Zack Quaintance's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Batman's Bookcase Reviews: 119
8.7Avg. Review Rating

9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

I'd been looking forward to this celebration of Superman for months (if not longer) and this book did not disappoint. Today really felt like true observance of Superman and what he has meant to the world over the years. It was an anthology, so some stories were always going to be stronger than others, and I definitely wanted to see way more Lois Lane, but overall I'm glad I not only got to read this book, but be apart of comics fandom during its release.

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7.0
Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Jul 31, 2018

This is still a fun comic with the same wonderful jokes and dynamic from the series previous iteration, and its a great book for young readers, to be sure. Veteran superhero fans, however, may notice small changes publishers use to make stories less relevant, potentially taking them out of the story.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

It sounds cliche, but Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley really do take Spider-Man back to basics in the best possible way. The Ottley artowork is phenomenal, and the plot and characterization feel both fitting and natural. If this debut is a mission statement for what the new team is planning, I am firmly on board.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #4

Aug 22, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #4 continues with the great art and hilarious quips of the first three issues, also adding a villian expertly culled from deep Spider-continuity plus a well-done examination of Peters core beliefs. Simply put, theres seriously good comic book-ing going on here.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #5

Sep 12, 2018

The end of Spencer and Ottleys first Amazing Spider-Man arc does a better job laying track for the future than paying off this first story arc. It has quite a bit to say about the Spider-Man ethos, but its all stuff we heard last issue. Still, the voice and ambitions here remain strong, and Im optimistic for this runs future.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #10

Nov 28, 2018

Nick Spencers Amazing Spider-Man run continues to find a cruising altitude with this emotionally-satisfying conclusion to a storyline that saw our hero teaming up with Black Cat. Perhaps more promisingly, the book seems bent on enshrining Mary Jane Watson less of a supporting character and more of a co-star right at the heartfelt center of the action.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #11

Dec 12, 2018

Heavy on media commentary, old supporting cast members, and solid laughs, Amazing Spider-Man #11 shifts the tone from recent issues and continues to seed plot points for the team to develop moving forward. Despite the always-tricky double-shipping schedule, this comic is rock solid.

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9.0
Barrier (2018) #1

May 8, 2018

Barrier #1 uses the widescreen webcomic format to great effect, and Vaughan's incorporation of two languages creates a literal barrier between the book's dual leads, serving its plot and its theme of separation. Based on Vaughan's past work, Barrier seems poised to raise fascinating questions about the intersection of seemingly disparate worlds.

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10
Batman (2016) #54

Sep 5, 2018

Following the three-part Cold Days arc is a tough act, but the standalone story about the father-son relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson in Batman #54 pulls it off. Matt Wagners art is fitting and emotive, and Tom Kings script is tonally perfect, an honest look at the emotional fragility of hurt men and how difficult it is to open up.

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9.5
Bitter Root #1

Nov 13, 2018

There have been plenty of monster hunting comics launched this year, but none have been as confident as Bitter Root #1. This story is complex and fearless, steeped in fantastical monster hunting, family dynamics, and systemic injustices. Combine that with the stylishly singular aesthetic of the artwork, and this book is a must-read.

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8.0
Black Badge #1

Aug 7, 2018

Black Badge #1 seems to be the start of another great series by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. This first issue has all the exposition we need plus some intriguing hints into its thematic interests, yet it never feels like an info dump. This is a confident and polished debut issue, one that hints at big things in store.

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8.0
Black Badge #3

Oct 17, 2018

Black Badge mixes spy thriller and coming-of-age conventions to great effect. The mystery of Hook Hand plus The chilling cliff hanger has me eager to continue on with this story. I think youll enjoy this book tooscouts honor.

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9.0
Blackbird #1

Sep 10, 2018

A gorgeous urban fantasy that contrasts forlorn subject matter with clean and bright linework. Much intriguing track has been laid in this first issue, wherein Humphries and Bartel also show themselves to be a perfectly complementary team with a grandiose vision. A great debut that I enthusiastically recommend.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Salvation #9

May 15, 2018

Bloodshot No. 9 is a well-done issue, one that sets out to create an emotional origin story for Bloodshots faithful companion Bloodhoud and succeeds, all while paying off one of the better commentaries about the military industrial complex and our role in it as civilians, which is what Ive long seen as the overarching theme of Lemires Bloodshot work.

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8.5
Bone Parish #3

Sep 25, 2018

In Bone Parish #3, the ramifications of dealing Ash are catching up with the Winters family quickly, making for a compelling and tense issue that shows readers exactly how woefully unprepared the protagonists of this story are for the challenges to come.

