Rowan Grover's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 76
8.0Avg. Review Rating

7.3
Alien Bounty Hunter #1

Jul 28, 2017

"Alien Bounty Hunter" #1 can be hampered by unfortunate plot decisions, but is ultimately a visually beautiful debut.

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8.0
Analog #1

Apr 6, 2018

A fairly straightforward noir tale with futuristic elements, "Analog" is a fun blend of classical and modern storytelling with moody and evocative art.

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9.1
Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

Pun intended, "Aquaman" #25 blew me out of the water. Abnett has upped his game to match the masterful Sejic, and both have delivered a great fantasy/superhero comic.

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9.2
Astro City (2013) #41

Feb 27, 2017

"Astro City" is as consistently innovative as it's been since the beginning, and the Busiek/Anderson team show no signs of slowing down.

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9.5
Atlas & Axis #1

Jan 11, 2018

"Atlas & Axis" #1, like others of its genre, is a labour of love: infectiously merry character work, breakneck pacing, and beautiful art make this comic one to keep an eye on.

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9.0
Backways #1

Dec 22, 2017

A great, YA occult style story with fantastic character work by Justin Jordan, fast paced artwork by Elenora Carlini, glowing colors by Silvie Tidei, and solid lettering by Marshall Dillon. This is how you build a world.

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6.8
Bane: Conquest #1

May 5, 2017

Bane's back to his old ways, with an entertaining solo debut that needs to work through a few issues.

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7.7
Barbarella (2017) #1

Dec 8, 2017

A thoughtful and interesting debut, "Barbarella" #1 subverts expectations and turns a once dated character into a veritable female icon.

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7.5
Batman '66 Meets The Legion Of Super-Heroes #1

Jul 20, 2017

The Legion of Superheroes get a campy style makeover in this crossover by the always excellent Allred family.

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6.8
Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Sep 29, 2017

Computers go rogue in this interesting yet strangely executed spin-off, with some seriously beautiful art to elevate the book just above average.

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8.8
Beautiful Canvas #1

Jun 29, 2017

A complex, layered first issue, "Beautiful Canvas" will have you scouring it's beautifully drawn pages over and over.

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9.0
Black Cloud #3

Jun 15, 2017

"Black Cloud" #3 escalates to a new level with this issue, as every contributor gets to show off their talents in a brilliantly told origin issue.

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8.0
Black Widow (2016) #12

Mar 31, 2017

Samnee and Waid bring Natasha's latest adventure to a close with incredible panache. This "Black Widow" series will assuredly be remembered fondly for years.

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6.3
Blood Blister #1

Feb 3, 2017

An intriguing premise with some generic delivery that is saved by Harris' gruesome artwork.

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9.4
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1

May 11, 2017

Final Verdict: 9.4 " Forager may be an outcast of the New Gods, but with the Allred's helming his book, he's sure to be no stranger to the high tier books at DC and Young Animal.

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8.2
Cloudia & Rex #2

Aug 17, 2017

A great middle act, Farinas, Freitas and Irizarri flesh out characters while delivering dynamic, cosmic-level god-brawling action. Stay tuned to see how this excellent series wraps up.

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6.5
Damage #1

Jan 18, 2018

Prioritising style over substance, "Damage" #1 struggles to holds together an interesting plot but lucks out with an all-star art team that embody the term 'huge'.

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7.8
Dark Souls: The Age of Fire #1

May 24, 2018

"Dark Souls: The Age Of Fire" is tonally fantastic, with great character/ world development and painterly artwork, but a plot that takes a while to fully establish.

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6.8
Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #1

Oct 20, 2017

Logan and Wade come clashing sword to claw in this adequate yet comedic debut crossover issue.

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9.0
Deep Roots #1

Apr 26, 2018

"Deep Roots" #1 is a compelling debut, combining dark fantasy with modern action drama and brought to life with two distinctly striking art styles.

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7.2
Descender #18

Jan 23, 2017

A great return to form of the sci-fi hit that still has some bumps but delivers slick designs and great plotting.

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7.3
Dissonance #1

Jan 26, 2018

There's certainly potential underneath the heavy world-building and storytelling in "Dissonance" #1, but the beauty here really lies in Basri and Yuwono's visuals.

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5.9
Dread Gods #1

Jul 14, 2017

Fans of 90s style comics will get a kick out of this, but Dread Gods #1 does little to impress beyond that factor.

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6.8
Elektra (2017) #1

Feb 24, 2017

"Elektra" #1 falls into stereotypes a little too often to be remarkable, but remains a solid debut for the fan favourite character's new series.

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9.2
Eternity #1

Oct 26, 2017

"Eternity" #1 is not only a great continuation of an excellent series, but a perfect jumping on point and wonderful psychedelic exploration that's beautifully human at its core.

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9.2
Eugenic #1

Oct 5, 2017

"Eugenic" #1 is one of the most shocking and mind-expanding sci-fi horror comics I've read in a long time.

