Zac Thompson's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Bloody Disgusting, Villain Smash Reviews: 281
7.9Avg. Review Rating

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Abe Sapien #13

Jun 11, 2014

This issue is also special because it has a short story at the end of Abe in days past, this maybe short but it is sweet and reinforces the caring side of him that has been prevalent throughout theseries. Making for another powerful issue coming out from Dark Horse this Abe Sapien creative team continues to deliver top notch storytelling with incredible art work.

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Abe Sapien #14

Jul 10, 2014

If you enjoy a bleak journey through the blasted wasteland, I cant think of a better book to frequent your pull-list. And even if you can, youd be a fool to miss out on Abe Sapian: Fine comics indeed.

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Alex + Ada #7

Jun 18, 2014

If you arent reading this book, I recommend picking up the trade when it drops July 16th. The first few issues feel like a bit of a drag, and dont go out of the way to introduce many fresh ideas, but it is evident by this issue that there is a real threat and things will progress in unexpected directions. If youre looking for a departure typical action titles, I highly recommend this series.

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Alex + Ada #8

Aug 6, 2014

I love a book that provides a lot to talk about. Some books are flashy and pretty but when they are done you aren't left with much more than a tingle and a satisfied sigh. Like a rollercoaster they can be fun and they can control your emotions for a short time but in the end they don't really mean much. This is not that kind of book. This is a book you can reflect on, draw from, this is a book that inspires. More and more I'm really impressed with this series and this issue is definitely a high point.

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All-New Ghost Rider #1

Mar 26, 2014

Whats to come still hold hope. First issues are hard to stick. They have to keep a lot of plates spinning and sometimes its almost impossible to balance everything perfectly. Im intrigued to see more of this Ghost Rider, but only because of the previews of issue two. As a standalone introduction to the character this feels underdeveloped, under utilized, and ends far too quickly. The last three pages actually feel like the beginning of the story.

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Annihilator #1

Sep 10, 2014

This may just be the best Grant Morrison comic in years. Its not bound by archetypal superheroes, metatextual meanings, and incomprehensible truths, but instead straddles the weird disillusionment that sometimes comes with the act of creation. Its inviting and beautifully realized without being challenging. Its the beginning of a new age of Morrison stories, and is quite possibly one of his finest works yet.

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Arkham Manor #1

Oct 22, 2014

Luckily billionaire Bruce Waynes home is just laying around empty waiting to be acquired by the city. Its bought up, its secrets are put to rest, and Arkham Manor is born. The gigantic home that gave birth to Gothams most twisted mind now houses an entire population of maniacs.

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Arkham Manor #2

Nov 26, 2014

This book doesn't do much yet to justify its own existence. We've learned nothing new, and so far it just reads like an extension of the Bat-book formula which is to say a different writer taking Batman on monthly adventures against a different set of backdrops than the core series. I can't help but wonder where things will go when the trapped inside the manor storyline resolves itself. Because this book could survive without Batman, in fact at this point it's just what the Bat-books need: less Batman.

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Art Monster #1

Feb 17, 2014

While the book only ponders this question the real disgusting stuff has yet to come. The hints of the horrific art on the horizon are enough to fuel this exciting read. For anyone who has even been lost as an artist or has contemplating how to contribute to the ever-expanding canvas of art history than this book will surely resonate with you. Its a wonderfully written look into being lost in art brought to life in a dark and brooding style.

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Art Monster #2

Mar 5, 2014

If youve ever been a struggling artist youll find much solace in Art Monster and if you just like good horror, youll find plenty of that here too.

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Art Monster #3

Jul 30, 2014

Which is to Jeremy Holts credit. Hes able to really tie in some real struggles into a story like Frankenstien or Reanimator that for me werent present in those stories. Instead of focusing on the plot or the story device, he focuses on character motivation for the horrible actions and the story elevates to another level because of it. I cant recommend this book enough for anyone whos ever struggled with their creativity, youll be frightened by what you see and just how much you relate to it.

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Ash and the Army of Darkness #6

Apr 25, 2014

One thing I will say about this issue is that Niles has completely dialed down the Ash-isms. And thank hell for that. We still get a Groovy but thats about it. In fact, gone is the Ash who loves the praise of ladies and wants the world to bow to his sexy goodness. In this issue, we see an Ash who is tired of being called sir and sire, an Ash who just wants to get business done without those around him messing up his plans with their odd sense of worship. This was a refreshing spin on the Ash we all know. Hes showing a sincere side that if kept up, could really turn this comic around for me.

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Avengers: Rage Of Ultron OGN #1

Mar 30, 2015

As a companion piece to the upcoming film this book works beautifully, but it really serves as a love letter to Rick Remender's Marvel work as a whole. It deals with many of the themes he's touched upon in the past: legacy, the generational gap, Artificial Intelligence, and the line between hero and terrorist. It has many fundamental themes that hold a mirror to contemporary society in the guise of a huge world scale battle. But the finer examination of the human element allows the book to remain one of my absolute favorite entires in the Marvel Universe, and will likely earn it a spot as one of the best Ultron stories ever told.

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Axe Cop: American Choppers #2

Jun 18, 2014

I don't know if this is the first time anyone has written down what a little boy's imagination can do. I doubt it. The fact that this series continues to grow and evolve with Malachai Nicolle's creativity is a testament to how much talent in this family tree. This feels like a world someone else utterly fun like The Tick or The Goon should appear in. Baring that team-up in the future, there is plenty of fun and action to be enjoyed in this series. Pick it up and find out why Axe Cop is so much cool.

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B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #121

Jul 16, 2014

With deft moves in plotting, B.P.R.D. #121 manages to neatly wrap up the multiple threads from the previous issue skillfully and satisfyingly. Moody, tense and a joy to read. Bring on the next issue.

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Bad Blood #2

Feb 6, 2014

This comic is one part truth, one part realism, and one part fantasy. Unless vampires truly exist. Then its three parts scary-as-shit reality.

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Ballistic #4

Feb 26, 2014

Ballistic is easily the best and most polished comic book youre not reading. It magnifies certain aspects of the human condition with such brilliance that it may make you feel uncomfortable. It is ripe with horror, self-reflection, and provides a totally unique take on science fiction while still finding the time to craft compelling characters. Its a breath of fresh air in the all to cluttered science fiction arena that isnt afraid to shock and educate you. Its an invaluable reading experience that I urge you to read.

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Baltimore: The Witch of Harju #1

Aug 2, 2014

If youre looking for another Mignola book, this one will fit the bill, rising to the usual high standard of quality. If youre intrigued about horror in the early 20th century, this issue promises to deliver on that premise. That said, there is something lacking from this book to make it an absolute must read, which may be resolved as the story continues on to the next issue and the stakes are increased. Still, there is plenty here worth reading and the tight plotting should mean many more twists and turns to come.

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Batgirl (2011): Endgame #1

Mar 20, 2015

Tie in issues often feel bloated with heavy exposition, stating their reasons for existence and forcing an otherwise unnatural narrative. “Batgirl Endgame” doesn't concern itself with any of that. Instead it throws you into the situation and allows you to fill in the details for yourself. It's as experimental as super hero comics get, and it's one of the best examples of a tie in event comic that DC has ever released.

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Batman (2011) #42

Jul 8, 2015

It begs the question of just how long Batman can feel like itself without the presence of Bruce Wayne. But it feels as if some editorial oversight is stepping in to remind the readers that things haven't strayed too far from the previous arc. Otherwise, seeing James Gordon as a government sanctioned Batman is a thrilling and compelling new chapter to Batman that people wont soon forget, even if it doesnt last long.

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Batman: Arkham Knight #1

Mar 11, 2015

The book meanders for a little while, in a thoughtful place of retrospect and mounting tension, but when the tension finally snaps, the result is a confusing narrative choice that defies. Yet, I still find myself looking forward to #2.

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Beautiful Darkness #1

Feb 26, 2014

Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascot have achieved something with "Beautiful Darkness" that I've never experienced before. They have created a truly melancholic horror book that offers something beautiful. For all intents and purposes this book pleases the eyes and disheartens the soul. It's an odd reading exercise that you won't soon forget, and its joyfully dejected tone doesn't make much sense. Yet, the entire thing works gracefully like a dance with death. I've read it twice now, and I fear what a third reading will do to my psyche.

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Bee and PuppyCat #2

Jun 11, 2014

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from thenineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @Vulgar_Rhombus

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Big Man Plans #1

Mar 4, 2015

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

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Big Trouble In Little China #1

Jun 4, 2014

“Big Trouble In Little China” #1 is a hilarious start and doesn't skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you're definitely going to cherish the comic book series.

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Big Trouble In Little China #2

Jul 2, 2014

“Big Trouble In Little China” #2 is a great follow-up and doesn't skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you're definitely going to enjoy the comic book series.

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Big Trouble In Little China #3

Aug 6, 2014

“Big Trouble In Little China” #3 doesn't skimp out on the laughs and action.If you loved the movie, you're definitely going to enjoy the comic book.

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Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1

Mar 11, 2015

Bill & Ted are still Bill & Ted, if you love em, youll love em here. Its the framework they are trapped in that truly holds them back. This is only the first issue in a 6 part series so things could totally turn around in the plot department. If youre not already a fan theres nothing here for you, but if you are I urge you to give this a read.

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Birthright #1

Oct 9, 2014

This is something every 80's child has dreamed of, but spins it in the most interesting way possible. "Birthright" will make you think about destiny in a whole new way, and show you a fully realized world that rivals the imagination of Jim Henson. With an adventure reminiscent of Labyrinth, and the heart of Stand By Me, Williamson and Bressan will have you captivated from page one.

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Black Market #1

Jul 11, 2014

Im not familiar with Frank J. Barbieres work, but this issue has made me an instant fan. A well crafted story that finds compelling material in well traveled territory, “Black Market” is the real deal. Buy it now.

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Black Science #3

Jan 29, 2014

Remender moves forward, backward, and outward all at once proving that Black Science is an absolute triumph of the medium that pushes the limits of what is possible to create truly unique character drama amidst the backdrop of dimension hopping insanity. I cant recommend it enough.

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Black Science #4

Feb 26, 2014

The horrors that lie in wait with chapter five of Black Science is almost too exciting to fathom. The team is finally back together and united around getting back home, but something tells me that harmony wont last long.

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Black Science #5

Apr 2, 2014

Yet again, Remender and his team do an incredible job at building their world outward to create a memorable and engaging adventure that never stops to catch its breath. The characters while despicable almost across the board are engaging and intoxicating. So watching Grant become his own biggest saboteur is nigh impossible to resist. The onion keeps getting peeled back, and with every new layer comes a multitude of questions. I couldnt be happier with this book. My only complaint is waiting a month between chapters.

