William Tucker's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: But Why Tho? Reviews: 296
8.6Avg. 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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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #1

Oct 26, 2021

Aquaman/Green Arrow - Deep Target #1 is a fun start to the team-up. As a first issue, the story is set up with a nice amount of mystery woven into the comic. Some premier issues can get bogged down with exposition, losing momentum quickly. However, Thomas does so differently, often resorting to letting the reader figure out what is happening on their own. The concept of the plot is ridiculous and chaotic, which is not a criticism at all. The madness of what is happening, with a unique duo working together, means that the book is energetic and unpredictable.

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Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #2

Jan 1, 1970

Aquaman/Green Arrow - Deep Target #2 is an action-filled crossover. The series has a concept that provides a spark for these characters and the reader to experience something new. It leads to an encounter so intense that it would make Tom Cruise jealous. But perhaps some of that fight would have been replaced with a small piece of exposition or character development. The change happened before the start of the first issue, so the confusion is still high. In addition, the over-abundance of green and the beard/hair combo may lead to intentional complexity in discerning which hero is which. This may grow tiring as the series gets further.

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Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Jan 1, 1970

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is a creepy and brilliant start.

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Arkham City: The Order of the World #2

Jan 1, 1970

Arkham City: The Order of the World #2 is an atmospheric, uncomfortable read. And that is the biggest compliment that can be given to it. The nerves that everyone in Gotham seems to have is palpable, radiating off the page into the reader. An immersive plot that permanently lives in suspense is being told with clever techniques, presented on the page by a remarkable artist. This is a comic that exists out of the consequences of other series and events, but it absolutely stands on its own.

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Arkham City: The Order of the World #3

Dec 7, 2021

Arkham City: The Order of the World #3 is a fascinating journey. The art style makes it unlike most comics, existing in a world of its own. Its an experience, a trip through a city full of beautifully twisted and tragic figures.

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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 / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #2

Apr 19, 2022

Batman/Superman: Worlds Finest #2 is phenomenal. This is very much like two comics in one, as the first issues story bleeds into this one before the real plot takes over. This overlapping of the stories between issues creates a longing to keep reading.

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Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #3

May 17, 2022

Batman/Superman: Worlds Finest #3 is a huge issue with a wealth of content inside. I was not expecting this comic to be so epic in its scale and in regards to the characters that are called upon. The team-ups seem fresh and energised, helped by the jump back in time. The creators are all magnificent at what they do and that is on display within this adventurous series. And each issue can change the course of the whole comic multiple times, so who knows where the next chapter takes us.

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Batman Vs. Bigby! A Wolf In Gotham #1

Sep 29, 2021

Batman vs Bigby: A Wolf in Gotham #1 features some impressive moments. The plot within the crossover is an ingenious method of fusing the two characters, placing them against each other in an authentic way. Whilst their first meeting may not be what is expected, it does suggest some fun and exciting exchanges of a violent and verbal manner between the two. The obstacle that stands in this comics way is the poor art, which may turn off readers before they wish to delve any deeper.

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Batman: Killing Time (2022) #1

Mar 1, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #1 is a new story set in an old world. Whilst the younger Batman isn't quite so easy to pick up on as a character yet, due to not speaking much, it is through the villains in which the passage of time has rewound. But it is also a fantastic heist comic as King utilises clever writing to present the threat that Batman is up against. The art team is one of the best around and makes it a visually stunning issue.

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Batman: Killing Time (2022) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Batman: Killing Time #2 is a superb comic to spend time in. The characters all have natural voices, and King writes all of them with depth and personality. The plot itself is engaging as the mysteries deepen, even if the jumping between timelines threatens to be too much. There is a classic Batman feel to this story, but it's laced with modern writing.

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Batman: Killing Time (2022) #4

Jun 7, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #4 is a spectacular issue if readers can get their heads around the jumps. If you arent prepared for it or following along, the constant switching from national park to diner to Ancient Greece to a hospital all in four pages will throw you off, like trying to hold on to a merry-go-round. But within this pace is a plot filled with fantastic fighting, dynamic characters and absolutely glorious art. Visually it is as good as it gets.

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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): Peacekeeper-01 #1

Oct 19, 2021

Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1 may be the best of the series. This is an excellent introduction for someone whose knowledge of Peacemaker-01 is limited. As a relatively new character, a standalone issue where they are the main character is a fantastic method of boosting their popularity. It has an awesome plot and Brissons script in both current and past timelines is sublime.

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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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Batman: Secret Files (2021): The Gardener #1

Nov 16, 2021

Batman Secret Files: The Gardener #1 is a gorgeous comic. The story is investing and the reader will come away with so much more knowledge on the strongest characters this universe has to offer. There is more in than just backstory, with politics rife towards the end. But the issue is just simply bewildering to look at. Wards art style is achingly lovely and so fitting for a character reveling in nature. It allows for this incredible display of affection and beauty. There will not be a prettier comic out this week.

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Ben Reilly: Spider-Man (2022) #2

Feb 23, 2022

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #2 is a terrific second part. The best thing about this issue, in particular, is it demonstrates just how different Ben is going to be than Peter is as Spider-Man. From his personality to his mental state to even the relationship between protagonist and plot, this is a unique hero. DeMatteis didnt just replace Peter Parker in a like-for-like swap, this is a story about one of the most unique and beloved characters in comics.

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Black Adam (2022) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Black Adam #1 is an incredible start. The character is already one of the most imposing that DC has created, as well as being unpredictable. And yet Priest, Sandoval, and Herms shatter expectations.

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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 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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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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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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Captain Carter (2022) #1

Mar 7, 2022

Captain Carter #1 is a brilliant start. For McKelvies first foray into writing, the script is excellent and full of both drama and emotion. The writer is establishing a voice already and it is fantastic to see. Learning more about a character we have only spent a brief period of time with is exciting as it shows that the potential of Captain Carter is thriving. With gorgeous art accompanying the writing this comic is a pleasure to read.