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8.9
Extremity #1

Mar 3, 2017

octane debut that thrusts us right into Johnsons world Extremity is as beautiful to read as it is visceral.

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7.8
Factory #1

Mar 30, 2018

Elgo's "Factory" #1 is a tough-as-nails, layered sci-fi story that rewards readers with subtle, clever storytelling with close attention.

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7.2
Fighting American (2017) #1

Oct 13, 2017

"Fighting American" #1 is a both a great homage and parody of the comics of old, whilst also dishing up an intriguing time-displaced hero plotline to keep you interested.

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8.4
Forever War #1

Feb 17, 2017

A classic reinterpretation of a brilliant sci-fi novel that still feels fresher than most comics on the market today.

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6.9
Future Quest #9

Jan 30, 2017

"Future Quest #9" might be the best this series has been since the debut, but a few issues prevent this from reclaiming its crown as the best of the Hanna-Barbera books.

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8.1
G.I. Joe (2016) #4

Apr 21, 2017

A sublime action experience that although is light on character work, takes full advantage of its source material with balls-to-the-wall fun.

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8.5
Generation Gone #2

Aug 24, 2017

Kot's "Generation Gone" feels like conspiracy theories done right " great characters, interesting conflicts and ideas, all with stellar art from the one-two punch of Andr Lima Arajo and Chris O'Halloran.

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7.3
Generation X (2017) #1

May 19, 2017

"Generation X" serves well at demonstrating Marvel's conscious effort to revitalise a beloved property, with Strain, Pinna, Sobreiro and co delivering an infectiously fun debut.

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7.8
Godshaper #1

Apr 13, 2017

"Godshaper" is a solid debut that introduces us to a vast alternate world with great art and visual storytelling.

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9.4
Head Lopper #5

Mar 16, 2017

With Jordie Bellaire in tow, MacLean once again proves his mastery of the comic book format. "Head Lopper" #5 is an incredibly engaging, moving and fun story that throws us back into Norgal and Agatha's adventures.

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8.5
Her Infernal Descent #1

Apr 19, 2018

A well-told rendition of an age-old tale, "Her Infernal Descent" blends elements of literature, modern culture and religion in with hauntingly beautiful art.

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9.2
Hungry Ghosts #1

Feb 1, 2018

Final Verdict: 9.2 " A tonally brilliant horror anthology that combines atmosphere with socially relevant storytelling, "Hungry Ghosts" is a great launcher for the Berger Books line.

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9.7
Infidel #1

Mar 16, 2018

"Infidel" #1 presents one of the most compelling and evocative tales with powerful social commentary, gripping tension, beautiful art and well-paced execution.

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8.0
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings #1

Aug 11, 2017

Inhumans: Once and Future King" is a beautiful start to what looks like an epic chapter in the Inhumans' history. Priest brings his best on his return to Marvel, and Noto provides some sublime artwork.

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8.7
Judas #1

Dec 15, 2017

Loveness writes a powerfully sympathetic protagonist in "Judas" #1 with superb, stained-glass art stylings from Jakub Rebelka.

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8.5
Kamandi Challenge #1

Jan 27, 2017

The creative challenge is brilliantly enticing to ensure readers return, and the whole package serves as a solid homage to one of comics most influential storytellers.

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8.8
Lazaretto #1

Sep 8, 2017

Infection/quarantine stories have never looked as good as they have in Chapman, Levang and Bidikar's "Lazaretto" #1.

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7.1
Little Nightmares #1

Jun 2, 2017

Fans of the game will get the most out of this, but "Little Nightmares" works well as a nice visual piece, regardless of how confusing it can be.

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7.0
Lost City Explorers #1

Jun 21, 2018

While some narrative beats are a little too familiar, "Lost City Explorers" combines great characters and smooth art to convey a solid debut.

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7.6
Man-Thing (2017) #1

Mar 9, 2017

Man-Thing #1 is filled with unique scares that's only held back by dated narration.

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4.0
Medieval Spawn / Witchblade (2018) #1

May 11, 2018

A missed opportunity, "Medieval Spawn/Witchblade" #1 features dull plotting, poor character work, and uncomfortably CGI-looking artwork, all without even featuring one half of the crossover characters.

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7.0
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Mar 2, 2018

Held back by some dated plot devices and narration, "Mera: Queen Of Atlantis" #1 still manages to launch a well-paced solo series for the character with beautiful art direction.

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8.5
Mirror #8

Sep 22, 2017

"Mirror" #8 is entrenched in its well-crafted world " presenting a new story that feels like a natural progression from everything Rios and Lim have given us so far in this visual treat of a book.

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7.8
Motor Crush #3

Feb 13, 2017

Motor Crush continues its vibrant first arc with solid character debuts, immersive bike action and moving quieter scenes.

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9.0
Multiple Man (2018) #1

Jun 29, 2018

"Multiple Man" #1 gathers the best and weirdest X-Tropes and distills them into a fast-paced, manic and effortlessly hilarious debut.

