William Tucker's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: But Why Tho? Reviews: 759
9.0Avg. 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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Absolute Power (2024) #1

Jul 3, 2024

Enlisting a creative team that has spent years collaborating brings expertise and energy to Absolute Power #1, which is instantly noticeable. It’s an issue filled with shocks from start to finish, swinging with savagery.

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Absolute Power: Task Force VII (2024) #1

Jul 10, 2024

Absolute Power: Task Force VII #1 attempts to be ruthless. The issue is an exciting and dramatic brawl through an iconic location.

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Action Comics (2016): Doomsday Special

Aug 29, 2023

Action Comics Presents: Doomsday Special #1 sets up a superb ticking time bomb. Doomsday's fear factor means that even his name seems to petrify anyone who utters it. Just because he is in Hell, does not make anyone safe, even those that reside and rule it.

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Alan Scott: The Green Lantern (2023) #1

Oct 24, 2023

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #1 is a deep mystery that stretches across time, barely even offering insight into what the Green Lantern came up against and will face as the series progresses.

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Alien (2023) #1

Apr 26, 2023

Alien #1 captures everything that the franchise uses to be iconic.

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Alien (2023) #2

May 31, 2023

Alien #2 thaws its monsters out of the ice and, with so many Xenomorphs, everything seems so much bigger.

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Alien (2023) #3

Jun 28, 2023

Alien #3 is a book that embraces the franchise's relationship with fear. It recognizes the many ways of scaring people through Xenomorphs and Alien stories.

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Alien (2023) #4

Jul 19, 2023

Alien #4 eviscerates the last suggestions of hope and safety. It expands on impending events, with bigger shocks, more enemies, and bloodier deaths.

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Alien (2023) #5

Aug 16, 2023

Alien #5 brings the true horror story to a close. The book has been frantic and unrelenting in its violence from the moment the Xenomorphs entered, so it is true to form that it does not stop until the final moments.

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Alien (2023) Annual #1

Oct 4, 2023

Alien Annual 2023 #1 is a horrific nature documentary. It's an example of what the beasts get up to when no humans are around.

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All-Out Avengers (2022) #1

Sep 7, 2022

All-Out Avengers #1 is an energetic comic that is unashamed of putting the action first. While there is a plot that will link the issues, it appears that it is merely a setup for the characters to go into battle. It is a fun issue that doesnt let up from its intensity from the opening page to the last. The art isnt perfect but what it does do is capture the kinetic motion that is required. How this concept plays out over multiple issues will be fascinating to discover.

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All-Out Avengers (2022) #2

Oct 13, 2022

All-Out Avengers #2 is such a fun book to read. What is brilliant about this book is that there is a desire to be cool because anything is possible. The story almost comes second; it is the setup of the fights and the action itself that drives the comic forward. Those glimmers of mystery are very intriguing, and there is clearly a massive villain hiding behind the curtain. It is the random nature of not knowing what the next issue will bring that gives the comic its excitement.

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Alpha Flight (2023) #1

Aug 16, 2023

Alpha Flight #1 gives the Canadian superhero team a real chance to shine. The comic is individual to them, the friends they have lost, the battles they’ve faced together.

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Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #17

Jan 1, 1970

Amazing Spider-Man #17 is a blast. The plot has a long thread and energy in the short term. This is an extremely funny comic, silly at some points but in the most complimentary way possible. That is what works so well with Dark Web, not taking itself seriously and just having fun with demons and superheroes. The art is so exuberant and enjoyable that it is impossible not to smile while reading this issue.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #16

Dec 30, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #16 is a deeply personal book within a larger context. As Limbo bleeds into Earth, this is essentially a grudge match. The issue is incredibly fast-paced and fun to read, with the fantastic fight scene featuring masterful artwork. But there is substance and power within the energy, with the story being transformed entirely by the end of the comic.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #17

Jan 17, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #17 is a blast. The plot has a long thread and energy in the short term. This is an extremely funny comic, silly at some points but in the most complimentary way possible. That is what works so well with Dark Web, not taking itself seriously and just having fun with demons and superheroes. The art is so exuberant and enjoyable that it is impossible not to smile while reading this issue.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #18

Jan 25, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #18 is a comic that truly understands fun. This whole crossover has been terrific at keeping the tone light and constantly hilarious. Its not this dark, melancholic atmosphere that weighs heavily on the reader whilst reading.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #39

Dec 6, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #39 is controlling the chaos. This event has unleashed its full power, with heroes and villains everywhere in a power struggle that stretches over an entire city. And yet, with everything erupting, the story is captivating and keeps the exposition from overloading.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #40

Dec 20, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #40 keeps moving fast. The scramble for power within New York is dragging criminals out of the woodwork, and seeing the tussle between the groups is amazing fun.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #41

Jan 3, 2024

Amazing Spider-Man #41 is the best issue of Gang War so far. It puts distance between the generations whilst determining their similarities. The fights were brutal and brilliant within an unrelenting issue where the art has well and truly stepped up.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #42

Jan 17, 2024

The Amazing Spider-Man #42 is another great story for the villains. Despite the title, Spider-Man is in the backseat for the majority of this comic.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #43

Feb 14, 2024

Amazing Spider-Man #43 is brilliantly balanced. It’s a comic focused on action and characters, not placing more importance on either.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022): Gang War: First Strike #1

Nov 29, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man: Gang War First Strike #1 clicks off the safety. Whether as a newcomer or a longtime reader, it is clear from the start that the situation is on a knife edge, with criminals gaining confidence as the heroes lack it.

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Amazons Attack (2023) #1

Oct 24, 2023

Amazons Attack #1 is an energetic expansion. It takes what King ignited in Wonder Woman and shows how it affects everyone else.

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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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Astonishing Iceman (2023) #1

Aug 2, 2023

Astonishing Iceman #1 is a fantastic solo title. Spinning out of his supposed death, the book brilliantly provides insight as to why he would be such a high-value target in the first place.

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Avengers (2023) #1

May 17, 2023

Avengers #1 starts the new era with vigor, and Mackay brings a refreshing and more streamlined focus. The cast is classic and full of powerhouses in every form of the word.

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Avengers (2023) #2

Jun 21, 2023

Avengers #2starts expanding the wider story for this run. The book is settling into a groove through these examples of heroism but also showcases that something new is on the horizon.

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Avengers (2023) #3

Jul 26, 2023

Avengers #3 generates an aura and excitement without even throwing a punch, with drama in the dialogue and magnificent art.

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Avengers (2023) #4

Aug 9, 2023

The structure of the story highlights a story much larger than I had initially believed, with an enormous scale and potential for directions to travel in. The art is spectacular, unphased by the constant changes. And it is almost impossible to guess how the rest of this tribulation event will be handled going forward.

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Avengers (2023) #5

Sep 27, 2023

Avengers #5 maintains the magnitude of this first arc. This is one hell of a first Tribulation Event for the team, relentlessly restraining and overwhelming the Avengers from start to finish.

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Avengers (2023) #6

Oct 11, 2023

Avengers #6 is a triumphant set of knockout punches. This first arc has been epic, demonstrating the force and the severity of the enemies this Avengers team will face.

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Avengers (2023) #7

Nov 1, 2023

Avengers #7 starts a new arc with the most drastic of issues. Opening with the end of everything is a bold choice, but it is as captivating as possible.

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Avengers (2023) #8

Dec 6, 2023

Avengers #8 is a terrific standoff against adversity. What it takes to be an Avengers is presented loud and clear early within this issue, and those credentials never take a breather.

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Avengers (2023) #9

Jan 10, 2024

Avengers #9 is a superb action issue. It’s a book designed to weave characters and combat from beginning to end.

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Avengers (2023) #10

Feb 7, 2024

Avengers #10 steps up the storytelling. Drawn in through the action, this issue takes the time to draw the Avengers deeper into a war that appears to cross points in time and dimensions. The villains have spooked both Kang and Nightmare, which means their danger is even greater than initially realized.

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Avengers (2023) #11

Mar 6, 2024

Avengers #11 is warm and welcoming. This chapter relies on reminiscing in a series filled with new characters and endless action.

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Avengers (2023) #12

Apr 3, 2024

Even though it ties into Fall of The House of X, Avengers #12 feels entirely like an Avengers comic.

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Avengers (2023) #13

Apr 24, 2024

Avengers Issue #13 is a frantic finale to the tie-in. The Avengers involvement in Fall of X has been non-stop action, fighting Orchis with formidable firepower. The comic is an intense read that revels in classic superhero spectacle.

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Avengers (2023) #14

May 8, 2024

Avengers #14 is a new lineup of old friends. MacKay brings some classic characters into the comic to fill the void whilst the rest of the team is needed elsewhere. MacKay is ubiquitous across this event, and his ability to write several books simultaneously deserves immense commendation.

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Avengers Assemble (2022): Alpha #1

Jan 1, 1970

Avengers Assemble: Alpha #1 is the beginning of the end. The comic carries a huge weight with it, containing years of exposition... loyal fans may appreciate the combination of the series, joining three groups and multiple series into one epic. This propels Aaron's storytelling towards a conclusion of his own power, illustrated by one of the best in the business.

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Avengers Inc. (2023) #1

Sep 13, 2023

Avengers Inc #1 is something completely different. Ewing brilliantly crafts a book that truly contains two halves. A seemingly endless amount of mysteries are introduced based on Marvel’s long history, but it is possible for a reader with no knowledge of that to enjoy it also.

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Avengers: Twilight (2024) #1

Jan 17, 2024

Avengers: Twilight #1 is a somber story.

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Batman (2016) #137

Sep 5, 2023

Batman #137 is where Gotham War starts to take sides. What is tearing the group apart is not quite as sturdy a plot as it was when it was first established, but what it is generating is some fantastic character moments.

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Batman (2016) #138

Oct 3, 2023

Batman #138 is a sign of something significant. Now, actions are being taken that cross lines, which might mean there is no going back. And whilst the heroes are busy scrapping in the light, far too many villains lurk in the shadows.

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Batman (2016) #139

Nov 7, 2023

Batman #139 is both simple and complicated.

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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 / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Battle Lines #1

Aug 29, 2023

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 immediately sets the tone of the crossover. Many of the characters aren’t in their right minds as they come into the story, and that is before anything escalates the situation.

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Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Scorched Earth #1

Oct 31, 2023

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Scorched Earth #1 is a powerful ending. There is something to be said about the inevitability of Gotham, but this final issue ushers in massive amounts of change.

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Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Red Hood #1

Sep 26, 2023

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Red Hood #1 narrows the cast to expand the crossover. With so many voices within the main book, this issue still captures the same moral struggle on a smaller scale.

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Batman / Santa Claus: Silent Knight (2023) #1

Dec 5, 2023

TL; DRBatman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 is surprisingly evergreen. Whilst the main character is literally the symbol of Christmas and thick snow covers the Gotham ground, turning it into a monster-hunting horror comic gives the adventure the ability to be read any time of the year.

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Batman / Santa Claus: Silent Knight (2023) #2

Dec 12, 2023

Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #2 is one of the best Christmas comics ever. This series has the depth to be able to be read at any time of the year, no matter the season. The ancient spirit of Christmas forms a spine and soul to the book, but it doesn’t seek to undermine the hardcore elements of the action or the plot.

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Batman / Santa Claus: Silent Knight (2023) #3

Dec 19, 2023

Batman/Santa: Silent Knight #3 is turning into a sensational crossover. From the monster hunting to the banter between the heroes, the comic features endless amounts of fun.

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Batman / Santa Claus: Silent Knight (2023) #4

Dec 26, 2023

Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #4 concludes a really cool crossover. It’s not just a tale trapped in its own timeline; this fits into DC’s canon and could have consequences. And even if this book tried to step away from tradition and cliches, it is what it has to fall on to finish, but it’s hard to resist a smile.

