Spencer Perry's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com, Super Hero Hype Reviews: 260
7.3Avg. Review Rating

6
2020 iWolverine #1

Jul 16, 2020

The usually reliable Roland Boschi delivers the pencils here, and his heart is clearly in the designs for Albert himself as the work done in the robo-Wolverine are the real highlight. Everything else though feels largely forgettable.

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6
2020 Machine Man #1

Feb 19, 2020

The advantage of Machine Man's tie-in to the Iron Man 2020 event is how seamlessly it brings the reader up to speed with just what the heck it all actually means.

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4
2020 Machine Man #2

Mar 18, 2020

Perhaps if I was 9 with a belly full of cereal I'd be gripped by this, but as it stands now it lacks much appeal.

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7.5
All-New X-Men #1

Nov 14, 2012

Bendis knows a thing or two about these characters and he is really at his best writing their interactions over combat sequences. This comic squeezes a lot of stuff into one issue and does the opposite you'd think by spending more time on plot points we've seen before and glossing over the new story threads, which might make your head spin. I'm sure by the end of this arc we'll have a fantastic story inside All New X-Men, but as far as the first issue goes it leaves some elements to be desired.

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10
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #1

Sep 22, 2021

Though readers quickly learn that the first pages aren't exactly what they seem, they do lead into the parts of Becoming that work best, Jackson Hyde's relationship with those around him.

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6
Archie Meets: The B-52s #1

Feb 19, 2020

Overall though there's not much going on that makes this nearly as interesting a crossover as Archie's darker corners, and in the end it just feels fine.

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9
Avengers (2012) #1

Dec 5, 2012

Hickman is starting off his run on Avengers strong. While he takes a less is more apporach in the writing and a bigger is better in terms of the cast, they both have their advantages and work in favor of each other. Opea's art is the main selling point though, because it is without question the best artwork from Marvel NOW! If you want to get into the Avengers, you need look no further than this and it helps that it's a great read.

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8
Avengers Arena #1

Dec 12, 2012

The first issue of Avengers Arena is solid. If you think that you won't be able to read it due to your sworn allegiance to The Hunger Games or Battle Royale you should take a deep breath, put that aside, and pick it up anyway, it's a great read. Hopeless juggles a wide cast of characters with ease and Walker's art has us eager for the rest of the series because he draws the brutality beautifully. Marvel has a golden opportunity here to tell a great story and show that they're capable of killing of characters and not bringing them back magically. Let's pray they don't mess that up. 

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4
Avengers of the Wastelands #1

Jan 29, 2020

I think the tank might be empty on this one but its climactic surprise might spark it back.

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6
Avengers of the Wastelands #2

Feb 26, 2020

Artist Jonas Scharf is at his best when drawing the grotesque and monstrous, luckily he gets a chance to do that here more than once.

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6
Avengers of the Wastelands #3

Mar 11, 2020

Avengers of the Wasteland isn't an "Old Man" comic so it's not playing by that type of story, instead it's working on building a legacy of hope in this hopeless world, but I don't think it's working.

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4
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #1

Feb 3, 2021

Were it not for the tremendous artwork by Carlos Magno this would be a major skip. Here's hoping that the giant robots get their day in issue #2.

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4
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #2

Mar 3, 2021

The second issue of Avengers Mech Strike further solidifies that this series is really just Pacific Rim with "Earth's Mightiest Heroes," which is fine, but there's little else going on.

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6
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #3

Apr 7, 2021

It's a fun enough read as artist Carlos Magno continues to do good work, but the trouble is it's still mostly just noise.

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4
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #4

Jun 30, 2021

As Avengers Mech Strike has continued it has only become more incomprehensible.

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6
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #5

Jul 28, 2021

Writer Jed MacKay throws some fun ideas in the final story, including alternate versions of the Avengers that are awesome with a Capital "A," but the premise is almost entirely gone.

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9
Batman and Robin (2011) #1

Jul 18, 2012

This is more then just a superhero comic. This is a tale of a father and son at odds with each other, an age old premise that's been done a million times over but not with this kind of spark. Batman and Robin are one of the most iconic pairs that have ever existed in American culture and while this story respects that, it takes them, simply put, beyond it. We've seen Bruce acting in a parental role for the previous Robins before yes, but here his real parenting skills are put to the test. If you've had your appetite whet by Scott Snyder's Batman comic and need more, buy this. I couldn't put this down when I was reading it and it made me very upset that I hadn't been picking up the issues of it from the start of the reboot. Batman and Robin rules the night.

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4
Batman/Superman (2019) #6

Jan 22, 2020

It's bound to happen when you're telling a story that has begun across other titles, but Batman/Superman #6 is the perfect example of a filler issue.

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9
Batman: Death By Design #1

Jun 15, 2012

While the comic is sometimes wordy and the first few pages of set up seem to drag Batman: Death By Design is a really good read. It has all the components that many would consider vital to a good Batman tale and its art is top notch. I'm hoping in a year or two we can get a good follow up to this. I like seeing 40s Batman with modern influence.

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7
Batman: Secret Files (2021): Huntress #1

Jul 28, 2021

Detective Comics scribe Mariko Tamaki spins off her story into a one-shot that makes me wish she was also writing a Huntress solo series.

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8
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #1

Aug 26, 2020

Even though only some headway is actually made in terms of plot in Batman: Three Jokers #1"learning little readers didn't already know"there are still surprises to be found.

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6
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Oct 2, 2020

Johns story continues to plod along with limited intrigue into the larger scheme of the villain and the Bat-family, but with a few developments that may elicit a surprised "huh!" from readers and one in particular that might incite an online riot (for no narrative reason).

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4
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #3

Oct 28, 2020

You've been sprayed in the face by the fake flower, a cream pie falls in your lap after splatting on your head. This was a joke and it was on you.

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6.5
Before Watchmen: Comedian #1

Jun 20, 2012

Trying to make a character piece out of someone as flat as The Comedian was a difficult task for Brian Azzarello, but he tried and he doesn't totally fail. While the concept is a good idea for a book, it just seems to lack the spark of greatness that we've come to expect from Azzarello's work. It's not a total loss since it's the first issue and maybe it will serve better as a completed miniseries, but I'm expecting something more from the rest of the issues and I hope I'm not wrong.

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6
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1

Aug 23, 2012

Now, if you're like me and hate these ridiculous call back references to the original story planted within the 'prequel' story then this book will more annoy you than entertain you, and if for some reason you don't know how Dr. Manhattan operates in Watchmen then this is a good introduction but there's nothing of substance here that you haven't read already.

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9
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Jun 6, 2012

If Before Watchmen: Minutemen is representative of the quality of work that we will be getting from the rest of the series, then consider me signed up. If not, then at least we'll be getting a quality Minutemen comic. Do you consider yourself a fan of Watchmen? Ever wonder what life was like for the original heroes? This is the series for you and not just because you like the original or the characters, because it's a good comic.