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Black Science #6

Apr 30, 2014

This concludes one of the most action heavy first arcs of a comic Ive read in recent memory. Black Science is so much more than a love letter to science fiction and reads like a love letter to just plain good storytelling. Remender proves he isnt afraid of taking risks in a world where hes already known for it, and because of this his work continues to surprise, gutpunch, and entertain. Youd be a fool not to believe in his eververse, and even more foolish not to rush out and buy this issue now. It packs a punch, and serves as a shining example of what good looks like in comics.

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Black Science #7

Jul 30, 2014

This is an epic in the making, but it side steps the black holes that most comic book epics fall into. Namely feeling lackluster issue to issue but forming a solid whole upon completion. *Cough* Hickman *cough*. Remender keeps things interesting every single month and storms ahead full speed with reckless abandon. I feel like Im inching farther and farther off the edge of my seat with each issue that passes. By the time this series has ended Ill be hanging off the very edge of existence.

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Black Science #8

Aug 27, 2014

Last issue was all spectacle with Kadirs valiant rescue attempt but this issue is all character. Nate and the Shaman fundamentally take over as the stars and boy do they shine. While I miss Grant immensely the series high level of quality has not wavered an inch. As the book continues Im sure well see many characters come and go, some well before their time, because not one character is infallible. The star of the show and true backbone of the series is and always will be, for lack of a better word, The Multiverse of “Black Science.”

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Bodies #3

Sep 24, 2014

After two issues of pleasantly scratching my head, wondering whats going on, Bodies #3 defintely makes things a little clearer. Yet, it still manages to add heaping piles of mystery on top of whats already there. Im literally frothing at the mouth to see what happens next.

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Bodies #4

Oct 22, 2014

After last month, I figured I knew where things are going, and after this month I conclude I have no idea. Except that I think I might be reasoning far too much about the small details Spencer peppers into the plot. Each timeline is very distinct but has hints of the sam

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Spike: Into the Light #1

Jul 16, 2014

ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, has been a staff writer for Bloody-Disgusting since July 2012. You can find her onTwitter, or passed out by the dirt road behindWendys.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

Jul 21, 2014

The fandom is lucky to experience the beginning of a new season that's growing into one of the most original and skillfully constructed eras of the series. I can't wait to see what's to come.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6

Aug 20, 2014

Overall, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #6 is a decent installment, seemingly intended to bridge the gap between the first and second arcs. If the final page is any indication, expect more significant plot development in the following issues.

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Burn The Orphanage: Reign of Terror #1

May 7, 2014

Reading this book brings me back to the days of watching my older brother power through beat-em-ups in our parents living room. The story used to feel secondary but something tells me Grace and Freedman are cooking something up of a little high magnitude this time. With all that being said, Burn The Orphanage: Reign of Terror will entertain you to no need. Its a bone breaking love letter to a genre forgotten by history with insanity that cant be matched anywhere else in comics. I love it so much because it unapologetically channels cheese and awesomeness all at the same time.

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Burning Fields #3

Mar 18, 2015

Ive been praising Burning Fields all along and I think #3 is the strongest issue yet. There are a lot of serial killer books ongoing right now, but please dont overlook this one. It offers something really unique that I think people should see.

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C.O.W.L. #2

Jun 27, 2014

Theres still a lot to learn about the C.O.W.L universe and its cast of characters. The darkly beautiful artwork creates a very palpable atmosphere making the beginning of this series a joy to dive into.

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C.O.W.L. #3

Jul 23, 2014

All in all, this issue does a fine job at setting up anticipation for those to follow. The artwork continues to impress with its sketchbook-styled lines and faded backgrounds. Its not as action-packed as the previous issues, but as any Mad Men fan would tell you, episodes where less happened often prove to be the most interesting. C.O.W.L is setting out to be highly character driven and I can imagine some readers being hesitant to invest in such a drawn out delivery method. I quite enjoy it.

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Captain America (2012) #16.NOW

Feb 4, 2014

So the next chapter of Remenders Cap story begins here. Big threats are coming to tear apart the fractured man. We will see this disillusionment continue to bubble in the oncoming issues. A broken Cap and morally grey sidekick will carry one of the best and most original Captain America stories ever told into a new age. I want more NOW.

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Clive Barker's Next Testament #10

Jun 18, 2014

Next Testament #10 ends on a shocking cliff-hanger that will get the reader hyped up for the last two issues. I cannot wait to be there for the exciting conclusion.

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Clive Barker's Next Testament #11

Jul 16, 2014

If you love action, you're going to love Next Testament #11. I cannot wait for the exciting conclusion.

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Clive Barker's Next Testament #12

Aug 13, 2014

For me, the Next Testament series ranks up there with the best of Clive Barker's works, such as “Hellraiser” and “Cabal.” This is a masterpiece that will gain prominent significancewith comic book and horror fans as years go by.I personally cannot wait for BOOM! to put all these 12 issue into one trade.

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed #1

May 29, 2014

Horror fans will definitely enjoy every bit of “Clive Barker's Nightbreed” #1. After finishing the first promising first issue, the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to reread Clive Barker's novella and check up on “The Cabal Cut.”

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed #2

Jun 25, 2014

Horror fans are definitely going to get a kick out of the last page of “Clive Barker's Nightbreed” #2. Just reading the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to reread Clive Barker's novella and check up on “The Cabal Cut.”

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed #3

Jul 30, 2014

“Clive Barker's Nightbreed” #3 hooks readers in and surprises them with a clever twist. Just reading the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to preorder “The Cabal Cut.”

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed #11

Mar 25, 2015

Everyone in “Clive Barker's Nightbreed” #11 gets their hands soaked in blood. I cant wait to see how this story arc will conclude in the next chapter.

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed #12

Apr 22, 2015

“Clive Barker's Nightbreed” #12 wraps up the story to a satisfying end, delivering a worthy sequel.

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Coffin Hill #15

Feb 12, 2015

The new storyline is engaging and offers even more dark secrets behind the series titular town and family. I can't wait to see what horrendous things are uncovered as the arc continues, and it's always so remarkable to see the dark depths Kittredge is able to push herself to despite being such a sweet and approachable person in the real world.

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Colder: The Bad Seed #4

Jan 28, 2015

Tobin writes with a mix of confused terror and hopeless humor that embodies the insanity of it all so well. It is rendered in such pristine detail that I wonder how Ferreyra gets through it without making himself sick. It is almost inevitable that we will see a film adaptation of Colder before long, so if you like twisted shit with tons of shock value, this issue delivers another healthy dose of medicine, ya looney freaks.

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Constantine: The Hellblazer #2

Jul 8, 2015

Constantine The Hellblazer #2 boldly establishes a new type of antihero that isnt afraid to wink at the past and challenge the typical confines of the DCU of old. This is a triumph in its own right, but also makes for one hell of a comic book. Hellblazer is officially back, and its never felt so good.

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Convergence #0

Apr 1, 2015

So I guess I can only recommend this if youre really hungry for Convergence and you really cant wait until it actually starts next week. As with most other #0 issues not much of worth happens here. But if you want to see Superman deliver lines like my powers, wonky then this is the book for you.

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Convergence #2

Apr 15, 2015

So far the main Convergence series is a trainwreck with no signs of course correction in the future. With messy writing, characters acting out of character, and a horrendous tendency to over explain were receiving one of the worst event comics ever put to paper. Avoid it this main series at all costs, but check out some of the one shots.

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Convergence #3

Apr 22, 2015

At this point “Convergence” is hard to recommend. It shows absolutely no signs of course correction and consistently drowns under its own weight. The result is an event without nuance, or even a proofread. That's right, Green Lantern's dialogue actually has a misspelling of “Telos” calling the villain “Tellos” it's not just a quirk either, it's a real deal one time error. It's almost the cherry on top of this embarrassingly bad piece.

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Convergence #5

May 6, 2015

Each week begs the question as to why this series had to exist or how Convergence warrants 9 issues. This is outside the idea of multiple weeks of sales. With many readers confused and overwhelmed by the event, issue #5 will do nothing to squash their reserve. Save your money and your time.

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Convergence: Swamp Thing #1

Apr 22, 2015

“Convergence: Swamp Thing” is the rebirth of the character's glory years. Granted the story isn't quite as mature and doesn't offer much in the way of depth, but offers a glimpse at days gone by. With the original creator of Swamp Thing behind the book, it's hard to resist. This is an enjoyable look at the dark and constantly dying hero that horror fans have loved for years, and possibly his last appearance in the DC universe for some time to come. If you love Swamp Thing, or if you need to discover his glory for the first time then it is your sworn duty to buy this book.

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Convergence: The Question #1

Apr 9, 2015

Overall, you dont need to be acquainted with Ruckas past writing in the Dc universe to enjoy this story, but if you are youll be pleasantly rewarded. All the same this pocketed story in previous continuity is an incredibly enjoyable ride that might make you long for the days before the New 52.

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Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective #1

Feb 3, 2014

First issues are a difficult task to pull off. They require the right balance of world building, plot progression, and character development. While the world is beginning to be developed I couldnt help but want to know more about robot culture, and the inner workings of the city. Copernicus is well developed but only because he borders on a character archetype we already know so well. With a few more issues to find solid footing this robo-noir could really become something special. Yet, for $0.99 youd be silly not to give it a chance, because if you want it to continue its going to need that dollar of yours.

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Critical Hit #1

Oct 20, 2014

For the book itself, I'm a little lost in the shuffle. I sympathize with the cause, and I get behind the idea, I just don't know if I'm into bringing down to an even more base level. Hunters are assholes, we get it. Hunting isn't exactly something I'm terribly connected to so perhaps I don't know the levels to which these people are assholes, but for now it doesn't seem like a logical extension of their cause and more of misstep given how quickly they burn the cabin to the ground. Then on the other hand, anarchy fucking rules. So I still wait for next issue with bated breath.

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Critical Hit #2

Oct 29, 2014

Critical Hit #2 takes a more character driven approach, and engrains itself in the real world horror of vigilante justice with a legitimately shocking issue. I was floored by the final page, and shocked by the horribly realistic scenario Matt Miners heroes have found themselves in.

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Critical Hit #4

Feb 12, 2015

Miner creates a superhero out of the regular every day person. He shows that having a belief is more than enough of something to put your life on the line for, and that you can be a better more proactive person than you ever thought. That's what makes you super, not a power, but an ideology. That's a theme that will be with me for a long time to come.

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Curse #2

Feb 19, 2014

Curse manages to be so much more than typical werewolf fare. The dynamic combination of styles within the creative team propels it to be something uniquely horrifying. There is loss, isolation, blood, guts, manipulation and more. The book touches on all sorts of taboos and like any good horror story has its roots firmly grounded in the history of its world.