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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 and Robin (2023) #1

Sep 12, 2023

Batman and Robin #1 uses separation to bring a family closer together. Batman’s actions prove that he’s trying to do things differently with Damian this time, and the approach is certainly worth reading.

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Batman and Robin (2023) #2

Oct 10, 2023

Batman and Robin #2 takes a different approach to the father-and-son relationship. Batman’s relationship with the Robins can be complicated, and that is very apparent here. But above all, it paints them both as good men.

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Batman and Robin (2023) #3

Nov 14, 2023

Batman and Robin #3 is an energetic edition of the series. The issue features exhilarating action from the beginning and never wants to let the book get far without the fights following it.

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Batman and Robin (2023) Annual: 2024

Jan 30, 2024

Batman and Robin 2024 Annual #1 embraces the larger format. It is a perfect example of the stories that can be told in an annual, benefitting from the extra space.

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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: City of Madness (2023) #1

Oct 10, 2023

Batman: City of Madness #1 is a visual masterpiece. It’s a fascinating story that is venturing into nightmarish territory.

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Batman: City of Madness (2023) #2

Dec 12, 2023

Batman: City of Madness #2 can make any reviewer feel inadequate. It’s an artistic experience that is utterly unforgettable and leaves you tongue-tied. It’s a book that exists in its own universe, speaking in both story terms and from a creative standpoint.

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Batman: City of Madness (2023) #3

Feb 13, 2024

Batman: City of Madness #3 concludes a journey of disturbing discovery. Ward has delivered a masterclass by bringing the iconic and unnerving style to the world of Batman.

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Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham (2023) #1

Sep 12, 2023

Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1 is both classic and contemporary. Grampá uses the stalwarts of the Batman mythos to set the scene and surroundings, but the new elements elevate the story.

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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - The Kryptonian Age (2024) #1

Jun 11, 2024

The sense of scale is dazzling in the writing and stunning visuals. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight — The Kryptonian Age #1 can drag and take its time to sink its teeth into the situation, but the second half is filled with adventure and character interactions.

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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: Killing Time (2022) #5

Jul 5, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #5 is a beautifully brutal comic. It is this intensely explosive release from all of the tension that had been brewing since the start of the comic. The diatribes about Ancient Greece and the tiger brawling were all leading to this confrontation. Kings scripting is excellent but the art may just be some of the best in any book DC has to offer right now. The first several pages are highly detailed about extremely graphic things, which was definitely unexpected and may take many by surprise.

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Batman: Killing Time (2022) #6

Aug 2, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #6 does not leave with the same majesty as it started with, but it tried really hard to. What is certain is the glorious art by both Marquez and Sanchez has made this comic a visual masterpiece. And for the majority of the comic the plot is well-crafted and poetic in its narration. The characters are interesting, but their conclusion does not always fit the power they had in earlier chapters of the series. All of these roads were meant to land in the same destination, but many of them hit a dead end.

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Batman: Legends of Gotham (2023) #1

Jan 31, 2023

Batman: Legends of Gotham #1 is a magnificent comic. It is action-packed and energetic and filled with a dark soul. It uses the stories that have been told before to try and wrap some of them up, an epilogue for Jason Todds recent adventures. Diggles script is fantastic and intelligent, brought to life by a tremendous art team that really generates fun.

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Batman: Off-World (2023) #1

Nov 21, 2023

Batman Off-World #1 is a chaotic cosmic adventure. Whilst Batman has been taken to territories where he doesn’t belong, the tone and the characters are representative of a world he is all too familiar with.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Catwoman #1

Jan 24, 2023

Batman: One Bad Day - Catwoman #1 is a comic crafted by masterful creators. Both the writing and the art is flawless, capturing the intricacies within the life of Selina Kyle.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Mr. Freeze #1

Nov 15, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day - Mr Freeze #1 is a brilliant extension of one of the greatest comic book stories ever. Tapping into an idyllic love story that becomes a tragedy threatens to tarnish this issue. But, instead, it creates a one-shot filled with emotion and conflict, coming at the story from a completely different. Batman and Robin are fantastic as well, brought together in an art style that perfectly fits the mood.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): The Riddler #1

Aug 16, 2022

Batman - One Bad Day: The Riddler #1 is a frightening yet irresistible tale. It removes the restraint from a character that can often be considered comical or ridiculous, turning him into something terrifying. The usual format that Batman and Riddler stories usually unfold with is fractured and it means that it is very difficult to predict what is happening. It is an achingly pretty one-shot as Gerads brings his evocative style to the book. This is a creative partnership that only leads to gold.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Bane #1

Jan 17, 2023

Batman: One Bad Day - Bane #1 is another excellent addition to the one-shot series. It's a comic that truly matches the personality of its subject, filled with violence, pride, and venom.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Two-Face #1

Sep 20, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day - Two-Face #1 tries to delay the inevitable. It is a brilliant depiction of a tragic character, one that always seems close to reconciliation. Whilst the story sets up a mystery that isnt a complicated one, it is as Tamaki created it as a beacon of false hope. This book strives to find positives within a world that is so far past dark it is pitch black. This is not a nice comic, it is frightening and horrifying. But it is also very difficult to look away.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): The Penguin #1

Oct 19, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day - Penguin #1 is an incredible look at one of Batmans most distinctive foes. The story itself is stunning, but the character development of Oswald Cobblepot balances, making him frightening and sympathetic. Its not just the character but his relationships with the city of Gotham and the man who seeks to protect it. Its a comic with layers and emotion, brilliantly encapsulated by a fantastic art team. For those that may not understand what Penguin brings to the crime community of Gotham, this one-shot beautifully demonstrates why he may be the one you keep onside.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Clayface #1

Feb 21, 2023

Batman: One Bad Day - Clayface #1 is one of the most intense additions to the series. Other books in the series have attempted to give redeeming qualities to the characters, showing them as more than villains. But with the Clayface chapter, it is the opposite.

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Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Ra's Al Ghul #1

Mar 21, 2023

Batman: One Bad Day Ras Al Ghul #1 is a fantastic exploration of a man who has lived for centuries. Its a brilliant script depicting a man with his own sense of honor, displaying that he has a reason for everything he does.

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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): 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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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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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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Birds of Prey (2023) #1

Sep 5, 2023

Birds of Prey #1 is a wonderful first issue. The chemistry between the characters is delightfully funny and heartfelt, with the potential to go dark and menacing at a moment’s notice. There’s a whirlwind of action from start to finish.

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Birds of Prey (2023) #2

Oct 3, 2023

Birds of Prey #2 is a brilliant mix of dialogue and action. Thompson is the perfect fit for this book; he is superb at creating connections between the characters. It’s an expansive and inclusive comic, making it a fun read.

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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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Black Panther: Blood Hunt (2024) #1

May 29, 2024

Black Panther: Blood Hunt #1 is visually and viscerally spectacular.

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Black Panther: Blood Hunt (2024) #2

Jun 19, 2024

Black Panther: Blood Hunt #2 must be respected for its ambition. The direction in which it has travelled is completely unexpected but not unwarranted.

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Black Widow & Hawkeye (2024) #1

Mar 13, 2024

Black Widow & Hawkeye #1 pushes an old friendship to its limits. This partnership is built out of tension and difficulty. Natasha and Clint will always search for each other in their worst moments, even if they don’t recognise the person they find. The start of the plot is unorthodox and complicated, but when the comic straightens out, it excels.

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Black Widow & Hawkeye (2024) #2

Apr 17, 2024

Black Widow & Hawkeye #2 keeps the relationship central to the story. Natasha and Clint are clearly their own individual people. Together, however, their connection drives the plot.

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Blade (2023) #1

Jul 19, 2023

Blade #1 is a new start that defies any expectations. The first half of the comic almost leans in on tropes and cliches, using a similar starting scene to what the Blade movie contains.

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Blade (2023) #2

Aug 30, 2023

Blade #2 gives the vampire hunter much more to hunt. Beautifully balanced when it comes to its structure, the comic takes its time delivering the story.

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Blood Hunt (2024) #4

Jun 26, 2024

Blood Hunt #4 is too disjointed to land its most powerful punches. MacKay’s idea of spreading the event across the books affects individual issues. The art is excellent, and the dialogue has some bite to it, but the pacing and structure of the penultimate chapter zaps all of its energy.

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Blood Hunters (2024) #1

May 8, 2024

Blood Hunters #1 shows how heroes adapt to the most dramatic situations. There is also a fantastic showcase of how creators can use the same concept and change it thoroughly depending on the main character.

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Blood Hunters (2024) #2

Jun 5, 2024

Blood Hunters #2 collectively sinks deeper into the darkness. Throughout the issue, the scenarios are getting bleaker.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #1

Sep 5, 2023

Blue Beetle #1 is a shining example of a first issue. It has a perfect balance of everything that could be wanted to start a new series. It’s a perfect jumping-on point for those who have found Blue Beetle from the blockbuster.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #2

Oct 3, 2023

Blue Beetle #2 is spectacularly supercharged. The energy within the book, once activated, is intoxicating.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #3

Nov 7, 2023

Blue Beetle #3 continues to build upon an extremely exciting series.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #4

Dec 5, 2023

Blue Beetle #4 is achingly beautiful. There is much less action, but that is only so more time can be spent with the characters and giving them all the development they need.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #5

Jan 2, 2024

Blue Beetle #5 is so much fun. The book is filled with personality and passion, with the action and colors of a Power Rangers episode. The dialogue and the art are simultaneously stunning, and the slow inclusion of Starfire was a stroke of genius.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #6

Feb 13, 2024

Blue Beetle #6 is an extraordinary ending to the first arc. The series never fails to be breathtaking and the emotional range existing within the storytelling is sublime.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #7

Mar 5, 2024

Blue Beetle #7 is a chaotic celebration of a career. The issue is more of a touching tribute than a coherent story, which is acceptable for a creator like Keith Giffen. This book has both fourth-wall-breaking madness and some genuine and gentle family moments, which have just as much power.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #8

Apr 2, 2024

Blue Beetle #8 is sensational. While much of the issue is exposition, the storytelling never feels tedious or cumbersome. When it is heavy, it is due to the beautiful art and the emotion that lingers in every word. The departure is heartbreaking, hitting like a freight train.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #9

May 14, 2024

Blue Beetle #9 is built around important conversations. A supporting cast has been built that is so tight-knit and connected that stories can be designed around all of them.

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Blue Beetle (2023) #10

Jun 11, 2024

Blue Beetle #10 is a boss battle for the ages. The spectacle is astounding, and the fight scene is terrific. All the unease and mistrust bleeding into every issue of the run reaches a peak.

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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 (2018) #750

Jul 5, 2023

Captain America #750 celebrates two Captains for perhaps the first time in one of these milestone issues. And the collection achieves that superbly.

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Captain America (2023) #1

Sep 20, 2023

Captain America #1 brings layers to an old man who has to be everywhere. For a man so stoic and permanently poised, perhaps even labelled as boring by some, Straczynski leans on that and sees if that can be tested.

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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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Captain Marvel (2023) #1

Oct 25, 2023

Captain Marvel #1 brings old stories back for new characters. Evolving the concept for this particular Captain Marvel generates a fascinating twist to the tale, and the book itself is fresh.

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Carnage (2022) #13

May 31, 2023

Carnage #13 raises the level of the crossover even further. Passing the ball to the villain, Paknadel embraces a new form of horror within the world of Carnage.

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Carnage (2022) #14

Jun 14, 2023

Carnage #14 is another great view from the villain's side of the story. Even with more heroes and other costumed characters wading in, the focus of this issue is the man pulling all the strings.

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Carnage Reigns (2023): Alpha

May 3, 2023

Carnage Reigns: Alpha #1 sets a high bar for the rest of the crossover.

