Ryan Perry's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT, Word Of The Nerd Reviews: 57
8.1Avg. Review Rating

8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1031

May 25, 2021

In total, Johnson and Sampere have delivered a simple followup to Action Comics #1030, which better details the mystery at hand. It also does that with so much style and skill that simple developments feel like revelations, and decades-old characters feel brand new.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1

Jul 13, 2018

The Amazing Spider-Man #1is largely the successful, bombastic debut Marvel would've wanted from this team. Spider-Man is back and if you weren't a fan of Dan Slott's extended tenure then this is your time to get back with the web-head. This book mostly captures Peter's voice well and excellently shows off his supporting cast and relationships. It sets up several interesting plot threads that will be exciting to explore in the future. Ryan Ottley makes it all beautiful the whole way. He will be one of the definitive Spider-Man artists one day.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #59

Feb 10, 2021

In what feels mostly like a transition story, Nick Spencer sets up an intriguing future for Peter Parker, while Marcelo Ferreira struggles as a Spider-Man artist.

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4
America Chavez: Made in the USA #1

Mar 1, 2021

Vazquez and Gomez struggle throughout to create an accurate portrait of the America Chavez that readers have fallen in love with.

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9
Batman (2016) #106

Mar 2, 2021

While not every kink is rolled out, Tynion IV and Jimenez are putting in the work to be a defining creative team for Batman.

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9
Batman (2016) #107

Apr 6, 2021

Tynion IV and Jiminez give readers every reason to come back to this series for Batman #108. The story is developing in interesting ways, the characters are becoming more interesting, and there's the promise of finally exploring the Unsanity Collective in a classic Batman way.

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7
Batman (2016) #109

Jun 1, 2021

It isn't the same type of book that will guarantee readers come back again and again, but it also seems unlikely to convince anyone to jump off.

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9
Batman (2016) #110

Jul 6, 2021

Tynion IV and Jimenez kick this book back into gear with one of its most exciting and important issues in months. Almost every element of this book is top notch, and it's a great advertisement for why readers should return this fall for Fear State.

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7.5
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #3

Feb 16, 2021

King and Mann's contradictory depictions of Catwoman define this otherwise enjoyable step forward in the Batman/Catwoman mystery.

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7.5
Batman: Black & White (2020) #4

Mar 23, 2021

Batman: Black and White #4 is a fun collection of stories that offer small insights into the caped crusader, and definitely has the edge to satisfy that Batman itch if that's what readers are looking for. It doesn't hit every ball out of the park, but nothing is horrible, and the good stuff often leans into being great stuff.

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8.5
Captain America (2018) #1

Jul 6, 2018

There are innumerable reasons why readers should pick this book up. It succeeds valiantly in spite of its context and the occasional failings of its creators. Even if this wasn't the purely best book I read this week, it will stick in my thoughts the longest.

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5
Crossover (2020) #4

Feb 23, 2021

While the latest issue of Crossover shouldn't convince any diehard Cates fans to jump off, it doesn't seem to do much to convince new fans to stick with it. Maybe if there was promise of more Madman-like reveals it would be worth sticking around, but the book's final reveal seems to solidify that this is a work by Cates about Cates' body of work.

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8
Crush & Lobo #1

Jun 1, 2021

Crush & Lobo #1 is a fun introduction to DC's next big father/daughter adventure. It isn't perfect, but that's not what it promises. Its promise from the get-go is fun, wild adventure, and readers will find that in droves.

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9
Far Sector #11

Apr 9, 2021

Jemisin and Campbell do almost everything right in this issue, and it's another great stepping stone to what might be an incredible conclusion.