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Curse #3

Mar 19, 2014

You still root for Laney, but its becoming increasingly clear hes not the best man that he could be. His mindless pursuit of the beast makes him unable to move on and care about the things close to him. He isolates himself in the cold in the name of some higher calling but he doesnt manage to save himself or anyone else. Its not even clear what his endgame is, its just blind pursuit at this point, driven by something he should have walked away from years ago. Yet, amongst all this he still remains compelling and sympathetic, because who among us would do anything different?

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D4VE #3

Feb 26, 2014

There really isnt anything not to like about D4VE. It has a refreshingly funny voice, and presents the world of androids unlike youve ever seen it before. These are not the exciting and dynamic creatures built for adventure; they are horrible reflections of ourselves that make us realize how boring weve become. Luckily we have someone like D4VE who recognizes this crisis in his own way and plans to do everything he can to pull our lazy asses out of it. Its not for the best reason, its not even for a good reason, but personal glory stories are always fun to watch, especially when the person who seeks the glory might not be ready for it.

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D4VE #4

Apr 28, 2014

So D4VE delivers a total homerun for its penultimate chapter. Ferrier develops his characters and Ramon evolves his style to show us something wed never thought wed see. It plays with the expectations of the story and returns to the roots of the character while setting the stage for a massive finale that is sure to be explosive. I love D4VE so much, and Ill truly be sad to see him go but all signs point to an epic conclusion to this incredible series.

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Dark Ages #1

Aug 13, 2014

Dark Ages #1 wasnt even on my radar when it was plopped on my lap to review. I would have probably passed it by in the comic store and never given it a second thought. That is not what the book deserves. It demands to be read and Ill be damned if Im not going to push it on everyone I know.

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Dark Engine #1

Jul 16, 2014

Dark Engine is hauntingly beautiful and unique. It beckons you in with poetic dialogue and captivates you with visceral force. Get it on your pull list immediately.

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Deadly Class #2

Feb 26, 2014

Deadly Class # 2 is a master class in social dynamics with incredibly skillful art that will leave you slavering for more. Its fun, dangerous, and lewd like all the best stuff.

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Deadly Class #3

Mar 26, 2014

So Deadly Class #3 proves to be even more successful than the pulse pounding debut issue in demonstrating a grounded and dangerous situation. Its told through the lens of broken people, and has a lot of development for characters weve only just met. Its the type of story I totally didnt expect from this book, and I couldnt be happier to receive it. It has a ton of heart, some more context, and a touch of insanity. Also known as the perfect combination.

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Deadly Class #4

Apr 30, 2014

The overall story is pushed forward ever so slightly, but it is really Willie that takes the spotlight here. We get to see how he deals with death, and what its like to be behind a murder. Its still unclear as to which way hell fall, and if this will become a regular thing, but the cracks in these kids are becoming more clear with each passing month. None of them are who they said they were, and none of them are the resident badass they want to be.

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Deadly Class #5

May 28, 2014

The result is a frantically paced comic that never ceases to entertain or invoke awe. This is a master class in comic book storytelling told through the bent lens of heavy hallucination. Every single page is more fun than the last.

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Deep Gravity #2

Aug 29, 2014

I really liked the first issue, so I will definitely stick with it for the time being. But the reason "Deep Blue Sea" worked as well as it did wasn't the sharks, it was Samuel L. Jackson. This book doesn't have a Samuel L. Jackson, it doesn't even have a LL Cool J.

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

Jul 28, 2014

In a lot of ways this is the Doctor Who comic fans have always deserved but it doesnt really have itself figured out yet. The Doctor is incredibly light, and the scope of his adventures isnt quite communicated. I mean the scope of New York is hardly on display, and for this world, scope is everything. Youre traversing time and space, so at least take me out of the Laundromat and subway tunnels.

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Dream Thief: Escape #1

Jun 27, 2014

All that and a ghost who needs the Dream Thief to pull off a break-out means this story will continue to surprise me. As supernatural as this series is based in, its the crime and revenge side that I find most compelling. All these ghost pass on their knowledge to the Dream Thief, whether he wants it or not. This setup leaves unlimited possibilities for whats going to happen next. Thats just the kind of story that deserves your attention, readers. Get in on this caper / paranormal series already.

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Dream Thief: Escape #2

Jul 23, 2014

Lincolns ghosts knew some shady folks and that comes in handy now and then. I cant recall the last comic I read where sleep was a major Achilles heel for a hero. It does fondly bring to mind how the first series got me hooked. TheDream Thiefalways woke up in some serious trouble. Thankfully, Nitz and Smallwood havent forgotten how to throw curves into this familiar tale. Whoever wears that mask isnt in control of their lives anymore and that looks like where some more havoc will come from. I recommend you sit down and enjoy this ride, good readers.

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Drumhellar #4

Feb 5, 2014

Drumhellar defies explanation. Its steeped in a mysterious world that plays by its own rules and never ceases to impress. This acid soaked adventure through the metaphysical world that isnt concerned with answers just yet.

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Drumhellar #5

Mar 5, 2014

Rossmo and Link are perfectly comfortable selling their world as is, and frankly the book is infinitely better for it. Maybe the answers are just lying around the corner, maybe they are far off, and maybe they dont even exist. Whatever the context, Drumhellar concludes its first arc in a courageous and thought-provoking manner that is sure to leave you salivating for the second chapter.

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Drumhellar #6

Jun 18, 2014

Drumhellars visuals are at an all-time high. Riley Rossmos art can do no wrong and hell, Id love to see an entire issue consumed by a never ending psychedelic trip. Even with everything I said about this issue feeling a bit more conventional its still one of the most creative books on the shelves. Drumhellar oozes originality from every orifice and youd be a boring fool not to support this stellar book.

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Drumhellar #7

Jul 30, 2014

This issue was not garbage, let me make that clear. It was just too mundane in comparison to the fantastical magic of every issue that has come before it. There are good things in here, the opening pages had me engaged with their almost meta contemplations and the last two pages are so goddamn amazing that they could almost make up for the rest of this lackluster issue. I know that personally Im along for this ride till the very end but its getting harder and harder to recommend this to anyone else.

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East of West #9

Jan 29, 2014

East of West strives to do something different by slowly building one of the most complex and interesting narratives that comics has ever seen.

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East of West #11

Apr 9, 2014

East of West have been running for almost a year, and for me still struggles to find its narrative footing. I keep holding out hope that the series will slip into a more defined kind of storytelling, but instead it seems content carrying on with the current status quo, as it stands I can hardly recommend the book in the monthly format, because the story is hard to follow when spread out over several months at a time. With the help of the collected trades the story is sure to read with a little more coherence and solve many of the pacing issues Ive found in my month-to-month reading.

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Ei8ht #4

May 20, 2015

EI8HT #4 is a must-read sci-fi thriller with exceptional artwork. The next issue teases an epic battle I cannot wait to see.

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Enormous (2014) #1

Jun 25, 2014

"Enormous" has hooked me. The way its presented as a television show, with the issues even being renamed as episodes, feels fresh and engaging. Compounded with the absolutely grotesque monster designs and an gripping female protagonist Id say this is a series worth keeping on your radar.

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Enormous (2014) #2

Aug 6, 2014

‘Enormous' shows no signs of slowing down or becoming dull anytime soon, if ever. Giant monster books are generally all spectacle and no substance, but ‘Enormous' breaks that mold with stellar writing in addition to its dazzling spectacle. I can't recommend it enough.

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Enormous (2014) #4

Sep 24, 2014

Enormous is quite unlike most other monster stories. Its got your standard fare Kaiju, and its got the destruction porn, but the exception is character. There are actual humans on the ground struggling to survive, and it makes all the difference.

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Escape from New York #1

Dec 3, 2014

"Escape From New York" #1 is a first issue that takes its time to build the world around it. It's a fine introduction to fans new and old to the property and nails the tone of the main character. However, it's far from anything new. The real treat is to see how well Christopher Sebela's style compliments this world. With future issues taking us into the great unknown of this crazy and fucked up version of the United States, I have no doubt this book will become legendary. As it stands it's merely a heavy-handed reminder of a movie I loved. But one things for sure, "Escape from New York" will kick your ass out of the world.

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Escape from New York #4

Mar 11, 2015

Escape From New York” #4 closes on an exciting cliff-hanger. Cant wait to see what happens in the next story arc.

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Fatale #24

Jul 30, 2014

I'm sort of still reeling from the fact that it is all over now. I don't know if anything can fill the void left behind by this book, but I also think that feeling is incredibly appropriate to the series. There is nothing left now but to grieve and start again from the beginning. To trap myself in a cycle, reliving each tragedy, each mistake, each heartbreak. To live like Josephine, searching for meaning in a mad mad world. To seek the truth, because I will not deny it. I live in the shadow of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Bravo gentlemen, bravo.

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Fight Club 2 #1

Apr 28, 2015

Its difficult to recommend Fight Club #2 to anyone who enjoyed the first novel and expects something similar. What lies on these pages isnt necessarily un-enjoyable, but does very little to justify its own existence, or provide you with anything you havent seen before.

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Five Ghosts #9

Feb 2, 2014

Five Ghosts blazes a trail through what I like to call a pulp revival. There are so few comics out there that take us to beautiful locales, treat us to engaging complicated characters, and have thrilling adventures with larger than life supernatural elements. If youre not reading it, well shit, I really dont know what youre waiting for.

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Five Ghosts #10

Mar 19, 2014

Its hard for me to find a fault in an issue like this. The voice is carefree, the action is heavy, and the implications for the future are far-reaching. The particulars of this book are made with such confidence that you could easily believe lifelong comics pros were behind everything. Instead its the commitment to creating a unique and developed world with complex characters that wins out over everything else. At the end of the day Five Ghosts exists in an endlessly complicated world that is communicated with relative ease. Its not an easy task, but it sure looks that way.

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Five Ghosts #11

Apr 23, 2014

I dont know what else to say about this book, other than it might be my favorite thing on the stands. Barbiere paces a story with the pure cream of the storytelling. Mooneyham is a beast as he lingers on the small details like a throw pebble, only to follow it up with an explosive demonstrate of energy. The wild and energetic style pulses though this book. I cant wait to read it again.

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Five Ghosts #12

Jun 4, 2014

Lost Coastlines was decidedly different than what came before, and the risk paid off. Five Ghosts is still an insanely good time with relentlessly paced storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Im sad to see it go for a couple months, but already cant wait for it to return.

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Five Ghosts #13

Oct 22, 2014

Don't miss this book, and frankly push it on everyone you know and love.

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Five Ghosts #15

Feb 11, 2015

"Five Ghosts" is a perfectly oiled machine. The creative team is in perfect sync and the storytelling is near flawless. It's a celebration of the mastery that can only come with creator owned comics, and somehow it continually raises the bar for itself. Every month it pulls of something entirely new and unexpected, but makes it look easy, making it one of the most compelling books being published at Image Comics.

