Tom Smithyman's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: COMICON, ComicBuzz Reviews: 67
7.9Avg. Review Rating

6.5
78 MPH #1

Feb 14, 2022

If you can't take the heat, get out of the…car? 78 MPH spend a lot of time explaining why its characters are in the predicament they're in, but not nearly enough time focusing on the characters themselves.

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8
Astronaut Down #1

Jun 7, 2022

While dead astronauts, dead civilians and a dead planet don't make for an uplifting story, Astronaut Down is the beginning of what should be an interesting allegory for our own struggles with climate change. Some great artwork make the tale all that much more compelling.

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8.5
Black Hammer: Reborn #10

Mar 21, 2022

The Black Hammer universe has gotten so big and complicated that it has now entered multiverse territory. And this series ranks up there with the best multiverse stories of all time – from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Spider-man: No Way Home.

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6.5
Black Hammer: Reborn #12

May 18, 2022

While the Reborn series has been a good ride, it turns out that this entire chapter is nothing more than a tease for the larger story's next phase. While that is a popular storytelling technique to pull in an audience, this tale ends without any real resolution. That leaves readers feeling cheated and perhaps questioning whether they return for the next installment.

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7
Blood on Sunset #2

Jan 21, 2022

The second installment of Blood on Sunset takes us back to a vampire-infested LA. Is it worth taking a walk down Sunset Boulevard?

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8.5
Blood Stained Teeth #1

Apr 7, 2022

What if a vampire were only in it for the money? That's the intriguing premise of this new series, gorgeously drawn by Patric Reynolds, with the perfect color treatment from Heather Moore.

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8
Blood Stained Teeth #2

May 23, 2022

Atticus Sloane's mission to kill all the vampires he's created over the years kicks off as he tries to take down an MMA fighter. It's a pretty simple story brought alive (or undead) by great art and even more amazing colors.

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7
Blood Stained Teeth #3

Jun 20, 2022

Unfortunately pairing vampires and fast cars isn't enough to create a thought-out compelling story in a single issue. Fortunately, strong artwork and colors save this installment from the rut this young series has already fallen into.

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7.5
Cold Iron #1

May 9, 2022

You don't have to be interested in the superstitions from the Isle of Man to be wowed by the artwork and colors for this premiere issue. While the story is a bit slow in this installment, the visuals alone are worth the price of the book.

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4
Corollary #1

Mar 4, 2022

In the Corollary universe, everything has a twin. And when that twin dies, the other perishes as well. That high-concept idea is never really explained in this premiere issue. Unfortunately, an uninspired script doesn't give readers any reason to stick around to see if the idea ever pays off.

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8
Fictionauts #1

Feb 7, 2022

What is fiction, and it is it more important than the truth? Those are the heady questions posed by Fictionauts, an intriguing story where fiction is clearly more than meets the eye.

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7
Fictionauts #3

Apr 8, 2022

If you geeked out on the philosophical questions of reality posed by The Matrix, you'll love this series. But if you were confused and disappointed by how the Matrix panned out, you may want to rethink your reading choices with this book.

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7.5
Good Game, Well Played OGN

Apr 21, 2022

This coming-of-age story follows teenager Sienna and a group of her young coworkers as they deal with work and personal issues that will follow them for the rest of their lives. The main characters are well written and drawn, though secondary ones suffer as nothing more than stereotypes.

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8
Ice Cream Man #28

Jan 24, 2022

An expert on words and their origins seeks the power of the absolute truth " a power that can cure cancer or destroy a city. The truth may be out there, but you can't handle it.

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7.5
Ice Cream Man #29

Apr 18, 2022

What happens to the objects we leave behind after we've died, and what impact do they have on those who knew us? Ice Cream Man attempts to answer those questions in the latest installment of this though-provoking series.

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8.5
Ice Cream Man #30

May 23, 2022

If you're a control freak, you may want to avoid this issue. As the story of a clinical drug trial deepens, you soon realize find yourself questioning reality itself until you finally figure out that we're all rats in a maze.

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9
Little Monsters #1

Mar 4, 2022

The pair responsible for the Descender and Ascender series are back, once again telling the story that focus on young people. Great writing and artwork give a fresh take on a familiar evil " vampires.