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6
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1

Jun 27, 2012

If you like Nite Owl, I'm sure you'll like this comic, but I was rather disappointed with it all. It seems rather rushed with little time put into careful plotting and creation. I realize the story has to be set up in order to tell what will happen in the rest of the mini-series and I hope this one gets better, but for now it's a real swing and a miss.

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8
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Jul 5, 2012

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias was a great read. I'm excited to see where this one goes and I really hope it doesn't start spreading into territory that made Comedian and Nite Owl boring and uninteresting. As long as Wein keeps up the cool, collected attitude of Veidt and Lee keeps crushing the art, it should be a great read.

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9
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1

Aug 15, 2012

Before Watchmen: Rorschach is one of the best first issues of the entire run, and with next week's Dr. Manhattan series being the last to debut, it will be a while before you read anything on SuperHeroHype about the prequel series, but rest assured we've got more to say. While you wait though, go read this Rorschach book, it's damn good.

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8
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1

Jun 13, 2012

Though I won't spoil the ending for Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre for you, I will say that I have a fear that it will be a predictable series in the long run, but I do hope I'm wrong. I'm also afraid that even though next week's issue Before Watchmen: Comedian is written by Brian Azzarello that I've been spoiled by the goodness of Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner. The product so far doesn't rival Moore and Gibbons' original, but it's a very valuable companion piece and absolutely worth checking out.

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6
Beyond the Breach #1

Jul 14, 2021

Couceiro has a blast making these beasts seem gnarly and vicious though, gleefully exhibiting the carnage and gore that comes from their bite radius on bellies.

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7
Beyond the Breach #2

Aug 18, 2021

An improvement over the first issue, I can't help but wonder if the big picture of the entire series might improve the reading experience of this as a whole.

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8
Beyond the Breach #3

Sep 15, 2021

The mystery deepens and this one continues to get better.

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10
Big Girls #1

Aug 12, 2020

With Big Girls #1 Howard has made a point to deliver a world that feels fresh while also flipping the script on comic characteristics, and making sure to paint an explicitly political stance.

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10
Big Girls #2

Sep 16, 2020

Take a chance on Big Girls folks, it's got something to say.

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8
Big Girls #3

Oct 21, 2020

Big Girls #3 delivers perhaps the most dynamic action of the series so far, allowing him to show off his artistic talents like a flexed muscle at Mr. Universe, and the judges applaud him for it.

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10
Big Girls #4

Nov 18, 2020

One image in particular gives the reader a better idea of how this world looks from Ember's POV but also underlines her emotions in the moment. Masterful work continues to be on display here.

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8
Big Girls #5

Dec 16, 2020

Jason Howard's series continues to remain steady in terms of quality of art and narrative intrigue.

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8
Big Girls #6

Jan 13, 2021

The best aspect of Big Girls is how unpredictable it remains even through the final panels, it's a comic that continues to reward us.

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8
Black Cotton #1

Feb 10, 2021

Patrick Foreman and Brian Hawkins' Black Cotton flips our entire world on its head in a simple way, delivering a biting alternate history where racial dynamics in America are reversed and the killing of a white woman by a black police officer sparks "White Lives Matter" protests and worries from a decades old family about protecting what's theirs.

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7
Black Cotton #2

May 12, 2021

About the only trouble with Black Cotton #2 is there's a lot of page space devoted to some things that feel like filler in the grand scheme of the story, but in the end it's all good to look at and a dynamic read anyway.

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6
Black Cotton #3

Jun 9, 2021

Patrick Foreman & Brian Hawkins' series continues to be a fun read but three issues deep Black Cotton hasn't yet moved beyond the initial elevator pitch of its world of reversed racial dynamics.

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7
Black Cotton #4

Aug 11, 2021

Like the previous issue though the wheels feel like they're spinning, with the series not yet moving past the core concept into something bigger.

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7
Black Cotton #5

Sep 15, 2021

The larger plot finally pushes forward in unexpected ways though making this the best issue yet.

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7
Cable and X-Force #1

Dec 12, 2012

Cable and X-Force is a unique comic because it has the heroes becoming the 'bad guys.' New readers shouldn't worry about not being able to understand it, because it's fitted perfectly for newcomers though they may not fully appreciate the characters if they don't know their histories. Hopeless has a great team in this series in both the characters and his artist. This comic is interesting because it doesn't sound or look like anything else Marvel is doing. If you're looking for comics with superheroes that don't exactly feel like superhero comics you can do better, but there's a charm this one has that you won't find anywhere else.

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8.5
Captain America (2012) #1

Nov 26, 2012

Where this comic gets it right is in the character himself. The action scenes look fun, but they don't hold a candle to the rest of the comic. Captain America #1 does what the best of the Marvel NOW! comics are doing, it's trying to tell it's own story without worrying about tying into every other series or appealing to the casual fan with cameos.

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9
Checkmate (2021) #1

Jun 23, 2021

As is typically the case, your mileage may vary with Bendis' brand of humor but since story features a lot of characters he hasn't put his mark on in a big way it's fun to see this time around.

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4
Checkmate (2021) #2

Jul 28, 2021

What the heck is even happening here most of the time? Don't ask me, what a let down.

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6
Checkmate (2021) #3

Aug 25, 2021

After its awful second issue Checkmate finds a balance between servicing its narrative that made the first so strong and also the confusing time jumps that made its second so weak.

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10
Cojacaru: The Skinner #1

Apr 21, 2021

An out and out war comic, the book fits right in with the Baltimore titles while artist Peter Bergting brings this insane combination of soldiers and witches to life.

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7
Cojacaru: The Skinner #2

May 19, 2021

A fine issue for longtime fans but not the best of the larger series.

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6
Concrete Jungle #1

Oct 14, 2020

Overall there's enough of an interesting set up to keep reading but it has a Mark Millar like nastiness to the tone that doesn't always land.

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6
Concrete Jungle #3

Dec 16, 2020

Though previous issues have been deeply unpleasant in characterization, and frankly issue #3 treads that ground as well, the series does finally land on better footing than predecessors.

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8
Concrete Jungle #4

Jan 13, 2021

Despite a rocky start, Concrete Jungle is shaping up to be a wholly unique and interesting series in the long run, but issue #4 is where they really start cooking with gas.

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6
Curse of the Man-Thing (2021): Spider-Man #1

Apr 28, 2021

. Artist Marco Failla does good work with the many characters and settings seen throughout but in the end it's mostly a middling narrative that might only appeal to super fans.

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6
Dark Agnes #1

Feb 5, 2020

There's no hook into the larger scheme of Dark Agnes, and perhaps a purely standalone title will be a draw to some, but so far it feels like a half-baked idea that is looking for purpose.

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6
Dark Agnes #2

Mar 4, 2020

There's fun to be had in this new book.

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9
Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1

Dec 23, 2020

It would be easy to think with the length and messiness of the Dark Nights story that there would be one shot that could encapsulate so much of the narrative into a digestible state and also be a primer for a fan-favorite character's place in it, but Dark Nights: Death Metal The Secret Origin #1 does all of that.