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Five Ghosts #16

Apr 8, 2015

Despite all of this, Five Ghosts #16 still proves to be a damn good comic, that will entertain from cover to cover thanks to stellar character work, and a brilliant final page reveal that will have you salivating for the next chapter.

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Frankenstein Underground #1

Feb 17, 2015

So where do things go from here, I can say that I didn't expect the title to be so literal, but I can't really say much else other than buy this book. This is another homerun for Dark Horse, another incredible chapter to Mignola's world, and a story unlike anything you've ever seen from both. It's compelling from cover to cover, and manages to exceed expectations with haunting art on almost every page. I wish I could read #2 right now, and frankly damning myself for reading this one so damn early.

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Ghosted #7

Feb 19, 2014

Ghosted continues to deliver on the promise of its premise in new and interesting ways. This second arc is another fun spin on the horror genre with a near perfect fuse of crime elements. It manages to breath new life into both genres and creates something entirely new and totally enviable. It continues to be my favorite horror comic on the stands and with each passing issue only proves to be more captivating.

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Ghosted #9

Apr 23, 2014

Then, he hits you with the NAILBITER preview. A look at Williamsons new book that will chill you to your core with its premise: a small town in Oregon has been home to sixteen serial killers, a man travels to the town to find out why. Ive read the first issue, and this series is going to redefine comic book horror.

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Ghosted #10

May 21, 2014

Thus concludes Ghosteds second arc and while I didnt think it had the same shock and awe of the brilliant first story, Williamsons tight plotting and mastery of straddling genres builds one hell of a conclusion and royally screws his characters proper before heading into a new storyline. I honestly cannot wait to see what comes next.

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Ghosted #11

Jul 9, 2014

Truly Williamson has proven himself to be a master of horror, and this issue serves as a reminder that he hasn't forgotten his compelling characters along the way. It's a breath of fresh air in horror that never seems to run out of steam. The only thing that saddens me this month is that we didn't go deeper. I wanted to learn more and really get into the core of what drives Anderson. The answer we got here was that she's driven by her drive, but I think there is still so much more to the character. In any event, her drive has now made her resolve to haunt Jackson for the rest of his miserable life.

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Ghosted #12

Aug 13, 2014

I love this book. I love how it can seamlessly transition from moments of pure terror, to comedy, to crime without missing a beat. The most interesting elements are when Williamson takes a terrible turn for just a single panel, it shows where his brain goes when nobody keeps him in check. "Ghosted" continues to be a riveting thrill ride that gets under your skin.

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Ghosted #13

Sep 10, 2014

Williamson builds a brand new world of horror that is endless in its inspiration and chilling in its execution. Ghosted is a near perfect blend of genres that shows unsavory antiheros in the most unpredictable criminal world of all: the world of the undead.

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Ghosted #15

Nov 12, 2014

The end of the issue pushes us in a new direction that can't help but tie itself to the past of the series. It proves very interesting as it seems Williamson has a carefully constructed story that has been heading to a definitive payoff for a while now. I can't wait to see where things go next.

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God is Dead #6

Feb 5, 2014

God is Dead has never shied away from big issues. The philosophical implications of what is happening on these pages could be studied in universities for years to come, get to it before that happens.

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God is Dead #7

Feb 21, 2014

The birth of a new religion in a devastated world isnt a solution but a plight. It makes people comfortable with the shitty state of everything and offers a half assed solution to pain, Costa is working hard to fight against that faith, but Im not sure if hell ultimately be successful, science is our only hope.

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Godkiller: Walk Among Us #1

Oct 29, 2014

This is crucial reading for our consumer generation. Human psychology is a business, and "Godkiller" asks the question: what happens when you stop buying? It simply can't be ignored.

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Godkiller: Walk Among Us #3

Dec 10, 2014

We like our media to be pretty, presentable, and easily digested. Matt Pizzolo bucks the trend and shows you the unflinching nightmare on the page. But, within that nightmare there is a really important discussion. We can process the horrible nightmares just fine, and we can learn more from them than we thought. We can become better people for having experienced the nightmare, much better than the people we become after reading issues of "Superman." There's no such thing as truth and justice. And, the American Way is completely fucking warped. "Godkiller" doesn't dance around that fact, which makes it necessary and important reading.

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Godkiller: Walk Among Us #4

Apr 29, 2015

“Godkiller: Walk Among Us” #4 continues to represent the mandate of indie comics. It offers a challenging narrative in a strange world and boasts a story only capable in the world of comic books. Tommy's journey is interesting and proves challenging to endure both as a active and passive participant in the story. It was a cold 5 months without “Godkiller” on the stands, but rest easy, Black Mask Comics continues to challenge readers almost every week.

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Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

Aug 13, 2014

“Godzilla: Cataclysm” #1 delivers tons of action and monsters packed into its first installment.When you see Godzilla show up, you're definitely going to roar like in his movies.

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GoGetters #1

Feb 24, 2014

GoGetters channels this unique vibrant energy that I used to tap into with Johnny Quest. It's a rollicking good time centered around a captivating main character and some razor sharp wit. I can't help but feel that Aldridge's script may be a little overstuffed in terms of dialogue, as some panels are polluted by too many bubbles.

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Gotham By Midnight #1

Nov 26, 2014

There is a terrible amount of exposition. Even by first issue standards. The pacing is out of wack because of it and it all doesnt really amount to much either. Were introduced to the myste

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Gotham By Midnight #3

Jan 28, 2015

'Gotham By Midnight' isn't motivated by fear, instead it challenges you by giving a foreboding tone to a world we thought we knew and with every issue it builds a strong foundation for the best Bat book on the stands. I can only hope it lives longer than 6 issues, because for it to be wiped out by Convergence in April would be an absolute shame.

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Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #5

Feb 5, 2014

Your monthly ticket to debauchery has arrived and its still the same glorious book you missed since December. Such perverted wonders cannot be found elsewhere and if gore is your thing, will prepare to have your pants in a bunch, this book has death erection written all over it.

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Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #6

Mar 5, 2014

De Campi has a certain relentless talent for shameless violence and gratuitous nudity that commands the page. Her understanding of grindhouse conventions allow her to play with expectations in ways you could never imagine, and she actually elevates her stories to a level the stories that inspired them could never reach. Bride of Blood may not be the best chapter, but it proves she hasnt run out of ways to shock and disgust.

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Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #1

Jul 2, 2014

The artwork is nice enough and its well paced but, again, the word that fits here is standard. Based solely off my own ignorance of the Hack/Slash plot so far, the one aspect of note is Cassies past; the idea of a former female lover who, although not a ghost, follows her as she begrudgingly moves through her life. No doubt, this will be explored in the upcoming issues but my opinion of issue #1 has not inspired me to stick around to find out.

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Harrow County #1

Apr 16, 2015

"Harrow County" is a masterful creation that lingers in the small moments of terror in our daily lives. It builds this tension by adding a supernatural layer, and hits you over the head with a petrifying climax. It's attractive and scary. You'll be scared to turn the page, but dying to see what beautiful darkness comes next. This is a whole new level southern gothic that cannot be missed.

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Harrow County #2

May 25, 2015

Emmys quest to learn more about her small community is painted with an alarming amount of unspeakable horrors but remains fun to experience because of the emotional investment left on the page. Harrow County is the finest example of modern horror comics. Its decidedly beautiful horror, a genre we get less and less of with each passing day. Dont miss it.

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Harrow County #3

May 25, 2015

With a narrative that only gets stronger with each separate issue Harrow County is easily the best horror comic on the stands. It reminds us what were scared of and it isnt afraid to show us that even the most horrendous creatures can be beautiful.

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Headspace #1

Mar 10, 2014

Headspace is a phenomenal read on every level. The concept is brilliant and executed with such skill thatll youll barely find time to take a breath. The pacing is perfect and the world building is insane. Its as good as first issues get, and it sows the seeds of an infinitely more interesting world to come. I cant wait to see issue 2.

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Headspace #2

Apr 7, 2014

Headspace #2 is a briskly paced chapter that builds upon the strong foundation laid out by the debut. We now have a strong and determined protagonist with a clear goal; the only thing standing between him and redemption is his own physical intangibility and the demons of his past. Should be a walk in the park.

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Hellraiser: Bestiary #1

Aug 20, 2014

Pinhead is back, even more twisted than before, in "Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Bestiary" #1.Get ready for some chilling nightmares are reading this issue.

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Hellraiser: Bestiary #2

Sep 17, 2014

"Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Bestiary" #2 will deliver chilling nightmares to the reader. I can't wait to read the next list of short horror stories.

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Henchmen, Inc #1

Jun 18, 2014

In any event these first issue is a strong analysis on what makes a lackey so integral to the superhero genre. Its incredibly enjoyable, pretty damn funny, and a little heartfelt when it needs to be. Its an impressive package that shouldnt be missed.

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Hoax Hunters (2015) #1

Feb 10, 2015

"Hoax Hunters" #1 is a welcome return of the series, that should be part of everyone's pull list, new or old fan alike, there is so much to enjoy on these pages.

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I Was The Cat #1

Jun 9, 2014

Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com

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Imperium #2

Mar 4, 2015

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

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Invisible Republic #2

Apr 22, 2015

Invisible Republic #2 is a deep and fascinating read. Every character is steeped in complexity, Arthur is obviously dubious but I wouldnt overlook the other characters capacities for secrets and intrigue. Were only two issues in and things are already twisting and turning, the future of this book is as bright as its world is bleak. If you missGabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko on “Star Wars Legacy” then this offers a beautiful return to a different type of science fiction for the team. The deep legends, and the gorgeous visuals make Invisible Republic a new kind of space epic you just can't miss.

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Kaptara #1

Apr 23, 2015

When things turn to the strangest point, Keith learns that hes in the fourth realm of a new universe, Kaptara. Here we see the best parts of the story that will continue the journey forward to fight a voracious inter-dimensional beast Skullthor whose status is Evil. Single? and uses his beard to cover his genitals, yes, seriously. This is a topsy turvy acid trip where a Queen slightly resembles Miyazaki and a Prince similar to Conan on steroids are characters. Keith has to get home, but what is home now?

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Kill Shakespeare: The Mask Of Night #1

Jun 18, 2014

“Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night” #1 is an impressive start to a riveting swashbuckling adventure. Del Col, McCreery,and Belanger have turned Shakespeare's characters into mean and gritty pirates, who you don't want to mess with.

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Kill Shakespeare: The Mask Of Night #2

Jul 23, 2014

“Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night” #2 continues to be a riveting swashbuckling adventure. I can't wait to see what happens in the third installment.

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Kill Shakespeare: The Mask Of Night #3

Aug 27, 2014

“Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night” #3 continues to be a riveting swashbuckling adventure with tons of plot twists. I can't wait to see the Lavinia and the Boreas do battle in the waters.

