StoryBabbler's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Comicbook Dispatch Reviews: 126
7.3Avg. Review Rating

8
Action Comics (2016) #1037

Nov 30, 2021

Action Comics #1037 delivers on giving readers the big fight between Superman and the new Mongul. The fight itself is well-paced with solid dialogue by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, while the art by Miguel Mendonca and colors by Adriano Lucas make this a fun and dynamic comic book. The biggest problem is the predictability of the fight and how it all ends. But now that the series is going full-throttle with the Warworld Saga, readers will be getting more from this new Mongul storyline.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1038

Dec 29, 2021

Action Comics #1038 keeps up the momentum from the previous issue. The story shows the aftermath of Mongul's victory, highlighting the brutal struggles that Superman and his team will have to overcome. All while showing that the Warworld Saga is as much a moral battle as it is a physical one. The writing by Phillip Kennedy Johnson continues to capture Superman's heroic spirit, while the art by Miguel Mendoca and Adriano Lucas' colors make this an amazing comic to look at.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1039

Jan 27, 2022

Action Comics #1039 shows the new life of Superman on Warworld. The comic shows Superman fight to survive and endure the brutal environment he's in. Phillip Kennedy Johnson delivers some interesting world-building of Warworld, which goes hand in hand with the artwork from Riccardo Federico and Lee Loguhridge that characterizes the planet as a cruel and soul-crushing place waiting to grind Superman into fuel.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1040

Feb 24, 2022

Action Comics #1040 continues the Warworld Saga as Mongul keeps pushing Superman to his limits. The comic continues to show this clash between the two characters on both a physical and ideological level that drives the entire story. The comic's dialogue and story is well-written while the art and colors makes this comic a great read.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1041

Mar 23, 2022

Action Comics #1041 has things shift from Superman to Midnighter's side of things. We see Midnighter doing his thing, swearing, busting skulls and taking names while freeing slaves on Warworld his way for his reasons. The abrupt change in artist was definitely a surprise, but Dale Eaglesham and Will Conrad still do a good job on the comic's artwork.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1044

Jun 28, 2022

Action Comics #1044 delivers the second part of the Warworld Revolution. This comic takes the time to show off a little bit of the eerie alien called “Orphan” while Superman and his allies prepare to rescue Enchantress from a macabre alien witch. The story and writing by Phillip Kennedy Johnson is solid while the art from Riccardo Federico and Will Conrad is pretty good in bringing this part of the Warworld Saga to life.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1045

Jul 26, 2022

Action Comics #1045 provides the next chapter of the Warworld Saga as Mongul's retaliation brings new dangers for Superman to face. The writing was solid as Superman continues to be a strong element that keeps the revolution alive as we see them execute the next step of their plan while facing Mongul's forces. Even without Riccardo Federici's art, the comic still looks good thanks to Will Conrad and Brent Peeples' art and Lee Loughridge's colors.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1047

Sep 27, 2022

Action Comics #1047 delivers the welcome return of Clark Kent, aka Kal-El, aka Superman to Earth. The comic sees Superman doing classic superheroics stopping bad guys, saving lives, and kicking off the next story with the return of some popular villains. It's also a solid jumping-on point for new and longtime Superman readers. The comic issue also sees the return of Riccardo Federici as the main artist on the title. Don't know how long Federici will be on the book, but it will be great if he's on the book for at least the duration of this new story.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1048

Oct 26, 2022

Action Comics #1048 keeps up the action with the next chapter in this new story arc. Even with a new artist, this comic's writing and art mix well together to make a solid Superman story. There's a lot of heart, good-natured energy, and good old-fashioned Superman action, all while Lex Luthor's cooking up a new plot. It's perfect, but it's a good read and keeps you interested in what's happening in the current issue and what comes next.

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8
Action Comics (2016): Warworld Apocalypse #1

Sep 1, 2022

Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 delivers the epic conclusion to the entire Warworld Saga set up all the back in DC's Future State. The comic gives the big rematch between Superman and Mongul while resolving various other stories introduced in earlier issues. While not everything lands well, the Warworld Saga ends on a strong and wholesome note that Superman fans can enjoy.

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7
Alien (2021) #9

Feb 2, 2022

Alien #9 shows how the colonists of Euridice fare against the alien Xenomorphs, and they're not doing too well. The writing by Phillip Kennedy Johnson is fairly good, especially with the character dialogue and pacing. The art by Salvador Larroca is good except when it's supposed to be scary and energetic, making the comic feel slow here and there.

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6
Alien (2021) #10

Mar 2, 2022

Alien #10 shows the survivors of Euridice struggling to find hope and safety in the wake of the Xenomorph attacks. The story is fine and doesn't waste any time to get right to the horror of the comic, but it takes a few weird turns along the way. There are a couple of new surprises for Aliens fans, but mileage will vary on whether these new additions are good or not.

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7
Alien (2021) #11

Apr 27, 2022

The storyline on Euridice inches closer to the finish line with Alien #11. Jane and her friends finally reach Gamma Station but trouble's not far behind as Xenomorphs relentlessly hound them. The dialogue and pacing are good, and the comic connects some things back to the first story arc. However, it feels like a last minute addition that may or may not have that much weight in this story, but we'll see if it bears fruit in the next issue.

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7
Alien (2021) #12

Jun 1, 2022

Alien #12 concludes the story arc on Euridice. How Jane and the survivors make it out is believable for the story it's in, but how everything else proceeds is somewhat predictable for an Alien story. By the end, things are wrapped up between all of the relevant characters as neatly as possible as the comic prepares for the next story arc.

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7.5
Alien (2021) Annual #1

Jul 21, 2022

Alien Annual #1 goes a few years back in time to show the Company's first live test run of a Xenomorph. Phillip Kennedy Johnson tells a solid Alien short story that has a beginning, middle, and end with a solid plot, dialogue, and pacing paired with Salvador Larroca's art gets to show off the alien Xenomorph once again.

