Zac Owens's Comic Reviews

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8.7Avg. Review Rating

8.6
Action Comics (2016) #1017

Nov 27, 2019

Action Comics #1017 is an interesting comic, given the series' title. A lot of the action is this comic takes place off-panel, yet with writing and art like this we feel as though we know what it's like to don the "S" shield during a hectic day. This story makes it clear there is much to look forward to in the coming months. After all, what could really keep Superman on his toes?

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7.6
Action Comics (2016) #1018

Jan 1, 2020

Action Comics #1018 is an entertaining issue, but it acts more as a placeholder than anything else. It seems as though the creative team pulled back a little here as a wind up for the coming event. It's worth the read, especially to know what might be coming in the near future.

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3.6
Action Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 30, 2020

The creative team has been on a roll, but this issue is a bump in the road.

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9.2
Adventureman #1

Jun 6, 2020

ADVENTUREMAN #1 is the start of a vibrant new series. Every moment from this creative team is charming.

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9
Adventureman #2

Jul 7, 2020

This series has already hit its stride. Fraction, Dodson, Dodson and Cowles are a great team producing brilliant work.

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8.8
Adventureman #3

Aug 12, 2020

Image Comics' Adventureman #3 is as fun as any issue so far. But this issue dives deeper into the tug-of-war Claire is experiencing. And as worlds collide, this series promises it's only better from here.

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9.2
Barbalien: Red Planet #1

Nov 11, 2020

BARBALIEN: RED PLANET #1 follows a secretly Martian/gay cop, helping put down the gay rights movement. This creative team creates a beautiful story that's both poignant and gentle.

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8
Barbalien: Red Planet #2

Dec 8, 2020

BARBALIEN: RED PLANET loses some of its magic in this issue. But the passion is palpable. This creative team may yet provide us with a magnificent series, if they can just dial back the dialogue.

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7.8
Barbalien: Red Planet #3

Jan 20, 2021

BARBALIEN continues to show some room for growth. But with characters like Officer Cole, and the poignant moments sprinkled into the script, this creative team is showing they're beginning their journey back to finding a balance.

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10
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #1

Dec 1, 2020

DC Comics' BATMAN/CATWOMAN #1 is a meditation on the interlocking lives of crimefighters, and the scars they leave on one another.

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9.6
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #2

Jan 19, 2021

DC Comics' Batman Catwoman #2 might be predictable, but it will still keep you on the edge of your seat. It's no less chaotic for its predictability. King, Mann, Morey and Cowles are writing a love letter to comics and they're not letting twists or tropes get in the way. They're writing a quality story that takes its own consequences seriously.

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9
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #3

Feb 16, 2021

DC Comics' Batman Catwoman continues to humanize a mythos that feels huge. King, Mann, Morey and Cowles tell a story of heroism that is tainted by the grit of our day-to-day ethics. It's not black and white, it's not right and wrong: it's complicated and messy. And with every new issue, it promises to get messier.

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9.2
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #4

Mar 30, 2021

DC Comics'BATMAN CATWOMANcontinues to deliver. It's a story that feels dangerous. Even some of its own elements seem to threaten one another. But that's because this creative team has imbued this story with a tremendous feeling of stakes. Every scene feels like it could go anywhere, even when future scenes tell us otherwise.

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6.6
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

Apr 1, 2020

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 takes much of the charm of the cartoon and follows in its footsteps. It's nice to see Bruce Wayne get some time out of the house, for one thing. Though the start of this series is charming, for sure, it does seem to carefully stay in the lines instead of taking risks. It delivers on what it claims to be and stops there. Fair enough!

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9
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #5

Nov 14, 2019

The predictability of some events is hugely offset by Lemire's intimate tone and the humanity of his characters.

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8.6
Black Hammer: Visions #1

Feb 10, 2021

Dark Horse's BLACK HAMMER: VISIONS #1 is an empathetic and warm look at high school graduations. It follows Eunice and Barbara, two girls whose lives are changing. But Oswalt, Kotz, Wordie and Piekos never talk down to these characters. Instead, they remind us what it was like for us to graduate high school. They show that it doesn't take Armageddon for worlds to end. Sometimes it just requires moving on, as hard as it may be.

