Theron Couch's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 21
9.1Avg. Review Rating

7.4
3Keys #1

Oct 6, 2022

Suffice it to say that introducing your main character in a scene that derides your audience with an ugly stereotype seems like a bad way to win that audience over. Perhaps if the remainder of 3Keys #1 was more impressive I might have moved off that scene. But the issue never recovered, and I cant find enough positive qualities to recommend it.

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10
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Two-Face #1

Sep 21, 2022

The story in Batman One Bad Day: Two-Face #1 is in some ways immaterial. Indeed, attentive readers will likely clue in on the perpetrator long before they are revealed. But what truly matters is the examination of Two-Faces duality and how it might reflect the duality that is inherent in us all. It is a distinctly Two-Face comic and an exceptional one at that.

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9.7
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): The Penguin #1

Oct 19, 2022

This is not a deep character examination of Penguin. We don't learn anything new about him, nor is there some fresh take on what we do know. But it's a fun story that makes us want to root for Oswald all the way through.

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8.4
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Mr. Freeze #1

Nov 15, 2022

This is a peculiar issue. It is well written, but its depiction of Mr. Freeze is not particularly interesting. This is due in large part to Duggans choice to spend relatively little time with him outside fight scenesand hardly any time telling the story from his point of view. Meanwhile the Robin arc is very well done and has the show dont tell quality that I expected for the titular character. In the end it is an issue with exceptional art but a mixed bag narrative.

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10
Daredevil (2022) #2

Aug 18, 2022

Zdarskys exploitation of Matts established history as a Catholic who is a real believer even if not an actively practicing one adds an extra dimension to a philosophical discussion. If not for that, it might be easy for a character to dismiss Goldys claims. Matt doesnt really have that luxury. And in a certain way this plays into a reveal in the final pages. Zdarsky ultimately leaves Matts reaction to what Goldy tells him somewhat open-ended which makes Daredevil #2 a very compelling presentation of this theme. It makes for an exceptionally strong character story that highlights Zdarsky as an ideal writer for Matt Murdock.

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9.7
Daredevil (2022) #3

Sep 15, 2022

Theres a lot to like about Daredevil #3. It is a very strong issue in most respects but definitely the weakest for the first three. What deficiencies it has, though, are not enough to prevent a fervent recommendation.

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8.9
Daredevil (2022) #4

Oct 13, 2022

Daredevil #4 does what has to be done at some point in any story featuring a major transition: move from the old to the new. To his credit, Zdarsky has laid enough groundwork that the idea of the transition works well. Unfortunately the issue that has to make this leap isnt as successful. But given the strength of the previous issues, I expect this to be more of a blip caused by the demands of these particular plot points.

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8.5
Daredevil (2022) #5

Nov 23, 2022

Daredevil #5 is really the first issue that feels like the promise of Zdarskys new direction is starting to be fulfilled.The goodbyes are said. The old love is in the rearview mirror. And the transition, handled somewhat clumsily in the previous issue, is over. Its another solid issue that keeps the new storyline fresh and interesting.

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9
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3

Aug 17, 2022

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3 is the weakest issue of the series so far. Given where the story is at the end of the second issue, there is relatively little advancement until the final pages. The opening of the issue touches on intriguing themes of wish fulfillment and catharsis but devolves in quality quickly. Bart is the only character keeping up with the changing circumstances, and while Connors reluctance to face the nature of the situation is understandable, Tim feels a step behind for much of the issue because of his refusal to listen to Bart and failure to empathize with Connor. He feels a few steps behind what we know despite how obvious it is that they are being manipulated, and that creates a frustrating experience. Fortunately the mystery of what is happening to the trio remains intriguing, making up for the at times uneven character portrayals, and the art contributes to the strong Bart and Connor portrayals.