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8
Alien (2022) #1

Sep 7, 2022

Alien (2022) #1 brings a new story with a slow start. The first issue presents all the familiar elements of the world of the Alien franchise, while introducing a new cast of characters who will be facing the alien Xenomorphs. The first issue has a solid presentation with Julius Ohta's art, but it's also a little more expository than expected. However, this is still a fine beginning to what is hopefully a good Alien comic book story.

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8.5
Alien (2022) #2

Oct 20, 2022

Alien #2 gets right into the action with the new Steel Team prepped and ready to face the horrors of Tobler-9. The comic doesn't take too long to show off Steel Team and have them get right into the action. Their encounter with the Xenomorphs falls more in line with the film Aliens as an action-horror story, which works in this story's favor.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #78.BEY

Nov 17, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #78.1 is a fun little tie-in to the main series but doesn't really add much to the main Beyond storyline. It feels like non-essential reading and is more of a fun misadventure starring Misty Knight and Colleen Wing on a side-mission for Maxine Danger and the Beyond Corporation. The quirky tone is in overdrive with Misty and Colleen as they face the new "villain" in the comic, who is unimpressive yet functional to get the plot going.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #79

Nov 24, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #79 continues the Beyond storyline with Kraven The Hunter as the lead villain. The story explores more of Ben Reilly's emotional stakes not just for this comic but for the Beyond storyline as a whole. Readers will also get some cool, good-old-fashioned Spidey super-heroics. When it finally transitions to Kraven's part in the comic, the art is well done, the characters look good, and the action is clear, dynamic, and easy to follow.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #80

Dec 2, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #80 delivers a fun and surreal Spider-Man story as Ben Reilly faces Kraven The Hunter. The story is well-written as Ben struggles to fight Kraven on two fronts while trying to keep a foot in reality. The art team does an amazing job with the art and colors, especially the surreal visual designs for Kraven and the imagery in Ben's mind. It's a fun conclusion to this two part Kraven story with Ben.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #80.BEY

Dec 8, 2021

The ending, when it comes to the matter of Aunt May and Doctor Octopus, is the only real downer of this comic. It's fairly predictable how it ends for those two, and it feels both sad and telegraphed while reading it. But that doesn't bring this comic down since it has two consequences that will actually matter in the main series, making this a must-buy for anyone invested in the Beyond storyline.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #81

Dec 15, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #81 delivers a fun, if not predictable, superhero clash between Ben Reilly and Miles Morales. Nothing significant really happens here, other than the formulaic encounter between Ben and Miles. The comic is at it's best when they're fighting, both each other and the villain, visually speaking thanks to the art team. The story is very predictable, but hopefully we get better interactions between the two heroes later.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #83

Dec 29, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #83 delivers a heartwarming story with Spider-Man in time for the holidays. It follows Peter Parker's road to recovery as he tries to get back into the literal swing of things while dealing with his injury. There's solid action, dialogue, and the story and art by Patrick Gleason really make this a cool Spider-Man story, both on its own and as part of the Beyond storyline.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #84

Jan 5, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #84 delivers a solid comic book as Ben Reilly comes face-to-face with Doctor Octopus. The writer nails down the pacing, dialogue, and characterization of both main characters, while the art team make the comic book look good and dynamic from start to finish. On top of that, this comic actually moves the Beyond storyline forward a bit, and hopefully we get more in the next issue.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #85

Jan 12, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #85 delivers on the second round between Ben Reilly and Doctor Octopus. The comic's writing, pacing, and dialogue was solid and the art continued to bring in dynamic energy and action. This story not only resolves the fight between Ben and Otto, but it also moves the Beyond storyline forward and leaves Ben in an interesting position for the next issue.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #86

Jan 19, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #86 shows Ben Reilly trying to process what he's learned about Beyond from Doctor Octopus last issue. However, Ben's actions in this issue were kind of foolish given who he's dealing with. The only one who does anything sensible and interesting in this situation is Janine, while things play out as they would with a shady corporation in Marvel Comics. However, the comic's ending does leave potential for an interesting direction for Ben in the next issue.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #87

Jan 27, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #87 shifts back to Peter Parker as Black Cat and Captain America help him recover. Zeb Wells delivers not only a fun but positive story as we see Cap and Black Cat help Peter in this vulnerable state in ways only they can.Meanwhile the Beyond portions show that something's up with Ben Reilly after the last issue, and sets things up for the next part in the Beyond storyline.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #88

Feb 2, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #88 has Ben Reilly face off against the new Queen Goblin. So far, Queen Goblin is fine, she has a cool look thanks to the art team, but that's about it right now. It also doesn't help that Marvel accidentally spoiled her secret identity, so the mystery's gone. But the rest of the story is still fine as we learn more of the Beyond Corporation. Hopefully, the action with Queen Goblin picks up in the next issue.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #88.BEY

Feb 9, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY is a fun book if you're a fan of Hobie Brown, formerly The Prowler now The Hornet. However, if you want a story that directly ties into the main series, than you might have to look elsewhere. The dialogue and pacing are good, the artwork is solid and energetic at times, and the story is a fun ride for fans of Hobie Brown.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #89

Feb 16, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #89 shows more of the Queen Goblin in action as Black Cat steps up to fight her. However, the comic doesn't follow through on that match-up as much as expected. The artwork is good and the comic is well-written, and there's a surprise appearance that will surely excite fans and get the story rolling in the next issue.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #90

Feb 24, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #90 continues the fight between Queen Goblin and Spider-Man. While the new villainess isn't that great, she serves her purpose well for what she is. Gleason does a good job with the characterization for all of the characters, especially Peter and Ben. His writing coupled with Mark Bagley's art and the colors provided by the colorists make this comic a fun read.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #91

Mar 2, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #91 continues the Beyond storyline with Peter Parker and Ben Reilly teaming up against the Beyond Corporation. However, the story and team-up with the two Spider-Men is less thrilling than expected as they face Beyond's weird villain rejects. While the book is a little more quirky, the secret behind Door Z is a solid surprise that leaves room for better action in the next issue.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #92

Mar 9, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #92 shows off the new form of The Lizard, or Creature Z, and it's pretty underwhelming. The story barely features this new take on the classic Spider-Man villain and really becomes Misty Knight and Colleen Wing's comic for the most part. However, when the comic focuses on Ben Reilly, that's where the writing is at its best and helps set the stage for the next issue in the Beyond saga.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #92.BEY

Mar 16, 2022

The Amazing Spider-Man #92.BEY is far from essential reading. Most of the stories in this comic are either wrapping up stories from previous tie-ins or setup for the next issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Also, the characterization of Monica Rambeau in this tie-in's main story makes her hard to read. However, the art and colors in the tie-in are well done.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #93

Mar 30, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #93 concludes the Beyond Saga. The whole fight between Ben Reilly and Peter Parker feels a little forced, and the conclusion to Ben's story will certainly leave his fans wanting better for him. However, the art and colors were excellent throughout the issue, the art team did a spectacular job with this comic's artwork.

