburtov and exceptional writing from Gail Simone. This is a creative team who clearly loves the characters and are having immense fun with this book and that comes right off every page. Domino #2 does well to maintain the high standard coming from the majority of mutant-related books coming from Marvel at the moment

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10
Domino (2018) #3

Jun 21, 2018

Domino continues to be the fun ride I hoped it would be in every respect. As a fan of the character, it fills me with joy to watch a great writer and superb artistic team add to Domino's history in the best way possible!!

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10
Domino (2018) #5

Aug 10, 2018

This comic continues to outdo itself week after week! #TeamDomino deliver a book full of action, drama, humor, and fun with character development in an amazingly written, beautifully drawn, colored and lettered package that continues to surpass every expectation a fan of Domino like myself could have for a solo title. In other words perfection!

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9.4
Domino (2018) #6

Sep 22, 2018

I highly recommend the series to anyone looking for a beautifully drawn, superbly written action series with a great dose of humor and heart.

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9
Domino (2018) #7

Oct 18, 2018

Overall a solid action and humor-filled romp from team Domino who deliver quality comic entertainment month after month. This title continues to be one of my favorite from the X character stable and I really think it is the best Domino has ever been written.

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9.2
Domino (2018) #8

Nov 21, 2018

This issue is entertaining from start to finish as #teamDomino continues to romp through fun, action-packed and engaging stories that are a pleasure to read, provide laughs and butt-kicking action galore with a healthy dose of my favorite ingredient: Heart

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8.4
Domino (2018) #9

Jan 2, 2019

Another solid installment in the story of Neena Thurman and the interesting characters that cross her path. Team Domino continues to give us fun stories with some of my favourite (Longshot is a favorite of mine, so is Morbius from the previous arc) characters that are great to see on the page as well as the full introduction of a new young female character into the Marvel comics universe which is always an exciting thing to see.

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9.4
Domino (2018) #10

Jan 16, 2019

Simply another outstanding chapter in the story of Domino and her Posse. Gail Simone gets it spot on with both guns blazing as the entire #teamdomino brings their A game to this issue which finds the right balance between action and emotion ... perfection

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9
Domino: Hotshots #1

Mar 13, 2019

One couldn't ask for a better start to this mini series. From writing to art this Domino: Hot Shots #1 is on point as we get an action-packed but funromp. Getting to see Natasha and Neena together in a comic is personally a massive thrill but even more thrilling is the premise of this comic. There is huge potential for an ongoing Marvel action comic featuring an all-female team here and this is how you do it! It's just pure fun comics nonsense of the best kind and I am all in!

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9
Domino: Hotshots #2

Apr 7, 2019

Great writing balancing both humor and pathos with tension and action in a beautifully drawn and colored book. What's not to love about this book... nothing as far as I am concerned.

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9.2
Domino: Hotshots #4

Jun 8, 2019

Once again, the Domino Hotshots team delivers a gloriously packed book with all the right ingredients to make for a fun and engaging read which ticks every box imaginable from superb action and laugh out loud humor to heart filled dialogue and interaction between the characters that succeeds on all fronts.

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9.4
Domino: Hotshots #5

Jul 22, 2019

Domino Hotshots #5 is a fantastic finish to a series that has balanced absolutely crazy cosmic action and the very human story of one Neena Thurman aka Domino and the exceptional woman that have made up this team. I give it my highest recommendation.

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9.2
Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1

Jul 28, 2021

Dune Blood Of the Sardauker #1 is a straightforward but very well executed alternative perspective story which sticks very accurately to the ideas and themes of the original material. It explores the idea of honor among men who serve men without honor and how a debt of honor unknown is repaid in a small act of (unknown) defiance that ultimately can be argued has huge long-term consequences for readers familiar with the canon of the novels.

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8.5
Dune: House Atreides #1

Oct 21, 2020

Despite personal trepidation. DUNE: HOUSE ATRIEDES #1 is a solid and thoroughly engaging first issue exploring the history of the universe of DUNE with strong art and storytelling that feels more engaging than it did in novel format which bodes well for the rest of the series.

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8.7
Dune: House Atreides #2

Nov 25, 2020

DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES #2 continues to prove itself to be a success in being a well-drawn and colored adaption whose pacing really works well in the comic format.

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10
Echolands #1

Aug 25, 2021

ECHOLANDS #1 is not just a comic. It's a well-written, perfectly rendered spectacle that squeezes every ounce out of the landscape format it's presented in through beautiful, eye-popping, and detailed art. The brilliant use of paneling is conscious at all times of the format but also works in perfect symbiosis with the images themselves. It's a brilliant first installment that has cleverly twisted several fantasy and mythology tropes into something unique and darkly alluring... it's a perfect opening act.

