William Tucker's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: But Why Tho? Reviews: 166
8.5Avg. Review Rating

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2020 Force Works #3

Jun 3, 2020

Force Works 2020 #3 is a team-up book that struggles to work like a well-oiled machine... It ultimately feels like an unimportant tie-in as opposed to part of an epic storyline. The art team is effective at keeping the reader's attention and getting their hearts pumping at times, but its hard not to ignore the lack of any connection between the members of Force Works.

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2020 iWolverine #1

Jul 15, 2020

iWolverine #1 is a great action-filled tie-in featuring a little known but fantastic character.

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2020 iWolverine #2

Aug 26, 2020

iWolverine #2 is a disappointing end to the tie-in. While it is bursting with great action and set-pieces, the art doesnt capture me like it did in the first issue. Elsie-Dees dialogue was a woeful design choice. The other downside is that not enough is done to make readers care about the most obscure characters in the event. I do not feel like the choice of plot for the duo allowed them to draw in new readers, and it makes this tie-in very missable. Despite that, I am interested to see where Albert and Elsie-Dee appear next.

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2020 Rescue #2

Jun 24, 2020

Rescue 2020 #2 is a beautiful tie-in. The creative team has successfully allowed Rescue to have her own identity within this crossover. Schwartz has made sure that her personality is distinct, while Burrows, Hanna, and Pantazis created a beautiful suit of armor. This tie-in also appears to have a direct impact on the event as a whole, and Im looking forward to seeing what Pepper does going forward.

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Aquaman (2016) #66

Dec 15, 2020

Aquaman #66 hints at a changing tide in Endless Winter. The comic looks stunning, Mendonca and Plascencia capturing the battle of the undersea world superbly. During the individual issues of this event, Lanning and Marz are able to balance the larger story at play whilst also showcasing the personalities of the title heroes. Aquamans bravery and dedication is clear here, as is Meras power. But at the same time, Endless Winter rages on.

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Arsenal: The Game We Love OGN

May 18, 2021

Arsenal: The Game We Love remembers the glory days but struggles to recapture the passion. The concept is an interesting one, using an original story whilst also retelling twenty years of old ones. Whilst the plot has moments of warmth, it lacks power and real depth. The lack of true balance regarding the history of the club makes the graphic novel too much like a piece of propaganda instead of meaningful literature. However, Glogowskis commitment to the graphic novel should be appreciated. Two years of work can be seen within the exceptional art, and perhaps that is its most appealing factor.

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Batman (2016): Fear State: Alpha #1

Aug 31, 2021

Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1 is a fantastic Gotham story. Every one of the creators seems to revel in the creation of fear as the foundations of the plot are set. Multiple different books will spill out of this one, and yet it feels complete and compact. Scarecrow is being cemented and a masterful villain when treated well, and Tynions understanding of characters is fantastic. Fear State is here, and it seems like it will stay.

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Batman/Superman (2019) #17

Apr 27, 2021

Batman/Superman #17 is a comic let down by bizarre design choices. Alternate universes are always fun, and Yangs concept for these other worlds are really clever. So is having "our" Batman and Superman responsible for saving these other figures. But the issue is then hampered by the Thermosphere scenes, which are poorly designed and have a terrible character inhabiting them. The issue perhaps could have worked if it wasnt claustrophobic and uncomfortable to read in instances.

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Batman: Secret Files (2021): Clownhunter #1

Aug 17, 2021

Batman Secret Files: Clownhunter #1 is an excellent character focus. Something that these Secret Files comics have excelled at is using a very limited cast. Everything centres around the primary characters and it does not leave them for a second. This means that everything is about the protagonist. Brisson and Kmpe bring so much character development to this book, which an in-depth and powerful story allows the chance to do so. It also gives Phao the opportunity to go down several different pathways, all of which will provide some glorious stories.

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Batman: Secret Files (2021): Huntress #1

Jul 27, 2021

Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1 is a fantastic horror story featuring one of DCs best characters. This is an intense book that doesnt shy away from making the reader flinch or avert their gaze. But this is also a beautifully written investigation into the mind of Helena Bertinelli. Tamaki tells a wonderfully woven story thats intimate, never leaving the main character for a second. And the magnificent art team creates insidious imagery that is glorious despite the revulsion it instills in the mind.

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Black Manta (2021) #1

Sep 7, 2021

Black Manta #1 is a powerful first issue. Brown embraces the main character for who he is, letting the readers get comfortable with the villain that they know. This is a comic filled with water and piracy, where the assassin feels at home. Yet the story seeks to send him and the audience into uncharted territory. The lack of real information encourages us to read more. Without Aquaman, it will be interesting to see if Black Mata can carry a series on his own. The art team is fantastic for the character and for the dark world this book takes place in.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019): Faith #1

Feb 24, 2021

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith #1 is an intriguing yet confusing read. The concept of the issue, using the theme of cinema and movies to tell the story is a fascinating one. But the constant time skips and bad pacing make it hard to focus. I appreciate the writing and art as so much experimentation is on display, but the structure can make your head spin. What is admirable about the comic is how much it revolves around Faith. This feels like her own world and her own story with none of the Scooby Gang to divert that attention. And if the story starts to streamline then the creators have a gem on their hands.

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Canto: The Clockwork Fairies #1

Jul 6, 2020

Canto and the Clockwork Fairies is a brilliant one-shot comic... The theme of captivity in this one-shot is very powerful and poignant, and the dialogue had a large impact on me at times. Canto is a fantastic hero to follow who has been given a brilliant personality by Booher and amazing design by Zucker. His look has always conjured up images of him as a playable character in a video game, and the dungeon crawling he partakes in during this issue makes it feel all the more possible.

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Canto II: The Hollow Men #1

Jul 31, 2020

Canto II: The Hollow Men #1 is a lovely fantasy comic that takes inspiration from the Wizard of Ozs heartless Tin-Man and creates its own world filled with unique characters. The art is so amazing to look at, with designs that look new and original. The story has a powerful identity and depth. The cuteness of the design can easily lead to misconceptions about the emotional power the story has. But there are themes starting to emerge that really resonated with me as I read. Cantos anxiety makes him a really effective main character and his tale should really be one of legend.

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Captain America Anniversary Tribute (2021) #1

Mar 17, 2021

Captain America Anniversary Tribute #1 is a lovely homage, combining the past and the present. This is a celebration of not just Captain America, but also of art and the creators that have impacted the characters history. This is the comic book version of a jam session... There are over 50 creators involved, and each is of a superb caliber. This is a very touching and clever idea that beautifully captures the soul of a comic book character, one that became one of the most important of them all.

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Champions (2020) #1

Oct 7, 2020

Champions #1 is a tremendous first issue for the series. Ewings script is fantastic at tapping into the brilliant characters at her disposal, and she clearly takes young characters seriously. Both Di Meo and Blee both bring very unique styles that result in the book looking completely different than anything else around, and all parts of the creative team work together to cram as much suspense and nerves into the comic as possible. OUTLAWED is similar to Civil War in tone and premise, but the use of only young characters adds a new dimension to the discussion and had a much more personal effect on me. The next issue cant come soon enough.

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Champions (2020) #2

Nov 11, 2020

Champions #2 follows a brilliant first issue with another fantastic chapter. Ewing takes four of Marvels best, young heroes and uses them to explore dark themes. Their personalities are very likable and will surely be explored as the event picks up momentum. The art is stunning and influential in creating the tense atmosphere the pages radiate.

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Champions (2020) #3

Dec 2, 2020

Champions #3 is a brilliant addition to one of the best-written events in years. Ewing fills each character with both strength and vulnerability as they are pushed to breaking point. Each voice that is heard is unique and individual. During the quiet moments, the pages are brimming with suspense, but when things get lively the pace turns frantic. Each issue cant come fast enough.

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Champions (2020) #4

Feb 17, 2021

Champions #4 brings fun to the event in a beautiful issue. The darkness of the issues needs positivity as a palette cleanser as it accentuates both emotions. If that claustrophobia and darkness continued, the reader might have found themselves drowning in it. A team up in the middle of the event connects the crossover to the rest of the Marvel Universe while also serving a purpose within the story. But the event isnt over, and there are still those who need their Champions to save them.