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9.0
Border Town #1

Aug 6, 2018

Border Town #1 is a strong start for a reinvigorated Vertigo imprint, a relatable coming-of-age teen drama in one of the least understood yet most argued about parts of the country. The art is terrifyingly detailed, and the story leans enthusiastically into time-tested horror tropes while also finding new ground by adding Mexican/Chicano folklore and mythos.

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9.0
Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1

Jul 24, 2018

I forgot how psychologically-complex and engrossing Britannia was until I started this new volume. This is a supremely well-executed comic, one I highly recommend to fans of both historical fiction and police procedurals. One issue in, it's just as good as its predecessors.

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7.5
Bully Wars #1

Aug 13, 2018

Bully Wars #1 is a vibrant all ages comic with a lot of promise and potentially even an important lesson about labels. This comic does more than enough with its first issue to pique my interest in where its headed.

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6.0
Burnouts #1

Sep 19, 2018

A quick read, an alien invasion story by way of Stranger Things. Burnout #1 shows some potential toward its end once its premise becomes clear, but the characters are pretty ill-defined throughout. The whole thing relies heavily on tropes, and the characters are a little hazy, much like the weed smoke at the center of this premise.

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9.5
Captain America (2018) #1

Jul 4, 2018

This is Ta-Nehisi Coates' best comic yet, layered and nuanced, but also well-paced and entertaining. This book plays up Captain America as a former icon while addressing his tarnished status following Secret Empire. It's so good that one issue in, this run already has must-read status.

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9.5
Cemetery Beach #1

Aug 28, 2018

A masterful debut issue from a veteran creative team. Ellis and Howards Cemetery Beach #1 puts vast thematic and conceptual depth beneath a fast-paced and deceptively simple exterior, one loaded with quips and kinetically-drawn action scenes. BUY BUY BUY this comic and enjoy.

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8.0
Cemetery Beach #2

Oct 16, 2018

In Cemetery Beach #2, Ellis and Howard continue the high-minded adventure started in the debut issue, pulling the curtain back a bit on the political dynamics at work on this forgotten colony established a century ago on some far-flung planet. This continues to be Ellis at his most accessible, expertly crafted in a way that doesnt sacrifice complexity.

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8.0
Clankillers #1

Jul 13, 2018

Clankillers #1 covers rare ground in comics, and it covers it well, depicting the bleak darkness of Celtic mythology. The excellent artwork fits the tone, and the hero is given a clear objective to move the plot forward. Essentially, this story feels captivating in a way not unlike a slow trainwreck.

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8.0
Cold Spots #1

Aug 20, 2018

A traditional supernatural mystery, Cold Spots #1 is another story from writer Cullen Bunn that uses horror motifs to chronicle forlorn pockets of the United States often ignored in television and film. This is a brief yet beautiful comic, and Mark Torres work with colors in particular is not to be missed.

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8.0
Cold Spots #2

Sep 25, 2018

Cold Spots has managed to establish a perfectly-eerie mood with only two issues. The visuals and characters here all support the same chilly vibe, and the end result is a great Halloween season read.

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9.3
Crude #2

May 21, 2018

Crude No. 2 introduces a framework for the challenges and mystery our protagonist must fight to overcome, and it does so in a suspenseful way that doesn't sacrifice any of the interiority that made No. 1 so compelling. Orlando, Brown, and Loughridge are really building something special here, something that feels powerful as well as painstakingly deliberate.

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9.8
Crude #3

Jun 19, 2018

Crude #3 exceeds previous installments, raising this book up among my favorite creator-owned titles right now, as well as among my favorite Image books period. Its well-constructed and perfectly-executed, a bleak and deeply emotional story about damage caused by emotional distance and dishonesty between fathers and sons.

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9.0
Crude #4

Jul 17, 2018

Crude continues to have one of the most compelling hero's journeys in all of comics, one that blends gritty action with emotional devastation and subtle commentary. This fourth issue again ups the stakes in ways I could not have predicted.

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9.5
Crude #5

Aug 14, 2018

Crude #5 is the best issue of this book yet. More than a stage-setter for next months first arc conclusion, this comic is rich with revelations about its lead character and the world hes beaten his way into. This series is career-best work for both Brown and Orlando, must-read comics.

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9.0
Crude #6

Sep 18, 2018

A cathartic and fitting end to a book that packed as much of an emotional punch as it did a physical one. This final issue felt a bit compressed, but the creative team should still be proud of the emotional journey it put its protagonist through. If you missed out on Crude as a monthly comic, I HIGHLY recommend picking it up in trade.