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Captain Carter (2022) #3

Jan 1, 1970

Captain Carter #3 is a beautiful book. McKelvie is really proving himself as a writer with this series as this issue contains an excellent script and terrific drama. Other stories are adapted to make Peggys her own. It is her personality that is the drive of the comic and is unique to this universe. That is partnered with stunning artwork that brings several amazing fight scenes to life, giving it a cinematic quality. Every issue is introducing someone or something new, and the slow exploration of this timeline makes me desperate to discover more.

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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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Champions (2020) #10

Oct 6, 2021

Champions #10 is a wonderful comic. Not just the end of one arc, the relief from this issue stems to before the start of Outlawed. Lore has told a story absolutely brimming with heart, emotion, and thematic relevance. Some of the statements and moments within this comic are so powerful they are like a gut punch. These characters have felt alive and full of souls, and the reader finishes every issue caring deeply for each of them. Whatever comes next for the Champions is eagerly awaited.

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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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Daisy (2021) #1

Dec 8, 2021

Daisy #1 is a first issue that makes an impact unlike any other. The plot is fascinating, with Lorimers clues to where the story could be taken still perplexing the reader hours after reading. The twist is one of the most powerful this reviewer has seen, breathtaking in its strength. The art is a great style that is able to share both brutality and beauty.

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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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Daredevil (2019) #35

Oct 27, 2021

Daredevil #35 is a thrilling conclusion to the arc. Zdarsky has ensured that other plot points have been put to the side so that this war with Bullseye is streamlined and entirely captivating. The use of characters that know each other so well shows an incredible understanding of this small corner of the world. The fights in this run have been drawn out and exhausting sometimes to wear down the reader. Great heroes and great villains are brought together in an expertly choreographed action thriller. Zdarsky and the brilliant artists are creating a new classic before our eyes.

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Daredevil (2019) #36

Dec 1, 2021

Daredevil #36 is a beautiful bridge of an issue. It is more joyous than what we are used to with this character and his world, with this chapter not feeling quite so heavy.

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Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

Jan 1, 1970

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 is an atmospheric masterpiece. The delicacy in which Fitzmartin adjusts the emotions the characters are feeling is phenomenal. The blending of dialogue and exquisite art gives the book a damaged soul, matching that of the young but traumatised figures inside. But there are some really fun aspects of the book as well, especially after the twist in the middle of the issue.

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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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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1

Jan 1, 1970

DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1 is a divisive book that will not be for everyone. Inside this comic is a brilliant commentary on religion; those that can be affected by it, and those that affect people with it. There is also the beginning of an unsettling but deeply interesting crossover between fantasy, and sci-fi. But the intensity of the language may repel off, but what could be perceived as messy artwork will be a bigger influence to driving the audience away.

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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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Devil's Reign (2021) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Devils Reign #2 is an outstanding second issue of a fantastic event so far. Zdarsky and Checchetto maintain what made their Daredevil run great but expand it to envelop the entirety of New York. But it should be stressed that having a knowledge of that story isnt crucial to enjoying this crossover.

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Devil's Reign (2021) #3

Jan 26, 2022

Devils Reign #3 maintains the high quality of the event. Zdarsky has mixed the emotional weight and melodrama of his Daredevil and elevates it to a city-level event. None of the characters are here as a cameo, they all have meaning because this is their home.

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Devil's Reign (2021) #4

Feb 7, 2022

Devils Reign #4 is one of the best issues yet. The script is phenomenal, packed with pure emotion and drama. The emphasis placed on Kingpin makes the comic so inviting to read.

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Devil's Reign (2021) #5

Jan 1, 1970

Devils Reign #5 shows that this event gets better in every issue. Its a hectic comic, filled with action and dramatic changes. Even with the chaos and the larger than life characters, Zdarsky keeps the dialogue grounded and moments of quiet remain heavy.

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Devil's Reign (2021) #6

Apr 6, 2022

Devil's Reign #6 brings multiple brilliant stories to a close...The battle is epic, and Matt and Wilson's showdown was worth waiting for. Devil's Reign has been a good event, filled with fantastic drama and intense action.

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Devil's Reign (2021): Omega

May 23, 2022

Devils Reign: Omega #1 is a brilliant closing issue. This is partly due to the fact that the creators understand how to transition between the stories. It adequately closes out the big event, allowing the pivotal moments to be wound down with poignant writing yet with a slight twist in the tale. This is not interrupted and is really well orchestrated. But then there is this reset and an escalation of excitement for Cages tenure as mayor. For the amazing journey that this character has been through, to finally end at such a high point, it deserves this spotlight.

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Devil's Reign (2021): Moon Knight #1

Mar 9, 2022

Devils Reign: Moon Knight #1 is a superhero fight club. Its a heavy metal, ultra-violent one-shot that releases a lot of the pent-up tension that has come from this event. MacKays writing is disturbing but darkly funny and shows why Moon Knight is respected but not liked. The art is sensational and is influential in denoting the tone of the comic.

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Devil's Reign (2021): Winter Soldier #1

Jan 1, 1970

Devils Reign: Winter Soldier #1 is a fantastic spy-thriller.

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Devil's Reign: Spider-Man #1

Jan 1, 1970

Devils Reign: Spider-Man #1 is a fun breath of fresh air to what has been a very dark event so far. It still contains threatening moments for our hero, but the tone of the dialogue and the cartoonish art lighten the mood whilst reading it.

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Devil's Reign: Superior Four #1

Jan 1, 1970

Devils Reign: Superior Four #1 is a bizarre comic. On the one hand, it is a very fun, character-driven story. However, there appears to be no connection to Devils Reign at all.

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Devil's Reign: Superior Four #2

Feb 16, 2022

Devils Reign: Superior Four #2 is a much better issue. The reader is comfortable with the plot now. The dimension-hopping aspect is fun and Thompson is adventurous with his decisions. The character is explored by using alternate versions of himself to highlight the key themes of his personality. The art is amazing and the battles are chaotic. What damages it is that it still seems so far removed from Devils Reign that its actually in another universe. No Daredevil, no Fisk, not even a Moon Knight or Purple Man. On its own, its an effective story, but as a tie-in it lacks a connection.