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6.5
Avengers (2018) #50

Dec 1, 2021

Avengers #50, or Avengers #750, is more about celebrating the Avengers as a concept than the characters. It wraps up the World War She-Hulk storyline and brings some closure to several other characters in the series. However, the big story is the formation of the new Multiversal Masters of Evil, which has some promise as the comic sets up the next big storylines. The Thor backup story is well-written with excellent art and is an enjoyable comic book short story from Christopher Ruocchio and Steve McNiven.

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7.5
Avengers (2018) #51

Dec 22, 2021

Avengers #51 kicks off the new story arc with the Avengers vs. the new Multiversal Masters of Evil. The comic has a rough beginning, but when the new Masters of Evil show up, it gets much better. It's a good-old-fashioned clash between the heroes and villains, the art team do a great job illustrating the characters and action, and it's clear by the end that the fight has only just begun.

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6.5
Avengers (2018) #52

Jan 19, 2022

Avengers #52 has Captain America and Captain Marvel square off against two members of the new Multiversal Masters of Evil. The artwork, colors, and action between the heroes and villains are the saving grace of this comic issue. The story's focus on the kid Starbrand is underwhelming, but the comic evens it out with the Avengers facing the new Masters of Evil.

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Avengers (2018) #53

Feb 9, 2022

Final Thoughts:Avengers #53 continues the death hunt as Black Panther, Namor, and Valkyrie face off against Doom Supreme and Kid Thanos. The artwork is great as always, but the writing is serviceable with too much exposition hyping up these new Masters of Evil. The comic doesn't go far enough to truly show this Doom's great and terrible powers, and Kid Thanos barely does anything cool in the comic. It's fine, but I wish it was fun.

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Avengers (2018) #54

Mar 16, 2022

Avengers #54 concludes the fight between the Avengers and the new Multiversal Masters of Evil. The issue is mainly wrapping up some of the leftover fights and plot points from previous issues. It ends on a bittersweet note of victory for the Avengers, while promising bigger things to come later down the line.

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7
Avengers (2018) #55

Apr 21, 2022

Avengers #55 delivers a solid story with quick action and story developments that add up to moving the bigger storyline forward. The Serpent Society are used in a way that makes sense to the story being told, but their presence is very short-lived. Nighthawk is the main star of this comic, and mileage will vary if readers like the direction the story is taking him and the Avengers in.

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Avengers (2018) #58

Jul 21, 2022

Avengers #58 shows readers the Ghost Ronin, a new Japanese Ghost Rider from the past who steals the show mainly due to his design. However, as with the previous issue, the Avengers are backup characters in their own book and they don't really do much except talk and stand in awe of the Ghost Ronin. Hopefully the next few issues actually have the Avengers doing something again.

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Avengers (2018) #59

Aug 10, 2022

Avengers #59 takes the Avengers to the Wild West where they meet new users of the Phoenix and the Starbrand. The new characters are alright, nothing spectacular or memorable, but they're fine for this western story. However, there's no sense of danger or stakes in this comic, so it feels like it's only meant to show off the new characters instead of progressing the larger story.

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Avengers (2018) #61

Oct 19, 2022

Avengers #61 has the teen Starbrand, or Brandy, take center stage in this comic. Brandy is the main star of this comic, and readers' mileage will vary on that since she hasn't always been the most compelling character in this run. Not much is lost if you skip the issue. However, this issue does give Brandy some depth to her character that's mixed in with an interesting theme tied in with the Starbrand power and its users.

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Avengers Assemble (2022): Alpha #1

Dec 1, 2022

Avengers Assemble: Alpha #1 kicks off the biggest story arc for this Avengers run. Everything with Mephisto, the Avengers B.C. team, and the mysterious Avenger Prime converges here as the two Avengers teams meet and have at it with each other. However, this issue's not exactly a good jumping on point for new readers. The art by Bryan Hitch is good for the most part, with some scenes feeling a little more static than others, but it's good overall.

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5
Avengers: 1,000,000 B.C. #1

Aug 20, 2022

Avengers: 1,000,0000 B.C. #1 is where Jason Aaron's provides the “answers” about Thor's true parentage. Unfortunately, the comic fails to make the reveal (and the retcon) of Thor's origins worth the wait and hassle. Not to mention, the rest of the Avengers B.C. team fall to the wayside as backups to the bitter melodrama between Odin and the Phoenix host.

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8.5
Beyond (2022): Mary Jane & Black Cat #1

Jan 27, 2022

Mary Jane and Black Cat: Beyond #1 gives a cool team-up between the two leading ladies. The story provides a solid reason why they team up so it doesn't feel forced, and the adventure they have is actually fun. The comic keeps both MJ and Black Cat distinct heroines and delivers some sincere emotional development between the two. This comic works in the Beyond storyline and as a great standalone story featuring these two characters.

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8
Black Panther (2021) #1

Nov 24, 2021

Black Panther #1 by John Ridley does a fine job setting up a new adventure for T'Challa. It has a solid opening and establishes the new threat along with the emotional stakes for Black Panther going forward. However, some of the main plot elements were partly underwhelming, but the subject matter leaves room for a good storyline that can go well if handled properly in the series.

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Carnage (2022) #1

Mar 16, 2022

Carnage #1 has a solid start to what can possibly be a good Carnage series. The story and characters feel like something out of a show like Hannibal or Dexter, but with the Carnage symbiote as the star, and the art fits the twisted and dangerous nature of the villain. Hopefully the series keeps it up and delivers on its dark hook for Carnage.