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8.0
Dead Kings #1

Oct 23, 2018

A gritty first chapter that seems to promise outsized adventure and fantastical warfare to come. Theres a lot to be said about the way states fail their peoples from generation to generation, and this might be the book we need right now to say it.

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8.0
Dead Kings #2

Dec 11, 2018

Dead Kings #2 continues to build this story and this world, evoking things like Final Fantasy video games and documentaries about Siberia in the process. The real strength and potential of Dead Kings really shows through in the glimpses of the action storytelling and larger battles the story seems destined to include. Jump on now and get ready.

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7.0
Dead Rabbit #1

Oct 2, 2018

The debut issue of Dead Rabbit does an excellent job of introducing the characters, if not the conflict. Martin is crawling back to his life as Dead Rabbit, which is an interesting start, but Duggan hasnt taken us too far down the rabbit hole just yet.

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8.5
Death Of The Inhumans #1

Jul 4, 2018

Cates trademark clever-yet-authoritative voice combines with a fearsome new villain and excellent characterization of Black Bolt to turn what could have been a chance for him to take it easy into one of his most intense titles yet. Prepare for the coming devastation.

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9.2
Deep Roots #1

Apr 24, 2018

Deep Roots #1 lays out a bold vision, one that grows (excuse the plant pun) from both the tight muscularity of its script and the beauty of its artwork. Its a story of two worldsmans world and an ancient vegetative world beneathand its art depicts each, as well as the places they intersect, with a gorgeous abandon. This is a rare and wonderful debut that gets the basics of pacing, world-building, and cliff-hanging right, while also leaving the reader with a sense of a wondrous plan in place for its continuation.

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9.5
Deep Roots #2

Jun 12, 2018

Deep Roots No. 2 continues to build on the bold vision from the first issue. I went to bat hard for this book after reading part one, and in this second issue the story progressed in a substantial way that made me feel validated. Deep Roots is quickly growing (Ill see myself out) into one of the best indie books on the market.

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9.5
Die #1

Dec 4, 2018

One of the best debut Image Comics this year, which is saying a lot. Die #1 sees veteran writer Gillen operating in a story that demands to be told and also plays to the ample strengths of rising star artist Stephanie Hans. This book features nostalgia that fosters engagement without ever becoming a crutch. Read this comic, and enjoy.

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8.5
Eclipse #9

Jul 31, 2018

Eclipse is a series that just keeps getting better, and issue #9 is no exception. The tense action and looming sense of danger from the start is still very much here, but the book has also really grown into a unique and complex look at power structures.

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9.5
Electric Warriors #1

Nov 14, 2018

Today is a major day for new comics, but if you take a chance on one new book, make it Electric Warriors. This is part one of a six-part miniseries with vast potential to be something truly special. Fans are going to be talking about this comic tomorrow.

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9.0
Euthanauts #1

Jun 12, 2018

Engrossing and complex, Euthanauts is the best book yet from former Vertigo editor Shelly Bond's new IDW imprint, Black Crown. Howard's script dives confidentiality into a universal concern"death"as Robles' ethereal visuals blur reality. An intriguing and gorgeous comic, this one is highly recommended.

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8.5
Extermination (2018) #1

Aug 15, 2018

An exciting and fast-paced first issue, posting a couple quick surprises. If this book is the start of an X-cleanup before the falls Uncanny X-Men re-launch, the Brisson-Rosenberg-Thompson era is off to a very nice start.

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7.0
Farmhand #1

Jun 22, 2018

Farmhand #1 is a singular and at times charming vision that juggles a super wide range of concerns. Its an easy and entertaining comic, if a little overburden at times with its ambition. Im very much interested to see how writer/artist Rob Guillroy will pull it all together in coming issues.

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8.5
Farmhand #5

Nov 7, 2018

Farmhand #5 is, like the rest of this first arc, a wildly fun comic. It covers deep thematic ground while never taking itself too seriously. Striking that balance requires skillful storytelling, and I cant wait to see where Guillory takes us in arc two.

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10
Fearscape #1

Aug 6, 2018

A nigh-perfect debut, a unique comic that pushes the boundaries of sequential graphic storytelling. Fearscape #1 is one part killer creator-owned comic, one part famous literary short story, and 100 percent not to be missed.