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Devil's Reign: Superior Four #3

Mar 9, 2022

Devils Reign: Superior Four #3 is the last part of a very conflicting comic. There is a good story here, as well as an excellent character study through an inventive method. And the art has been fantastic in all three issues. However, The dialogue and the script are far too messy and bloated to really fall in love with. The large speeches from every character weigh the issue down and its very hard to really focus on what is being said. And to only have one page of three issues that actually ties it into the main book shows how adrift it is from anything relevant.

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Devil's Reign: Villains For Hire #1

Jan 19, 2022

Devils Reign: Villains For Hire #1 is a fun tie-in with glaring issues. As a collection of villains going around murdering people, there is an exciting plot with some exhilarating action. The characters are powerful villains that are often considered C-list, but that is often the charm of comics like this. But the art can be off-putting in several instances, even if it is great in others. Using multiple inkers can be fine for adding variety to the page, but it also results in inconsistencies in the line art.

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Devil's Reign: Villains For Hire #2

Feb 23, 2022

Devils Reign: Villains for Hire #2 is conflicting. The story is exciting and has a lot of possible routes for it to take, with characters that are worth following. Whilst they may not all be A-listers, Chapman has already shown their ability to draw the readers in. And the fight scenes are brutal but altogether fun in a morbid fashion. But the art is simply not good enough, and can even be off-putting.

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Devil's Reign: Villains For Hire #3

Mar 23, 2022

Devils Reign: Villains for Hire #3 is not a good ending at all. This is because it doesnt feel like one. The drop-off from what is a plot acting within its own comic to suddenly becoming an explanation for the main Devils Reign book is so sudden and so violent that it instantly ruins any excitement for the comic. Any subplots are pointless and dont have a sniff of a conclusion. It is like it ran out of time to tell its story, perhaps an extra issue would have helped. But the art and writing arent really good enough to warrant it, leaving a curious and disappointing dilemma.

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Devil's Reign: X-Men #1

Jan 19, 2022

Devils Reign: X-Men #1 is an excellent tie-in. In the main book, the involvement of the X-Men was teased, but it was difficult to know how they could get included. Duggan uses a very clever method of not only connected the characters to the event but adding a powerful arc uniting many of the events crucial figures. There is a great script that depicts a story with several layers to it and Notos art is simply stunning to behold.

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Devil's Reign: X-Men #2

Mar 2, 2022

Devils Reign: X-Men #2 is a shining example of what tie-ins can be. The story is beautiful and meaningful, altering events from Marvels history. And it is a deeply emotional tale containing a collaboration between two characters. The art and writing are stunning as both character development and awesome comic book action come together.

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Devil's Reign: X-Men #3

Mar 23, 2022

Devils Reign: X-Men #3 completes a remarkable tie-in. Duggan and Noto have created a comic that would not be out of place if Devils Reign did not exist.

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Doctor Strange: Nexus of Nightmares #1

Apr 18, 2022

Nexus of Nightmares #1 is out of place. The plot and dialogue are classic in their tone and structure, which can be enjoyable. The magic battles are visually fascinating, and the art team excelled in creating a Doctor Strange book that looks different. But the slow beginning and the lack of context around current comics prevent me from really developing an interest in the book.

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Doctor Who: Empire Of The Wolf #1

May 25, 2022

Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf is a wonderful blend of old and new. Although these characters have been seen before, Housers exploration of them brings something fresh to all of them. There is a beautiful understanding of where these people are in their separate lives and it really changes the dynamic when they are together. There is a real warmth to the books that stem from the heartfelt dialogue and adoration all of the creators appear to have for the figures on the page. This is a special comic and so rewarding to those who loved Rose.

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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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Elektra (2022) #100

Apr 11, 2022

Elektra #100 is a lovely celebration of a wonderful character. The anthology perhaps isnt as big as I would have liked it to have been, as there is definitely potential for more stories inside it. But the ones that made it in help showcase the depth that is within the assassin-turned hero.

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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): 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 #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): 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): 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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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): Omega #1

Sep 28, 2021

Extreme Carnage: Omega #1 is a limp conclusion. The momentum of the entire event has been fluctuating and the speed slows down far too early in the issue. The comic lacks clarity and character definition, throwing as many Symbiotes at a wall as the writers can and seeing which ones stick. And out of nearly ten, probably two achieve this. For fans mindless Symbiote on Symbiote violence, this event may be up your alley. Even then, there are many other storylines that fulfill that with a better plot and characters attached to it.

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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) #774

Sep 21, 2021

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) #783

Jun 21, 2022

The Flash #783 needs a run-up to build excitement. The beginning of this new arc threatened to zap the momentum right from the get-go, from a start that could feel overly filled with exposition. Once the mission unfolds and that sense of adventure starts, the energy sizzles through the comic.

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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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Flashpoint: Beyond #1

Jan 1, 1970

Flashpoint Beyond #1 begins a new story by clarifying an old one. This comic taps into one of the most important subplots of the previous story, but one that was never truly wrapped up. And to do so, the script is excellent, and the art is phenomenal. Although there is an ending, that may not be the conclusion of that story, and it is only the start of something much more significant because Flashpoint possesses a great mystery

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Flashpoint: Beyond #2

Jun 7, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #2 is static but atmospheric. As a story, there are many points where it doesnt succeed. The emotional weight of Batmans mental surrender is heavy, which is not necessarily a negative. But that is twinned with the slow pace which just bogs the issue down. There is slightly too much standing around and looking at things while discussing what has happened or what is to unfold. Thomas Wayne and the other characters in Flashpoint are interesting to know, and the differences from Earth-Prime are getting bigger. And the art is sensational. But the overall negativity of the book does not make it enjoyable to read.

