Scott Redmond's Comic Reviews

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10
AL15: The Adventure Begins #1

Jul 30, 2021

‘AL15: The Adventure Begins' is a gorgeous epic adventure hybrid graphic novel that stands apart from others in the best way possible. Lush, dynamic, and energetic art with painterly flares stand alongside detailed and perfectly used prose sections to bring this science fiction world to vivid life.

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10
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #1

Sep 22, 2021

DC Comics has found its legacy once more and nowhere is that more clear than the stunning first issue of Aquaman: The Becoming. There is a clear love and passion from everyone involved for both Jackson Hyde and everything that is part of Aquaman's world and comic books in general.

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10
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #2

Nov 4, 2021

Jackson Hyde hits some patches of rough waters as ‘Aquaman: The Becoming' #2 pits the hero against some hard hitting foes that one can't fight with their fists, tapping into the real world in a really relevant and well done way. Every page is a gorgeous journey through Atlantis and Amnesty Bay as this team brings vivid deep life this slice of the DC Comics universe. It's a really fantastic time to be a fan of the Aquaman family and their world.

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9
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #3

Nov 18, 2021

As Jackson Hyde flees to a former home away from home, more pieces of the puzzle surrounding the plot to frame him begin to make themselves known especially surrounding the new villain Deluge. Truly this series and it's companion Black Manta are breathing a new bit of life into the Atlantean side of the DC Universe, and it's beyond exciting to see.

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9
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #4

Jan 5, 2022

Passing the halfway point, Aquaman: The Becoming loses no steam as the series continues to flesh out Jackson Hyde's world while taking the character on an emotional roller coaster ride. This fourth issue presents another fantastical yet grounded artistic journey through the widest realms of the DC Universe.

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10
Astonishing Times #1

Jul 30, 2021

OveriewAstonishing Times brilliantly combines superheroes with the literal actual world right outside our windows in a way that celebrates the joy and spark that superheroes bring. Every page is filled with stunningly beautiful artwork that fully encapsulates this wonderful clash of the fantastical and our reality. Truly, a magnificent debut issue.

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10
Astonishing Times #2

Sep 15, 2021

Astonishing Times wears its big superhero and comic book-loving heart right on its sleeve for all to see on every single page. This creative team has managed to take an age-old question about heroes and reality and give it a shiny new coat of paint and a whole new wonderful bag of tricks.

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10
Astonishing Times #3

Oct 11, 2021

Astonishing Times continues to weave a tale and flesh out a world where superheroes were real but have left while the world moved on from them, and what comes next when the two worlds collide once more. A truly gorgeous and brilliant series that showcases just what the medium of comics is capable of doing while serving as a love letter to that same medium and genre.

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10
Astonishing Times #4

Nov 2, 2021

After building up a world, Astonishing Times begins to tear it all down in an action-packed brutal, and revealing issue that continues to prove how much this creative team loves the medium of comic books. Every single page is gorgeous and energetic and feels like the characters might blast right off the pages. If you love superheroes and comic books, this is a series that you need to be reading.

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10
Astonishing Times #5

Dec 1, 2021

Astonishing Times brings its exploration of the nature of heroes to a close, leaving it all out on the table in an epic, insightful, and relevant action-packed issue. Every aspect of this book has showcased how much this creative team loves comic books and superheroes, as they wove their own addition to the storied genre.

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9
Batgirls (2021) #1

Dec 23, 2021

At long last, the Batgirls are soaring high in their own series, taking to the streets of Gotham in their own way for their own line of adventures. There is a lot of care and love clearly showcased on each page alongside a lot of colorful bright and popping fun energy that gives the book a unique personality among the line. There are a lot of building blocks being set here that has the potential to create a very solid foundation for hopefully years to come.

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Batgirls (2021) #2

Jan 14, 2022

The reintroduction and reinvention of the Batgirls and their world continues in their new title which is able to juggle world-building, villain introduction, and solid character moments seamlessly together. Every element of the book screams out how much the creative team cares about these characters and their world and how much of their heart and soul they're putting into making this a truly unique and fun book within the Batman-related publishing line.

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9.5
Beyond the Breach #1

Jul 20, 2021

Beyond the Breach's debut issue solidly sets up the concept and nightmarish scenario of this book within the first few pages and doesn't let go as it races towards quite the cliffhanger. Gorgeously beautiful and horrific scenes are brought to life by the supremely talented art team for the book. Most definitely one of the strongest debut issues of the year.

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Beyond the Breach #2

Aug 26, 2021

'Beyond the Breach' continues to draw the audience even further into a bizarre and truly horrifyingly brutal world where there are more questions than there are answers, which is delightful, before dropping a game-changing cliffhanger. All of this is brought to life with some distinctive and quite beautiful artwork that never shies away from the true horror and hardship of this situation.

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Beyond the Breach #3

Sep 24, 2021

AfterShocks Beyond the Beach is an emotional, brutal, gorgeous science fiction horror series that keeps dropping little crumbs that deepen the overall mystery of the series. Strong character work and a group effort that pulls out all the stops in creating a living and breathing new world beyond imagination help this series heavily stand out from the pack.

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Beyond the Breach #4

Oct 28, 2021

The secret of the breach stands revealed in a truly engaging fourth issue of Beyond The Breach, which continues to flesh out this amazing science fiction world evne with only one more issue to go. Every inch of this brutal and horrifying yet intriguing world has been lovingly given life to the level where it all feels lived-in and weighty, showing just how great this creative team is at building worlds.

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Beyond the Breach #5

Dec 1, 2021

Beyond the Breach hit the gas right away in issue one and hasn't let up, even as the gorgeous trippy brutal, and emotional science fiction horror series comes to a conclusion. There are so many unexplored avenues presented within this intricate and fleshed-out world, showcasing the depth that this creative team achieved with this series. While this conclusion is satisfying (and heartbreaking), it also leaves one craving far more from this team and from this world.

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Black Cat (2020) #3

Feb 25, 2021

Pulling off a heist against a space god was the easy part, now Felicia Hardy faces a temptation-filled walk down memory lane with the ever-present threat of Knull looming overhead.

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Black Cat (2020) #4

Apr 1, 2021

Black Cat continues to do what it does best, creating big and bold and fun stories filled with compelling and fully detailed characters while turning the point of view over to a newer character. The often noirish style of the series continues with colorful and smooth art that fires on all cylinders whether the moment is quiet or action-packed.

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9.8
Black Cat (2020) #5

Apr 14, 2021

Black Cat continues to be one of the very best books on the stands from Marvel as the creative team delivers a truly stunning and emotional journey wrapped up in all the trappings of a traditional (but Marvelized) heist story. Every page is a delight to look upon and the issue hammers home just how great a character Felicia Hardy truly can be.

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9.8
Black Cat (2020) #6

May 12, 2021

Everything about this series just continues to click and get better with every single issue that is released. Gorgeous dynamic engaging panels surrounded by a heartfelt and emotional and humorous story that never misses hammering home the true character moments alongside the superhero comics type spectacle. Truly a masterclass of the levels all superhero adjacent comic books should be aiming for.

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10
Black Cat (2020) #7

Jun 4, 2021

This series continues to be one of the most heartfelt and character-driven books on the stands as it can rip your heart out and repair it all within the very same issue, in the best way possible time and time again. Creative, dynamic, energetic, and emotional are all words that perfectly describe every single artistic contribution to this issue and the series as a whole. 2021 is the year of the Black Cat, and that sounds like a pretty great year.

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10
Black Cat (2020) #8

Jul 29, 2021

Black Cat remains one of the best books being published currently as it continues to fill its pages with fantastic humor, fun heist moments, and great heartfelt character moments and depth. All of that is perfectly captured by the gorgeous and dynamic art that brings this character and her world to life. Felicia Hardy's star continues to rise within the Marvel Universe, just like she deserves.

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10
Black Cat (2020) #9

Aug 19, 2021

One of Marvel Comics' best books continues to pull out all the stops, truly showcasing what an all-around awesome and even terrifying character Felicia Hardy can be. A thoughtful, sassy, and fun issue is brought to stunning life by one of the best creative teams around who just keep hitting it out of the park month after month.

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10
Black Cat (2020) #10

Sep 30, 2021

Felicia Hardy's stellar defining series is coming to an end but the creative team isn't slowing down, making sure that this fantastic series is going out with a bang. This creative team and every member that has contributed along the way has done amazing things and should be at the top of publisher's lists for projects going forward.

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9.5
Black Cat (2020) Annual #1

Jul 1, 2021

Black Cat Annual throws Felicia Hardy into a world different than her usual stomping ground but doesn't lose a bit of the series trademark humor, fun, and emotional weight. Truly fun and colorful and engaging artwork that continues the book's great trend to play with panel & page layouts fill every single page. It's a great intro sort of issue to Felicia and the book's style for new readers ahead of the upcoming Infinity Stones centric story arc.

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10
Black Cat (2020): Infinity Score #1

Dec 9, 2021

There are comic books and then there are comic books that take their audience on a truly transformative emotional journey, and Balck Cat has most assuredly been one of those books from start to finish. This is a truly special book that should be placed on every comic book fan's shelves to be read over and over again. Gorgeous, fun, emotional, heartbreaking, funny, and honestly one of the best books that Marvel has ever published.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1

Mar 19, 2021

An action-packed debut issue with an intriguing plotline and no fear of exploring some of the deeper topics and subjects centered around the emotional human experience. Beautiful artwork, bouts of dark humor, and a personality that lets it stand apart from other Marvel books make it all even better.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #2

Apr 23, 2021

With the debut out of the way, Black Knight's second issue sidelines a lot of the action for colorful Marvel history lessons but never forgets the fantastic emotional mental character work being done on Dane Whitman. Stunning and energetic visuals showcase the art team's ability to shift between action and expository quieter moments at the drop of a hat.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #3

May 21, 2021

Black Knight's moody dark bloody mythological depressive and humorous status continues to allow it to stand apart from many other comic books upon the shelves. With the swords, flying horses, mystical beings, and deep ties to Camelot the series fills the epic fantasy niche that isn't explored near enough within Marvel. To top it off it's a rich character study not afraid to dive into the mental toll that heroics and life within the Marvel Universe begin to take on individuals.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #4

Jul 2, 2021

Black Knight's penultimate issue brings the action while doing far more to continue the series deconstruction and reconstruction of the lore surrounding the history of the knight and Camelot itself. Every page is just full of glorious beautiful emotionally brutal and honest artwork that sells every single moment. This is the type of Black Knight series that many fans have been waiting for.

