Tony Thornley's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBuzz, COMICON Reviews: 211
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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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1029

Mar 30, 2021

The set-up for Superman's new era concludes here. It goes in an unexpected direction, that points to an interesting future, both near and distant for the Man of Steel.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1030

Apr 30, 2021

After a few interesting issues, we get into the meat of this run. The issue is tense, action packed, and understands its characters. The creative team are setting up some very cool things here.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1031

May 28, 2021

Superman's whole world starts to crumble. It's an interesting story full of plot, some great character moments, and some great art. In only two issues, it's already shaping up to be one of the most interesting Superman stories in years.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1034

Aug 30, 2021

This status quo shattering arc is nearing its conclusion with a bang. The art is a little unrefined but overall it's a hell of a read, and leading to some big exciting things.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1035

Sep 29, 2021

An era of Superman ends and a new one begins. The creative team absolutely sticks the landing and points us to an uncertain future. The only sure thing is that we'll be reading.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2021

Jul 19, 2021

This jam packed annual is just full of great set-up, hints and world building for Superman's future (and maybe his past). On top of that though, it's a great story with very good art, start to finish!

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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
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #75

Oct 11, 2021

Despite a few small stumbling blocks, this is the relaunch Spider-Man needed. Wells has a great grasp of the world of Spider-Man and the art team down stunning work.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #76

Oct 15, 2021

Things get dire for Peter Parker and Ben Reilly in very different ways. The creative team comes together to create one of the most intense Spider-Man stories in years, grounded in the mundane, rather than the fantastic.

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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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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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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) #106

Mar 9, 2021

The Dark Knight returns to the present day in an issue that's an exciting story AND an artistic powerhouse.

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8
Batman (2016) #107

Apr 9, 2021

In just two issues this creative team has reestablished this title as DC's flagship. It's tense, engaging and totally worth picking up.

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8
Batman (2016) #108

May 10, 2021

The series moves into much deeper territory than just the typical capes comic. The philosophical gets as deep as the building physical conflict. The art team puts in stunning work while the story gets way more interesting than a standard Batman comic.

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Batman (2016) #109

Jun 4, 2021

Batman continues to build an epic that's unique to most Batman stories of the past decade. It's a lot of fun to read and is full of gorgeous art. It might be the best Batman epic of the past decade plus.

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Batman (2016) #110

Jul 12, 2021

There's no denying that this might be the single most talented creative team in superhero comics right now. Not every issue is solid gold, but overall this is one of the most enjoyable superhero books to read month after month.

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Batman (2016) #111

Aug 9, 2021

The Dark Knight's latest adventure is drawing to a close with a hell of a twist. The art from both Jimenez and Morey is some of the best in comics right now, and Tynion proves that he's one of the best writers in comics today.

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Batman (2016) #113

Sep 27, 2021

The Dark Knight's darkest hour gets intense. It's a great chapter for one of the most interesting creative teams working in comics right now.

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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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9
Batman/Superman (2019) #16

Mar 25, 2021

Superman and Batman's adventures are drawn into the multiverse! It's an exciting launch for the new creative team, as well as being one of the most unique and inventive issues that DC has put out in years.

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Batman/Superman (2019) #18

Jun 3, 2021

DC's best title continues to get better. It's a fantastic superhero narrative, but it's also an examination of the leads' history and mythology. This continues to be a must-read.

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8
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #1

Mar 16, 2021

Take a trip into Gotham's darker side in four fantastic tales by creators at the top of their games.

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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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8
Cable (2020) #9

Mar 29, 2021

Young Cable continues to get better and better. In this incredibly humanizing chapter we see a desperate young man grasping at straws as he tries to track down his greatest enemy while racing through a day in the life of Krakoa's citizens.

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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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7
Curse of the Man-Thing (2021): Avengers #1

Apr 8, 2021

A fun introduction to the mini-event centered on one of Marvel's longest lived, weird characters. This issue does a lot of heavy lifting and while it doesn't always succeed, it's a lot of fun all around.

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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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9.5
Daredevil (2019) #28

Mar 11, 2021

The creative team puts together a tour de force issue as the characters have to examine their traumas.

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8.5
Daredevil (2019) #33

Aug 16, 2021

One of the most twisted battles of Daredevil's career continues. It looks incredible, leans into some of the sci-fi craziness of the Marvel Universe, and continues to be one of the best Marvel reads month after month.