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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) #7

Sep 28, 2021

Harley Quinn #7 is a tie-in that maintains its soul. The comic feels attached to the Fear State story without losing track of its story. What has helped is that Phillips has built up to this for a long time in the series, so it would not appear to have suddenly turned in a new direction. In fact, some of the reveals in this comic show just how long Phillips has been foreshadowing events. The heart within this series creates a beautiful connection between the reader and the comic.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #8

Oct 26, 2021

Harley Quinn #8 is a lovely issue. Harleys first hug with Ivy is a reward, as if part of what she has been looking for has been achieved. The comic is so exceptionally emotional, relying on its heart for strength. Phillips may be one of the best dialogue writers in the business, whether it be philosophical narrations or hysterical quips. The reader can hear Harleys voice in their head when they read her lines. And with the brilliant and unique art, this comic is so characterful.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #9

Nov 23, 2021

Harley Quinn #9 remains a delightful comic. The issue is cartoonish, filled with over-the-top action, drama and characters. The art style is fun and goofy and leaves the reader grinning. But within that cartoon is a book filled with depth and heavy emotions. Phillips succinctly portrays love that makes the heart sing and fear that can make it sink. This is a comic that is just as grown-up as it is childish.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #10

Dec 28, 2021

Harley Quinn #10 is a love story to rival the greatest. This appears to be a transition issue between arcs, but it is in no way filler. There are incredibly important events that occur in this chapter that will change the course of many series to come. Phillips dialogue is so engaging to read, the art is fantastic, and the notion that they care about these characters is evident.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #11

Jan 25, 2022

Harley Quinn #11 is a bundle of energy and power. We as readers have grown to adore these characters and Phillips has written them superbly from the beginning.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #13

Mar 22, 2022

Harley Quinn #13 is a re-energized delight. The book starts a new arc brilliantly as it flings Harley into an entirely different set of circumstances. And yet Phillips keeps the same themes running throughout the series in a way that revisits yet constantly reimagines.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #14

Apr 26, 2022

Harley Quinn #14 is a beautiful character issue. This comic truly makes you feel for the characters. There are some immense fun and inventive fight scenes but also poignant and powerful dialogue.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #15

May 24, 2022

Harley Quinn #15 is a superb issue filled with energy. This creative team is constantly making this comic one of the most soulful on the market. It brings characters to life in a way that makes them extremely captivating. Being framed for murder isnt a unique plot concept, but with this group of characters, it becomes individual. The team-up is golden and we are left with the feeling that this final page will be explosive for the relationships of the comic. And this is a book built on relationships.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #16

Jun 28, 2022

Harley Quinn #16 is one of the heaviest issues of the series so far. That energy and humour are still there, but this is an incredibly traumatic and emotional comic. It is a brutal and honest reminder of the past that our heroes stem from, with neither the writer nor the artist sparing any grizzly details about the history of these characters. It is a clever callback to the start of the series, where it was made clear that Harley is not a perfect person, trying to make amends to those that she had wronged. Except what she has to amend for may be huge.

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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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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop (2021) #2

Dec 22, 2021

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #2 is a fun comic that certainly warrants reading. The writers understanding of Kate and her voice is very clear, and there are so many pieces of dialogue that will leave the reader grinning.

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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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Hulkling & Wiccan (2022) #1

Jun 15, 2022

Hulkling and Wiccan #1 is a very sweet love story. Trujillo truly celebrates love in this one-shot, with every part of this comic revolving around that one theme.

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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 (2022) #2

Mar 30, 2022

Iron Fist #2 is phenomenal. There was excitement from the brilliant first image, yet this second chapter has raised it to an even greater level. The plot is fun and engaging, but it is the story of this brand new Iron Fist that makes it unique.

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Iron Fist (2022) #3

Jan 1, 1970

Iron Fist #3 is excellent. The comic features what feels like the first boss of the series, and its execution is exceptional.

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Iron Fist (2022) #4

Jun 15, 2022

Iron Fist #4 is an amazing issue. It is alive with energy as the characters all hurtle toward each other. Every chapter of this series brings something slightly different to the story, blending the tradition of K'un L'un with something destined to break it. The old is being damaged by the new, and this theme keeps reoccurring. Every fight scene is epic and the story leaves me engaged from the first page to the last.

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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 Fist: The Living Weapon #1

Jan 1, 1970

Iron Fist #1 is a stunning merge of the past and present. The main characters and the mythology of this comic have existed before this book, from Danny Rand to the new hero to the entire fable of the Iron Fist. And yet Wong is forging a new story from all of them, literally shattering parts of their history to craft new legends. The writing and the dialogue are energetic and enjoyable. The art detailing the fight scenes and gorgeous battlefields is a visual delight.

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Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #3

Jan 1, 1970

Iron Fist #3 is excellent. The comic features what feels like the first boss of the series, and its execution is exceptional.

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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) #13

Oct 13, 2021

Iron Man #13 is a nail-biting issue. With the characters being so vulnerable, those reading are incredibly nervous regarding the threat they are facing. Cantwell has already shown in this series that he is not afraid to damage beloved heroes, so there is no comfort in their status within the Marvel Universe. The story has an ending that is rewarding after taking us on an adventure to the other side of the cosmos but may result in that cosmos being changed permanently.

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Iron Man (2020) #14

Nov 24, 2021

Iron Man #14 is a fantastic display of a man in a suit or armour transforming into godhood. Cantwell delivers an extremely detailed, well-written, and visually stunning evolution. That has been a recurring aspect of this run so far. Events dont happen slowlythere is a process to things. This may be one of the most pivotal moments in the history of Iron Man, for after this issue he will never be the same again.

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Iron Man (2020) #15

Dec 22, 2021

Iron Man #15 has elevated this series to unbelievable levels. Cantwells storytelling excels over a long period of time. With fifteen issues, the true trajectory of the plot is awe-inspiring. Stark has been ripped apart, defeated, broken, reborn, and ascended all in one cacophonic arc. And all against a villain that seemed impossible to defeat. And the phenomenal art team has created a visual epic.

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Iron Man (2020) #16

Jan 26, 2022

Iron Man #16 brings the space opera home. The script and the storytelling of this series, in particular after the events on Taa II have been mindblowing. Cantwell has demonstrated a terrific understanding of the character and his perception by the rest of the Marvel Universe.