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Carnage Reigns (2023): Omega

Jun 28, 2023

Carnage Reigns: Omega #1 is an epic conclusion.

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Catwoman (2018) #57

Sep 19, 2023

Catwoman #57 is the best issue of the crossover so far. It’s a character-driven issue that revolves around a fascinating setting.

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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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Cosmic Ghost Rider (2023) #1

Mar 1, 2023

Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 brilliantlybrings us back to an obscure corner of the universe. This wholly unique character, existing out on his own, brings with him a hardcore take on the cosmos and dealing vengeance.

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Cosmic Ghost Rider (2023) #2

Apr 5, 2023

Cosmic Ghost Rider #2 brings a lot more chaos and brilliant storytelling to the table.

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Cosmic Ghost Rider (2023) #3

May 10, 2023

Cosmic Ghost Rider #3 has kicked into gear. Bringing in figures like Valkyrie has pumped energy into the comic, with some terrific battles unfolding in multiple locations at the same time.

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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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Cult of Carnage: Misery (2023) #1

May 3, 2023

Cult of Carnage: Misery #1 finally gives Liz Allen a comic of her own. Since her father-in-law and even her son have been given titles, it is only fair that she gets the spotlight shone on her too. She is powerful in her own right and Pirzada captures the chaos and the spectrum of disasters happening to her, before ramping it up even further.

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Cyborg (2023) #1

May 16, 2023

Cyborg #1 is powered by an incredible story. The plot is driven by one massive inciting incident, something that shatters the story of Cyborg and will change this series massively. Hamptons put Victor Stone in a position where hes never been, and that unchartered territory is exciting. But it should be said that there are multiple mistakes on both the writing and art side that stop this book from being impeccable.

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Cyborg (2023) #2

Jun 20, 2023

Cyborg #2 is very hard to stick with. At its core is a great story and a fantastic lead. The plot is fascinating, altering the concept of Victors critical father into something more intense and fitting for a science-fiction comic. And the mysteries within Solace are intriguing. But the repeated gags arent working and the unappealing art style makes the comic unpleasant at points. They are weighing the book down and getting in the way of the extremely likable elements.

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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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Damage Control (2022) #1

Aug 24, 2022

Damage Control #1 is a bit too weird. It is easy to understand what Goldberg was trying to accomplish with this first issue, but it sticks the landing horribly. You cant get a foothold when the story moves too fast, but when it slows down, the explanations are repetitive yet ultimately empty.

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Daredevil & Echo (2023) #1

May 24, 2023

Daredevil and Echo #1 plunges the heroes into something totally different. Taboo and Earls subseries of mixing the street-level heroes with a magical, horror aspect has proved effective before, and the early signs of brilliance are here as well.

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Daredevil & Echo (2023) #2

Jun 28, 2023

Daredevil and Echo #2 needs to be an outlier. The issue takes the momentum of the first and almost instantly dampens it, putting the brakes on to litter the book with exposition and dialogue.

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Daredevil & Echo (2023) #3

Jul 26, 2023

Daredevil and Echo #3 welcomes back the weirdness. Its just the refresh the miniseries needed, offsetting the exposition of the last issue with action and craziness.

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Daredevil & Echo (2023) #4

Aug 23, 2023

Daredevil and Echo #4 will leave you brilliantly bewildered. All of the foibles within the first issue become clear, and ultimately the whole series is better when read as a whole book, not individual chapters.

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Daredevil (1964) #6

Jan 1, 1970

Daredevil #6 is a brilliant character issue. It allows those that have just arrived a chance to demonstrate their personality in what is quickly growing into a large cast of eccentric figures. Those at the heart of the story, Matt and Elektra, have spent a while building an army with the ability to take on the Hand, and it is great to see the strains that becoming a leader has on those with the world on their shoulder. Their time at their base has often seemed like one of training and tranquility. But with one final page, Zdarsky introduces a figure that is the opposite of tranquil.

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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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Daredevil (2022) #1

Jul 11, 2022

Daredevil #1 is a stunning start. It tries to close the door on Daredevils time in Hells Kitchen by having one last adventure in it. Zdarsky knows all of these characters completely at this stage, yet still tries to bring out new aspects to their personalities. From the start, it is evident that Murdock and Elektra come into this book with tortured souls and troubled minds. The art is gorgeous and it is so exciting to see this creative team back again.

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Daredevil (2022) #2

Aug 17, 2022

Daredevil #2 is a gorgeous celebration of 650 issues for the character. Within it is a story that shockingly tries to alter history whilst paying homage to it. It may not be filled with supporting cast members or rogues gallery, but it glorifies one of Marvels greatest heroes.

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Daredevil (2022) #3

Sep 14, 2022

This is a book that knows when to talk and when to fight, with incredible power emanating from the page when both happen. Daredevils attempt to wrap up in New York is revealing more and shows the depth that Zdarsky has generated in his time writing one of the best series currently on sale.

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Daredevil (2022) #4

Oct 18, 2022

Daredevil #4 combines both the old and the new. Many of the characters involved in this issue have been in the series for years, with The Hand being one of Daredevil's most prominent foes. But that history has been supplemented with recent additions to the supporting cast, and the circumstances are very different... It is a perfect blend of familiarity and tearing up expectations.

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Daredevil (2022) #5

Nov 23, 2022

Daredevil #5 is a great issue. It enjoys the past while subtly hinting at a dangerous future. The Fist appears to be an organization set up to repel the Hand, but it is just as mysterious with as much potential for darkness. Daredevil never comes out of these dealings unscathed and is already showing signs of instability. And the creative partnerships in this comic are jaw-dropping in all aspects.

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Daredevil (2022) #6

Nov 30, 2022

Daredevil #6 is a brilliant character issue. It allows those that have just arrived a chance to demonstrate their personality in what is quickly growing into a large cast of eccentric figures. Those at the heart of the story, Matt and Elektra, have spent a while building an army with the ability to take on the Hand, and it is great to see the strains that becoming a leader has on those with the world on their shoulder. Their time at their base has often seemed like one of training and tranquility. But with one final page, Zdarsky introduces a figure that is the opposite of tranquil.

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Daredevil (2022) #7

Jan 11, 2023

Daredevil #7 keeps the storyline moving with a terrific issue. Whilst all part of the same plot, the artists taking different parts gives layers to the story. The Hand and the Punisher have felt far away, only mentioned as an outside force. This issue brings them very close. I admire the voice this comic is developing, actually addressing key elements of superhero comics and society as a whole.

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Daredevil (2022) #8

Feb 8, 2023

Daredevil #8 is a masterclass of a battle. This is each creator functioning at an elite level. It's a fantastic fight issue that has an intoxicating atmosphere.

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Daredevil (2022) #9

Mar 29, 2023

Daredevil #9 is a disturbing book that cant look away from.

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Daredevil (2022) #10

Apr 28, 2023

Daredevil #10 is an issue powered by heartache. Friendships and alliances are erased in this comic as both Daredevils haven and his reputation disintegrate.

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Daredevil (2022) #11

May 10, 2023

Daredevil #11 pulls the hero up from one of his deepest lows. That guilt and sadness that fills Matt radiate from him in this issue, wallowing in grief. Zdarsky is a master of pace and subtle storytelling. Sometimes its difficult to see the machinations and the journey hes taking characters on until the end of an issue.

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Daredevil (2022) #12

Jun 7, 2023

SummaryDaredevil #12 is a poetic masterpiece.

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Daredevil (2022) #13

Jul 5, 2023

This entire comic transcends what I thought Daredevil comics were capable of whilst still feeling true to not just Zdarskys run, but the character as a whole. Its mindblowing, but enough foundations had been laid to feel earned.

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Daredevil (2022) #14

Aug 16, 2023

Daredevil #14 is a stunning end to one of the greatest-ever creative team runs. It's difficult for modern comics to fit alongside those classic runs and tales that formed the foundation of everything that came after.

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Daredevil (2023) #1

Sep 13, 2023

Daredevil #1 is a unique first issue. Being the newest creator developing the next steps for a huge character like Daredevil is never easy, and Ahmed has simply blown up all the expectations and conventions.

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Daredevil: Gang War (2023) #1

Dec 13, 2023

Gang War: Daredevil #1 is a fantastic tie-in. It isolates Daredevil whilst also making sure it's an integral part of the whole event. If there is a character that could be left alone to protect a whole area of New York, it is the world's deadliest assassin.

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Daredevil: Gang War (2023) #2

Jan 10, 2024

Daredevil: Gang War #2 is one of the best Gang War tie-ins due to the strength of its lead character.

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Daredevil: Gang War (2023) #3

Feb 7, 2024

Daredevil: Gang War #3 is pushing its key characters closer. The agony both women have endured and unleashed on others ties them together. Whilst it is deeply connected to the main book, there is constant communication with the other heroes.

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Daredevil: Woman Without Fear (2024) #1

Jul 17, 2024

The combat in Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 is one of the best fight scenes in months, constantly changing and gripping to see unfold over many pages.

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #2

Jul 5, 2022

Dark Crisis #2 is a powerful challenge for the next generation of heroes. Without backup, the fascinating story puts the characters to the test against villains that even the Justice League could have struggled against. The Crisis has barely begun and the enemies the Titans and others have been facing threaten to destroy all of them. With glorious art that refuses to pull any punches, the comic is impossible to look away from until the final page. And the Crisis will only get more intense as it deepens

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #3

Aug 2, 2022

Dark Crisis #3 is beautifully atmospheric. As the heroes are delivered punch after punch, Williamson is truly embracing the all-encompassing scale of an event comic. With the usual figureheads out of the picture, this is a beautiful portrayal of those left trying to pick up the pieces. The insecurity and nervousness is heartbreaking. And it is being brought to life by an incredible art team.

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #4

Sep 6, 2022

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 has everything an event issue needs. It has some characters rallying to arms and some shrinking under the pressure. It has unlikely allies being made to face horrific, monstrous enemies. It has shining beacons of hope before that is submerged in darkness. The art is jaw-dropping and the battles are intense. And then an ending that could threaten everything on a universal scale. The name change of the event has just elevated the stakes to an extreme level.

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #5

Oct 4, 2022

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 releases what has been building the entire event. There have been confrontations, battles, and showdowns before, with huge amounts of damage done to the heroes and their community. But there was always a sense that a battle that dwarfed those skirmishes was coming. And here it is with the fate of a universe in the balance... with the nature of this comic, there is possibly something even bigger around the corner.

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #6

Nov 8, 2022

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 is a powerhouse of a penultimate issue. It carries with it so much expectation and delivers wholeheartedly.

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #7

Dec 20, 2022

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 goes out with the same incredible magnitude it entered with. This is a book that is a beautiful mix of heartfelt character moments and some of the most epic set-pieces of the year.

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022): The Dark Army #1

Nov 22, 2022

Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 is a one-shot that struggles. From the beginning, it looked like an energetic and entertaining comic, and it absolutely has periods where it is. The character choices werent wrong, but I dont think they all had the impact that they could have.

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League (2022): Superman #1

Jul 12, 2022

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Superman #1 consists of conflicting quality. Both stories are interesting to read but not what I expected from this alternate universe take. Whilst there isnt a Justice League and the tonal shifts in the book are clear, both maintain a recognisable core of characters.

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League (2022): Green Lantern #1

Aug 9, 2022

Dark Crisis: Worlds without a Justice League - Green Lantern #1 has two amazing character stories. What makes the Green Lantern and the Hawkgirl story stand out is both of them are succinctly focused on their main figures, whereas the previous one-shot was happy to explore the supporting cast too.

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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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Dark Web (2022) #1

Dec 7, 2022

Dark Web #1 is a celebration of the past whilst exploring the present. It may not be entirely welcoming to new readers but it is rife with callbacks and reunions.