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10
Everfrost #1

Jun 2, 2021

EVERFROST #1 is a remarkably well executed debut issue that serves up a perfect blend of dystopian fantasy Sci-Fi with a heavy dollop of human drama threaded through it's center laced in the tragedy of a world in turmoil and decline. Highly recommended to fans of esoteric Sci-Fi

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9.2
Everfrost #2

Jul 24, 2021

EVERFROST #2 continues it's main characters quest to abandon her dying world by brilliantly exploring Van's apartness from the conflict she steps back into. It does so through superb writing, fantastic art, honest believable character interactions, inner monologue and very adult violence. It's smart adult science fiction imbued with a fantastic sense of mystery one cannot help but be drawn in by.

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8.8
Heroes Reborn (2021): Magneto & The Mutant Force #1

May 24, 2021

Heroes Reborn: Magneto and the Mutant Force #1 trades inventively on familiar themes for an engaging spin on the mutant metaphor in this alternative universe. A combination of solid writing and good art sells the darker concept of this world convincingly. Well worth checking out.

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8.4
Heroes Reborn (2021): Hyperion & The Imperial Guard #1

May 10, 2021

Heroes Reborn: Hyperion & The Imperial Guard#1 is a great example of a trend in Marvel event comics that shows that creative teams like the ones involved here can deliver one-shots with strong emotional gravitas through good emotive writing, complemented by excellent art to deliver engaging and fun stories that can draw anyone in even those of us not emotionally attached to the characters the stories revolve around.

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8
Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #1

May 30, 2018

The hunt is on and it will be interesting to see where Zub and the team take it next. I am looking forward to seeing more glimpses into the past and previously unseen moments between the lead characters and Logan as well as more of the Femme Fatales. Bring on issue #2!

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9
Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #1

Jan 17, 2019

If I have any criticism at all it relates to the actual cover of the book. The cover art by Art Adams is awesome but the spacing of the text and informational trade dressing feels cluttered. That being said, it's a minor gripe and I thoroughly enjoyed this first issue. If the rest of the issues are as strong as this one readers are in for a treat!

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7.8
Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #3

Apr 4, 2019

Issue three of MCP is a solid installment. The Captain America story is worth the price of admission alone but it's accompanied by a really interesting ongoing Wolverine story and a fun Spider-man piece which makes it a great read from start to finish.

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7.6
Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #4

Apr 29, 2019

Another impressive installment in the series. Anthology short stories can be very hit and miss and can often feel like throwaway pieces ie; story for the sake of the story but Marvel seems to have found the formula and all three chapters are engaging and well executed by the writers and artists involved. This issue provides three interesting chapters in this series and I am happy to recommend it.

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7
Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #5

May 28, 2019

Marvel Comics Presents#5 is a mixed bag of good to great writing and some excellent to below average art in a series that continues to bring clever ideas and present them in short story form which sometimes works well and other times not.

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8
Marvel's Avengers (2019): Black Widow #1

Apr 4, 2020

A really well written, beautifully drawn and colored one-shot highlighting some early history of the Black Widow in this canon and setting up things to come with the forthcoming game release. Definitely worth a read for people who are planning on buying the game but also a great read if you just want a good Black Widow yarn to read.

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10
Marvels Snapshot (2020): X-Men #1

Sep 15, 2020

This is a beautiful, cleverly written and illustrated window into not only the birth of the Marvel Age but also a brilliantly nuanced story of the emotional journey of one of the X-Men's most iconic characters that I cannot recommend highly enough. It's a must read for X-Men and comic fans alike! Nuff Said!

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9
Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1

Apr 21, 2021

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 gets the formula right for an anthology book... It provides vignettes with heart and strong emotional resonance to the histories of it's central characters that are additive and meaningful using art that is both familiar and comfortable in one instance and beautifully stylish in another.

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8.9
Old Guard: Tales Through Time #3

Jun 24, 2021

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #3 continues to deliver cleverly original emotionally charged vignettes that examine the best and worst natures of the human race through the lens that is the lives of these near immortal men and woman. Well worth the cost of admission.

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9.2
Ordinary Gods #1

Jul 7, 2021

ORDINARY GODS #1 is a stellar first issue that balances intriguing fantasy/ sci-fi elements with well-grounded real word character work from Higgins that's elevated further by strong, bold art from Watanabe and the art team in an opener that puts an original spin on the concept of the immortal soul and reincarnation as an idea.

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8.8
Ordinary Gods #2

Aug 11, 2021

Issue #2 of Ordinary Gods slows things down to focus on the main character and how they are dealing with the extraordinary situation they find themselves in. It's a slower paced affair but keeps your interest through cleverly juxtaposed past and present scenes and teasing us with more information about these characters' past and the secret world they come from.

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9.6
Origins (2020) #1

Nov 4, 2020

ORIGINS #1 is a hauntingly beautiful debut issue that oozes atmosphere from every page and explores several interesting themes of mankind and our place in the world as both the architects of our own destruction and (possibly) our own redemption through a sci-fi lens.