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Champions (2020) #5

Mar 17, 2021

Champions #5 is a stunning end to a terrific event. By the end of this issue, the story feels complete. Every part of the creative process is used to make the readers feel. For the first three issues, there is a dread that hangs over every page. In #4, there is relief when the main characters are rescued. And within this final comic, there is hope that works as a brilliant final emotion. The colours and art style make this a terrific event for young adults to enjoy, whilst the heavy themes and subject matter resonate due to always being relevant. There are glimpses into the future in the final pages, showing there is much more to come from the Champions.

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Champions (2020) #6

Apr 21, 2021

Champions #6 is an excellent continuation instead of a fresh start. This issue tackles the fallout of the earlier five issues. The writers do have their own identities, but the plot threads that Ewing left behind are picked up and continued by Lore as their own plot takes shape. The characters shine, five profoundly different personalities complementing and clashing with each other. The art style and bright colours are exactly what the book needs to draw the attention of younger readers and is superb at helping tell the story.

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Champions (2020) #7

May 19, 2021

Champions #7 is an outstanding superhero comic. There is more character development and theme exploration within this one issue than there are in whole volumes within other comics. Lore has captured the voices of the heroes very quickly and is telling a powerful and impactful story. The themes of social media and its effect on society are more important now than ever, and it is laid out through intelligent methods and ingenious storytelling. The art is sublime and covers the comic with brightness and energy.

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Champions (2020) #8

Jul 14, 2021

Champions #8 is a stunning issue for character development. One of the best aspects of Lores writing is that they treat the target audience with the respect they are owed. Some comics directed at teens can feel patronising or out of touch. Yet Champions recognises their intelligence with large amounts of dialogue filled with drama. The art makes this comic a delight to look at whilst the themes add a powerful emotional depth.

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Checkmate (2021) #1

Jun 22, 2021

Checkmate #1 is an entertaining start to the series but struggles to find its feet. The characters involved possess huge potential, the partnership of Maleev and Bendis reuniting is definitely exciting. However, the plot lacks forward momentum and true clarity. The art is stunning but most of the characters are yet to get involved. This comic needs to get moving to prevent readers from losing interest.

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Checkmate (2021) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Checkmate #2 would be brilliant if we understood what was happening. The story is awful for new readers, with no explanations for any part of the plot. The time jumps have had no starting point, and there are so many characters involved that is impossible to get a bearing over whether you are interested in them.

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Checkmate (2021) #3

Aug 24, 2021

Checkmate #3 is beginning to show its quality. Bendis character work is superb and that becomes clear with how some of the heroes and villains are written. But the massive ensemble cast is unruly and hard to manage. The story may still be causing confusion but the reader is not left with their head-spinning quote so fast as it did in the last issue. The art has been terrific since the start. With some sense starting to be made of what is happening, the remaining issues should possess some real excitement.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #1

Mar 10, 2021

Children of the Atom #1 is an energetic and exuberant first issue. These brand new characters are easy to like. Whilst they may bear a resemblance to existing mutants, just from a first glance, they are very much individual heroes. The action is fun, displayed by fantastic art that also provides us with unique designs.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #2

Apr 14, 2021

Children of the Atom #2 is a superb follow-up and potentially even better than the first issue. We are getting to know more about the five heroes, and they are so much fun to read. This book is so deeply entrenched within the X-Men world. Not just from the guest stars and plot, but the references in the dialogue too. This creates the impression that any character can appear at any time, which fills each issue with the potential for surprises.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #3

May 12, 2021

Children of the Atom #3 is an intense yet anxious book. Ayalas understanding of young characters is exceptional, depicting their struggles in exciting and sensitive ways, implementing them in dynamic storylines. The plot is confusing and the time jumps may throw certain readers, especially when the change of structure comes out of nowhere. At times the pressure within this comic is uncomfortable and yet you can't stop reading. Despite this, the story itself never ceases to be engaging, always leaving the reader demanding to know more.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #4

Jun 9, 2021

Children of the Atom #4 is a wonderful book brimming with energy. Ayalas understanding of these characters makes them brilliant to follow. Throughout the miniseries, the readers have felt like they have known a lot about these five, yet they are also constantly learning more. But their secrets have been laid bare and may get them further into trouble. The art and coloring styles of Medina and Curiel are perfectly suited to capture the extravagant excitement of superheroics and the stark reality of high school to equal effect.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #5

Jul 7, 2021

Children of the Atom #5 is a superb issue. Ayala has told a terrific story using these characters. They have felt natural and real from the start, and all with feelings and troubles that are relatable to almost everyone. Themes of identity and exploring said identity to discover the truth is an important message, using a powerful allegory in order to tell it. The art has been tremendous, propelling the book forward with infectious energy. It may be difficult to know where these characters may be used going forward, but the issue creates as many questions as it answers.

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Children of the Atom (2021) #6

Aug 11, 2021

Children of the Atom #6 finishes the series with the best issue. This is the chapter that truly gives this miniseries a soul. As relationships are tested and identities are discovered, the book explores important themes in a way that will blow readers away. Ayalas script is powerful and touching and the art is incredible. This is a fantastic comic for young adults.

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Crime Syndicate (2021) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Crime Syndicate #2 is an extraordinarily fun read. Schmidt and the art team are creating a parody of the Justice League whilst also telling an effective origin story that can stand on its own. Brimming with energy and violence, this series is perfect for new readers to learn about the Crime Syndicate. We have seen this group at the peak of their powers and at the end of their reign. But this is a new and updated piece of history. Much of the darkness is in the dialogue instead of the action, and the world-building is done through subtle comments instead of huge montages. Even within the second issue, the readers have discovered a lot about this Earth just from references and hints.

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Crime Syndicate (2021) #3

May 4, 2021

Crime Syndicate #3 is an epic battle filled with incredible characters. The readers arent routine for many figures within this comic, as everyone appears to be a monster. So the excessive violence is more enjoyable because there is a lack of concern for whoever it is being inflicted on. Despite this, Schmidt does include lines of dialogue that briefly pull at the heartstrings. But there is something important about this group that is maintained throughout this series. They are not and will never be good people. The fight itself never gets boring, the extensive cast resulting in awesome displays of powers and personalities.

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Crime Syndicate (2021) #4

Jan 1, 1970

Crime Syndicate #4 is a fantastic addition to the miniseries. Schmidt has made this world his own, the characters within it too. There is a massive amount of depth inside the comic, with a sense of mythology and a wider universe to the story. At the same time, there is intricate detail into the backstories of the major characters involved. The art team continues to be exceptional and capture the spectacle magnificently.

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Crime Syndicate (2021) #5

Jul 6, 2021

Crime Syndicate #5 is another incredible addition to the series. The plot is full and action, whilst keep the violence dark and unforgiving at the same time. All of the different characters involved give this world a huge depth, bringing with it personalities and opportunities for battle. Schmidt is exploring their own world now, and the great art by McKeown and Vines is providing special changes to each and every one of them.

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Crime Syndicate (2021) #6

Jan 1, 1970

Crime Syndicate #6 is a powerful conclusion to the series. Understated is not a word this comic knows, and Schmidt ensures that the series ends with the same amount of action it began with. What started as something that could have been considered a tongue in cheek reimagining of a Justice League origin story, but with bad people blessed with incredible superpowers. Instead, Schmidt completely reinvented a world that was filled with conflict, depth, and politics. The little backstories at the end of each chapter, visually enriched by Hitch and Sinclair, provided history to a new world. The ending is left open and this seems to be just the start of a new beginning.

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Daredevil (2019) #20

Jun 10, 2020

Daredevil #20 is an incredible issue that cements the title character as one of the most badass heroes in comics. The creative team stunningly produce brilliant illustrated and well-choreographed fight scenes, while keeping the momentum always moving forwards. After everything the protagonist has been through, this feels like an expulsion of frustration that the reader cant help but get sucked into.

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Daredevil (2019) #21

Jul 22, 2020

Daredevil #21 is a fantastic issue that beautifully bookends one arc before unleashing the readers on another. The writing by Zdarsky is among his best of his run, and his understanding of the character Matt Murdock is evident in every page. Both Checchetto and Iacono fill this issue with emotion and atmosphere. So many of the panels are achingly sad, but they are so well crafted that you cant help but be in awe of it. Daredevils ordeal is far from over.