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7.5
Far Sector #12

Jun 8, 2021

More than anything, Jemisin and Campbell deliver an issue that feels bittersweet. They both have obvious talent on display, and it seems like all of the issues' flaws simply stem from there being too few pages. However, the flaws that exist are fairly significant, and can really water down what had been set up to be an extremely exciting conclusion.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #768

Mar 30, 2021

Overall, Adams, Peterson, Santucci, and Lafuente launch a satisfying and intriguing start to the new Flash story. It isn't immediately lightning in a bottle, but it absolutely has the ability to get there. This is an issue that should bring readers back to the series.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Aquaman #2

Feb 23, 2021

The excellence of this issue is no small feat as Brandon Thomas, Daniel Sampere and Adriano Lucas make Andy Curry and her world one of the most fascinating of Future State.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Aquaman #2

Feb 23, 2021

The excellence of this issue is no small feat as Brandon Thomas, Daniel Sampere and Adriano Lucas make Andy Curry and her world one of the most fascinating of Future State.

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9
Future State (2021): Superman vs. Imperious Lex #2

Feb 23, 2021

Russell and Pugh aren't making a timeless work in Future State: Superman vs Imperious Lex #2, but they're making a work for this time.

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9
Green Arrow (2016): 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

Jul 1, 2021

Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular is as good of an anniversary issue as readers have seen in a while.

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8.4
Hawkman (2018) #3

Aug 11, 2018

Hawkman #3 is a great example of two creators that elevate each other's work. Venditti and Hitch both make the other shine here and thanks to their partnership, Carter Hall is shining better than ever before. Carter has become one of the most easy-to-invest-in characters in all of DC here, and the mystery of the Hawkman character demands that reader come back to see it developed and concluded.

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9
Infinite Frontier (2021) #0

Mar 2, 2021

DC Comics truly seems to be drawing their line in the sand here, and have outlined a new direction fans haven't seen from the company in quite some time. It's fresh, and exciting.

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10
Infinite Frontier (2021) #1

Jun 22, 2021

Fans of DC Comics should be losing their minds at the things happening in Infinite Frontier and the quality it brings to the table. Williamson and Xermanico seem to be off to the races with a better sense of the DC Universe than many creators in recent years. Now it's only a question of how these situations might develop, and what exciting developments they might bring us with these characters.

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9.5
Infinite Frontier (2021) #2

Jul 13, 2021

This team goes above and beyond in that way, and as the whole team comes together they are delivering readers an exceptional experience. It's one of the most exciting times in the DC Universe in years, and it seems that there's still so much more to come.

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9
Infinite Frontier (2021) #3

Jul 27, 2021

Infinite Frontier #3 is another exciting issue in DC's best event in years. Williamson and the team of artists here deliver their best work, and continue to give the characters and universes an opportunity to shine.

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9.5
Infinite Frontier (2021) #4

Aug 10, 2021

It's a broken record at this point to say that every DC fan should be reading this book, and that Williamson and everyone else working on this book is absolutely killing it. They've proven at this point that no one will be able to predict what is next, but whatever it is will be awesome. Therefore readers should give themselves every opportunity to be a part of the ride.

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9
Justice League (2018) #3

Jul 4, 2018

Scott Snyder has been a great writer for a while, but Justice League is really just a credit to his growth as a creator. His ability to direct the entire DC Universe is, at this time, unparalleled. Jorge Jimenez is his perfect partner in this, so much so that I'll be sad to see Jim Cheung return. This is the Justice League book readers have been waiting for since Grant Morrison left JLA. Through these first three issues, this issue has in every way topped Geoff Johns' New 52 run. You're doing yourself a disservice not reading this book as it's everything the Justice League should be.

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6.5
Justice League (2018) #59

Mar 15, 2021

Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez deliver readers an opening Justice League issue which is a 5, but is dragged up by Ram V and Xermanico's amazing Justice League Dark backup.

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5.5
Justice League (2018) #60

Apr 20, 2021

Justice League is not good enough to be DC's flagship book, but Justice League Dark is incredible and everyone should read it.

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7
Milestone Returns (2021) #0

Feb 26, 2021

The future for Milestone is bright. With the world they've set up in this issue, the exciting new voices they're bringing on and the crystal clear direction they're taking, readers are in for a treat.