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Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #5

Jul 29, 2021

Black Knights concluding issue sufficiently and wonderfully wraps up many of the overarching plotlines or focuses of the miniseries while also building a whole new realm of mythology to explore moving forward. Every bit of the artwork brilliantly mixes darkness with also the brightness of hope and heroic energy that fills the issue. If you haven't checked out this series already, it surely should be on your to-read list.

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Black Manta (2021) #1

Sep 14, 2021

Aquaman's arch-enemy gains his own series that throws readers into the deep end while hoping they can stay afloat to see what is next. It's a series that has a dark and sharp edge to it, much like the character that is its main star.

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Black Manta (2021) #2

Oct 26, 2021

Black Manta's second issue retains its breakneck pace as it takes time to flesh out the world and give readers a bit more foundation to stand upon while maintaining its visually distinct stylings. Books centered around villains can be a bit of a hard sale, and this series doesn't shy away from that while also presenting enough to make it not quite so hard.

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Black Manta (2021) #3

Nov 10, 2021

More pieces of the puzzle are revealed as Black Manta has a welcome rough charm both for the main character and for the series itself, adding a ton of new layers to the Atlantean realm and this decades-old character. Everything presented here bodes quite well for the upcoming Aquamen series and for the Aquaman-related line overall.

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Black Manta (2021) #4

Dec 24, 2021

Black Manta continues to thread the needle in regards to presenting its title character as a flawed but interesting man on a mission, by surrounding him with a ton of interesting and diverse characters. A character with many rough edges needs an art team that can bring that to vivid accurate life and that's just what this series has.

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Black Panther (2021) #1

Dec 2, 2021

It's a bold new day in Wakanda as the latest Black Panther series dives deep into political and social realms while diving deeply into the shadowy realms of spy stories. The oversized debut issue has a lot to say wrapped up in a truly gorgeous and cinematic-like presentation that is worth the price of admission alone.

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Black Panther (2021) #2

Dec 29, 2021

Black Panther's new run continues and delves much deeper into the political spy thriller realm, allowing the cast to explore more & speak their minds about the actions of a king. There is such a cinematic quality to this series, as the art team infuses every page with powerful energy and unique look.

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Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer (2021) #1

Dec 14, 2021

Buffy enters the tired and true realm of dystopian future-type stories, as the former slayer finds her way within a still-dangerous world that seemingly no longer has any need or want for her. This is a book that surely will speak to long-time Buffy fans as it treads the line very close to the television series world while also doing its own things to expand the familiar but different world.

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Byte Sized #2

Jan 27, 2021

Mysteries abound and tension rises ever higher in the second issue of AWA Studio's latest series, as it continues to hit the mark of the kid-focused stories of yesteryear.

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Byte Sized #3

Feb 22, 2021

Children and robots are formally introduced as the threat they face makes itself known, born through the cruelty of the U.S. Government.

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9.5
Byte Sized #4

Mar 31, 2021

Bite-Sized delightfully dances through waves of nostalgia to deliver a familiar, but original story of robots, family, and humanity that is fitting for child and adult alike. Colorful, bright, and engaging art leaps off the pages and takes on a life of its own, displaying the horror and wonder and the personality of every single character. A solid series that leaves the reader begging for more.

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Catwoman (2018) #29

Mar 18, 2021

Catwoman enters Infinite Frontier firing on all cylinders with tremendous storytelling & gorgeous noirish artwork while adding Poison Ivy, Riddler, the Magistrate, and more to Selina Kyle's world. Every issue continues to prove why this series is a must-read for comic book fans.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #30

Apr 22, 2021

Catwoman presents a stylish and moody, yet dangerous neo-noir version of Gotham City while continuing to build a life for Selina Kyle that is just outside the world of Batman. Blanco and Bellaire are their own dynamic duo as they breathe gorgeous life into the world they are building.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #31

May 20, 2021

Catwoman continues to stand out at a time when the entirety of the Gotham line of books is at the top of their game, with a moody stylistic flare mixed with noir heist elements and realistic deep character-driven moments. Every single moment and panel is placed with deliberate intent that services the book's overall plots while also enhancing the overall plot that runs through the entire line of books. This creative team is hitting it out of the park over and over again, with no signs that they can or will be slowed down in any way.

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10
Catwoman (2018) #32

Jun 22, 2021

Catwoman #32 achieves the perfect fusion of a stand-alone/new reader-friendly type issue that also is firmly entrenched within and furthers the ongoing plot of this stellar must-read series. Not a single artistic beat is missed with a guest artist as the neo-noirish style continues and presents the reader with a variety of similar but very differently depicted vignettes set to answer the overall question posed by the issue's very title. Selina Kyle is a force of nature and this series continues to rocket her to the levels she deserves to be at within the echelon of DC Comics characters.

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Catwoman (2018) #33

Jul 22, 2021

Catwoman has steadily and slowly been building a number of plotlines that all collide in this powerful and well-crafted issue that continues this series' run as truly one of the best books on the stands. The reunited regular art team pulls out all the stops as their neo-norish style changes ever so slightly to really hit home how brutal and dangerous this story arc truly is for Selina Kyle and every one of her allies. This is the series that Catwoman and Catwoman fans truly deserve.

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Catwoman (2018) #34

Aug 18, 2021

All paths have led to this very moment as Father Valley and Catwoman collide in one of the most powerful and devastatingly beautiful issues in a run that has been amazing with every single issue. Truly, go now and pick this series up in print or digital format and catch up because there is no doubt it will only continue to get better and better with everything to come.

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Catwoman (2018) #35

Sep 29, 2021

Fear State arrives and adds another layer to the chaos and destruction and loss that has befallen Selina Kyle's life and Alleytown as a whole. As the clock ticks down closer to the final issue of this stellar sure to be classic run, everyone involved continues to put everything into creating one of the best books on the stands right now.

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Catwoman (2018) #36

Oct 22, 2021

All the pieces have been set up as all roads have been leading here, Catwoman and her allies and the forces of the Magistrate are clashing with the fate of Alley Town at stake. One of the best definitive runs that Selina Kyle has ever had is going strong as the finish line is very nearly in sight, promising to finish strong and continue to make a mark on this character and the DC Universe.

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Catwoman (2018) #37

Nov 29, 2021

The battle for Alleytown has come to an end, and Catwoman stands triumphant in the conclusion of the book's final story arc leading into this creative team's big final issue. All the emotional and character depth as well as the fun that has resonated through every fiber of this run is on full display here as a reminder of just how great this book has been.

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Catwoman (2018) #38

Dec 28, 2021

Catwoman's current run has come to an end in the most emotional, fun, beautiful, and hopeful way that it can which is befitting the character and perfectly describes this entire run. Truly this run is certain to go down in history as one of the best starring Selina Kyle and needs to be read by every person that calls themselves a Catwoman fan. Selina Kyle is a force of nature and this series helped firmly entrench her at the levels she deserves to be at within the echelon of DC Comics characters.

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9.8
Catwoman (2018) Annual: 2021

Jun 30, 2021

Catwoman is truly one of the best books being published right now and the series doesn't miss a single beat as it delves into the origins of a new character in an annual that builds upon what the regular issues have already laid down. Three complimentary art styles perfectly combine to bring various eras of the story to life while being tied together by wonderful shifting coloring and lettering. This issue and the entire series should be on the must-read list for any DC Comics or just comic book fan.

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Champions (2020) #5

Feb 18, 2021

The Champions continue their fight against the government as the X-Men step in to land a helping hand and to impart some wisdom about how tough the world truly can be.

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Champions (2020) #6

Apr 21, 2021

Champions #6 never misses a beat from the previous issues even with a new creative team, who bring their own energy and sensibilities as they perfectly capture teenage voices and the issues that face many of us in the world today. Bright and colorful superheroic colors mesh with the colorful and bright aspects of corporations creating a delightful visual buffet within the issue.

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Champions (2020) #7

May 21, 2021

Champions continues to deliver a vibrant and emotional character-driven story that perfectly finds its teenage voice while turning an eye towards hard to solve issues that plague both fictional and real worlds. Comic series like this truly showcase that teenage-focused titles can not only thrive but have a well-deserved place within the publishing realm.

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Champions (2020) #8

Jul 22, 2021

Champions continues to deliver high-quality deeply emotional character-driven work wrapped up in an energetic and emotive and gorgeous artistic package. Every bit of the issue is heavy in the best way possible with the history, relationships, traumas, hopes, dreams, and plans of these teenage superheroes showcasing just how much the creative team knows and cares about them. Children are the future, and this book is exactly what the present and future of good superhero comics should aspire to be like.

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Champions (2020) #9

Sep 16, 2021

Champions is not only the type of comic book we need right now, it is the type of gorgeous character-driven youthful series focused on real-life issues that we deserve. One of a handful of books that Marvel needs to make sure they truly study and learn from going forward, becuase it's one of the best on the shelves.