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Killogy: Halloween Special #1

Sep 10, 2014

Readers are in for a extra special treat because we get a sneak peek of Robert's upcoming ‘The Shunned One.' Robert pushes his artwork to another level with this story about an angel gone rogue. After reading these pages, I cannot wait for this comic to come out. “Killogy” stand outs as my personal favorite from Alan Robert's works, which is why I am so happy the Killogy Halloween Special” delivers the goods. I cannot to see what he does with ‘The Shunned One.'

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Kinski #4

Feb 19, 2014

His flaws and his relation to the dog are slowly bubbling to the surface to reveal a complex underbelly of motivation. I wish I had more of it right now. With each successive chapter I become more entrenched in Joes struggle and more critical of his behavior. Where things go from here is anyones guess, but Im fairly sure Joe isnt about to give up. Which again begs the question as to why.

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Last Born #1

Jul 18, 2014

Im always intrigued when Black Mask Studios launches a new book. Ive been a huge fan of the publisher since the beginning and find their titles to be vastly underappreciated by the comic market at large. Do yourself a favor and preorder Last Born now, you wont regret it since its a thoughtful look at dystopian futures with an engaging element of time travel that feels calmly calculated. Its confident for a debut, not afraid to ask hard questions about society and features stellar art that is sure to be with you for a while.

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Lazarus #9

Jul 2, 2014

“Lazarus”#9 is an action-packed romp that'll take your breath.

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Liberator/Earth Crisis: Salvation of Innocents #1

Mar 7, 2014

Or you know, you can make a stellar comic book like this. Liberator/Earth Crisis is an empowering read that will shock and educate you. It doesnt shy away from hard issues and it takes a powerful stance on standing up for your beliefs. Im so happy Kick Ass with a Cause is back!

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Liberator/Earth Crisis: Salvation of Innocents #2

May 7, 2014

I really hope Matt Miner has more developed for this fantastic series. It takes important concepts and explores them through lens of vigilante justice without ever feeling preachy. Ever month with Liberator feels like a month where Im a little more socially conscious about animal rights. Its definitely made me more conscious of the horrible state of animal testing, which above all else is why you need to read this book. Its incredibly entertaining, educational, and inspiring.

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Loki: Agent of Asgard #1

Feb 4, 2014

Al Ewing and Lee Garbett have managed to twist a character like Loki in a dynamically new and fascinating way. This debut calls everything we know about the character into question before ending with a bang that throws all this business into an investigation of the truth. Ive never had the pleasure of reading a debut issue that is bookended with such wonderful high notes. This is a heavenly new chapter in a storied characters history that is sure to surprise and sow doubt. Loki cannot be an easy character to master but Ewing and Garbett make it look effortless.

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Low #1

Jul 30, 2014

The first issue contains a significant amount of exposition and dialogue but its Tocchinis artwork that really stuns you. You can see his homage to the fantasy forefathers such as Frank Franzetta in the character designs and the colouring pulls you down into the depths of Low. I found myself returning to specific panels frequently to ensure I didnt miss anything but also because theyre so goddam beautiful. You can get lost in this one, trust me. Willfully lost.

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Low #2

Aug 27, 2014

Being a romantic, my hope for the future of Low is that it changes minds. Maybe readers who recognize themselves in Marik, bitter and terrorized by reality, will see a transformation through the mastery of Remender and Tocchini. Maybe the opposite will prove to be true. Will the creators indeed make Stels or Mariks of us all? Time will tell. For now group hug.

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Lumberjanes #3

Jun 11, 2014

When you mix together the quirky writing, eccentric made-up slang, relatable personalities, and the occasional fantastical element, with the outrageously fun illustrations and theamazinglettering (seriously, Im so into the lettering on this comic) you get a stellar comic thats perfectly distinctive and too cool for its own good.

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Max Ride: First Flight #1

Apr 9, 2015

However, the inconsistent art doesnt wholly damage the story. The final package is something inherently enjoyable and approachable. Not much is accomplished in this first issue but the entire thing reads like silk and has a darkly sinister tone hidden beneath some of the pages. The subtext of the this story promises to take us on a dark journey if only from the final page, but it creates such a jarring tonal difference its hard to say whether or not this book is worth your time with only one issue of story.

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Mayday #1

Jan 22, 2015

I enjoyed "POP" quite a bit, and I encourage you to pick it up if you haven't yet, but I think "MAYDAY" is going to mean a lot more to me because it literally hits so close to home, and in a town of 3.8 million, I bet there's a lot of you that are going to feel the same way.

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Midnighter (2015) #1

Jun 3, 2015

“Midnighter” is a triumph on every level. It's a shining beacon of light in DC Comic's new and exciting creative direction. It proves that superhero comics are capable of hitting multiple beats with complex and engaging leads. Orlando and ACO have crafted a tight series that is unlike any book that came before it, and it demands your attention.

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MPH #2

Jun 18, 2014

The only thing that really hurts this book is the fact that the last page sting is almost exactly the same as the sting in the first issue. It may seem nitpicky, but it doesnt do much to heighten the threat of the antagonist when we see basically the same scene play out. Still, a fun read in the enjoy it for what it is category and a potentially valuable title for you long box when MPH comes to a theater near you. 

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Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

Feb 6, 2014

Some of the overt stereotypes (all across the board) were a little obvious, causing the story line to feel simplistic. I would have loved to see a little more dimension in both Kamala and the peripheral characters. But regardless, the themes of Ms. Marvel #1 plant themselves deep in our chest because weve lived them before. And perhaps thats why stereotypes are utilized. Conceivably, if Wilson continues with this familiarity the comic will truly stand the test of time.

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Mythic #1

May 14, 2015

This arc Cloudbusting has captured my attention and I anticipate what will happen next with huge lizard beasts attacking from a realm beyond our knowledge.

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Nailbiter #1

Apr 24, 2014

Nailbiter will get under your skin. Thats where its most comfortable. Itll fill you with a vague sense of dread as it drags you into the fascinating world of serial killers. Itll hold you tightly in its grip and compel you to think about the more unsettling parts of human existence. Its chilling, unique, and a total revelation for horror comics.

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Nailbiter #2

Jun 4, 2014

With a unpredictable narrative, innovative paneling, and a rich horrific setting Nailbiter is everything you could want in a horror comic, in fact its the crowning achievement of the genre, and its only two issues in. Its my new favorite comic on the stands. Ill be biting my nails in anticipation as I go through the agonizing wait for #3.

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Nailbiter #4

Aug 6, 2014

Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson hit it out of the park again with 'Nailbiter' #4. The two work in perfect rhythm, delivering a damn fun read. Remember to buckle your ass down for the final page, or it might just be blown off. The seeds of this epic are beginning to sprout and take shape into the most elegant and horrific flowers you've ever seen.

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Nailbiter #5

Sep 3, 2014

At this point theres no way this isnt an EPIC in the making. Im not throwing that term around lightly, like when I was 15, I really mean it. This is just the sublime tip of the iceberg that is Nailbiter.

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Nailbiter #11

Mar 3, 2015

"Nailbiter" #11 has all the excellent intrigue of the series but focuses solely on character, which gives it a much more cohesive feel than previous issues. I can't imagine a better way to start the new arc, but if you're looking for answers you'll have to make them yourself. Issue 12 brings the tease of a definitive conclusion for Finch's investigation, but knowing Williamson that'll just be a misdirect. If you really think about what's going on, you can certainly see where the series is going without the obvious exposition. I could be wrong, but the seeds in this issue tell me differently.

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Nailbiter: Nailbiter / Hack/Slash #1

Mar 4, 2015

If nothing else, make sure to head to your LCS and pick up volume 2 of Nailbiter. And only drop the cash on this one if youre a die-hard fan of either series, otherwise Id say wait for it to be collected in a trade.

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Neverboy #2

Apr 1, 2015

Neverboy” #2 introduces a new character with a surprising twist.I really hope that Neverboy can keep the surprises coming in the next installment.

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Neverboy #4

Jun 3, 2015

Neverboy” #4 has set the stage for the confrontation between Julian and Neverboy.

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Ninjak #1

Mar 11, 2015

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

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Oh, Killstrike #1

May 20, 2015

Oh, Killstrike is a solid first outing for a book thats true potential will take a few more issues to fully evaluate. I can see it becoming a rad late life coming of age story but it could also flounder under too much 90s nostalgia.

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One-Hit Wonder #1

Feb 10, 2014

One Hit Wonder doesnt make any effort to set itself outside of the typical behind the scenes of Hollywood fare. The protagonist doesnt have a ton of depth to his motivation, and the story just proves unbelievable thanks to convenient storytelling methods. A little more time developing the central character would have went a long way to solving the bumps that brought me out of the story. I was invested in this callous asshole at the beginning, but just lost my suspension of disbelief near the end.

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Pirouette #1

Oct 21, 2014

"Pirouette" gives new life to the old circus tale, by infusing a sense of heart and subverting the magic in favor of perversion. The result is a comic unlike anything you've ever read before, and a take on the circus that will have you longing for more.

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Plunder #3

Apr 29, 2015

Despite these issues, “Plunder” #3 proves to be another excellent chapter in this unique horror series. The characters on the page are unlike anything you've seen in comics before, and the threat is incredibly realized and terrifying. For the most part you'll find a lot to love with “Plunder.” Sadly the depth of storytelling doesn't penetrate quite like the deep seas, but the horror is very very real.

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Predator: Fire And Stone #2

Nov 19, 2014

Its clear to me by now that Williamson loves writing the slimy guy only out for himself. Galgo certainly fits the bill, and to some extent s

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Prometheus: Fire and Stone - Omega #1

Feb 11, 2015

"Fire and Stone" has been some of the most fun I've had ready comics in a long time. It was action packed and nostalgic and innovative and added so much to the mythos of these franchises. "Fire and Stone" will be remembered for the careful crafting and interweaving of the different books and I can't wait for more ambitious projects like this.Where the fuck was the engineer though?

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Quantum and Woody Must Die #1

Jan 28, 2015

Huzzah and kudos all around for making this a great introduction issue. Bring on the offspring of the Goat! Pick this up and learn to laugh at superheroes again and not ironically but because they

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Ragnarok #1

Jul 28, 2014

Bombastic and bold, if you miss comics like Walt Simonson used to make, well then rejoice, as he is still making them today. To be honest, I didnt expect to care for this one, but it caught me by surprise in a pleasant way. Ill be here next issue.

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Rat Queens #6

May 6, 2014

There is so much love in this issue and there is so much hate. (And a lot of Gary bashing. Poor Gary.) More than any issue, #6 truly shows us that the girls are a family. You know that shit saying, blood is thicker than water? Well, Rat Queens shows us that water is thicker than steel alloy, and these girls are bound by it. They would cease to exist without even just one of them, which means the stakes are high and Wiebe knows it.