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6
DC Cybernetic Summer (2020) #1

Jul 29, 2020

A ten part experiment on being silly, DC Cybernetic Summers a series of stories that are seemingly out of canon and thus more equipped to be ludicrous and frontloaded. Though these antics works for some of the tales, others fail to inspire.

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8.5
Deadpool (2012) #1

Nov 7, 2012

Now since I'm not the best scholar for Deadpool in the world, I could be in a minority here, but I think this is the best way to take the character and reintroduce him to the world. Many will lament at the changes to the character, whose inner monologues are notably absent here, but why say in three speech bubbles what you can say in one? This was definitely added to my pull sheet today, I drank the kool-aid.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1023

Jul 8, 2020

Peter J. Tomasi continues to do stellar work in Gotham City, delivering a tense and harrowing tale that could easily have been set-up fodder for the upcoming "Joker War" crossover event.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1024

Jul 22, 2020

If Detective Comics #1023 was the enticing set-up for a larger narrative, Detective #1024 is where they realized they'd used up most of their story already.

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6
Dying Is Easy #1

Dec 11, 2019

Master storyteller Joe Hill lays a unique groundwork here, setting the stage for his cop-turned-comedian story with a slew of off-putting jokes that frame his lead character in a proper fashion for this neo-noir.

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Dying Is Easy #2

Jan 8, 2020

Simmonds once again elevates a decent story idea to new heights with his scratchy art, giving the world a unique edge and palette that makes it shine.

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Dying Is Easy #3

Feb 26, 2020

Dying is Easy is finally at a place where it's fun to look at and to follow, and if it can maintain a consistency like this it will be a fun series for years to come.

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Dying Is Easy #4

Mar 25, 2020

Joe Hill's neo-noir mystery continues to ride high in the latest issue but is at its best in terms of its narrative when it's focusing strictly on the characters at play and their interactions.

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Dying Is Easy #5

Jun 17, 2020

Joe Hill and Martin Simmonds modern riff on Sherlock Holmes comes to a satisfying conclusion, sticking the landing on a series that had a shaky start with its first couple of issues.

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4
Extreme Carnage (2021): Alpha #1

Jul 7, 2021

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, who recently reignited DC's Superman after taking the reigns from Brian Michael Bendis, now has a similar job with Marvel's symbiotes after Donny Cates' work with Venom came to a conclusion, sadly his work for the Distinguished Competition started stronger.

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7
Fantastic Four (2012) #1

Nov 14, 2012

What Fraction has crafted here really feels like a family though. Even if this comic is connected to the upcoming FF relaunch, it doesn't feel like half of a story. Big fans of the series will really enjoy this, but newcomers might leave a little more to be desired. Don't expect anything from this that the Fantastic Four has never been, because it's not a drastic change to anything.

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10
Fantastic Four: Negative Zone #1

Nov 27, 2019

Mike Carey crafts a Fantastic Four tale that feels entirely new and also so classically ingrained in the characters that you'll wonder when it was first published.

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9.5
FF (2012) #1

Nov 29, 2012

I was really surprised by this book. I'll admit that I wasn't all that excited for it in the beginning and I'm all turned around. FF is one of the most interesting and well-written comics to come out of Marvel NOW! and you should be reading it.

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10
Future State (2021): Superman: Worlds of War #1

Jan 20, 2021

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson's take on a post-Superman world is an intriguing meta-examination of the DC hero and what he means.

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10
Future State (2021): Superman: House of El #1

Feb 24, 2021

New Superman writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson once again proves that his taking over the two main books for the Man of Steel was a tremendous decision on the part of DC Comics, delivering one of the best epilogues to the entire legacy of the character that's been printed.

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Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #1

Jan 27, 2021

Artist Ben Oliver gets a lot to play with as well but its his ability to make the two characters maintain their iconic styles throughout that makes this one really work.

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10
Future State (2021): Superman: Worlds of War #2

Feb 17, 2021

In a word, it's spellbinding.

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Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #2

Feb 24, 2021

Giant, insane monsters and mutants abound, so if his run on the ongoing series will be this bananas it will be worth looking at.

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Geiger #1

Apr 7, 2021

In the end Geiger feels like a big premise that acts new but is derivative of a lot that has come before it, fun to look at but very little to surprise a reader.

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6
Geiger #2

May 12, 2021

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's new series makes a slightly better case for the humanity at the heart of its story but once again feels like a work derivative of post-apocalyptic, even Las Vegas-set, stories.

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Geiger #3

Jun 9, 2021

Geiger #3 does finally bring the series to a potential new path but we'll see where the trail leads.

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Geiger #4

Jul 7, 2021

Geoff Johns & Gary Frank's post-apocalyptic tale does its best impression of George Miller's Mad Max this time around, and though it's probably the best issue of the series so far it's still entirely derivative of what came before it.

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Geiger #5

Aug 4, 2021

Frank's work continues to be great, action beats in this issue are superb, and the best thing about the series as a whole.

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Geiger #6

Sep 1, 2021

This series is so bizarre as it tries to bring so much to its subgenre without actually delivering anything new, thankfully Frank's artwork is still unbeatable and makes it fun.

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5
Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance #1

Dec 30, 2020

If you're after a quick rush of 90s nostalgia in the form of a brand new comic, it would be difficult to top Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance #1.

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9.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #1

Mar 28, 2013

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 offers a great jumping on point for interested fans and its ensemble cast of characters, with one of the best writers in the business putting words in their mouths, will keep you grinning from ear to ear while reading it. It's gorgeous, well plotted, captivating, and one of the best comics I've read this year.

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8
Gwen Stacy (2020) #1

Feb 12, 2020

I was as ready as anyone to ponder the easy cash grab of a non-super powered Gwen Stacy solo series, but it quickly won me over. There's no cynicism here; it's all sincerity.

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Gwen Stacy (2020) #2

Mar 11, 2020

Gwen Stacy remains as compelling and interesting as ever as well, with fun beats for obscure and fan-favorite Spider-Man villains as well.

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6
Heart Attack #1

Nov 20, 2019

The storytelling density is a hindrance at times (a major motif of the world is relegated to the back when it should probably have started the story), but by the end a fun world has been established with an interesting hook.

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4
Heavy #1

Sep 16, 2020

Your eyes may roll from the prose but the art will smooth it out along the way.

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Heavy #2

Oct 28, 2020

I maintain that a lot of the first issue of Heavy was very off putting in a 2010s Mark Millar kind of way, but its sophomore effort shows how the series is able to balance that with the actual narrative planned by writer Max Bemis.

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Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: The Secret of Chesbro House #1

Jul 7, 2021

"Secret of Chesbro House," though not feeling derivative of previous haunted house stories in this world, does feel familiar but the unbeatable duo of Mignola and Golden make this a more rewarding read than others in the line.

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Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: Her Fatal Hour & The Sending #1

Dec 2, 2020

Mignola remains sharp as ever in crafting the narratives for these short stories featuring Hellboy and still manages to throw surprises in there just for good measure.