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Iron Man (2020) #17

Feb 23, 2022

Iron Man #17 is an outstanding comic. This is one of the longest single arcs this format has seen, so to keep the reader hanging on every word still is an incredible achievement. This is down to the brilliant writing of Cantwell and the various tremendous artists. It has reached the pinnacle of cosmic potential and yet it remains a human story. Although the trajectory of Tonys story is at its peak, the slope down has begun. And we can only observe with fear and giddy excitement.

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Iron Man (2020) #18

Mar 23, 2022

Iron Man #18 is an excellent follow-up to the sheer brutality of the previous issue. This is a comic that takes its time, happy to just let the conversation play out.

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Iron Man (2020) #19

May 4, 2022

Iron Man #19 is an unexpected conclusion. Instead of ending this gigantic story arc with a bang, it fizzles out with a whimper. But that does not mean it is not incredible. The dialogue and character resolution in this comic are intelligent and feature mature themes that are dealt with intensely but sensitively. Cantwell and his artistic collaborators have proven that a 19-issue arc is not only possible, but it can be done effectively and successfully.

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Iron Man (2020) #20

Jun 15, 2022

Iron Man #20 is the first fresh start in a while. And mostly it succeeds in bringing the story forwards and bringing something different into this series. With so many issues attributed to the first arc, this feels a lot like a new volume. There are many exciting new threads beginning to be built and a really ludicrous first fight of the second arc. It is difficult to know where the run will progress from here as this issue felt much like a transition, shedding lingering questions from the last one.

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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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Jurassic League (2022) #1

Jan 1, 1970

The Jurassic League #1 is a ridiculous delight. It's "what if the Justice League were dinosaurs" and not much else...There are a lot of aspects of this comic that do not make sense, but it really doesn't matter. Enjoy it for what it is. Its a book built on silliness, and it left me laughing.

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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 (2018) #68

Sep 28, 2021

Justice League #68 is a chaotic mess. There is a collection of brilliant ideas and a horde of excellent, beloved characters, with some dialogue that can be fun. It should be noted that an all-encompassing story across multiple books is not inherently wrong, and can be excellent if necessary. But Bendis is doing more than one of these in the same book and is going far too fast with it. It is detracting from what was initially a promising start for this new team. To go from a cosmic genre straight into a spy thriller in the same comic, without warning is too jarring for the reader. And this story cant be full-sized because the Justice League Dark story, great as it is, takes up page space.

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Justice League (2018) #72

Feb 15, 2022

Justice League #72 is the best issue of the Bendis era. The art is extraordinary and layered, creating a different experience in each scene. The two groups together increase the cast of the comic yet it still feels small and intimate. All of the characters are written beautifully, with one in particular radiating power. Bendis humour remains but makes way to fit the splendour of the situation.

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Justice League (2018) #73

Mar 1, 2022

Justice League #73 continues the exciting arc but needs to be careful. Whilst the action and the grandiosity of the comic are accentuated by Bendis with some awe-inspiring standoffs and dialogue, it faces the danger of running out of steam early. The dependence on excessive dialogue and lengthy diatribes can kill the speed. What saves the issue is the superb art on display that can continue to maintain interest when the writing falters.

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Justice League (2018) #74

Mar 15, 2022

Justice League #74 is a satisfying end to the arc. Bendis pulls out a conclusion of great magnitude. The characters are fantastic and the team-up between the two teams really works well. It avoids standard tropes of conflict between the groups and they function largely like an extended roster of the team. Whilst the comic loses ground, the art saves it by being jaw-dropping. Lupacchino and Von Grawbadger are terrific artists who can carry a Justice League book on their own. But Kudranskis art style is one of the most awe-inspiring I have ever seen. It is certainly not for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try.

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Justice League (2018) #75

Apr 26, 2022

Justice League #75 is a huge issue, bridging two stories together. Williamson brings this series close with a crushing blow. Bendis contribution should no be understated, as building this group up to this point is very important for what Williamson does to them in this issue. It is loud, epic, and unrelenting, as the artists reveal in a remarkable battle. It also shows what these creators are willing to do as we plunge headfirst into Dark Crisis.

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Justice League (2018) Annual: 2022

Feb 8, 2022

Justice League Annual 2022 #1 will leave you smiling. It's a delightful annual that features a fantastic time-based story...The interaction between the characters makes the issue shine as Bendis bounces the heroes off of each other. The art is stunning and fills the book with an energy that drives you to keep reading.

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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 vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes (2021) #1

Jan 11, 2022

Justice League vs the Legion of Superheroes #1 is a fun blockbuster crossover. The love that Bendis has for the characters and for the medium is clear. Seeing the interactions between the heroes from across time is delightful and leaves the readers beaming. The art looks fantastic and the new character looks very interesting. The only downside is that the sheer number of characters and Bendis love of dialogue can be tough to keep track of.

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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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Justice League: Last Ride #6

Oct 12, 2021

Tl;DRJustice League: Last Ride #6 is a mind-blowing issue. Many alternate-future series depict what happens on the darkest day in a teams history. But this series takes a brilliant detour, showing what happens to a group after that darkest days

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Justice League: Last Ride #7

Jan 1, 1970

Justice League: Last Ride #7 is a blockbuster finale to one of the most epic DC Comics series in years. The balance within this comic is stunning, managing to fit in so much content. There is emotional weight to the dialogue, with incredible speeches and snappy punchlines. But there is also a heavy-metal storyline spanning a galaxy. The storytelling at play here is incredible. For a battle to have been ongoing for close to four issues and to still maintain interest shows fantastic skill by both the writer and the art team. When it ends, the reader feels content but exhausted.

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King Conan (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

King Conan #1 starts as it means to go on. Opening with a savage and extended battle, it is clear that Conans path to victory will be difficult. Aaron writing this character is a stroke of genius, as the loud action hero fits his wheelhouse perfectly. But there is a story behind it, with depth and twists that show that it isnt just a monster hunter series. And with a superstar art team, it will look spectacular too.

