Tony Thornley's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBuzz, COMICON Reviews: 111
8.0Avg. Review Rating

8
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5

Aug 15, 2016

Roberts still continues to sell me on his continuation of the adventures of Archer and Armstrong. Valiant is just knocking it out of the park lately.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #965

Nov 2, 2016

After a bumpy couple of issues, Jurgens jumps the story forward tremendously in this issue, while tying the entire Superman line together. Its a great issue, and like I said for the last issue of Action, Im looking forward to whats next!

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 19, 2018

Should you pay almost $8 US to check this book out? Yes, absolutely. You should be reading this right now.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1002

Aug 24, 2018

Superman fans should be checking this out. Though Im still reserving judgement, Im enjoying this book so far.

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #1026

Nov 3, 2020

The Family of Steel faces a horrifying new take of one of Superman's worst foes!

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #1027

Dec 1, 2020

The Invisible Mafia learns once and for all what it means to mess with the Man of Steel.

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9
All-Star Batman #6

Jan 19, 2017

Overall, this is the complete package. Snyder and team have bumped this issue up to another level entirely. A must-buy issue.

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7.5
Animosity: The Rise #1

Feb 1, 2017

It sounds like The Rise is going to be a semi-regular companion to Animosity, so I definitely welcome learning more about this new world, alongside the main series. If it can built connections like its companion, and make us care about its character, Bennett has a home run on her hands.

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8
Batman (2016) #21

May 5, 2017

Pick this issue up. It's not just an important bit of world building, it's GOOD. It doesn't feel disposable like other crossovers sometimes do. It's thrilling and fun.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #37

Jan 3, 2018

In all, its a stellar issue, and perhaps my favorite single issue of this series this year.

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9
Batman (2016) #43

Mar 22, 2018

With the wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle only a few issues away, this run is reaching a climax. I just hope that doesnt end Kings run, as its been top notch, with fantastic art throughout.

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9
Batman (2016) #44

Apr 4, 2018

Its a great character study and the perfect next time towards the wedding of the century.

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8
Batman (2016) #100

Oct 8, 2020

"The Joker War" comes to a city-shattering conclusion as Batman battles The Joker in a brutal, no-holds-barred duel! This is a fight 80 years in the making, and its outcome won't just change Batman's life-it will change Gotham City for years to come!

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7.5
Batman (2016) #101

Oct 23, 2020

A story concept that might seem like a cheeky pun actually turns out to be a very interesting and potentially exciting status quo.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #102

Nov 10, 2020

The creative team faces one of Batman's greatest challenges- a retcon!

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6.5
Batman (2016) #103

Nov 24, 2020

Ghost-Maker tries to prove he's better than Batman. Who's he kidding though? No one's better than Batman.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #104

Dec 4, 2020

An interesting interlude has to overcome rushed art.

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8
Batman (2016) Annual #5

Jan 4, 2021

Clownhunter's origin is revealed in a visually stunning issue.

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8
Batman (2016): The Joker War Zone #1

Oct 6, 2020

Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the "war zone" with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they're fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter!

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7
Black Cloud #1

May 4, 2017

With a little more character world, this is going to be a strong and incredibly fun series. You need to get in on the ground floor.

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7.5
Blood Blister #1

Feb 9, 2017

This is a great start to a horrifying story that I cant wait for more of!

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9.5
Bloodshot: Salvation #1

Aug 4, 2017

In all, this is a damn near perfect package. Buy it when its out on 9/20. Between this and XO Manowar, Valiant is putting out some of the best books on the market right now.

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8.5
Cable (2020) #7

Jan 22, 2021

An already strong Reign of X story is made even better by a surprise reveal.

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7.5
Cable (2020) #8

Feb 19, 2021

After a handful of darker issues, the creative team lets loose and has some fun.

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9.5
Captain America (2017) #695

Nov 3, 2017

Simply put, if Secret Empire had shaken your faith in Captain America as a concept or Steve Rogers as a character, you MUST read this issue.

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8.5
Cold Spots #1

Aug 24, 2018

This is a very creepy, very good debut. I would check this one out!

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6
Crossover (2020) #1

Nov 5, 2020

A muddy message and confusing themes drags down an interesting concept with great art.

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5
Crossover (2020) #2

Dec 15, 2020

An interesting plot gets a little too clever.

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8
Daredevil (2019) #22

Sep 28, 2020

"TRUTH/DARE" CONTINUES! Still grappling with the blood on his hands, Matt Murdock makes one of the biggest choices of his life. But what effect will Matt's choices have on DAREDEVIL? And what about the people who need him? See why people are talking about DAREDEVIL as one of Marvel's best ongoing series!

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9
Daredevil (2019) #23

Oct 27, 2020

Real world consequences make for a much more interesting story for the Guardian Devil than the suspension of disbelief.