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Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club #1

Nov 12, 2020

Hughes does a tremendous job bringing Big Red to life while also breathing real life into Mignola's monsters. Really the only trouble is that this didn't come out sooner so you could read it on Halloween.

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Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: The Secret of Chesbro House #2

Aug 11, 2021

The Secret of the Chesbro House didn't re-invent the wheel for Hellboy but is a nice distraction for fans of the character.

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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957: Family Ties

Sep 15, 2021

Campbells artwork, bolstered by Dave Stewart's colors, make this a must read for franchise fans but the blueprint of how Mignola's writing unfolds leaves no room for surprises.

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Imogen of the Wyrding Way #1

Jun 23, 2021

This new one-shot form writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden and artist Peter Bergting is a fun path that expands on a magical side of the universe that has previously been unexplored.

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7.5
Indestructible Hulk #1

Nov 26, 2012

Indestructible Hulk is a good debut issue. It may not have all the elements that fans want from the start, but it's building towards a run that I think will leave a lasting impression.

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10
Joker: Killer Smile: The Smile Killer #1

Jun 24, 2020

Batman: The Smile Killer follows suit, picking up the reins where that series ended in a fashion, but this issue is able to capitalize on the ideas of its predecessor in a more interesting fashion to greater effect.

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Journey Into Mystery (2011) #646

Nov 26, 2012

Journey Into Mystery is the kind of thing Marvel wanted with their 'Point One' campaign many years ago, an accessible story in an already established series that can draw in new readers. This is the kind of comic that stands out from the rest of their comics both because of it's content and it's female protagonist. This could quickly become one of my favorite comics Marvel is currently making.

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8
Juggernaut (2020) #1

Sep 23, 2020

This new series starring the Juggernaut puts the iconic character in a modern context that suits him perfectly.

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8
Juggernaut (2020) #2

Oct 21, 2020

Another mostly self-contained adventure, this issue has the hallmarks of classic comic book narrative in that regard, an ethos that seems to be driving the series as a whole.

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Juggernaut (2020) #3

Nov 18, 2020

Garney's work continues to be elevated by colorist Matt Milla who makes the big splash pages of the issue really sing.

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Juggernaut (2020) #4

Dec 9, 2020

It'll be a bummer to see this series end, what this has proven is that the Big J can carry a solo book with ease.

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Juggernaut (2020) #5

Jan 7, 2021

Fabian Nicieza and Ron Garney's new series comes to a mostly satisfying conclusion, wrapping up an unexpected and moving narrative featuring the titular villain turned do-gooder.

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9.5
Justice League of America (2013) #1

Feb 20, 2013

Justice League of America has quickly jumped to the top of my read pile every week. Johns' signature writing style will keep it interesting for as long as he remains on it and he's setting up enough potential stories for the future that the well won't be going dry anytime soon. Plus, he's at his best when he's writing ensembles of characters and the cast here doesn't get as much love as they should.

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5
Justice League Of America's Vibe #1

Feb 20, 2013

Vibe #1 isn't a mess like some debuts have been lately, but it's not that close to being a comic I would get excited for every month. The artwork is fine for what it is, but the story is boring and forced at times. It plants a lot of seeds for an awesome future, but I have my doubts I'll be sticking around to see it.

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8
Katana #1

Feb 14, 2013

Katana #1 is as good an introduction to the character as you're going to get. Those unfamiliar with her that have interest, or are simply looking to mix up their pull list, should really consider checking it out. There aren't a lot of comics out there that prominently feature ninjas and Katana is changing that.

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6
Kill Whitey Donovan #1

Dec 4, 2019

Sydney Duncan has plotted a thoroughly pulpy western with this new series, featuring all the hallmarks of a gritty southern-set shoot em up though some might be a hair cliched.

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6
Kill Whitey Donovan #2

Jan 8, 2020

The strength in Kill Whitey Donovan's narrative is how it's able to subvert the lifestyles and traits of Civil War era America, specifically the losing side.

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8
Kill Whitey Donovan #3

Feb 5, 2020

This is the best issue yet and I think it can stick the landing after a shaky take off.

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8
Kill Whitey Donovan #4

Mar 4, 2020

Overall, it's a solid series with a gripping story.

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8
Kill Whitey Donovan #5

May 20, 2020

Barahona's colors remain a high point for me, giving the story its signature look in what can best be described as Blade Runner 2049 by way of True Grit

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8
King Spawn #1

Aug 25, 2021

Artist Javi Fernandez taps into the mood and violence that fans so often expect from Spawn titles and frankly this is a good jumping on point for anyone that has a passing interest and wants an entry.

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King Spawn #2

Sep 22, 2021

In the same way that a buffet line might offer an attendee a few choice items in a row for their plate followed by several dishes no one wants, King Spawn works in spurts when allowed to break free from the 300+ issues of continuity and work as its own series.

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10
Lady Baltimore: The Witch Queens #1

Mar 24, 2021

Even with no frame of reference for Baltimore, Lady Baltimore is a comic you need to consider as it hits all the right notes and plays them with finesse.

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10
Lady Baltimore: The Witch Queens #2

Apr 21, 2021

Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden's new spin-off of their Outerverse series continues to impress, delivering another knockout issue of what's already an outstanding new comic.

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10
Lady Baltimore: The Witch Queens #3

May 26, 2021

Writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden continue to carve an amazing new path in their Outerverse world of comics, offering a rewarding read for longtime fans but still making it accessible to those that may have just started their journey.

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9
Lady Baltimore: The Witch Queens #4

Jun 23, 2021

This issue is a must read for fans of this storytelling world too, even if the series as a whole is not to be missed, but all the threads come together for a rewarding read for everyone keeping up with the Outerverse.

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7
Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1

May 5, 2021

In the end it's solid start but those turned off by Ennis' antics won't like what they find.

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6
Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #2

Jun 9, 2021

In case the first issue wasn't enough to turn off anyone uninterested with his trademark humor, Garth Ennis ramps it up to 11 in the second issue of the series which also manages to expand on its still-in-progress lore in a unique way.

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3
Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #3

Jul 21, 2021

Garth Ennis' new series has nearly worn out its welcome after three issues and its escalating levels of debauchery that add little to the narrative.

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6
Marvel 2099 (2019): Venom #1

Dec 4, 2019

Overall it's a fine piece, but nothing about it screams 2099 like one would expect.

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8
Marvel's Avengers (2019): Black Widow #1

Mar 25, 2020

Marvel fans with a broad knowledge of the Marvel Universe won't find many surprises here but it's as decent enough of an elseworlds set-up that feels familiar for long time readers and manages to remain engaging for newcomers.

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8
Marvel's Voices #1

Feb 19, 2020

Adapted from the acclaimed podcast series, Marvel's Voices does what any good anthology comic would do, tell unique and interesting stories in quick and fun ways.

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6
Metalshark Bro: Vol. 2 #1

Aug 5, 2020

Artist Walter Ostlie does great work with the sequences that keep the action still, but moments of swift movement and combat don't really work and are difficult to navigate. In the end it's a fun read but sometimes stale.