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7
Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom (2021) #1

May 25, 2021

Norman is a breath of fresh air among some of DC's more classic titles right now, and sometimes that's the best thing a book can be.

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9
Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom (2021) #2

Jun 22, 2021

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #2 is a step up from an already exciting first issue. The trajectory for this series is strong, and if the solicits are anything to go by, there's an exciting trip to New Genesis in Norman's future.

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8
Moon Knight (2021) #1

Jul 19, 2021

This is a somewhat slow start for a character which has traditionally taken off with a bang and a clatter time and time again. However, the somewhat inconsistent tone and off-kilter handling of Spector's voice don't have the ability to overpower the strong story structure and really exciting art. MacKay and Cappuccio promise more than this singular issue would let on.

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8
Power Rangers (2020) #4

Feb 15, 2021

Parrott and Mortarino know how to depict teenage heroes, and know how to do it in a way that evokes the love you had for the original Power Rangers. Whichever ones were your originals!

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8
Power Rangers (2020) #5

Mar 24, 2021

Parrott and Mortarino deliver another fun entry in the Power Rangers series. It expands the world in exciting, if confusing ways. Somehow though the flaws of this issue seem to be just more of a reason to keep going and see what's happening. In that, it seems there might not be much of a flaw at all.

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8
Static (2021): Season One #1

Jun 15, 2021

There's so much potential here for the series to take off now that it's introduced readers to all the concepts they need to know, and they've gotten past the shock of this not being McDuffie's Static.

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8.4
Superman (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

I'm more hopeful for Bendis' Superman after Superman #1 than I was after the conclusion of The Man of Steel. The confirmation from interviews that the Kent family will be back very soon is so comforting. Bendis' grasp of Superman's core themes shines here and acts as a promise of things to come. The only problem is you could've said that about the first and last issues of The Man of Steel. If Bendis keeps delivering promises with no fulfillment he'll eventually wear out his welcome on this book.

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7.8
Superman (2018) #2

Aug 11, 2018

Superman #2 is a slow tease with beautiful art. Readers are treated to a few moments of wonder and longer moments of plodding passive nothingness. Reis' art is enough to bring readers back by itself. In spite of itself though, Bendis' story also makes a solid case for a return to the next issue.

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8.5
Superman (2018) #30

Apr 13, 2021

This is a book which, unlike Superman #29, truly feels like the start of a journey. It's teasing dynamics and conflicts for the future while deepening the relationships between its main characters in meaningful ways. This is all done against the backdrop of classic comic art, which should satisfy any comic fan.

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8
Superman (2018) #31

May 11, 2021

Johnson, Godlewski and Rapmund deliver an interesting side-adventure which is integral to the re-development of Jon Kent as a prominent character in the DC Universe. They're pulling it off more successfully than most anyone could imagine following such a negative fan reaction to the character's initial aging up. It can only be imagined that it'll just get better from here.

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9.5
Superman: Son of Kal-El (2021) #1

Jul 27, 2021

This series feels akin to Taylor's Nightwing in that it could just be banger after banger each month.

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9
Superman: Son of Kal-El (2021) #2

Aug 24, 2021

This world is growing, becoming more complicated, and becoming more in need of Superman. Taylor and Timms' Superman: Son of Kal-El is the absolute answer to that, both in universe and in real life.

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6.8
Teen Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 28, 2018

The big question this issue should answer for the reader is whether they should pick up Teen Titans 20. In spite of the flaws of this issue, it's convinced me that I should see what's coming next. I wonder if this book could grow on me, based on the proper motivation given to Kid Flash and the flash-in-the-pan compassion Damian was allowed to show.

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8.3
The Immortal Men #4

Jul 11, 2018

Tynion is thankfully able to pull the issue and this concept together at the end of The Immortal Men #4. The climax focuses on the Immortal Man and makes a very clear case as to why readers should like him. He just makes him do something cool. It's often overestimated what it takes to make characters likable. What Tynion does here was a masterclass in how to do that simply. The same can also be said, to a much lesser extent, about the treatment of Caden Park at the end of this issue. I wouldn't say he's completely gotten him over. But Tynion's finally realized he needed to explain what Park's powers are and why he's useful in this war if he wants readers to care.

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8
The Man of Steel (2018) #6

Jul 5, 2018

With all that said, Jason Fabok draws this issue like his life depended on it. You could print out any page he drew and hang it up as a poster. He really makes this issue worth reading whether you like the story or not.

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8.5
The Other History of the DC Universe (2020) #3

Mar 30, 2021

Outside of a small lack of comfort in the issues as compared to the previous issues, and a slow start, Ridley still barrels forward with a complete re-envisioning of the DC Universe that is incredibly important for our time.

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7.3
The Unexpected (2018) #2

Jul 4, 2018

The Unexpected is a concept that I desperately want to love. The first issue was really fun. I enjoy the main characters immensely, especially as we learn more about them in The Unexpected #2. The plot seems to be well paced. It feels as if it's careening towards a destination. The only issue is, the art can't carry this story. The things happening in this story are so big and exciting that anything other than the grandest art would weigh it down. It's hard to feel magic when what is drawn is mediocre.

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8.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #1

May 18, 2021

It's an exciting first issue that seems to promise a huge impact on the DC world at large. It's tough to deny that Jones and Bellaire brought their A-game.

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8
Wonder Girl (2021) #2

Jul 6, 2021

The second issue doesn't quite reach the heights of the first but continues full steam ahead on a very interesting mystery.

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8.9
Wonder Woman (2016) #53

Aug 23, 2018

It's such a shame that when Wonder Woman is finally gifted with an All-Star creative team they're only here as a fill-in. Steve Orlando's love for and attention to Wonder Woman's history is the best we've seen from a writer in the past decade, if not longer. Readers haven't seen Orland executing at this level since his time on Midnighter and Apollo. It's a welcome return to form. ACO and Hugo Petros bring it all together though. As much as Wonder Woman fans appreciate Orlando's attention to continuity, it wouldn't mean anything if it didn't look cool. ACO and Petros make it look like the coolest book being published.

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9
Wonder Woman (2016) #770

Mar 9, 2021

An intriguing mystery, likable characters, fantastic art and cute talking animals -- it's hard not to endorse this book.

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9
Wonder Woman (2016) #771

Apr 13, 2021

The whole team brings out their A-game for the second issue of Infinite Frontier's Wonder Woman. While the issue is still hurt by small issues present in the script, it can't be denied that this is the most exciting Wonder Woman story in years. It's entirely possible that the next issue of this series could be perfect, and there are few series that can be consistently said about.

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8.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #772

May 11, 2021

Wonder Woman: Afterworlds is the most exciting Diana story in a decade. It's incredibly telling that only small nitpicks can be made, and that the worst element of reading it is the worry that the payoff might not land correctly. Cloonan, Conrad, Moore and Bonvillain are crafting one of the best books DC is publishing right now, and it doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon.

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6.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #773

Jun 8, 2021

There are so many exciting ideas present and developing in this series which could come to a fruitful end, and this could've been the first fruit the series bore. Sadly it didn't come across in quite the way it seems to have been intended.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #774

Jun 22, 2021

Overall, if readers have kept up with this series thus far, it is exactly what it has shown itself to be. There's excellent pacing and fun characters, but it's bogged down a bit by confusing characterization at times. This issue in particular is a bit of a step down in the art department, but would seemingly make up for it in the strong revelations it presents.

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5.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #775

Jul 13, 2021

What once seemed like it would be an inventive story that explored the Sphere of the Gods and found intriguing ways to incorporate Diana's rogues gallery, now feels like a story propped up by a gimmick.

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8
Wonder Woman: Earth One #3

Mar 10, 2021

Morrison and Paquette conclude a trilogy that is both hurt and uplifted by being a complete work. This volume is an excellent bit of storytelling to leave readers with.

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