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2.8
Black Hammer: Visions #2

Mar 10, 2021

Dark Horse's BLACK HAMMER: VISIONS #2 is flat and emotionless. We're presented with characters that feel empty. They don't have a past, they barely have a present, and we're left not caring about their future. Every moment of horror is like a jump scare. It's cheap, brief and ultimately not scary in its own right.

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8.6
Black Hammer: Visions #3

Apr 14, 2021

Dark Horse's BLACK HAMMER: VISIONS #3 is a simple and charming story, much like the first of this series. It tells the story of Abraham Slam trying to teach himself it's okay to retire. It's a pleasant addition to the BLACK HAMMER Universe.

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10
Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1

Oct 21, 2020

Dark Horse'sCOLONEL WEIRD: COSMAGOG #1is a masterwork in putting a reader in the subject's shoes. Colonel Weird, who should be too strange to comprehend, ends up feeling like a piece of the reader's own soul. Jeff Lemire and Tyler Crook create a gorgeous beginning to what will undoubtedly be a excellent series.

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10
Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #2

Nov 24, 2020

COLONEL WEIRD: COSMAGOG #2 is beautifully human. Lemire and Crook are making one of Dark Horse's best series.

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9.6
Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #3

Dec 30, 2020

COLONEL WEIRD: COSMAGOG #3 is an infuriating, beautiful new chapter. Lemire and Crook make their most mysterious character their most empathetic.

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9.6
Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #4

Jan 27, 2021

Dark Horse's COLONEL WEIRD: COSMAGOGis a delight. It's good to know that some things are still justdamn near perfect.

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6.2
DCeased: The Unkillables #1

Feb 19, 2020

DCEASED Unkillables #1 is a fun start to what will surely be a fun ride. If there's anything you should read before the Apocalypse, it's this.

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7.6
DCeased: The Unkillables #2

Mar 18, 2020

This creative team doesn't twiddle its thumbs. The new issue for DCEASED UNKILLABLES mercilessly trudges on towards its conclusion

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6.6
DCeased: The Unkillables #3

May 19, 2020

This creative team has managed to create stakes and joy in a zombie apocalypse. As the world careens towards its end, we attach to these characters that are otherwise written off. Taylor balances quirkiness and brutality with brilliant results.

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9.8
Detective Comics (2016) #1034

Mar 23, 2021

DETECTIVE COMICS #1034 is a wild read. It almost doesn't feel like a Batman comic. But that's because this creative team isn't trying to fit a mold. They're doing their own thing and infusing this action packed series with lots of humanity.

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9.8
Event Leviathan #6

Nov 14, 2019

Event Leviathan #6 was not the comic I expected it to be. This espionage thriller doesn't end with a twist to leave everyone reeling. It only feels just to call the "villains" villains in quotation marks. The mystery and reveal are ordinary and mundane. That might be what makes it so brilliantly troubling. And the best part is it's not over yet.

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7
Frankenstein Undone #2

May 27, 2020

This issue struggles. But it primarily struggles because this is an incredible creative team who's first issue was fantastic. This issue, however, feels rushed and like a general abandonment of the tone and arc that the first issue promised. But, with three more issues to go, there is plenty of time for this team to steady the ship.

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10
Friday #1

Apr 19, 2020

This creative team has made something that is at once new and familiar. It retells all the old mystery thrillers we grew up reading, with the immediate sense that we will someday have to leave Kings Hill. From page one, we know we don't want to have to go.

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10
Friday #2

Oct 22, 2020

FRIDAY #2 is just as enchanting and heartbreaking as the first issue was. Brubaker, Martin and Vicente show you just why you should mourn Friday Fitzhugh's loss of innocence, by making you fall in love with her past.

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10
Friday #3

Apr 7, 2021

This is just the end of the first arc for FRIDAY. Hell, it was supposed to be the end of the first issue. But that means that we have lots to look forward to. This creative team continues to do beautiful work.

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8.8
Future State (2021): Swamp Thing #1

Jan 5, 2021

FUTURE STATE: SWAMP THING #1 throws readers into what feels like an ancient world. It might be our first time learning about it, but there's a sense of its rich history on every page.