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8.5
Daredevil (2019) #24

Nov 30, 2020

Daredevil is headed for the big house, and there's not much he can do about it!

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8.5
Dark Nights: Metal #2

Sep 13, 2017

Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion turn in the work of their careers. Ive said a few times that I hope this entire creative team ends up on Justice League, and this issue is proof of concept for that. There is nothing Capullo cant capture here, from small moments with Zatanna and Constantine, the big chase with the League and the false Batmen, and the issue-ending two page spread debuting the Dark Knights. All of it is intense, engaging, and spot on.

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7.5
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 28, 2018

Overall, this has been a lot better event than weve seen in a long time. A little bit of it was rushed, it had moments of jumping around, but as an overall product, I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun and really just solid story.

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8
DC/Looney Tunes: Batman/Elmer Fudd #1

Jun 28, 2017

As a full package, this is the weirdest must-read story that DC Comics has published in years. But the important part of that sentence is MUST READ. Seriously, go check it out.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #948

Jan 26, 2017

As far as setting up Batwoman, this issue thrills me for what Tynion and Bennett have in store. As an ongoing part of the Detective Comics story, it mostly succeeds. A must buy!

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #981

May 24, 2018

This run is going to be a seminal run in the history of Detective Comics. Im so sad to see it end, but I cant wait for whats next.

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7
Eclipse #1

Sep 27, 2016

Eclipse #1 is a good start to a mini series with an interesting concept. Im onboard.

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8
Endless Winter (2020): Superman #1

Dec 15, 2020

A crossover event captures the spirit of the Last Son of Krypton.

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8
Flash (2016) #762

Sep 28, 2020

"Finish Line" finale! Barry Allen and the Reverse-Flash race for the last time in this fast-paced conclusion. For years, Eobard Thawne has tormented Barry Allen, and now the Flash knows the only way to win is to make sure the Reverse-Flash never runs again! The story years in the making comes to a close as Joshua Williamson finishes his epic 101-issue run on The Flash!

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7
Flash (2016) #764

Nov 3, 2020

An old threat actually becomes threatening for the first time, but its hampered by stiff art and a weird twist ending.

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7.5
Future State (2021): Superman of Metropolis #1

Jan 11, 2021

An interesting new format elevates the entire package in an experimental take on Metropolis's protector.

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9
Future State (2021): Superman: House of El #1

Feb 24, 2021

A far future Superman family tale captures the spirit of the Man of Steel and his legacy, with a great script and fantastic art.

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7
Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #1

Feb 1, 2021

The “last” Batman/Superman team-up is a fun adventure, despite its faults.

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8
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Storm #1

Sep 18, 2020

In GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY & EMMA FROST, Hickman and Dauterman took Jean and Emma into Storm's mind to learn what had happened to her. Now they take the X-Men's resident goddess to the far end of the world to save herself!

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8
Gideon Falls #1

Jan 25, 2018

Overall though, its a very interesting first issue, with a hook thatll bring me back for more.

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5
Green Lanterns #3

Aug 15, 2016

I wont fault Humphries or the art team for what happened here, but the issue does get significantly lower marks than if theyd simply had a single fill in penciller to help Rocha get ahead. Its an issue worth reading if you want to keep up with the story, but its a jarring experience at several points in the issue. Hopefully things are back on track next issue, and we get a more cohesive reading experience.

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7
Green Lanterns #11

Dec 22, 2016

Again, I really enjoyed this issue. I definitely think its still the Lantern book to beat, and gives us some of our best superheroes out there right now.

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8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #7

Oct 26, 2020

Marvel Boy attends an intergalactic peace conference dressed like an 80's glam rock star. It's much better than that sounds.

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8.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #9

Dec 11, 2020

Is this real life? Or is this fantasy?

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9
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #10

Jan 8, 2021

Ewing and Cabal transform a Marvel mainstay in a huge way, as the Guardians face the King in Black.

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7.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #11

Feb 23, 2021

Before we get the action-packed payoff, the creative team gives readers a year's worth of emotional payoff.

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7
He-Man / Thunder Cats #1

Nov 2, 2016

I was incredibly excited to hear about this miniseries when it was announced, and it lives up to the concept. If youre a fan, pick this issue up. Your inner child will thank you.

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7.5
Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1

Dec 20, 2017

In all, a very fun package and a great Christmas special just before the holiday.

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6
Immortal Hulk: Flatline Is A Visual Feast And Not Much Else #1

Feb 23, 2021

The Hulk faces the past violently (as he does) in an absolutely visual feast, with a hollow narrative heart.