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6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #13

Dec 11, 2019

Saladin Ahmed maintains a clear understanding of what makes for fun Spider-Man stories, specifically Miles stories, crafting a narrative here that is a fun version of The Warriors with the webhead.

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6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #14

Jan 1, 2020

It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's a satisfying tale that works. The overall hang ups stem from the inconsistency in the art, with Ray-Anthony Height, Z Carlos, and Beln Ortega splitting duties with varying degrees of success.

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10
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #15

Feb 5, 2020

Always accessible, always relatable, always in peril.

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10
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #16

Mar 4, 2020

Saladin Ahmed continues to hit home runs with his take on Miles Morales: Spider-Man and the latest issue is nothing short of genius understanding of the character.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #17

Jun 10, 2020

The balance between Miles' personal life and the civil/superheroics of being Spider-Man is done to perfection by the writer but artist Carmen Carnero helps with the heavy lifting in this issue.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #18

Sep 2, 2020

Writer Saladin Ahmed continues to keep the character and his run in a classic motif, pulling the story along in a way that keeps the mystery going without its lack of reveals feeling like a cheat.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #19

Oct 7, 2020

This month's issue also makes things clear in the grand scheme, but resorts to typical "villain explains his motives via monologue," hard to argue that it's still a compelling read though.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #20

Nov 4, 2020

Ahmed continues to make a compelling case for his ability to blend superheroics and modern, meaningful politics as well, balancing them like few others can.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #21

Dec 2, 2020

Pacing is a clear strong suit here as well as this giant climactic battle features enough participants it shouldn't work in a 22-page issue, but this creative pair deliver an ending like an Avengers movie where everyone gets their fair square of time.

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6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #22

Jan 7, 2021

After the culmination of 20+ issues previously, the latest Miles Morales: Spider-Man takes things back to basics and even though a smaller story is welcome, this one doesn't hit all the marks.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #23

Feb 17, 2021

The whole thing is anchored by artist Carmen Carnero and colorist David Curiel, who are able to bring Miles' world into the King in Black aesthetic while still making it all feel consistent visually (though a bit of whiplash compared to the style in issue #22).

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #24

Mar 24, 2021

It would be easy to dismiss Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24 as filler or a stepping stone, but it's a complete, heart-warming, and necessary story.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #25

Apr 28, 2021

The true start of the all-new "Clone Saga" is light on answers but offers enough of a narrative tease that it's clear this won't just be Miles' version of the classic Peter Parker storyline.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #26

May 26, 2021

Strong start so far.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #27

Jun 16, 2021

Ahmed's entire run on Miles Morales has been one to keep an eye on and this is turning into the masterwork of the series.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #28

Jul 21, 2021

In the end, this was a strong enough arc that didn't need familiarity branding from Marvel to sell it; it also might be better than the original "Clone Saga" because it didn't overstay its welcome.

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8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #29

Aug 11, 2021

Guest Artist Chris Allen does good work filling in, delivering one of the most memorable splash pages in the history of this series that harkens back to the McFarlane era of the wall-crawler.

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6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) Annual #1

Aug 18, 2021

Even with the huge amount of set-up that this issue offers for a later date it never feels like a necessary read even if you're a fan of either hero on the cover.

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7
Mister Terrific #1

Jun 29, 2012

Mister Terrific is a lot better than I expected. It has a great story, good writing, manages to tackle social issues in a way only comics can, and a surprising set of interesting and diverse villains. The art though isn't the greatest, some issues are better than others, and if the inconsistency in the drawings doesn't upset you then the fact that there's not ever going to be a Volume 2 might.

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5.5
Morbius: The Living Vampire #1

Jan 2, 2013

I was pumped for Morbius, and while it's an interesting start, overall I was let down by it. It's not that I got so worked up about the comic that it didn't meet my expectations, it's just kind of boring. Some of the things in the comic are a lot of fun, but the plot threads and retreads inside it just didn't do it for me.

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8.5
New Avengers (2013) #1

Jan 2, 2013

New Avengers is a wicked cool comic. It's got a really solid story, a fantastic cast, and some of the best art we've seen from the Marvel NOW! relaunch. The only fault in it is the selected style of storytelling which no longer feels like a unique perspective to start a 'Super team' story. In short, it's a great addition to the rest of the titles.

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6
Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #1

Mar 10, 2021

Worth a look for all spider-fans but not for everyone as a piece of reading material.

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6
Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #2

Apr 14, 2021

Like the first issue this is one that die hard webheads will find interest in, but it's probably not a storytelling motif that will catch on with every other title.

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7
Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #3

Jun 2, 2021

With things brought to a bit of a halt this feels more like a traditional Spider-Man comic than anything, which is fine. Chris Bachalo remains one of the most underappreciated artists at Marvel, bringing a raw energy and unique look to characters and environments that are so seldom dwelled on by others.

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7
Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #4

Aug 25, 2021

Joe Kelly's Crank-like tale of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man reaches the best incarnation of the title's pitch in its fourth issue.

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7
Norse Mythology: II #1

Jun 16, 2021

The real trouble is that there's no proper ending for the start of the tale nor a seamless cliffhanger.

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6
Norse Mythology: II #2

Jul 14, 2021

Though the charm of Gaiman's version of the fairy tales begins to wane as the issue carries on but by the end of this issue's tale its hilarious conclusion makes the build-up worth it and proves his mastery as a storyteller.

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7
Nova (2013) #1

Feb 20, 2013

If you're looking for something to start reading that is a character you haven't seen in a movie and has a different feel to it compared to the other hero comics, then Nova is a good start. Loeb's grasp of the characters are the best part of his writing, while the plot feels like a street covered in fog. The artwork by Ed McGuinness is pretty jaw dropping at times but often feels cluttered and out of place. If you've been following this new character since he first appeared in Marvel's comics, this debut issue might bring up a lot of unanswered questions as it did for me, but it gives you plenty of reasons to come back, especially with the ending.

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6
Power Pack (2020) #1

Nov 25, 2020

The return of the Power Pack from writer Ryan North and artist Nico Leon makes for a pretty painless debut issue, delivering the thesis of the series and an explainer on the character for newcomers in a fun fashion.

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Power Pack (2020) #2

Dec 30, 2020

This issue seems to be setting up an interesting take on superhero IP, positioning the title heroes as literal cogs in the machine, it's surprising that they were able to get away with it.

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Power Pack (2020) #3

Feb 10, 2021

Writer Ryan North's new run with the Power Pack reaches its best issue yet as it rightfully puts the focus and POV of the story in the character that has the most level heard on their shoulders.

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Power Pack (2020) #4

Mar 3, 2021

This issue makes one thing clear though, North is best at writing Power Pack as a group talking through their problems and acting in their familial roles rather than as the heroes, which is fine but somehow less interesting overall.

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7
Power Pack (2020) #5

Apr 14, 2021

In the end, fun which is all the book ever set out to do.