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Daredevil (2019) #34

Sep 13, 2021

This issue sets up some interesting stakes for the climax of this volume, and its just-announced follow-up. It doesn't quite land on the real world issues, but the superheroics are top notch from both the art and writing side.

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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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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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8.5
Demon Days (2021): X-Men #1

Mar 4, 2021

The "Marvel Momoko-Verse" kicks off with an absolutely stunning one-shot, that's an absolute work of art.

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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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6.5
Flash (2016) #768

Apr 6, 2021

An interesting start to a new run that ends up a bit of a mixed bag. While the character work is solid, the plot is a bit cliched and tropey. The art is overall good though. If it overcomes some hurdles, this could be a very fun read for any Flash fan.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #770

May 25, 2021

The creative team subverts expectations and creates a fun adventure comic. The script is full of twists and turns, and the art is perfect for a World War II adventure. It's perfect for any Flash fan.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #771

Jun 22, 2021

The Flash continues its story with a fun chapter slingshotting Wally West throughout the Flash legacy and the West family. It's a lot of fun, and has the potential for setting up a great run to come.

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7
Flash (2016) #772

Jul 26, 2021

Fun character development and a strong plot overcomes some stiff line-art. The issue puts the Flash on a very fun path that strengthens the series' prospects for the future.

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6
Flash (2016) #773

Aug 23, 2021

An extremely fun story gets dragged down by stiff and lifeless art. There's still a lot of promise in this run, but it needs much more energetic art.

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7
Flash (2016) #774

Sep 28, 2021

This is a fun continuation of the new status quo of the Fastest Man Alive. It's a fun exploration of the relationship between father and daughter with a super-villain fight and art that finally fits the story.

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Flash (2016) Annual: 2021

Jul 16, 2021

A massive retcon includes great character moments, and a huge step forward for the lead. The art is solid and leads to some great momentum for the fastest man alive coming out of this storyarc!

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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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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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7.5
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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Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #2

Mar 2, 2021

The creative team delivers on the concept of the last World's Finest story in a unique and satisfying way.

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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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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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8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #12

Mar 31, 2021

This wall to wall action issue manages to still pack the emotional much the series has built its reputation on. The art is stunning, and deserves to be studied for how effective it is at storytelling. In short, Guardians continues to quietly be one of the best superhero books on the stands.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #13

Apr 15, 2021

An exciting new direction brings new members, new challenges, and a great new artist. Even with the creative team shifts, this continues to be one of Marvel's most consistently great series. Plus, the creative team is able to pull off an ending that surprises even when we should have all seen it coming.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #14

May 13, 2021

The Guardians are in it deep as Doom tries to take control of the team. The writing is a blast, the art is getting more exciting and the team gets in it deep. It's a horrifying build up to something evil on the horizon (but also a hell of a lot of fun).

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7.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #15

Jun 28, 2021

This issue sets up The Last Annihilation and acts as an epilogue to the events of the Hellfire Gala. However it stands alone, as Ewing takes the time to do some great character progression complimented with exciting action. The art gets better by the issue too, truly making this a series to watch.

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8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #17

Aug 23, 2021

The universe is in peril and that means great things for readers. The story is fun, the characters are sharp and the art gets better with every issue.

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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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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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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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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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7.5
Immortal Hulk #44

Mar 16, 2021

The series sets up an apparent endgame while the team creates a stunning fight for the Hulk's life.

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7
Immortal Hulk #45

Apr 12, 2021

An issue that starts on the forgettable side turns into a fist-pumping thriller. The creative team downs pull any punches, and turns in one of the most exciting issues of the series to date. And it's all thanks to Joe Fixit.

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Immortal Hulk #46

May 7, 2021

The series continues to build to its endgame. This issue shows how each part of the creative team is essential to telling a story. Where the line art is good and generally solid, the colors really added a ton of nuance.

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8.5
Immortal Hulk #47

Jun 8, 2021

The series enters its endgame with a hell of a superhero brawl. This isn't your typical hero versus hero punchfest, which is exactly why you need to pick it up.

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Immortal Hulk #48

Jul 9, 2021

A love story gets a horrible Immortal Hulk twist. It's dark, fraught with tension, and gives us a deeper understanding of what makes Hulk and Betty tick. It's a great final breather before the series' endgame.

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8.5
Immortal Hulk #49

Aug 6, 2021

The Immortal Hulk's final adventure begins with a poignant story about the Hulk's birth as well as what comes next. It's a fantastic distillation of the series before the final battle.