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Champions (2020) #10

Oct 7, 2021

The Champions concluding chapter more than sticks the landing, it presents a tremendously solid wrap-up to the overarching plotlines of the book while never wavering from the character-focused heart that made the series soar. This creative team proved that teen-focused books can and do work still, creating one of the best books around, and Marvel should get them on something else together sooner rather than later.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #2

Apr 14, 2021

This series doesn't leave reality at the door and that makes the issue and the overall series all the stronger. A truly compelling and deep issue that really digs into the depths that are offered by the new Krakoan status quo for the X-Line.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #3

May 13, 2021

With only three issues out the series has catapulted itself to the top levels of the list of books that are able to really deliver on all the emotional and character depth that much of the audience is craving. Gorgeous popping emotional and dramatic artwork fills every single page and helps fully bring these characters even more to life. The series is not only a love letter to the world of the X-Men and Marvel Comics but just to comics in general and what they can be at their best.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #4

Jun 15, 2021

Children of the Atom continues to flesh out its deeply relatable cast of young characters, building its own solid found family that all have their own feelings, thoughts, issues, wants, and goals while still being true to themselves and one another. The art continues to hit all the right notes from both the heavily emotional moments to the action-packed ones, every aspect fitting together like a piece in a glorious puzzle. Just another solid series that proves that teenage-led books not only can work at Marvel but do work and need to stick around long-term with solid creative teams like this.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #5

Jul 7, 2021

Children of the Atom is the perfect example of how to approach the X-Men and their world for a modern era that strives to truly represent the diversity of humanity. Beautiful, creative, and energetic artwork fills every single page and slides easily between heartfelt & heart-wrenching moments to action-packed moments with the COTA heroes and X-Men. Everything about this book just clicks and it's exactly the type of series that Marvel should be producing for years to come.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #6

Aug 13, 2021

Children of the Atom closes out its short but powerful run with one of the best issues to truly dig into every part of the X-Men as a metaphor for marginalized groups idea. Stunning powerfully emotive artwork and character moments have been the strength of this series and that continues to be the case with the final issue. This series is truly a must-read for anyone that is an X-Men or comic book fan.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1034

Mar 25, 2021

A new creative team breathes new life into Batman's longest running title as well as into the man that is behind the cape and cowl. A stylized and gorgeous book, the series keeps the mystery/detective vibes that one expects while digging deeper into what the new status quo means for the city and its protector.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1035

Apr 28, 2021

Everything about one of DC Comics' oldest series feels fresh and exciting again as the new creative team continues to build upon Batman's new status quo and an even more dangerous Gotham. Every moment of the issue lives up to the book's name as the mysteries deepen, and the colorful and gorgeous, and stylized artwork makes every page a joy to behold. This month's backup provides a rare welcome deeper look into one of the all too often forgotten members of the extended Bat-family of characters.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1036

May 26, 2021

Detective Comics continues to be a gorgeous, colorful, dark, horrifying, and character-driven journey into Bruce Wayne's new status quo that builds a solid supporting foundation alongside an ever-darkening mystery. Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Jordie Bellaire, and Aditya Bidikar are the perfect team to bring these stories and this world to life as they pull out all the stops and deliver a truly amazing Detective Comics run.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1037

Jun 10, 2021

The new creative direction remains entertaining and adds so much to Bruce Wayne's world while expanding out Gotham and its citizens in many ways. Unfortunately, a problematic artist has come aboard causing the book to lose some of its very uniquely stylized look that had been established in prior issues. The addition of backups continues to allow for more characters to get the spotlight as the past and present of Gotham and Batman grow in intriguing ways.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1038

Jun 25, 2021

While the story, coloring, lettering, and backup are all putting in all the effort to make this a really great book there is no escaping the toxic cloud that is over it all because of Viktor Bogdanovic's presence on the book. DC Comics choice to continue to give work to problematic creators when there are so many other deserving individuals (check out the backup artwork) who should be given this chance. The rest of the creative team does not at all deserve this as their work is beyond great.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1039

Jul 14, 2021

Detective Comics' new team brings their first arc to a mostly satisfactory conclusion, that feels somewhat rushed while also being dragged down a bit by the continued presence of Viktor Bogdanovic on the book. What should be one of DC Comics' top books continues to be marred by the company leadership's choices to keep bringing toxic and problematic creators back into the fold.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1040

Jul 28, 2021

Detective Comics continues the plot of the previous arc while taking a momentary deviation to spend more focus on Bruce Wayne, while also sadly figuratively and literally burning down the new world it built for him not too long ago. The series artistic trio is reunited to bring another stunningly gorgeous and well-developed issue that firmly showcases how darkly beautiful Gotham can be as well as perfectly capturing the dire mood of this story.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1041

Aug 17, 2021

After a number of more action-packed city-wide terror type of issues, Detective Comics returns to a semblance of the intriguing status quo change that it promised when this run began so many months ago. Much like Batman, when the normal creative team is together and firing on all cylinders the imagery of Gotham City is dynamic and bold and stylish and beautiful in it's own often dark ways.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1042

Aug 30, 2021

After nine issues, the opening salvo of the new Detective Comics run comes to an ending that is a mixed bag of results. Solid character work and really great colors and lettering save what could otherwise be a mostly middle-of-the-road and lackluster conclusion while showcasing some hope for what might come down the line.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1043

Oct 4, 2021

Detective Comics joins the fall Batline event while making sure to keep threading some of its own plotlines, and continuing to bring Gotham to colorful dangerous gorgeous life. Despite how big the event is and how much action there is within the issue it maintains a smaller tight character-focused energy all the way through.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1044

Nov 2, 2021

Detective Comics really leans into the fear part of Fear State by telling a tightly confined horror story within the heart of Gotham, continuing the odd couple pairing of Batman and Mayor Nakano. This art team has brought new life and energy to Gotham City as a whole and that continues here as they flex their muscles with making Gotham's sewers energetic but also truly utterly terrifying to boot.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1045

Dec 2, 2021

Detective Comics wraps up its entry into the Fear State, by doing its own thing with a confined horror story centered around two men hashing things out and potentially building a better future. This series shines when it can tell tighter down to Earth stories, that allow the artistic team free reign to showcase just how beautiful scary creepy, and stunning Gotham City and its events can be.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1046

Dec 31, 2021

With this issue we're delivered an ending that is also a solid beginning, casting an eye towards what is to come in Detective Comics for 2022. The character-centric street-level focus of this book continues to make it one of the best runs of this book in quite some time, and should only get better as it delves deeper into the bat-family as a whole very soon.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1047

Jan 6, 2022

DC Comics' weekly Shadows of the Bat event kicks off in a smashing bloody way that stays true to the world and to all the various characters that populate this story. A beautiful debut by the first of the three new art teams, boosted by a stunning back-up that dives deeper into the effects Batman, Arkham, and others have on Gotham as a whole.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1048

Jan 12, 2022

Shadows of the Bat's second week adds needed context to the overall storyline and some new characters, revealing more pieces to the overarching puzzle that is Arkham Tower. Both stories of this book showcase a deep knowledge and love for the Batman-related portion of DC Comics, painting a beautiful picture of this flawed but still hopeful city they call home.

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Detective Comics (2016) Annual: 2021

Dec 3, 2021

Detective Comics continues to be at it's very best when the focus turns heavily to the characters themselves, while also realistically tackling some very big hard to solve issues. This is hands down one of the best stand-alone (sort of) issues of a Batman-related comic over the years, as it's solid and gorgeous and memorable on so many levels.

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Eat The Rich #1

Aug 19, 2021

One of the internet's favorite phrases to utter in regard to the rich comes to life in this intriguing comic book series, which slowly builds the tension towards revealing just what horrendous thing these rich people, who we immediately mistrust, are responsible for. Shadowy and perfectly ominously drawn and colored artwork brings this world to vivid life.

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Eat The Rich #2

Sep 29, 2021

'Eat The Rich' #2 slows things down in order to dive deeper into the horrific situation of Cresfall Bluffs while masterfully digging into some of the worst aspects of capitalism and our current reality. What this series does best is magnify the true horror that surrounds us daily, that is baked into the very systems that create and maintain our society.

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Eat The Rich #3

Oct 27, 2021

Eat The Rich continues to explore the realms of horror that come from some of the worst parts of our societal system, including how much some can overlook for their own benefit. This is truly one of the most visually distinct and unique looking books around and the art capture every horrific aspect of humanity and every piece of emotion from these engaging characters and their stories.

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Eat The Rich #4

Nov 19, 2021

As Eat The Rich approaches its conclusion, young Joey Dorsey struggles with just how much one can accept as she makes a potentially fatal choice that will define her world and the lives of others in Crestfall Bluffs going forward. This series ominous and gorgeously horrific look into the world of the wealthy and the broken aspects of societal systems continues to be an impressive work that everyone should be checking out.

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Eat The Rich #5

Dec 27, 2021

'Eat The Rich' sticks the landing with its topical horror story centered around income/healthcare/etc inequality by giving the protagonist and allies as well as the audience a satisfying and in a way cathartic ending. Every bit of the ominous and moody feeling given by the story and artwork is kicked into high gear for this issue, giving us a story that is perfect for the times we live in.

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Everfrost #1

Apr 19, 2021

There is a lot to digest within the twenty-five pages of this first issue and it comes at the reader rapidly, but it's invigorating and engaging and leaves the reader with a great number of intriguing questions. Every page is a delicious treat that leaves one craving more as this bizarre and deadly and strange new world is developed panel by panel.

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Everfrost #2

Jul 16, 2021

Everfrost's second issue slows the rapid pace of the first issue as it continues to build out this fantastical world and its characters while keeping the story of the main character Van. All this growth unfolds across gorgeous pages that buck conventional comic page and panel conventions to deliver a deeply engaging and otherworldly yet relatable story.

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Everfrost #3

Sep 1, 2021

As the conclusion to this epic science fiction fantasy blend is on the horizon, Everfrost's third issue offers up answers while also bringing a number of intriguing new questions to the table. Every page is just full of amazing gorgeous world-building, as everything this team sets out to create is brought to vivid weighted life that leaves you wanting to see far more.

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10
Everfrost #4

Oct 12, 2021

Everfrost one hundred percent sticks the landing as this issue brings the vast gorgeous emotional science-fiction epic to a satisfying and hopeful conclusion. Fans of high-level science fiction, world-building, deep character building, and moments need to pick this book up and make it part of their collection right away.

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Excalibur (2019) #18

Feb 11, 2021

Excalibur's search for Captain Britain is over but how certain are they that what they brought home is the Betsy Braddock that they know and love?

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Excalibur (2019) #19

Mar 24, 2021

Excalibur continues to be a dense, but light and fun read as the series grows the magical realm. It also spares the right amount of time and focus to delve into the long-awaited deep interaction between Betsy and Kwannon. The art team pulls no punches when crafting this colorful magical world that fills each and every panel of this delightful series.

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Excalibur (2019) #20

Apr 7, 2021

Light and introspective character moments surround a deeper look at the nature of forgiveness and redemption as well as posing questions about the overall foundations of the Krakoan nation. This is all presented in a moody and energetic style as the art team continues to go above and beyond to nail every single visual aspect that brings this story to life.

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Excalibur (2019) #21

Jun 15, 2021

Excalibur joins the Hellfire Gala with a very overstuffed offering that spends more time juggling its massive load of plotlines than really doing the gala and the characters the full justice they deserve. That being said there are several engaging moments and the art is really colorful and fun and captures the moments perfectly just as it does with each issue. Ariana Maher's lettering is truly a delight to behold and her SFX elevates every single page it's on, truly one of the best in comics.

