Theo Dwyer's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Bleeding Cool Reviews: 76
7.4Avg. Review Rating

8.5
40 Seconds #1

Aug 30, 2020

A sci-fi rescue mission in gorgeous pastel watercolors.

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9
A Man Among Ye #1

Aug 27, 2020

A Man Among Ye #1 & 2 bring Anne Bonny's exploits as a female pirate to comic book life with Stephanie Phillips' thrilling script.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Sins Rising Prelude #1

Jul 31, 2020

The compelling prelude sets up the upcoming Nick Spencer event, Sins Rising.

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3.5
Angel (2019) #13

Aug 30, 2020

Angel & Spike #13 is a one-off detective story set between Hill's run and Thompson's takeover, but does it really feel like Angel?

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8.5
Ask for Mercy: Season 3 #1

Aug 22, 2020

REVIEW: Ask for Mercy Season Three #1 introduces a world, imagined by Richard Starkings & Abigail Jill Harding, of tentacles and terror.

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8.5
Avengers (2018): Empyre Aftermath #1

Sep 24, 2020

Avengers: Empyre Aftermath #1 sees the full team behind Marvel's Empyre event wrap up the series and look toward the future.

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8
Belle (2020): Ghosts & Goblins #1

Sep 4, 2020

Belle: Ghosts & Goblins sees Zenescope Entertainment create their own Batman, reinventing a fairy tale icon as a superhero.

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8
Belle (2020): Hearts & Minds #1

Sep 21, 2020

Belle: Hearts & Minds mixes horror & superhero action as Franchini crosses over Belle, Zenescope's Batman, with witch hunter Gretel.

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9.5
Big Girls #1

Aug 20, 2020

A killer debut that poses a horrific "What if" question with an even scarier answer.

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7
Black Cat (2019) #12

Aug 11, 2020

The battle between Black Cat and Iron Man might be a little too easy for Felicia, but also? It's just a lot of fun.

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7.5
Black Widow (2020) #1

Sep 10, 2020

Black Widow #1 kicks off the new Thompson & Casagrade run with a high concept that sees Natasha leave the mantle for a unique reason.

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7
Bliss (2020) #1

Jul 31, 2020

A surrealist comic with elements of urban anime and Gotham that poses to its readership an interesting question about morality.

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9.5
Bliss (2020) #2

Aug 30, 2020

Bliss #2 sees Caitlin Yarsky deliver Eisner-worthy art in this story about a man's descent into evil in attempt to save his son.

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8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #17

Sep 7, 2020

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #17 is a showcase for BOOM! Studios' version of Wesley Wyndam-Price, one of Joss Whedon's greatest creations.

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9
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #3

Sep 25, 2020

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #3 is an introspective spinoff to the main BOOM! Studios reboot with standout art and writing.

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8
Chu (2020) #1

Jul 29, 2020

The story of Saffron Chu's downward spiral into criminality begins in this bloody, pukey first issue.

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9
Chu (2020) #2

Sep 3, 2020

Chu #2 is equal parts crime thriller and dark comedy, as John Layman and Dan Boultwood deliver a killer second issue.

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8.5
Conspiracy (2020): Black Knight Satellite #1

Aug 31, 2020

Conspiracy: Black Knight Satellite from Zenescope delivers thrilling, visceral horror.

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8.5
Conspiracy (2020): Men In Black #1

Jul 28, 2020

A standalone story that evokes classic horror comics anthologies of yesteryear while still feeling current.

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8
Daredevil (2019) Annual #1

Sep 4, 2020

Daredevil Annual #1 sees Chip Zdarsky insert Mike Murdock into Daredevil's past through fabricated, fractured memories.

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8.5
Deadpool (2019) #6

Aug 12, 2020

Deadpool #6 sees Wade Wilson travel from the borough formerly known as Staten Island to Krakoa in Kelly Thompson's latest issue, where Jeff the Land Shark shines.

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7
Doctor Who Vol. 3: Time Lord Victorious #1

Sep 17, 2020

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious #1 sees the Tenth Doctor team up with a Dalek in this comic from Jody Houser & Roberta Ingranata.

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5
Empyre #1

Jul 19, 2020

Empyre #1, which kicks off Marvel's new event, is a beautifully drawn disagreement between two geniuses -- Reed Richards and Tony Stark -- that struggles to make either seem worthy of that descriptor.

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3
Empyre #2

Jul 25, 2020

Empyre #2 explains everyone's motivations... a LOT... but yet the characters still seem lost in the tangle.

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5
Empyre #3

Aug 1, 2020

Can this issue and its focus on Black Panther fighting to save the world... in turn save Marvel's worst event ever?