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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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Knights of X (2022) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Knights of X #1 is a sword, sorcery, and superpowers book that serves as a great start. Howard brings a new group together full of old friends, and the story is fascinating. They use a selection of old connections and tales to craft this new beginning. All of the characters are fantastic and the dialogue between them brings a smile to the face. What should be mentioned is that it is very unfriendly as a jumping-on point for new readers, and requires a lot of prior knowledge to feel truly comfortable within it.

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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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Marauders (2022) #1

Apr 4, 2022

Marauders #1 has a lot to like. The art is unique and full of creative designs and action pieces. There is a team dynamic brimming with tension and uncertainty, one that may lead to some fantastic confrontations further down the line. However, the plot is complicated and filled with conflicting storylines. They could be brilliant several issues down the line, but the way in which Orlando tries to set them up in this comic doesnt allow space for any of them to breathe. It may have been more beneficial to save some subplots until the second issue.

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Marauders (2022) #2

May 4, 2022

Marauders #2 is an energetic and entertaining issue. The team is starting to gel together and the fight scenes are a blast, even if it is hard to make out what is happening sometimes. The hidden history of the Shiar is a really curious mystery and there are multiple plot threads that will keep this series active and full of surprises. Many of the characters have depth and that always leads to unpredictability.

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Marauders (2022) #3

Jun 8, 2022

The space politics in Marauders #3 are fantastic. The conflict just behind Xandra is fascinating and hints at an entire races history. All of the characters have the potential for awesome scenes with unique and dynamic powers, and the glimpses of that are enough to keep me interested.

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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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Over The Ropes #1

Jun 19, 2022

Over The Ropes #1 is a brilliant comic that perfectly embodies the world it lives in. It is also a fantastic continuation of the Over the Ropes story. It keeps the characters authentic, but it takes all of them to a different stage of their career. But it also does much more to embrace the personal lives of the characters.

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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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Pennyworth (2021) #3

Oct 12, 2021

Pennyworth #3 is a comic on a dangerous precipice. It features some excellent character work and the best twist of the series so far. But this is possibly the last issue in which these locations can be utilised. The novelty of the situations is wearing off, and the art and characters need rejuvenating. There are signs that changes are afoot, with the revelations showing superb new directions for Alfred to be taken in. This is welcome, and therefore the book is worth sticking with for now.

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Petrograd OGN

Dec 27, 2021

Petrograd is a remarkable experience. It is such an immersive, all-encompassing, wealthy collection of content. A spy thriller that contains love, betrayal, and excitement using a brilliant setting.

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Punisher (2022) #1

Mar 7, 2022

Punisher #1 feels like a fresh start. One of the most captivating parts of Frank Castle is the fact that he is unchanging. There is a permanent desire to kill, often within the same location. That crusade remains the same in this series but it is much more globe-trotting and has some incredible twists that change everything. Aaron is one of the most hardcore, intense writers in the business so is a perfect fit, and the art brings the death to life.

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Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Refrigerator Full of Heads #1 exists as a demonstration. That first scene, while building up its series, is designed in such a way as to work as a final filter before readers can get any deeper. For the faint of heart, turn away. Like this sort of thing? Keep reading. That lack of suspense, instead of being a brutal bloodbath, appears to be the intention in this first issue. The characters will need strengthening for the comic to remain interested, although the sheer chaos of the book and distinct artwork may keep people interested for longer. It should be noted that it is not a requirement to have read the previous series.

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Robin & Batman (2021) #1

Nov 9, 2021

Robin and Batman #1 adds new details to an old tale. Lemire seems to still find new stories to tell about this character, but by digging into his past. Focusing on such a specific element actually opens up a rich vein to explore. It also allows the writer to revisit the troubled chemistry between Batman and Robin, breathing new life into their world. But there is also awesome action, incredibly clever twists and a distinct art style that will absolutely draw attention.

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Robin & Batman (2021) #2

Dec 14, 2021

Robin and Batman #2 is an incredible character issue. Lemire understands and explores the relationships between the newly formed family brilliantly, filling each figure with humanity and depth.

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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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Rogues (2022) #1

Mar 22, 2022

Rogues #1 is a brilliant yet bleak glimpse at the future. It is clear that Williamson loves these characters and wants to pursue where they could end up if they continue down their current path.

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Rogues (2022) #2

Apr 26, 2022

Rogues #2 is an excellent, extended read. It is a heavy comic tinged with sadness, but the little breather at the start is refreshing. Williamson is extending a world filled with questions and leaves me desperate to find out more. The tension is always high and the characters are phenomenally written. Seeing the Rogues, a team of villains who are actually likeable, be this broken and in pain is depleting to the soul, yet the depth in each of their personalities shows exactly why they are so interesting.

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Savage Avengers (2022) #2

Jun 8, 2022

Everything in Savage Avengers #2 is about fun and ridiculous concepts, from Devil Dinosaur to cyborgs in a fantasy world. But there are parts in which the comic grounds itself as Pepose shows the depth of the stories these characters can tell.

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Shadow War (2022): War Zone #1

May 17, 2022

Shadow War Zone #1 is an anthology with much to love. It is rife with action, interesting characters, and gorgeous art. It extends to the outer reaches of Deathstrokes associates and sees them interacting in their unique ways. Whilst they are different, three of the four stories could be considered slightly repetitive in their structure, even if their tones are varied. However, they all carry with them the personality of the person leading them. The Talia story is important as it is something refreshing from the intense violence of the other chapters, but it has depth and weight to the storytelling. These are fun, small tales with focus.

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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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Shazam! (2021) #4

Oct 19, 2021

Shazam#4 is a powerful finale. The most notable feeling regarding this issue is that it does not seem like the end of a series. Instead, it seems to bridge missing gaps in the story before starting another one. With the way that the last scene leaves the characters, a whole new adventure seems underway. Perhaps this was a great way of expanding Billy's storyline within Teen Titans Academy before returning him to the main series.

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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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Super Sons: Superman & Robin Special #1

Jan 25, 2022

As this is partially a signal boost for the solo comics these two young heroes are starring in, it is probably best if you read those instead.