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7.5
Carnage (2022) #2

Apr 27, 2022

Carnage #2 continues the Carnage symbiote's dark journey with a couple of tag-alongs. The comic is a little light on the horror but it explores this sense of dark “transformation” between all three characters in several ways that will continue in the next issue. The art from Francesco Manna with Dijjo Lima's colors continue to make the comic look great.

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8
Carnage (2022) #3

Jun 1, 2022

Carnage #3 has the crimson alien face off against the supervillain The Spot. The fight between Carnage and the Spot is well illustrated by Rog Antnio with Dijjo Lima's colors, as both villains get to show off their stuff in excellent art. It ends with the obvious winner but the story doesn't stop there as we finally get a glimpse of Carnage's plan and what we might see explored in the next issue.

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Carnage (2022) #4

Jul 7, 2022

Carnage #4 shows the next piece in Carnage's plan to greater heights of murder and chaos. However, this issue is a little more slower than previous issues. Not much happens for Carnage or both Detective Shayde and Neeley, but at least Neeley has some interesting setup for the next issue. Other than that, it's a fine quick read.

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7.5
Carnage (2022) #5

Sep 21, 2022

It also helps that there's a consistent through-line with the trajectory of where Carnage and Kenneth are going in the story. It doesn't feel too aimless considering the dark logic behind Carnage's actions in past issues, but the series keeps those secrets close to the chest to keep readers in suspense as to what happens next. But it's understandable if some readers feel the book is just going all over the place when it could've just stayed on Earth.

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7.5
Carnage (2022) #6

Sep 21, 2022

Carnage #6 keeps things going as Carnage's trail of destruction leads them to the Norse realm of the dead and Malekith the Accursed. The story follows Detective Jonathan Shayde for a while before shifting back to Carnage's fight with the forces of the dead. The new art from Rog Antonio feels in line with Francesco Manna's art and makes everyone in the comic look good.

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6.5
Carnage (2022) #7

Oct 19, 2022

Carnage #7 picks up where it left off with Detective Jon Shayde working with Malekith The Accursed to escape Niflheim and keep him out of Carnage's hands. Sadly, the comic doesn't do much with this interesting duo, and the two barely do anything together as a team other than fight nameless, generic giants. However, there is a development in the end that makes Carnage's chase for Malekith make sense, and it leaves some promise for the next issue.

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Carnage Forever (2022) #1

Feb 24, 2022

Final Thoughts:Carnage Forever #1 tells a couple of good dark stories with Carnage to celebrate the character. The first story is good, but the others feel more like backups, so mileage will vary. The artwork and colors for the first two stories are good all around, so readers can expect Carnage in the book to look good.

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Defenders: Beyond (2022) #2

Aug 24, 2022

Defenders: Beyond #2 brings back the Beyonder and his people in full form. Al Ewing manages to streamline the history of the Beyonder and his species in the wider Marvel cosmos and gives the Beyonder a distinct voice, look, and personality to match. The art by Javier Rodriguez is great at delivering the more surreal environments the Defenders find themselves in, and it's not half bad when the action starts.

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7.5
Defenders: Beyond (2022) #3

Sep 28, 2022

Defenders: Beyond #3 has the Defenders continue their cosmic journey, this time they're up against the Phoenix Force. The art from Javier Rodriguez continues to look amazing, this time with the Phoenix taking the center stage as the star attraction. It also helps that everyone on the Defenders plays their own part in getting past the fiery cosmic force of nature.

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6.5
Defenders: Beyond (2022) #4

Oct 19, 2022

Defenders: Beyond #4 is the penultimate issue of the miniseries. However, this issue is the most predictable and underwhelming when it comes to the Defenders' encounter with Glorian. While one or two temptations are interesting, the rest feel silly and easy to reject, so it's had to believe that any of them are really tempted by Glorian. The main standout in this issue is Javier Rodriguez's art and colors with the latter half of the comic setting things up for the final issue.

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6.5
Defenders: Beyond (2022) #5

Nov 23, 2022

Defenders: Beyond concludes this series but introduces a bigger story that will pick up later in time. However, this issue is a rather unsatisfactory series finale and the big reveals in this comic make the series as a whole feel like one big setup for another story later in the future that might take a while. The saving grace of this issue is Javier Rodriguez's art which keeps everything vibrant and interesting once the Defenders are inside the House of Ideas.

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7.5
Doctor Strange: Nexus of Nightmares #1

Apr 21, 2022

Doctor Strange: Nexus of Nightmares #1 is a solid standalone story that can be read mostly out of continuity. Ralph Macchio provides a Doctor Strange story with an old-school feel to it given life by Ibrahim Moustafa's art and Neeraj Menon's colors. It's not as epic as the cover would suggest and retreads familiar territory for Doctor Strange, but it's a fine story for new fans of the Sorcerer Supreme.

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Eternals (2021) #8

Dec 15, 2021

Eternals #8 continues to show more of the slow but steady progress of the small group of Eternals learning to change their ways. The book tries to show how each of them are trying to change in themselves while living among Deviants. Some are better executed than others, to say the least. The real stars are Thanos and Druig, who steal the show again as they are the ones driving the plot forward in this series right now.

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7
Eternals (2021) #9

Jan 19, 2022

Eternals #9 is a more exciting issue as it continues Thanos' invasion of the Deviant city of Lemuria. Once again, the comic focuses more on Thanos and his interactions with the city then it does on the Eternals except for a couple of them. The second artist on the book was a surprise, but their portion of the comic was well-drawn.

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6.5
Eternals (2021) #10

Mar 9, 2022

While Eternals #10 has the Eternals sneaking into Avengers Mountain, it reads more like setup for Marvel's upcoming Judgement event. Not that much happens here, but there are some interesting developments on Thanos' side of things in the story. Also, the comic does set things up for more action between the Eternals and Avengers to look forward to in the next issue.