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9.5
Origins (2020) #6

Apr 14, 2021

ORIGINS #6 is a superbly written and hauntingly beautifully illustrated conclusion to series that examines humanity's greatest failings and its greatest achievements through a science fiction lens.

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10
Planet-Size X-Men (2021) #1

Jun 16, 2021

Planet-Sized X-Men #1 is an issue that delivers on it's namesake in all departments, be it writing, drawing, colors, or letters. In years to come when we as fans are talking about defining issues of the current era. This book will be one of those books we talk about. This is an essential installment if you are following the Krakoan era.

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9.6
Primordial #1

Sep 15, 2021

Primordial #1 is a superbly constructed opener from start to finish playing on the cold war erathriller angle on one hand while Sorrentino's mindbendingly constructed space journey pagesdeftly play on the psyche heightening the tension and driving home the alternative sci-fielements very reminiscent of Kubrick's visuals in 2001 A Space Odyessy on the other.

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7.6
Prodigy #1

Dec 28, 2018

The next chapter in the construction of the Millarverse isn't quite as genius as it's namesake but it's a solid, well written first issue that ticks all the boxes. It is well executed by a talented art team and has just enough of a hook to make me want to read the next issue and see where we are headed with the storyline.

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7.9
Return of Wolverine #1

Sep 23, 2018

Overall a good start to the series. I am thrilled to have him back and hope that Soule keeps up the momentum and throws us some heavy curveball surprises through the full five issue arc to make it a memorable return that's more than just beautiful to look at with a story worth being called The Return of Wolverine.

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6.2
Return of Wolverine #2

Nov 2, 2018

The issue is actually titled Limbo and it is an apt name cause that'swhere I felt the issue left me. It drops at least two gears from the opening issue and ends up being a 26-page filler that only asks more questions, offers no solid answers, a decent fight scene thrown in for good measure and the introduction of the actual X-Men into the mix. I am hoping for much better from issue #3

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7
Return of Wolverine #4

Jan 26, 2019

It's been a competently executed but overly protracted story arc with very little advancement till this issue which feels like a bit of a let down after all the build-up to Wolverine's return from the dead. I am hoping the last issue will bring something to change my mind but I have a feeling...

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7
Return of Wolverine #5

Feb 27, 2019

Alls well that ends...Finally. This last issue is a beautifully rendered comic that ultimately fails to impress in the story department which netted us what we always knew we were going to get... a reincarnated Wolverine in the 616. I just am not convinced we needed 5 issues to do it.

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10
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #1

Dec 8, 2020

S.W.O.R.D #1 is a perfect balance of ambitious, exceptionally crafted sci-fi ideas and superb interpersonal moments that callback to the past but cleverly reframes things with an eye on a bold and exciting future that fits perfectly into the concept and ambition of this new era!

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8.4
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #2

Jan 13, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. #2 manages to negotiate the awkward position of having to be a Marvel line-wide tie in issue having only debuted one issue earlier by balancing a story that's relevant to the KING IN BLACK storyline as well as advancing the overall books separate narrative and character advancement.

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9.6
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #3

Feb 10, 2021

Issue #3 manages to to drive multiple story lines along by using a single characters journey as the focal point and at the same time doesn't let us forget that it is tied to a larger event in the Marvel universe. If Manifold wasn't on your radar he is now in an issue that proves that having multiple a strong multiple artist team on book can be a very good thing!

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9.1
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #4

Mar 17, 2021

S.W.O.R.D #4 is once again a very good example of how to tie a line-wide event into a franchise but still use the book to further the main characters' development as well as tie in several ongoing plot points established in other books in the Reign of X line. Throw in exceptional art from a superb team and there really is nothing to do but sit back and enjoy a thoroughly enjoyable read that ticks all the boxes.

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9.3
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #5

Apr 21, 2021

Ewing and the team continue to throw surprises to thrill and astound in what is in my mind one of the best written and certainly best-drawn books in the X line. This issue juxtaposes Cortez's attempt to try to bend the rules in his favor with the S.W.O.R.D. team using highly questionable tactics of their own to solve issues. It's smart storytelling combined with superbly made art that is a pleasure to read from start to finish.

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9.5
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #6

Jun 23, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. #6 is about payoffs both literally and figuratively in a beautifully drawn book that does an exceptional job of acknowledging plotlines from before not only in the mutant storylines but also the entire marvel universe as a whole as Ewing shows just how adept he is in weaving the threads of what has come before and cracking the door open to show us a glimpse of what is to come... because this IS what comes next!