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9.0
Fearscape #2

Nov 5, 2018

Fearscape #2 builds on one of the years best debuts to deliver another adventure in metafiction, one perfectly tailored for an indie comic audience. The protagonists imposter syndrome is so ugly and sincere that writerly types cant help but relate, regardless of how painful it becomes, and theres real honest beauty in that.

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8.8
Fearscape #3

Dec 12, 2018

A literary comic about what it feels like to be a struggling artist, Fearscape continues its descent into delusional frustration, doing so with a clever narrative voice and some visual tricks that convey a mindstate in ways only comics can. This is a must-read book for anyone who has contemplated the art life.

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8.0
Friendo #1

Aug 20, 2018

Friendo is a solid debut comic rooted in smart extrapolations of ongoing societal concerns. This is a book that gives itself so many intriguing possibilities to play with as it moves forward. The rate of ideas here is almost staggering, and Im excited to see where the creative team ultimately takes it.

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9.0
Friendo #2

Nov 14, 2018

As I noted in my review of Friendo #1, the debut of this series was loaded with intriguing potential. Friendo #2 makes good on that promise, crafting a near-future horror story that casts extreme capitalism and human indifference as its villains. Its chilling stuff, laden with cautionary lessons for our times.

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9.0
Gideon Falls #7

Oct 16, 2018

Creators Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino treat Gideon Falls #7 like a season debut of television. This issue isnt as fast-paced as some chapters from the first arc, but it thrives in character-driven moments. Im eagerly awaiting the twists to come. Oh, and that cliffhanger wow!

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #43

Jul 31, 2018

The Bensons and Javier Fernandez pull-off the difficult double task of redirecting Green Arrow's larger plot while keeping the book's characters grounded in the telling moments that marked Ben Percy's run. This is a great jumping on point for new/returning readers plus a smooth transition for those who never left.

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9.3
Harbinger Wars 2 #1

May 24, 2018

Come for the incredibly tense and entertaining story, stay for the subtle commentary on our times"exactly as a book about outcasts persecuted by vast governmental power structures should be. This issue is all rising action, bringing in power players and stopping just short of slamming together. I can't wait for No. 2.

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8.0
Harbinger Wars 2 #2

Jun 26, 2018

Harbinger Wars #2 has just enough action as it builds toward what is presumably a gigantic climax in the final two issues of this event. Kindt and Giorello especially excel here at giving character interactions and conflicts the weight an event story deserves.

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9.0
Her Infernal Descent #3

Jun 27, 2018

In Her Infernal Descent #3, the qualities that make this comic so enthralling are ratcheted up, resulting in the best issue yet. This is a literary comic of the highest order, a well-constructed story rich with melancholic moments, intelligentsia in-jokes, and a layer of subtle charm.

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9.0
Hot Lunch Special #1

Jul 27, 2018

Hot Lunch Special #1 takes a very personal generational story and mashes it up with Fargo-esque Midwestern crime noir. Its a quiet and grounded comic mostly, one that also feels taut and dangerous by its end. This first issue is promising, an excellent start for what may prove to be a unique book.

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9.5
House Amok #1

Aug 28, 2018

House Amok is a comic so rich and immersive that its ending will ambush you, leaving you demanding the second issue. It's a childhood horror story that raises questions about fears, realities, innocence, and shared delusions. It is, quite simply, yet another must-read title from IDW's Black Crown.

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8.5
Ice Cream Man #6

Aug 14, 2018

Ice Cream Man #6 is another astoundingly well-done comic that scares you as you read and then lingers with you existentially for days after you finish. This series continues to be one of the most unflinching looks at everyday lives in modern American...in any storytelling medium.

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9.5
Ice Cream Man #8

Oct 31, 2018

Another excellent chapter in this anthology horror story, one that goes deeper into the abstruse philosophies hinted at by prior issues. Simply put, few books on the stands today match the craftsmanship and dogma in a single issue of Ice Cream Man.

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9.0
Infinite Dark #1

Oct 10, 2018

Infinite Dark tells an intriguing story steeped in depression with a deep and nuanced understanding of human psychology, plus forlorn visuals to match. This complex comic makes readers feel as if they too have boarded a space arc following the heat death of the universe. A must-read for fans of meaningful science-fiction, with extra points for so adeptly incorporating horror and mystery tinges.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2017) #27

Mar 28, 2018

Justice League of America #27 is another issue in a great run driven by the complexity of the relationships between team members with disparate motivations, levels of experiences, and emotional IQs. The villain in the story is a time manipulator, which fits wonderfully with Orlandos foundational theme of overcoming experience and living up to legacy. Add to it Hego Petrus fantastic artworkespecially on detail shots and facial expressionsand youve got an issue that makes me sad this run is ending next month.