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6
Empyre #4

Aug 11, 2020

A few surprising twists make this the best issue so far.

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8
Empyre #5

Aug 20, 2020

Empyre #5 follows on the heels of major reveals in the event's last issue and delivers a character-defining moment for the Thing.

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7.5
Empyre #6

Sep 7, 2020

Empyre #6 is the finale of the Cotati invasion in the Marvel universe. Will the climax make up for this uneven event?

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4
Empyre: Fallout: Fantastic Four #1

Sep 26, 2020

Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four #1 sees the Profiteer go full Karen in this epilogue to this Avengers & Fantastic Four-centric event.

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7
Empyre: Savage Avengers #1

Aug 2, 2020

Empyre: Savage Avengers #1 is a fun one-shot that lets the beautiful artwork tell the story to dazzling effect.

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5
Empyre: Avengers #3

Sep 4, 2020

Empyre: Avengers #3 follows up on last issue's cliffhanger, which saw Ka-Zar seemingly killed. How does this Marvel tie-in end?

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9
Empyre: Captain America #2

Aug 20, 2020

Empyre: Captain America #2 is a perfect embodiment of who Steve Rogers is. Phillip Kennedy Johnson could write the main Cap title.

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9
Empyre: X-Men #1

Jul 25, 2020

Tini Howard and Jonathan Hickman make Empyre: X-Men work by treating it like its own story rather than a Marvel event tie-in.

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4
Empyre: X-Men #2

Aug 12, 2020

A strong start goes steeply downhill with the second issue of this Empyre tie-in.

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9.5
Empyre: X-Men #3

Aug 21, 2020

REVIEW: Empyre: X-Men #3 passes the mic to Vita Ayala, Zeb Wells, and Ed Brisson as the mutants, zombies, and old ladies continue to war.

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7
Engineward #1

Jul 19, 2020

Engineward #1 is a bit heavy-handed with the world-building, but it counters that with interesting concept, cast, and art. Also... damn, that lettering is inventive.

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5
Engineward #2

Aug 31, 2020

Engineward from Mann & Eisma could become great sci-fi epic if the reader is given the chance to invest in the characters.

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5
Fantastic Four: Antithesis #1

Sep 4, 2020

Fantastic Four: Antithesis #1 is a new story from a "classic era" by Mark Waid and Neal Adams, but can modern fans enjoy this comic?

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7
FCBD 2020: Spider-Man/Venom #1

Jul 30, 2020

A double feature comic featuring Jed MacKay's Black Cat and Donny Cates' Venom, with both shorts setting up events in the main series.

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9.5
FCBD 2020: X-Men #1

Jul 18, 2020

A Tarot card reading in comic book form, this exercise in comics creativity offers a glimpse into the future of the X-Men.

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8
Funny Creek #1

Aug 11, 2020

It's one of the best looking books out there, and a bit more time spent establishing the story would elevate this book to its highest potential.

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9
Funny Creek #2

Aug 22, 2020

Funny Creek #2 from Stout Club and ComiXology Originals is an original, emotionally gripping story about trauma and hero worship.

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9.5
Funny Creek #3

Aug 27, 2020

Funny Creek #3 sees writer Rafael Scavone take Lilly through a journey of escapism in one of 2020's best all-ages comics.

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9
Funny Creek #4

Aug 30, 2020

Funny Creek #4 is the second-to-last installment of Rafael Scavone's emotional story, which thrills with beautiful art & colors.

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5
Funny Creek #5

Sep 7, 2020

Funny Creek #5 concludes this all-ages cautionary tale from Stout Club, but does the finale live up to this comic's massive potential?

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9
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Magneto #1

Jul 19, 2020

With massive restraint and elegant simplicity, Hickman and Pérez turn a tale about a man buying an island for a friend into a deep sea epic.

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10
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Fantomex #1

Aug 12, 2020

In a word... perfect.

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6.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) Annual #2

Jul 19, 2020

Zenescope harkens back to the fun, battles, hyper detailed art, and crazy costumes of the 80s/90s style of superhero comics with this new annual.

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8.5
Heavy #1

Sep 11, 2020

Heavy #1 sees Max Bemis & Eryk Donovan imagine a unique version of Purgatory that feels like The Punisher meets What Dreams May Come.

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8
Horizon: Zero Dawn #1

Aug 11, 2020

A solid introduction even for those unfamiliar with the game.

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7
Horizon: Zero Dawn #2

Sep 10, 2020

Horizon Zero Dawn #2 is light on story & character development but the artwork & beautiful covers will keep Aloy & Talanah fans happy.

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7
Inkblot #1

Sep 11, 2020

Inkblot #1 is comfort food fantasy for cat lovers that evokes, at its best moments, like The Princess Bride's tongue-in-cheek tone.