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Dark Web (2022): Finale #1

Feb 1, 2023

Dark Web Finale #1 closes the crossover with consistency. It goes out with the same energy that it came in with. It is clear on every single page that these creators love comics. This is a celebration of the characters and the format. Its so enjoyable to read, with lovable characters and fights full of excitement. And yet the story is meaningful, carrying massive consequences. Its a very rewarding comic and one that was a delight to read.

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Dark Web: X-Men #2

Jan 1, 1970

Dark Web: X-Men #2 is a great inclusion to the crossover. It features fantastic writing and phenomenal art. The book changes the face of the whole story by going from a spiritual Inferno sequel to a unique book that is the culmination of years of pain and heartbreak. Noto and Reis are an artistic match made in Limbo, fitting together seamlessly. The tie-ins of this crossover are being allowed to zone in on smaller parts of a larger, cross-dimensional tale that constantly adds more.

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Dark Web: X-Men #3

Jan 18, 2023

Dark Web: X-Men #3 shows a mother's strength and vulnerability. It is a story steeped in specific history, which has left pain and scars. Its an exciting issue, with a fantastic fight between two of Marvels most powerful women.

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Dark X-Men (2023) #1

Aug 16, 2023

Dark X-Men #1 is needed when times get as dark as they are…It’s one of the most epic lineups, with some of the mutant world’s most malicious, repulsive, and awesome representatives. But it’s demonstrative of where the Fall of X storyline is.

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DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #1

Sep 27, 2022

Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of The Dead #1 is an impressive intro by a horror legend. There arent many figures more knowledgeable about the genre than Bruce Campbell. There are a few imperfections, but they can be forgiven for a relatively new foray into the format. This is an exciting Nazi Zombies tale featuring one of DCs cult heroes. It is creepy and action-packed does successfully merge the classic comic with a horror twist. The levels of darkness these creators are capable of are only hinted at, but this series makes me eager to discover more.

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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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DC Mech (2022) #1

Jul 26, 2022

DC Mech #1 is unflinching. What I initially believed to be a fun robotic romp turned brutal and dark instantly. This is shocking but a strong method of establishing the comic, forcing you to take it seriously. The energetic and intense mech madness is still there as the action in this comic is nonstop, but Porter does not shy away from violence, nor does Rivas pull any punches drawing it.

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DC Pride (2021): 2024 #1

May 30, 2024

DC Pride 2024 #1 is a huge celebration. The fact that some characters weren't included demonstrates how many choices there are now, a distinct difference from just a few years ago.

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Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Gang War (2023) #1

Dec 27, 2023

Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu: Gang War #1 brings another player onto the board. Initially wanting to be isolated from the rest of the event, it is evident that circumstances do not want that to remain the case. The notion of implications for what happens within this crossover is consistent with the majority of the tie-ins, giving the whole event more weight and edge.

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Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Gang War (2023) #2

Jan 31, 2024

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Gang War #2 threatens Shang-Chi’s balance. Poised between being a gang leader and a superhero, the turmoil sends the martial artist back and forth between armies like a tennis ball. He can’t trust anyone and no one can trust him. The different sides of the character are on display to reflect who faces him, and that variety is exciting to explore.

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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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Defenders: Beyond (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

Defenders Beyond #1 is an awkward start. It is a comic with a lot of history and a lot of exposition for the future of the series. It is a lot of baggage for Ewing to move, and it isnt all dealt with easily.

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Dega (2023) OGN

Jan 10, 2023

Dega is a mesmerising sci-fi comic. McDaid's script and his art are equally gorgeous as this long project explores more than just a planet. The depth in writing, implementing an extremely high concept while being contemplative about existence, expands the mind.

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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): 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 (2021): Winter Soldier #1

Jan 1, 1970

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

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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: 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 (2023) #1

Mar 22, 2023

Doctor Strange #1 brings the Sorcerer Supreme back in a marvelous first issue. The energy and exuberance of the comic make it very easy to sink into, whilst that ability to descend into darkness gives the book weight and unpredictability. The book instantly cements Strange as an important part of the Marvel Universe, easily interacting and fitting in with whichever hero Mackay includes.

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Doctor Strange (2023) #3

May 31, 2023

Doctor Strange #3 is a great example of how different this book is from other superhero comics. The job that Doctor Strange has is vastly separate from that of Spider-Man or Daredevil.

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Doctor Strange (2023) #4

Jun 14, 2023

Doctor Strange #4 focuses on an investigation. It initially seemed like an odd choice to separate this issue from Strange himself and put more emphasis on Wong and Pandora. It could come across as filler or a side story. Instead, it is about as on track as the plot could get

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Doctor Strange (2023) #5

Jul 5, 2023

Doctor Strange #5 is a confrontation of control. It takes the highly anticipated wedding and turns it into an intense, uncomfortable showdown between the most powerful magical beings without them even fighting one another.

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Doctor Strange (2023) #15

May 8, 2024

Doctor Strange #15 is a show of intent. MacKay does not hold back in the early part of the comic. It highlights the damage the writers are willing to do to some of the most integral superheroes within the Marvel Universe.

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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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Dracula: Blood Hunt (2024) #1

May 8, 2024

Dracula: Blood Hunt #1 is the Generation Game with fangs and stakes. It packs mystery and gothic horror with youthful energy.

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Dracula: Blood Hunt (2024) #2

Jun 20, 2024

Dracula: Blood Hunt #2 excellently explores emotions.

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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): Alpha #1

Jul 7, 2021

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

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Scream #1

Jul 14, 2021

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

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Phage #1

Jul 20, 2021

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

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Riot #1

Jan 1, 1970

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

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Agony #1

Sep 15, 2021

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

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Lasher #1

Jan 1, 1970

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

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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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Extreme Venomverse (2023) #1

May 10, 2023

Extreme Venomverse #1 is a great barometer of how a similar story can change with minor tweaks.

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Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel (2023) #1

Jul 12, 2023

There are a modicum of reasons why losing Kamala is so gut-wrenching, and I think the whole comic encapsulates that.

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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) #784

Jul 19, 2022

The Flash #784 is a brilliant injection of pace to the series. The three separate stories that are running parallel to each other bring with them unique settings and characters. The energy this comic contains is infectious and so much fun. It is full of content and incredibly exciting events brought to life with gorgeous art that is able to adapt to fit the needs of the story.

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Flash (2016) #785

Aug 16, 2022

The Flash #785 brings all stories to the finish line and avoids tripping over itself. Adams shows a terrific understanding of structure as he is able to control such a huge plot and a dozen speedsters while having the emotional core shine through. All of this is presented through intelligent and magnificent artistic skills.

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Flash (2016) #787

Oct 18, 2022

The Flash #787 is glorious madness. This comic feels like a time-out issue after long story arcs and events, allowing for a gap before the next one with an incredibly fun adventure. It captures the carefree nature this series can have that makes it so easy to fall in love with. Not every comic needs doom and gloom, some can just be a delight

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Flash (2016) #789

Dec 20, 2022

The Flash #789 is a brilliant reinvigoration of the series. The last two issues, bringing the Rogues back and using previous events to move the story around, have given the story a new purpose and a heap of excitement. The supporting cast is growing further with brand new plot threads that will forever change Wally West and his family. It is constantly moving and always filled with energy. And with hints of something massive on the horizon, my confidence in the series remains high.

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Flash (2016) #790

Jan 10, 2023

The Flash #790 is an excellent example of an opening gambit. The atmosphere is constructed beautifully, shifting in tone from the previous issues of the series and again mid-issue. The suspense is huge and the art is terrific, with a final page that proves that Adams is not willing to mess around.

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Flash (2016) #791

Jan 17, 2023

The Flash #791 is a heartbreaking sign of intent. The One-Minute War very much gives depth and weight to a comic that has been light for a while.

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Flash (2016) #792

Feb 7, 2023

The Flash #792 is a stunning mixture of tones. It starts incredibly sad and incredibly exciting, and Adams balances that transition beautifully.

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Flash (2016) #793

Feb 21, 2023

The Flash #793 keeps the comic moving at full speed.

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Flash (2016) #794

Mar 7, 2023

The Flash #794 blends the dark and the light. It has those streaks of hope that will always be present in a Flash comic, coming from such strong and unrelenting characters. But there is also a deep sadness to the book that Adams brings that is both gorgeous and devastating.

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Flash (2016) #795

Mar 21, 2023

The Flash #795 is hurtling towards its conclusion, shining as it does. The One-Minute War has been a powerful story arc; this issue is another excellent inclusion.

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Flash (2016) #796

Apr 4, 2023

The Flash #796 ends the One-Minute War with a fantastic finale. The new concept is clunky and odd within the context of everything else included in the book, but the last battle itself and the action of the issue as a whole are magnificent. And by the end of the story, the classic energy and hopeful feeling of classic Flash books have returned.

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Flash (2016) #797

Apr 18, 2023

The Flash #797 is brilliant, youthful fun. The kids have to save the day independently, with barely an adult to be seen.

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Flash (2016) #798

May 2, 2023

The Flash #798 is a book of new lives and new horizons. The birth of a child in a fictional world can be significant in many ways, even more so when they are the child of a superhero. The baby becomes a target, a plot device, but also the very beginning of a new legacy hero. The story can move forward in incredibly dramatic ways with a joyful time travel romp that uses all of the runs loose threads, hinting that they will all be wrapped up soon.

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Flash (2016) #799

May 16, 2023

The Flash #799 is a very different second half. The comic flings us straight into the action and doesnt let up until the end. Its frantic and dramatic and has ramifications that could affect the entire West Family and their future. This is why the way it ends feels so bittersweet. Its positive and intriguing, but not the knockout blow this full-throttle fight deserved.

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Flash (2016) #800

Jun 6, 2023

The Flash #800 brings an era to a close and fires the starting gun for the new one. The transition happens through the course of the comic, signaling a shift in the tide. That tonal difference is one that will be fascinating to see if persists on a more consistent basis.

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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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Flash (2016) Annual: 2022

Aug 30, 2022

The Flash 2022 Annual #1 is a love story full of warmth. A novel plot concept that uses another story as a way of bringing the best out of the main characters. Lindas book may lack proper stakes, but it carries those same themes of love and fun that this run of the Flash thrives off. This is a comic that isnt afraid to delve deep into romance as Adams really encapsulates the happiness of this pairing. In a dark world, that light is always welcome.

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Flash (2016): One-Minute War - Special #1

Jan 31, 2023

The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 is a massive tie-in powered not just by Adams but by a whole host of amazing artists that demonstrate speed in their own unique ways.

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Flash (2023) #1

Sep 26, 2023

The Flash #1 changes everything. The book is such an emotional shift from what came before, uprooting the feelings of comfort and safety, which was a crucial aspect of the previous run. Now every part of the book is unsettling.

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Flash (2023) #2

Oct 24, 2023

The Flash #2 rips up the rule book of the fabric of the DC Universe. What was believed about the physics and even the spirituality of the Speed Force is being upended with the introduction of something new.

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Flash (2023) #3

Nov 28, 2023

The Flash #3 is mesmerizing. Every time we try to learn more about the forces of the DC Universe, the mysteries within it get deeper.

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Flash (2023) #4

Dec 26, 2023

The Flash #4 is incredible. This whole series is absolutely unique, taking not just the Flash to another level but the whole superhero genre in general. Using Irey grounds the comic, providing both a tether to bring Wally back home and, as an adventurer herself, running off into danger.

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Flash (2023) #5

Jan 23, 2024

At the very core of the comic is a family, and the complications within that family can strike a pang of guilt and sadness into everyone’s heart.

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Flash (2023) #6

Feb 27, 2024

The Flash #6 celebrates confusion. The book is at an impasse. Spurrier is telling a cosmic horror story within the confines of the forces that control the Flash. And while reading it is mesmerising, comprehension of what is happening is on the verge of slipping away.