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8.8
Justice League of America (2017) #28

Apr 10, 2018

Justice League of America #28 is the penultimate issue of a book that has been a real treat, and Im sad that things have to end. Not many of the characters from this team have been teased as part of the League moving forward, with the exceptions being Batman (of course) and Lobo, who is at least involved with No Justice. Still, getting nearly 30 issues with this eclectic and disparate group has been a treat, and issues like this illustrate why.

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8.5
Leviathan #1

Jul 31, 2018

In the end notes, the creative makes readers a promise...we guarantee every issue we're gonna grab you by the throat and throttle you with insane nonstop action until your brains dribble out your ears. ...I'm not really up for all of that (ewwww), but I definitely liked this comic enough to come back for more.

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9.5
Livewire (2018) #1

Nov 27, 2018

I expected this comic to be a hit for me. It has a lot going on for it. What separates this from most superhero comics, though, is that Livewire is such an interesting character, one who hasnt been explored too much yet. Theres a moment at the end of the issue that made me tear up because of the depth with which Ayala writes Amanda. And I was not expecting that. Given how this first issue ends, were in for a long ride with Livewire. And I cant wait to take it.

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9.0
Lodger #1

Oct 24, 2018

Along with Euthanauts and House Amok, The Lodger is part of the Black Crown imprints second wave of titles, and boy is it something to behold. These are complex comic books for smart readers, and I cant recommend them all enough.

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9.0
Long Lost Vol.2 #4

Nov 21, 2018

Long Lost continues to be a character-driven horror-tinged mystery with one of the most compelling and realistic emotional cores in all of comics. The action is rapidly intensifying, but the creators have wisely avoided changing the tone of the story to be too explanatory. The mystery remains as compelling as ever as Long Lost approaches its conclusion.

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7.8
Lost City Explorers #1

Jun 18, 2018

Lost City Explorers #1is a mashup of bygone teen adventure stories and 2018 sensibilities, blending earnest wonder with the blunted expectations of today. It's a really interesting book, seemingly bent on reclaiming the genre from decades past. There is, however, much exposition in this first issue. I wont be surprised if #2 is stronger.

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8.5
Man-Eaters #1

Sep 3, 2018

A smart and searingly clever satire, Man-Eaters #1 is a great setup for a comic that has important things to say. Visually, this book is a total treat, packing rewarding details and entertaining gags for careful readers into most of its panels. This comic gets a full endorsement.

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9.0
Man-Eaters #2

Oct 30, 2018

Man-Eaters #2 continues the clever use of visuals found in its predecessor, while also going into the standard trappings of a good story, mainly character development and a progressing narrative. Cain and Niemczyk are both super-talented storytellers, and they seem in full control of their powers here.

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9.5
Martian Manhunter (2018) #1

Dec 5, 2018

Orlando and Rossmo are the creative team Martian Manhunter has long deserved, and the debut issue of this 12-part maxiseries is a great one. Simply put, this is a book bent on telling readers who Jonn Jonzz is right now and why, and its going to take us through one hell of a mystery to get there.

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8.5
Middlewest #1

Nov 20, 2018

Middlewest #1 is a story steeped in a lonely sort of magic born from writer Skottie Youngs deep familiarity with the rural Midwest. Artist Jorge Corona renders it with vast imagination, capturing a unique sort of forlorn tone that I never before realized was always present in those areas.

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10
Murder Falcon #1

Oct 10, 2018

A powerful debut with much to say about love and loss, Murder Falcon #1 succeeds on a number of levels. Johnson is a massive talent, and he nails this story, letting his kinetic artwork shine during moments of high action while knowing when to backoff and frame emotional moments with simpler visuals. This is a MUST BUY comic.

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8.5
My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies #1

Oct 25, 2018

With My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips craft a beautiful story of a woman trying to find her place in the world. This original graphic novel format adds extra weight to their story, too. With a detailed script and luscious artwork, this work is likely to rank up there with some of the duos best stories. Its a solid offering from todays masters of the crime comic, one to tide their fans over until the return of Criminal in January.

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9.0
Outer Darkness #1

Nov 6, 2018

A solid and charming debut. In the back matter of the comic, writer John Layman describes Outer Darkness as the distillation of what I love the most. Science fiction, horror and weird shit. Well, I like those things too, so sign me up to journey into space with this one.