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Excalibur (2019) #22

Jul 15, 2021

Even with a time jump, the latest issue of Excalibur is still pretty overstuffed with long building unresolved plotlines that just continue to be built upon. There are engaging really great action pieces and moments that are beautifully rendered by the art team that helps make the issue move along somewhat. That being said, a break from Otherworld at this point might really help this book find some new ground, and find more for most of the cast to actually do.

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Excalibur (2019) #23

Sep 16, 2021

After dealing with trying to juggle far too many plotlines with its last issue, Excalibur gets back on track thanks to the help of the caped and metal armored fan-favorite character out of Latveria. Month after month the art team nails it and deserves far more recognition for the truly amazing worlds and images they are crafting.

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Excalibur (2019) #24

Oct 13, 2021

As Excalibur starts to bring all the plot threads together in some semblance of an overarching story, the series drops another really great issue that showcases what the potential of this series can be. Another tour of Otherworld allows the fantastic art team to show off their amazing work as they make it all just gel at the end of the day.

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Excalibur (2019) #25

Nov 16, 2021

'Excalibur' continues to dig deep to show love to all the magical and fantasy continuity and lore from Marvel's past as the war for Otherworld takes a decided turn. Not an ounce of page space is left unused as the artistic team brings their A-game as usual, giving us one of the most gorgeously detailed books around.

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Excalibur (2019) #26

Dec 20, 2021

The age of Excalibur has come to an ending of sorts, casting the light on some of the highs of this series as well as sadly showing off a great number of the lows to be found. While it's been a gorgeous sight to look upon each month, the ending of this series leaves just a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

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Firefly (2018) #27

Apr 2, 2021

Engaging artwork carries a bigger part of the weight with this simple but compelling story of one man's battle with his stubbornness and seemingly insurmountable grief. Firefly diehards hoping to see more of the popular series cast might come away disappointed but overall the issue solidly works for fan or non-fan alike.

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Firefly (2018) #28

May 3, 2021

After achieving a great jumping on style character focused piece with the last issue, the latest Firefly tries to pack too much stuff into too small of a space where nothing has actual room to breathe. The art side of the creative team delivers and manages to bring some interest to the flurry of happenings within the pages. Any newer readers, and maybe even some existing ones, are not going to find this quite so easy to follow.

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Firefly (2018) #29

Jun 1, 2021

Firefly #29 is quite the visual feast as the art team gets to delve deep into the forgotten and broken but still flourishing realm of Earth. But the overall story feels somewhat disjointed and almost like it's treading water ahead of something else that it really wants to get to but has to do the foundation building for first.

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7.5
Firefly (2018) #30

Jul 1, 2021

The pieces begin to somewhat come together for this story arc, offering some intriguing possibilities that are still mired by somewhat static feeling characters trapped in their most iconic forms and some somewhat cliche story beats. A large slew of perfectly rendered action scenes really helps the book and continues to allow the art team to really show off everything they are capable of providing. There is potential in the series that just hasn't quite been reached yet.

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7.5
Firefly (2018) #31

Aug 2, 2021

Firefly continues to show flashes of what it could be when it turns its focus toward the characters & spends time on their growth, while it struggles in the realm of repeated plotlines. There are some small issues with faces with the new art but overall the art team continues to bring their best to the series even if overall the book is just sort of existing.

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Firefly (2018) #32

Sep 1, 2021

Firefly's main story takes a break as a much needed and far more engaging character-focused issue is born, and showcases what can be good about this series at times. Another art change on the series brings some really interesting work that has some really cool tricks and bold colors. Truly a glimpse of what this book could be regularly if it narrowed its cast and its focus greatly.

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Firefly (2018) #33

Nov 3, 2021

‘Firefly' is a series that can soar high but more often than not is a series that can't seem to get beyond skimming across the ground, especially in this current bloated storyline back on the Earth That Was. Visually it looks fantastic as the art team brings the world and universe to vivid life. Unfortunately, the story leans into some of the worst tropes that can't help but bring it all down.

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Firefly (2018) #35

Jan 5, 2022

Firefly begins to wrap up its Earth-bound adventures with a heavily character-focused issue that showcases what makes this title work in some of its issues, and gives a glimpse of what could be in the very near future. Another visually great issue, which is one of the major strengths of this book month to month.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #1

Apr 26, 2021

Just the right notes of familiar and new are continuing to be played as the new series slides into this second issue where more about the new characters and their dynamics is explored. Mascolo and Giammarino are a great duo who fully understand the duality that exists within this complicated science fiction western-inspired world they are now able to play with.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #1

Mar 24, 2021

There is an equal balance of new versus old for the first entry into this new spinoff series that manages to capture some of the magic of the original series while adding a lot of its own flavor along the way. The issue has a lot to offer on the bright & fun pages that will likely entice new readers while throwing out enough breadcrumbs for the old hands.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #3

May 18, 2021

The latest issue in this spinoff series takes both the time to further the overall plot but also flesh out more of the new cast and the myriad of relationships between them and the older more familiar characters. Every bit of the art fully understands the dualities of this fictional world both in regard to the sci-fi/western mashup but also the divide between the have and have nots of this universe. HIt all the correct notes that a spinoff should when connecting to the world of before and also moving everything forward.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #4

Jun 23, 2021

'Firefly: Brand New 'Verse' continues to be a perfect symphony of new and old that takes an already interesting foundation for a universe and expands it in new yet familiar ways. Within the span of these pages, the art team flexes as they put on an artistic showcase that bounces through various locales and situations that resonate deeply with emotion and power. This is spin-off comics done right.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #5

Jul 27, 2021

This series continues to live up to its name as it deftly weaves together that which is known from the Firefly of the past with a bigger expanded universe with compelling new and old characters and situations. Engaging and beautiful artwork draws the reader right into the world giving more depth to this character development and interaction-heavy issue. The creative team proves time and time again that nostalgia can be a beneficial tool when it is wielded in such an expert and creative way.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #6

Aug 24, 2021

Firefly: Brand New 'Verse has threaded the needle when it comes to building something new upon a very familiar foundation, and that doesn't change in the series conclusion. This science-fiction and western-inspired universe comes to vivid life once more and leaves fans wanting more of these characters and their adventures.

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Hellions (2020) #12

Jun 3, 2021

Hellions consistently at the top of the pack when it comes to the X-Line of books because it's a gorgeous engaging fun character development-filled series focused on broken and flawed people who have found their own little family niche and are just trying to make it. There is so much heart and pain surrounded by delightful humorous moments that make this entire issue a delight from start to finish.

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Hellions (2020) #13

Jul 7, 2021

Hellions continues to be a perfect mixture of the classic character developing soap opera style of old and the more modern approach to the entire X-Line. Really solid and engaging artwork kicks off the start of a story arc that promises to bring some big changes for the series as a whole. One of the best books of the new X-Men era, hands down.

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Hellions (2020) #14

Aug 6, 2021

The sins of Sinister's recent past plague the Hellions as the character depth and moments surrounding every character that appears on a page continue to make this one of the most solid and engaging books around. As things get darker and more brutal for the team the artwork matches this tone in the best ways possible.

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Hellions (2020) #15

Sep 7, 2021

Piece by piece the house that Sinister built continues to crumble as the lies that the Hellions have been built upon begin to rear their heads, one by one. One of the best titles of the X-Line continues to showcase why it has that distinction by presenting a beautiful ongoing character-focused storyline.

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10
Hellions (2020) #16

Oct 6, 2021

Everything Hellions has been building to since its debut begins to collide in a highly emotional and engaging way that never strays from the book's winning character-focused format. Change is coming for Krakoa and this series is clearly one of the stepping stones to what will be coming next for the future of the mutant society.

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Hellions (2020) #17

Nov 12, 2021

The Hellions must go on one final mission as one of their own is on the loose and great tragedy is on the horizon for this motley crew of mutants. Truly this is one of the best standout books of this new X-Men era as it deals deeply with trauma, brokenness, found family, and the eternal struggle to find one's place and purpose in an ever-changing world.

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Hellions (2020) #18

Dec 14, 2021

Everything the Hellions tried to build comes crashing down in a truly tragic final issue that shows not only the flaws in Krakoa as a whole but showcases that this loveable flawed group of individuals found something greater with each other and within themselves. Truly this book is the one that has the most in common with classic X-Men books in tone while fully embracing and exploring this new status quo, by focusing on the characters themselves.

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I Am Batman (2021) #0

Aug 12, 2021

What Next Batman & Second Son began, this series continues and grows upon as the time of Jace Fox becoming Batman is no longer the far off future but is the very real now of the DC Universe. There are a number of interesting themes explored as the book fleshes out Jace and his world a bit more. The pervious series art team delivers another great issue ahead of the big art changes to come with the new number one issue on the way.

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I Am Batman (2021) #1

Sep 21, 2021

With 'Fear State' in full swing, the new Batman is put through a baptism of fire, making his presence known in a really tight and character/Gotham-focused first issue. Every Jace Fox putting so far has been brought to life by truly solid artistic teams and this issue is no different, as the team delivers a gorgeous depiction of Gotham city and the new Batman in action.

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I Am Batman (2021) #2

Oct 15, 2021

I Am Batman dives deep into the realm of Fear State as it tackles some close-to-home real-world issues and mulls over the nature of fear as Batman's greatest weapon and what happens when that fear is not there. Jace Fox's latest series cements him as a new type of Batman for a different world and is masterfully brought together by a rotating cast of creative stars.

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I Am Batman (2021) #3

Nov 15, 2021

'I Am Batman' takes an uncomfortable but realistic look into our current world state of affairs and the dangers that arise from a portion of society seeking someone to help them unleash their worst selves. Overall this series is benefitting from launching out of the current Batman title crossover event, while making sure it retains its own voice and focus along the way.

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I Am Batman (2021) #4

Dec 27, 2021

I Am Batman tackles a lot of relevant subject matter in a way that isn't sugarcoated but finds itself stuck in a middle ground between an event and its potential future. A solidly crafted book that needs to firmly stake its place within the greater Batman line of books.