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8.2
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #1

Jan 12, 2021

DC Comics'FUTURE STATE: DARK DETECTIVE #1is definitely worth the read. Tamaki, Mora, Bellaire and Bidikar's story is a perfect introduction to this dystopian world. While Rosenberg, Di Giandomenico, Fabela and Andworld Design's story stumbles a little, it's still an action-packed blaze of glory through DC's new FUTURE STATE.

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7.8
Future State (2021): Suicide Squad #2

Feb 23, 2021

DC Comics'FUTURE STATE: SUICIDE SQUADwas mysterious and explosive.FUTURE STATE: BLACK ADAM was an epic that delivered on its promises. Both of these stories were fantastic examples of whyFuture State was ripe with potential.

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8.8
Future State (2021): Swamp Thing #2

Feb 2, 2021

FUTURE STATE: SWAMP THING #2is huge. It's an epic, rewriting the rules of the DC universe and daring to dream big. But V, Perkins, Chung and Bidikar never lose the human heart at the center. Even if its veins are full of chlorophyll.

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8.2
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #2

Jan 26, 2021

DC Comics 'FUTURE STATE: DARK DETECTIVE #2 shows the chaos of Gotham under the Magistrate. And it does so on both sides of the aisle. Whether you're working for or against the Magistrate, your life is in the crapper.

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7.8
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #3

Feb 9, 2021

DC Comics' Future State: Dark Detective #3 is another thrilling issue of a great new series. It has a brilliant and terrifying new chapter of Bruce Wayne's days in a new Gotham and features the explosive conclusion to Grifter's partnership with Luke Fox.

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8.6
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #4

Feb 23, 2021

If DARK DETECTIVE is a sign of what we can expect from Tamaki's upcoming tenure on DETECTIVE COMICS, well... it's nothing but a very good sign.

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8.6
Generations (2021): Shattered #1

Jan 5, 2021

GENERATIONS SHATTERED is a rerun of DC Comics' classics. This creative team, with 22 artists on board, are having loads of fun.

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8.8
Gideon Falls #25

Sep 23, 2020

GIDEON FALLS #25 gears up for its finale. It gets big and multiversal, before settling back into the intimate story it does best.

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9
Gideon Falls #26

Oct 19, 2020

Somehow, the creative team behind GIDEON FALLS #26 make this huge, sprawling story feel like it's actually coming together. They set their characters on a collision course so that everyone's together for the big finale.

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8.2
Gotham City Monsters #4

Dec 11, 2019

This series is going somewhere and it might be shaking more things up than we all expect.

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7
Gotham City Monsters #5

Jan 8, 2020

If you're looking for the monster brawl promised in the last issue, Gotham City Monsters #5 is for you. It's all the fun of slasher films, and classic creature tales rolled into one. While much of this series pushes these characters away from their stereotypical uses, this one plants them right back in there. We'll have to wait for the finale to see whether the monsters have a bright future, or whether they must settle for their lot in life.

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5.6
Gotham City Monsters #6

Feb 12, 2020

Ultimately, this series had more potential than it cashed in on. The complexity of the stakes and the promise of lasting implications were abandoned. It certainly makes for an entertaining read. The only problem is, it seemed like it had the power to be more than just entertaining.

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8.2
Hawkman (2018) #20

Jan 8, 2020

Hawkman #20 probably shouldn't work. It seems like the kind of plot that is so episodic; it would fit better in a video game. But the creative team pulls together to deliver a beautiful work. I only wish it was a video game because this is the kind of issue that makes me want to join this world.

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7.8
Hawkman (2018) #21

Feb 12, 2020

This series continues to be a pleasure to read, and surely will for many more issues

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8
Hawkman (2018) #22

Mar 11, 2020

Hawkman#22 is clearly working towards something big in the weeks to come. While this issue is relatively simple, it provides a backdrop for the following issues to play against. We seem to be getting one last glimpse of cliche superhero dramas, before stepping into new worlds with Hawkwoman as our guide.

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8
Hawkman (2018) #23

May 7, 2020

This creative team has empathetically tackled the idea of pandemics. Venditti asks us to take a look at ourselves and say, "What can I control in this time?" If the answer is just you, that's good enough. This issue takes time out of the plot to tell us this side story. While a nice break from the main plot in most series is often welcome, this break in the plot feels particularly right.

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8.6
Hawkman (2018) #26

Aug 11, 2020

DC Comics' Hawkman #26 makes some big changes. It brings real stakes into the story of a man with a thousand lives. This creative team may not have created the perfect comic in this issue, but boy have they created a damn fun one!