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Daredevil (2019) #23

Oct 21, 2020

Daredevil #23 is an edition that fans of the character will adore. The Man Without Fear has moments within this comic that will make the audience smile, frown, and sob. The art and colours continue to be hauntingly beautiful and fit the book perfectly. Zdarsky is a master of dialogue, which is extremely prevalent here. As we get closer to the trial, it is clear an emotional rollercoaster may be on its way, and Im not sure Im prepared.

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Daredevil (2019) #24

Nov 25, 2020

Daredevil #24 is a powerful issue. So much of the threads that Zdarsky has been unraveling are tied up, while more appear to keep the reader even more invested than they were in the last issue. The constant change in Daredevils thought processes and personality as his dilemma gets worse shows the writer's ability to explore characters in depth.

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Daredevil (2019) #25

Dec 2, 2020

Multiple heroes have taken over as protector of Hells Kitchen while their Guardian Devil is unable to defend it. Spider-Man and Black Panther have spent time within its streets, and Iron Fist wore the Daredevil suit for a small amount of time. But Elektra is possibly the most perfect fit as Matts successor.

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Daredevil (2019) #27

Feb 10, 2021

Daredevil #27 is an enthralling, action-packed second part to the tie-in. Zdarsky has successfully managed to combine the plot of his run with the event to the benefit of both. It has allowed for some important character development with some plot threads that are sure to be continued. There is a strong emotional core to the issue and the artists express themselves with new and fun designs.

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Daredevil (2019) #28

Mar 10, 2021

Daredevil #28 is another amazing issue. Combining important social commentary with an investing storyline, Zdarsky and the art team return to their regular plot with ease. At the same time, the consequences of King in Black are heavy and preserving. This is a beautiful character-based comic, focusing heavily on the figures that are driving the story forward. Twinned with the revelations and action, this comic is an emotional rollercoaster.

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Daredevil (2019) #29

Apr 14, 2021

Daredevil #29 shows that this series keeps getting better. Within this comic is a lot of characters, fighting and surprises, but each scene is purposeful and atmospheric. Zdarskys script is full of poetic dialogue whilst Checchetto and Menyz creates stunning and energetic fight scenes that make the heart pump. And the war for Hells Kitchen continues to be waged in secret.

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Daredevil (2019) #30

May 19, 2021

Daredevil #30 is yet another perfect edition in this run. The story is gripping and bursting at the seams with twists. The three leads, Daredevil, Elektra, and Kingpin, are moving independently of each other. Their individual stories have different themes, pacing, and emotions, and yet they still feel combined. The art is sublime, whether it be presenting an all-out brawl or a simple punch.

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Daredevil (2019) #31

Jun 30, 2021

Daredevil #31 is a phenomenal start to a new arc. With a high tempo and thrilling story, the series shows no sign of slowing down. Characters stride into the comic with a tremendous presence. There are no weak voices, no forgettable faces. The art is sensational and keeps the intense energy going from start to finish. Elektra and Daredevils greatest enemy is loose, and the possibilities of what that can mean are hair-raising.

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Daredevil (2019) #33

Aug 11, 2021

Daredevil #33 is a fantastic, action-packed issue. This comic is fraught with danger and the readers are left nervous. Zdarsky continues to tell a deeply captivating story with constantly increasing threats seeking to cut one of those stories short. There are also some fascinating pieces of dialogue and plot threads around the other characters involved in the book, including one that will take the comic in a completely different direction.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1

Dec 29, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of The Multiverses #1 is a fantastic idea with superb execution. The story has so many interpretations of the same battle, allow so much more to be covered than what may be seen in the main event. The different creative teams result in contrasting tones for the stories. Some have comedic elements, others more grotesque. A few focus on hope while there are some much darker. Brimming with content and detail, this is a must-read book.

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Defenders (2021) #1

Aug 11, 2021

Defenders #1 is a great start to an epic adventure. Ewing is the best writer around in regards to crafting a tale with the scale that this one has. There are a lot of factors at play. And the small cast allows the comic to be swamped by the magnitude of its settings. This is a book that revels in both magical grandiosity and universal majesty, and Rodrguez makes both look absolutely stunning.

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Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorius #1

Sep 2, 2020

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious #1 is a fantastic Doctor Who comic that feels like the opening few scenes of an adventure. Houser is an expert at writing the Time Lord and that has not changed within these pages.

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Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorius #2

Oct 15, 2020

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious #2 is an ending that doesnt quite fulfill the potential that the first issue started. The art team is talented, but it was disappointing to not explore more of the Dalek homeland. Two of the most famous nemeses in fiction being forced to join forces isnt as exciting on the page as it should be. Houser has the personality of the Tenth Doctor nailed down; especially as the Time Lord Victorious, and it is fun reading any comic with him in. But its unfortunate the small series wasnt given more images to get more out of a terrific idea.

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Empyre: Avengers #2

Aug 12, 2020

Empyre: Avengers #2 is an incredibly enjoyable tie-in issue to the exciting event. Zub s wone of the best writers is coordinating huge casts of characters, and this small series is very reminiscent to his work on Avengers: No Surrender and Avengers: No Way Home, two comics I adored. I am a huge fan of comics that pit rare groups of heroes together against minor villains as it creates unique interactions and combinations.

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Endless Winter (2020): Justice League #1

Dec 1, 2020

Justice League: Endless Winter Special #1 is a brilliant first issue of a comic that is perfect for winter reading. It is a book filled with magnificent superheroes and large-scale battles, but there is a holiday feel to it all the same. Marz and Lanning have written a lively and investing script while Porter and Hi-Fi adorn the pages with energy. For the first part of an epic, the bar has been set high.

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Endless Winter (2020): Teen Titans #1

Dec 15, 2020

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1 is another important comic in the crossover. Though there may be too much exposition at times, the book shines due to its fantastic characters. This new character that has been introduced hasnt had a chance to show themselves off yet, but the first impressions are excellent. It was interesting to see how the Titans were involved in the event, and it will be interesting to see what impact they have on the crossover in future issues

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Endless Winter (2020): Superman #1

Dec 8, 2020

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1 is a warm, heartfelt issue that fantastically captures what the character and his stories should contain. It feels like you are reading a classic Superman cartoon, while still following this very modern crossover. The themes hit hardest after a terrifying year, but this would be a timeless story anyway.

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Endless Winter (2020): Black Adam #1

Dec 22, 2020

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1 is the best issue of the crossover so far. Lanning and Marx have saved Adams fury until now, unleashing all of it in one comic. The fights are frantic and the stakes keep getting higher. And Black Adam is almost as much of a monster as the Frost King. The art team did an incredible job of letting the action tell most of the story.

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Endless Winter (2020): Justice League #2

Dec 29, 2020

Endless Winter was an enjoyable event overall. The stories, set almost a thousand years apart, are a tale of family and hope. The art team has provided various styles and villain designs and has done superbly in nearly every issue. The first half of the event does start to drag, but the energy soon picks up. And when it does, it doesnt run out again.