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Junkwraith OGN

Jan 6, 2022

Junkwraith is a solidly beautiful cool and emotional story that peers deep into the realms of our connection to items as well as the angst that comes with searching for self and our place in this world. Ellinor Richey's debut graphic novel is fun for all ages and has a cool but also warm and epic energy that permeates through every page.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #1

Sep 9, 2021

Every so often there is a new comic book series that just hits all the right spots and takes the reader beyond where they ever expected and just leaves them craving far more, and right now 'Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land' is that series. Great depth of character, gorgeous mood setting artwork that stands apart from all the rest, deep messages about real-world issues, and a bunch of comic book superhero-like fun.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #2

Oct 18, 2021

Relegated far too often as supporting characters of the Marvel Universe, the Plunder family is getting their overdue time to shine in a series that marries gorgeous visuals, compelling human elements and eco-horror in one amazing package. A true showcase of what happens when one fully explores what the Marvel Universe has to offer while tying it into the issues that we face in the real world.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #3

Nov 26, 2021

There is no doubt whatsoever that 'Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land' with its fantastical deep character-driven eco-horror roots is not only one of the best books published by Marvel Comics right now but just one of the best comics period. What this creative team is achieving with every issue showcases what comics can do and what they should strive to be doing in many cases.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land (2021) #4

Dec 23, 2021

Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land reaches its penultimate issue and begins to reveal secrets as well as set the various characters up for a final confrontation that could cost the Plunders everything. Things take on a bit more of a superhero feeling than eco-horror this issue, which is fine as the new art team still brings a lot of energy and fantastical elements to the page.

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Lunar Room #1

Dec 15, 2021

Fantasy and science fiction collide in a deep character developed first issue for this intriguing new series. We're introduced to a world that has a lot of potential through the eyes of two characters, leaving so much to explore within future issues. A beautiful and energetic bit of fun from first to last page.

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Mann's World #1

Jan 19, 2021

A weekend getaway to a resort world goes awry when four troubled friends bring all their baggage and run afoul of the world's working-class citizens.

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Mann's World #2

Feb 10, 2021

Things take a turn as four friends are lost and must battle the wildlife of a resort planet, the working-class citizens they have slighted, and their own toxic personalities.

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Mann's World #3

Apr 2, 2021

Toxic masculinity and unlikeable or empty characters fill the pages of this mini-series that remains upright only through the beautiful worldbuilding being done on the artistic side. Racial stereotypes and gore seemingly for the sake of gore also drag down a story that should have been quite compelling in concept.

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4.5
Mann's World #4

Apr 23, 2021

Mann's World concludes on a truly bitter and still gory note that leaves not a lot of substance or messaging to be taken away by the final pages. It still remains a visual delight, outside of the gore, through and through, and is worth flipping through just for the beautiful art alone.

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Marauders #16

Dec 10, 2020

Kings and Queens of Krakoa clash as the Reign of X era begins with a bang.

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Marauders #17

Jan 18, 2021

Emma Frost and Kate Pryde's revenge tour continues as another mutant prepares to undertake the Crucible to regain that which was taken from them.

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Marauders #18

Feb 19, 2021

Things take a turn in the Hellfire Trading Company's plans to save Madripoor and a foe from the past gets a 2021 revamp to take on the Marauders.

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Marauders #19

Apr 13, 2021

Great character-focused moments and memorable artistic moments keep the heavy ship that is Marauders afloat for another month as things are really paused more than they are concluded. Overall there is a sense of fun to the issue but it's mostly just standard fare for this series which hasn't changed much since its debut.

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Marauders #20

May 7, 2021

Marauders takes a moment to pause between the previous action stories and the big Hellfire Gala event on the horizon for a more contained character-focus heavy issue. Gorgeous detailed artwork gives all the main characters a chance to shine and get their closeup in this issue while the colors make sure to keep up the light & dark duality of this series. Character moments are truly where this book flourishes and hopefully there will be far more room for those moments as the book rolls onward.

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Marauders #21

Jun 2, 2021

The Hellfire Gala has begun and this issue does a lot of the work to get all the pieces into place for the next eleven issues and the event story as a whole. While there are a lot of plots and moments and feelings left somewhat dangling, there are also a lot of great character moments and the art team knocks it out of the park juggling such a huge undertaking/cast.

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Marauders #22

Jul 23, 2021

Marauders returns to being basically stuck in place as the issue tries to tackle some very heavy and serious topics but does so in such a poorly dismissive way. The art team does great work with the mostly talking head issue they are presented with, including some old-school classic comic level energy with the issue's flashback.

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Marauders #23

Aug 24, 2021

Marauders is a series that has continuously treaded water for far too long while far too often stepping on the wrong side of various serious topics in almost glib or smug ways that do more harm than good. The art team does a good job bringing the energy up within these pages, even if the art style and part of the story heavily clash in tone.

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Marauders #24

Sep 20, 2021

A space adventure on Arakko and beyond is just what Marauders needed to get this series back on track after a couple of issues with some serious social missteps. The force is strong with this one as the influences and homages are clear and prevalent through the issue, where the art team spares no expense at bringing this science-fiction realm to vivid life.

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Marauders #25

Oct 28, 2021

Marauders' turn into a Star Wars-inspired realm continues in a very character and mutant power-heavy issue that at last returns to showcasing what this team can do when they work together to accomplish a goal. A gorgeous energetic and emotional journey from start to finish with visuals that won't soon be forgotten.

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Marauders #26

Dec 3, 2021

It's time to hit the high seas again at last as Marauders finds some of the fun that it started off with so many issues again, in an issue that also feels overly stuffed with plot elements it's trying to churn through as quickly as possible. One can't go wrong with a big bombastic man of ice versus an alien dragon as the action centerpiece, brought to vivid life by the wonderful art team, even if some of the rest of the issue falls a bit flatter.

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7.5
Marauders #27

Jan 13, 2022

As a new era of Marauders is on the horizon, the old one must come to a close as it wraps up a lot of dangling or long-running plotlines and leaves others to be explored potentially in the future. The artists that have brought the past few issues to life team up to give bright life to this montage of an issue, helping wrap things up in style.

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Marvel's Voices: Legacy #1

Mar 2, 2021

Marvel Voices: Legacy celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition of diverse talent tackling characters and concepts from across the Marvel Universe and beyond.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #25

May 4, 2021

Miles Morales' anniversary issue dives into the realms of nostalgia but brings its own unique style and twists to the 90s plot that it's paying homage to. Deeply engaging and energetic art hits the right notes to carry this dramatic and emotional storyline while making each of the action scenes stand out and feel as heavy as it should. A delightful and lighter backup story caps off the issue and showcases why Miles Morales is such a beloved character.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #26

Jun 2, 2021

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #26 pushes its title character and the entire series to the limits with a dramatic, emotional, and brutal storyline bolstered by gorgeous detailed, and dynamic art. Room is left to develop every single character alongside the main story beats, giving us one of the best Peter Parker and Miles Morales moments in recent memory. A truly engaging issue that continues to shrug off the usual traps that come when skirting close to any piece of nostalgia.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #27

Jun 24, 2021

Even with moments taken for flashbacks and origins, the issue never once loses any of the steam of this rapidly moving and compelling storyline. Every bit of the art has been fabulous in the previous issues but seems to find a new level to achieve with this issue, providing some imagery that sticks with you well after closing the issue.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #28

Jul 23, 2021

Miles Morales' Clone Saga comes to an end in a gloriously and tragically beautiful way as the brutal and stunning artwork showcases the final battle between Miles and Selim, who battle for their very lives. The issue hits the ground running and doesn't stop till it reaches the end, which is satisfying and also unsatisfying at the same time.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #29

Aug 13, 2021

Miles Morales Clone Saga aftermath spends a lot of time speeding through plotlines that could have been fodder for issues to come, with little focus on the actual fallout from having multiple rogue Spider-Mans running around causing trouble. A relatively low moment for an otherwise enjoyable series.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #30

Oct 4, 2021

It's a big-time anniversary for the web-swinging hero that has hopped dimensions and mediums, brought to life for a handful of amazing creators who showcase their love for the character and world across every single page. It's a Miles Morales world and we are wonderfully allowed to be living within it.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #31

Oct 18, 2021

Another month and another issue of Miles Morales that continues the title's widely fluctuating levels, this month bringing an artistically top-notch issue saddled with a very run-of-the-mill type of plotline. For a character only ten years old, the young Spider-Man is reaching a middling point usually reserved for characters with many more decades under their belt.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #32

Nov 17, 2021

Date night goes awry for Spider-Man and Starling once Taskmaster crashes the party, in an issue that feels the most Spider-Man-like in some very good ways. There are a few noticeable flaws within parts of the story, but it's overall pretty fun and a nice respite from some of the bigger stuff that has been going on.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #33

Dec 21, 2021

While there are some big things going on in the other Spider-Man book, Miles' own book continues to spin its wheels heading towards a potential overarching storyline conclusion. Some really good action scenes from a solid artistic team help keep the book in a solid neutral spot overall.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) Annual #1

Aug 25, 2021

Miles Morales: Spider-Man delves into a classic super-hero team-up for its annual issue, pairing a rookie hero with the now seasoned decade-old former ultimate Spider-Man. Another quite solid entry in the Infinite Destinies branded annuals event that Marvel has going on this year, a brutal but fun and delightful to look at issue.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #78

Mar 17, 2021

Dick Grayson is the heart of the DC Universe once more as a bold new era begins for Bldhaven's defender.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #79

Apr 21, 2021

With just two issues under its belt, this creative team continues to not only build a new solid foundation for Nightwing and Bldhaven, but plants many promising seeds for the future. The true challenge of a city like Bldhaven is laid bare through the writing and in the moody and colorful presentation that the art team puts their whole heart into. It very well could be Nightwing at the finest that he's ever been.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #80

May 20, 2021

Every single page of this book is just full to the brim with love. Love for the characters, love for the world they inhabit, and love for the medium itself. Dynamic gorgeous art and character development are a winning combination that never grows old. If this run continues this pace, it will undoubtedly go down as one of the greats.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #81

Jun 16, 2021

The bold yet familiar in the best ways possible era of Nightwing continues with another engaging, gorgeous, colorful, heartfelt, fun, and even shocking issue. Every piece of these four issues proves how much this creative team loves both Dick Grayson but also everything about his and the Bat-family's world. This surely will go down as one of the greatest Nightwing runs and one of the greatest times for fans of the characters.

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Nightwing (2016) #82

Jul 21, 2021

Nightwing continues its winning ways of embracing and expanding the best parts of who and what Dick Grayson is as one of the true hearts of the DC Universe. The art team beautifully works together to create a harmonious mix of past and present set scenes that are beyond delightful. This team has proven that they not only love this character and the world he inhabits but know just how to pay tribute to everything that came before while adding their own additions to such a solid foundation.