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9.4
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #7

Jul 28, 2021

S.W.O.R.D #7 continues to expand on mutantkind's interests well beyond earth and Krakoa itself as Ewing takes us deeper in to the action of The Last Annihilation while dabbling in some superb character interaction and political maneuvering from several of its main characters. The art on this book continues to be nothing short of incredible as Caselli, Fer Sufuentes-Sujo and Maher combine like a mutant circuit and elevate Ewing's already superb writing to the next level!

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8.8
Shadow Service #2

Sep 21, 2020

Issue #2 adds new charcters around the central one while giving us a further glimpse into the magical underworld that Gina Meyer finds herself embroiled in and further sets the stage for event to come.

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8.4
Shadow Service #6

Mar 31, 2021

Shadow Service #6 kicks of off the second arc of the series with a great balance of solid supernatural action and keeps it fresh by switching the point of view to one of the other characters in the cast as we get pulled further and further into the power struggle between Mi-666 and the mysterious Lady Yastrik.

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9
Shadow Service #7

Apr 28, 2021

SHADOW SERVICE #7 is a well balanced chapter that expands on several main characters history together but also moves the plot forward in the present, highlighted by excellent art on all fronts from the entire creative team with Howell's monster designs being true highlight

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9.5
Something is Killing the Children #16

May 26, 2021

SiKtC #9's brilliance is in its marvelously natural and organic dialogue between characters brought to life and emphasized remarkably well through the art. This book is an example of the creative team being perfectly in sync and the execution reflectsthis on all fronts.

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9
Star Wars (2014) #1

Mar 27, 2019

Another great sliver of Star Wars entertainment from the whole team on this issue. All the boxes are ticked. Great writing from Hopeless combinedwith very cleverly paneled, well drawn, solidly colored and lettered pages make this second chapter in this anthology series a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read. Hopeless really seems to be on his absolute A game with these self-contained single issues so far. I highly recommend it.

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9.6
Star Wars (2014): Empire Ascendant #1

Dec 19, 2019

Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1 is a gloriously well constructed comic book that cleverly points the way forward for the entire STAR WARS comics line while paying respect to what has come before with excellently written and beautifully drawn drawn emotionally impactful short stories that capture the best of Star Wars comics in an old fan and new reader friendly package!

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9.2
Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion: Boba Fett #1

May 8, 2019

This is a great issue. Pak is on top form and that combined with excellent art and coloring from Laming and Menon make it a fun easy read as Marvel continues to deliver excellent Star Wars comics in this series. Highest possible recommendation.

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9
Star Wars: Target Vader #1

Jul 4, 2019

This is a great way to start a series with an issue that places everything on the board and sets up the players to lead us into the rest of the series with rock solid writing and excellent art. Strap in and get ready, the hunt has begun and I am here for it. Highly recommended!

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9
Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #1

Mar 7, 2019

Great writing from Hopeless and superb art from the whole team get the opening chapter of this limited series off to a perfect start. A complete treat of a first issue that looks and feels just like a Star Wars comic should! Bravo!

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7
Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #4

Jun 1, 2019

Not my favorite installment in the series, but still an admirable effort from Hallum and particularly the art team on this issue.

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9.2
Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) #5

Jun 16, 2019

In conclusion, this series ends on a high point as Hallum produces another perfect nugget vignette complimented by really strong and well-executed art from the whole art team from cover to the last panel, in a series that has really managed to truly capture the unforgiving menace of the Star War's universe's most famous Dark Lord and truly lives up to the promise of its title with these dark visions...

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8.9
Taskmaster (2020) #5

Mar 24, 2021

Taskmaster #5 rounds off a superlative series from Jed MacKay, Vitti and the rest of the team that reminds us that Tony Masters is to be taken seriously and that if you need a bastard call Taskmaster!

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9.2
The Blue Flame #1

May 26, 2021

This is a strong compelling opening salvo of an issue that brilliantly uses the sci-fi pulp superhero idea as a gateway to tell the very real story of someone that has to deal with the consequences of a horrible tragedy in real life in an exceptionally unique way. If you like brilliant art and clever storytelling this is one to pick up.

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9.4
The Department of Truth #1

Sep 2, 2020

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH#1 and #2 form a superbly crafted debut providing an entry point into a world of secrets and conspiracies whose central premise is cleverly illustrated through a series of twists of real world ideas and events, where up is down and down is up...a future classic in my opinion

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10
The Department of Truth #3

Nov 25, 2020

Department Of Truth #3 tackles an exceptionally tragic real-world topic through the lens of fiction in a deeply disturbing but very compelling and brilliantly executed manner, employing both writing and art to tell the story and make commentary.

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9.4
The Department of Truth #4

Dec 23, 2020

Department of Truth #4 continues to be a series that cleverly trades on ideas and theories on the fringe of society in real life, cleverly twisting them through the genre of fiction to make for a riveting thrill ride every issue.