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9.9
Immortal Hulk #50

Oct 15, 2021

It's not hyperbole to say this is a superb final issue. It's the perfect climax to the greatest run in the history of the Incredible Hulk.

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9.5
Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters #1

May 24, 2021

There's no getting around this. This one-shot is a damn near perfect comic. The writing and art are both scary, but in their own unique ways. The story feels essential to the overallImmortal Hulkepic and even the back-up is great. A must-buy.

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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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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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9.5
Moon Knight (2021) #1

Jul 22, 2021

A compelling story, interesting antagonists, a flawed but heroic lead and over great art comes together in a great package here. This isn't just a great launch, but a set up for what's sure to be a series to watch for what I hope is a very long run.

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8.5
Moon Knight (2021) #2

Aug 19, 2021

Moon Knight's war against the darkness gets scarier. It's an eerie issue, with incredibly moody art, and the kind of threat you'd only find in a Moon Knight story.

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Moon Knight (2021) #3

Sep 22, 2021

Moon Knight's fight gets brutal. It subverts tropes and tells a hell of a story, with art to match. It continues to be one of the best new series of the year.

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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
New Mutants (2019) #19

Jun 23, 2021

New Mutants continues to be one of the best series Marvel is putting out right now. The rest of the line can learn a lot from Ayala's writing on this series. Lins's fill-in art is a blast and fits so well stylistically with the rest of the series.

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6.5
New Mutants (2019) #20

Jul 27, 2021

A strong story is overshadowed by some loose and rushed art. The story is asking all the right questions, but needs art to match.

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9
New Mutants (2019) #21

Sep 8, 2021

Ayala continues to tell one of the best superhero stories being published today. The action is tense and the characters feel real. Reis's art jumps off the page. Their work combines to give readers a book unlike any other on the market right now.

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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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7
Planet-Size X-Men (2021) #1

Jun 17, 2021

This highly anticipated issue is a sweeping epic that sets up hundreds of stories to come for the X-Men and the Marvel Universe as a whole. However, it's missing a personal, human touch that could really push it into territory from good to great.

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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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9
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #4

Mar 22, 2021

SWORD‘s King In Black tie-in concludes with a character-centered action blow-out. The creative team continues to prove that this title is a crown jewel in the making, all while using a cast of unconventional fan favorites.

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9
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #5

Apr 23, 2021

Incredibly, this remains the best current book in the X-line, and it does it with the most unexpected cast in comics. The hubris of Fabian Cortez is practically palpable, and his powerplay (and downfall) is worth every moment of the issue. I cannot recommend this series enough.

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9.5
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #6

Jun 24, 2021

The Hellfire Gala is all over but for the afterparty. This is what comes next. Ewing gives the story the heart for readers to connect, and the art team does amazing things to give the story a grand scale.

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8
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #7

Jul 30, 2021

Ewing's cosmic epic continues to come together while also telling its part of the grand Krakoan X-Men epic. This is simply a great book, even with a new art team.

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8.5
S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #8

Oct 1, 2021

An incredibly smart spotlight on Storm turned into one of the best single issue stories in the current X-Men era. While the art needs some work, the story was just what we needed at this point.

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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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8
Shadowman (2021) #1

Apr 22, 2021

The issue provides an interesting set-up, a terrifying problem, and a great starting point for new readers. It captures the spirit of the franchise, but also blazes its own trail. This is the start of the Valiant universe's new era, and I'm excited to see where it goes next.

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9
Shang-Chi (2021) #1

May 25, 2021

The Master of Kung-Fu returns in his first ongoing in years. It's a joy to read, with fun building building, interesting conflict and some great art. It's a must-read, especially with the character returning to prominence.

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8
Shang-Chi (2021) #2

Jul 6, 2021

Inventive story. Killer art. A star making turn for a C-list character. This is a book you need to pick up.

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8
Shang-Chi (2021) #4

Sep 10, 2021

Shang-Chi and family invade Marvel's first family in the next great entry for this series. Yang, Ruan and Farrell continue to push the title character into Marvel's A-list with a character defining run, firmly establishing his place as one of Marvel's greatest.

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8
Shang-Chi (2021) #5

Oct 19, 2021

After ten issues together, this creative team has built a rich and exciting world around Shang-Chi. This is a book that's starting to fly under the radar but should be on the top of everyone's must-read pile.