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7.8
Hawkman (2018) #27

Sep 8, 2020

DC Comics' HAWKMAN #27 is this creative team's ode to the Golden Age of comics. It's a fun time, that's hopefully the first of many.

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5.6
Hawkman (2018) #28

Oct 13, 2020

HAWKMAN #28 struggles to find its footing. It wants to be an homage but is suffers from the angst of a modern comic. Much of the modern tone drains the comic of the fun of an homage.

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10
Hellblazer (2016) #10

Sep 29, 2020

JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER #10 brings the series antagonist into the spotlight, and brilliantly discusses all the implications of it being John Constantine himself.

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9.8
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1

Sep 1, 2020

HELLBLAZER: RISE AND FALL #1 is an incredibly promising start to this series. This creative team meshes perfectly and the story they tell is chilling.

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8.6
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #2

Nov 1, 2020

HELLBLAZER: RISE AND FALL #2 is disturbing and funny. But it's also some damn good storytelling. It showcases all the dangers of a day in the life of one John Constantine.

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9
Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club #1

Nov 10, 2020

Dark Horse'sHELLBOY AND THE BPRD: THE SEVEN WIVES CLUB is another hit from Mignola, Hughes and Robins, the same team that brought us the brilliant Hellboy: Krampusnacht. It reads like a song. The rhythm of the story is clear as day on the page, and this brilliant creative team balances terror and mystery with ease.

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8.2
Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb #1

Feb 19, 2020

Hellboy and the BPRD: The Return of Effie Kolb #1 revisits some old territory. Yet it never simply becomes a retelling of The Crooked Man. Instead it builds off of that old short story thematically and gives Hellboy a walk down memory lane.

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7.6
Hellboy and The B.P.R.D.: Her Fatal Hour & The Sending #1

Dec 1, 2020

Writer Mike Mignola, artist Tiernen Trevallion, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Clem Robins come together to bring us Dark Horse's Hellboy and the BPRD: Her Fatal Hour, a two-part issue about looking monsters right in the eye and yawning. "Her Fatal Hour" and "The Sending" show the sheer skill of the BPRD. These kinds of cases are just another day to them.

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8.6
It Eats What Feeds It #1

Jun 10, 2020

We have none of the insecurities one often sees with creators introducing us to a world. Instead, this creative team is confident. And with a story like this, they should be.

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9.2
John Constantine: Hellblazer #11

Oct 27, 2020

Though JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER #11 shows signs of this creative team hurrying to tie everything together, it still delivers another fantastic issue.

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10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #12

Nov 24, 2020

JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER #12 cements this series' place as one of the greatest titles to come out of DC Comics. While this creative team might have had to rush their finale, they did so tactfully and beautifully. This is a must-read finale to a must-read series.

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7.2
Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

Apr 14, 2021

HELL & GONE #1 reads like the creative team is a little nervous. They've been given the keys to the toy chest, but don't seem totally comfortable getting right to playing. It's a bumpy first issue to a series that still has lots of potential.

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9.2
Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1

Aug 26, 2020

If you love IDW's Locke & Key, you won't be disappointed by Locke & Key: "In Pale Battalions" #1. It's a fun, nostalgic, nuanced welcome back to the familiar halls of Keyhouse. Plus, it has couple easter eggs thrown in to get everyone psyched for an awesome upcoming crossover.

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8
Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #2

Oct 8, 2020

IDW's ... IN PALE BATTALIONS GO... #2 complicates World War I and its own plot, when this creative team brilliantly humanizes "the enemy."

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9.6
Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #3

Dec 16, 2020

The finale to this LOCKE & KEY miniseries is a satisfying, heart wrenching closer. This IDW creative team pulls out all the stops.

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8.6
Lois Lane (2019) #7

Jan 2, 2020

Yet another amazing chapter in the saga of LOIS LANE. The creative team meshes brilliantly to tell a story full of intrigue and high stakes.

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8.2
Lois Lane (2019) #8

Feb 5, 2020

Another great chapter in the story of DC Comics' resident badass, Lois Lane.

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10
Lois Lane (2019) #9

Mar 4, 2020

This issue feels like the result of deep research and daring improvisation. Each character feels true to their every appearance, yet the things they say feel fresh and new. This creative team is at their best.