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10
The Department of Truth #5

Jan 27, 2021

Issue #5 of DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH continues to brilliantly trade on mixing very real-world researched conspiracy theory with a tense and atmospheric fictional narrative brilliantly brought to life by Simmonds art and Bidikars lettering that explores the idea of the truth as a malleable entity that bends shapes reality itself to whatever the majority of humankind believes and in this issue Tynion IV adds the additional layer of twisting the main character's beliefs too as he blurs the lines between "Good" and "Bad."

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9.7
The Department of Truth #8

Apr 28, 2021

The new arc begins with more questions and the introduction of a compelling new character as Tynion IV continues to twist reality with the help of brilliantly psychologically jarring and impactful art from Simmonds.

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9.8
The Department of Truth #9

May 27, 2021

Issue #9 is a clever issue telling two complete stories at the same time. On one hand, it's a history lesson and on the other, it's a clear demonstration of just how far people like Connor Hawk will go to control the prevailing truth... as always it's disturbing and plays on the psyche with things we know and identify from the real world in new and interesting ways.

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10
The Department of Truth #10

Jun 30, 2021

DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #10 is a pitch-perfect marriage of brilliant writing from Tynion IV that expands the idea of Truth and Belief as physically manifesting forces with stunning artistic collaboration between Simmonds and Bidikar for an issue that is at once menacingly intriguing but also threaded with a deep sense of tragedy that reminds us of the cost of believing in the unbelievable...

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10
The Magic Order #1

Jun 20, 2018

One couldn't have askedfor a better or more engaging start to the series which I think will go on to be a success not only as a comic book but also on other media platforms too. Bring on issue 2!

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10
The Magic Order #2

Jul 25, 2018

We learned a lot about certain characters motivations this issue, At this stage, the main villain is for me the biggest curiosity" How did she leave the order and why does she wear that full leather head mask? I have a feeling we will learn soon enough"Can I get a time eater to eat the time between now an the next issue?

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10
The Magic Order #3

Aug 26, 2018

It's a week since I read it for the first time and I am still going back to it to stare in amazement at what these guys have accomplished here. This is a comic every comic fan should be reading.

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10
The Magic Order #4

Oct 10, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter in the series and cannot wait for the next.

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10
The Magic Order #5

Dec 20, 2018

A shockingly good fifth installment with a twist and reveal worthy of the greatest stage magicians makes this the best issue yet from a story point of view as Millar leaves us with a cliffhanger going into the final issue. This issue twisted my guts inside out! Pure magic!

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9
The Magic Order #6

Feb 14, 2019

A stunning and satisfying conclusion to an absolutely remarkable series that hit all the right notes in every single department. Millar once again showing how great a writer he really is in partnership with another absolute dream team of artistic talent to bring this story to the page. I have followed this series since it was first announced and recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to read an absolutely magnificently drawn, colored and lettered and superbly written tale of magic and family. Bring on volume two!

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8.6
The Rise Of Ultraman (2020) #1

Sep 8, 2020

ULTRAMAN: RISE OF ULTRAMAN #1 is a clever three-pronged introduction into the Ultraman universe that fans of the original material can appreciate and newcomers to the franchise can also enjoy. While issue one may not have the kind of action some may be expecting, it still has thrills and mystery and combines that with great character work, superb art, and a clever format.

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9.4
Ultramega by James Harren #1

Mar 17, 2021

Ultramega #1 is sixty-eight pages of absolutely superb art that takes a trope that will be familiar to many, injects it with deeply flawed characters and a very healthy dose of body horror then turns it inside out for an exceptionally engaging opening chapter that starts in a familiar place but ends in an unfamiliar one and that's it's brilliance it takes your expectations and turns them on their head.

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9.7
Undiscovered Country #1

Nov 6, 2019

Undiscovered Country #1 is a beautifully illustrated and colored cinematic first issue that draws you in and wraps around your psyche from the opening scene and does not let go till the last page with tight perfectly pitched narrative and highly believable world-building.

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10
Undiscovered Country #2

Dec 12, 2019

Undiscovered Country #2 continues to be as impressive as the hype leading up to it promised. It's a very good example of a perfect balance between well-crafted character writing and storytelling using American symbolism, allegorical concepts, with straight-up dystopian sci-fi to tell a deeply engaging story. I highly recommend it!

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9.1
Undiscovered Country #5

Mar 19, 2020

Issue 5 continues to pull us along on this journey through this bizarre but fascinating sci-fi romp of a world we barely recognize and yet is steeped in the trappings and symbols of a world we are familiar with. Soule and Snyder continue to write an original spin on the dystopian trope while playing with symbols of Americana and hardcore sci-fi elements like time travel in a near-future setting in a fascinating and thoroughly engaging way.