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Eternals (2021) #11

Apr 13, 2022

Eternals #11 follows through on having the Eternals face off against the Avengers, or at least some of them. The reasons for the fight are still a little ridiculous, but they work for the story the comic's telling which leads to some solid action scenes. The art change with Guiu Vilanova is a surprise, but the artwork is still good and makes the comic a fun book to read.

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Eternals (2021) #12

May 21, 2022

Eternals #12 concludes the “Hail, Thanos” storyline, which ends with a weird thud. The comic quickly wraps up the fights between the Avengers and Eternals so it can finish the main story while laying the groundwork for the Judgement Day event. However, the main storyline with Thanos has some rushed developments for him, and it ends on an unsatisfying conclusion.

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6.5
Eternals (2021): The Heretic #1

Mar 16, 2022

Final Thoughts:Eternals: The Heretic #1 tries very hard to sell Uranos as a villain worse than Thanos but comes up short. From his design to his personality and power set, Uranos doesn't really stand out that much as a memorable character. However, Uranos' backstory and contribution to the main series do fit within Kieron Gillen's worldbuilding for the Eternals. Also, the art by Ryan Bodenheim does a fine job depicting Uranos and the ancient Eternal civilization.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #38

Dec 2, 2021

Fantastic Four #38 tells a fun story that is a bit of a jumping back on point for Fantastic Four readers. The story has its flaws, notably the comic introducing a potential retcon for one of the main villains in the comic. However, the comic book still manages to be fun for what it is, and the art and colors by Francesco Manna and Jesus Aburtov are pretty good.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #39

Jan 12, 2022

Fantastic Four #39 resolves the court battle between the Fantastic Four and The Wizard with unsatisfying results. This issue was more uneventful compared to the last issue, but the art team does a solid job trying to portray the more emotional scenes. There is another “big reveal” made in the comic about The Wizard, but once you know the truth about it you might end up questioning where Dan Slott is going with it. Ultimately, this two-part story just feels like filler.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #40

Feb 16, 2022

Fantastic Four #40 continues the Reckoning War and moves it into the next phase as the FF prepare to face the new villains. However, much of the comic book feels like more setup as it moves characters into place for future issues. It's okay, but it looks like the next issue will kick things into high gear.

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6.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #41

Mar 2, 2022

Fantastic Four #41 continues the Reckoning War as the Fantastic Four face threats on two fronts. The most engaging part of the comic is with Mr. Fantastic's team facing off against the two warriors of the Reckoning, Rapture and her brother. They're not great villains, but they're distinctive and serviceable for the story, and it's where readers will get the most action and entertainment. Sadly, the portion dealing with the Human Torch and Annihilus is pretty underwhelming by comparison.

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6.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #42

Apr 6, 2022

Fantastic Four #42 brings the next part of the Reckoning War. The art by Rachael Stott with colors from Jesus Aburtov and Erick Arciniega continues to be top-notch in this event. However, the big brawl between The Thing and Mr. Fantastic fails to deliver as the reason behind the fight is contrived, making the whole fight feel forced.

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7.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #43

May 21, 2022

Fantastic Four #43 has Doctor Doom face off against the mysterious alien warrior called the Cormorant. While seemingly a one-off character, the comic does delve into the Cormorant a little that explains his relevancy now in the Reckoning War. The art from Rachel Stott and Andrew Di Vito with Jesus Aburtov's colors is at its best in the fight between Doctor Doom and the Cormorant. There are a series of side developments shown along with Doctor Doom's big fight, some of which advance the Reckoning War's main story.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #44

Jun 15, 2022

Fantastic Four #44 is the penultimate issue of the Reckoning War and it's serviceable. It gets all of the main characters together so the Fantastic Four and their allies can finally face the Reckoning. Some story elements have poor payoff to issues of build up while others work well in the comic. The new artists in the book are fine since they don't take over the whole book, and the pages when the art changes is noticeable but still looks good.

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6.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #45

Jul 14, 2022

Fantastic Four #45 wraps up the whole Reckoning War story as a massive epilogue issue. Everything is resolved and characters are mostly put back into their original places, but Dan Slott makes some big changes that feel excessive even for the Marvel Universe. It does end on the promise of new things on the horizon for the Fantastic Four and the Marvel Universe, but we'll see if these changes actually have any staying power.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #46

Aug 24, 2022

Fantastic Four #46 sees Dan Slott's debut of Mr. Fantastic's estranged half-sister, sadly, she doesn't leave a good lasting impression. She's not much of a compelling character and doesn't really add anything to the FF dynamic as a supporting character. The comic also ignores the recent history and relationship established between Reed and his father Nathaniel Richards in Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four series for this story. The best positive thing about this comic is the art from Cafu for both the cover and the interiors, making it a good looking comic. Overall, Reed's new half-sister doesn't seem like a welcome addition to the Fantastic Four or Marvel Comics.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #47

Sep 21, 2022

Fantastic Four #47 is a tie-in to the larger A.X.E.: Judgment Day event, but it's far more of a standalone story than anything else. It delivers exactly what it says in the synopsis: Die Hard with the Fantastic Four. The Invisible Woman is the main star here and the art from Juann Cabal with Jesus Aburtov's colors make the comic's action look good.

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6.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #48

Oct 12, 2022

Fantastic Four #48 concludes this Die Hard-style story with The invisible Woman and Oubliette battling it out in the Baxter Building. The Invisible Woman has some cool moments in the comic, but the resolution with Oubliette was very underwhelming. The reveal about the villain leaves some potential for her future, but it's not set in stone whether anyone will do anything good with it in the near future. Also, while it's technically a tie-in to the Judgment Day event, it ultimately contributes little to the wider event and felt like it could've been a standalone story.

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Fantastic Four (2018): Reckoning War Alpha #1

Feb 2, 2022

Fantastic Four: Reckoning War Alpha #1 kicks off the new Reckoning War event that Dan Slott has been building up in the main series. It's a serviceable first issue that sets up all the main players and reveals who the new villains are. It serves its purpose to get things started, and the art team does an excellent job to make the comic and everyone in it look amazing.

