Russ Burlingame's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 69
7.8Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

If sales figures are any indication, more comic book readers will be picking up Action Comics than almost any comic book in recent memory -- especially one at its hefty price point. That is as it should be, as there is a lot to love in this volume. It is not perfect, however -- and what's frustrating is that you can't really add "...but not for lack of trying" to that sentence.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 2, 2018

The publisher seems to have decided that the best use of that real estate is to tell stories that center more on Lex Luthor than Superman himself, somewhat fulfilling that promise of early Rebirth.

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6.0
Back to the Future: Tales From The Time Train #3

Mar 14, 2018

The Time Train series, co-plotted with Back to the Future writer Bob Gale and scripted by John Barber, is a spiritual successor to the Back to the Future animated series, with wacky hijinks taking center stage and Doc Brown's children, Jules and Verne, getting as much "screen time" as he and his wife.

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6.0
Back to the Future: Tales From The Time Train #4

Apr 11, 2018

Written by Bob Gale and John Barber, the issue still reads like a slightly aged-up episode of the old Back to the Future cartoon, and centers around wacky hijinks most likely to be popular with very young readers.

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4.0
Black Panther: The Sound And The Fury #1

Feb 7, 2018

Pairing a competent-but-generic tale like this alongside an issue from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's legendary Fantastic Four run does Sound and Fury no favors, as the King's rich, kinetic art leaps off the page and Lee's dated dialogue crackles in a way that the lead feature fails to do.

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10
Bloodshot: Salvation #6

Feb 14, 2018

The stakes " both physical and emotional " are incredibly high here, and because Lemire's previous Valiant stories have been known to slaughter some sacred cows, it does not feel guaranteed that a good outcome is promised at the end of it all. If not, the arc itself might become so pervasively dark that it becomes borderline unreadable, but as a first chapter, this is first-rate comics.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #7

Mar 7, 2018

The issue delivers on the promise, despite the absence of some key elements of mainstream comics, and manages to be compelling and emotionally effective.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #8

Apr 11, 2018

The endpoint is genuinely interesting, for both Bloodshot and his daughter, but ultimately the journey there feels a little more by-the-numbers than this remarkable series has so far.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #9

May 16, 2018

Bloodshot: Salvation remains one of the best and best-looking series on the stands, although both the story (by Ray Fawkes and Jeff Lemire) and the art (by Renato Guedes) were a little spottier than usual this week as the book took a hard left into a detour from the title character's magical mystery tour and spent some time in the real world.

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6.0
Deathstroke (2016) #28

Feb 7, 2018

Deathstroke #28 brings an impressive script by Christopher Priest together with mediocre art from Diogenes Neves to create a comic that is surprisingly readable in spite of being crammed full of what seems at face value like far too many plot points.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #29

Mar 7, 2018

This might not be the best Bombshells entry, but it will leave fans curious to see what comes next.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #30

Apr 4, 2018

All in all, the issue reads like the relatively uneventful first chapter of what is going to be a pretty good storyline.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #31

May 2, 2018

Aside from some minor pacing issues, it's an excellent read.

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10
Doomsday Clock #4

Mar 28, 2018

Doomsday Clock #4 is arguably the most exciting and interesting issue of the series since #1 " even if the big "twist" is kind of a dud (don't worry -- there's another twist that really, really isn't).

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8.0
Elfquest: Final Quest #24

Feb 28, 2018

It's a proper sendoff to one of indie comics' best-loved franchises.

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10
Eternity Girl #1

Mar 14, 2018

What is arguably the most fascinating thing about Eternity Girl is the way it manages to tackle all of this darkness, complete with some trippy, spooky, and gruesome imagery, without ever devolving into violence porn or dour hopelessness.

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10
Eternity Girl #2

Apr 18, 2018

Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Sonny Liew create another gorgeous and challenging issue of one of the best new comics of 2018.

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10
Eternity Girl #3

May 9, 2018

Magdalene Visaggio, Sonny Lieu, and Chris Chuckry continue to deliver one of the most ambitious, thoughtful, and beautifully rendered titles on the stands.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #40

Feb 14, 2018

The Flash #40 benefits a bit from turning your brain off, but it is not because the comic is not good, only that the story of Grodd's pursuit of Speed Force powers seems to be sandwiched between a number of tangentially-related stories, one of which " "Flash War" " has been teased for so long that if you have a passing interest in the comic it is difficult not to wonder how all of this will play into it.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #41

Feb 28, 2018

Joshua Williamson's dense script turns what would, in most stories, be a lifeless filler issue into some fascinating and intense interpersonal dramas.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #42

Mar 14, 2018

Dan Panosian's art lends The Flash #42 a kind of Silver Age feel that slows down the fast-moving blast radius of the "Perfect Storm" story just when you need it to.