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Eternals (2021): Thanos Rises #1

Sep 15, 2021

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 is a celebration. This comic lovingly pays tribute to the brilliance of creators such as Jim Starlin and Jack Kirby with the modern mastery of Gillen and Weaver. It has painstaking details in its text and its art, using history to tell a new story. Its sad and even brutal, but that is inevitable considering what is created. It is also nice to get more of Gillens Eternals, and this hopefully will not be the last.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Alpha #1

Jul 7, 2021

Extreme Carnage #1 has the potential to be a brilliant horror comic. The plot has a promising trajectory that could have multiple possibilities. It is unclear how much of a role Iron Man will have in this series, but his inclusion and the actions he takes dont bode well for Flash and his allies. What really let this comic down is the art. Clever ideas and attempts to horrify work well, but the unpleasant presentation of characters may turn readers away from continuing with the book.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Scream #1

Jul 14, 2021

Extreme Carnage: Scream #1 is a fantastic second issue of the crossover. The issue feels like a story solely dedicated to another plot, only for Carnage to appear and hijack it. Scream is practically dragged into the event, going from hidden to involved in a second...Even in a story where the details may not be relatable to the reader, the emotions are palpable. The art team have a style that may create flashbacks to the 90s, leaving a nostalgic feel without getting too obsessed with it.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Phage #1

Jul 20, 2021

Extreme Carnage: Phage #1 is another impressive chapter of Extreme Carnage. The energy, the violence, and the brilliant characters crossover no matter who the writer and artists are. But it feels like the title is wrong, as it creates the assumption that Phage will be the central figure. Especially considering how Screams tie-in almost entirely revolved around her. This does not detract from the overall impact the comic has on the reader, and fans of the Symbiotes will enjoy the showdown.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Riot #1

Jan 1, 1970

Extreme Carnage: Riot #1 is a brilliant transition issue as the second half of the crossover is underway. The different players involved are converging, and whilst this may have taken time, it will be fascinating to see what Carnage finally has planned... The Symbiote action has been glorious in every issue, and the art has been phenomenal in its grisly depictions, but the actual story needs to keep moving forwards as well. With this appearing to happen, the crossover has regained its momentum.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Agony #1

Sep 15, 2021

Extreme Carnage: Agony #1 is the best issue of the series so far.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Lasher #1

Jan 1, 1970

Extreme Carnage: Lasher #1 has great action but is lacking something special. A lot is going on within the issue, and yet some parts feel stale. More Symbiotes are joining the fray, and that may be the problem. It doesnt feel like each one has been given a distinct voice and personality, so they have begun to be interchangeable.

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Flash (1959) #774

Jan 1, 1970

The Flash #774 is a fun and fantastic issue. Adams taps into the energy and the positivity of the silver age comics, but with modern writing styles and artwork from Duce. The superheroics that the Flash must partake in are always secondary to the importance of his family and the people around him. Wally is an extremely likable character, leaving the reader with a smile on their face whenever they see him. The art matches the positivity and the energy, resulting in exciting set pieces.

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Flash (2016) #767

Dec 8, 2020

The Flash #767 is part of a larger event but feels small and intimate. While there are guest stars and cameos, it is centered around just one character in the Flash. His heroism and determination bring a smile to the readers face as they read it. Black Adam as the other major part of the comic is fantastically written, unpredictable in what he will do next. The brilliant interactions and action is brought to life through terrific lines and colours. With the Flash moving further into the crossover at full speed, so are we.

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Flash (2016) #770

May 18, 2021

The Flash #770 is a comic pulsating with adventure. The story is pure fun and very easy to pick and read from any chapter of the current arc. The setting and use of characters in this issue led to exciting circumstances. But Wallys strength as a character needs to return instead of solely being a mouthpiece for exposition. The artists are all talented creators despite the criticism but the book should be picked up if you just need a chaotic time travel story, or are a Flash fan.

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Flash (2016) #771

Jun 15, 2021

The Flash #771 is a solid issue for three-quarters of its duration. There is constant enjoyment to be had for this part of the comic as Wallys adventure is always giving us new opportunities. But when it starts to slip it becomes so difficult to keep up with, which is annoying at this stage in the narrative. Any cliffhanger ending loses its impact because the reader is still three pages behind. The art is the biggest selling point of this issue, full of top-class creators, but the dialogue and nostalgia trips to classic stories additionally make this book worth trying.

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Flash (2016) #772

Jul 20, 2021

The Flash #772 is a fun fresh start for Wally that is slightly let down by some artistic choices. The plot is exciting and nostalgic, harkening back to a classic Flash comic, and the energy that exudes when the characters are happy in this comic is infectious. But too much exposition and bizarre designs on the main character prevents the comic from really shining.

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Flash (2016) #773

Aug 17, 2021

The Flash #773 brings the speedster back to his best. There is resurgent energy inside this issue that is infectious from the very first page. The first half of this comic, featuring Wally living his life and being himself, plants a beaming smile on the face of the reader. But there are some sadder moments towards the end that are poignant and just as powerful as the positive side to the book. The art creates a visual delight and exciting selection of action as Wallys new life looks set to be in good hands.

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Flash (2016) Annual: 2021

Jul 13, 2021

The Flash 2021 Annual #1 ends this arc with an energetic and emotional finale. Adams latches on to an existing tragedy to fuel his own story, with tremendous results. It does not feel like Kings work is being trampled on, simply tributed. Whilst there are a few issues with the art, the fight scenes are phenomenal and the comic is filled with heart.

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Future State (2021): Swamp Thing #1

Jan 5, 2021

Future State: Swamp Thing #1 features brilliant characters but is let down by its confusing beginning. The script is terrific, as is the art. Swamp Thing and his followers are all immensely likable and leave the reader eager to read more. The opportunities for conflict are already ripe. But the first few pages take several attempts to understand fully. More will probably become clear as the series grows, and the comic absolutely has promise.

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Future State (2021): The Flash #1

Jan 5, 2021

Future State: The Flash #1 is disappointing. While tackling very interesting ideas, the events happen so fast that the reader is left disjointed. Some huge events occur but arent quite given justice within the page. Barry himself is well-written, but some of those around him behave strangely. Each member of the Flash Family has a unique personality, and that isn't present here. The issue is so bleak its hard to get through. The art is good, but it's not got the power to carry the issue by itself. A poor start to the new series, it's hard to see where the series will be taken next.

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Future State (2021): Superman vs. Imperious Lex #1

Jan 26, 2021

Future State: Superman vs Imperious Lex #1 is an enjoyable first issue. The comedy within the dialogue allows the reader to skim the book first before going back to look for potential details they missed. This increased connectivity between Earth and the rest of the universe is a great concept to use within a DC story as there are so many possibilities. The art adds to the fun of the issue as there are fantastic fights and beautifully drawn planets.

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Future State (2021): The Flash #2

Feb 2, 2021

Future State: The Flash #2 has improved but is still disappointing. Darkness and misery absolutely have a place within superhero comics and have often been dealt with well by writers. But this comic is far too bleak. The pacing, characters, and dialogue arent doing enough to keep you invested in the plot. The art is brilliant and the fight is enthralling but the reader may find themselves tuning out from it. Fan-favorite characters have been killed off in this series but its hard to care about that fact when its almost a side note within the issue. However, the end of the comic provides some context to this world, so hopefully what comes next is worth the torment.

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Future State (2021): Superman vs. Imperious Lex #2

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Superman vs Imperious Lex #2 is set in the future but feels like a classic Superman comic. The plot is exciting while having a narrative using real life as a basis to tell the story. Each of the characters is so true to themselves. To the reader, Russell instills the idea that these three have been part of each others lives for so long, whether they like it or not. The art feels classic as well while generating new ideas. With the twist happening much sooner than expected, it leaves one wondering where the series will go from here

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #4

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #4 is frustrating. The stories within have been fantastic. It truly has felt like the world of Judge Dredd has infiltrated Batmans life. Tamaki has generated interesting moral quandaries and used themes that are fascinating. But the ending leaves a bad taste in the mouth because it doesnt feel final. Perhaps the readers could have benefitted from an extra issue, as the sudden stop is jarring. Red Hoods part of the issue is also great but may belong within its own series. The art is superb, in particular the stunning colours from Bellaire, but one cant help but be confused as to how the series concludes.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #1

Mar 23, 2021

Harley Quinn #1 is an energetic start to a new series. There is a unique art style that absolutely captures the tone of the issue. Harley is starting again, but there is also a recognition of history. Batman as a guest star within this series is a fantastic foil to Harleys positivity. Phillips provides a fresh take on both heroes, adding new attributes to their personalities. At the same time, they are authentic and their voices are natural. The book relying less on chaos and madness shows just how much Harley has changed over the years.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #2

Apr 27, 2021

Harley Quinn #2 is building into a phenomenal buddy-comedy, but one that includes moments of deep sadness. Every one of the creators has made sure that all of the aspects of the comic match the personality that Harley exudes, from the diversity in moods to her whiplash-inducing changes of pace. Kenny is a perfect partner for her in this series as it gives Quinn a project, someone that she can help make better whilst she does the same for herself.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #3

