Scott Redmond's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: COMICON Reviews: 134
8.8Avg. Review Rating

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
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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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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9
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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9
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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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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9
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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10
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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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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8
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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9
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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9
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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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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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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7
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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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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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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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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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 #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 #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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10
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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7
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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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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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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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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9
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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10
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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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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9
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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9
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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9
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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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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10
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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10
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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10
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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8
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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8
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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8
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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9
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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9
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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8
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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9
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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10
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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9
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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9
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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8
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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9
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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10
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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10
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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10
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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9
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 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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8
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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8
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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8
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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8
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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8
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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9
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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7
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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