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Rat Queens #7

Jul 16, 2014

Its sometimes hard to talk about a book that is consistently perfect. Ill continue to discuss the elements I was really drawn to each month, but for this book in particular I think it would be really cool to get some discussion going. Leave a comment at the bottom about whatever youd like and then come back next month to keep the conversation going. I could write 500 words every month about how great it is, but this book really deserves some dialogue. I look forward to hearing what you think.

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Rat Queens #10

Apr 12, 2015

Then theres Sawyer and Hannahs relationship that has always been a back and forth love affair where one always has too much pride, but this time theres something more entrancing. In a moment of trying to accept or return his love and life which she in no way should or needs to Hannah reveals something huge to Sawyer and to the readers (Thats why her hairs so big, its full of secrets!). Again, so much emotion is put into these moments and its mirrored by the struggle that Dee faces with her past. What happens when faced with inherited guilt, ultimate power, and evil, who can handle it? Read this issue now to find out, right now.

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Red City #1

Jun 11, 2014

Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that atHugeNerds.Podomatic.Comor check out his many other projects atBrentHirose.com

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Red City #2

Jul 10, 2014

If you read the first issue, this one is more of the same with much of the same virtues and faults. So again, it is recommended for the fans of the tech noir, although patience is all ready wearing thin. The mysteries are currently either confusing or boring (The character Angel manages to reveal just enough about herself that I immediately lost interest in her) and while future issues may rectify those issues, there is still work to be done.

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Red Light Properties #1

Feb 5, 2014

Dan Goldman's "Red Light Properties" elevates creator owned comics to another level. It's incomparable in ambition, extraordinary in concept, and executed masterfully by a single mind. It'll blow you away.

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Revival #22

Jul 23, 2014

“Revival” #22 delivers cringe-worthy material that will keep you up late at night. I can't wait to see how the next issue tops all these crazy moments.

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Robocop (2014) #2

Aug 6, 2014

If you told me Williamson wrote the original "Robocop" film I might be inclined to believe you. There is virtually nothing lost in translation from the screen to the page. This book is doing it right, and every single other writer attached to a beloved film IP should take note. Williamson and Magno capture everything you love about Officer Alex Murphy from his conflict with his own humanity, iconic dialogue, to the wanton violence.

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Rumble #4

Mar 25, 2015

Rumble continues to represent everything that's fun about reading a comic book, and everything that's mysterious and thrilling about a supernatural title. It's thrilling and makes a phenomenal addition to any pull list.

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Saga #21

Jul 28, 2014

Fiona Staples is absolutely incredible, but you already knew that.

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Secret Wars #1

May 6, 2015

The odds were against this book, and surprisingly it outdoes the hype. Its a smart tribute that stakes its claim as earth shattering with a tremendous final page that is sure to be talked about for months to come. It may not start off with the insane amount of action some were anticipating, but instead smartly builds the tension to a boil before offering a glimpse of an even larger conflict on the horizon. And, it looks gorgeous while doing it. Secret Wars #1 is a huge home run for Marvel.

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Secret Wars #2

May 14, 2015

This issue proves Secret Wars is an accessible and digestiblenew status quo even for newcomers.

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Sex Criminals #6

Jun 19, 2014

I dont have to tell you, you already know how great this book is. If somehow you dont: buy the first trade, jump in with #6, what are you doing? Buy it already, Stupid.

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Sheltered #9

May 29, 2014

Sheltered #9 closes its second story arc with a promising open-ending. Readers will definitely have lots of wicked fun with “Sheltered.”

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Shutter #1

Apr 9, 2014

Powerful and exciting with a flavor of the mundane "Shutter" sadly takes its time in this first issue to develop its characters and world a little too much without a real focus on what Kates story is actually about. For now though, #1 offers a tantalizing tease of the larger world to come.

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Shutter #3

Jun 11, 2014

All-in-all I was excited about the main two storyline in this week's issue and I think they makes comic worth checking out in the months to come. Given that this comic has drastically improved from even just last months issue, Im excited to see where it brings us in the following issues.

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Shutter #4

Jul 9, 2014

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from thenineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus

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Shutter #5

Aug 13, 2014

More than anything this issue is the real beginning of Kates adventure. Shes taken charge of her own destiny, no more being strung along by others to serve their own ends. Shes seeking answers for herself, under her own initiative. I thought I was excited for this issue but now I know thats nothing in comparison to my elation for “Shutter” #6. It seems like this happens with every issue and may it never end.

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Shutter #6

Sep 17, 2014

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from thenineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus

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Skinned #1

Apr 7, 2014

"Skinned" is beautiful, imaginative, and thought provoking. It doesn't really offer any sort of declarative statement about its world but rather speaks through character. Each of the sentiments offered on the page hold a certain amount of weight, but ultimately the perception of the narrative is left to the reader. Like any good science fiction the questions are more interesting than the answers. Although one thing is for sure, if reality is a disease, then "Skinned" is the cure.

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Skinned #2

Jun 18, 2014

Skinned is an intelligent look at perception and reality that challenges you as you read it. The themes on these pages are heavy but the art is colorful and light. Its the perfect mixture that is a cause for celebration, its a comic that pushes the medium and forces you to think. What more could you ask for?

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Southern Bastards #1

Apr 2, 2014

So Southern Bastards is totally worthy of insane hype. This is a book crafted with care on every level. Its poignant and brutal. Its over the top in all the right ways and completely subdued at the same time. Its a beautiful dance in pacing that effortlessly shows how comics should be and need to be done. Its more delicious than fried chicken but still manages to hit you like a pickup truck to the head. It needs to be on your pull list ASAP because by the end of April you need to be part of the conversation.

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Southern Bastards #2

May 28, 2014

Southern Bastards has the right mix of heart n grit, itll get under your skin and compel you to read on. The South has never been so ugly but Jason Aaron and Jason Latour vow to clean it up, theyre just going to make a bloody mess of it first.

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Southern Bastards #3

Jul 2, 2014

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and mans innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter@epicswitzeror reached via email atericswitzerfilm@gmail.com.

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Sovereign #4

Jun 27, 2014

Dense to the point of being almost impenetrable, Sovereign #4 presents a considerable challenge to the new reader. Perhaps readers of previous issues may be hooked at this point and will see fit to continue, but newcomers will have a hard time finding reasons to do so.

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Spread #1

Jul 9, 2014

The colouring of this series is going to be a major draw to some. The coldness of the human world, dominated by blues, greys, and most prominently, white, is cut by the heat of the bright red Spread. It makes for an (at one point literally) eye-popping experience.

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Spread #2

Aug 6, 2014

Spread despite criticism it may be receiving is indeed its own thing and not something to be ignored.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

Feb 9, 2015

We're treated to a whole assortment of things we already know, and are forced to see the character exactly as we have in the past. I learned nothing knew about Darth Vader through these pages, and I can't help but long for something else more compelling to get me to return to issue #2.

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Starlight #4

Jun 11, 2014

This is by no means a bad book, just one that hasn't found its feet yet. The potential for something more than a alien slugfest is certainly there, and in this instance it would be wise to give Millar the benefit of the doubt. If he continues to capitalize upon the intriguing premise, and delivers a tonally consistent story, I see no reason why "Starlight" won't be worthy of the already optioned 20th Century Fox adaptation.

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Starlight #5

Aug 13, 2014

This is leading up to a hopefully grand conclusion next issue.Starlightis the perfect kind of summer reading. It has action, humor, some nostalgia and a pinch of heart. Baring a dreadful ending, I envision this book being on shelves for a long, long time. I know Mr. Millar has been lucky to get a lot of his properties Hollywood attention. Whenever this one gets to the film-making stage, I hope its got enough heart and soul in it like the books do. Its not over the top or tacked on. Millar gets it just right here.

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Starve #1

Jun 10, 2015

Starve #1 is great read from start to finish. With Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj, and Dave Stewart as the creative team, the Starve series cant be beat.

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Suiciders #1

Feb 25, 2015

I can't tell where this book is headed and I love that. I don't really know where The Saint will fit into all of this class distinction or if he will simply remain the saint of excess. Part of me wants to see him as the catalyst for change but by the end of this first issue I'm not sure if the character's capable of it, which is why I can't wait for #2.

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Sundowners #1

Aug 27, 2014

Sundowners is a, excuse the clich, a refreshing take on superheroes. Its off to a great start with a lot going for it: tremendously flawed characters that are a joy to read, intrigue pouring out the seams and exceptional visuals. Ive never been into much of Tim Seeleys past work but this book has made a fan out of me.

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Superman: Earth One #3

Feb 4, 2015

Ultimately "Superman Earth One: Volume 3" is a difficult read. It could have been so much more, but reduces itself to what we've seen before, and what has worked in the past. Except none of it works here. It feels lazy and uninspired, much more so than the two volumes that preceded it. Any contemporary issues that are explored are undercut by a all to convenient resolution to the story that ultimately brings the differences between Earth One Superman and New 52 Superman to a startling few. It's a real shame.

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Tech Jacket #1

Jul 3, 2014

Khary Randolphs art is great, Keatinges dialog captures Zacks endearing relationship with his father perfectly and now that the ground work has been laid in there could be some great adventure to follow. Im excited for it, and you should be too.

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Thanos: Infinity: The Infinity Revelation #1

Sep 4, 2014

The more psychedelic pages of this book are worth the price of admission alone. This is pure Marvel Cosmic awesomness. Its not exactly the powerful story I wanted, but serves as a great addition to an already insanely appealing part of the Marvel universe. Thanos will always be alluring in a way most cant quite explain, and nobody seems to draw him like Jim Starlin, its just a shame many have written him better.

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The 7th Sword #1

Apr 25, 2014

Overall, this issue feels like a soft open. Which is better for restaurants openings than it is for comic book titles. Im willing to let the creative team work out the kinks for another issue. Im curious to see where this story will go so kudos to the writer. I hope the art will expand and give readers something new that hasnt been portrayed again and again.

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The Army of Dr. Moreau #4

Apr 14, 2014

The Army of Dr. Moreau isnt a bad comic by any means. It just has a lot of tinkering to do. Pacing has been a little plodding, characters feel undeveloped, and the concept feels king. There is no real focus on a theme to speak of, so the book doesnt feel rooted in any real world issues. This may be slicing things too thin, but these problems are seemingly remedying themselves with subsequent issues. Hopefully with a little more time the creative team can focus on the core of their story, which hopefully are the characters telling it.

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The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1

Jul 23, 2014

THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 is a solid and engrossing book. Its got everything you could want in a paranormal story; a flawed and damaged protagonist given a chance at restitution with mystery and intrigue around every corner. Im strapped in and on board for wherever this fantastic book is going. Make sure you are too when itlands on September 3rd.

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The Delinquents #1

Aug 20, 2014

I realize that the otherValiantbooks look more intense and action packed than “The Delinquents” #1.ThatArmor Hunterscross-over looks pretty cool. However, I think thats the point. This book is where goofballs with powers do stuff and joviality and mirth ensue. The variant covers alone that combine to make a game board are a genius move itself. I have never liked the variant cover thing but THIS makes me want to actually buy them to play the game. If the cover can do that, I have no doubt the creators behind that and this story will deliver the goods here.