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6.0
Flash (2016) #43

Mar 28, 2018

This issue, though, is a lot of running in place, and for the first time in the current storyline feels like padding that could have been halved or entirely left out.

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10
Flash (2016) #44

Apr 11, 2018

Dense, heartfelt, and gorgeously illustrated, The Flash #44 from Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Ivan Placencia is the perfect end to "Perfect Storm," and sets up the next big story in Williamson's The Flash beautifully.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #45

Apr 25, 2018

Joshua Williamson delivers a heartfelt script that propels Wally West's story and makes this issue feel like a direct follow-up to his triumphant story in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, and gives audiences a bit of a calm before the next inevitable speed force storm.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #46

May 9, 2018

Writer Joshua Williamson channels Geoff Johns for an expository issue that manages to thrill longtime readers and get newer audiences caught up ahead of "Flash War," while Scott Kolins -- who has done some similar stories with this character before -- provides able art assistance.

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10
Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1

Mar 14, 2018

In any fair universe, Erik Burnham's long run on IDW's Ghostbusters comics would be viewed as the astonishing feat that it is " and Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1 reads like a master ignoring the call to create a "definitive" work and instead just reveling in the fun and creativity his existing body of work has provided.

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6.0
Hellblazer (2016) #19

Feb 28, 2018

Writer Tim Seeley starts in a predictable place, delivers a bold surprise, and then cruises right on into a story that ends up nowhere close to where you expected.

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6.0
Hellblazer (2016) #20

Mar 28, 2018

There is definitely room for this to become an interesting story that will read better in trade.

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6.0
Hellblazer (2016) #21

Apr 25, 2018

Tim Seeley delivers some of his best writing on The Hellblazer as "The Good Old Days" rolls into its third part, and Huntress takes center stage in some of the scenes.

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6.0
Iceman (2017) #10

Feb 7, 2018

An issue-long fight sequence, Iceman #10 shows off Sina Grace's excellent sense of pacing and the care which Grace and artist Robert Gill choreograph their action. The result is a better-than-average fight comic, but there is still only so much you can do with an issue-long fight.

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6.0
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #4

Mar 7, 2018

A trip through the history of the Cooper and Jones clans, Jughead: The Hunger #4 has a suitably O. Henry twist to a dark and violent one-and-done story from writer Frank Tieri, but it is periodically undone by uneven art that sometime descends into the ultraviolent and absurd.

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9.5
Legendary Star-Lord #1

Jun 30, 2014

While the super-modern coloring is a bit distracting in some spots, the art is beautiful on this title, which sees Star-Lord reinvented a bit to more closely match the hugely-anticipated film adaptation ofGuardians of the Galaxy. The plot unfolds at a decompressed speed that will make for a great collected edition, even if it feels a little thin...and you don't notice the thin plot becuase there's plenty to like about the character work and action. It sets up what promises to be a really interesting series and, like Booster Gold, match humor and heart beat-for-beat while establishing a surprising new mythology for the character. This is a really great first issue. Run, don't walk, to your local comic shop to get a copy on Monday.

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10
Mech Cadet Yu #6

Feb 7, 2018

An emotionally satisfying and visually striking issue, Mech Cadet Yu #6 is a perfect showcase for how far these characters, and this world, have evolved in a short time.

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8.0
Mech Cadet Yu #7

Mar 7, 2018

It is a fresh start, from a series that was good enough that it did not strictly speaking need one, but the result is a fresh story with gorgeous colors and creative page layouts that leaves us wanting more.

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8.0
Mech Cadet Yu #8

Apr 4, 2018

Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa, along with colorist Triona Farrell, continue to deliver one of the most entertaining and YA-friendly comics on the market in Mech Cadet Yu, which ships its eighth issue this week.

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8.0
Milk Wars: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1

Feb 21, 2018

The issue drags a bit here and there, with those minor pacing issues likely caused by the "secret" coming out too soon without sufficient obstacles between our heroes and solving the mystery. Because of this, the back half feels a bit padded, but it is overall a great read.