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9.6
Lois Lane (2019) #10

May 12, 2020

LOIS LANE #10 manages to make wild changes in the plot, while never sacrificing its tone. This creative team introduces giant developments, yet they keep every moment grounded. LOIS LANE isn't becoming a must-read, it's been one for ages now.

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9.2
Lois Lane (2019) #11

Jun 9, 2020

Lois Lane #11 is one of the most potent titles to come out of DC Comics. It establishes tone and imbues characters with a three-dimensionality that is sorely missing in their portrayals on other titles. As this creative team steps into the home stretch, we see the plot begin to wind down. But even so, much of the mystery remains intact for the final chapter.

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8.8
Lois Lane (2019) #12

Jul 7, 2020

This is a gorgeous series, one of the best DC Comics has produced in the past ten years. And It's certainly left us wanting more Lois Lane.

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8.8
Nightwing (2016) #78

Mar 16, 2021

It's good to have this creative team back.NIGHTWING is going to be a fantastic ride and NIGHTWING #78is a brilliant start. Expect lots of heartfelt drama, a healthy dose of laughs, and some incredible action. At least for this first issue, you definitely won't be disappointed.

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9.2
Nightwing (2016) #79

Apr 20, 2021

DC Comics 'NIGHTWING #79 is a blast. It feels like a birthday party for Dick Grayson. This creative team is having lots of fun with this series. But, we're also seeing a dark new chapter rear its head.

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9.2
Pulp (2020) OGN

Jul 26, 2020

Image Comics' PULP may be a revenge epic, but this creative team's empathy for their character dials down the action and amps up the humanity.

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8.8
Reckless OGN

Dec 12, 2020

Image Comics' RECKLESS is another brilliant comic from this creative team. It could have been perfect, but instead it's mind-blowing.

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8.8
Rorschach (2020) #1

Oct 13, 2020

RORSCHACH #1 doesn't waste time trying to make sure it gets WATCHMEN right. It simply exists in the same universe as WATCHMEN and confidently walks on, telling its own story.

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8.6
Rorschach (2020) #2

Nov 17, 2020

There's not much that happens in RORSCHACH #2. But what does happen is carefully teased out, in what is turning into a brilliant slow-burn neo noir mystery.

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9.8
Rorschach (2020) #3

Dec 15, 2020

RORSCHACH #3 is ambiguous and strange. It's so open to interpretation it feels just like a Rorschach Test. This creative team is experimenting and pushing themselves to new territory!

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8.6
Rorschach (2020) #4

Jan 19, 2021

DC Comics' RORSCHACH #4 is terrifyingly normal. Our new character, Muscles, the Man Mountain, is completely bought in to the lies he's been told and the lies he told himself. King, Fornes, Stewart and Cowles tell a story we need to hear. They show us how easy it is to fall for a narrative that makes us the center of the universe.

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8.8
Rorschach (2020) #5

Feb 9, 2021

DC ComicsRORSCHACH #5reminds us of what we know so far. The answer? Not much. This creative team continues to drench each chapter in mystery. With every answer, there are a hundred new questions.

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10
Rorschach (2020) #6

Mar 9, 2021

There's so much to say about DC Comics'RORSCHACH #6. It's a script that feels real and true to life. This creative team isn't playing by the rules anymore. They're going to tell a story that might scare us. It's not a story that's full of heroes and villains. It's a story that's dominated by humans. We come to see and even understand where even the most extreme characters are coming from.

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10
Rorschach (2020) #7

Apr 13, 2021

There isn't anything like RORSCHACH #7. There's never been anything like it. This creative team is actively pushing themselves to shake things up. And they're breaking all kinds of rules to do it. Pick up RORSCHACH #7, out from DC Comics April 13th, and prepare to have your mind blown.

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9
Seven Secrets #1

Jul 28, 2020

BOOM! Studios' Seven Secrets #1 is a feat in storytelling. It may occasionally get lost in the weeds of trying to fill pages with captions, but it never gets lost in exposition. Every new character is exactly that, new. We don't need to know more; this creative team expects us to take each character as they are, and trust that we'll know more when we need to. BOOM! Studios' Seven Secrets is aptly named. It uses the best tool a writer has to get readers intrigued: secrets.