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8
Little Monsters #2

Apr 4, 2022

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen return with their second installment of the tween/teen vampire story Little Monsters. While the story has plenty of action, its main function seems to be setting the stage for what is to come in future issues.

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8.5
Little Monsters #3

May 2, 2022

When a vampires trapped in children's bodies get their first taste of human blood, all bets are off. Storytellers Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen shine once again as they continue this post-apocalyptic tale of the young undead.

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8.5
Little Monsters #4

May 30, 2022

The key to keeping an ongoing series interesting is change. This issue sets up a change that is coming for our young vampires and it's one that should make a great comic series even better.

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6.5
Newthink #1

Jun 1, 2022

The point of a cautionary tale it to convince people the folly of their ways and to change. Yet New Think #1 instead opts to concede that it's too late to abandon our addition to mobile phones and similar personal technologies. It's a story without conflict, which really doesn't make it much of a story.

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Newthink #2

Jun 6, 2022

This series about the perils of technology returns with a tale lacking much in the way of technology. Instead, its preachy tone is likely to turn off readers who are looking for something more.

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8
Rockstar and Softboy (2022) #1

Feb 7, 2022

Writer and artist Sina Grace crafts a crazy story about two BFFs on a quest throw a great party. But when you strip away the outlandish clothing, shapeshifting cat and the occasional jockstrap, Rockstar and Softboy is a really story about friendship. You don't need to relate to the eccentric characters to seek what this pair is really after.

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8
Rogue Sun #1

Jan 31, 2022

When superhero Rogue Sun is killed in battle on the streets of New Orleans, son Dylan must inherit the mantle. But is the rogue son ready to pick up where his estranged father left off?

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8.5
Rogue Sun #2

Mar 28, 2022

New superhero Rogue Sun needs help in learning how to use his powers. The only problem is that his teacher is his dead father, whom the hero along with just about everyone else in the story despises. And you think you have family problems!

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8
Rogue Sun #3

Apr 25, 2022

While we still haven't seen the extent of superhero Rogue Sun's powers, this issue introduces us to two more amazing villains, including a walking roadkill. Add in some family drama and you have the makings of a solid story that adds intrigue with each issue.

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8
Rogue Sun #4

May 23, 2022

If family drama is your cup of tea, then Rogue Sun #4 serves it up like no one can. Sure there is superhero action and a mystery thrown in for good measure, but the familial angst is the center of this story, which turns the typical hero's journey on its ear.

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8
Rogue Sun #5

Jun 21, 2022

Your family issues are nothing compared to Rogue Sun's. That makes for a good story. Add in strong visuals for a fight that dominates the entire issue, and you have a good entry into this young series.

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9
Seven Sons #1

Jun 8, 2022

From the first page, superstar Jae Lee‘s artwork grabs your attention and never lets go. Add in a strong, yet controversial, script that tells the story of seven children born of virgin mothers on the same day and you have the makings of a compelling tale.

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9
Something is Killing the Children #21

Mar 29, 2022

The great horror series is back and just as good as ever. This instant-classic series returns with a new location, a new hero/victim but the same ol' monsters that can only be seen by kids. It's definitely worthy of your time.

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8.5
Something is Killing the Children #22

Apr 25, 2022

While much of this issue is devoted to character development, it opens up with some of the goriest pages ever to grace an issue of Something is Killing the Children. Hopefully it's a teaser for some dynamic action to come in future installments.

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8
Something is Killing the Children #23

May 23, 2022

Even the best stories need time to pause and take a breath. That's what is happening in this issue of this fantastic series. Don't expect much in the way of action or gore. Instead, trust that the story will play out at the right pace and that the creative team is setting up something even more amazing.

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8
Something is Killing the Children #24

Jun 20, 2022

Every series needs to hit the pause button once in a while, and even a great one like Something is Killing the Children is no exception. With multiple plotlines happening simultaneously, it was inevitable that this series needed a breather to tie things together.

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4
Speed Republic #1

Jan 31, 2022

If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic racing stories like Mad Max or Death Race 2000, you may think Speed Republic is for you. You would be very, very wrong.