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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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Task Force Z (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Task Force Z #1 is a terrifying starting issue. The collection of characters, living or living dead, that Rosenberg has amassed are all incredible, each one capable of captivating readers with their presence. The potential of someone getting killed or eaten is higher in this book than even within a Suicide Squad issue. Red Hood as the central character is a tremendous choice. It will be fascinating to see if more zombies are brought into play, proving some diversity within the lineup. And the art has a brilliant mix of beauty and horror.

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Task Force Z (2021) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Task Force Z #2 is a gruesome and extreme issue. The violence and unfamiliar surroundings that Todd finds himself in make it feel that nowhere is safe. Even his home base is filled with ravenous zombies. Rosenberg tells a superb horror comic within the mainstream DC Universe with characters that the readers care about. So when a known figure gets involved, the danger is real and pertinent.

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Task Force Z (2021) #3

Dec 28, 2021

Task Force Z #3 is starting to shine. Taking a while to settle, the creative team is telling an excellent story. It is a comic that combines an epic concept that definitely understands its ridiculous nature but leans heavily into that chaos. There is an amazing combination of brutal killing and some really well-written character moments. Rosenbergs superb dialogue partners incredible art to deliver a scary and enjoyable horror comic.

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Task Force Z (2021) #4

Jan 25, 2022

Task Force Z #4 is more than just a zombie comic. Rosenberg has been telling an in-depth, complicated story that is just as much of a thriller as it is an outright horror. A star-studded cast of both dead and alive characters makes the comic so fun as there is just no telling what will happen next. The art team has made it visually fascinating ad the script is nerve-wracking.

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Task Force Z (2021) #5

Feb 22, 2022

Task Force Z #5 is blissful insanity. This is a comic that understands how bizarre the plot has gotten, with so many twists and turns that it could pull a zombies head off. The addition of new characters reaches a crescendo here as Red Hood and his gang is actually the most normal group. And yet there is a reason for so many figures involved as it appears to be a tidal wave to wipe most of the slate clean. It is evident that both creators and readers are having fun in this comic.

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Task Force Z (2021) #6

Mar 22, 2022

Task Force Z #6 is an awesome comic. What started as a horror comic to start around Halloween has become a thriller rife with depth and layers. Rosenberg uses the guest stars to draw more interest to the book, but that isnt really needed as it is such an energetic and fascinating comic. Every time it could be considered to be nearing an end, the series is taken in an entirely different and mesmerizing destination.

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Task Force Z (2021) #7

May 3, 2022

Task Force Z #7 refocuses an already brilliant series and makes it exceptional. Still intense and wild in its story, the comic appears restructured and changed. There is an understanding from Rosenberg that the mission is different and the dynamics within the team are all new. It shows that this series has much more depth to it than just a zombie/horror comic. And included in that is an epic, action-packed issue that knows it has awesome characters at its disposal.

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Task Force Z (2021) #8

May 24, 2022

Task Force Z #8 is an excellent action issue. As two different battles unfold in the same book, Rosenberg and the amazing artists provide examples of why this is one of the most exciting series around. It fuses horror, dark humor, and some genuine family drama and affection. The blend isnt seamless, but that is not the nature of the book. Nothing is tidy or gentle, its rough and violent.

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Task Force Z (2021) #9

Jun 28, 2022

Task Force Z #9 is another heavy metal edition of the zombie comic series. Every inclusion brings familiar faces into the undead world, placing them in imminent danger of being eaten. Every fight is hardcore and Rosenberg leans even further into that tone. The art can either be explosive and gory or make your skin crawl. The books longevity is impressive, and the next issue bodes even more excitement.

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The Death of Doctor Strange: Strange Academy Presents #1

Nov 1, 2021

Strange Academy Presents: Death of Doctor Strange #1 is a fun adventure comic that revels in weirdness. There is a heart to the issue as an absent mother begins to connect with her sons, but there is also brilliant comedic dialogue brought in by Young. The art is incredible and majestic, the whole comic celebratory towards artists. The main complaint is that although the kidnapping happens due to the death of Doctor Strange, the rest of the comic doesnt focus on that at all. It would have been nice to see more of how the students were affected by the loss of the Sorcerer Supreme.

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The Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men / Black Knight #1

Jan 19, 2022

Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men/Black Knight #1 is an adventure of the highest order. Loud and intense, Spurrier, Quinn, and Silva deliver a terrifying fantasy tale that still contains lovely moments of hope. It successfully combines two groups of characters that are not guaranteed to mesh together, yet that abrasive factor actually helps. It is part of a larger event, but personal and specific to this one particular comic.

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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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The Panic (2022) #1

Jan 1, 1970

The Panic #1 is a dramatic new story. From the first pages, it had me captivated. It is almost guaranteed that the plot is much more layered than the first glance. The jumpy nature of the structure and pacing means that we are never comfortable reading, with an unsettling art style too. The setting is different and the tension is intoxicating. This is more than just a horror story, it is a love letter to New York.

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The Rocketeer: The Great Race #1

Apr 6, 2022

The Rocketeer: Great Race #1 is born out of love. Celebrating 40 years of the character, Mooney doesnt just create a homage to Dave Stevens incredible character and work There is also a wonderful new story here. It provides a different take on Cliff, putting more emphasis on the man and not the rocket on his back. The art is gorgeous and together with the nostalgic dialogue, this comic has a warmth to it, leaving a smile on the face after reading it.

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The Vampire Slayer (2022) #1

Apr 20, 2022

The Vampire Slayer #1 is a surprising start to a new universe. Its a very brave move to start this new world where the character it is named after is weakened. In a way, however, it opens the door for a raft of new and different stories to tell without constraint.

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The Wrong Earth: Fame & Fortune #1

Apr 13, 2022

The Wrong Earth: Fame or Fortune #1 is emotionally conflicting. That first story is beautifully thematic and cleverly written, taking us on a real journey that is soul-crushing in its conclusion. Russell subverts one of the key elements of The Wrong Earth by making both Dragonman and Dragonflyman quite similar by the end of the comic. I ended this issue feeling repulsed by both of them as they jointly demonstrated how awful they are as humans. But I do believe that was the intention of the one-shot, and it is effective if it is. And the storytelling through panel layouts may be some of the most intelligent Ive ever seen.