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Nightwing (2016) #83

Aug 18, 2021

Nightwing's first arc of the Infinite Frontier era has come to a close and the former boy wonder is in truly great hands as the book has brought Dick Grayson back to the levels he's meant to be within the DC Universe. Truly a gorgeous, heartfelt, emotional, surprising, and just all-around fun book that retains a serious/sharp edge to it with the threats and real-world issues faced.

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Nightwing (2016) #87

Dec 22, 2021

'Nightwing' #87 is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that every single comic book fan needs to pick up and read for themselves. Every bit of love and dedication for this character and world is clear within the pages of this artistic masterpiece that will most certainly be talked about for years to come.

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Nightwing (2016) Annual: 2021

Dec 6, 2021

Nightwing's latest annual is a simple tale built upon the undeniable familial chemistry on display between the two heroes that headline the show, which makes it just the right amount of fun. Past and present collide within, brought to life by a whole slew of artistic contributors, making the book a delight across each and every page.

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Power Pack (2020) #3

Feb 16, 2021

Power Pack becomes a lot less powerful when Taskmaster comes to town, and their choices regarding Kamala's law are beginning to come back to haunt them.

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Power Pack (2020) #4

Mar 8, 2021

The situation of the Powers family gets a whole lot dicier as a very familiar metallic mutant with a pentent for slicing arrives to lend a hand.

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Power Pack (2020) #5

Apr 15, 2021

Every single bit of fun, wholesomeness, and awesomeness that was delivered across the prior four issues is amped up for this beyond satisfying conclusion for the Power Pack's jump into the Outlawed playground. If you are a Power Pack fan or just a fan of comic books this is a series that needs to be added to your collection today.

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10
Robin & Batman (2021) #1

Nov 12, 2021

What's old is new again as Robin & Batman presents a gorgeous retelling of the first days of the iconic dynamic duo, focusing deeply on the characters and their traumas, personalities, and the struggles to retain who they are in this burgeoning partnership. Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, with letterer Steven Wands joining them, showcase just why they work so well together and have won awards for their collaborations as they take a break from creator-owned to visit Gotham City.

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Robin & Batman (2021) #2

Dec 24, 2021

'Robin & Batman' continues to take a deep character-focused look at the early days of the dynamic duo through a modern lens, giving the young Robin a deeper focus this time. This gorgeous story balances the world of light and dark perfectly as some bright fun guest stars show up that add so much more to the story. At its heart, this is the story of two individuals dealing with similar traumas in different ways as they struggle to come to a place where they can thrive together.

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9.5
Robin (2021) #1

Apr 28, 2021

Old school fighting tournament meets the DC Universe in the latest entry into the increasingly diverse offerings coming from the publisher's Batman line of books. Bold, loud, colorful, gorgeous, and intriguing are just a handful of words that can describe this debut issue that presents something both familiar and different at the same time.

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Robin (2021) #2

May 26, 2021

Robin manages to take a number of cliches and tropes that have peppered fighting style narratives for decades and brings something new and fun and engaging to the table. Rich dynamic and tonally colorful art is brilliantly paired with the flashy fun parts of the story as well as the more deeply emotional and touching work below the surface. This is the type of series that many Damian Wayne fans have likely been waiting a long time to see.

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Robin (2021) #3

Jun 24, 2021

Robin deftly manages to juggle the overall plotline while leaving plenty of room for fun, emotional, and very painful character development and moments that make each issue better and better. All of this is brought to life with bold energetic artwork that fully sells the fun but brutally serious tone that this book balances perfectly. This is truly the Damian Wayne book his fans have been waiting for.

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Robin (2021) #4

Jul 30, 2021

Robin doesn't miss a single step as the series takes a small deviation from the overall tournament to continue its wonderful thread of Damian Wayne's overall development and growth. The wealth of color, darkness, fun, brutality, and meaningful character moments is still at the forefront of this story in every single facet. Fans have wanted another Damian exploring solo series for years, and this team is more than delivering.

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Robin (2021) #5

Aug 26, 2021

Robin makes sure to always showcase the fact that one of the greatest things the Batman line has going for it is the depth of characters who have intricate and powerful relationships with one another. Often the ones that can get to you the most and break you down, are those that you love, which the Robins past and present find out in this powerful, beautiful, and fun issue.

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Robin (2021) #6

Sep 30, 2021

Robin is a fun, gorgeous, brutal, colorful character-driven series that showcases its full love for all of the characters and every part of the Batman world that it touches. Damian Wayne's latest series is a character and world-defining series that will resonate for years to come.

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Robin (2021) #7

Oct 28, 2021

Robin continues to be one of the most fun yet brutal and real series around because it wears its heart on its sleeve and truly is giving one of the best looks at Damian Wayne that we've ever had. Every aspect and moment laid out across the previous six issues come into play as the endgame approaches, showing off a great marriage between solid intricate planning and the ability to have a lot of fun along the way.

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Robin (2021) #8

Nov 25, 2021

It's the final countdown as the Lazarus Island tournament is down to the final two, and the actual reasons behind the entire tournament prepare to make themselves known to the entire world. The character-defining exploration of Damian Wayne and the world of Batman continues as the creative team keeps bringing their very best to each and every single page.

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Robin (2021) #9

Dec 31, 2021

Demons rise as the tournament comes to an end, as the true endgame becomes 100% clear as the series reaches the point it's been building to for nine issues to bring Damian Wayne back from tragic guilt. While this series is truly fun to the core, the emotional weight that it showcases with each issue helps elevate it to top-tier levels.

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Robin (2021) Annual: 2021

Dec 7, 2021

'Robin 2021 Annual' #1 peels back the curtain to give a better look at some of the Lazarus Island fighting tournament contestants, as well as fits a fan-favorite legacy character back into the world at large. This series remains one of the true highlights of the Infinite Frontier era, constantly presenting a tried and true mix of fun, emotional weight, and character depth alongside artwork that elevates all of those aspects to even greater heights.

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Seven Dead Stars #0

Sep 9, 2021

‘Seven Dead Stars' #00 is a truly great comic book and musical experience that must be explored at the same time for maximum enjoyment. A whole new world is being built with this series, gorgeous and vast, in a debut issue that gives you just a taste while making sure there is still far more to explore moving forward.

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9.8
Shadecraft #1

Apr 1, 2021

Shadecraft's first issue is a pitch-perfect blend of fantasy horror and teenage coming of age drama that hits it out of the park with every single page and panel. Gorgeous and terrifying imagery and moments blend together in a way that almost cannot be described and have to be witnessed as they are.

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9.8
Shadecraft #2

Apr 29, 2021

This issue pulls back a bit from the shadowy horrors of the first issue in order to flesh out its main characters, leaning heavily into the fun dynamic of loving sibling rivalry attached to the pains of the high school world. Every page is a true artistic journey as the colors and imagery tell their own little stories in-between the story elevating the entire issue in a grand way.

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Shadecraft #3

Jun 1, 2021

Shadecraft is a darkly gorgeous series that never forgets the basics of the human experience as it builds a solid and lived-in world that has more and more to offer with every single turn of the page. This book grabs your attention and never let's go as it centers around solid heartfelt relationships between characters in order to better bolster the supernatural aspects. This is a must-read type series for comic book fans.

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Shadecraft #4

Jun 30, 2021

Shadecraft continues to throw in truly engaging and world-altering twists and turns while never once losing that core emotional family tether that makes it such a strong series. The art is still beyond gorgeous as the emotion is felt on every single page and the way that shadows and colors are played with elevates everything to beautiful new levels. Shadecraft truly embodies everything that is the best about comic books as a medium thanks to a beyond amazing creative team.

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Shadecraft #5

Jul 23, 2021

Everything that makes Shadecraft such an engaging and heartfelt and gorgeous series is on full display for the concluding issue of the first story arc and the first book of the series, with a heavy focus on family. As previously stated Shadecraft truly embodies everything that is the best about comic books as a medium thanks to a beyond amazing creative team. Hopefully, there will be plenty more of this amazing book in the future for us all.

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Silk (2021) #2

May 3, 2021

Silk #2 is a perfect balance of superheroics and more human related elements that often are left behind with the more blockbuster-minded style of comics. Miyazawa, Herring, and Maher present this all with very fun and dynamically emotional stylistic art that flows easily through the various parts of Cindy Moon's life. The series truly offers a nice counter to some of the more nostalgic and past-facing stories that Peter Parker is currently part of.

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Silk (2021) #3

May 14, 2021

This series never forgets that the best hero stories are full of character depth and emotion and heart alongside the wonderful action and the fantastic moments of humor. This fun and emotions seep into every single facet of the book especially in the wonderful art, coloring, and lettering found within. Silk should be a superstar character at Marvel, and this series is exhibit's A-Z on why.

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Silk (2021) #4

Jun 28, 2021

Silk continues its run of fantastic character development, energetic and emotional scenes, and an engaging story that catapults Cindy Moon/Silk to the heroic levels she should be inhabiting at all times. A creative tie to a Spider-Man villain helps open the story and allows for some really fun, moody, colorful artwork that embodies all the perfect qualities of superhero comic books.

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Silk (2021) #5

Aug 5, 2021

Silk is a fantastically created series that has brought new life to the title character and catapulted her back to the heights she deserves to be soaring through. The character moments, the art, the colors, the letters, the overall conclusion, and growth from the beginning are spot on. This is a series that any fan of Silk or spider-themed characters or just good superhero books needs to pick up today.

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Static (2021): Season One #1

Jun 17, 2021

Static Shock makes quite the debut as Milestone re-enters the DCU and continues to tackle very timely and pertinent issues that Black people and other marginalized groups have been and currently are facing. While there are issues with skin tone lightening, the overall artwork is really intriguing and meshes the layouts and coloring quite well. This is quite a solid start for the new series and what it might mean to people in the long run.

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Static (2021): Season One #2

Jul 29, 2021

Static's second issue continues to fully flesh out and build this modernized take on the popular character and Milestone universe, giving us deep and meaningful character moments on top of solid action beats. The art team pulls out all the stops to present truly stunning pages that bring every bit of this story to vivid bright and shadowy colorful life. Static is awesome and back, at long last.

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Static (2021): Season One #3

Sep 7, 2021

The second life of Milestone is off to a strong start, and the series centered around one of its most notable characters continues to be a truly wonderful mix of old and new. Strong character work, modernization of characters that are still relevant, amazing artwork, and a clear focus on the ultimate goal help make this book fly high.