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Flash (2023) #7

Mar 26, 2024

The Flash #7 catches everyone up. The book has moved at such a speed lately that it has been hard to hang on to, so this issue explains those left behind. Wally’s absence from the picture allows exploration of some of the neglected figures in the series, such as Barry and the other speedsters.

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Flash (2023) #8

Apr 23, 2024

The Flash #8 is a cacophony of chaos. There is so much to love about this series and the inquisitive nature with which it tries to break reality and time. But it can also be tough to stay with it.

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Flash (2023) #9

May 28, 2024

The Flash #9 helps the series find its feet again. The clarity within the storytelling allows us to enjoy the dialogue and the intricate details of Spurrier’s script further, which has never faltered.

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Flash (2023) Annual: 2024

Apr 30, 2024

The Flash 2024 Annual #1 takes Wally to the edge of everything. This story needed to be told in an annual, as it needed space to go as far as it did.

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Flash: The Fastest Man Alive (2022) #1

Sep 13, 2022

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1 is an excellent reminder of what to expect from the Flash movie. Porter recaptures the tremendous chemistry that Flash and Batman had in Justice League and toys with it again, revitalizing the characters. While the story itself is drastically close to one already told, it is a relationship built within a different world that gives the book a heart. It's a book pulsating with energy and enthusiasm, and fans wanting a prelude before the movie should check it out.

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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): 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): 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): 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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G.O.D.S. (2023) #1

Oct 4, 2023

G.O.D.S. #1 is gorgeous and gigantic. The series’ ambition must be commended, willing to slice into the fabric of a dimension to find new stories. And when doing that, it’s not going to be easy to explain what’s happening.

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Gambit (2022) #1

Jul 27, 2022

Gambit #1 is an untold story clarified. It is amazing that Claremont was brought back to tell a tale that possibly only he knew the true details of. And it could be possible that this history remained hidden in his own planning for decades. Whilst the characters' futures can be read about in hundreds of comics that succeed when this one is set, that is not the point of this issue The relationship between the characters is being demonstrated, with the dynamic between Gambit and the young Storm being beautifully written and deeply investing. Perhaps the title is misleading, as the focus of the plot appears to be Ororo (which is not a complaint) instead of Gambit.

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Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel (2022) #1

Jul 27, 2022

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel #1 is a brilliant reunion with some old friends. We relive these old characters and follow their new adventures at the same time. And this is being created by David, a man who knows these figures like the back of their hand. This blend of classic and modern is fused wonderfully as so much of this area of the Marvel Universe felt lost and forgotten. The issue isnt obsessed with history nor does it ignore it. Instead, it uses it to enrich the present.

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Ghost Rider (2022): Vengeance Forever #1

Aug 10, 2022

Ghost Rider: Vengeance Forever #1 celebrates 50 years of a premise that embodies many captivating characters. For there is a terrific understanding that celebrating the existence of Ghost Rider shouldnt only be centred around Johhny Blaze or Danny Ketch. Whilst some have had more issues of been more integral to the lore, every single one of them have been involved in something huge and had fantastic stories told about them. This is done by a clever idea for a plot and wonderful art. But it also solidifies the fact that there is potential for another 50 years of Ghost Rider comics.

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Ghost Rider / Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance (2023): Alpha

Aug 9, 2023

Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance Alpha #1 is an excellent opener to the crossover

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Giant-Size (2024): Spider-Man #1

Jan 10, 2024

Giant-Size Spider-Man #1 is conflicting. The first in a set of 50th-anniversary one-shots, the idea is magnificent whilst the execution is strange.

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Gold Goblin (2022) #1

Nov 16, 2022

Gold Goblin #1 is well crafted but lacks personality. The concept of having Norman Osborn go straight is interesting and has been treated well in other Spider-Man books. But the first issue needs to define what he is like now, otherwise, his old, villainous self will be wanted back.

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Gotham City: Year One (2022) #1

Oct 4, 2022

Gotham: Year One #1 is a fascinating exploration of the past. Whilst set in the history of the city, this is a really engrossing new story. Brilliantly pastiching the genre of a noir tale to tell an unseen, potentially shameful hidden origin creates a fantastic atmosphere. Both the artists and the writer do a superb job of toying with the homage before mixing in both their own flair, ripping up any expectations.

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Green Lantern (2023) #1

May 9, 2023

Green Lantern #1 is a great way of starting again.

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Green Lantern (2023) #2

Jun 13, 2023

Green Lantern #2 has the best of both worlds, with two stories that show that there isnt a wrong direction to travel in a Green Lantern comic.

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Green Lantern (2023) #3

Sep 12, 2023

Green Lantern #3 returns to its regular storytelling. After the Knight Terrors distraction, the book seamlessly transitions into Sinestro’s revenge and Hal’s attempt to figure out his new ring.

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Green Lantern (2023) #4

Oct 10, 2023

Green Lantern #4 brings The Brave and The Bold back together. This whole series has a refreshing return to classic Green Lantern stories, and this issue expands that idea

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Green Lantern (2023) #5

Nov 14, 2023

Green Lantern #5 is a tremendous issue. The decision to ground both Green Lantern and his greatest enemy was genius, as it localized the storytelling. One of the most famous rivalries in DC’s history is reignited and reforged, with the damage their battles caused being felt by people who are just spectators.

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Green Lantern (2023) #10

Apr 9, 2024

Green Lantern #10 puts Hal back home. The art gives the Green Lantern Corps the grandeur it deserves, even at its lowest moments. The book also regularly reminds us that Hal is not the only Green Lantern, and all must work towards liberating the cause they all cherish.

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Green Lantern (2023) #13

Jul 10, 2024

Green Lantern #13 feels full. There are so many levels to the story being told by the creative team on this issue alone. The story jumps between the characters to showcase how many directions the plot is moving in but reamains easy to follow.

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Green Lantern: War Journal (2023) #1

Sep 19, 2023

Green Lantern: War Journal #1 expands the story into something much bigger. The book is intensely creepy and atmospheric, with the overriding feeling that something awful is about to happen. This feels like the last moments of peace for John before bringing him into the action.

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Groot (2023) #1

May 3, 2023

Groot #1 is a wonderful and emotive book. Abnett is tapping into a piece of Marvels history that is very much under-explored.

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Groot (2023) #2

Jun 7, 2023

Groot #2 shows a distinct change in its characters. The book is thrilling and emotional, as I found myself getting attached to the little tree and those that have chosen to try and keep them safe.

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Groot (2023) #3

Jul 12, 2023

Groot #3 features excellent storytelling from all of the creators. Every person involved in making the comic had a crucial, irreplaceable part to play in controlling the tone and tempo of the book.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #1

Apr 12, 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is a great new start for the team.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #2

May 17, 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 continues to set a new tone for the group.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #3

Jan 1, 1970

Guardians of the Galaxy #3 is the best issue of the series so far. It explores the theme in a way that respects the history it is borrowing from whilst making an impactful story.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #4

Jul 19, 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy #4 shows the aftermath of losing a best friend. It is gorgeously solemn and expressive.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2023): Bane of Blastaar #1

Apr 26, 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy: Bane of Blastaar #1 is a fun cosmic adventure. So easy to pick up and enjoy, it is a fantastic example of how this cast of characters just makes any story they are in enjoyable.

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Hallows' Eve (2023) #1

Mar 1, 2023

Hallows Eve #1 is a delightful first issue. The character is new and is such a brilliant idea. Schultz has picked Janine up after Dark Web and Amazing Spider-Man and given her space to shine.

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Hallows' Eve (2023) #2

Apr 19, 2023

Hallows Eve #2 continues to be an exciting breath of fresh air. This is a book that is going out on its own with a lot of new, unexplored characters, and that is what makes it a really underrated book.

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Hallows' Eve (2023) #3

May 24, 2023

Hallows Eve #3 ramps up the energy of the series. The growth and development are gradual but noticeable. And whilst the story loses some of its real power by the end of the issue, this great cast is what keeps it interesting.

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Hallows' Eve (2023) #4

Jun 22, 2023

Hallows' Eve #4 gives the inexperienced hero a real test. The issue creates the biggest stakes so far, penning the heroes in and giving them a showdown with the villains of the book. It continues to be an exciting comic with a small cast of fascinating characters.

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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) #17

Jul 26, 2022

Harley Quinn #17 is a heartfelt end to an arc. It seeks to try and patch up the pain that has been felt throughout the arc whilst also forcing the characters to go through more.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #18

Aug 2, 2022

Harley Quinn #18 is a new start on many levels. The new art team carries that same soul that this book so proudly kept, with energy and enthusiasm constantly adding a smile to the face. But the story is massively changed, taking Harley out of her world and sending her to something different. The exposition is heavy, but it does give both Phillips and Harley a brand new and exciting adventure with a team full of chaos.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #19

Aug 6, 2022

Harley Quinn #19 places our hero in a creepy space horror comic. Phillips orchestrates a brand new type of story brilliantly, balancing the last cast beautifully whilst making it clear that not everyone is safe. The art is simply incredible and full of character, exactly what is needed in a comic full of so much personality.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #20

Aug 16, 2022

Harley Quinn #20 gives a space horror story the clown treatment. Phillips combines a genuinely disturbing and scary plot with one of the most powerful characters in terms of personality, and it is a superb mix. Its a new setting for Harley but she would be a livewire anywhere in the universe. The art gives the comic an unsettling edge whilst also keeping that cartoonish element. That signature, impeccable dialogue and narration will always give this comic an emotional heart unlike any other.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #21

Jan 1, 1970

Harley Quinn #21 brings the space horror back to Earth and continues to impress. The book is lively and atmospheric, with some excellent characters thrown up against a terrifying monster.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #23

Oct 25, 2022

Harley Quinn #23 is a brilliant example of everything that makes this comic great. It is excellent storytelling, with interlacing plot threats that are rife with mystery and anticipation.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #24

Nov 22, 2022

Harley Quinn #24 is excellent. It is not a lively book, with an interrogation taking the place of a lengthy fight. But the dialogue and character development are so powerful that it is just as intense as any battle. Harley is such a strong protagonist that she can be exhilarating no matter what she does.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #25

Jan 1, 1970

Harley Quinn #25 showcases how unpredictable this series can be from one issue to another. The "Who Killed Harley Quinn" arc has been transported in a direction that was unforeseeable at the beginning, and it has branched into a story verging on a Crisis. The energy and ability to balance tones will always make this book infectious. The art is glorious and full of personality, which is this comic's most important aspect.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #26

Jan 24, 2023

Harley Quinn #26 is a book brimming with emotion. Spending so much time with these characters and with such a fantastic writer of dialogue at the helm means that every brutal jab Harley and Kevin make at each other hurts.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #27

Feb 28, 2023

Harley Quinn #27 is a warm and loving ending to a really remarkable run.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #28

Mar 28, 2023

Harley Quinn #28 ultimately captures the main characters soul but struggles to settle. The protagonist is superbly written and is in safe hands with Howard.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #29

Apr 25, 2023

Harley Quinn #29 is settling in and shining. Now that all of the elements of the plot have been introduced, Howard is starting to explore and excel with them.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #30

May 23, 2023

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Harley Quinn (2021) #31

Jun 27, 2023

Harley Quinn #31 brings the adventure home. The sudden stop in the situation may cause whiplash, but the energy of the comic never ceases to amaze.

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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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Harley Quinn (2021) Annual: 2022

Aug 30, 2022

Harley Quinn 2022 Annual #1 is a thrilling finale to a long arc. It may not be completely conclusive for many of the characters, but the last battle is magnificently lively and chaotic. Not one character has remained the focal point, and it has been a fusion of horror movie homages with the specific personalities that only Phillips could bring. This aside is important with the change in artists on the main series, like a palette cleanser, before we are thrown back into something new.