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8
Star Trek One-Shots (2022): Klingons #1

Feb 22, 2022

The Klingons have always been a favorite of Star Trek fans. This oversized one-shot explores the history of one of the most famous Klingons, Kahless the Unforgettable. Great visuals at tons of action propel the story of young warrior seeking to unite his people " through battle and honor.

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Star Trek One-Shots (2022): Ferengi #1

Apr 19, 2022

If newer Star Trek series like Discovery and Picard have you reminiscing for more classic tales, this book likely has what you're looking for. Set before Deep Space Nine's final season, this one-shot tells a fun story that will take fans back to the future.

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9
Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #1

Feb 28, 2022

You don't need to be a cat person to love Grudge, the unlikeliest of Star Trek: Discovery's crew. With an imperiousness we come to expect from our feline friends, Grudge explains in hilarious detail how she puts up with Discovery's crew " and wins our hearts in the process.

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8
Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #2

Apr 6, 2022

Star Trek has always created some of the best character in science fiction. While today's streamlined streaming seasons can cut character development short, this series makes up for it by giving the backstory on some fascinating characters.

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9
Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #3

May 3, 2022

Star Trek: Discovery has so many characters and plot lines that it sometimes gives minor characters the short shrift. This series seeks to right that wrong – and it consistently tells compelling stories of those spacedwellers who don't get their due.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #4

Jun 7, 2022

Star Trek has always demonstrated the power of diversity. This anthology series, which wraps up with this issue, proves the our real strength comes from the people we interact with every day. It's a strong close to a comic series that is arguably better than the streaming source material.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #5

Apr 5, 2022

Star Trek's mirror universe is chock full of fascinating characters and intriguing situations, giving readers more than enough to entertain them. The amazing thing is that you may soon find yourself rooting for this evil version of the Federation.

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6.5
Star Trek: The Mirror War #6

May 3, 2022

Star Trek: The Mirror War takes an odd turn as it prepares for its conclusion. Instead of racing for that finish with new ideas, the story and even the artwork that used to excite us in past issues, is starting to feel old. Let's hope this is nothing more than a cosmic anomaly.

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6.5
Star Trek: The Mirror War: Sisko #1

Jun 13, 2022

Captain Benjamin Sisko remains one of the most intriguing Star Trek characters in the franchise's 50-plus year history. While fans will debate the show's finale and Sisko's fate, there's little debate that this book is unworthy of his legacy. It's not bad, just uninteresting. Ben deserves better.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War: Captain La Forge #1

Feb 28, 2022

Star Trek's mirror universe has delivered some of the most intriguing stories across the franchise'smultiple series. Tying into the current Mirror War limited series, this one-shot gives some insight into engineer Geordi LaForge's evil counterpart. While it's not essential to read to understand the broader story, it does give some insight into the background and motivations for this version of Geordi.

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9.5
Step By Bloody Step #1

Jan 31, 2022

What happens when an all-star team creates a comic book story that is text-free? It turns out to be one of the most personal takes for a generation.

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9.5
Step By Bloody Step #2

Mar 28, 2022

Following a fantastic premiere issue, Step By Bloody Step #2 continues the story of a young girl and her giant armored protector as they trek across an alien planet. What makes this story so personal is its lack of text, forcing the reader to focus on the amazing visuals.

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9
Step By Bloody Step #3

Apr 25, 2022

Better have your tissues ready for this one. Creators Si Spurrier and Matias Bergara prove that you don't need text on a page to pack an emotional wallop. Bergara's visuals continue to shine and bring this remarkable story to life.

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9.5
Step By Bloody Step #4

May 30, 2022

Artist Matias Bergara again shines in the conclusion of this textless tale of a young girl and her giant protector. His artwork forces readers to concentrate on each panel and we are richer for doing so.

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Stillwater (2020): The Escape #1

Mar 22, 2022

With the series about to enter its final arc, Stillwater: The Escape paints a grim picture of how the story will pan out for the inhabitants of the town where no one can die. While this one-shot lacks variety in the short tales it tells, it tries to shed some light on the reality of immortality.

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Stranger Things: Kamchatka #2

Apr 18, 2022

Don't let the title fool you this isn't the Stranger Things with Hopper, Eleven and Dustin. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, because it's a strong story borrowing many of the elements and themes found in the streaming show.