May 25, 2021

Harley Quinn #3 is another energetic delight. There are layers within this comic that leave the reader wanting to go back and find more. This is a fun and humorous book, but there are sad scenes that show just how in-depth Harley is as a character within her own series. Phillips explores every aspect of her personality; the clown, the tortured soul; the friend; the fighter; the psychiatrist. The art style gives the comic a unique world to live in that compliments the title character beautifully.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #4

Jun 22, 2021

Harley Quinn #4 is a stunning book. This is a gorgeous exploration of the character, with Phillips providing Quinn with a Multiverse of dimensions. There is a deep maturity to the discussions had inside these pages, which contrasts superbly with the silliness of the rest of it. The characters all feel big and energetic, and the art gives the comic a unique look that makes it stand out against anything else currently available. This is a celebration of who Harley Quinn is, as she finds out who she is.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #5

Jul 27, 2021

Harley Quinn #5 takes this rollercoaster for one last fantastic spin. The story itself may not have left a lasting impression, but what has shone from the first to the final page is are the characters and the dialogue. Phillips mastery over language means that every single piece of conversation or word balloon is delightful. The art style is truly unique and captures the attention terrifically. The desire for more Harley from this creative team has evolved from a want to a need.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #6

Aug 24, 2021

Harley Quinn #6 is a fantastic start to a new arc. Phillips bridges the gap between what has already happened. But the expertly crafted double-act with Selina allows the story to stand on its own without the foreshadowing. The writer has an awesome style that makes any conversation stunning. The new art team settles in brilliantly. As Harley Quinn falls into the umbrella of the Fear State crossover, it will be interesting to see which direction this book goes.

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Harley Quinn (2021) Annual: 2021

Jan 1, 1970

Harley Quinn Annual 2021 #1 is a superb representative of the whole series. The book is fun and hilarious and meaningful and energetic. Phillips has made this character their own and is relishing the world they are creating. They are an awesome writer and the techniques and expertly woven dialogue show incredible craft. The interchanging of the art and the evolution of the visuals show a constant change within the comic that maintains interest. This comic has a personality and a soul that makes reading it a delight.

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Heroes Reborn (2021): Siege Society #1

May 26, 2021

Heroes Reborn: Siege Society #1 is an intense tie-in that is filled to the brim with action. If readers are looking for a plot full of twists or emotion they should look elsewhere. Within this issue is character development, but the focal point is the combat between Baron Zemo and Nighthawks teams.

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Heroes Reborn (2021): Weapon X & Final Flight #1

Jun 14, 2021

There is no hope of success, which appears to be intentional by Brisson. This has been done well in other stories, such as Star Wars: Rogue One or in the Masters of Evil tie-in to House of M.But in these stories, there are brief moments of light or positivity, not an endless barrage of misery. The art isnt nice to look at either and the reader may be left deflated after finishing this book.

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Infinite Frontier: Secret Files (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1 is a fascinating concept containing character-driven stories. While some may not have the strength or engagement as others, all of them are engaging and fun to read. The biggest downfall is that they may not connect very well together inside the same large book. The transition between stories can be disorienting, and without content or preview page at the beginning, the reader may not know what they are in for.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #5

May 3, 2021

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #5 is an investing martial arts comic that has the hallmarks of an event. The reader may find themselves losing much of the story at times, but there are lasting consequences within this series. The fight scenes are where the issue truly shines as it allows for the characters to express themselves through more than just dialogue. The art is astonishing and captures the combat expertly. But it may just require the pace to slow down just slightly so that the impact of what is at stake can truly be assessed.

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Iron Man (1968) #12

Jan 1, 1970

Iron Man #12 is an excellent issue. The last couple of issues have felt like a retreat from the universal threat of Korvac, and this chapter now feels like returning to it with a vengeance. The action is electrifying and the unstable state that Tony is in leaves the reader on edge. The art is perfect for the location as the ultimate destination of this arc has been reached. Cantwells epic story is permanently escalating in its drama, so it is exciting to see what the next stage is.

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Iron Man (2020) #3

Nov 11, 2020

Iron Man #3 is a terrific addition to the current run. The world has changed around Tony Stark, and he is still trying to adapt himself. Each panel is stunning as we see Iron Man switch between locations and adversaries. The final fight scene is heart-pumping action and ends with an event that left me desperate to see what happens next. And with hints at the villain of this story arc, Tonys got a big fight ahead of him.

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Iron Man (2020) #4

Dec 17, 2020

Iron Man #4 is a beautiful issue. Theres a small cast of characters, heroes in particular, and Cantwell makes the reader feel for them both. Korvac is a terrifying villain, and the plans he has for the future are cosmic in their potential. Tony and Patsy will not be able to face him alone

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Iron Man (2020) #5

Jan 6, 2021

Iron Man #5 is a slow-building issue that has a heartbreaking twist. The second half of the comic is an intense confrontation that will change the course of the series. There are more characters added to the series, and it is always interesting to see smaller heroes get a chance of exposure inside a bigger book. But Hellcat continues to be the star of the comic. Iron Mans actions within the book may have made the reader much less sympathetic to his problems.

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Iron Man (2020) #6

Feb 17, 2021

Iron Man #6 is a brilliant character issue.

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Iron Man 2020 (2020) #4

Jun 24, 2020

Iron Man 2020 #4 is an exciting issue for Iron Man fans and will take the reader a long time to read. The character development that takes place within this comic is fantastic. Arno is given a personality that really makes him different from other main characters. He is an unpleasant person, but so gipping to follow. Parts of the book may appear daunting and hard to keep up with due to the switching between locations, but each one looks amazing. And the last few pages is one of my favorite character moments of the year.

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Iron Man 2020 (2020) #5

Jul 29, 2020

Iron Man 2020 #5 is fantastic, wrapping up much of the crossover. The return of Tony Stark is welcome and both Slott and Gage excel at writing both the billionaire and his brother Arno. The battle is engaging, and with less dialogue, the narrative moves easier than it may have done in the issues preceding them. Woods is a great partner in the book; his line art and colors are sublime. With one more issue to go, it is clear that the Iron Man 2020 event will not conclude in a quiet fashion.

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Iron Man 2020 (2020) #6

Aug 26, 2020

Iron Man 2020 #6 is an initially exciting end to a great event that eventually feels deflated. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the art, Woods has been incredible throughout, but the ending that Slott and Gage chose to round out an epic tale like this left me feeling cold. And while there were loads of enjoyable cameos, their involvement ultimately didnt seem important to the story as a whole. Which is disappointing, as the rest of the event really was a fun and exciting ride.

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Judge Dredd: False Witness #1

Mar 25, 2020

There are times when these powerful characters that are staples of their series add more to a book by being a plot device rather than a protagonist. If another, less physically imposing character is on the run from them or having to fight them, it increases the impact their presence has when they are on the page. This comic is well written, well-drawn, and well worth your money.

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Justice League (2018) #58

Jan 1, 1970

Justice League #58 is a revitalizing mid-point to the Endless Winter event. This huge battle was needed, as there was the potential for the plot to seize in the cold. Green Lantern was the perfect choice as the main character, as it gives him when he doesnt have his own series for it to be featured in. His powers and personality are more than enough to boost the energy of the crossover, and the art is spectacular as he does so.

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Justice League (2018) #59

Mar 16, 2021

Justice League #59 features the start of two very different stories. Each one has polarising tones and characters. Each one is fantastic, but it's difficult to truly get invested because they end too quickly. They don't have the pages to explore each chapter fully. Justice League and Justice League Dark deserve to thrive on their own.

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Justice League (2018) #61

May 18, 2021

Justice League #61 has two brilliant stories contained within it. Both are very different in their tone, pacing, and art style, but the strengths of the respective creators are clear. The Justice League half is energetic and action-packed with comedic elements to the dialogue. The Justice League Dark tale still has abstract quantities and mystical battles but is slower. But to truly shine, the two stories should be placed in different books instead of fighting for space within the same one.

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Justice League (2018) #62

Jun 2, 2021

Justice League #62 features two brilliant stories, yet still would benefit from just being one. They feature superb plots with blockbuster writers and artists at the helm. Bendis and V have two ensemble casts where both are fantastically utilized. And the art teams have created terrific pages that show off their abilities. But the two stories are vastly different in tone and take time away from the other. Justice League and Justice League Dark should be separate comics so that the reader doesnt get frustrated by their presence.