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Fantastic Four (2022) #1

Nov 9, 2022

The new Fantastic Four #1 tells a fine story that's funny at times, but it's not a great first issue. Readers will get a nice misadventure with the newly wed Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, and Alicia Masters that's drawn well by Iban Coello with Jesus Aburtov's coloring, but that's about it. The ending is what truly gives readers an impression of what may be in store for them and the Fantastic Four in the next few issues, and hopefully there's a great story there.

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Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute (2021) #1

Nov 19, 2021

Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1 delivers a solid comic remake of some of the Fantastic Four's seminal stories. It provides a comic where readers can enjoy the original stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby with modern artists redrawing the stories in new and striking ways. It's a comic book that both new and longtime fans of the Fantastic Four can appreciate.

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7.5
Green Lantern (2021) #9

Dec 7, 2021

Green Lantern #9 finally reveals who the main villains are and their objectives in the series. It picks up where it left off with John Stewart having an action-packed story confronting the forces of the Lightbringer. While Jo continues her investigation into the Central Power Battery's destruction and actually makes some headway. The issue delivers some progress on both storylines with some big reveals that, while not world-shattering, will have immediate impact in the next issue.

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Hulk (2021) #8

Aug 20, 2022

Hulk #8 delivers the epic finale to the Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War crossover. You get more great action and art from Martin Coccolo, along with solid pacing and character dialogue from Donny Cates. The ending is a little underwhelming but the heroes leave on a better note than when they began.

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7.5
Hulk (2021) #9

Oct 5, 2022

Hulk #9 follows after the events of the Banner of War crossover event with the beginnings of a new story arc. The comic further continues to explore Bruce Banner's personal journey as Donny Cates leans heavily into the Starship Captain direction for not only the Hulk but Bruce himself in the dialogue, narration, everything, which is all brought to life by Ryan Ottley's art. If nothing else, they're setting up something interesting for the Hulk to experience.

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7.5
Hulk (2021) #10

Nov 2, 2022

Hulk #10 shows readers what this Hulk Planet is all about. Donny Cates does a fine job setting up this new world of Hulk-like beings that is brought to life by Ryan Ottley's excellent art showing its brutal rise to civilization. However, the comic is mainly one big flashback issue with little story being told in the present. But the ending cliffhanger does set up something very interesting for Bruce Banner in the next issue.

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Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War (2022): Alpha #1

May 9, 2022

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha #1 delivers what's on the cover Hulk vs. Thor! The story is pretty straightforward with the necessary recap to catch readers up to date on everything that's been going on for both heroes.The art by Martin Coccolo is dynamic and compliments Donny Cates' high-octane story, pacing, and dialogue. Hulk and Thor both maintain the spotlight while getting their licks in as the story follows through on the epic art, smack talk, tension, and action from start to finish.

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Kang the Conqueror (2021) #4

Nov 17, 2021

Kang The Conqueror #4 brings the story of the young time traveler full circle as he returns to the far future. But this is where the story shifts from Kang's war against himself to his romance with Ravonna. The series and this comic hinges on the relationship between Kang and Ravonna, and that takes center stage with all the battles and conflicts as window dressing for the comic. The art and colors by Carlos Magno and Espen Grundetjern are spectacular with imagery that does Kang The Conqueror justice.

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Kang the Conqueror (2021) #5

Dec 22, 2021

Kang The Conqueror #5 delivers a series finale that winds up bringing everything in this series full circle. Kang enacts his final plot in the series in his greatest attempt to save Ravonna from her fate, and it all spirals out of control the only way a Kang time-travel plot could. The artwork by the art team is the biggest star here as every major shot of Kang is nothing short of epic for the series' conclusion.

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Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham #0

Oct 5, 2022

Miracleman #0 delivers an Anthology that celebrates 40 years of the character in the modern age. It containsseveral stories all exploring different facets of Miracleman and his universe. Some stories will be more satisfying than others, whether it's the story, dialogue, or art. The comic does have a surprise in the end for fans of the character.

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8.5
Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special #1

Jan 6, 2022

Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special #1 gives an inside look into the nature of Blacktop Bill. It doesn't give any big answers for Nocterra's main story, it just shows what makes Blacktop Bill tick. The pacing, dialogue, and narration mixed with the art makes this book a rough but fun ride to read as it highlights what kind of character Blacktop Bill is and what fans can expect in the main series.

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7.5
Reckoning War: Trial of the Watcher (2022) #1

Mar 16, 2022

Reckoning War: Trial of The Watcher #1 delivers a solid story with good, vibrant art by Javier Rodriguez. It's too soon to tell if the story's revelation to Uatu will have long-lasting ramifications or not for Marvel Comics. Overall, this is a sound concept for an official "What If story, and it feels like it should've been its own comic book instead of as a tie-in to the Reckoning War so the idea could be explored in greater detail.

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6.5
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #10

Nov 17, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. #10 continues the series' new story arc which is in full-swing in this issue. After the revelation in the last issue, Wiz-Kid takes center stage in this comic. At first, some of the things he brings up are interesting, then it gets repetitive and uninteresting as the comic goes on. Mileage will vary on on whether what he says is compelling or not. The fight with the Lethal Legion gets some development, and introduces a neat concept for this current iteration of the villains, but not too much happens there.

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7.5
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #11

Dec 22, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. #11 delivers the series finale that concludes this battle between S.W.O.R.D., the Lethal Legion, and Henry Gyrich. The art and action in this book are solid, and the writing is good with some fine pacing. The only problem is it's pretty predictable until the third act, where it drops a huge revelation that could definitely impact things for the X-Men and S.W.O.R.D. going forward.

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Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022): Alpha

May 4, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1 delivers a good story that old and new fans alike can enjoy. Steve Orlando's story has Miguel take on the mysterious "Cabal which has its share of intrigue, solid pacing, and good action for readers to enjoy. Miguel O'Hara and Ghost Rider 2099 both look great in the comic, especially when they're in action thanks to the art by Paul Fry and Neeraj Menon's colors.

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Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #2

Jun 15, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2 shifts focus on to Loki and this new Valkyrie in the dystopian future. The story about them is functional but somewhat underwhelming particularly with this depiction of Loki. Meanwhile, the new Valkyrie serves as a functional supporting character with a background that fits with this Cabal storyline but readers' mileage will vary on how compelling they think she is.

