Zac Owens's Comic Reviews

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8.5Avg. 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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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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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
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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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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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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8.2
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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8.6
It Eats What It Feeds #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
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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8.6
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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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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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
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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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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9.8
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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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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8.4
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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