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Justice League (2018) #63

Jun 22, 2021

Justice League #63 again features two stellar stories by talented creators. The mind team tale is action-packed and expertly illustrated, wrapping up an exciting first arc for Bendis and Marquez. However, it loses track of itself for brief moments of the comic. In contrast, the backup story is struggling to implement drama because of how restrictive its space is within the book. If the comic was bumper-sized or there was a fairer split between the stories, it may be more beneficial. Because as it stands, they are harming each other.

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Justice League (2018) #64

Jul 6, 2021

Justice League #64 is a promising start to a new arc. Bendiss strengths as a writer are highlighted in this issue, as the character interactions are stunning, and the scale of the stake is exciting. The downside is that the art clutters the page in very brief instances, but Pugh and Filardi work well together, creating alien beings and cities. There just needs to be more clarity and space given between the members of the United Planets; otherwise, they get in each others' way. And the Justice League Dark backup story showed much more energy and excitement than the other chapters preceding it.

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Justice League Dark (2018) #29

Dec 22, 2020

Justice League Dark #29 combines the past and present to create a united future. The story wraps a lot of the flashback sequence up while propelling the current story forward. And from this, the future is unclear. And from this, the future is unclear. All of the characters are well written by Lanning and Marz, and the art team is spectacular. With another ally on board, the Justice League may finally be able to melt Endless Winter.

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Justice League: Last Ride #1

May 11, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #1 is a powerful first issue. Zdarsky is one of the best writers within mainstream comics and he demonstrates why within this comic. There is a history instilled within this first chapter that remains hidden, and yet the reader can still feel the weight that it pushes on the characters. The comic is incredibly atmospheric, with the tension inside palpable. The connection the heroes have with each other is most evident when it's gone. The plot itself sets up what could be some terrific battles and heartbreaking revelations.

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Justice League: Last Ride #2

Jun 8, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #2 is a heavy yet sublime comic. Inside these pages is a battle full of devastation and unflinching trauma. But there are also subtle explorations of what happens to relationships in the aftermath of grief. There have only been two issues of this alternate timeline, but the reader is invested incredibly quickly. Zdarsky may be one of the best orchestrators of sadness in the business, able to manipulate misery with excruciating results. The art team brings this blockbuster to life.

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Justice League: Last Ride #3

Jul 13, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #3 is a beautiful comic. This is a series that shows how different the Justice League can be if a writer removes one thing: spirit. These characters have been through something traumatic, and have been struggling to regain the spark they had between them.

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Justice League: Last Ride #4

Aug 10, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #4 is an epic tale of universal proportions. These heroes have been in battles before, and the readers have seen them in some chaotic, magnificent wars. Zdarsky, Mendona, and Angiolini create a fight not only surpass those in its spectacle but bring planets worth of heart and pain into it as well. The soul of these characters has been exposed and killed, leaving broken shells behind. It could have been so easy for the focal point of this series to be that first Apokolips fight which led to the end of the team. But showing what happens years after that event makes the pain hurt even more. The exploration of what guilt and trauma can do to a family unfolds into a heartbreaking comic.

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Justice League: Last Ride #5

Sep 14, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #5 is a blockbuster comic of epic proportions. Every aspect of this book radiates power and large scale. The characters are full of life, each one true to form. The relationships between them have been pulled taught by Zdarsky in some beautifully painful moments.

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King In Black: Ghost Rider #1

Apr 3, 2021

King in Black: Ghost Rider #1 is an important book for Ghost Rider fans. Pivotal events take place as the future of Hell and demons is hinted at and characters reveal new identities. The art and action create a visually exciting battle, and there are some fantastic pieces of dialogue. The pace may be too disjointed with the sudden stop and start aspect of the structure, draining the momentum of the issue. It also may be difficult for readers just jumping into this comic who are unfamiliar with recent events regarding the character and series.

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King In Black: Black Knight #1

Jan 1, 1970

King in Black: Black Knight #1 is a fantastic single issue that serves as a massive turning point for Dane Whitman.

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King In Black: Handbook #1

Mar 3, 2021

King in Black Handbook #1 could be a useful item for Marvel fans that find themselves needing to know everything they can about the characters that inhabit the comics they read. But it also serves as a useful tie-in to an event that has a lot of backstory and hidden details built up before it. Everything you want to know about Symbiotes and their history is inside these pages. So newer readers may want to pick it up for the insight.

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King In Black: Wiccan and Hulkling #1

Mar 2, 2021

King in Black: Wiccan and Hulkling #1 is a fantastic and loving tie-in. The tone, action and dialogue make the comic incredibly fun to read. There are important plot pieces clarified and wrapped up whilst also being a terrific character-defining story. The art is absolutely perfect for the positivity that radiates from the issue. For those that have read Billy and Teddys story from when they first appeared in Young Avengers, just before Civil War came out, this feels like a brilliant ending to a large chapter of their lives. This is hugely rewarding for those readers. It isnt a conclusion by any means, as we do not want to see the last of Wiccan and Hulkling.

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King In Black: Namor #1

Dec 9, 2020

King in Black: Namor #1 is a great tie-in comic because it doesnt feel like one. Whilst the Swift Tide is a part of the event as a whole, it is seamlessly connected to the underwater universe that Namor occupies. It may not be incredibly interesting to readers that have latched on because they want to complete the crossover reading list, but hardcore Marvel fans will enjoy the insight into the life of one of the publishers oldest characters. While this issue was fun and light, it is clear that something darker is around the corner.

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King In Black: Namor #2

Dec 30, 2020

King in Black: Namor #2 is another brilliant deep dive into the history of Marvels first superhero. This comic is not just a tie-in for a larger event, but it is also proving character development and the beginnings of relationships we thought we had known everything about. Not only is the Sub-Mariner's past revealed, but also that of the wider crossover. The art perfectly suits this underwater setting and the character designs are fantastic. The main concern one has is just how many newer Marvel readers will be interested in this story. But the murky mystery of what happened to the Swift Tide is starting to clear.

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King In Black: Namor #3

Jan 27, 2021

King in Black: Namor #3 connects the past and present tragically and heartbreakingly. Busiek utilizes the event to add important and revealing backstories to these characters. It was a clever idea to leave Swift Tides transformation until the third issue as it allowed the reader to see just how much the three young Atlanteans hero-worshipped these warriors. This makes the shock of what happens to them and what they do even sadder.

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King In Black: Namor #4

Feb 24, 2021

King in Black: Namor #4 is another epic chapter in this underwater high fantasy story. What is fantastic about the tie-in is that it doesnt feel like a tie-in at all. Yes, the deciding factor in the plot was due to a Symbiotic item, but that could easily have been something different. Still, this is a loving flashback that truly submerges the reader into a lifestyle, an entire world. It all ends next issue, which means decisions must be made

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King In Black: Namor #5

Jan 1, 1970

King in Black: Namor #5 is a fantastic finale to one of the best tie-ins in recent memory. This was a poignant and wonderfully crafted origin story of Marvels oldest character, adding details that had yet to be explored. The art style has been terrific and really enriched this underground war movie. Busieks scripting of the young Atlanteans has made them an awesome cast that captured the attention.

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Maestro: War & Pax #1

Jan 18, 2021

Maestro: War and Pax #1 is an intense first issue. David takes a character that he created almost 30 years ago and writes a great continuation to his story. Featuring epic fights and expanding a world with unexpected new additions, this alternate universe set on a world full of death has shown that it still has life in it. The characters that have been drafted into the story will provide nothing but exciting trouble for Maestro's mission.

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Maestro: War & Pax #2

Feb 24, 2021

Maestro: War and Pax #2 matches the tempo and excitement of the first issue. David captures the tone of the series to make it dark and enjoyable, whilst the art remains bright. The relationships feel like they have been built for decades, paying homage to so much of Davids writing. Dr. Doom is still very much on the periphery, but it will surely be a fantastic showdown when he and Maestro finally meet.

