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Existentialman reviewed Rorschach #1 Oct 17, 2020
7.5

A good opening chapter for a new comic, but like a lot of readers I’m questioning if this story really belongs in the Watchmen universe. Other than to sell the book there doesn’t seem to be a reason why this story needs to be told in that universe. Couldn’t it have worked equally well as a future story about the Question or someone dressed up as Batman. It might actually work better that way more

Rorschach #1

By: Tom King, Jorge Fornes
Released: Oct 14, 2020

It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant interdimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive culture icon.
So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin try...

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9.5

Red Hood and the Outlaws #47

By: Scott Lobdell, Paolo Pantalena
Released: Jul 29, 2020

The Chamber of All has been excavated by the Untitled in Qurac, which means it’s up to Red Hood, Artemis, Bizarro and Essence to prevent an unspeakable horror from wiping out all of humanity once and for all. Sounds like a tall order for the Outlaws? Don’t worry, they get help from the most unexpected (and misunderstood) super-team of all time:...

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Existentialman reviewed Pulp OGN Jul 30, 2020
10

Excellent Graphic Novel. The story is so compelling that I had to read it all in one sitting. Lots of great twists and turns, but it's not all about the plot. There's a lot of heart to this story. It had me rooting for the heroes and the villains, and sometimes they're the same characters. Well done!

Pulp OGN

By: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Released: Jul 29, 2020

A gorgeous original graphic novel from the bestselling creators of KILL OR BE KILLED, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, and CRIMINAL.

Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word-tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But wi...

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Existentialman rated Trillium #1 May 17, 2020
10

Trillium #1

By: Jeff Lemire
Released: Aug 7, 2013

It's the year 3797, and botanist Nika Temsmith is researching a strange species on a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space. It's the year 1921, and renowned English explorer William Pike leads an expedition into the dense jungles of Peru in search of the fabled "Lost Temple of the Incas," an elusive sanctuary said to have...

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Existentialman rated Trillium #2 May 17, 2020
9.5

Trillium #2

By: Jeff Lemire
Released: Sep 4, 2013

In the heart of the Amazon jungle, Nika, a scientist from the year 3797, and William, an explorer from 1921, struggle not only to survive but to make sense of the mind-bending events that have pulled them together across space and time. The mysteries continue to pile up as Vertigos new sci-fi epic launches into high gear!

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9.0

This book is a real page turner. Once I read the opening page I couldn't put it down. It's a familiar story, but told really well. Now I can't wait for the next issue to come out. I feel like Bendis had all these great stories he was dying to tell and was just waiting for the right place to tell them. I'm glad he's found a place for them at DC and Jinxworld

United States vs. Murder Inc. #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming
Released: Sep 5, 2018

From the Eisner Award-winning creators of POWERS comes a crime-infused blast
of alternate history. Years ago, the five families of organized crime had such a stranglehold over the American public that the U.S. government found itself forced to give up part of the country or lose all of it. Now the unrest between America and the families has co...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Astro City #52 Jun 28, 2018
8.0

Given that cover, I thought this would be heartbreaking. It's not. It's still good, but not what I expected.

Astro City #52

By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
Released: Jun 27, 2018

It's the final issue of ASTRO CITY...for now. Michael Tenicek lost his world years ago. Now he may lose another, as ordinary life among the extraordinary takes a shattering turn. A character-focused finale to the ongoing Vertigo ASTRO CITY series, and a launch point for its new form. Guest-starring the Hanged Man, Honor Guard and more.

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Existentialman - Jun 28, 2018

I know exactly what you mean, Simon. I saw that cover and thought; "Oh, cool! He ends up with a Miranda from another dimension who lost her version of Michael. What a great end to the series." But no, that wasn't the story. I still love Astro City, but the ending was anti-climatic.

Simon DelMonte - Jun 28, 2018

I can't see Busiek giving Michael a happy ending. Not his style.

Existentialman added Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows to their pull list Mar 7, 2018

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows

This dual-narrative story set in the world of the Eisner-Award winning Black Hammer series chronicles the legacy of a Golden-Age superhero. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he ...

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9.5

I'm a huge fan of the Black Hammer Universe that Jeff Lemire is creating, but even if you've never read a single Black Hammer related comic this is a great issue. Lots of comic say this, but in this case it's really true, Doctor Star is a great jumping on point for new readers.

What I love about this comic and much of Jeff Lemire's work is that he's able to bring pathos to a superhero more

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Max Fiumara
Released: Mar 7, 2018

This dual-narrative story set in the world of the Eisner-Award winning Black Hammer series chronicles the legacy of a Golden-Age superhero. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he ...

Existentialman added Astro City (2013) to their pull list Feb 1, 2018

Astro City (2013)

ASTRO CITY is back in a new, ongoing monthly series that showcases old heroes and new, as The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict! Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of some new sensations! Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire aw...

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Existentialman reviewed Astro City #50 Feb 1, 2018
10

Astro City #50 is bittersweet on many levels. One is that it marks the beginning of the final arc of the regular Astro City comic. Astro City is a comic I've enjoyed for many years from several different publishers. Despite the fact that title has moved around a lot every issue was written by Kurt Busiek. Brent Anderson did the artwork for most of the issues and Alex Ross provided the covers f more

Astro City #50

By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson
Released: Jan 31, 2018

Our 50th issue begins a special new story: Michael Tenicek lost his wife, years ago, to a chronal cataclysm. But he's not the only one in Astro City whose life has been upended by life among the superheroes. Today, we'll meet others, learn their stories and see how Michael-and friends-cope with their trauma. A sequel to the Eisner-nominated "The Ne...

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Existentialman added Mister Miracle to their pull list Dec 28, 2017

Mister Miracle

From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby's most beloved New Gods.
Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness' gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a...

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Existentialman reviewed Doomsday Clock #2 Dec 27, 2017
10

As a hardcore lover of The Watchmen and Alan Moore I was skeptical when this series was announced. I'm also a huge fan of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank so my hope was that this series would knock it out of the park. After reading the first two issues I'm officially onboard. Johns and Frank have gotten almost everything right. They recognized that Watchmen was, more than anything else, a mood pie more

Doomsday Clock #2

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: Dec 27, 2017

DC and Watchmen characters collide at last! The story that began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 comes to a thrilling and unexpected crescendo in the pages of this titanic twelve-issue series by the all-star team that brought you BATMAN: EARTH ONE and SHAZAM!
In this second chapter: The Dark Knight discovers another relic from the Watchmen world. Le...

Existentialman added Doomsday Clock to their pull list Dec 27, 2017

Doomsday Clock

DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.

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