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8
Proctor Valley Road #1

Mar 10, 2021

If the strength of Proctor Valley Road #1 is anything to go by, this will be a series to keep your eye on, not only because of its many surprises but because it's able to take the familiar and make it feel new and fresh.

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Proctor Valley Road #2

Apr 14, 2021

The series pushes itself to new limits with both its horror elements and its reality based satire, making for a great read.

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8
Proctor Valley Road #3

May 12, 2021

Proctor Valley Road is turning into a dark horse for the best new horror comic of the year and issue three is the reason it's in the running.

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Proctor Valley Road #4

Jun 9, 2021

Colorist Tamra Bonvillain remains the secret weapon of the series, continuously making its environments and characters pop.

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7
Proctor Valley Road #5

Jul 21, 2021

Proctor Valley Road will stand out as a unique piece of Morrison's bibliography.

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4
Punchline (2020) #1

Nov 12, 2020

That its entire lead-in is buried in this one-shot that fails to justify itself is (as yet another Joker-got-away storyline) a massive headache.

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8
Rai (2019) #1

Nov 20, 2019

Colors by Andrew Dalhouse make it all pop in a way that feels unique from other Valiant titles, and elevates the minutiae of Ryp's art.

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10
Rai (2019) #2

Dec 11, 2019

Imagine a road trip where every stop is an episode of Black Mirror and you've got this new version of Rai, a new classic in the making.

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10
Rai (2019) #3

Jan 15, 2020

The same way that Dan Abnett and Juan Jose Ryp's series does not beat around the bush, I won't do it either. I love this comic.

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10
Rai (2019) #4

Feb 12, 2020

Ryp once again knocks it out of the park, making the extensive expository moments feel just as full of life as the action bits.

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10
Rai (2019) #5

Mar 11, 2020

If you're in the market for a new obsession with little continuity baggage and a guaranteed good time, Rai will knock your socks off.

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10
Rai (2019) #6

Aug 19, 2020

Once again, Dan Abnett and Juan Jose Ryp have hit a home run.

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8
Rai (2019) #7

Sep 23, 2020

Even in an issue that could be described as a "bottle episode," Rai remains a must read.

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Rai (2019) #8

Oct 21, 2020

Abnett continues to write compelling characters and interesting new locales, while Ryp's artwork is unmatched in monthly comics, but there's a lot of empty space that perhaps could have been filled a little more.

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8
Rai (2019) #9

Nov 12, 2020

Though this run on Rai is now venturing more into a month-to-month serialized story than its first issues it's in a strong place to complete a sci-fi narrative that can only be done in comics.

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Rai (2019) #10

Dec 16, 2020

In the end it's a great end point for this one and I'll be eager to see what happens next, the best you can ask for with a monthly book.

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10
Rain Like Hammers #1

Jan 20, 2021

Graham's tremendous artwork is hypnotic throughout, as he examines the micro and macro of life that feels uniquely distant and all too familiar.

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8
Redshift #1

May 26, 2021

The only thing slowing this issue down is inconsistencies in the artwork, but it's easy to overlook those with a story this interesting.

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10
Ruins Of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1

Jan 15, 2020

Taking a page from Immortal Hulk and the spooky Archie books, writer Frank Tieri and artists Angel Unzueta and Guillermo Sanna have crafted a unique and necessary story for Marvel comics.

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8.5
Savage Wolverine #1

Jan 16, 2013

Savage Wolverine is one of the most uniquely written comics to come out of Marvel in a while. Its story is entertaining on many levels and it has artwork that is gorgeous and nearly perfect. A few story issues and art discrepancies hold this back from being a perfect debut, but it's a solid start for what could be a great run.

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5
Second Chances #1

Aug 18, 2021

Second Chances has a lot going on and writer Ricky Mammone clearly has a tremendous grasp on the world they've created but at times it feels like reading a very wordy sign on the highway while driving over the speed limit.

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5
Second Chances #2

Sep 22, 2021

Where Second Chances really stumbles in the economy of its storytelling which goes all-in on its least interesting character and does little to make his POV very interesting.

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9
Secret Avengers (2013) #1

Feb 14, 2013

It's quite obvious from the cover art, the title design, and the team's roster that this comic is catering toward the film audience, but that doesn't mean it's trying to pander to an unfamiliar crowd. Secret Avengers is a wild ride that will keep you guessing from start to finish. Spencer has a clear grasp on his team and how they react to almost anything, and it sticks out from everything else Marvel is doing because it's no generic superhero comic. If you like your Marvel characters well written and drawn with a piping cup of espionage thriller, this is the comic for you.

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6
Shazam! (2018) #8

Nov 27, 2019

There's enough interesting ideas in the story to carry it, and for the most part the art looks fine, but fleeting moments of stiff character work stick out like sore thumbs.

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6
Shazam! (2018) #9

Dec 18, 2019

Johns' run with Earth's Mightiest Mortal is starting to hit a standstill.

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8
Shazam! (2018) #10

Jan 22, 2020

In truth there is nothing else like Shazam! on the shelves at your local comic shop. Though it has the capes and heroics of all the others, the latest issue continues to push the title into perhaps the most unique territory of any DC title.

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8
Shazam! (2018) #11

Feb 26, 2020

Artist Scott Kolins does a killer job with the Monster Society, which all have a unique pastiche to them that gives them an edge over just reading about the Shazam family.

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8
Spawn #303

Dec 4, 2019

Jason Shawn Alexander's art remains the primary selling point for the book and he's able to stretch his legs into exciting and peculiar territory here. There's also a killer cover by Francesco Mattina!

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6
Spawn #304

Jan 15, 2020

The wheels spin on the actual narrative in this issue as McFarlane gets the pieces in place for what will surely be an explosive final issue of the "Hell Hunt" arc, but for now, lots of standing and talking.

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10
Spawn #305

Feb 19, 2020

It's a testament to how these books are written and put together that they're as accessible and engaging as they are even 300 issues deep.

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8
Spawn #306

Mar 18, 2020

A solid entry into this new era of Spawn, and though perhaps not the best jumping on point, still a fun read with great atmospheric artwork.

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4
Spawn #307

Jun 24, 2020

Tan's artwork remains unparalleled though, delivering the kinds of dynamic and versatile splash pages that keep you reading as the plot lags.

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Spawn #308

Jul 29, 2020

Classic fans will be eager to pick this one up too though as it continues to tie the entire mythos together in a unique and prescient way.

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Spawn #310

Oct 2, 2020

Todd's script works well too, though wordy and overly dramatic in spurts, this is a welcome issue that focuses mostly on Al and allows him to be the kind of character fans have loved for decades.

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6
Spawn #311

Oct 28, 2020

The wheels end up spinning here but at least they're nice wheels to look at.

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8
Spawn #312

Nov 25, 2020

McFarlane's penchant for writing like it's still 1994 remains as powerful as ever, but it's the work by Barberi that makes this issue sing as his entire style gives the series a familiarity it sometimes lacks with more outlandish and dark artwork.