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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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7
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #3

Mar 9, 2021

The issue tells a tense horror story, while forging the legend of Keeve Trennis, one of the most exciting new characters in Star Wars canon. It's a can't miss for Star Wars fans!

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7
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #5

May 18, 2021

The Jedi face the Hutts and the Drengir in a three way war. Scott creates a strong emotional core for the heroes. The art is solid but falls short in a few moments. Overall though, it's a great climactic story for this opening arc.

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7.5
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #6

Jul 6, 2021

This reliably enjoyable series steps it up for an interlude arc. The story is high octane, and the art is explosive. It's another solid entry in the High Republic story initiative.

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7.5
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #8

Aug 16, 2021

The Star Wars universe gets more dangerous in this latest issue as the storyline wraps up. It's a fun actioner, but it's packed with world-building, detailed art, and is just a lot of fun.

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8
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #9

Sep 2, 2021

The High Republic saga enters a much more dangerous and unpredictable phase of storytelling. The story is fascinating and the art is extremely good. It's a tense and unpredictable entry to the Star Wars saga that has me at the edge of my seat.

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9
Superman '78 (2021) #1

Aug 30, 2021

This issue features both a pitch perfect continuation of the classic Superman films and a stand-alone, continuity free Superman tale. The script captures the voices of the characters and the actors, while the art is absolutely fantastic. This is a must-read for any fan.

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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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8
Superman (2018) #29

Mar 12, 2021

A new creative team sets the Kent family on a new path that may prove to be the last Superman story!

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8
Superman (2018) #30

Apr 20, 2021

This issue puts Superman and Superboy in a tough spot, but it's a great read. It takes the classic pieces of a Superman story and adds a surprising amount of depth, as well as plays with the status quo the creative team's been given.

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8
Superman (2018) #31

May 17, 2021

A story about Superman fighting an alien invasion reveals itself to be much deeper than it appears. The creative team shows the bond between father and son, and teaches that it came be complicated while still loving and respectful. Its only drug down by some rough moments in fill-in art.

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7
Superman (2018) #32

Jun 29, 2021

The conclusion of this volume of Superman gives us a young hero ready to step into some big shoes. It's a fan adventure, with solid art, but doesn't quite stick the landing in giving Jon Kent a jumping off point in his journey to become Superman.

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8
Superman and the Authority (2021) #1

Jul 23, 2021

Superman faces his mortality as the world needs more heroes. It's full of great ideas, cool designs and a lot of promise that's well worth picking up.

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7
Superman and the Authority (2021) #3

Sep 20, 2021

Another solid issue of this miniseries. It looks good and it's full of interesting characters and concepts. Really, the only strike against it is that it is largely set-up for everything to happen next issue.

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9.5
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #1

Mar 23, 2021

A fantastic addition to DC's color-based tributes to its biggest characters. The five stories understand the Man of Steel in a way that's wholly unique, and a beautiful tribute to DC's greatest hero.

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8
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #3

May 25, 2021

The gimmick of Superman stories in red and blue steps aside to tell tales of Superman's humanity. Each creative team puts in great work, with some doing their best work in a long time. Absolutely a must-read issue.

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8.5
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #4

Jun 21, 2021

This series continues to be a great display on not just talent but also what the title character's all about. This is Superman storytelling at its best, and is a must-read for any fan of not just Superman but DC Comics in general.

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8
Superman: Son of Kal-El (2021) #1

Jul 28, 2021

Jon Kent begins his solo adventures with a exploration of what it means to be Superman. It's the sort of story that Jon needs, and a fantastic example of what a Superman storyshould be.

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5
Superman: Son of Kal-El (2021) #2

Aug 27, 2021

A highly ambitious issue fails to live up to what its trying to do. The case isn't put into making sure that the issues and problems brought up here have the proper care and thought are given to truly serious social ills. There's promise here but with another issue like this, it would be very easily get squandered.

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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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9
Ultramega by James Harren #1

Mar 23, 2021

UltraMega builds a terrifying new world, a scary take on the classic hero versus giant monster. It's a frightening vision of the classic story, with gorgeous and horrifying visuals- an absolute must-read.

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9.5
Way of X (2021) #1

Apr 22, 2021

The dark side of Krakoa finally gets split wide open. In an engaging story full of energetic art,Way of X sends the X-Men line down a terrifying path. It's the most unique series of the line to date, and one of the best launches since the current X-line kicked off.