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The Devilers #1

Jul 16, 2014

This book has got all the ingredients for a delicious Satan Gumbo, Im just not yet sure if the ratios are right for it to earn a spot in my stack. It certainly is unique enough to stand out as one of those books I didnt know I needed, but I also found myself doubling back on more than one occasion for dialogue that didnt quite make sense or flow and when it was over I wish it had taken a little more time to build up to the big battle. Its really too soon to tell where things are going, but I certainly cant wait to find out.

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The Devilers #2

Aug 13, 2014

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and mans innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter@epicswitzeror reached via email atericswitzerfilm@gmail.com.

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The Empty Man #1

Jun 11, 2014

An awesome introductory issue, “The Empty Man” #1 has a lot of potential going for it with the story's mix of cults, serial killers, and police procedural.I really want to see what happens the second issue.

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The Empty Man #2

Jul 9, 2014

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and mans innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter@epicswitzeror reached via email atericswitzerfilm@gmail.com.

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The Fade Out #1

Aug 20, 2014

I don't usually throw my two cents into reviews, but I can't help but entirely echo the above sentiments about this book. It's a perfectly crafted genre piece that fills a void you didn't even know was empty. Holy shit guys, the Brubaker and Phillips train just keeps gaining speed.

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The Fallen #1

Mar 17, 2014

The Fallen has a lot to offer, but never really follows one of many elements it sets up. Instead it feels thinly spread out over a number of interesting topics but can never really make up its mind as to which one is its focus. Its a shame because the world building and exposition get in the way of telling an otherwise interesting character study of survivor guilt as a superhero.

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The Field #1

Apr 2, 2014

This is an excellent start to a compelling and eerie book that is sure to only get better. The mystery of the book is fascinating, and there is a literal volley of questions within the opening pages that will necessitate picking up issue two. Throw in Roys incredibly dark and character driven work, and add in Brissons tastefully cheesy dialogue and youve got one hell of a series. The Field defies comparison; its a love letter to grindhouse cinema, and a reinvention of the genre in comics. Its steep mystery may leave some out in the cold, but the best stories ask questions of the reader, pushing them to become an active participant in the adventure. The Field does exactly that; it sucks you in, and creates an insatiable urge to know more. Bring on issue two. Lets get weird.

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The Field #2

May 15, 2014

The Field is an absolute must buy thanks to insane action, weird humor, and a touch of science fiction. Its a compelling mystery that doesnt concern itself within anything other than entertaining the reader. You can tell everyone involved is having a ton of fun, and debauchery on display here will make even the weirdest grindhouse films feel like childs play. This is the cheapest bump n grind you can find at your local comic book store or otherwise.

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The Field #3

Jul 3, 2014

The ideas here could span multiple volumes and unpacking the characters would be a delight but thats not the story that is being told here. Can that potential be fully achieved in one final issue? I have no clue whatsoever. What I do know, is that I will be there to find out, and crossing my fingers.

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The Goon: Occasion of Revenge #1

Jul 23, 2014

The bad guys look nice and menacing. Each looks equally unique and creepy with their sinister pets hanging off of them so I hope some of them last longer than one confrontation withThe Goon. In any case, this looks to be another grand shindig for Freddy, Mudd, The Zombie Priest and everyone else to bash some monstrosities. Its also new-reader friendly so you can hop right into this story and not worry about catching up until you good and ready. Enjoy some Goon and tell your friends.

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The Goon: Occasion of Revenge #2

Aug 29, 2014

I cant spoil anything because its just worth reading and enjoying. Love is found and love is haunting others. There are even poop jokes here so no one takes this too seriously. Powells story is sweet when it needs to be, warm and touching when it wants to be, and brutal and gruesome when it has to be. Pick up last issue if you havent and treat yourself to a double shot ofThe Goonthis week.

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The House in the Wall #1

Jun 20, 2014

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The Last Fall #1

Jul 16, 2014

Recommended to avoid.

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The Life After #1

Jul 9, 2014

The Life After is equal parts whimsical and haunting. Its brilliantly paced and expertly communicated. This debut issues shows you a world where anything is possible and teases a near limitless scope for the future of the series. As far as first issues go its a total knockout.

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The Life After #2

Aug 20, 2014

All of that plus the hook of The complete history of creation in three pages! has me intrigued enough to keep reading. This book is so out there, its worth your attention to see where it leads to next. Demons, aliens, dogs, management and upper management look to be interesting oddities to see in the coming months. Get into this book now and be ahead of the cool curve for once.

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The Remains #1

Mar 3, 2014

Bunn has crafted a simple tale of horror around a questionable love of rodents to create a chilling tale of lost innocence and threatening strangers. Its straightforward in its setup and smooth in its execution. It may not do anything new for the genre, so to speak, but itll assuredly get under your skin.

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The Squidder #1

Jul 16, 2014

“The Squidder”#1 is an action-packed romp that never slows down. I definitely want to see happens next issue.

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The Strain: The Night Eternal #1

Aug 20, 2014

If you've been aroundsince the beginning, there's no reason for you not to continue with “The Strain: The Night Eternal” #1. With the creative team-up of Lapham and Huddleston, they have done an amazing job translating the bleak tone and spirit of the novel into the comic book medium.

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The Surface #2

Apr 12, 2015

Delving a bit deeper, Michel Foucaults An Archeology of Knowledge and Grant Morrisons Animal Man are on the same level of discussing discourse about The Surface. Its completely self-referential to what we see could be true. The Surface is a paradoxical post-modern matrix. At only the second issue, I obviously have a lot of thoughts about it. Its not complete yet, nor is it the greatest piece of fiction of all time, but its an important text already that adds to comics as a whole and continuing a tradition of metafiction that engages the reader to read and reflect.

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The Victories (2013) #13

Jul 2, 2014

Im struggling to find another series where so much happens that on the surface feels repetitive. Its when you look just a little underneath it that you can appreciate how much thought Oeming has put into this creation. Its not every day creators can literally destroy everything theyve built up. Its a daring decision to bring the house down as this terrific series comes to a close. With only two issues until the end, I cringe to see who or what will be left unscathed. Im guessing not much will be left unanswered. I expect this finale to be a truly memorable one to a truly unprecedented series.

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The Victories (2013) #14

Aug 6, 2014

No spoilers, I promise. This book is so good that if you are getting to this party late, I still cant tell you. Go catch up (its absolutely worth reading over and over) and have the thrilling ride take you into this seemingly doomed world.The Victorieshas been one of the best discoveries I ever made in the world of comics. If anyone ever says they cant find anything new and good in comics, tell them to look this series up.

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The Walking Dead #121

Feb 12, 2014

This month is more about the emotional aftermath of whats going on during this war than the war itself. The chess pieces slide around the board and there are moves that are about to be made, but it is anyones guess who will come out on top. The only sure thing is doom. Doom is on the horizon and its going to take many more with it over the next five issues.

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The Walking Dead #122

Feb 26, 2014

So far Im not convinced. Luckily we have four more chapters to prove just what All Out War is all about. If we go through the motions of attack for one issue and reel for three then Ill be heartily disappointed.

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The Walking Dead #123

Mar 12, 2014

Negans charisma only goes so far, and unfortunately it has stopped charming me. He is a cunning villain who much like Kirkman has hit a wall. There can be no forward progression in this book until he dies, and with so many opportunities on the page for Kirkman to kill him, I suspect sales are keeping him alive. The natural energy that The Walking Dead once had has finally been sapped out.

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The Walking Dead #127

May 14, 2014

Its hard to say too much about this book without giving everything away. Save for I recommend it whole-heartedly. I wasnt the biggest fan of All Out War. I was ready to drop the book, and this has completely changed my mind. Bravo Kirkman, youve done it again.

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The White Suits #1

Feb 15, 2014

Ive managed to read this issue three times now, and with each successive read I gain something new from the story. It is ripe with detail, steeped in tribute and manages to elevate the genres that inspired it. The White Suits will blow you away on every level.

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The White Suits #2

Mar 19, 2014

There really isnt anything quite like The White Suits out there today. It is wholly unique and reading it provides a dynamically different experience than most comics. Its wild, sketchy, and completely untethered. Yet, its moved along with brisk dialogue and larger than life criminal violence that never lets you catch your breath. Youll still be trying to piece it all together by the time the last page hits but the mysteries brought on by the bigger picture should have you coming back next month.

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The Wicked + The Divine #1

Jun 18, 2014

Which is a deconstruction of modern myth laid out for a new century of creatives and layabouts whod rather worship than create. The very creatures of myth that Gillen and Mckelvie have created on these pages will surely propel the team into a godlike status of their own. This is a first issue pulled off with incredible confidence and mastery, its irresistible and all consuming. Its your new obsession.

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The Wicked + The Divine #2

Jul 16, 2014

I think it is really important to read outside your comfort zone. I dont really get this book, yet, and thats ok. In fact its a really good thing because it will motivate me to examine, re-read, think harder, and possibly even research. We should all try to read things over our heads from time to time and not dismiss them for being frustrating. Getting to know writers through their work is one of the best things about reading, and it is clear that Gillen writes from a very personal place. I think thats really cool, and Ill continue reading The Wicked + The Divine every month and revelling in how much smarter it is than me.

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The Wicked + The Divine #3

Aug 20, 2014

Gillens story shows no signs of a course correction. McKelvies visuals are inconsistent. One moment hes blowing me away, the next it looks like Im watching a student film with the same dull framing reused over and over again.I LOVE the creative team, but I just don't get why this book is so appealing.

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The Woods #2

Jun 6, 2014

Overall, this is not a bad comic. Its a fun science fiction read with some great action/adventure themes. Its also very appropriate for a general audience of younger teens, which is a difficult thing to find in the majority of creator-owned comics right now. With each issue it seems to work out the kinks from before, so I definitely look forward to seeing where this comic is headed.

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The Woods #3

Jul 2, 2014

The Woods #3 is going through some growing pains but the overall creative concept is still incredibly promising. This is a book thats either going to blossom or putter out in the next few issues. Id like to see where its going but at this point Im still not 100% sold.

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The X-Files: Season 10 #9

Feb 12, 2014

Everything else that works about this series is still working. Namely the character voices are spot on. Harris really understands the dynamic between Mulder and Scully and the humor of the X-Files comes through in droves. This issue is a lot of fun, and might just chill you to your core. It just comes to an end far too quickly for its own good.

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The X-Files: Season 10 #10

Mar 12, 2014

I could read a series of the young CSMs adventures alone. Seeing the cancer man as a youthful protagonist was a refreshing breath of fresh air in a series that sometimes forgets to breath. I cant recommend the issue enough since long time fans will finally get some answers that they seek and newcomers will be taken on a harrowing journey that destroys a mans morals.