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8.5
Immortal Hulk #38

Oct 19, 2020

The Leader discovers whether ego alone makes him the strongest there is"

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8.5
Immortal Hulk #39

Nov 2, 2020

The Leader gets really freaky.

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9
Immortal Hulk #40

Nov 19, 2020

Joe Fixit shows that even when he isn't a Hulk, he's still a force to be reckoned with.

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9
Immortal Hulk #41

Dec 22, 2020

Two monsters discuss faith and the nature of god over chili dogs.

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7.5
Immortal Hulk #42

Jan 19, 2021

A batch of character vignettes set up the future of the title, but has little plot momentum.

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6
Immortal Hulk: Flatline #1

Feb 23, 2021

The Hulk faces the past violently (as he does) in an absolutely visual feast, with a hollow narrative heart.

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7
Juggernaut (2020) #1

Sep 29, 2020

READY OR 'NAUT, HERE HE COMES! A mystic gem. A force of overwhelming power. Nothing can stop the Juggernaut. Except himself. Another building falls. Cain Marko is done letting others pick up the pieces of the things he's destroyed.

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9.5
Justice League (2018) #1

Jun 8, 2018

If youve dropped Justice League for any reason the last couple of years, its time to come back to it. This is the best the League has been in years.

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8.5
Justice League: No Justice #1

May 16, 2018

This is a book any DC universe fan should be reading. Pick it up today!

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8.5
Klaus: The Life & Times Of Santa Claus Turns The North Pole Epic #1

Dec 24, 2020

Santa Claus continues his superheroic adventures in this new collection.

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7.5
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019) #10

Nov 3, 2020

The Legion finally returns to form as things get complicated.

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8
Loose Ends (2017) #1

Jan 30, 2017

If you picked up the original series, do yourself a favor and re-buy this re-issue and refresh your memory. If you didnt, but are a fan of Latours other work, buy this series. Its a southern noir masterpiece that you will not be able to put down.

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8.5
M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #3

Feb 22, 2021

The creative team pulls off a tricky issue as they give both the lead and the guest star equal weight in the issue.

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7.5
Marvel Legacy #1

Sep 28, 2017

In all, if you're a Marvel fan, this book should excite you, despite its flaws.

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9.5
Marvels Snapshot (2020): X-Men #1

Sep 21, 2020

The Marvels Snapshot tour through Marvel history continues, showcasing Marvel's greatest characters through the eyes of ordinary people! Or does it? In this case, the "ordinary person" is teenaged Scott Summers, witnessing the dawn of the Marvel Age from a Nebraska orphanage and wondering what his place in it might be. What was it like to experience the debut of the FF, the Hulk, Iron Man and more? To wish you could be a part of it all? Writer Jay Edidin (Thor: Metal Gods, Jay & Miles X"Plain the X"Men) makes his Marvel comics debut, teamed with Tom Reilly (Immortal Hulk), to tell a story of upheaval and decision that would shape the X"Men (and the Marvel Universe) forever after.

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8
New Mutants (2019) #14

Dec 18, 2020

A new creative team guides the team to the future!

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8
New Mutants (2019) #15

Jan 28, 2021

A stellar story and strong art tell the tale of unrest within Krakoa!

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9.5
New Mutants (2019) #16

Feb 26, 2021

This run keeps getting better, with a slew of exciting developments hitting nearly every page.

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8.5
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #1

Jan 4, 2018

A great start to this story worth reading for any X-Men fan.

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8
Reborn #2

Dec 7, 2016

It was the biggest release of the month last month, and really its a killer second issue, which is exactly what it needed. I would highly recommend this issue, and look forward to the rest of the series!

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9
Redfork OGN

Nov 13, 2020

A dying Appalachian coal town makes a deal with a devil"

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7.5
Rough Riders: Riders on the Storm #1

Feb 23, 2017

Steampunk fans will love this series, but really anyone interested in Houdini, Roosevelt, et al, would enjoy it too. The story feels like a lost chapter in their history, not something made up by a Hollywood writer. Highly recommended!

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9.5
Runaways (2017) #1

Sep 18, 2017

While not totally perfect, its close, and it sets my expectations incredibly high for the future of the series. If youre a long-time fan, pick it up. If not, give it a try, and go get some collections to catch yourself up.

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10
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #1

Dec 11, 2020

Marvel's star-bound debut might be the best issue they've put out all year.

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8
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #2

Jan 14, 2021

Krakoa gets gooey in a tie-in that plays with a lot more than just the King In Black.

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9
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #3

Feb 12, 2021

Manifold takes center stage as the team explores the entire Marvel Universe

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8
Secret Warriors (2017) #2

Jun 1, 2017

This is a tie-in done right. I haven't read the core Secret Empire at all yet, but I jumped right in with this story and loved it. It doesn't feel like a big "you have to read these other ten issues to get it" tie in. It's a self-contained and fun story, and really establishes this book's mission statement. Absolutely a must-read.