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Stranger Things: Kamchatka #3

May 30, 2022

Aside from the title and some great images of a demigorgon, this series doesn't have much to do with the streaming series Stranger Things. Still, it's an interesting Cold War-era tale that will leave you nostalgic for the days of New Coke and Cabbage Patch Kids.

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Swamp Dogs #2

Feb 21, 2022

What do you get when you mix a band road trip, a lesbian romance and some Civil War-era zombies? Apparently a lot of exposition and seemingly unconnected plotlines. Luckily some strong artwork helps to salvage the story.

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That Texas Blood #14

Jun 3, 2022

Sheriff Joe Bob Coates returns for another promising story arc that features a massive blizzard, some political intrigue and a serial killer who likes to decapitate then stage his victims. Its a great start to a consistently strong series.

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8.5
The Closet #1

May 30, 2022

The Closet deals with a universal childhood horror something creeping around in the bedroom closet. The creative team ratchets up the tension in their first in a three-part series of psychological terror.

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The Lonesome Hunters #1

Jun 20, 2022

An unlikely pair of monster hunters. A killer Bambi and a magpie from hell. This issue seems to have it all, and yet it's not quite interesting enough to keep readers demanding more.

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The Rocketeer: The Great Race #1

Apr 5, 2022

Even if you don't know much about the 1940s-era hero The Rocketeer, this premiere issue should grab your attention. Stephen Mooney assigns himself double duty, writing and drawing this tale of the jetpack-powered hero as he considers whether to enter a race to Europe. Spoiler alert: He does!

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The Rocketeer: The Great Race #2

May 3, 2022

While this issue is billed as the next chapter of the Rocketeer, our hero barely makes a cameo. Instead we're forced to ensure some out-of-character choices from our hero's alter ego and some one-dimensional behavior from the supporting cast.

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The Rocketeer: The Great Race #3

Jun 7, 2022

The title of the series is The Rocketeer, but the hero has been noticeably absent from most of the story. Luckily, he saves the day in this latest installment. Let's hope he sticks around for good.

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9.5
The Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #1

May 17, 2022

The Shaolin Cowboy returns for a new seven-issue series. Excreted from the wonderfully warped mind of Geof Darrow, this latest installment shows the unnamed protagonist through the eyes of a baby Komodo dragon, who narrates the tale. Just go with it. It's great!

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9.5
The Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #2

Jun 21, 2022

Only Geof Darrow could create a comic so insanely compelling. The visuals are consistently amazing and they just keep going getting better with each page and panel.

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The Silver Coin #10

Mar 21, 2022

With a death toll that approaches slasher movie numbers, The Silver Coin is not for the faint of heart. But strong writing and artwork by Michael Walsh make this a horror story worthy of your time.

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8.5
The Silver Coin #11

Jun 20, 2022

Readers with an appetite for horror will enjoy the latest installment of this anthology series. Though they may lose their appetites as they read this terrifying tale of diner patrons with insatiable hunger and limited food.

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The Ward (2022) #1

Jun 7, 2022

It's a mystery why no one has thought to combine a medical drama with the supernatural before now. But we're lucky that this creative team is on call for the assignment. This initial issue is a smart story that sets up a larger tale filled with unique and wonderful creatures.

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Time Before Time #11

Mar 21, 2022

With characters time-skipping across the years,Time Before Time is an intriguing series filled with memorable characters. But if you're likely to be confused by non-linear storytelling, you may need to look elsewhere. Still, it's a complex tale worthy of yourtime.

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Time Before Time #12

May 9, 2022

Regular readers will find a welcome diversion in this installment. Instead of the usual frenetic time-travel story, issue #12 is an interlude that explores the impact of time travel on those who aren't chronically displaced. It's a solid detective story that cleanly fits into the overall narrative.

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Time Before Time #13

Jun 6, 2022

After several confusing issues where multiple characters bounced around the timeline, the beginning of this two-part arc tells a more straightforward story. While the artwork can sometimes be underwhelming, the story is tight and the characters are interesting.

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Trinity (2016) Annual #1

Jul 5, 2017

While it doesnt end in a cliffhanger, the annual teases that a third trinity will surface in the future. Given the success of this annual, that future tale should be another story worth reading.

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