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9.8
Undiscovered Country #6

Jun 10, 2020

Undiscovered Country #6 is a superb action-filled next installment in a story that speaks very much to the world today but at the same time is so well crafted that it never gets hung up on the cleverness of the symbols and iconography it references at the cost of the story or pacing. Beautifully crafted in word and image, it's an almost flawless next chapter in this strange land that the creative team is building.

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7.4
Undiscovered Country #7

Aug 6, 2020

A slower much more data driven issue than previous issues, Undiscovered Country #7 focuses very sharply on providing the reader with parsed out pieces of information to show you where the story is heading while not painting a straight line but leaving bread crumbs in the road. It's a solid engaging read especially for those of us who were not sure where the story was actually going.

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9
Undiscovered Country #8

Sep 23, 2020

This issue introduces to a completely new environment and further down the rabbit hole with familiar faces and some new as the companions continue their journey to an end goal that may be the reunification of this fractured land but the how is still very much shrouded in mystery.

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9
We Only Find Them When They're Dead #6

May 19, 2021

This issue is an exemplary example of Ewing's ability to world-build with an entire universe, expand on the ideas of the first arc using an almost entirely new cast and interpersonal dialogue as the means of exposition and explanation to orient the reader. It's a superb example of science fiction storytelling combined with brilliant art with an absolutely killer hook on the last page.

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9.1
We Only Find Them When They're Dead #7

Jun 30, 2021

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEY DEAD #7 is short on action and moving the plot significantly forward but Ewing makes up for this with a brilliantly emotionally rich and insightful history lesson about a central character which is infused with a strong tension on every page accentuated brilliantly by the art from the entire team.

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8.4
Web of Black Widow #1

Sep 5, 2019

Web Of Black Widow #1 is a strong opening from the creative team. This issue has no real flaws to speak of. The tight writing from Houser balanced with Mooney's perfectly suited art style along with excellent coloring and lettering make for a sleek action spy comic which acknowledges the history of the character and sets up a thrilling ride for long-time and new fans of the character alike.

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8
Web of Black Widow #2

Oct 12, 2019

Another excellent installment to go with the strong first issue as the mystery around Black Widows faceless opponent deepens. This creative team is delivering exactly the kind of story that I enjoy: Sexy action-packed entertainment executed with style!

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9.3
Web of Black Widow #3

Nov 13, 2019

The strongest installment in a really well written and superbly executed series Black Widow #3 is everything a fan of the character and the genre could possibly hope for: an action and mystery packed romp with perfectly pitched dialogue balanced against believable emotionally written characters. Thrilling!

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9
Web of Black Widow #4

Dec 7, 2019

This issue continues the great writing and art that has characterized this series and leaves us on a cliff hanger of note as the enemy's face is finally revealed. I am sorry this is only a limited series.

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9
Web of Black Widow #5

Jan 2, 2020

This final issue perfectly caps off a fantastic series that finely balances, action, and intrigue with genuine emotional growth for Natasha as a character. Superbly written, drawn, colored and lettered, it deserves its place alongside the best Black Widow stories ever told. I highly recommend it!

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8.4
Widowmakers: Red Guardian And Yelena Belova #1

Nov 18, 2020

WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BOLOVA #1 isn't going to blow your mind with any amazing plot twists but at its heart, it's an excellent well-drawn character study of two interesting characters with long-standing ties to Black Widow.

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9.2
Wolverine (2020) #1

Feb 19, 2020

it's a double feature with an issue one that showcases exactly why Benjamin Percy is the writer to take us onward into the next era of stories about Marvel's most popular Canadian mutant. Percy obviously loves the character and that comes through in the writing. This combined with top-notch art from Kubert, Bogdanovic and the art teams make it a very solid and promising start to the series that really makes you feel like you got your moneys worth for this oversized issue.

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9.2
Wolverine (2020) #2

Mar 26, 2020

Wolverine #2 drags Logan even further down into darkness as Percy balances the hardcore violence of the title with mystery and strong emotional interactions between characters and commentary on the current mutant status quo played out on a canvas of absolutely top quality art.

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9
Wolverine (2020) #3

Jul 23, 2020

Wolverine #3 is an excellently written and superbly illustrated issue that shows Percy's ability to make Wolverine a supremely interesting character beyond the stab and slash we know him for while the art team of Kubert, Martin, and Petit knock it out of the park in an issue with everything I want out of a modern Wolverine story.

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7.6
Wolverine (2020) #4

Aug 19, 2020

Wolverine #4 is a grim and dark tale that serves as a bridging story between the first arc and the new one that explores several tropes we have seen before in Wolverine comics this issue does not offer anything revelatory in nature but is strong enough in its the overall execution to still be a solid read.

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10
Wolverine (2020) #7

Nov 11, 2020

WOLVERINE #7 is a stand out issue this week as Duggan and Percy put Logan through the wringer and throw several curveballs the reader's way while Joshua Cassara and Guru-eFX deliver what may be the best drawn and colored issue of the event so far.