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7.5
Way of X (2021) #2

May 24, 2021

A few minor problems drag the issue down a bit. However it's still one of the most interesting entries in the X-Men line, with twists and turns that will readers engaged, and incredibly fun art.

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5
Way of X (2021) #3

Jun 29, 2021

Spurrier, unfortunately, writes Kurt Wagner " one of the most sexually open and understanding characters in X-canon " with extremely puritanical attitudes about sex and intimacy. It's so far out of character, especially for the elf who has multiple times been shown on panel wearing nothing but a stuffed animal version of himself.

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7
Way of X (2021) #4

Jul 20, 2021

We get to see a marked improvement from last month. Some of the struggles of last issue are overcome but the series still has a way to go.

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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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8
Wolverine (2020) #14

Aug 2, 2021

This issue is a fantastic encapsulation of what the creative team can do, as well as the potential of the series. A noir pastiche transforms into a pirate romp and it's just one hell of a ride.

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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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6
X-Corp (2021) #1

May 19, 2021

An interesting premise gets dragged down in the execution. The dialogue is clunky, and the plot is too low stakes to invest in. The art is stiff and figures are awkward. However, when the issue works, it works and shows promise for the future.

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5
X-Corp (2021) #3

Jul 19, 2021

When the story leans into the super, it's a blast, but that's not often enough. The art is the best thing about it, but that's not enough to keep me coming back.

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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-Factor (2020) #8

Mar 15, 2021

X-Factor goes horror as the writing gets super spooky but the art struggles to convey what its going for.

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9
X-Factor (2020) #9

May 14, 2021

The penultimate issue of series sees action, mystery and satisfying emotional conclusions for everyone on the team. The writing has great emotional depth, while the art team completely cuts loose. We need more comics like this.

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6
X-Factor (2020) #10

Jul 1, 2021

A finale made necessary by a sudden cancellation makes for a complicated and overstuffed issue. The artist jam is jarring and the story and script fumbles a plotline that requires a lot more sensitivity.

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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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8
X-Force (2019) #18

Mar 19, 2021

X-Force continues to face the morally grey as Kid Omega has to do some growing up. The creative team shows that the team might be in over their head while creating some unsettling conflicts.

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6
X-Force (2019) #19

Apr 27, 2021

An interesting story is bogged down by art that's a tonal mismatch and isn't up to the series' previous standards. It's not bad but it could be a lot better.

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8
X-Force (2019) #20

Jun 3, 2021

Beast finally gets what's coming to him. It's mostly a very good story, with great art, even with a totally unnecessary and annoying Deadpool guest appearance.

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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-Men (2019) #19

Mar 31, 2021

The creative team makes the most of minimal space. They create a decades-long narrative in the space of 28 pages that doesn't feel compressed or rushed. It's a gorgeous issue that makes us care for the characters and sets up important plots for the future, all while giving readers some killer action set-pieces.

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7
X-Men (2019) #20

May 27, 2021

Some very interesting writing and plot points are overshadowed by issues on a deeper level. There's still a lot to like but the line needs to be better.

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7
X-Men (2019) #21

Jun 9, 2021

This is an issue worth picking up for the art alone. It's a fun read, but it's also not a satisfying read, acting more as a tease for next week's Planet-Size X-Men.

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9
X-Men (2021) #1

Jul 7, 2021

Marvel's flagship mutant heroes relaunch as the X-Men return to the Marvel Universe in a big way. The story is fresh and exciting, packed full of great characterization and new ideas. The art is absolutely incredible, with some great designs and stunning action.

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9
X-Men (2021) #2

Aug 4, 2021

The X-Men battle one of Marvel's biggest cosmic threats in a story that's the proof of concept for the entire series. It's a gorgeous and exciting adventure for the next act of this era of X-Men.

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8
X-Men (2021) #3

Sep 28, 2021

This series continues to visually be one of the absolute best comics on the stands. Now the writing is catching up and creating a tangled web for our heroes.

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7
X-Men (2021) #4

Oct 19, 2021

While a decent issue on its own merits, it is a bit of a rough issue in the overall picture of the series. A fun detour that feels a bit out of place.

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6
X-Men: Onslaught Revelation (2021) #1

Sep 23, 2021

This oversized finale has problems, but it sets up interesting things for the future. The highs are great though, and it definitely makes it worth a pick-up for any X-Men fan.

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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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