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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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Hawkgirl (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Hawkgirl #1 hints at a series full of life and energy. It sets Kendra off on her adventure, but with her superhero friends there to perhaps serve as a buffer before she goes out on her own.

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Hell To Pay (2022) #1

Nov 2, 2022

Hell To Pay #1 is a powerful first issue...The blend of horror and action is stitched together superbly. Soules script is exciting and weighted with content, while Sliney's incredibly creative art choices give the book an adventurous energy.

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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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Hulk (2021) #1

Jun 21, 2023

Hulk #1 is delectably disturbing as we are immersed in a horror story of intoxicating proportions from page one, unearthing a completely new threat.

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Hulk (2021) #2

Jul 26, 2023

Incredible Hulk #2 is a horror comic through and through. It is difficult to find superhero elements in the story as there are few. Its scarier than Ewings run, more primal and intrinsic in how the frights are instilled.

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Hulk (2021) Annual #1

May 17, 2023

Hulk Annual 2023 is such an ambitious idea, taking an incredibly specific genre of horror film and adapting it to a comic seems like an impossible take, and yet it is achieved superbly.

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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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Immortal Thor (2023) #1

Aug 23, 2023

The Immortal Thor #1 is a glorious fusion of newness and nostalgia. This is an entirely fresh story, with characters setting out on journeys with roles they’ve never had before.

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Incredible Hulk (2023) #3

Aug 30, 2023

Incredible Hulk #3 is a cacophonous display of carnage.

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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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Invincible Iron Man (2022) #1

Dec 14, 2022

The Invincible Iron Man #1 is an explosive start. Duggan's run begins with a bang, and the energy manifested by that will hopefully inform the rest of the series. There is a streamlined nature to the comic, with Tony Stark basically having the armor on his back and nothing else. It's an Iron Man adventure in the heart of the Marvel Universe, borrowing the best the world has to offer with cameos and mysteries galore.

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Invincible Iron Man (2022) #2

Jan 18, 2023

Invincible Iron Man #2 is a great issue powered by the personality of its heroes. Iron Man and Ironheart in a comic together is a great combination, the mixture of confidence, experience, and a reverse student/teacher relationship brings an uneasy tension throughout the issue. Duggan has laced the series with mysteries and avenues for adventure, with glorious art from Frigeri and Valenza.

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Invincible Iron Man (2022) #3

Feb 16, 2023

The Invincible Iron Man #3 is a terrific comic book. Its a comic that can tell interesting stories filled with weight and manipulations but also knows how to have fun. Duggan completely understands the fact that these are men wearing metal armours and slugging it out, and the battles theyve been having embrace the epic level those can reach. That mix of mystery and action is being balanced well, and the art is so stunning that either looks glorious.

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Invincible Iron Man (2022) #4

Mar 29, 2023

Invincible Iron Man #4 is an extremely satisfying comic. It is filled with emotional weight and stunning dialogue as Tony Starks need for revenge comes to fruition.

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Invincible Iron Man (2022) #6

May 10, 2023

Invincible Iron Man #6 is an absolute pleasure to read. Its an issue that celebrates and relishes reliving the past, remembering the teams and relationships at the time. The promotional material superbly uses a red herring to distract from the main event, so there is a world of surprises within. Both fight scenes are delightful, and the art is stunning on every page.

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Invincible Iron Man (2022) #7

Jun 7, 2023

Invincible Iron Man #7 is exhilarating. A great story of attempted payback, the issue is action-packed and filled with exciting moments. This unofficial crossover between Iron Man and the X-Men generates a really interesting storyline for both sets of heroes, especially for Iron Man.

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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 (2022) #5

Aug 31, 2022

Iron Fist #5 cements a new legacy. As the arc comes to a close, it does feel like Lin Lies confidence within himself has grown, especially after the Shao-Lao discussion. That transformation from the man in pain to this fighter in control has been a remarkable journey to follow, even if it feels like a few levels were skipped. It has also been an awesome martial arts/fantasy series full of energy, and intensity. Iron Fist continues into A.X.E., but I really hope this isnt the last of his own series.

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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 (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) #12

Sep 15, 2021

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) #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) #21

Jul 20, 2022

Iron Man #21 brings Stark back to basics. It may appear simple: Iron Man going up against a villain one-on-one. But the issue is really refreshing with its tense and emotional tone. It feeds into a larger story and serves as an amazing single tale.

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Iron Man (2020) #22

Aug 3, 2022

Iron Man #22 contains extraordinary acceleration. What begins as a slow and methodical issue ramps up into one of intensity and drama. It isnt just a mechanical melee between good and evil but a brush with something much more dangerous. The mix between action and storytelling is balanced remarkably well by Cantwell and Unzueta is comfortable bringing both the loud and quiet moments to life.

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Iron Man (2020) #23

Sep 14, 2022

Iron Man #23 is an example of great storytelling. Each chapter of Cantwells run is full of content and is a meaningful read. The character study of Tony Stark is investing, and the plots are both familiar to classic Iron Man comics and new in the territories being explored... Whilst there are some gripes with the art and some characters, it doesnt damage the brilliance of the story.

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Iron Man (2020) #24

Oct 19, 2022

Iron Man #24 is a powerful issue. The first half has one of the best showdowns since the start of the run. It felt like so much pain and struggle had led to an explosive burst of emotion and action. It is enthralling to read. The second act of the comic lacks the same momentum and goes on for too long, but it is still exciting and demonstrates incredible character writing.

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Iron Man / Hellcat Annual (2022) #1

Jun 30, 2022

Iron Man and Hellcat Annual #1 is a wonderful love letter to Patsy Walker... Throughout that first arc, Patsys trauma and history with Hell and marriages have been violently reminisced about but never shown. This annual brings that to life in a chilling fashion. Those demons (some literally) are put in front of her to face through incredibly intelligent scripting and artwork.

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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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It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth OGN

Nov 10, 2022

I adore the way the art or writing doesnt adhere to rules, and actively mocks the rules it is meant to follow. The versatility makes you sob then laugh then feel guilty because you laughed.

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Jean Grey (2023) #1

Aug 23, 2023

Jean Grey #1 is a unique approach to the alternate futures concept.

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John Stewart: The Emerald Knight (2022) #1

Jan 1, 1970

John Stewart: The Emerald Knight #1 is an issue damaged by one flaw. The comic stutters with the execution slightly, bogging down with huge exposition that is very clunky and carries too much inside it. Those universal concepts just needed to be addressed in a way that kept the momentum of the story moving forwards. Because aside from those periods it is an exciting conclusion with an entertaining art style.

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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: 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: 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: 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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Kneel Before Zod (2024) #1

Jan 2, 2024

Kneel Before Zod #1 is a real character piece. Every part of this world seems to be built entirely in Zod’s image, right down to the individual panel. The lack of heroes of any sort removes ideas of hope, love, or kindness from the book, replaced with an authoritarian bully who has been selected as the “protagonist.”

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Kneel Before Zod (2024) #2

Feb 6, 2024

Kneel Before Zod #2 is an interesting experiment. It explores what happens in a world without heroes. It adds two threads that run parallel to each other and split Zod’s concentration, which could split the whole planet in half.

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Kneel Before Zod (2024) #3

Mar 5, 2024

Kneel Before Zod #3 is the turning point in the series. It has been a fascinating read so far and an interesting experiment. Having protagonists lacking emotions and sensitivity is a challenge Casey has accepted and accomplished.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors #1 shows that the real world is just as intense as the nightmares. An issue that is jaw-dropping to look at, the visuals are pivotal to help tell the story. The art style changing page by page is fascinating and helps the exposition be read effortlessly.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #2

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors #2 has a lot to accomplish. So much of the real world has been obscured by the other tie-ins, so Williamson has to shoulder the responsibility of exposition. The pace can be slow, but this comic is keeping the others afloat.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #3

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors #3 ventures into the endgame. With so many asleep, the world can feel empty now. But its also mixing cult favourite characters with household names to tell a story that leans on horror and fear rather than action. The tie-ins might be ending, but Knight Terrors isnt over yet.

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Knight Terrors (2023) #4

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors #4 is a slow penultimate issue. Whilst it has its moments of brilliance and the art is gorgeous, the pacing does slow the momentum down.

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Knight Terrors (2023): First Blood #1

Jul 4, 2023

Knight Terrors: First Blood #1 is a brilliant look at what the event will entail. It features some of the core characters within the DC Universe, as well as others that will be important for this book of death and dreams. The mystery of the threat is brilliant as it is so different from anything anyone within that realm usually faces.

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Knight Terrors (2023): Night's End #1

Aug 29, 2023

Knight Terrors: Night's End #1 gives the event the energetic ending it deserves. It's satisfying to have a linear pathway in a storyline that has largely moved sideways and backwards in order to make sense.

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Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Action Comics #1 is a great display of how creators can interpret superheroes and their nightmares. Here we have two different horror stories, but each one is an entirely separate approach.

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Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2 concludes two fantastic tie-ins. Although the issue is long, it doesn’t feel bloated as the intensity and the pace is rapid from the first page to the last.

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Knight Terrors: Angel Breaker (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Angel Breaker #1 is fantastic. The story would be amazing even if it weren't a tie-in to Knight Terrors, but it allows the book to exist and make a fantastic final twist.

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Knight Terrors: Angel Breaker (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Angel Breaker #2 is a magnificent horror story. Utterly terrifying and beautifully creative, it bucks the trend of the event to make this book even scarier.

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Knight Terrors: Black Adam (2023) #1

Jul 4, 2023

Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1 shows how to terrify a man who looks fearless. Black Adam is perhaps the most powerful being among this first wave of heroes and villains affected by Insomnia, and so it is fascinating to see how he is brought crashing down and humbled.

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Knight Terrors: Black Adam (2023) #2

Aug 1, 2023

Knight Terrors: Black Adam #2 completely encapsulates the worst nightmare of its character. Black Adam is rarely deconstructed in such detail, but Haun does an excellent job of hammering home his insecurities.

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Knight Terrors: Catwoman (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Catwoman #1 is a comic filled with intelligence. Everything about this book is thoughtful and layered. The repetition-induced trauma is extremely effective and relatable. Even with the heavy dialogue and themes, the book never feels cumbersome.

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Knight Terrors: Catwoman (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Catwoman #2 has a lot of great ideas. However, they are structured and paced in a way that wastes all of the good work done. The dialogue and the character moments are beautifully bizarre and sometimes horribly traumatic, but it was imposing and emotive. It made me feel something. That said, this issue can’t control the mad moments and the jarring transitions between them.

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Knight Terrors: Detective Comics (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #1 is the scariest and most surprising tie-in so far. What makes it so intense is just how unpredictable it is.

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Knight Terrors: Detective Comics (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #2 has been a harrowing experience well worth it. It elevated the horror of the event, taking the concept of nightmares and intensifying it.

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Knight Terrors: Green Lantern (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #1 puts up a fight against fear. A comic that actually sits comfortably within the existing story being told, it shows how Insomnia works his power against two Lanterns that have a history with that emotion and being manipulated.

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Knight Terrors: Green Lantern (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #2 is an invigorating tie-in. For so long in this event, we have seen the greatest characters on the DC roster be beaten down and slowly depleted of their energy and sanity. But here, Hal is strong and resilient from the beginning. It makes for an interesting alternative to how comics, and stories in general are told.

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Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #1 uses a tie-in to truly show how much Harley has grown. The first nightmare might have been damaging years ago, with memories of her abuser and the prison she called home. But that is barely the same Harley Quinn we see now, and this one is not so easily brought to her knees by someone invading her dreams.

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Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #2 feels empty. The idea was great, and there are some really interesting pieces of dialogue.