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8
Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1

Sep 5, 2020

Locke & Key: ...In Pale Battalions Go... #1 is a worthy addition to Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's saga of horror, fantasy, and war.

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9
Lonely Receiver #1

Sep 4, 2020

Lonely Receiver #1 from Zac Thompson & Jen Hickman turns a break-up into a sci-fi horror exploring identity, ownership, & monogamy.

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8
Lords Of Empyre: Celestial Messiah #1

Aug 12, 2020

Quoi, the Cotati Celestial Messiah, gets a chance to be more than just a villain in this one-shot.

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7
Lords Of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1

Jul 26, 2020

This tie-in offers readers a much needed explanation for Hulkling's behavior in Empyre.

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8
Maestro (2020) #1

Aug 28, 2020

Maestro #1 sees Peter David return to his legendary run on Hulk to paint a grim vision of the Marvel Universe's future.

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9.5
Metalshark Bro: Vol. 2 #1

Jul 18, 2020

Bob Frantz, Kevin Cuffe, and Walter Ostlie bring Metalshark Bro back with the same energy that made the first volume one of the best (and strangest) indie comics on the market.

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6
Sacred Six (2020) #1

Jul 14, 2020

Spinning out of Christopher Priest's Vampirella run, this new ongoing team comic from Dynamite brings together Vampirella, Draculina, Pantha, Nyx, Chastity, and Lilith. It features strong writing and beautiful art with a story that may be hard for the unfamiliar to grasp.

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6
Seven Secrets #1

Aug 22, 2020

Tom Taylor's Seven Secrets #1 may feel narratively like Diet Saga, but the art by Daniele Di Nicuolo makes this comic a must read.

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8.5
Sex Criminals: Sexual Gary #1

Sep 18, 2020

Sex Criminals: Sexual Gary is a laugh-out-loud funny #comic about a pornstar/spokesperson/pop star who refuses to be confined by a "brand."

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7.5
Shadow Service #1

Aug 21, 2020

Shadow Service #1 from Cavan Scott & Corin Howell, another win from Vault Comics, is a witchy take on the private investigator genre.

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6.5
Sleeping Beauties #1

Aug 3, 2020

A fever dream of a comic, this Stephen King and Owen King adaptation is a pandemic story that speaks to life in 2020 probably more than the creative team could have imagined.

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6
Sleeping Beauties #3

Sep 3, 2020

Sleeping Beauties #3 buckles under the weight of Stephen & Owen King's cast, but an injured fox becomes a scene stealer in this comic.

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5
Snake Eyes: Deadgame (2020) #1

Sep 24, 2020

G. I. Joe Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1 by Rob Liefeld is exactly what you expect, delivering big "kid playing with action figures" energy.

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7
Spy Island #1

Sep 12, 2020

Spy Island #1 is a weird, stylish thriller about spies in the Bermuda Triangle.

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9.5
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #1

Jul 18, 2020

Licensed comics should get more love, as the Tipton brothers prove with their new Deep Space Nine series. Follow a mystery aboard the space station with a comic that feels like a lost episode of the classic series.

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9.5
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice #2

Aug 27, 2020

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #2 feels, thanks to writers David and Scott Tipton, like an episode of the show.

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6
Star Trek: Hell's Mirror (2020) #1

Sep 6, 2020

Star Trek: Hell's Mirror sees Mirror Universe Khan meet Mirror Kirk. Will they be allies or enemies in this alternate reality?

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4
The Adventures of Byron #1

Jul 20, 2020

Chris Hamer's art makes this something fans of Nickelodeon classics will want in their collection, but comics fans may find themselves distracted by bizarre lettering.

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8
Vampire: The Masquerade #1

Aug 11, 2020

Two stories take very different approaches to what life is as a vampire in the world of The Masquerade.

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8
Vampire: The Masquerade #2

Sep 19, 2020

Vampire: The Masquerade #2 feels like vampires by way of Vertigo, with Seeley & Pramanik delivering a fresh take on familiar horrors.

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8
Vlad Dracul #1

Jul 20, 2020

In this over-sized debut issue from Scout Comics, Vlad Dracul #1 asks the reader if its lead character is a hero, a monster, or something in-between.

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9
We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1

Sep 11, 2020

A beautifully illustrated debut from Simone Di Meo & Al Ewing with an original sci-fi story.

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4
X-Factor (2020) #1

Aug 1, 2020

X-Factor #1 brings a team of dynamic mutants together for a compelling reason, but is there time for the characters to shine?

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8.5
Yasmeen #1

Jul 18, 2020

This unique new title from Scout Comics sets itself apart from standard monthly comics with art that evokes autobiographical comics and an unconventional narrative.

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