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Spawn #313

Dec 23, 2020

Todd McFarlane remains beyond parody in his own books as Spawn #313 sees the return of classic characters and truly goofball moments like Gunslinger Spawn calling a motorcycle a metal horse and the full reveal of the "big red" Hellspawn character he's been teasing for weeks now.

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6
Spawn #314

Jan 27, 2021

Todd McFarlane's latest story reaches what should be a big fever pitch, something previous issues have been spinning toward for months now and it fails to impress.

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Spawn #315

Feb 24, 2021

For all recent Spawn comics that felt like wheel spinning on the plot, Todd McFarlane makes sure that issue #315 has all of the action you thought you might have gotten over the last four issues crammed into one.

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Spawn #316

Mar 31, 2021

For all his faults of repetition and wheel spinning, Todd can still make a comic feel unique and interesting even to a new reader.

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6
Spawn #317

Apr 28, 2021

At this point each new issue of Spawn should come with "It's what's on the tin" on the cover because the amount of surprises are minimal and the amount of Spawns never disappoints, at least this time around there's a new one.

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4
Spawn #318

May 26, 2021

The hits are being played hard here and even though these might be the things keeping readers coming back the reinvention of the character can't come soon enough, assuming that's what we're getting.

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Spawn #319

Jun 30, 2021

This month's issue is at least more memorable from the last since it's not tied down into the larger building up of Spawn's Universe and the upcoming spinoffs to a detrimental degree, but on the other hand it does feel very much the same as...well any other issue of Spawn you've read.

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Spawn #320

Jul 28, 2021

It's a weird looking one at times, almost cartoon-level brightness, but a fun read.

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4
Spawn #321

Sep 1, 2021

As I've written before, the issues of Spawn that read like wheel spinning or piece moving across the board can be taxing, and this is one of the most egregious examples even with a final page that carries weight.

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8
Suicide Squad (2019) #1

Dec 18, 2019

This debut issue is setting up a story that could be a fruitful deconstruction of the plot tropes that have become ingrained in the title for too long.

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8
Suicide Squad (2019) #2

Jan 29, 2020

Taylor's group dynamic writing remains a high point and Redondo should be given even more opportunities to draw monsters.

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10
Suicide Squad (2019) #3

Feb 26, 2020

The way you know that this series is a fun read is that even its slower, dialogue heavy moments are still a treat. You have to read this book if you're looking for something fresh in the DCU.

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10
Suicide Squad (2019) #4

Mar 25, 2020

The new Suicide Squad written by Tom Taylor continues to impress, managing to fold in familiar faces in exciting ways that continue to push the plot forward and enhance its new roster of expendables.

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7.5
Superior Spider-Man #1

Jan 9, 2013

The Superior Spider-Man has a really ambitious plot that works surprisingly well. It's a well-written story with good touches of character, but the artwork just isn't up to par for what's going on here. Spider-Man purists might not like what's going on, but it seems like the future holds something bright for them.

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4
Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Nov 13, 2019

Amusing ideas aren't in short supply but Its ambition doesn't satisfy the clumsy handling.

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6
Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1

Dec 9, 2020

Bryan Hitch brings his trademark writing and art styles to this unique take on the Flashpoint story, which features the traditional highs and lows of his work overall so your mileage will vary.

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8
Tarot (2020) #1

Jan 1, 2020

Davis has conceived of a narrative that fits into the grand ideas of the Marvel U and a perfect place for new fans to jump on for a story with their favorite characters from the big screen.

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8
Tarot (2020) #2

Jan 29, 2020

It may be a story that crosses generations, realms, and dimensions, but it feels intimate, and best of all it works. This is the secret event Marvel isn't telling you about.

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10
Tarot (2020) #3

Feb 26, 2020

You need to be reading this series, it's grand.

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10
Tarot (2020) #4

Mar 25, 2020

If this was a wholly original story Hollywood would be in a bidding war over adapting it into a movie.

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8
Tartarus #1

Feb 12, 2020

It may take a bit of re-reading in the first part to grasp it all, but on the whole it's a stellar debut issue.

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10
Tartarus #2

Mar 18, 2020

Fans of Star Wars and Dune should take note of this series.

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8
Tartarus #3

Jun 17, 2020

This sci-fi epic by writer Johnnie Christmas & artist Jack T. Cole remains a dense and tough to navigate story. If you can push through and engage though you'll find an engaging and prescient series that could be your new favorite.

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8
Tartarus #4

Jul 22, 2020

Tartarus continues to check all the boxes for hard sci-fi and fantasy storytelling, delivering another issues that feels like a future staple of the genres in this medium.

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6
Tartarus #5

Aug 26, 2020

A fun tee up for the next issue manages to maintain this one as a fun read, but a roadmap is needed to make sense of this one.

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8
Tartarus #6

Oct 28, 2020

This must read series finds its footing again.

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8
Tartarus #7

Nov 25, 2020

Guest artist Andrew Krahnke continues to do a magnificent job as well, aided by colors from Hilary Jenkins, that make the absence of co-creator Jack T. Cole almost unnoticed.

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10
Tartarus #8

Dec 23, 2020

What is astonishing about Tartarus #8 is that the storytelling is so tight, the premise so fully realized by its creators, that even though it has a complicated place in the web of the entire series it could be read by a newcomer and fully understood.

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Tartarus #9

Feb 3, 2021

There continues to be marvelous storytelling on display in each issue of the series, which shows no signs of losing steam.

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Tartarus #10

Mar 17, 2021

Writer Johnnie Christmas' ambitious perhaps gets the better of him in spinning the narrative of this particular story in around 26 pages, but even if it's confusing throughout it's still compelling.

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Thanos Rising #1

Apr 3, 2013

Thanos Rising is a rich comic. There's more material to chew on and discuss than a lot of comics ever hope to achieve. Aaron is a masterful character writer and even though the art isn't at its peak in some areas, Simone Bianchi still does a great job. I'm confident, that when completed, Thanos Rising will be a modern classic.

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The End: Miles Morales #1

Jan 8, 2020

Few ideas about this world stand out as unique, and with so little connective tissue to Miles' overall journey it hits the ground with a thud instead of swinging.

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The Fearless Defenders #1

Feb 6, 2013

I remember when I saw the roster for The Fearless Defenders I thought, 'I bet it'll be great, but I think it will be the first one to get cancelled.' I really want to be wrong, because it's a good series that offers a look at corners of the Marvel Universe that you're not going to get in the other comics. If you want to be up on the really obscure things happening in mainstream comics, this is for you.

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The Rise Of Ultraman (2020) #1

Sep 9, 2020

This new series reboots the property for new audiences and old fans alike with a direct approach to the concept in a fun inaugural issue. The only real downside for the series' kickoff is that it has to spend more time establishing its world than really playing in it, though it features quality backup tales to supplement that shortcoming.