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10
Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy #4

Sep 21, 2020

SKULLDIGGER AND SKELETON BOY #4 is the strongest chapter yet of what is shaping up to be one of the best chapters in the world of BLACK HAMMER.

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9
Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy #5

Oct 21, 2020

SKULLDIGGER AND SKELETON BOY #5 reads like a script that's gotten away from itself, in the best way possible. This creative team is allowing the repercussions of past issues to take them wherever they might. It's chaos, high stakes, and some damn good storytelling.

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8.8
Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy #6

Feb 24, 2021

SKULLDIGGER AND SKELETON BOY #6has so much going for it. Zonjic's art and colors are gorgeous, and Wands' letters are subtle masterpieces. But Lemire's script just feels a little rushed. We breeze through moments we should live in for a while, as though he's antsy to end the issue. Luckily enough, this series is so fantastic, a rushed ending doesn't ruin it.

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Space Bastards (2021) #1

Jan 12, 2021

SPACE BASTARDS #1 is about as crazy as it sounds. It's a blood splattered charge across the galaxy, with lots of parcels to deliver. Check it out if you like dark comedies and have always wished they'd just be in space.

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10
Strange Adventures (2020) #1

Mar 4, 2020

Every inch of every page has been carefully crafted by this amazing creative team. They tell a timely story of the nature of truth and the cost of lying to yourself.

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10
Strange Adventures (2020) #2

Jun 16, 2020

There isn't anything out there like STRANGE ADVENTURES. This is a story with philosophical complexity, and the same moral anguish of one of its lead characters, Mr. Terrific. It's a story that's deeply concerned with a story's place in the world. All I know, is this particular story's place is on my shelf.

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10
Strange Adventures (2020) #3

Jul 14, 2020

STRANGE ADVENTURES #3 is not only as brilliant as the last two issues, but as new elements begin to be at play, this series evolves into something even more enchanting.

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10
Strange Adventures (2020) #4

Aug 4, 2020

This creative team cares about the truth. They care about HOW they tell a story. And so, this issue doesn't skip around to the highlights. It drags us through Holt's research to remind us that sometimes what's right isn't fun. It's just right.

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9
Strange Adventures (2020) #5

Sep 1, 2020

While this issue gets a little distracted by current events, it still puts forward a great chapter in the STRANGE ADVENTURES series.

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9.2
Strange Adventures (2020) #7

Dec 1, 2020

DC Comics'STRANGE ADVENTURES #7is wonderfully complicated. This creative team is upping the stakes as we pass the midway mark, promising with each new issue a conclusion that will blow us away.

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10
Strange Adventures (2020) #8

Jan 26, 2021

DC Comics'STRANGE ADVENTURESis going stronger than ever. With four issues to go, this series is upping the stakes to reach its conclusion. It's a subtle meditation on the power war has over our humanity and our will to live. But it's also about how fighting for your life can leave you haunted and empty.

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8.8
Strange Adventures (2020) #9

Mar 30, 2021

DC Comics' STRANGE ADVENTURES might have answered lots of questions, but it hasn't sacrificed any of its mystery. It continues to be a title full of intrigue and action. This creative team are still doing some of the best work in the industry.

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10
Suicide Squad (2019) #1

Dec 18, 2019

Suicide Squad #1 is exactly the riot it should be. It's undiluted fun that actively chooses not to hold back in each moment. Read this series while you still can, it's bound to be changing drastically as each month goes by.

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10
Suicide Squad (2019) #2

Jan 30, 2020

A great next chapter in an already brilliant series. SUICIDE SQUAD #2 balances tone remarkably, as the creative team works against each other's approaches to avoid the common pitfalls of a second chapter.

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10
Suicide Squad (2019) #3

Feb 26, 2020

This series is everything you want out of the SUICIDE SQUAD, and more.

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9
Suicide Squad (2019) #4

Mar 25, 2020

This was an expositional issue for this mystery-driven series. But this creative team even does that well. Even in the midst of backstory and answers, we can tell this is just a momentary dip in an otherwise stellar run.

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10
Suicide Squad (2019) #5

May 26, 2020

This creative team is full of some of the most talented people in the industry, all working at the top of their game.