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Maestro: War & Pax #3

Mar 24, 2021

Maestro: War and Pax #3 is another powerful issue. Even though this is an alternate timeline, you cant help but care about these characters. Maestro is the main character, and yet the readers are left wanting him to lose. The dialogue and story are fantastic, but the issue's real draw is found in the second half. The battle is stunning in its design and intense in its execution. It may be one of the most emotionally charged fights in comics.

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Maestro: War & Pax #4

Apr 14, 2021

Maestro: War and Pax #4 is a brilliant but emotionally taxing issue. Davids dialogue is still superb, as his exploration of the character he has written for over two decades. It is a well-rounded plot and the way that it is paced implies that the last issue will be an epic. But the way some of the characters depart the series was hard to read. That is the purpose of stories in this genre of superhero books and was predicted, but the mostly quiet way their arc ends is perhaps more upsetting than if it had been more violent. The fact that this comic drew such a reaction shows just how brilliant the series has been.

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Maestro: War & Pax #5

May 26, 2021

Maestro: War and Pax #5 is an awesome final battle. There is a feeling of wrapping up within this issue, as if fighting Doctor Doom is just a formality. And yet the combat is just as exhilarating as the rest. David and Pina have created some of the best clashes in recent comics inside the five chapters, and this is another of them. There may be plot threads and the ending may not feel as final as one may have preferred. But in a way, the emotionally devastating issue #4 felt more like the last issue than this one.

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Man-Bat (2021) #1

Feb 2, 2021

Man-Bat #1 is an amazing first issue for a character that has long been neglected. Man-Bat is a character that is awesome from a visual and story point of view. But instead of him being a side character or a villain, this is his book. And the issue does feel like its split evenly between the man and the bat. The art and colors are jaw-dropping and look different from any other comics out there, giving it a visual edge. Two different characters in one body that you cant help but feel sorry for. It will be interesting to see how the story maintains this momentum.

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Man-Bat (2021) #2

Mar 2, 2021

SummaryMan-Bat #2 continues to impress. This series shines a light on such a special character, providing insight into Man-Bat that weve rarely seen before. The art style suits the mood of the book perfectly. The action is exhilarating. Man-Bat is such an epic and unique-looking character, every movement he makes is so different from anyone elses. The inclusion of the Suicide Squad hopefully encourages other fans to read this very niche comic while also grounding the book within the DC Universe. Theres a diversity regarding who is being used in the series, not just Batman, but multiple heroes and villains. But what happens next week may turn the comic upside down.

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Man-Bat (2021) #3

Apr 6, 2021

Man-Bat #3 is a result of brilliant storytelling, visually and literary. This is a superb exploration of one very specific character. Wielgoszs examination of Man-Bats story and character has created a very emotional story. But there are also incredible battles and guest stars that feel warranted instead of obligatory. The art team of Kumar and Fajardo Jr present this with such precision that it could be followed without any dialogue at all.

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Man-Bat (2021) #4

May 4, 2021

Man-Bat #4 continues the superb series. Wielgoszs crafting of characters is phenomenal, filling every figure within this comic with depth and meaning. Every person that appears in a panel is there for a reason. In previous issues, the criticism was made that Kirk didnt have the power as a character to compete with Man-Bat. But now it is clear that this was intentional, and Kirk has been fading due to his alter-ego becoming the dominant force within the one body. As the series nears its conclusion, lives hang in the balance.

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Man-Bat (2021) #5

Jan 1, 1970

Man-Bat #5 is a perfect finale. It is absolutely filled with action and battles as the lingering tension that has been captivating all series boils over, but there are also beautiful, emotional scenes as a man comes to terms with his own life and how it will change. The art is the perfect suit for this blockbuster of an issue, able to channel the chaos whilst also etching the facial expressions of pain and fury. As one large chapter of Kirk Langstroms life comes to an end, a new one is just beginning.

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Orcs (2021) #1

Feb 10, 2021

Orcs #1 is a delightful and energetic first issue. Larsen takes what are usually the monsters of the story and turns this into a hero's tale. A wonderful fantasy adventure is told in a way that makes it accessible to younger audiences while an older reader may still delight in the dialogue and mysteries.

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Pennyworth (2021) #1

Aug 10, 2021

Pennyworth #1 is a tremendous opener to this action/thriller. Full of numerous genres, fans may be forgiven for thinking that the comic containing Batmans butler wouldnt be one of the most action-packed books in this weeks DC lineup. But it is more than that, as three mysteries are being explored at the same time. Wilson doesnt dwell solely on the past, as Alfred is also in danger in the modern-day. And we are desperate to find out what happens next.

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Pennyworth (2021) #2

Sep 14, 2021

Pennyworth #2 resumes the spy-thriller with some excellent action...What makes this series shine so far is that it is unequivocally a story about Alfred Pennyworth. The cast is very small, and so far no guest stars have appeared that may threaten to overshadow him. And so far, they aren't needed.

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Rogue Planet #1

Mar 17, 2020

Reading this put me in a constant state of unease, which is the highest compliment I could give. You are never skim reading your way through this comic, it wont let you. Sadly, the characters havent resonated with me as much as the overall plot and landscape has.

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Rogue Planet #2

Jun 7, 2020

Rogue Planet #2 seamlessly maintains the terror that was generated in the premier issue. All of the creative team work together to create a beautiful but scary world that seems destined to cast nightmares into the minds of the characters and the readers. But while the world itself feels rich, several parts of this book seemed to harm the momentum of the story.

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Rogue Planet #3

Jul 17, 2020

Rogue Planet #3 shows that this series continues to be deliciously horrifying. Bunn and MacDonalds world-building is constantly expanding and getting better... With more character development and an explanation of the history of the world, this series will have me even more hooked.

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Rogue Planet #5

Sep 17, 2020

Rogue Planet #5 is an excellent end to a terrific horror series. There has been an uneasy feeling since the prologue of the first issue, but it feels like it is all unleashed within this issue. With nearly no characters left, Bunn still found ways to menace the few remaining with nightmarish scenarios.

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Shazam! #3

Jan 1, 1970

Shazam! #3 is a powerful, youthful adventure. It may not be brimming with action, but the journey that the characters go through is extraordinary. Billy stands up for himself against villains and heroes in this issue, and it is excellent to see his power even when his magic lightning isnt working. But as a partner in this mission, Dane has been just as excellent. He isnt as well known as the red and gold hero, but the capabilities of his powers and heritage make him a fascinating inclusion.

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Shazam! (2021) #1

Jul 20, 2021

Shazam #1 is a brilliant start. The tempo and tone of the book are revealed very quickly, with an exciting story presenting itself with multiple plot threads. But this isnt just a book full of superheroes and cosmos-threatening crises, as it possesses a heart as well. With this art team creating amazing pages and the unpredictability at which heroes will appear next, this series is sure to be a universe of fun.

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Shazam! (2021) #2

Aug 17, 2021

Shazam #2 is a brilliant second issue. One of the hardest chapters of a comic series to write the adventure that we are taken on keeps the engagement high. The characters all shine in this issue, perhaps even more so than they did in Shazam #1. The change of location implies that these superb characters and dialogue will keep the series exciting no matter what the setting is. Even figures that seem to only exist for one story are full of life and energy.

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Spirits Of Vengeance: Spirit Rider (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Spirits of Vengeance: Spirit Rider #1 is a wonderful experience that should be savoured. This one-shot is not going to be a quick read. It is a book that requires time, and the high quality of the art and writing means that it is a pleasure to do so. Multiple readings may be required to fully grasp every plot thread. Kushala is a terrific character that stands out alongside two stalwarts of Marvel Comics.

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Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #2

Sep 7, 2021

Suicide Squad: Get Joker #2 improves on the previous issue, but remains disappointing. Azzarello is brilliant at tension, and the suspense keeps the comic teetering on a knife-edge. The frustrating part of the issue is that he has all of the exceptional characters at his disposal yet has failed to use any of them to their full potential. There are some moments of brilliance and the art is superb, and there will be fans of Red Hood or the Joker that will find this comic enjoyable.