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9.1
Wolverine (2020) #8

Dec 30, 2020

So about those two wolves... Wolverine #8 is a cleverly crafted 36-page setup piece that will not feed the standard '90s nostalgia wolf inside a lot of Wolverine fans (of a certain age lol) in the way that you think it will. This isn't some claws slashing, guns blazing mindless throwdown action piece, but a cleverly crafted thriller of a story that adroitly uses multiple past storylines, new ideas AND nostalgia to set up a smart, well thought out modern Wolverine action mystery that is always conscious of the past, as well as the new status quo and that's the wolf this story feeds. Read it twice.

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9.3
Wolverine (2020) #9

Jan 27, 2021

Wolverine #9 is a solidly written issue by Percy that expands on the history of the main character in Team X, moves the current story forward a few steps that's elevated to a much higher level by absolutely masterclass art, paneling, and coloring by the creative team.

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9.3
Wolverine (2020) #10

Feb 24, 2021

Wolverine #10 continues to be one of the best examinations of the impact of the Krakoan era on the 616 universe and its occupants that never forgets it's a Wolverine comic offering as much action as it does introspection on the impact of the mutant status quo on the world, agencies in that world and individuals touched by it. It's the smartest use of the Wolverine title I've seen to date in my opinion

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8.8
Wolverine (2020) #12

May 20, 2021

Wolverine #12 is a great example of a writer and art team bringing several elements back together to reinvigorate interest in a story arc that has arguably been stretched over too long a period for various reasons. Good writing from Percy and rock-solid art with a strong finish means another good installment in series that has been high quality from the get-go.

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7.5
Wolverine Vs. Blade Special #1

Jul 11, 2019

A basic piece of writing accompanied by eye-popping art make this one-shot a mixed bag of what is ultimately a throwaway piece of entertainment that people will probably read again for the art.

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9.8
Wolverine: Black, White & Blood #1

Nov 2, 2020

Wolverine Black White & Blood #1 is long on violence and blood with Wolverine doing what he does best but at the same time manages to keep the thread of Logan's humanity there amongst it's beautifully rendered and blood-spattered pages. While its impact on canon is negligible, the care put into the execution makes it a must-have for any fan of old Canucklehead and anyone else wanting to see artists and writers at the top of their game.

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9.8
X Of Swords (2020): Creation #1

Sep 23, 2020

X-MEN: X OF SWORDS - CREATION #1 is a gloriously well-constructed opening chapter to such a large-scale event that really showcases the talent on the book with a setup piece and an exceptionally large cast that has everything from jaw-dropping large-scale action to positively Shakespearean drama that will shock, surprise and take your breath away!

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9.7
X Of Swords (2020): Stasis #1

Oct 28, 2020

This is an issue that could stand on its written component alone but combined with absolutely stellar art succeeds on all fronts as an engaging and in fact thrilling halfway point in this crossover. Action lovers may not gravitate toward the issue but fans of tarot, the lore of Otherworld and Arakko will find plenty to engage them on every page!

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9.4
X Of Swords (2020): Destruction #1

Nov 25, 2020

X OF SWORDS: DESTRUCTION #1 is a fitting final chapter filled with the spectacle of any great finale from start to finish but never loses sight of what the story has ultimately been about: Family.

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9.1
X-Force (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

X-Force #1 fits perfectly into the new Dawn Of X line up by establishing itself as the most serious of the books in the line up so far. It is tension-filled, gritty, brutal, does not shy away from violence and is an excellent start to this new chapter in X-Force's history!

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9.6
X-Force (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

X-Force kicks the Law & Order procedural feel, Percy promised leading into the run, into high gear as the characters involved go looking for answers in a dark tension noir-like book with art that feels perfectly complementary to the writing and the story being told. It grabs you tightly in its sharp-clawed hands and doesn't let go not even for a second.

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9
X-Force (2019) #3

Dec 12, 2019

X-Force #3 is another very strong installment in what is most definitely a personal favorite in the DOX line up. This issue balances the gritty noir of the procedural with a more philosophical tone this time that is both interesting and enjoyable!

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9.3
X-Force (2019) #5

Jan 8, 2020

The creative team on this book continues to find the perfect balance of action, emotion, and humor that have characterized this series so far making it a reader favorite and X-Force issue five is no exception. Highly, highly recommended!

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7.8
X-Force (2019) #6

Jan 29, 2020

X-Force #6 pulls you deeper into the morally grey world of Krakoa's black bag operations team in a story that uses Beast as the focus to ultimately ask questions about the morality of what X-Force is doing... It really asks: is "a little evil" in the name of the "greater good" really how things need to be done? You decide.

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9.2
X-Force (2019) #7

Feb 12, 2020

X-Force #7 is a brilliant balance of James Bondesque shenanigans and emotional introspection and continues to be the best book in the line in my opinion.