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The X-Files: Season 10 #11

Apr 30, 2014

I await issue 12 with white knuckles. After talking to Joe Harris at ECCC I can confirm he has big plans in store for the future of this series. This first chapter of Pilgrims paints the thematic paranoia of the series in a beautiful new light. Its truly amazing stuff that cant be missed.

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The X-Files: Season 10 #12

May 28, 2014

Except Joe Harris likes to pull you along. Hes not ready to give any answers yet and the book is all the better for it. Its almost agony to read a chapter like this and not know where its going but its half the fun. I cannot wait to see where things end up next.

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The X-Files: Year Zero #1

Jul 16, 2014

There is nothing wrong with this book, but there also isnt really anything special. Creating in an established universe can be difficult as well as rewarding for the creators, but personally like with all licensed comics I found myself not really excited to keep reading. If you a hungry for more X-Files this series wont betray you. Otherwise youre better off reading something new.

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Theremin #4

Jan 29, 2014

Theremin takes a detour to reflect on the more unsightly aspects of the creative process this month and is all the better for it. The book reaches a new level of vulnerability far away from self-indulgence. The issue is a vital slice of experimentation that you dont often find in the medium and I can think of no better way to spend a dollar.

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Tiger Lung #1

Mar 4, 2015

The time period is strange, the characters are stranger, and the result is nothing short of impressive. The hand made feel of the entire book lends itself to the historical setting. You feel as if youre holding a comic made from a time gone by. Tiger Lung is something crafted by a few artisans at the height of their creative powers, and its necessary reading for those of you looking to expand your indie comics collection with some truly extraordinary one of a kind work.

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Toe Tag Riot #4

Apr 15, 2015

Obviously I urge you to pick up all of Toe Tag Riot but if you need any further convincing, try this on for size: Im pretty sure the Black Cat crew is in this final issue! Black Cat is the comic book store where I work and continue my education in the medium. Greg, the bald owner whod rather I didnt refer to him that way is peppered throughout, and Id put money down that Im the purple-haired girl at the wedding. If you dont want to feed an undead need for acceptance, feed my ego and pick up Toe Tag Riot any way you can.

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Translucid #3

Jun 18, 2014

My overall hope is that they're setting up Drake as The Horse. I'll just set that theory down and back away slowly.

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Translucid #4

Jul 16, 2014

The Cornelius/Navigator dominated issue of Translucid this month took its time and it really paid off in spades. The Navigator section of this issue was the definite highlight, his existential crisis and incredibly human response to failure were expertly handled. Super heroes all too often feel like enormous figures, almost godlike, but in most cases they are still just people, human beings like you and me. The Navigator is an incredibly flawed and sympathetic character who I cant help but be astonished by. I cant wait to see what next months penultimate issue holds.

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Translucid #5

Aug 20, 2014

Translucid #5 doesnt fundamentally change things up or answer any questions in earnest. Its probably saving all of those juicy secrets for Issue #6, but regardless, its a great read from start to finish. I have nothing but the utmost certainty that next months finale will be spectacular and mind-blowing beyond belief.

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Translucid #6

Sep 17, 2014

Ive always felt like Translucid was operating at an intellectual level above myself. Its an incredibly smart book that conducts itself on a grand operatic scale at times and at other times slows down to sublime moments of self-reflection. Its been refreshing to the core, with a seriously psychologically damaged hero, and a villain who at times seems more capable than the hero. I couldnt be sadder to see it go but I also couldnt be happier with the ride weve shared.

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Trees #1

May 29, 2014

This is a great first issue to what Ive no doubt will be a great chronicle of how humanity makes our alien visitors notice us and leave. The perspectives are so unlike one another that I can only anticipate what gloriously profound things they will all discover. Trees #1 is as solid a start as you can ask for. Pick it up and pay attention.

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Trees #3

Jul 23, 2014

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and mans innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter@epicswitzeror reached via email atericswitzerfilm@gmail.com.

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Uber #9

Jan 31, 2014

Gillen understands the plight of the conflict and manages to convey all of its pitfalls in a supernatural world. Its actually stunning to see. If you are a fan of world history then I cant recommend Uber enough. Its just not for the feint of heart, but then again what Avatar Press book is?

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UFOlogy #1

Apr 3, 2015

UFOlogy brings weird slipstream fiction to the forefront of modern comics. There's an evident love of Le Fanu and Lovecraft, the more modern works of China Miville and Ray Bradbury, and the surge of pop-culture obsession with the paranormal of cult phenomena in the early 1990s with The X-Files and Twin Peaks. Now there are so many questions to be answered. Why here and why now? I want to believe that there is more out there, so now I want to see the proof in the next five issues.

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Undertow #2

Mar 17, 2014

The relationships between the characters are now more complex and layered. Everyones motivations arent entirely clear and idealistic clash is very close on the horizon. For a book chock full of new ideas, its the old ones that prove most interesting in the second issue. A flawed but driven leader, an ambitious newcomer, and the dangers of being frontiersmen prove most engaging. These elements along with the exciting final page will have you dying of anticipation until April.

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Undertow #3

Apr 23, 2014

There is a panel near the end of The Amphibians introduction that labels him as The God of Death. Its a roundabout way of telling us weve entered a whole new world here. The surface is relatively under control, but the new ally might be too volatile to control.Orlando and Trakhanov deal with many complicated themes in Undertow. They spend this month slowly developing them through their characters and the book becomes all the better for it. This is another stellar chapter of the best new series of the year.

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Undertow #4

May 21, 2014

You want these Atlanteans to succeed. Except theyve entrusted an insane bastard of a creature to lead them further away from home in an attempt to save their own lives. Its an interesting premise heading toward the finale of the series that will certainly test every characters strength of will. I have no idea what lies in wait for us atop those mountains, but I certainly cannot wait to find out.

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Undertow #5

Jun 25, 2014

See you in thirty for the final journey. And if you want a tasty treat of that last issue head here.

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Undertow #6

Jul 23, 2014

Undertow is a spectacle, its well written, beautifully drawn, and evokes incredible emotion. Its a story of self-discovery, and new frontiers. I cant recommend it enough, and encourage you to learn a thing or two by picking it up.

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Veil #1

Mar 5, 2014

Veil has the perfect combination of art and story. One could not exist without the other. Together Rucka and Fejzula create a waking dream centered on a captivating and mysterious character. Its tightly paced, hypnotic, and impossible to read once.

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Veil #2

Apr 2, 2014

Dark things are brewing on the horizon, but the charm of this book far outweighs its grim implications. The mystery still runs rampant through the pages, but the pieces are moving across the board. We know more than we did before, but we still dont know much.

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Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1

Jul 30, 2014

Magenta is even more contradicting than Cyan. Magenta is being alive, its being dead. Its being strong, its being weak. Its opening and closing, ending and beginning. The take-away is that Vertigo has simply created such a complex comic book. They've curated some of the best short fiction and illustrations weve seen in a while, making our heads snap back and forth between statementand style, leaving us full of and empty for all the feels.

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Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow #1

Oct 29, 2014

It's meticulously curated to show the medium at the height of it's form, and offers a challenge to the way things are being done as we speak. It shows that we can build better comics, and all it takes is the right collection of inspired creators, and one damn good editor.

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Wayward #1

Aug 27, 2014

“Wayward” #1 delivers a fun premise with a quirky protagonist.The first issue delivers a lot of promise, let's hope the creators continue with that in the second installment.

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We Can Never Go Home #1

Jan 23, 2015

Josh Hood does a phenomenal job at creating a world of teenage drama that feels authentic and violent. His art captures the vulnerability of anyone below the first rung of that social hierarchy and captures body language like it was his second nature. There are a few pag

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Wild's End #1

Sep 10, 2014

Katy Rex writes comics analysis atendoftheuniversecomics.com,comicsbulletin.com, andbloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you're not an asshole.Twitter: @eotucomicsTumblr:katy-rex.tumblr.comInstagram: @katy_rexEmail:katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com

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Wildfire #1

Jun 11, 2014

I really did not enjoy reading this book. That's not to say that it doesn't have potential, but I found there weren't enough interesting characters in play with unique motives. There was far too much heavy-handed discussion about the ethics of GE food, and it was almost entirely devoid of havok. Avoid this one until further notice, unless you happen to be Roland Emmerich.

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Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #3

Aug 20, 2014

Having said all that, the story is still entertaining. It makes good use of ominous tones and unreliable characters. I can sense that its headed for something terrific. And withFerreyra's perfect art, it's hard to feel too let down.

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Wolf Moon #3

Feb 4, 2015

It's a missed opportunity, but not one that has to decide the fate of the entire series. Luckily we're only three issues in, and the pacing might be the stuff of legend. I'll stick around for a while yet; I just hope we dig a little deeper next month.

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Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland #7

Jun 11, 2014

“Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #7 closes its last chapter on a thrilling note. I can't wait to read the prequel comic and the novel back-to-back.

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X #14

Jun 13, 2014

This week is a slower paced issue that continues to set the stage for a grand finale. Whether that finale is satisfying or not remains to be seen, but I'm hopefully this is just a momentarily lull for X and won't be the norm going forward. X #14 isn't in itself all that exciting but the little threads it's laying down for the future are promising.

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X #15

Jul 9, 2014

Knives, bullets, swords and dog food all go flying in this chapter. The beatings are thorough on both sides as are the double-crosses. The cliffhanger is a pretty good hook to see where the havoc train that isXwill go next. Things have escalated rapidly and Im hoping the creators havent painted themselves into a corner with this opponent. Ive come to enjoy seeing the man calledXkill everything in sight in the name of his mission. I hope it doesnt end anytime soon.

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X #16

Aug 13, 2014

Readers are made well aware of how human our masked man in this series is, especially in this issue. This Archon is more than a man and that is not a good thing at all for our would-be savior. Up until now,Xhas never faced anyone superhuman. Now we all know why. That is one fight our man simply should not attempt. Im not sure if that was the point of this arc or not. It is clear to me that he should stick to gangsters and psychopaths.Xisnt made for this sort of confrontation at all.

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X-Force (2014) #1

Feb 12, 2014

Cable remains an uninteresting leader that save for the initial physical conflict at the onset of the issue has very little to do or say. Its a shame for a character with such a robust history to be outshined by those around him, but as it stands right now his voice is the least developed of Spurriers team. I look forward to seeing more of this jovial X-Force and perhaps this new take is exactly what we need to see in the world of mutants, Im just not entirely sold as of yet.

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Zero #9

Jul 23, 2014

I caught my breaths being drawn out and my eyes widening multiple times. Its an intense read.

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Zero #10

Aug 13, 2014

I dont have much more to say about this issue. I dont really feel equipped to. Issue #10 of Zero left me rather dumbfounded.

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