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8.0
Milk Wars: Mother Panic/Batman Special #1

Feb 7, 2018

While writer Jody Hauser and artist Ty Templeton do not recreate the surreality of last week's Justice League of America/Doom Patrol one-shot, the second part of the "Milk Wars" crossover is a strong addition, and Keiren Smith's bold colors give the Mother Panic/Batman special a distinctly otherworldly feel, especially when set against heroes who are all-white and mostly-gray.

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6.0
Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #2

Feb 21, 2018

The whole thing comes together like a Big Two crossover from the '80s or '90s, beginning at around page three and just passing the baton from character to character, introducing the world of the story to the reader in scenes that feel slow and didactic.

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4.0
Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #3

Mar 14, 2018

The emotive cartooning of Joe Bennett is rarely a poor choice for any project, but Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe " based on a webseries by the Bat in the Sun folks whose calling card is making superheroes look and feel as real as possible in their shorts " feels like a miscalculation.

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8.5
Original Sin #3

Jun 4, 2014

Aaron turns in a capable script with some terrific character moments in what's ultimately one of the hardest things to pull off well: the middle chapters of one of these universe-spanning event books. It's been years since I've been as impressed with Deodato's work as in this issue, and they picked the perfect colorist for the projectin Frank Martin. The issue retreads a lot of familiar ground and plays with some overused tropes, but it's beautifully executed on a lot of levels. So far, Original Sin is the best Marvel event in years.

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8.0
Original Sin #4

Jun 19, 2014

The bottom line:Aaron has some pacing and characterization issues in this issue that he hadn't up until now, but the story itself remains strong and he gives some cool moments so it's fairly easy to forgive. Deodato continues to impress, and the mood struck by his art and Frank Martin's colors is perfect. The big twist ending is clever, but somewhat expected.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody (2017) #3

Feb 21, 2018

For the third month in a row, Kibblesmith's Quantum and Woody flirts at the edges of greatness but never quite makes it to the promised land.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody (2017) #4

Mar 21, 2018

Writer Daniel Kibblesmith has written a story that will read better in the trade " not necessarily a bad thing, but always a gamble " but he did so without telegraphing that is what he was doing, making this issue a genuine treat.

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8.0
Rocket Raccoon #1

Jun 30, 2014

Rocket Raccoon starts off like a shot, and it ends up in a clever and surprising place. In between, it seems like it meanders a bit, but that can be forgiven when you take into account that this is hardly a first issue, despite that All-New #1 on the cover. The art is beautiful and perfectly tuned to the series, and Young has drawn inspiration from a number of sources, not least of which appears to be source material from Rocket's creator. The downside? Relying heavily on the Infinite Comics and evoking a particular other work so strongly make it feel like this issue doesn't stand on its own all that well...and when you've got 300,000 people reading it, that's going to be an awful lot of first impressions and quite possibly a lot of fairly confused new readers.

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8.0
Savage Dragon #231

Feb 7, 2018

Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon remains one of the most consistently entertaining, engrossing, and confounding superhero stories on the racks, even when " as in this week's #231 " a given issue is an imperfect jumping-on point at best.

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10
Savage Dragon #232

Mar 7, 2018

Strange, fun, and kinetic, Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon #232 is arguably the most entertaining issue since #225, when the series took its last major directional shift.

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10
Savage Dragon #233

Apr 25, 2018

Erik Larsen takes his long-running, creator-owned superhero series in yet another unexpected direction, delivering a gut-punch of an issue that says good-bye to a long-running character in a way that will shape the book for some time to come.

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #23

Mar 14, 2018

Ron Wagner's workmanlike art is not as clear a fit for the world of Scooby Apocalypse as that of the somewhat more stylized and occasionally twisted Howard Porter, but it suits this month's issue well.

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #24

Apr 11, 2018

While DC makes a big deal of the upcoming wedding of Batman and Catwoman, writer Keith Griffen and J.M. DeMatteis, artists Pat Oliffe, Tom Nguyen, Andy Owens, and Hi-Fi have put together a surprisingly touching love story between two characters fans have also shipped since long before "shipping" was a thing.

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #25

May 9, 2018

Ron Wagner and Andy Owens deliver a likable take on Scooby Apocalypse, but the characters feel off-model, and given how important the look of this title is to its brazen, blackly-hilarious appeal, it does feel as though something is amiss.

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8.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #91

Mar 14, 2018

Neither tale is revolutionary, both are fun and well-executed, but the first is a real treat.

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8.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #92

Apr 11, 2018

They turn it on its head and have a fun, wild, and Easter egg-filled story that is better than it has any business to be.