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8.0
Outpost Zero #1

Jun 25, 2018

This issue does what Skybound books do best: leaves you badly wanting to know what happens next. It seems outwardly simple, but this book is layered, character-driven, and deceptively complex. The creative team behind Outpost Zero #1 has planted some compelling seeds.

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7.0
Patience! Conviction! Revenge! #1

Sep 19, 2018

Clever dialogue abounds in this one, which reads like a Brian Michael Bendis comic by way of Rick and Morty. The artwork, however, really stands out as the biggest reason to pay attention to this book.

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8.5
Plastic Man (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

Simone and Melo deploy a set of storytelling tools that create a unique aesthetic and tone, setting this book apart from DC's line the same way Plastic Man stands out from their other heroes. Mileage may vary by sense of humor, but most fans will agree this book is fascinating and unique.

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9.0
Prodigy #1

Dec 4, 2018

Prodigy is another wildly ambitious book from Mark Millar. While all the action and intrigue are well executed, the books main draw of is the emptiness of main character Edison Crane. I cant wait to see where this goes.

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9.0
Quantum and Woody (2017) #6

May 29, 2018

Despite being six issues into a run and billed as a tie-in to Valiant's big summer event, this issue of Quantum and Woody! stands well on its own as a simple but surprisingly emotional tale of self-sacrifice and heroism.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody (2017) #7

Jun 26, 2018

Like all of the best issues of Quantum and Woody, this one puts the past and present dynamic between the two leads at its heart. What's especially impressive is it manages to do so by delving into their psyches, making for a story that is at once abstract and character-driven.

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8.5
Quantum and Woody (2017) #8

Jul 17, 2018

All three issues of the Eliot Rahal run on Quantum and Woody! so far have been vastly different yet equally as interesting and great. Rahal and his collaborators are doing a really impressive job drilling into these characters to find new ground for fresh stories.

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9.5
Relay #1

Jul 6, 2018

Theres so much going on in Relay #1, so many ideas and concepts, all of them fascinating, and expert storytelling by the creators keeps the book from becoming unruly. In a market thoroughly-saturated by great sci-fi comics, Relay stands out, a must-read for fans of Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin.

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9.5
Relay #2

Aug 7, 2018

The Relay #2 continues establishing this series as one of the smartest comics today, diving deeper into the anthropological concerns of the debut. Heady and dense, the stakes here involve our perception of reality itself. Is there anything more consequential? This book makes readers work hard, to be sure, but the intellectual payoff is well-worth the effort.

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9.5
Relay #3

Sep 1, 2018

This book is becoming more engrossing with each issue, so much so that I suspect word of mouth will soon catapult it to much wider audience. I highly recommend jumping on board now. Start at the beginning, of course, but whatever you do, read this comic"this series is not to be missed.

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8.0
Shanghai Red #1

Jun 19, 2018

Shanghai Red #1 is the first issue of a book with MASSIVE potential, and both the writer and artist hit some truly impressive heights here. Now that the protagonists backstory has been made clear in great detail, this book seems poised to sail (sorry!) to some really exciting places. 8.0/10

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9.5
Shazam! (2018) #1,

Dec 6, 2018

Shazam! #1 soars to impressive cuteness heights without ever tipping into self parody, doing so by embracing the two most prominent core tenants of an all-time great character: family and fantasy. Come for the childlike adventure and stay for the promise of much more to come. I have a hard time imagining that very many readers will dislike this comic.

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9.5
Skyward (2018) #3

Jun 19, 2018

Skywards incredibly adept use of pacing and its engrossing conceptthe gravity that once bound humans to the earth has dissipatedcontinue to make for one of the best original comics of the year. The team of Henderson, Garbett, Fabela, and Bowland are doing so many things right. I am once again surprised at how thoroughly Im enjoying this book.

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8.0
Skyward (2018) #4

Jul 17, 2018

Skyward #4 continues to take a simple concept and explore its logical repercussions in the world, a device that has been executed to perfection. In this issue, the creative team slows down a bit too, making room for more interactions between its characters.

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9.0
Skyward (2018) #6

Sep 18, 2018

Skyward #6 is another great issue in an impeccably constructed and perfectly executed comic. Its the first of a new story arc and status quo, and all indications are that this will continue to be a book to follow.

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8.5
Skyward (2018) #7

Oct 17, 2018

Another great issue in what has been one of the most solid and surprising new titles in years. Skyward #7, like the six issues that came before it, is impeccably structured and paced, accomplishing some of the best world-building in comics without sacrificing any tone or suspense.