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Knight Terrors: Nightwing (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Nightwing #2 is mindblowing, reveling in being creepy. It’s so difficult to trust whether everyone involved is who they say they are, but the inclusion of a bigger cast that fills this even more twisted version of Arkham Asylum is fascinating at every turn. The art delivers an endless supply of body horror, characters being twisted into horrifying, nightmarish versions of themselves.

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Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy (2023) #1

Jul 4, 2023

Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 is a fantastic adventure in discomfort. Wilson places the main character in a situation where she would be unsettled anyway before it gets transformed into a nightmarish hellscape. The visuals are stunning in controlling the narrative and instilling fear through subtle details. Its a twisted fairytale that uses the unnatural nature of the entire landscape to make Ivy seem completely alone.

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Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy (2023) #2

Aug 1, 2023

Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #2 is a confined, claustrophobic comic. The town's open space is replaced with a few homes and much bigger enemies, making the book an anxiety-causing masterpiece.

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Knight Terrors: Punchline (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Punchline #1 is an intimate horror comic. Knowing when something is part of the nightmare in these tie-ins could potentially lead to ambivalence, as there is a feeling that the characters can't truly be harmed.

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Knight Terrors: Punchline (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Punchline #2 is a drastic change from the first issue. If it didn’t feature the same two characters at its core, it could be considered an entirely different tie-in.

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Knight Terrors: Ravager (2023) #1

Jul 4, 2023

Knight Terrors: Ravager #1 is a claustrophobic boiling pot. Brisson places Rose Wilson in a house with no friends or help, asking her to protect a version of herself within an environment that isn't real.

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Knight Terrors: Ravager (2023) #2

Aug 1, 2023

Knight Terrors: Ravager #2 evolves the horror in the tie-in. There is more urgency and all-out action on this issue, diluting the tension and trepidation of the previous chapter.

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Knight Terrors: Robin (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: Robin #1 features two insidious nightmares. It has two characters that only bond over a title they have both used, sending them on separate paths within the same space.

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Knight Terrors: Robin (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

The second half of Knight Terrors: Robin #2 leads to a really special set of moments, utterly captivating as the comic finds its strength. It becomes a feel-good comic with a satisfying ending.

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Knight Terrors: Shazam! (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: Shazam #1 makes the mind spin. Stripping away any ability to recognise whats real or not, the repetition in this issue seeks to disorient. That effect is achieved tremendously, with both the main character and reader traveling through in a daze.

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Knight Terrors: Shazam! (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors: Shazam #2 uses family to dispel the horror. It's a bit of a shock considering how the previous chapter was one of the more dramatic and scary first issues of the whole event. And that final moment is more than creepy enough to make up for what the rest of the issue lacks.

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Knight Terrors: Superman (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Superman #1 helps advance the larger story within the whole DC Universe.

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Knight Terrors: Superman (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Superman #2 concludes one of the event’s most important tie-ins. Whilst it isn’t scary, it’s integral in telling parts of the wider crossover that the main book hasn’t. Sharing the same writer as the flagship book has meant that it can be used to fill gaps, whilst also being fantastic at telling stories for the individual characters.

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Knight Terrors: The Flash (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: The Flash #1 is a fantastic exploration of emotions. One of the greatest tie-ins to Knight Terrors so far, Paknadel perfectly toes the line of understanding what a dreamworld is like.

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Knight Terrors: The Flash (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors: The Flash #2 is unique among the tie-ins. The Flash keeps running for Wally until the final page. Even when I know it's a bad dream, that it isn't actually happening, it's incredibly emotional and difficult to read. We've seen what Barry will do for his family, even if he has to tear himself apart.

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Knight Terrors: The Joker (2023) #1

Jul 4, 2023

Knight Terrors: The Joker #1 is a great mix of character study and inventive storytelling. Rosenbergs script is achingly funny, subverting expectations multiple times and keeping the issue surprising. There may be moments that seem awkward or that dont sound like the Joker, but thats the whole point of Knight Terrors.

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Knight Terrors: The Joker (2023) #2

Aug 1, 2023

Knight Terrors: Joker #2 is a chaotic delight. This issue jumps off the idea of parodying one particular text and just goes mad, with multiple threads all centred around the same theme. I dont think the issue knew how to end itself after going so deep, but the good news is that the dream concept saves it from having to make a completely functioning conclusion.

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Knight Terrors: Titans (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Titans #1 is a great idea for a group nightmare. It's such a wonderfully crafted journey, with eloquent dialogue that never wants to say too much.

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Knight Terrors: Titans (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Titans #2 is crushingly disappointing. After how powerful the build-up was from the previous issue, to have the payoff be so disappointing is a real shame.

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Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman #1 is a masterpiece. The adventure is remarkable from the start, but the way in which it develops and grows is unlike anything Ive seen before. Its like the book is living and contorting, able to shift into whatever the creators choose to be.

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Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman #2 is gorgeous and reflective. It hones in on the title character to give the book an emotional depth that it had been lacking previously. The comic was explorative and adventurous, merging the physical nature of Diana with the magic of Constantine, and experimenting with bizarre creatures.

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Knight Terrors: Zatanna (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: Zatanna #1 is a great look at what's happening outside the nightmares. The views inside the minds of some of DC's most iconic heroes are interesting and amass some brilliant stories.

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Knight Terrors: Zatanna (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors: Zatanna #2 is straightforward but superb. Straightforward isnt a criticism, as it makes the story so effective. It means the plot moves quickly and seamlessly, not weighed down by pages and pages of exposition.

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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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Lazarus Planet (2023): Alpha #1

Jan 10, 2023

Lazarus Planet Alpha #1 is a beautiful and moody start to a crossover that stretches over the entire world. While some previous reading of the earlier series may be beneficial, the excitement and storytelling of this first issue are enough of a springboard for the rest of Lazarus Planet. But it is also a great escalation of an idea that was started long ago. Waid and his collaborators are bringing some cult favourite characters and putting them at the forefront of the whole series, creating allegiances we may never have seen before.

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Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1

Mar 14, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 is an issue that would probably be best in a collection rather than on its own. The talent of the creators is evident right from the beginning.

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Loki (2023) #1

Jun 7, 2023

Loki #1 is a terrific mix of mythology and modern storytelling. The book is gorgeous to look at, and the fantastical parts make it instantly easy to escape within multiple worlds.

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Loki (2023) #2

Jul 12, 2023

Loki #2 is a fantastic addition to their own fantasy epic. This comic contains the manipulative, smarmy, arrogant Loki, still trying to atone for their mistake.

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Luke Cage: Gang War (2023) #1

Nov 29, 2023

Luke Cage: Gang War #1 is strengthened by the power of its protagonist. Both isolated and connected to the rest of the crossover, it is the characters that keep it interesting.

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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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Magneto (2023) #1

Aug 2, 2023

Magneto #1 is a wonderful return to some unexplored moments in Marvel's history. Magneto has been an ally of the X-Men for years now, and it is commonplace for his past activities to be brought up and scrutinized. But what I love about this iteration is that DeMatteis looks at what might be the first instance of when he is having to train and raise heroes whilst facing questions about his old self.

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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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Marvel Zombies: Black, White & Blood (2023) #1

Oct 25, 2023

Marvel Zombies: Black White and Blood #1 invites creators to delight in depravity.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #1

Dec 7, 2022

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is an excellent new start. It feels like a continuation of a progressing tale and also the beginning of a different take on the hero. Ziglars approach to Miles features a lot of depth that branches into various possible directions.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #2

Jan 11, 2023

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 is extremely fun. It is possibly the best teen or young superhero comic within the big two right now, filled with emotional gravity and a tremendously exciting storyline. Miles has a supporting cast to challenge him and enemies that are a huge test. The art is awesome and the guest star is a great example of what could be expected in further issues.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #3

Feb 1, 2023

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 is a book filled with frantic energy. A fabulous story is unfolding as the comic opens up and gets deeper into the plot. The speed at which it moves is extremely fun. All the teenage characters have personalities that show what is common in people when they reach that strange crest of life, one where it is impossible to have it all figured out.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #4

Mar 15, 2023

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 is a burst of frantic energy.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #5

Apr 12, 2023

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #5 concludes an all-time great arc. This is one of the best Spider-Man comics I have read in a long time.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #6

Jul 12, 2023

The comic has the ability to be quiet and loud, with the fight against Hobgoblin moving a thousand times quicker than the start to the issue

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #7

Jun 21, 2023

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 is non-stop action. The creators of this issue have a mission; to start running and not stop until the final page turns. Flinging itself through New York, the momentum is unrelenting as the plot thins the crowd as it streamlines the comic for the final part of the crossover.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #13

Dec 13, 2023

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #13 is endlessly energetic. It covers a lot of ground quickly and efficiently. Miles is a huge figure in Gang War, but his individual struggles and plotlines aren’t ignored either. The balancing of both of these elements is fantastic.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #14

Dec 27, 2023

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #14 is the perfect example of a tie-in. The Gang War crossover has been incorporated into the book without breaking stride, carrying on with all the character development and plot points. The book has been fantastic from the start and is brimming with personality and individuality, with an absolutely mind-blowing art style.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #15

Jan 10, 2024

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #15 is a perfect change of pace. As it reaches its climax, the whole plot has been an extension of Ziglar and the rest of the creative team’s exemplary storytelling.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2023) #16

Feb 14, 2024

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #16 enjoys its exuberance. There is so much going on within this comic. The book is devoted to keeping the speed and the energy high.

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Moon Knight: City of the Dead (2023) #5

Nov 22, 2023

TL; DRMoon Knight: City of the Dead #5 successfully wraps up an expansive personal story.

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Moriarty: Clockwork Empire #1

Feb 23, 2023

Moriarty: Clockwork Empire #1 blends the classics to craft something new. At its core, it is a loving callback to some of the greatest stories of old, including Sherlock Holmes and Jekyll and Hyde, within a slightly changed world. But it is clear that buried further is more than just homages. Theres a mystery to the tale that the opening issue only scratches the surface of. Some of the real surprises remain hidden, with this first chapter excellently piquing my interest.

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Ms. Marvel (2022): Moon Knight #1

Aug 17, 2022

Ms. Marvel & Moon Knight #1 is a superb combination of extremely contrasting characters. These are heroes that dont fit together at all in terms of tone, looks, or personality, but that is what makes this comic work so well.

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Ms. Marvel (2022): Wolverine #1

Aug 10, 2022

Ms Marvel & Wolverine #1 is a delightful team-up issue. Whilst it clearly is leaning on the release of the Ms Marvel TV show, it is absolutely able to stand by itself as a book filled with energy. Houser breathes life into all of the characters and brings together heroes in a carefree yet engaging battle.

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Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant (2023) #1

Aug 30, 2023

Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant #1 is a fresh start for the resurrected hero. College may be the perfect allegory for the idea of moving away and beginning a new part of Kamala’s life, even if it isn’t a real move.

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Murderworld (2022): Moon Knight #1

Feb 16, 2023

Murderworld: Moon Knight #1 proves that this series can still pack a gut punch. After breaking out of the game, perhaps it felt like the murders may cease slightly and the participants were on the road to some form of freedom. This issue is a reality check and carries with it some of the hardest moments to read. But I would also argue its one of the most beautifully illustrated books of the series too. One issue remains and I dont think the test will get any easier.

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Murderworld (2022): Game Over #1

Mar 1, 2023

Murderworld: Game Over #1 is a well-made but deflating conclusion.

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Murderworld (2022): Wolverine #1

Jan 25, 2023

Murderworld: Wolverine #1 somehow manages to make this series more violent. Different characters raise the hackles up more than others due to the possibilities of their powers and how they can use them to kill. With Wolverine, there are countless examples of what he can do, and he is terrifying.