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9.2
Suicide Squad (2019) #6

Jun 23, 2020

The Squad is in good hands. With this creative team, you're guaranteed a laugh, a gasp, and the occasional cry. This issue is no exception.

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8.8
Suicide Squad (2019) #7

Jul 28, 2020

DC Comics' Suicide Squad #7 might be a change in pace, but it's the perfect intro to Deadshot's family life. We're no longer talking in hypotheticals here. We know what Deadshot is risking every time he heads out with Task Force X. This quiet issue (for this series, there's still plenty of fighting) brilliantly raises the stakes.

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7.8
Suicide Squad (2019) #8

Aug 25, 2020

SUICIDE SQUAD #8 falters in this issue, maybe because it has been such a strong series so far. The creative team still manage to tell a compelling story, but they are mired in commentating as they storytell.

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9
Suicide Squad (2019) #9

Sep 22, 2020

This issue is built around tragedy, and this creative team makes the whole thing even more tragic with one simple rule. They ignore it.

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9
Suicide Squad (2019) #10

Oct 27, 2020

This creative team manages to make a truly devastating comic that's in the guise of a very happy one.

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9.2
Suicide Squad (2019) #11

Nov 24, 2020

SUICIDE SQUAD #11 is a brilliant send-off to a brilliant series. It's funny, vibrant and heartfelt, just like every other issue.

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8.2
Suicide Squad (2021) #1

Mar 2, 2021

DC Comics'SUICIDE SQUAD #1is an exciting start to a series. It's fun, chaotic, violent, and has all the staples of being a classic SUICIDE SQUADstory. This creative team clearly loves the work they're doing. That much is clear from every panel on every page.

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9.8
Superman (2018) #18

Dec 11, 2019

Instead of pulling out all the punches, the creative team restrain themselves in SUPERMAN #18 and tell a beautifully quiet story instead.

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9
Superman (2018) #19

Jan 23, 2020

This is a Superman issue that does it all. The creative team from DC Comics shows us all the reasons we like Clark, and all the reasons we like Superman. And they remind us what makes the two so different.

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8.6
Superman (2018) #21

Mar 11, 2020

This issue could have easily been unapproachable. With Superman hosting alien peace talks, at a certain point, it feels hard to connect. But the creative team included responses from Lois and Earth, giving readers a bridge into the story. The stakes are high, but they're also personal. We see with each new issue how Superman has been redefined as a character.

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9.2
Swamp Thing (2021) #1

Mar 2, 2021

Get ready. DC Comic's THE SWAMP THING #1 is the start of your next heartbreak.

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8
Swamp Thing (2021) #2

Apr 6, 2021

DC Comics'THE SWAMP THINGis doing a lot right. But it's stepping on its own toes in some ways. Its strengths lie in that it doesn't try and be aSWAMP THING that everyone is familiar with. This isn't Alec Holland, it's Levi Kamei. But the creative team backtracks a little on that. They go in a new direction while also using narrative choices from past runs, choices that don't quite jive with their story.

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6.8
Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

Nov 27, 2019

With gorgeous panels like these, it's a shame that Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis suffered so much from the writing. It allows for little room for readers to breathe between monologues and enjoy the brilliant expressions and colors that really speak for themselves. If you want to read a great version of Infinite Crisis, then your best bet would be to re-read Infinite Crisis.

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9.2
Tales from the Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death #1

Sep 16, 2020

YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH #1 is the nonchalantly strange chapter in the history of UMBRELLA ACADEMY we didn't know we needed.

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8.2
Tales from the Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death #2

Oct 21, 2020

Dark Horse's TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH #2 is charming and odd. Way, Simon, Culbard, and Piekos blend quirky scenarios and strange characters with little moments of realism.

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6.6
Tales from the Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death #3

Nov 17, 2020

YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH #3 is still quirky and funny, it just lacks heart.

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8.4
The Infected: King Shazam #1

Nov 6, 2019

What seems like a simple step in the Year of the Villain turns out to be a surprisingly relatable story about a teenager who doesn't know what to do with all of these changes.

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8.2
The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion: Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas #1

Nov 23, 2019

This is a really entertaining comic and even when you feel like you have unanswered questions, you kinda just don't care.

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7
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1

Dec 18, 2019

Daniel Warren Johnson has some brilliant ideas in this issue, someone just needs to tell him that.

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