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7.5
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #5

Aug 3, 2022

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5 provides the penultimate chapter of the Spider-Man 2099: Exodus storyline. You get what it says on the cover: Spider-Man 2099 meets the new X-Men of 2099.Unfortunately, the actual team up between Miguel O'Hara and this team of X-Men comes pretty late into the comic. However, you do see their general backstory, character dynamics, and powers in action against the Cabal's forces before Spider-Man joins the party.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #18

Dec 2, 2021

Star Wars: Darth Vader #18 starts Vader's hunt for Crimson Dawn, and things take a more unconventional approach. We get to see more of Vader's motives for why his fight against Crimson Dawn is more than just fulfilling his imperial duties. The comic introduces some new characters, has some solid action, and begins the next storyline for Darth Vader.

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Swamp Thing (2021) #10

Dec 7, 2021

The Swamp Thing #10 concludes the brothers' battle while setting up the next storyline for the series. The fight between Swamp Thing and Hedera reaches its end and is illustrated well, while the comic does its best to bring more emotional impact to their fight. Some of it works, some of it doesn't, but it lands for the most part and the comic looks good from start to finish.

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The Joker (2021) #15

Jul 7, 2022

The Joker #15 finally concludes the globetrotting game of cat and mouse between Jim Gordon and The Joker. The resolutions in the comic are quick & predictable as it wraps up as much as it can while leaving a few doors open for a few characters. Jim gets his conclusion, which may prove dissatisfying to some fans of the character, but it at least puts him in a better place than where he began when the series started.

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8.5
Thor (2020) #26

Jun 8, 2022

Thor #26 delivers the penultimate issue of the Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War crossover event. Readers get to see just what a Hulked-out Thor can do against the genuine article but the story doesn't stop moving as Donny Cates delivers some big action-packed moments illustrated by Martin Coccolo. Fans will enjoy the final moments in this comic as the event reaches its final issue.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #4

Jan 19, 2022

Venom #4 continues the story with Dylan captured and the Venom symbiote racing to the rescue while dealing with the Life Foundation. Some character decisions make more sense than others here, and the action between the Venom symbiote and Spearhead is fine but not fun. However, it all comes together and the ending shows that pieces of a bigger plot are moving into place, which will lead to something interesting in the next issue.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #5

Feb 16, 2022

Venom #5 picks up where it left off with Eddie Brock meeting the enigmatic Meridius. This issue is more about Meridius than Eddie, who's more of a tag-along in this comic. The artwork in the comic is great, it's written well, but the comic raises more questions than it answers. By the end, you get a feel for Meridius in terms of his personality, powers, and the danger he poses to the Brocks and the Venom symbiote.

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Venom (2021) #6

Mar 9, 2022

Venom #6 is more of a slow, cool down issue as Dylan, Sleeper, and the Venom symbiote go on the run. While they're lying low, the comic shows some of the bigger conspiracy elements unfold, but it's mainly setup with little action. While it's not the most thrilling issue, the comic does a fine job showing where the characters are at, and what's in store in the next issue.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #7

Apr 13, 2022

Venom #7 shows Dylan try to be the hero but he ends up taking on more than he can handle. The comic has the young Venom face off against the fearsome, crimson symbiote Bedlam, and Bryan Hitch illustrates him very well. Bedlam looks cool but readers' mileage will vary on this new villain. However, the comic book still manages to finish the more grounded story while slowly advancing the series' overarching plot.

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Venom (2021) #8

Jun 8, 2022

Venom #8 is the beginning of a brand new story arc, this time focusing on Eddie Brock as Venom. The story starts with Eddie trying to figure out his new state of being than quickly shifts to a new time period that directly relates to Kang the Conqueror. The comic delivers the big confrontation between Venom and Kang while also deepening the main storyline in its own way.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #9

Jul 27, 2022

Venom #9 is the next chapter in this new saga for Venom. This issue is more of a fill in the blanks kind of story, showing how Eddie Brock figures into everything we've seen since the first or second issue, kind of like issue #5 with Meridius. There's not much action or big reveals until the end, but Bryan Hitch continues to bring his best with the art in this issue.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #10

Sep 14, 2022

Venom #10 picks up where the last issue left off and delivers revelation after brutal revelation. The comic establishes the connections between Eddie Brock, Bedlam, and Meridius in a way that loops back to the previous issues done by Al Ewing and feeds into the overarching story. However, despite the dark ending for this comic, there is a sliver of hope for Eddie and Dylan, and it all comes back to Venom.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #11

Oct 12, 2022

Venom #11 starts a new chapter for Dylan Brock and the Venom symbiote that gets a little introspective. After the brutal fight and revelation from Bedlam, things aren't looking so well for Dylan. But there's still hope for him as the issue introduces a shift in the traditional dynamic between the symbiote and their host that can lead to cool things for the overall story in the next few issues.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #12

Oct 26, 2022

Venom #12 continues the journey with Dylan and the Venom symbiote in this new issue. The writing has a good balance of both emotional and physical conflicts for Dylan and his allies to deal with. The art by Bryan Hitch gets to shine with Dylan, the Venom symbiote, and Sleeper when he sees action. The ending will definitely surprise some fans, especially fans of Donny Cates' Venom run and leaves some interesting potential for what happens next in the series.

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7.5
Venom (2021) #13

Nov 9, 2022

Venom #13 picks things up with Eddie Brock this time around and sets things up for his connection to the upcoming Dark Web event. The comic does a fine job capturing Eddie's desperate state of mind and it's not all doom and gloom for the symbiote web-slinger. Mileage will vary on whether or not fans will like this sort of detour for Eddie's story, and hopefully Venom's contributions to the event will be enjoyable.

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Wastelanders (2021): Doom #1

Jan 5, 2022

Wastelanders: Doom #1 delivers a post-apocalyptic story with Dr. Doom as the lead character. This works for and against the comic since the writer gets Dr. Doom right as a character, but mileage will vary if readers wanted to see a far more different version of Doom. The story, dialogue, and pacing are good, and the art team does a solid job to make Dr. Doom and the rest of the comic look good from start to finish.