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Murderworld (2022): Spider-Man #1

Dec 30, 2022

Murderworld: Spider-Man #1 brings more of a story to the bloodbath. Whilst the barbarism remains and the creators seem to delight in murder, there are other elements being introduced that twist the horror of the book. As the group has been thinned, the games have started to come into effects that are more terrifying than the straight slaughter. Its constantly energetic, and with the rest of the Marvel Universe starting to get involved, the potential for disaster has escalated.

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Murderworld (2022): Avengers #1

Nov 16, 2022

Murderworld: Avengers #1 is a surprising, unrelenting killing spree. It is jaw-dropping in its bravery, unleashing death on a devastating scale on ordinary people. The slow pace sucks you in before displaying the carnage in front of you. It left me shellshocked at the bleak nature of the issue, with very few guesses as to where the story goes from here. I just know more people are going to die.

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Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #1

Oct 12, 2022

Namor the Sub-Mariner Conquered Shores #1 is a mature and solemn exploration of a destroyed world. Cantwell is terrifically emotive in his writing, able to brilliantly convey the bleakness of the situation.

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Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #2

Nov 17, 2022

Namor: The Sub-Mariner - Conquered Shores #2 expands a superb story. Both writer and artist reveal more of a world of their creation, one that is near death. And there is also a mission that carries humanity's fate on its back. It beautifully contains an old friend to do so, one that links this alternate future to the very beginning. It is a story that celebrates history and old friends.

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Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #3

Dec 21, 2022

Namor the Sub-Mariner - Conquered Shores #3 is expanding the world whilst staying focused. It is so fascinating to see Cantwell explore the remnants of the Marvel Universe, with aged characters and broken landmarks. But the book doesnt get ahead of itself or throw easter eggs in for the sake of it. If it appears, it has a purpose, a reason to still be alive. The art and the dialogue are all incredibly emotive and full of personality. It is so lovely that Cantwell is bringing some characters that I havent seen in years, tapping into decades of history for an alternate universe.

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Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #4

Jan 19, 2023

Namor: Conquered Shores #4 is a touching penultimate issue. The emotions and desperation in this chapter are high, and that atmosphere is superbly manifested by both writer and artists. This comic has seemed like a love story to classic comic stories and characters, whether they are in the book or not.

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Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #5

Feb 8, 2023

Namor: Conquered Shores #5 is a stunning finale. The writing is phenomenal, and the heaviness of almost every page provides weight. The art is impactful and atmospheric. Just a spark of light in a dying world of darkness makes it all worth it.

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Old Dog (2022) #1

Sep 10, 2022

Old Dog #1 is an intelligent book built on playing with time and misdirections. So much of this first issue contains the most glorious parts of a 90s action movie, with the gruff lead to top it all off. The comic, having strong elements of a spy story and existing in multiple timelines, means that you need to read through it repeatedly to truly grasp what the creator intends. Shalvey displays mastery in all forms of creation as he constructs a world from scratch.

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Olympus: Rebirth (2022) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Olympus Rebirth #1 brings the Greek Gods back to relevance. This is both a tour of Greek mythology and an attempt to reconnect them back to the DC Universe. Those that have been immersed in Hades or Lore Olympus, remember Wonder Womans previous entanglements with these gods, or just love the ancient stories will adore the designs and interactions with the characters.

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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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Outsiders (2023) #1

Nov 14, 2023

Outsiders #1 is a brand-new frontier. It’s an alternative approach to what superheroes can and want to do, putting their skills towards the search for knowledge instead of vengeance and justice. This first chapter was only a teaser, but it will leave readers longing for more.

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Outsiders (2023) #2

Dec 12, 2023

Outsiders #2 is refreshing. The characters are important, but they pale when compared to the scale of their discoveries, which are presented through an unbelievable art team.

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Outsiders (2023) #3

Jan 9, 2024

Outsiders #3 breaks more boundaries. The comic routinely finds individual and experimental ways to tell a superhero story. This issue may feature more superheroes than any other issue so far and is much more action-packed, but it is far from normal. It requires the reader to question and to think as everything is tweaked.

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Outsiders (2023) #4

Feb 13, 2024

Outsiders #4 tells another brand-new story. Every single chapter of this series introduces a whole new adventure and investigation. The latest issue may be the closest to a superhero comic so far, and veering near that is the whole premise of the plot.

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Outsiders (2023) #5

Mar 12, 2024

Outsiders #5 delves into another murky corner of the universe. Each issue of the series has opened doors to stories that can go much deeper.

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Outsiders (2023) #6

Apr 9, 2024

Outsiders #6 takes the comic entirely out of reality. The writing is intelligent and unique, approaching the book from a fascinating angle.

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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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Phoenix (2024) #1

Jul 17, 2024

Phoenix (2024) #1 embraces enormity. As protagonists go, Jean Grey, in this guise, is perhaps the most powerful to have ever led their series.

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Planet of the Apes (2023) #1

Apr 5, 2023

Planet of the Apes #1 is a superb adaptation of the supreme Simian story.

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Power Girl (2023) #1

Sep 26, 2023

Power Girl #1 is an energetic beginning. There have been glimpses at the setup of Omen and Power Girl through one-shots and tie-ins to events, but now there is the chance for this creative team to flourish.

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Predator vs. Wolverine (2023) #1

Sep 20, 2023

Predator vs Wolverine #1 is filled with glorious violence. Two of the most bloodthirsty characters in fiction are brought together to do what both of them do best. Skipping between points in time is a nice tough, longer history for the Predators within this universe. Comics don’t get more hardcore than this.

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Predator vs. Wolverine (2023) #2

Oct 25, 2023

Predator vs Wolverine #2 is another art gallery of slaughter. Unflinching and unrelenting, the comic is throwing the most hardcore figure on Marvel’s roster through the ringer with a new contender to the throne, never once letting up

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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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Punisher (2022) #4

Jul 13, 2022

Punisher #4 is at a strange precipice. The story is getting very interesting, as what Punisher and the Hand want to achieve are starting to differ in their destinations. The final part of the comic in particular completely alters the direction the story was heading in, making me nervous for the next issue. But the art is getting monotonous and lacks variety in events. The entire comic needs to maintain momentum or else it risks grinding to a stop.

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Punisher (2023) #1

Nov 8, 2023

Punisher #1 is a worthwhile experiment.

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Punisher (2023) #2

Dec 13, 2023

Punisher #2 has endless amounts of adrenaline. Once the action starts, there’s no telling when it will stop.

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Punisher (2023) #3

Jan 24, 2024

Punisher #3 drags the vigilante into a myriad of horror stories. It’s a display of masterful storytelling, with the various plot threads explored within the barbarity. With every new chapter comes something entirely different from the last, creating a refreshing first arc that makes each individual part engaging and unmissable.

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Punisher (2023) #4

Feb 28, 2024

Punisher #4 concludes by making us want more. Seeing it end so early is devastating, as it was an exhilarating adventure for the new Punisher. The four issues could be a taster of what these characters offer

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Punisher War Journal (2022): Brother #1

Oct 12, 2022

Punisher War Journal: Brother #1 is a brilliant approach to the character. It is quite humorous that the comic opens like a Bourne movie, tracking the protagonist down through technology as he moves across the world. But then it is as if the Punisher part takes over and it becomes this brutal bloodbath. That unrelenting appetite for killing is what sets Frank Castle apart from any other action star, and I dare say no one does it quite as well as he does.

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Red Goblin (2023) #1

Feb 8, 2023

Red Goblin #1 is something very different. A new take on a character that is so out of place in the genre is what makes the comic so intriguing to jump into.

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Red Goblin (2023) #2

Mar 15, 2023

Red Goblin #2refuses to let readers settle.

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Red Goblin (2023) #3

Apr 19, 2023

Red Goblin #3 is both epic and tragic.

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Red Goblin (2023) #5

Jun 7, 2023

Red Goblin #5 keeps the character central while also advancing the crossover. Normie is the issue's focus, but the tendrils being told on a grander scale also flow through this book.

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Red Hood: The Hill (2024) #0

Feb 6, 2024

Red Hood: The Hill #00 is the comic equivalent of an expansion DLC. A neglected part of Gotham has been opened up However, a consistent identity needs to be established.

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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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Rogues (2022) #3

Jul 12, 2022

Rogues #3 is a powerful payoff after a lot of build-up. For two issues, the tone has been dark but the rebuilding of the relationship between the Rogues was incredibly investing.

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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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Savage Avengers (2022) #3

Jul 13, 2022

Savage Avengers #3 is magnificently full-on. The drama and action are active almost constantly, constantly throwing the villain around the heroes for them to have a crack at him. The understanding that this group is purely heavy metal gives the book the freedom to embrace the chaos. But there is also the opportunity for powerful storytelling and some surprises that can bring the speed of the pace to a crunching stop.

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Savage Avengers (2022) #4

Aug 17, 2022

Savage Avengers #4 has completely transformed the series. With each issue comes a different set of circumstances that changes the fabric of the book entirely, taking it in a direction that I dont think anyone saw coming.

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Savage Avengers (2022) #5

Sep 14, 2022

Savage Avengers #5 rewrites the book on what can be considered an epic... Its a truly magnificent issue that embraces its intensity. Nothing is out of reach for Pepose and the art team when it comes to unleashing something powerful. If the battle needs to last a whole issue, then it will, and it will be a thrill ride for its entirety. There is no predicting what can appear on the next page. It brings a wonderful arc to a close that fully embodies what the Savage Avengers are built for.

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Savage Avengers (2022) #6

Oct 5, 2022

Savage Avengers #6 is another journey into chaos from Marvels most hardcore team. What I adore about this book is that it completely accepts how mad it is, from the characters to the set pieces to the whole plot. Pepose understands just how many beautifully ludicrous characters have existed in this comics universe and beyond and is using them at the utmost best. The art is glorious as it connects references to past stories inside this futuristic world, as the team seemingly destroys everything around them.

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Savage Avengers (2022) #8

Dec 14, 2022

Savage Avengers #8 is the most shocking issue so far. Its a non-stop battle that doesnt let you even realize how bleak it is until its over. Its a fearsome issue that doesnt hold back. This series is more than just a heavy metal ride now, it has emotional weight, and the characters are essential. But something is intoxicating about reading a Savage Avengers issue. The fact that anything is possible makes it freeing but completely unpredictable.

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Savage Avengers (2022) #9

Jan 11, 2023

Savage Avengers #9 is exceptional. It's a comic that is always traveling at 100mph, with the highest of stakes and the most ridiculous of fight scenes. But there is still a heart within these issues, filled with sacrifice and heroism. Characters that are brought in to be awesome end up being cared about, even amid the chaos

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Savage Avengers (2022) #10

Feb 23, 2023

Savage Avengers #10 ends the series with the epicness it deserves. It has been a wild ride throughout the series, and this issue keeps up that extreme momentum right to the end. Its an Avengers adventure of the highest quality, with countless amazing moments.

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Secret Invasion (2022) #1

Nov 2, 2022

Secret Invasion #1 lives up to the name. Initially, reusing the concept of a comic that already exists means that it might be easy to see what is coming. However, this version of the Secret Invasion is not a rewriting of history but a spiritual sequel. At the moment, it isnt as expansive, which makes it more terrifying and intimate. As much as I adored the original event, this is a story that may be more approachable to new readers, not burdened with years of build-up and history. And that is paired with an incredible art team that has created a fantastic horror comic.

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Secret Invasion (2022) #2

Dec 9, 2022

Secret Invasion #2 is a fantastic mix of aliens and espionage. This is Secret Invasion from a different angle, and so far, it is intense and full of intrigue. A creative team full of superstars is crafting a story that perfectly sets the tone for the live-action series whilst being superb on its own. Its relationship with mainstream comics can be sketchy but license sometimes has to be taken to give a standalone book the materials it needs to excel.

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Sentry (2023) #1

Dec 6, 2023

TL; DRThe Sentry #1 is one of the surprises of the year.

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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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Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings