Ryan Scott's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comics Bulletin Reviews: 14
7.8Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Birthright #1

Oct 13, 2014

The story follows a family dealing with the disappearance of their son, Mikey, after he gets lost in the woods only to show up a year later as a grown dragon-slaying He-Man. It seems like an homage to a lot of things, sort of aWorld of The Lord The Of Game Oftype of thing with hints ofTrue DetectiveandCriminal Mindsto boot.Joshua Williamson(Captain Midnight,Ghosted,Nailbiter) writes a damn fine script with a legitimate twist andAndrei(Green Lantern: New Guardians)Bressans art matches up quite nicely. However, in a rarely emphasized credit,Par Brosseau(sweet name right?) deserves some real recognition for the lettering in this book.Why?Well, youll have to read it to find out. And I do recommend that you do just that.

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8.0
Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1

Aug 12, 2014

As for the story, it does what most first issues do: asks more questions than it does give answers. That being said, they are good questions that the reader does want answered. This sci-fi adventure has everything from cloning, to crazy space animals, to violence, and some mystery to boot! As first issues go, it's pretty awesome, but flawed in the way all first issues are: so much information, so little time.

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5.5
Cosmic Scoundrels #1

Mar 5, 2017

It won't blow your mind, but you might enjoy it as you pass the time.

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8.0
Deadpool's Art of War #1

Oct 21, 2014

The usual amount of Deadpooling ensues. Peter David (X-Factor, Spider-Man 2099) does a great job of matching the current tone needed to tackle the character " and an even better job poking fun at Matt Fraction " and Scott Koblish (Excaliber, Elektra) does a fine job bringing it to life. It's pretty simple; if you like Deadpool, you'll like the book. If you don't like Deadpool? False.

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7.0
Drifter #1

Nov 24, 2014

There is definitely a lot of Star Wars influence all over this book, and that isnt a bad thing (for example, the setting of the planet in question is reminiscent of Mos Eisley). But the story feels a little underwhelming at first. Thankfully, there is a decent enough cliffhanger to set up an issue two nicely. This book has a lot of potential.

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9.0
East of West #16

Jan 5, 2015

Writer Jonathan Hickman (The Avengers) and artist Nick Dragotta (FF) make the perfect team for this futuristic sci-fi epic and though East of West #16 was my first, it will certainly not be my last.

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9.0
Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

Aug 19, 2014

Well, monster lovers, I have your solution; Enter Godzilla Cataclysm. Cullen Bunn (Magneto, Sinestro) has done a stunningly great job with this story and set everything up just right for the mini-series. We have our wise old man, our fun young couple and, of course, a shit load of cool monsters. Godzilla himself doesn't even show up until the last page, but it does what all great first issues should do" leave you wanting more. Bunn's Hollywood-worthy storyline is the real highlight, but Dave (Breath of Bones) Wachter's art is a perfect fit. The problem with many Godzilla comics over the years is that the art often undermines the cool factor of the monster. That is not the case here. This kaiju-packed issue of kick-assery is in, this monster lover's opinion, a nearly pitch-perfect first issue.

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5.0
Infinity Man And The Forever People: Futures End #1

Sep 23, 2014

Ultimately, this book feels like it could have been summed up in a few pages within another books arc.

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10
Invisible Republic #1

Mar 24, 2015

The story of Arthur McBride (which we barely scratch the surface of) is so compelling that the swift ace of this boom is utterly frustrating in the best kind of please give me more issues now kind of way. If this doesnt get optioned as Ridley Scotts next project, Ill be surprised.

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10
New Avengers (2013) Annual #1

Jun 30, 2014

The ish from Frank J. Barbiere (Solar: Man of the Atom) revisits a pivotal moment from Strange's past while he simultaneously battles a badass, universe threatening demon monster. I'll be honest, I'm typically story first when it comes to comics, art usually comes second but by the hoary hosts of Hoggoth is Marco (Swamp Thing) Rudy's art in this book amazing! It's honestly one of the most gorgeous books I've seen in a ages and any long time Strange fan will tell you that the Master of the Mystic Arts has a knack for bringing out the best in comic artists. Doctor Strange fans should adore this book, but newcomers will find a nice introduction into the character as well. This is a must read.

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7.0
Regular Show March Madness Special (One-Shot) #1

Mar 31, 2015

The only downside to the Regular Show March Madness edition is that, if youre not a fan of the show, it may not strike the same chord. In any case its a great extension for fans that stays faithful to the property. If you need more Regular Show in your life, give this a shot.

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6.0
Shaft #1

Dec 8, 2014

Walker has done no wrong, but it is perhaps the source material itself that just doesnt seem like its right for comics. Then again, perhaps this is just the result of having a nerdy white boy review a comic such as Shaft. In any case, this may not be the best of reads on stands this week; however, the creators did include a pretty sweet playlist to go along with the book.

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10
The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

Dec 23, 2014

This one-off story pits our hero against the mad scientist Sivana in a plot that involves time travel, monsters and (GASP!) an eighth day of the week! Somehow, Morrison manages to make a relatively layered and complex story totally readable and never confusing in a short amount of time. It feels like a very classic book in the vain of DC's silver age. A concise, but very complete story. To go along with Morrison's perfectly executed script, Cameron Stewart (Superman Adventures, The Invisibles), with the help of colorist Nathan Fairbairn (Scott Pilgrim, Batman Incorporated), crafted a truly gorgeous and classic looking book from cover to cover. In short, this is quite possibly a perfect comic and should be on everyone's pull list this week.

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7.0
Wayward #1

Sep 2, 2014

The art is very reflective of the culture the book is trying to represent, and the pacing is great. However, when the weird Ninja Turtle style bad guys show up, it feels a bit strange (even when considering that there are teenage girls fighting huge turtles). For some reason, you are left wishing that it was just a straight story without the supernatural aspects. However, this is only a first issue, and it does ask questions that desire answers.

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