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8.7
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4

Sep 20, 2022

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 is a further drop in quality for the series. Baragas art remains consistently strong, and the traumatic events Fitzmartin is grounding the story in are ripe for exploration. But where Fitzmartin has interrogated these issues in a meaningful way with Cassie and Cissie, the quality with which she has handled the other characters both in overall story and in dialogue has dropped with each issue. In this issue specifically it may have been a mistake to attempt to hash out these deeply emotional issues in the middle of a fight.

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8.6
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5

Oct 19, 2022

This is a frustrating issue because the idea behind it is ambitious and carries with it a lot of potential. Unfortunately Fitzmartins ongoing stumbles with consistent character development in earlier issues undermines these efforts.

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6
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6

Nov 15, 2022

Dark Crisis: Young Justice has been a fairly weak series to this point, almost entirely because of Fitzmartins writing. But this issue is almost entirely a storytelling failure as Fitzmartin ignores most of the material she wrote in the previous five issues. Further, despite the series title, Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6 fails to establish any connection to the event its nominally involved in and, thanks to the unsatisfactory resolution, feels like a waste of time.

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9.8
Fantastic Four (2018) #47

Sep 22, 2022

As a tie-in to A.X.E. Judgment Day, Fantastic Four #47 is hardly essential. The circumstances provide the impetus for the Midas Foundations actions but they ultimately dont matter to the story that unfoldswhich could have been told at any other time. But that isnt important in the slightest. Its a fun issue. Its paced spectacularly. The visuals capture the Die Hard mood completely. And once the action gets going we only care about how much ass Sue can kick.

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9.8
Fantastic Four (2018) #48

Oct 14, 2022

Fantastic Four #48 is a strong issue but in a different way from the previous one. As Die Hard in the Baxter Building, Fantastic Four #47 is more fun. But ultimately the end of this issue is more satisfying than simply foiling a caper would have been. And as an added bonus Pepose wrote one of the most clearcut, understandable judgments of the event.

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9.3
Fantastic Four (2022) #1

Nov 10, 2022

Fantastic Four #1 is a fun, lighthearted intro into the titles new run. North softpeddles the introduction of a mystery so that at no point does it ever feel like there is missing information. Theres never a time where it feels like North is being clever with dialoguehave the characters dance around discussing something they know so that it can stay hidden from us. As the first step into a new arc as well as a self-contained story it works very well.

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10
Gotham City: Year One (2022) #1

Oct 4, 2022

Gotham City Year One #1 is a hardboiled detective story, and its a very good one. If you have an aversion to this genre, it is probably not for you. But for everyone else, especially genre fans, this is an exemplary entry and easily one of the best comic examples in a long time.

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10
Gotham City: Year One (2022) #2

Nov 2, 2022

In all honesty, part of me was worried going into this issue that I was so enamored of the first one that this might not live up to the high bar I felt these creators had set for themselves. I neednt have worried. These are creators who clearly understand not just their story and the genre its a part of, but how to use the ordinary conventions of that genre to tell the story even better. Gotham City Year One was essential hardboiled fiction last issue, and its essential hardboiled fiction again this issue.

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9
Maskerade (2022) #2

Oct 13, 2022

Maskerade #2 is a better issue than the series first. The art remains engrossing. There is more weight behind the different story threads and as a result they feel less superficial. But the characters dont get the same level of enhancement and I am as uninterested in them after the second issue as I was after the first.

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8.5
Murderworld (2022): Avengers #1

Nov 16, 2022

As long as you dont come to Murderworld: Avengers expecting to do more than laugh and smile, this will be a great book. Zub and Fawkes at last give Arcade the chance to do what every fan of the character always wants: kill, kill, and kill some more. Paired with Moraless art and Millas expressive colors, this is a win.

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9.5
Star Trek (2022) #1

Oct 27, 2022

Star Trek #1 is a solid introduction to what looks to be an ambitious story. Sisko is the perfect character to use to explore a story involving advanced godlike beings. And the crew around him, based on the characters development in their various series, should offer a variety of viewpoints. Its a great starting point from which to boldly go.

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