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The Rise Of Ultraman (2020) #2

Oct 7, 2020

Writers Kyle Higgins & Matt Groom have to cram a lot into twenty two pages and it slows down the flow of the narrative exponentially. Artist Francesco Manna continues to kill it even in the face of a ton of dialogue balloons.

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The Rise Of Ultraman (2020) #3

Nov 4, 2020

The Rise of Ultraman #3 is the issue you were dreaming of when the announcement from Marvel first hit.

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The Rise Of Ultraman (2020) #4

Dec 9, 2020

Writers Kyle Higgins & Mat Groom deliver their best issue yet with the series (tragically the penultimate) and set up a finale that appears to be the kind of throw-down we've been waiting for since issue #1.

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The Rise Of Ultraman (2020) #5

Jan 7, 2021

In the end, it's fun though, and sets up the stage for the next chapter well.

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The Shepherd: Apokatastasis #1

Jan 27, 2021

In the end, this is a series to keep your eye on because the good will it earns with Panciroli's artwork in"Do You Like Ghost Stories?" cannot be overstated.

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #1

Mar 17, 2021

Writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom kick off their second volume of Ultraman comics with Marvel and have already exceeded their work on the "Rise of Ultraman."

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #2

Apr 21, 2021

Though featuring probably the least amount of its titular robo-hero and his kaiju enemy, this might be the strongest issue of the Ultraman series in the modern Marvel era.

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #3

May 19, 2021

Higgins and Groom's story takes a unique turn but the ever escalating mystery aspect of the narrative has started to become a chore.

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #4

Jul 7, 2021

The ideas in this series are fun but there's not enough time to dig into all of them and satisfy the thirst of kaiju punching too.

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #5

Aug 4, 2021

Trials of Ultraman has all the knock-down, drag-out fighting you can want from the kaiju buster and ties together all its dramatic story beats into a nice bow (a bow tied to the present of an impending Volume 3 naturally).

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The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion: Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas #1

Nov 20, 2019

Overall it's an interesting web to be spun, but doesn't play to the strengths of this franchise in a meaningful way.

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The Visitor (2019) #1

Dec 18, 2019

Some of the cleanest art you'll find in a modern superhero book (done with precision and admirable clarity by MJ Kim) can't save this bloated and meandering narrative.

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The Visitor (2019) #4

Mar 18, 2020

The techno-babble plot can be left at the door but it wouldn't work at all without the visuals they bring to tie it all together.

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The Visitor (2019) #5

Jun 2, 2021

Paul Levitz' revival of the Valiant property reaches a fever pitch in an issue that highlights the highs and lows of the series as a whole.

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The Visitor (2019) #6

Jun 16, 2021

Valiant's latest attempt at a character reboot lands with the thud of a fish at a market.

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Thor: God of Thunder #1

Nov 14, 2012

I was surprised to find a lot of restraint in this debut issue. There are really good ideas that Aaron and Ribic execute perfectly with little flack. Thor: God of Thunder is doing what every Marvel NOW! book should and that's redefine the character while staying true to what people love about them. This is already one of my favorites from the relaunch.

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Thunderbolts (2012) #1

Dec 5, 2012

Thunderbolts is a solid debut issue. The writing is very good, but the direction of the story isn't there, so it might lose only half-interested readers quickly. Dillon's art has never looked better, but that's because the colorist does a lot of the heavy lifting. If you like any of the characters on this team, this is almost a must read.

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Uncanny X-Force (2013) #1

Jan 23, 2013

Uncanny X-Force is the kind of comic that will either really please or disappoint fans, there isn't much middle ground here. It feels like a rushed and silly debut issue that moves so fast, it's hard to even get a grasp for what is going to happen or what will happen. I hope this series gets more interesting. The characters in it are too good to fall into oblivion.

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Uncanny X-Men (2013) #1

Feb 14, 2013

I understand that a #1 issue should set up the premise of the entire series, and Uncanny X-Men does that, but the amount of information it does a retread on from other X-Men issues released just weeks ago is almost offensive. I have faith that Bendis won't keep this up and turn Uncanny into its own title, but for the time being the only thing that will keep me reading is Chris Bachalo's amazing art.

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Web Of Venom: The Good Son #1

Jan 22, 2020

Moments of greatness can be found in the art by Dio Neves but overall it cannot overcome the general lacklust in the narrative.

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Wild Bull and Chipper #1

Mar 10, 2021

In the end it's just too weird and silly to ignore overall though and has to be seen to be believed.

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Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness #1

Nov 27, 2019

Sadly a good first and final page don't make the whole story worthwhile just yet.

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Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness #2

Dec 18, 2019

Artist Christopher Mitten's line work depicts a disheveled world, though perhaps intentional, it never quite works and makes the Witchfinder series as a whole one of the weakest chapters of this franchise in a visual sense.

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Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness #3

Jan 29, 2020

Perhaps overall this is a step above volume 4, but Witchfinder seems to not work much on his own.

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Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness #4

Feb 26, 2020

The pieces are finally together in this series as the two issues worth of droning exposition are out of the way and it's pure plot from here on out.

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Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness #5

Mar 25, 2020

In the end this experiment of offering a story from a throwaway line in a comic years ago doesn't seem to have worked overall beyond connecting further threads.

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Wolverine (2013) #1

Mar 14, 2013

Wolverine isn't the be-all-end-all of "Wolverine" comics, but it is certainly trying to craft its own unique story for the character's mythology. As far as debut issues go, this isn't going to rock your world, but it could end up being a really neat arc for the character.

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X-Men: Legacy (2012) #1

Nov 14, 2012

X-Men Legacy is a very unique book. It's telling a story that you won't really see in the rest of the Marvel Universe and given that its character is a bit of an outcast, it might stay that way for good. Spurrier and Eng Huat should be proud about what they've done here. This team has created a comic about a character that no one was really asking for in the Marvel U and made it a really interesting read.

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Young Avengers (2013) #1

Jan 23, 2013

Young Avengers is at a disadvantage before it even got published, though. Part of the reason for Marvel NOW! is to create good jumping on points for new readers, but how many of them are going to willingly try a team of heroes they've never heard of? If I fancied a guess, not many, but what do I know. If you're reading this, consider yourself a new reader, and want to start reading quality comics and not just comics with your favorite hero in them. Young Avengers is as good a place as any to start. It has a good ensemble of characters, a wonderful message, and great artwork.

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Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1

Feb 17, 2021

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Lands is a fun read and something that feels worthy of continuing the character's story.

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Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #2

Mar 31, 2021

Young Hellboy came out of the gate sprinting and it's exciting to see it maintain that pace.

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Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #3

Apr 14, 2021

Mike Mignola and Thomas Sniegoski's Young Hellboy reaches the moment where it really starts to feel like a proper part of the "MignolaVerse" canon, as the seeds for Hellboy's antics as an occult detective are clearly rooted in how he sought adventure as a child.

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Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #4

Jun 2, 2021

Young Hellboy's beginnings made it seem like perhaps this series could quickly become a well developed chapter in his life through other mini-series, hopefully they don't all paint by numbers like this one did at the end.

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