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9.0
Submerged #3

Oct 17, 2018

Submerged #3 is simultaneously the most fantastical and personal issue of this book to date. The action of the overall story rises along with the water levels in the tunnels, ultimately delivering us to a last page that pays off so much of what this excellent comic has been about.

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9.0
The Freeze #1

Dec 5, 2018

I hope The Freeze, a strong and intriguing debut comic, takes the route of The Leftovers as it deals with its central mystery and keeps things ambiguous. When an idea is this rife with character-first storytelling potential, sometimes the mystery is better left unsolved.

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9.0
The Magic Order #5

Dec 12, 2018

The Magic Order #5 has a shocking ending that drastically changes the course of this story. I wont give it away, but, simply put, if you enjoyed Harry Potter, you MUST be reading The Magic Order as it heads toward its finale.

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7.0
The New World #1

Jul 10, 2018

The New World #1 is a good first issue, polished and confident. Theres a lot of disparate ideas, though, and at times it can be hard to tell which ones were supposed to care the most about. Still, this comic hooked me for the next issue or two based on the strength of its artwork alone.

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8.5
The Seeds #1

Jul 30, 2018

The Seeds #1 is the work of veteran and ambitious creators. It uses complex ideas, commentary, and imagery to create a world and themes that linger with readers. The full scope of the story is not yet clear, but there is every reason to believe Nocenti and Aja can be trusted to deliver a satisfying execution.

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9.3
The Unexpected (2018) #1

Jun 5, 2018

Unexpected #1 is the best debut of the New Age of DC Heroes line, delivering a compelling protagonist with conflicting priorities that pit her needs versus her desires. Add a confident, intriguing twist that subverts expectations, and Unexpected could very well be DC's best new original book since New Super-Man.

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9.0
The Unexpected (2018) #2

Jul 3, 2018

The Unexpected #2 is a strong follow-up to the best debut of any New Age of DC Heroes title. It invests well in many of the key qualities of strong superhero comics action, absurdity, character development, continuity nods, and plot twists. Put simply, this series is one of the more exciting original properties at either Big 2 publisher in recent years.

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9.0
The Unexpected (2018) #3

Jul 31, 2018

The Unexpected continues to be heavy on both action and detail, creating a book with as much to offer casual readers as it does obsessive superhero fans. The Unexpected #3 delves even deeper into Dark Night Metals fallout, a nice reward for DC devotees.

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8.5
The Unexpected (2018) #4

Sep 5, 2018

The Unexpected continues to be a standout book of DCs New Age of Heroes line, expertly incorporating bits of the DCUs past while making an argument for being part of its future. Artist Cary Nords departure is a bummer, but this book clearly still has big plans.

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9.0
The Unexpected (2018) #5

Oct 3, 2018

The Unexpected #5 is a book set in a series of rapid moments, which inherently makes it one best not fretted about long-term. Basically, this story is a wild ride and Im content to sit back and enjoy the fireworks. Of the New Age of DC Heroes books, The Unexpected continues to be my favorite.

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8.0
The Unexpected (2018) #6

Nov 7, 2018

The Unexpected #6 is yet another continuation of the one large set piece that this book has become. With the end now in sight, the story starts to maybe prematurely wrap things up for its heroes.

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7.0
The Warning #1

Nov 27, 2018

A good-looking debut, to be certain, but nothing much really happens in The Warning #1 other than vague setup for a potential alien invasion. This could very well be by design; the book feels pretty confident in its pacing. Really though, this seems like a comic clearly written for trade. As such, the strength of this first issue will be determined almost entirely by what comes next.

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8.0
The Weatherman #2

Jul 16, 2018

The Weatherman continues to establish itself as yet another must-read science fiction comic in a banner year for that genre. The art, pacing, and concept are confident and complex, and I wouldn't be surprised if the best of this book is still yet to come.

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9.5
The Weatherman #5

Oct 9, 2018

The Weatherman gets better with every issue. Its unique blend of dark comedy and sci-fi action make this a comic you simply cannot afford to miss.

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9.0
These Savage Shores #1

Sep 17, 2018

Thematically, this comic promises contemplation of power dynamics and colonialism, piloted by a creative team with the clear storytelling chops to turn deeper concern into compelling narrative. Yet another strong book from Vault Comics, These Savage Shores is one to watch.

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9.0
These Savage Shores #2

Nov 28, 2018

These Savage Shores #2 doubles down on the strengths of the excellent debut that preceded it, simultaneously finding new and interesting ground beyond the misdirective twist that ended its first issue. A delightfully complex comic, this book is one for readers who enjoy nuanced explorations of ideas as well as those who want to revel in dark and chilling visual tones.