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Static (2021): Season One #4

Nov 16, 2021

The new age of Milestone Comics is soaring high, and Static is leading the way not just for the imprint but for comic books as a whole. There is a fully unique energy that permeates this book on so many levels, from the gorgeous distinctive artistic end to the deep resonating realistic and emotional character level. We need a whole lot more of this book for years to come.

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Stillwater (2020) #6

Feb 24, 2021

Things continue to take a dramatic turn in the conclusion of Stillwater's first arc as officer Ted takes the law into his own hands.

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Stillwater (2020) #7

May 25, 2021

Despite this being a new arc, this is not a new jumping-on point for the series as it hits the ground running from the last issue and doesn't let up on the horror and brutality till the final page revelation. This is the moment that has been building for six issues and it hits with perfect looks at what lurks within humanity. Every single moment comes to terrifying life thanks to the emotional detailed art and the atmospheric and moody color palate.

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Stillwater (2020) #9

Aug 4, 2021

Stillwater continues to take a deep look at trauma and horror surrounding the all too real actions of humanity while under the fantastical umbrella of forever life. There is an all-encompassing darkness that permeates through the series both in the script but also in the detailed and fantastic artwork.

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Stillwater (2020) #10

Sep 27, 2021

Every issue of ‘Stillwater' brings something entirely new or unexpected to the table that keeps the readers guessing while wonderfully fleshing out this science fiction and horror-tinged world. There is a perceived heaviness that permeates every piece of this book in the best way, keeping the reader firmly engaged from start to finish.

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Stillwater (2020) #11

Nov 16, 2021

No matter how much things are changing in the timeless town of Stillwater, some of the worst aspects continue to fester and grow worse for all those involved. This series continued look at horror through the lens of what human beings are capable of doing to one another in order to keep an 'idyllic' life resonates, as it finds ways to constantly flesh out every single aspect of this world that isn't far from the one outside our windows.

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Stillwater (2020) #12

Jan 12, 2022

‘Stillwater' brings its second arc to a game-changing and emotional climax, as things about the town of eternal life and its inhabitants begin to change. This creative team has created something truly special that delivers with every single issue, leaving you wanting more in the best way possible of this deeply fleshed-out world.

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Strange Academy (2020) #13

Nov 18, 2021

Strange Academy continues to peel back the layers and give deeper glimpses of its student body, for better and for worse, while still displaying the levels of heart and fun that make the book work overall. This series not only shows how teen books can work still in the comic book realms, but gives a solid glimpse at just how varied and deep the realm of magic can be at Marvel when one chooses to explore it more.

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Strange Academy (2020) #14

Dec 21, 2021

'Strange Academy' continues to grow out its main cast and plots while finding ways to touch various elements and realms of the Marvel Universe in organic and interesting ways. This artistic team truly makes the world of these kids and the Marvel Universe a magical looking place, presenting the magic school that you truly want to go enroll in right now.

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Taskmaster (2020) #3

Feb 16, 2021

The fan-favorite skulled mercenary continues his quest to clear his name but comes face to face with some deadly heroes that want want nothing more than to take him down.

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Taskmaster (2020) #4

Mar 11, 2021

It's time to throw down in Wakanda as Taskmaster snags the final thing needed on the road to proving his innocence.

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Taskmaster (2020) #5

Mar 24, 2021

Taskmaster comes to a satisfying conclusion as the series masterfully weaved all the clues and pieces to its overall puzzle throughout the previous four issues, just like any solid spy mystery story. Art that could have been ripped right from the screen of any favorite film fills the pages of this overall delightfully fun and darkly humorous series.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #112

Dec 14, 2020

The Turtles and Mutanimals are caught in the middle as Mutant Town's residents begin to choose sides and the future of the neighborhood begins to take shape.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113

Jan 21, 2021

Nineties fan favorites Tokka and Rahzar make their IDW debut as the Turtles and their allies begin a journey that will either prevent or hasten a possible dark and grim future for themselves, Mutant Town and the world.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #114

Feb 11, 2021

The weight of their potential future closes in on the Turtles and their allies as they are brought face to face with two adorable and deadly 90s era foes.

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9.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #115

Mar 17, 2021

Powerful forces clash in the streets of Mutant Town as the Splinter Clan works to prevent the dark future that stands before them.

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9.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #116

Apr 23, 2021

Time travel and band battles are the fun set pieces surrounding a heartfelt character-driven story about dealing with one's emotions, losses, and tragedies and finding ways to cope and move on. Every single panel is a delight to look upon as they each provide an important piece that belongs to the overall tremendous story puzzle the TMNT creative teams are building for these iconic characters and their world.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #117

Jun 11, 2021

This arc has taken the trope of time travel and used it to create some of the most emotional, heartfelt, and character-developing comics around. Sophie Campell, Ronda Pattison, and Shawn Lee are a true dream team of TMNT creators and just creators as a whole because every single piece of the comic sings and combines into something truly amazing much like Jennika's band in the story. This series as a whole is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at it's character-driven best and should be on everyone's reading list.

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10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #118

Jun 25, 2021

Everything about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a delight with each and every single issue, and this is no exception. The creative team hits every single note perfectly no matter who is involved with the story arcs and is building a truly fun, engaging, and heartfelt narrative. Any TMNT fan that isn't checking this series out needs to change that quickly because it's a fantastic time to be a Turtles fan.

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10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #119

Jul 14, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is hands down one of the best most emotionally and storytelling satisfying books that are being published. No character or plotline or moment big or small is forgotten as the creative team works to make a truly lived-in and rich world for not only the Turtles but all the characters that have played a part in this series past and present. It is beyond clear on every single page how much every member of the creative unit behind this book cares about the characters and the world they are building.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #120

Aug 27, 2021

Tensions and storylines building for months and even years begin to come to a head as the team behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to deliver one of the most solid character-driven books on the shelves. Every aspect of the book from the writing to the art to the lettering has such energy and power and love behind it. We're truly in a golden era for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #121

Oct 5, 2021

This current stellar run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues as the emotionally charged and character-focused gorgeously rendered series gets extremely personal and delves into social issues. Truly the greatest strength of this series beyond the popular characters lies in the tremendously talented and dedicated creative team who showcases their love for these characters and this world on every single page.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #122

Oct 25, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a series that should be on the pull-list of anyone that is a fan of these characters because it delivers some of the best comic book work around every single issue. This slightly rotating creative team is masterful at hitting all the emotional, action-packed, and deep character moments as they continue to build a fully realized lived-in world for these pop culture icons to inhabit. Truly one of the best comic books on the stands right now.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #123

Dec 7, 2021

The Splinter Clan's leader Leonardo takes the spotlight in a story that touches on loneliness, trauma, acceptance, the burdens of leadership, and the constant struggle to find one's place in the world. This creative team continues to put out one of the best books on the stands, finding a way to make any and every moment gorgeous and full of character and beyond engaging. If you aren't reading this book, that needs to change now.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #124

Dec 16, 2021

Holidays are a joyous but also bittersweet time, and no one knows that more than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their allies. Every issue of this series does something truly special, delivering a fully fleshed-out character-heavy and emotionally deep world, and this issue takes that a step further. A remarkable issue full of emotional highs and lows that proves this creative team can truly achieve anything.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual: 2021

Aug 2, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2021 easily re-introduces and recaps/explains the Pantheon and how they fit into the TMNT universe while using that to tee up what seems to be one of the next big TMNT stories. Some really colorful and creative and beautiful art greatly supports and enhances the dialogue/explanation-heavy issue.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Best Of: Casey Jones #1

Aug 11, 2021

The latest issue in this anthology series brings together a trio of very interesting stories focused on the hockey mask-wearing vigilante ally of the Turtles, showcasing many sides of this often very broken yet strong character. Various art teams bring their A-game across a few eras to bring these stories to life in a lot of very interesting and stylistic ways.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Best Of: Leonardo #1

Jan 27, 2021

IDW Publishing's newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle anthology series moves its focus onto the team's long-time leader with three tales spanning various eras of TMNT history.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Best Of: Michelangelo #1

Mar 30, 2021

A slew of creators over the decades showcase the versatility of the orange bandanna-wearing nunchuck twirling member of the ninja turtle clan with a variety of fun and engaging stories. Each art team brings their own distinct and stand-out style to the table with a spread of colorful and intriguing choices on each and every page.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika: II #2

Dec 7, 2020

Brahm Revel poses the question about who the real monsters are in a frantic and tense second issue to Jennika's latest mini-series.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika: II #3

Jan 20, 2021

Problems of the real world creep their way into Mutant Town as Jennika comes face to face with the force behind the attacks that threaten to tear down everything the Mutants have built.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika: II #4

Feb 3, 2021

A whole new story arc begins as another aspect of Jennika's past collides with her present in the fourth issue of the latest mini-series featuring the fifth member of the Turtle clan.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika: II #5

Mar 10, 2021

Jennika unfortunately learns the very hard lesson that no matter how hard you try & no matter how much you move on in life, the sins of our past often find a way to catch up to us.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika: II #6

Apr 21, 2021

A great journey of character study and whether one can truly move beyond their past to become something better is wrapped up in this well-crafted and heartfelt issue. Action happens but is not the crux of the story as characters finding themselves and using their words over their fists dominates the story. Emotive and dynamic beautiful art fills every single page and makes the Turtles and their vast world feel truly like it might be the world right outside one's window.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2

Feb 18, 2021

The last ronin stands revealed as familiar and different allies emerge as the clocks turn back to showcase the tragic path that led to this dark future.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3

Jun 2, 2021

Classic and modern Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continue to find a perfectly balanced marriage within this darkly tragic but empowering series that deals with heavy emotions and the fight for one's very future. This balance is mirrored within the various complementary art styles that seamlessly blend together to form a wonderful journey from beginning to end.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4

Oct 1, 2021

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's long-gestating 'final' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle story continues to bring a whole new life and situation for the beloved characters of this franchise. It's brimming with gory battles, dystopian forces and rebellions, great character moments, and more tragic moments centering around these pop culture icons.

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The Death of Doctor Strange #1

Sep 22, 2021

Death has its target set upon the Sorcerer Supreme in the magical and emotional but overwhelmingly human and heartfelt story that is at the core of this mini-series. Strap yourselves in because this talented creative team is taking us for a gorgeous stylish exciting tour through the magical side of the Marvel Universe in ways we've never seen before.