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7.5
X-Men: Red (2022) #1

Apr 6, 2022

X-Men: Red #1 opens with a solid introduction to the main cast and their lives on Arakko, aka Mars. Al Ewing does some solid work establishing the internal conflict of Storm, Magneto, and others while Stefano Caselli and Federico Blee provide some good art for the comic. This isn't the strongest first issue, but the series does have the potential to deliver a compelling storyline with more excitable issues.

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X-Men: Red (2022) #2

May 21, 2022

X-Men Red #2 delivers on the story, art, and cover fight between Storm and Vulcan. The comic shows readers what the X-Men Red and the new Brotherhood of Mutants teams are made of. The story, dialogue, and pacing are evenly balanced as Storm, Vulcan, and other characters get their time to shine thanks to Caselli's art and Federico Blee's colors.

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7.5
X-Men: Red (2022) #3

Jun 15, 2022

X-Men Red #3 brings a more action-oriented chapter in the series as Tarn the Uncaring steps into the ring. While the Arakkii mutant villain gets his time in the spotlight, he isn't that impressive but provides a serviceable role in the story. However, the character who steals the show in this comic book is without a doubt Magneto when it comes to the story, dialogue, and art.

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X-Men: Red (2022) #5

Aug 3, 2022

For fans wanting to see what led to the aftermath of Mars seen in A.X.E.: Judgement Day #1, X-Men Red #5 provides what you're looking for. The comic doesn't waste any time and goes right into the action, showing the red planet under assault by Uranos and his war machines. The fighting between Uranos and the mutants is cool with some unexpected twists and developments.

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X-Men: Red (2022) #6

Sep 14, 2022

Final Thoughts:X-Men Red #6 continues to show the Arakkii mutants' defenders fend off against the war machines of the Eternal Uranos. Like previous issues, Magneto and his fight steal the show for most of the comic in terms of action, dialogue, and art. There is an explanation for his current state of being, but readers' mileage will vary on whether or not they buy it.

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X-Men: Red (2022) #7

Oct 5, 2022

X-Men Red #7 directly follows up after the events of A.X.E.: Judgment Day #5 and shows the fate of Magneto and the people of Arakko. On top of that, it resolves the matter of Isca The Unbeaten and her betrayal, brief as it was, but the encounter proves to be both intriguing and anticlimactic. However, the ending does bring the promise of something better and certainly more exciting happening in the next issue.

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6.5
X-Men: Red (2022) #8

Nov 2, 2022

X-Men Red #8 starts the final story arc for the series. Now that A.X.E.: Judgment Day is over the series can get back to its main story with Abigail Brand as the main villain. However, this issue is mainly setup and feels like it's cramming a little too much into it before it really gets things going. Madibek does a good job with the art especially when it comes to the Sci-Fi locations and aesthetic. While this issue is mainly setup, it ends off with the action just about to start so things will get more exciting in the next issue.

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5
X-Men: The Trial of Magneto (2021) #4

Dec 2, 2021

In X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #4, Magneto's almost nowhere to be seen. The real focus is on the Scarlet Witch as she struggles to get herself together in the middle of all this chaos. However, the comic raises more questions than it answers, and the process of how Wanda resolves it, especially with her sons, is poorly executed. The only interesting thing left in this series is finding out who the killer is.

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X-Men: The Trial of Magneto (2021) #5

Dec 22, 2021

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #5 brings this chaotic mini-series to a close with unsatisfying results. The comic answers who killed Wanda, but the reveal is not as impactful as expected. On top of that, the comic adds a big revelation on top of the other that doesn't make things clearer but more confusing and convoluted than this series already is.

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8.5
Young Justice: Targets #1

Jul 16, 2022

The only real downside is that this comic kind of feels like the first five minutes of an episode from Young Justice, even with the backup story. Plus, you don't really see much of the Team or the Outsiders, so it's primarily the Bowhunters crew. A little bit of a nitpick, the action is a little slow and while the artists try, it lacks a strong sense of energy and momentum to it. But these criticisms hardly make the comic terrible. I would suggest getting this if you're either a really big fan of the show, waiting until a couple more issues are out, or wait until the whole series is finished. Either way, it's a good comic that can entertain you, whether you're a fan of the show or a new fan.

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7
Young Justice: Targets #2

Oct 12, 2022

Young Justice: Targets #2 continues the adventure but this time with Geo-Force and the Infinitors. The Infinitors get to have their time in the spotlight as a superhuman team, and thanks to the art and writing you can tell who's who and see their powers in action with no confusion. Like before, the story feels like just one part of an entire episode from Young Justice, so you're still left wanting more by the end.

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7.5
Young Justice: Targets #3

Oct 12, 2022

Young Justice: Targets #3 shifts focus to the main team with Robin and Nightwing taking the lead. Their investigations lead them to further connect the dots in this mystery while fighting some villains along the way. What the comic has going for it is how Greg Weisman and Christopher Jones strike a strong balance of solid action, character interactions, and plot progression that's hard to come by in most comics.

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Young Justice: Targets #4

Oct 12, 2022

Young Justice: Targets #4 continues the action with the heroes on their way to rescue Perdita. The comic wastes little time getting right into the action and provides fun superhero battles with some surprise character reveals. Once again the story, writing, and art really come together, and it feels like things are ramping up by the end of the issue's end.

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7
Young Justice: Targets #5

Oct 12, 2022

Young Justice Targets #5 is the penultimate issue and throws in a couple of curve balls for the heroes to deal with that work for and against the comic. The issue has Metallo on the cover, but he doesn't really do much other than monologue. Not to mention the later developments in the comic's story are interesting, but they also deflate any potential tension the comic could've had carry over to the next issue.

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6.5
Young Justice: Targets #6

Nov 9, 2022

Final Thoughts:Young Justice: Targets #6 brings this kidnapping story to a close. The dialogue, banter, and pacing is well-written, but the overall story and how the series of events play out were predictable and underwhelming. However, this does fulfill the purpose of being a side story for the show and characters, and it does show how far they would go for one of their closest allies and friends.

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