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8.0
Super Sons #13

Feb 21, 2018

A beautifully drawn issue by Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert, and colorist Gale Altaeb is diminished somewhat by the feeling that we have all been here before with this story.

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10
Super Sons #14

Mar 21, 2018

Super Sons under writer Peter J. Tomasi has been one of the most consistently entertaining series of DC's Rebirth era, and while it is perhaps not a "great" series, few superhero books have been more fun in recent memory.

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8.0
Super Sons #15

Apr 18, 2018

Peter J. Tomasi's script is sharp and he has managed to soften Damian Wayne and make him more likable without losing the core of what makes Damian, Damian. he also set up a solid (if a little predictable) cliffhanger for the next issue.

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9.0
Superman (2011) #32

Jun 25, 2014

A well-worn premisekeeps the issue from feeling as fresh as we might like for such an important debut, but Johns's pacing and characterization carry the day writing-wise, turning out an issue that's a fast, fun read and delivers a lot of information without feeling like it's all about the exposition. Romita's first DC work could stand shoulder to shoulder with just about anything he's done in his long, distinguished career and if he can maintain this level of quality, this will quickly become one of DC's best monthly titles.

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6.0
Superman (2016) #42

Mar 7, 2018

Writer Peter J. Tomasi and writer/artist Patrick Gleason create an issue that is both incredibly clever in its structure and yet a bit of a slog to actually get through.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #43

Mar 21, 2018

Downer's colors are a high point of this issue, which puts Superboy side by side with his Bizarro doppelgnger throughout. While that makes for some cool, fun, and funny visuals, unfortunately the writing on the Bizarro stuff continues to be a little too" Bizarro.

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6.0
Superman (2016) #44

Apr 4, 2018

The writing in this arc continues to frustrate; the team are clearly having an absolute ball, but the determination with which they commit themselves to Bizarrospeak makes sequences " especially ones where Bizarro characters are disagreeing or fighting with one another " nearly impenetrable on a casual read through.

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10
Superman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

This issue is probably better than their story in Action Comics #1000 in some ways, and an absolute must to celebrate 80 years of Lois Lane and Superman.

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8.0
Superman (2016): Special #1

May 16, 2018

This one feels a lot less cobbled together than the Action Comics Special from earlier this week did, and also a bit more grounded with recent events since the Tomasi & Gleason story picks up threads directly from their run on Superman.

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10
The Silencer #2

Feb 28, 2018

By the time the story is over it feels like a comic book equivalent of John Wick, featuring a badass woman of color with a kid in place of Keanu Reeves.

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8.0
The Silencer #3

Mar 28, 2018

John Romita, Jr.'s name is on the top of the book, and it's for good reason: the success of Silencer hinges almost exclusively on his huge, dynamic visuals (along with the rock-solid inks of Sandra Hope), his command of visual storytelling, and a frantic pace that is expressed through his widescreen, emotive artwork.

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8.0
The Silencer #4

Apr 25, 2018

The somewhat baffling decision to remove John Romita, Jr. from the "artist-focused" New Age of Heroes title The Silencer does not materially hurt the comic, as incoming penciler Peter Bogdanovic continues his string of doing incredibly difficult jobs very well.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #20

Feb 14, 2018

Dan Abnett, meanwhile, uses strong characterization and a surprising revelation or two to convert a frustrating and dull story idea " "the Justice League have benched the Titans because they don't trust Troia" " into something genuinely interesting to read.

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4.0
Titans (2016) #21

Mar 14, 2018

A fatally flawed high concept haunts the "Titans Apart" storyline, and the beautiful art and strong storytelling of Paul Pelletier, inker Andrew Hennessy, and colorist Adriano Lucas can't quite overcome it in Titans #21.

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6.0
Titans (2016) #22

Apr 11, 2018

Writer Dan Abnett and artists Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas do the very best with what they have in this issue, which continues that somewhat contrived story of a Justice League who refuses to take the Titans seriously.

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8.0
Titans (2016) Annual #2

Apr 25, 2018

Titans Annual #2 takes a setup that feels like it could fit into a 10-page backup story and stretches it out to a 40-page issue, but writer Dan Abnett manages to keep it from being boring by filling those pages with interesting characters and well-written dialogue.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #40

Feb 14, 2018

The significant talents of Emanuela Lupacchino are wasted entirely on Wonder Woman #40, a comic in which characters say things no human being would say and both drama and comedy fall flat as a result.

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