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7.8
X-Force (2019) #8

Feb 26, 2020

X-Force #8 is a solid issue that finds its strength in both the commonality and contrasting positions of its two main characters with a bit of detective work and action thrown in for good measure.

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9.6
X-Force (2019) #9

Mar 18, 2020

Benjamin Percy and company continue to make X-Force a nuanced and subtle affair with stories that examine the cracks in this new mutant status quo through strong character writing while also delivering gut-wrenching x style gritty action... the sense of unease that runs through this book is palpable and intoxicating all at once! Do not miss it!

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9
X-Force (2019) #11

Aug 12, 2020

X-Force #11 is an action packed and revealing issue that continues a plot thread established earlier on in the run by Percy with rock-solid art and writing by the whole team as the Russian threat takes on a whole new meaning and we creep toward "X of Swords!"

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8.6
X-Force (2019) #12

Sep 9, 2020

If the purpose of a comic is to elicit an emotional reaction, then X-Force #12 is a perfect comic because it does just that. The creative team has put together an issue that is certain to elicit exceptionally strong responses from the audience. It certainly did from me.

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8
X-Force (2019) #13

Oct 7, 2020

X-Force #13 is more in the moment focused as an issue than Wolverine #6 which was part one of this two-part story. It's an issue that again is a push along narratively to place Wolverine on the board for the contest. Percy and the art team make it interesting though by exploring the differences between Logan and Solem against a background that sees them work together while throwing in some hell-fueled action to boot.

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9.1
X-Force (2019) #14

Nov 18, 2020

X-Force #14 focuses very much on the challenges the competitors face with less interpersonal moments between characters than in previous issues making for slightly lighter reading but is no less entertaining with brilliant art to keep you engaged page after page.

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9.7
X-Force (2019) #15

Dec 16, 2020

X-Force #15 does a dance with several plot points, furthering some from previous issues while setting up things for future storylines for issues to come with a mix of excellent interpersonal dialogue, internal narration, and some wild menacing action.

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9.3
X-Force (2019) #16

Jan 20, 2021

This issue is a fun undersea romp that captures the atmosphere of a "terror from the deep" themed storyline perfectly through brilliantly drawn and colored art while making sure to pay attention to character voice and dialogue accuracy through the writing. X-Force continues to be a consistently well written and illustrated comic that knows exactly what it is and has fun doing it.

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9.4
X-Force (2019) #17

Feb 10, 2021

X-Force #17 takes the opportunity to narrow it's focus onto a single character and in doing so opens up and broadens the development of Quentin Quire in the best possible way as it fleshes the character out in a positive and additive manner while

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8.3
X-Force (2019) #19

Apr 21, 2021

X-Force #19 wraps up a solid story of personal growth for the character of Quentin Quire which comes dressed up in the guise of a psychic horror tale. Probably worth reading this and the previous two chapters on a dark and stormy night if you into that sort of thing.

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9.2
X-Men (2019) #21

Jun 9, 2021

X-Men #21 seems to be once again a broad outline from Hickman hinting at things to come through interactions and data pages while at the same time being a really beautifully executed issue from an art point of view

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9.4
X-Men (2021) #1

Jul 5, 2021

X-Men #1 is a smartly balanced opening setup piece with magnificent art that quickly establishes the direction that the book will be heading in as Duggan and the team explore the consequences of the big moves mutantkind has made recently and the very menacing results that come from those big moves while at the same time infusing the story with the action and entertaining bravado of a superhero team comic.

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9.6
X-Men (2021) #2

Aug 4, 2021

X-Men #2 is a little slow to advance its overall plot, but continues to intrigue with a very solid script and absolutely perfect art execution that makes every page a visual feast. Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia continue to define the Krakoan era with absolutely iconic art page after page.

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9.6
X-Men (2021) #3

Sep 22, 2021

X-MEN #3 continues to prove why this is one of the funnest, most well-crafted books Marvel is publishing today!

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8.9
X-Men (2021) #4

Oct 13, 2021

X-Men #4 is another episode where Duggan can show off his familiarity with newer and older canon, the greater 616 continuity as well as his ability to thread moments together, issue by issue, in a Halloween holiday-themed installment that's brought to life by an absolutely stellar fill-in art team whose work elevates the issue on every front. Also if you a jean grey fan this is a must own issue plain and simple.

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8.5
X-Men: Legends (2021) #7

Sep 20, 2021

X-Men Legend #7 is quite honestly my favorite issue in the series so far as Hama and the rest of the team capitalize on the nostagia of the era through great art from Tan and coloring from Sotomayer that captures the mood of the colorful 90s era to compliment Hama's no frills all thrills writing that makes for an entertaining piece of comics entertainment with more than enough hook in the story to make you want to know what happens next!

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