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The Wrong Earth: Trapped on Teen Planet #1

Mar 5, 2022

The Wrong Earth: Trapped on Teen Planet #1 is a playful delight. This is a fun story by creators that truly understands the medium in order to break it. Its a truly meta adventure that is just one of countless possibilities. It has a really exciting pace and structure, and even a newcomer to the universes can be carried along without having to research.

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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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Undiscovered Country #17

Nov 11, 2021

Undiscovered Country #17 is threatening to become a part of American legend. Each issue brings with it something new. Soule and Snyder havent just created a bonkers world where nothing makes sense. There is an intelligence to every creative decision that ties into something crucial about United States history.

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Undiscovered Country #18

Jan 14, 2022

Undiscovered Country #18 brings incredible arc to a close, ending it the only way these creators know-how. Through an epic battle and awesome confrontations. Through characters that we adore and are terrified of. Through unbelievable world-building. Through art that encapsulates both the majesty and ridiculous nature of this book. This is a creative team that has stuck together since the first issue. They know how the other works and they bring the best out of each other.

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Undiscovered Country: Destiny Man #1

Jan 1, 1970

Undiscovered Man: Destiny Man #1 is simply brilliant. The character of Destiny Man has been this constant menace attacking the team and never truly leaving them alone. His dedication to hunting down the Graves is explained much better because he is family to them.

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Venom: Lethal Protector (2022) #1

Mar 21, 2022

Venom: Lethal Protector #1 is a great continuation of a beloved classic. Michelinie returns to the character to remind readers of what the character was like during his first solo series. Both the slightly corny dialogue and the interactions between Eddie and his Symbiote is a fantastic demonstrations of how far they have come both together and separately.

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Venom: Lethal Protector (2022) #2

May 18, 2022

Venom: Lethal Protector #2 has settled as a story. The classic spin of the dialogue is not as abrasive as it was in the first issue, and the plot has got a real drive to it now. Venom's return to full confidence is enjoyable, and there are some magnificent fight scenes filled with humor. The villains the Brock faces are query but their sub-plots have been interesting to learn. The art is also stunning and tells the story with small details. As it explores this flashback tale, it is so fascinating to see the budding relationship between two that are now so entwined.

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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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War For Earth-3 (2022) #1

Jan 1, 1970

War for Earth-3 #1 is an explosive continuation of multiple ideas. With both the Crime Syndicate and Suicide Squad books flowing into this larger river, this comic is the result of the collision course the groups have been set on. Hopeless and Thompson script a heavy metal comic that delights in devastation, with the artists gloriously fuelling the fire.

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War For Earth-3 (2022) #2

Jan 1, 1970

War for Earth-3 #2 is an ambitious finale. The creators went into this final part of a dimension-spanning crossover with a lot to wrap up. And at first glances it was living up to expectations. The battle was cohesive but over the top and intoxicating. The characters have identity and the consequences of every action was severe. The revelations were welcome because they completely flipped the story. But the constant mind games snowball quickly and the focus slips, from the comic and myself. The climax of a collection of multiple tales should be satisfying, and that was not achieved in the latter states of this book.

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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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Winter Guard (2021) #2

Sep 30, 2021

Winter Guard #2 is an awesome continuation. The characters involved and the action may initially make it seem like this is a heavy metal comic book, with non-stop violence. There are many moments where that is the case. But that is not entirely the case. There is a very interesting mystery thread that runs through the backbone of the comic, and the actions of the White Widow seek to destabilise the team. The characters are fantastically written by Cary, each having an identity and voice. What started as an adversary to the Avengers in Jason Aaron's run has now become a group full of depth, heart, and tension.

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Winter Guard (2021) #3

Nov 3, 2021

Winter Guard #3 is another awesome part of the underrated miniseries. The adventures of one of the most compelling groups in the Marvel Universe are fantastically written. It is a lively team with incredible characters and an intriguing plotline. There is utter madness in each issue as the combat is filled with giant bears or vampires or shadow gods, but also contains real depth to the dialogue and commentary on Russia. It is so hard to predict how this series will conclude.

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Winter Guard (2021) #4

Dec 1, 2021

Winter Guard #4 brings an excellent series to a close. The adventures and inner turmoil within one of the most underused and yet most intriguing teams Marvel has to offer have been a delight to read. Fun, ridiculous, and action-packed, it has also been an investing story of mistrust and mystery. The artist has detailed some awesome battles, featuring characters that readers will love. Hopefully, Aaron takes the important plot conclusions from this comic and uses them to enrich his Avengers series.

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Women of Marvel: 2021 #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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World Class (2022) OGN

Jan 14, 2022

World Class is an exciting sport comic for young adults. There is such an exhilarating power to the story and the characters that the reader very quickly warms and grows to care for them...Sandlin showcases how wide-ranged this sport is. And on the whole, it succeeds with some riveting matches.

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World of Krypton (2021) #1

Dec 7, 2021

World of Krypton #1 has moments of quality but fails to be new

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X Deaths Of Wolverine (2022) #1

Jan 26, 2022

X Deaths of Wolverine #1 is a comic fuelled by nitrous. It travels at 100 miles an hour and if you dont hang on you can fall off and lose it. There is a lot of power to the story and Moira is a deeply investing character. She has a vulnerability now that makes the reader nervous, but the strength by the final page has us rooting for her. Perhaps the biggest problem with the issue is that the title may lead to some feeling misled. But anyone missing the Canadian should not worry for long.

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X-Cellent (2022) #1

Jan 31, 2022

X-Cellent # 1 will be loved by returning readers, but rejected by those trying to jump in for the first time. The current story added with the expectation that we know what has already happened can be so much from the first half of the issue. The characters are fun and the themes inside the script work well, but the momentum of the comic is limp. It is fantastic seeing the creative team reunite, but ultimately this premier issue is disappointing.

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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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