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9.3
Prism Stalker #4

Jun 7, 2018

"Prism Stalker" #4 is a sublime combination of words and pictures " an expertly paced story with great character work, narrative intrigue and sequential art.

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8.3
Proxima Centauri #1

Jun 15, 2018

Like it's teenage protagonist, "Proxima Centauri" #1 is fickle and moody, but endlessly rewarding to anyone willing to spend the time to listen to it.

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8.5
Quicksilver: No Surrender #1

May 18, 2018

A thoughtful, insightful debut, "Quicksilver: No Surrender" shows readers' Pietro's complex psyche and motivations, with some killer psychedelic art to boot.

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9.0
Realm #1

Sep 15, 2017

An inventive genre mix-mash that feels genuinely well-thought out, "The Realm" is a stylish debut issue that thrusts you head-first into its gritty, yet fantastical world.

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7.4
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) Annual #1

Sep 1, 2017

A touching reunion and some great action-oriented artwork make this Annual one to remember.

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7.0
Red Sonja/Tarzan #1

May 4, 2018

"Red Sonja/Tarzan" #1 is a crossover done well, with Simone delivering exceptional character work, and the art team of Geovani and Augusto doing a serviceable job with a few minor inconsistencies.

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9.0
Rock Candy Mountain #7

Jan 4, 2018

Kyle Starks and Chris Scweizer ensure that "Rock Candy Mountain" is by no means lumbering towards its end, with a breakneck pace, well-developed characters and a sleek, signature art style.

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7.2
Rom Annual #2017

Feb 9, 2017

A solid origin story with vibrant art and expansive world building, but feels a little too familiar at times.

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7.2
Seven to Eternity #7

Jul 7, 2017

Harren brings his uncontrollable style to Remender's grand fantasy tale, delivering a chapter that's exciting and deliciously grimy.

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8.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #5

Feb 6, 2017

Arguably the best of the Young Animal line up, Castellucci and co. bring their opening storyline to a soaring climax.

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8.8
She Could Fly #1

Jul 12, 2018

"She Could Fly" #1 handles believeable and flawed characters and emotional and well-paced sequences seamlessly, resulting in a wholly original take on the superhero genre.

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7.8
Shipwreck #3

Jan 16, 2017

An engaging chapter in a series that looks to be another win for Aftershock Comics.

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7.6
Steven Universe (2017) #2

Mar 23, 2017

A great standalone story highlighting some of the show's overlooked characters, "Steven Universe" #2 is a simple story with a lot of heart.

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6.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67

Feb 20, 2017

A generally good, quieter issue with fun artwork, which is unfortunately a little uneventful and some odd slips in tone.

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7.8
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1

Feb 23, 2018

Liam Sharp breathes life to Celtic Mythology within the DC universe with grandeur and reverence, with breathtaking art backed by Romulo Fajardo Jr.

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7.0
The Highest House #5

Jul 5, 2018

"The Highest House" #5 has some solid character moments, plot reveals and isolated beautiful single page spreads but jarring visual emotion contrasts and oddly slow pacing make it one of the weaker entries in the series.

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9.0
The Season of the Snake #1

Apr 12, 2018

Serge Lehman and Jean-Marie Michaud pore their souls into "The Season Of the Snake", creating a sci-fi that's superbly paced, complex yet compelling and visually breathtaking.

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9.1
The Spider King #1

Mar 9, 2018

Combining Viking ferocity with sci-fi intrigue, "The Spider King" #1 is a well-paced and beautifully drawn debut.

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8.7
Turok (2017) #1

Aug 3, 2017

Final Verdict: 8.7 " The Dinosaur Hunter makes his latest debut in sleek style, providing a great jumping on point for new readers and breathing new life into an old franchise.

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8.2
Ultimates 2 (2016) #6

Apr 28, 2017

Final Verdict: 8.2 " The best Marvel Cosmic comic in years comes to a huge climax as Ewing, Foreman and Yackey bring out the big guns.

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6.8
Vagrant Queen #1

Jun 1, 2018

"Vagrant Queen" #1 is a comic that shows promise, but is marred by a few pacing decisions and art technicalities that detracts from the book's endearing nature.

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8.1
Venom (2016) #150

May 25, 2017

Final Verdict: 8.1 " An exhilaratingly excellent celebration of everything Venom, this is a great return to form for the character.

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7.0
War Mother #4

Dec 1, 2017

A mellow conclusion for one of Valiant's best characters that sets up interesting things for Valiant's 41st century future.

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7.3
Weapon H #1

Mar 23, 2018

The Hulkverine is here to stay in "Weapon H" #1, and the book's creative team make a compelling point for him to do so.

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8.2
Youngblood (2017) #2

Jun 8, 2017

"Youngblood" is moving in a great direction, one that should intrigue old fans and equally entice newer fans.

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