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9.5
Unnatural #1

Jun 18, 2018

This is a captivating book, at once smart, poignant, and stylish. Andolfo clearly has strong thoughts about the intersection of sex and government, but she also knows well that those thoughts are best served by first and foremost telling an entertaining story. As a result, Unnatural #1 is not to be missed.

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7.8
Vagrant Queen #1

Jun 4, 2018

Vagrant Queen #1 is an action-packed and quick debut for another exciting new series from Vault Comics, one that almost surgically familiarizes us with our characters and our world. It's a bit lighter on big ideas than other recent Vault debuts, but the action and pacing works so well that it hardly matters.

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7.7
Vampironica #2

May 29, 2018

Vampironica No. 2 delivers any and all missing context that the first issue that was withheld in favor of stylish brevity. Smallwood's artwork is strong and creepy as ever, and the Smallwood's story shows not just an excellent grasp of Riverdale, but that they might just have a bit more planned than Vampironica biting a bloody path through high school.

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8.5
Wasted Space #1

Mar 27, 2018

Wasted Space #1 is a super solid debut issue with an incredible amount of promise. Being a vocal proponent of Vault, I'm often asked for a good title to start with, and for the sci-fi set my answer moving forward will likely be Wasted Space. Basically, Wasted Space is a sci-fi allegory for our tumultuous times, one that raises questions about demagogues, escapism, and the dual businesses of selling religion and drugs. This debut issue does a great job of setting the stage and piquing interest for future installments. Count me in.

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8.5
Wasted Space #2

Jun 5, 2018

This issue sought to meet a huge bar set by its predecessor, which as I wrote in my Wasted Space #1 review did an incredible job balancing action and ideas. The second issue falls just short of the first, but its still fantastic, doing the difficult yet necessary work of familiarizing us with our leads. I will for sure get wasted again next month.

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9.0
Wasted Space #3

Jul 10, 2018

Wasted Space #3 is this comics best issue yet. The creators have built a solid foundation of character and plot, and theyre now clearly having a blast smashing it all together. I have every reason to believe the next issue will be even better as things continue to converge.

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9.0
Wasted Space #4

Aug 21, 2018

Wasted Space #4 is rich with both sporadic bursts of idea-heavy conversation as well as with space opera action, which is basically this series MO. For those as engaged with this comic as I am, this issue is yet another step forward in one of the most exciting sci-fi epics in comics today.

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9.5
Wasted Space #5

Sep 12, 2018

Simply put, Wasted Space is a comic that reads like Star Wars by way of 2018, determined to honor the hijinx and high adventure of the space opera while fearlessly exploring the central conflict of our times: where should ones desire for comfort end and their obligation to combat oppression begin?

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7.3
We are The Danger #1

May 14, 2018

This first issue builds friendships really well while also establishing a confident aesthetic tone. Its a slice-of-life story, to be sure, and a good one at that, taking the time with emotions and relationships those books rely so heavily upon. I really appreciated how stylish this book was without ever becoming preening. Itll be a fun one to follow.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #51

Jul 24, 2018

This is one of the best standalone issues of Wonder Woman Ive ever read, ever, and it tells a compelling story that speaks directly to the core of a classic and long-tenured character yet is also strikingly-relevant for 2018. This comic is 100 percent a must-buy.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #52

Aug 8, 2018

Whereas Wonder Woman #51 examined Diana Princes deep and stubborn capacity for compassion, Wonder Woman #52 utilizes her role as a living piece of mythology to launch a multi-part adventure. Orlando and Aco have clearly worked together in the past, and the result is a polished and fully-formed start. Fans of great superhero comics, take note.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #53

Aug 22, 2018

Wonder Woman #53 is ultimately a gorgeous comic that nicely wraps up the adventure in Aztec mythos that was set into motion last issue, while simultaneously laying groundwork for more action.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #54

Sep 12, 2018

Separately, Steve Orlando and the duo of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin have fast become some of my favorite emerging creators in recent years, and so I found it an absolute treat for them to collaborate, especially with a character for which Orlando in particular possesses such an evident understanding.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #55

Sep 26, 2018

A fitting end to a stellar 5-issue Wonder Woman run from writer Steve Orlando, one that has reminded me of the vast and unique potential of this character, while putting her in an excellent place for the next creators.

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9.5
Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special #1

Oct 30, 2018

Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special is the perfect Halloween treat. It's also the perfect antidote for the long-term absence of one of the most spectacular horror stories in all of comics.

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