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Superman vs. Lobo (2021) #1

Aug 24, 2021

Superman vs Lobo #1 is a mad and enjoyable issue. The story may not be the most engaging within this world all on its own, but these aspects are almost second inside this book. This comic may have been better suited to being called a Lobo Standup Special, as that is where the real brilliance can be found. Those that are a fan of the writers, Beatties comedy style in particular, may find it an entertaining ride to tag along with. The second issue looks to be a completely different setting and story, and it will be interesting to see how that is handled.

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Swamp Thing (2021) #1

Mar 2, 2021

The Swamp Thing #1 is a tremendous horror comic. The story is deeply intriguing, setting up a series in what feels like a very different method to the other comics coming out at the same time. Vs understanding of how to introduce Swamp Thing is ingenious as he isnt actually in the comic very much. But when he is, his presence radiates from the page in a captivating fashion. The atmosphere created by all aspects of the creative team and the art and colours truly immerses the reader within this world.

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Swamp Thing (2021) #2

Apr 6, 2021

The Swamp Thing #2 is a beautiful, atmospheric horror comic that builds on the already strong first issue. The writing of the story and dialogue feels so different from anything else thats available that it makes this series stand out on its own. The small cast allows each character, whether they be vulnerable humans or vicious predators of legend, to capture the attention. The art and colors are gorgeous, stylized whilst also helping to tell the story by themselves.

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Swamp Thing (2021) #3

Jan 1, 1970

The Swamp Thing #3 is another fantastic edition of the series. There are still horror elements inside the comic but it has changed from that primal fear that the monster in the previous issues instilled. Now the eldritch influences on the characters within this issue create a feeling that things arent right. The art team constantly makes the reader uncomfortable, but each piece of imagery is gorgeous to look at. Whilst the plot may confuse some during the first reading, it doesnt take away from this comics intoxicating nature that stops you from putting it down.

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Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #1

Jul 26, 2021

TL;The Symbiote Spider-Man #1: Crossroads struggles to excite. There is an interesting concept inside this comic, but it happens too late into the book for its impact to be powerful enough. The opening scene is a fun homage to a famous story but lacks the strength to fully grab the attention of the reader.

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The Modern Frankenstein #1

Apr 7, 2021

The Modern Frankenstein #1 is a fascinating retelling of one of fictions most beloved tales. Cornell fully adapts the story whilst still capturing the themes and concepts. It is very interesting how horror can be manipulated just by placing it in the pristine confines of a hospital. The small cast allows for an incredibly in-depth exploration of the two main characters. Their relationship grows so much within just one issue, just a small peek at how much it could evolve through the entire series. The art fits beautifully and will surely be crucial in adding much more disturbing imagery as the doctors work continues.

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The Modern Frankenstein #2

May 29, 2021

Modern Frankenstein #2 continues to be fascinating. Cornell brilliantly tells a story that centres mostly around two characters and the dynamic between them. The writers exploration of power and intimate connections are overpoweringly intense at times, but it makes the reader want to keep reading. As Drs Frankenstein and Cleve's experiments get bigger and their relationship gets closer, the pressure will only increase. The art team displays the chemistry between the main characters superbly.

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The Modern Frankenstein #3

Jun 24, 2021

The Modern Frankenstein #3 is a fantastic horror comic.

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The Modern Frankenstein #4

Jul 20, 2021

The Modern Frankenstein #4 is glorious and terrifying. This adaptation uses modern scientific tactics and current control techniques to tell an old story with new ideas. At an initial glance, it may not have been clear how many moving pieces within Cornells plot there were. But now, going into the last issue, so many plot aspects are about to collide. With intoxicating characters and a superb art team, the creators have set up what will likely be a remarkable climax.

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The Modern Frankenstein #5

Aug 23, 2021

The Modern Frankenstein #5 unleashes an intense conclusion to a unique and captivating series.

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Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Mar 25, 2020

Transformers vs Terminator #1 runs on a concept that could be interesting, but not quite interesting enough yet. There are promising examples of an exciting series forming, and there is certainly a promise of action, but there isnt enough in issue #1 for the comic to stand out by itself.

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Transformers/Back to the Future #1

Oct 7, 2020

Transformers/Back To The Future #1 is a riveting team-up that manages to merge the best parts of what both franchises represent.

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Undiscovered Country #4

Feb 22, 2020

Undiscovered Country #4 is a tense but exciting ride through a tale that feels meticulously planned and designed. Soule, Snyder, Camuncoli and the rest of the creative team have created a huge world with huge potential.

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Undiscovered Country #6

Jun 12, 2020

Undiscovered Country #6 is a fantastic end to the first arc of my favorite book on the market right now. The story is far from over, but many characters and features of this section of the Spiral are left behind while our protagonists travel full steam ahead into another part of this broken country. Each creator involved is producing the best work of their career within this series, which makes each page feel incredibly powerful. And the most exciting part is that there are many more regions of America yet to be discovered, and it is impossible to guess what those territories have to offer.

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Undiscovered Country #7

Aug 6, 2020

Undiscovered Country #7 is yet another glorious issue, and this issue is exactly what fans of the series needed... This new region of the Spiral is going to be far more frightening than the last one and weve barely seen much of it. And the Valentina/Charlotte scene may be one of my favorite of the run so far.

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Undiscovered Country #8

Sep 28, 2020

Undiscovered Country #8 is yet another transformative issue in the series. The revelations discovered will yet again lead this narrative down a completely new road. This world that both writers and artists are creating feels so full of detail and bursting with opportunities. The characters are wonderful, many of them barely unleashing their potential. The new region offers new varieties of fear and avenues of chaos. The next issue is destined to be just as great too.

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Undiscovered Country #9

Oct 31, 2020

Undiscovered Country #9 continues a lot of what is exceptional about the series: tapping into the plentiful history before the events of the comic, powerful characters and dialogue that we have been hooked on since the start, and wonderful art.

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Undiscovered Country #10

Nov 29, 2020

Undiscovered Country #10 contains a bit of everything that makes this series phenomenal. There are our protagonists, all brimming with personality and depth. They are constantly interacting with these odd but brilliant characters, each one unique in how they are going to freak me out. There are ruthless and inventive action set pieces. And even more mystery and twists. This may have only been one issue, but it felt like ten.

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Undiscovered Country #11

Dec 24, 2020

Undiscovered Country #11 is a contender for the best issue yet. The creative team is magnificent at what they do and are only getting better.

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Undiscovered Country #12

Feb 11, 2021

Undiscovered Country #12 is a stunning, intense end to a terrific second arc. Despite this series hitting a dozen issues and hundreds of miles, it is still brimming with energy and intrigue. The action and art have always been one of the comic's big selling points, and it never disappoints. Soule and Snyder truly understand these characters, which has been clear from their first appearances. Every member of the creative team is at the top of their game and appears to be having fun depicting the chaos.

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Undiscovered Country #14

Jul 23, 2021

Undiscovered Country #14 is an incredible adventure. This issue seems to be teeming with content as multiple tales are told within one giant story. There is the history and worldbuilding about the fascinating territory of Possibility.

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Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story OGN

Nov 3, 2020

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a stunning, sweet and sad romance tale that tells the beginning of a story readers have been aware of for years.

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Winter Guard (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Winter Guard #1 is an awesome, action-packed start to the series. From their first introduction in Aarons Avengers, this team just had to have their own comic. The characters are brilliant and engaging. Cady takes this team full of sub-plots and conflicts and gives them a story that feels specific to them. The art is superb, and the battles are some of the best available to be read in comics. For this first issue, a brief knowledge of the Avengers series is helpful but not required. However, this book has the ability to stand on its own without being considered a spinoff.

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Women of Marvel #1

Jan 1, 1970

Women of Marvel #1 is a fabulous display of talent. Each story stands out on its own irrespective of how long they are. All of the brilliant creators involved seem to have had a lot of fun in the construction of the comic strips, and that radiates out of the pages. These are incredibly enjoyable asides to main stories that show off the amazing variety of characters that Marvel has at its disposal.

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You Promised Me Darkness #1

Apr 4, 2021

You Promised Me Darkness #1 has the potential to be something special. This new world is scary, intriguing, and engaging. Each character demands attention, and the reader will be demanding more of them as we witness the start of this new comic world. Connellys art style is unique and stunning. Not only is the world-building fantastic, but the actual plot is gripping as well.

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