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10
The Death of Doctor Strange #2

Oct 20, 2021

Despite the heaviness that stems from the miniseries central content, The Death of Doctor Strange remains a heartfelt and emotional, and even fun story that takes a turn into magical horror that adds much-needed weight to the story. All aspects of the issue from the story to the artwork are 100% an unabashed loving celebration of Doctor Strange, his world, and the Marvel Universe as a whole both past and present.

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10
The Death of Doctor Strange #3

Nov 26, 2021

The Death of Doctor Strange is a magical whodunnit that takes the audience on a somewhat tour of the depths of the often unexplored or forgotten magical realms of the Marvel Universe that anchors itself as a deep character exploration. There is a ton packed into these glorious gorgeous pages that really showcase the best ways to engage with decades of continuity while building something new at the same time.

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10
The Death of Doctor Strange #4

Dec 30, 2021

All the pieces are coming together as 'The Death of Doctor Strange' enters the endgame, never leaving behind its character moment-heavy nature which makes the book work so well. All the fun aspects of a murder mystery reveal are captured perfectly here, with the time capsule former Stephen Strange going all in as the theatrical investigator. The magical line of Marvel has been given new beautiful fun life, giving it the most solid foundation its had in years.

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The Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1

Nov 9, 2021

Earth's Mightiest Heroes face a magical threat that tests all their might, but also gives them a chance to showcase that often the most heroic thing someone can do is stop and listen. A truly solid and beautiful story that showcases the more personal side of what is happening in the aftermath of Doctor Strange's death which has left the Earth open to magical threats.

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The Death of Doctor Strange: Spider-Man #1

Dec 8, 2021

The Odd Couple meets magical shenanigans as the loss of Doctor Strange continues to have large repercussions on so many aspects within the Marvel Universe, and Spider-Man & Black Cat are on the case. Every single bit of this issue is a true show of how tie-in comics should and can work, doing their own unique fun thing while keeping the spirit of the main event intact along the way (it helps when the event writer also does a tie-in).

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The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1

Jan 14, 2022

The effects of Doctor Strange's death continue to plague the Marvel Universe, and monster hunter extraordinaire Elsa Bloodstone and her brother deal with some fallout that is very personal as the family Bloodstone gets just a bit bigger. A magically fun and well-crafted story centered on family and magical elements that is a delight from start to finish.

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The Death of Doctor Strange: Blade #1

Dec 14, 2021

Death Of Doctor Strange: Blade is a perfect example of how to do tie-in stories to events, maintaining the flavor and appeal of a character/world while tying them into the larger events. Everything about this book feels so unique and stylish, befitting the title character. This is a creative team and concept that Marvel most assuredly needs to tap for the inevitable ongoing Blade series that will come out closer to the new film.

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The Death of Doctor Strange: Strange Academy Presents #1

Nov 9, 2021

'The Death of Doctor Strange' hits the academy that bears his name, and while school might be out for the time being there are still lessons to be learned by a few of the student body. A fun and gorgeous issue delving into the backstory of two characters while also presenting a well-orchestrated artist jam that showcases a ton of the Academy's student body.

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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1

Apr 21, 2021

This charming debut issue grabs on tight and never lets go till reaching the final page, taking the reader on a stylistic gorgeous, and thoughtful ride. Concepts and tropes that we know all too well are given new life and brought forward in compelling and engaging ways that give the exploration of life and death new dimensions.

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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #2

May 20, 2021

‘The Many Deaths of Laila Starr' #2 is a stylish deep gorgeous celebration of humanity & the human experience from a creative team at the top of their game who clearly truly love the medium and are willing to take it to the heights that it can and should be reaching. The first issue set a bar that the second surpassed easily and the series promises to keep exceeding and subverting expectations going forward.

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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3

Jun 18, 2021

Life, death, regrets, and more are the topics covered within this fantastically colorful and inventively gorgeous and deep cautionary tale of an issue from what is one of the best comic books on the stands. This creative team takes the amazing work that has already been done in previous issues and elevates it to almost unbelievable levels. The story of Death/Laila Starr and Darius Shah is truly just the story of humanity itself, which makes it all that much better.

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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #4

Jul 27, 2021

'The Many Deaths of Laila Starr' continues to weave its gorgeous, emotional, and entirely relatable story of life and death that explores the overall human condition and the world around us through a fantastical but all too human lens. Character depth and meaning can be found in each conversation-filled issue, showcasing just how far and wide the realm of comic books and storytelling can and should be.

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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #5

Sep 3, 2021

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr reaches its conclusion with a final moving piece about grief, hope, and both the rejection of and acceptance of death itself. Truly this is a comic book series that has and will resonate with many readers for a great number of years, reflecting human nature and some of the deepest discussions and questions that we all hold at some point in our finite time on this planet.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #1

Feb 26, 2021

Tim Fox has a long journey ahead of him before becoming the next Batman, and it begins here as a familiar face comes calling to bring the second Fox son home to Gotham.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #2

Mar 8, 2021

More major changes are on the way for Gotham City as the man who will be one of its future protectors tries to find a place amongst the family he left behind

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The Next Batman: Second Son #3

Mar 11, 2021

The Fox family's tense reunions continue as the effects of the Joker's latest attacks are felt & a familiar face steps into a big new Gotham City role.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #4

Mar 19, 2021

DC Comics' solid family drama series is setting up a future Batman but also spending time developing and expanding the horizons of some fan-favorite Bat-related characters. This is not a book to be sleeping on if one is truly a fan of Gotham City and the characters within.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #5

Mar 25, 2021

Fox family dynamics remain at the forefront as the series continues to deepen the changes to them and Gotham City born out of ‘Joker War.' Cool color palettes and smart uses of shadows supplement truly engaging art both in action-packed and quieter scenes, adding to the stylistic vision of Gotham across the Batman books.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #6

Apr 1, 2021

Dominos begin to tip over as five issues of buildup help expand the world that the digital-first series is helping to build within Gotham City. A moodier and colorful vision of Gotham comes alive as the art playfully dances between the shadows and the brighter but also muted colors.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #7

Apr 19, 2021

DC Comics Digital First Batman-related series doesn't shy away from tackling real-world issues head-on within the realms of Gotham City, bringing a new look at the world Batman inhabits. The bright colorful general aesthetic of many superhero comics is cast aside for a more direct and darker pallet having work that wonderfully showcases the darkness and heaviness of these topics.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #8

Apr 27, 2021

This creative team is crafting a truly engaging, emotional, and insightful story that looks at not only the hardships and privilege of one family but also takes a deep look at issues that plague so many of us in reality. Moody-focused artwork brings full attention to the story, making every panel truly engaging whether it's one full of action or one full of talking characters. They are truly doing something special and different set within the confines of Gotham City and the world of Batman.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #9

Apr 30, 2021

This series and the creative team continue to not shy away from tackling powerful and painful relevant topics, continuing their quest to showcase the similarities and vast differences in the two men that would be Batman. A dialogue-heavy issue never once loses interest as the art team delivers on every single emotional and powerful beat, drawing the reader deeper as the pages progress.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #10

May 12, 2021

The Next Batman: Second Son offers up another issue of Batman-like action, deep looks at cops and their relationship to the world, and Gotham City as a whole in the latest issue. The creative team continues to deliver top-notch dynamic and amazing artwork on a weekly basis that just keeps getting better while showcasing all that they can accomplish. This is a series that far too many appear to be sleeping on and DC Comics needs to be pushing it far more.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #11

May 18, 2021

A truly gorgeous and energetic action-packed issue is somewhat marred by a few ill-conceived story bits not hitting in the way the writer likely hoped that they would. At the same time, quite a number of elements developed through the previous ten issues begin to reveal themselves even more as the final issue is coming up. Despite some stumbles, there is a lot that this series is saying about the real world through the lens of Gotham that are worth checking out.

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The Next Batman: Second Son #12

May 26, 2021

The Next Batman: Second Son comes to an end as the generally solid series leaves quite a number of plot lines unresolved ahead of its scheduled summertime relaunch. A majorly talented art team who hit the mark every single issue brings the series to a close with another stellar issue, full of emotion and intriguing montage-like moments.

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The United States of Captain America #1

Jul 1, 2021

The United States of Captain America showcases a powerful look at the hero and our nation that is very much needed and deserves far more time to be developed. Solid artwork makes the more typical superhero action scenes work even as they lose some of the teeth of the opening. Aaron Fisher, the first of the newly introduced Captain Americas, is a really solid addition to the Marvel Pantheon and helps bring some levels of intrigue back to the issue.

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The United States of Captain America #3

Sep 1, 2021

The United States of Captain America is a book at war with itself as it tries to live up to its promises of diversity and representation while shoehorning in an uninspired very by the numbers comic book plotline. Really solid artwork and some good character work as well as the backups focused on the various new Captains truly help keep this book afloat.

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The United States of Captain America #4

Sep 28, 2021

The United States of Captain America continues to be a premise born of possibly good intentions that is missing the mark in almost every regard while providing a truly cliche jump-the-shark level Captain America storyline. There are a great number of creators trying their best, but it's clear that despite their best efforts the overall package is not living up to the massive expectations.

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The United States of Captain America #5

Oct 27, 2021

The United States of Captain America coasted on such highs as it began only to stumble through fields of cliches and missed opportunity on the way to this average conclusion. The artwork continues to save the book and gives a lot of glimpses of what might have been had far more interesting paths been taken. In the end, the diversity bait and switch was a throughline from start to finish, a far too common occurrence with the industry.

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Venom (2021) #1

Nov 10, 2021

A new era has begun as the adventures of the Brocks and their symbiote ally take them on a whole new unforeseen journey that leaves them altered greatly by the time this issue reaches the end. Marvel has found the best creative team to take the symbiotic anti-hero character into the great unknown, while respecting everything that has come before.

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Venom (2021) #2

Dec 8, 2021

The new era of Venom continues with an issue that is solid in respect to character development and moments, even if artistically it leans a bit too far into the dark and gloomy side of things. There is a ton of potential in this book and what concepts it is trying to deal with, and hopefully it can achieve the levels it wants to reach.

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Venom (2021) #3

Dec 29, 2021

Marvel Comics' near-decade of symbiote revival might be running on fumes as the latest Venom series tries to find its place within a sphere where seemingly everything has been said & done numerous times. All of the creative team are solid individuals that feel somewhat mismatched with this book and the premise that seems to be on display at the moment.

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