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7
Star Wars (2020) #7

Oct 13, 2020

Princess Leia's lifelong crusade against an evil fascist government gets a face and a history!

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7
Star Wars (2020) #9

Dec 14, 2020

A group of Rebels pull off a daring heist in the heat of the Empire

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8.5
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #1

Jan 7, 2021

A new era of the Star Wars saga launches with this engaging first issue.

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7.5
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #2

Feb 5, 2021

The Jedi face a mysterious threat that may give the Great Disaster and the Nihil a run for their money as the adventure continues.

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9
Superman (2016) #2

Jul 22, 2016

In three issues, Id definitely call Superman the most improved Rebirth title from the one-shot, and a worthy addition to the mythos. I cant wait for more.

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9.5
Superman (2016) #18

Mar 8, 2017

Superman Reborn is going to be a game-changer for the Man of Steel, and really its just scratching the surface. However, if it continues this momentum, itll be a Superman epic for the ages. I cant wait for more.

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8.5
Superman (2018) #1

Jul 17, 2018

This is a fantastic relaunch for Superman, and Im in for the ride.

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7
Superman (2018) #26

Oct 19, 2020

Superman faces a baffling foe as the creative team's final arc kicks into high gear!

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8
Superman (2018) #27

Nov 16, 2020

Superman gets overwhelmed by an unknown enemy. Naturally, it goes badly.

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7.5
Superman (2018) #28

Dec 22, 2020

An epic run comes to a quiet (and lovely) conclusion

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9
The Fix #5

Sep 27, 2016

Its the best reviewed series of the year for good reason. In fact, I almost feel bad heaping more praise on it (and Steve, Nick, if youre reading this, you can use that on the cover of volume 2). Go read it. But its mature readers only, so dont give it to your kids.

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9
The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Jan 4, 2017

Marvel is kicking off the year strong with this issue. This is the kind of weird super-science that I LOVE, and Nadia is the perfect character to follow into the thick of it.

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8.5
Winnebago Graveyard #1

Jun 14, 2017

All together, this book feels like a grindhouse movie with a massive budget, while also doing some great things that really have fun with the comics format. It's a great book that needs to be picked up.

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8
Witchblade (2017) #1

Dec 6, 2017

In the end, a great return and revival for a classic concept.

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7.5
Wolverine (2020) #8

Jan 5, 2021

A big anniversary dives into the past while confronting the future.

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8
Wolverine (2020) #10

Feb 26, 2021

The creative team continues the rehabilitation of Maverick in an actioner with unexpected depth.

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9.5
X Of Swords (2020): Creation #1

Sep 23, 2020

Overall though, this is a fantastic start to the event and it is only going to lead to big things for the line as a whole.

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8
X-Factor (2020) #4

Sep 30, 2020

X of Swords – Chapter 2Death and rebirth. Corruption. A dark discovery.

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8
X-Factor (2020) #5

Dec 8, 2020

A New X-Men reunion becomes a celebration of all the positives of the Krakoan X-Men era.

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8.5
X-Factor (2020) #6

Jan 12, 2021

An engrossing mystery and fantastic character work makes X-Factor a series to not just read but be invested in.

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9
X-Factor (2020) #7

Feb 4, 2021

Williams, Baldeon, and Silva trick readers in the best way, transforming our expectations into something completely different.

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8
X-Force (2019) #15

Dec 22, 2020

Wolverine really wants to stab the Beast. We can't blame him.

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7.5
X-Force (2019) #16

Jan 26, 2021

A couple small rough patches are overshadowed by interesting moral quandaries and absolutely stellar art.

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8
X-Force (2019) #17

Feb 16, 2021

Quentin Quire grapples with immortality as Percy and Cassara give the heroic jerk a spotlight he deserves.

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7.5
X-Men (2019) #12

Sep 21, 2020

THE SUMMONING BEGINS. A lead-in to the biggest X-story of the summer.

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8
X-Men (2019) #16

Jan 1, 2021

The creative team lays the groundwork for 2021 and beyond!

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8
X-Men (2019) #18

Feb 25, 2021

The series finally revisits the Vault and the creative team gives readers the first of the answers they want. It's definitely not what most would expect.

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9.5
X-O Manowar (2017) #1

Mar 16, 2017

In the end, this is the best sort of relaunch, and a great way for Valiant to start the year. I cant wait for more. This is a book you want to be on the ground floor.

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7
Young Justice (2019) #19

Oct 13, 2020

Wonder Girl faces the greatest threat in the DC Universe- overbearing family!

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7
Young Justice (2019) #20

Nov 9, 2020

The final issue of Wonder Comics' flagship series strikes!

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