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Gizmo reviewed Crossover #1 Jan 17, 2021
8.0

There are a lot of attempts out there to introduce a what-if scenario for comic book characters entering the real world, but Donny Cates seems like he has something he wants to say with this series, so it may be worth checking out after all.

Crossover #1

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Nov 4, 2020

The creative powerhouses behind the bestselling, critically acclaimed GOD COUNTRY, Thanos Wins, and REDNECK returns for the biggest launch of the year.

Imagine everything you thought was fantasy...was real. And now join us, in a world where reality is dead...and anything is possible...

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8.0

Erica is going rogue and I love it. This secret organization seems to be as terrible as the monsters it slays.

Something is Killing the Children #13

By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell
Released: Dec 23, 2020

* The monsters in Archer's Peak have surrounded the school where Erica and Tommy make their last stand.
* Even if the House of Slaughter can save them, will the price of their help be too high?

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9.5

Mark Russell's decision to make everything out of crystal is both hilarious and apropos. Not only does it parody Superman lore, but this gem of a comic acts as a mirror held up to reveal our society's own reflection. It's a shame that literary truth can be a little too much for certain readers to handle.

Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #1

By: Mark Russell, Richard Pace
Released: Dec 16, 2020

"The world's most dangerous comic book and the most lovely" (Comics Beat) returns for a new six-issue series, by superstar writer Mark Russell and artists Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk. The infant Sunstar will grow up to fulfill his destiny as Earth's most powerful superhero and roommate to Jesus Christ - but first, he and his parents must e...

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Gizmo reviewed Night Hunters #1 Jan 17, 2021
7.5

A seductive cyberpunk world, very reminiscent of 2000 AD's Mega-City One. The artwork, especially the colors, are bold and unapologetic. The downside is that the colors tend to hurt me eyes, I'm glad the creators at least chose to go with a newsprint stock that's not glossy.

Night Hunters #1

By: Dave Baker, Alexis Ziritt
Released: Nov 25, 2020

If you want to live in Gran Caracas you have two options: become a cop or die. Night Hunters by Alexis Ziritt (Space Riders) and Dave Baker (F*** Off Squad) tells the tale of two brothers who have to navigate the futuristic cyberpunk world of Venezuela 100 years in the future.

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Gizmo reviewed A Girl Walks Home At Night #2 Jan 17, 2021
8.5

The plot is as bare bones as you can get, I'm assuming it is meant to lead into the film (which I haven't seen). But the artwork is so gorgeous that is speaks for itself and needs very little plot to keep the reader engaged; this transforms what might otherwise be a liability into a strength.

A Girl Walks Home At Night #2

By: Ana Lily Amirpour, Michael DeWeese
Released: Dec 23, 2020

Who Am I? The desert is a place where questions go to die. Follow The Girl as she begins her search for answers, a search that will ultimately bring her... home. Concluding the two-part series written by director Ana Lily Amirpour.

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Gizmo reviewed The Resistance #6 Jan 17, 2021
9.0

Very good. I'd like to see more from this world with this same political commentary and less focus on giving one-word names to specific power sets. I could be mistaken, but the Resistance Reborn doesn't look like it's going in this direction.

The Resistance #6

By: J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato
Released: Sep 30, 2020

J. Michael Straczynski - creator of Babylon 5 , co-creator of Sense8 , and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing SpiderMan, Thor, and Superman: Earth One
  - returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. - the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The
  Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the...

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Gizmo reviewed The Resistance #5 Jan 17, 2021
8.5

The revolution in the Ukraine is amazing, another good issue.

With that said, I've decided that I really don't like the layout style that uses extra gutters for no reason; they're just distracting, busy, and serve no purpose. They're awful, let's move beyond this gimmick, please.

The Resistance #5

By: J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato
Released: Sep 9, 2020

J. Michael Straczynski - creator of Babylon 5 , co-creator of Sense8 , and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing SpiderMan, Thor, and Superman: Eart h One - returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. - the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity War s. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of ...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Escape #1 Jan 17, 2021
6.5

I like that we've brought back the bots from the Valentine's Day Special back into the fold, it makes a lot of sense considering that this issue focuses on relations with organic species. I like the reflection on how the Transformers interpret thing differently because of their extreme longevity. But, in the end, do we really need another series? I'm guess this series will focus on off-world adven more

Transformers: Escape #1

By: Brian Ruckley, Bethany McGuire-Smith
Released: Dec 30, 2020

World War spills into this all-new limited series! As Cybertron descends into a state of war, countless civilians-unaligned with the Autobots, Decepticons, or any faction-are caught in the crossfire. Fortunately, a solution may be coming... Wheeljack, Hound, and some of Cybertron's greatest (and most infamous) scientists seek to reactivate the Ark ...

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5.0

So... the robot just scanned the Delorean's flux capacitor and can now time travel? Provided the reader suspend disbelief for this, isn't that a plot point ripe for abuse?

Transformers/Back to the Future #2

By: Cavan Scott, Juan Samu
Released: Dec 23, 2020

Great Scott! Marty McFly's woken up to a present where Hill Valley has been enslaved by the Decepticons! And not only that, but when a time machine arrives from the future to help, Marty finds out that Doc Brown isn't the only one with a flux capacitor... Gigawatt, an Autobot, has one built in! To discover the secrets of his present, Marty will hav...

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Gizmo reviewed Valkyrie: Jane Foster #9 Jan 17, 2021
7.5

Things are picking up as more Norse mythology takes over.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #9

By: Jason Aaron, Ramon Rosanas
Released: Mar 18, 2020

THE FALL OF ALL-FATHER THOR!
Valkyrie and Thor have discovered a vast and terrible secret buried deep in the Earth, one that has haunted Asgard for eons. The R kkva, a magic older than the gods, has broken free from its long prison. And one man seeks to turn it to his own gain. He just needs to get rid of Valkyrie first - and what better way th...

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Gizmo reviewed Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 Jan 16, 2021
6.5

Not bad, I'm just not finding anything particularly noteworthy here, that's all.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8

By: Jason Aaron, Cafu
Released: Feb 19, 2020

ODE TO THE DEATH OF MIDGARD!
When Earth erupts with a cancerous contagion, it's up to Jane to find the cure. But it'll take more than her medical knowledge to fight off this infection. The source is buried deep in Asgardian legend - the sort only a king would know. Valkyrie finally joins forces with the All-Father of Asgard in a fight for the e...

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Gizmo reviewed Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7 Jan 16, 2021
8.5

A team of healers saving Death, the concept alone here is brilliant.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7

By: Jason Aaron, Pere Perez
Released: Jan 15, 2020

TIME OF DEATH: NOW!
Valkyrie teams up with Marvel's Mightiest Medics to save the life of the ultimate patient - Death herself! With a universal force on the cosmic operating table, the end of everything is one slip of the scalpel away... but has one of Jane's surgical team forgotten their Hippocratic Oath?
Rated T+

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Gizmo reviewed Batman: Three Jokers #3 Jan 16, 2021
9.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with the ending, but I'm very satisfied with it.

Batman: Three Jokers #3

By: Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok
Released: Oct 28, 2020

The final chapter of the most terrifying and personal Batman mystery is here!
Still reeling from their last encounter with the three Jokers, Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood discover the terrible truth about the Three Jokers’ plot. Will the caped crusaders have the strength needed to put an end to the maniacal menaces’ master plan once and ...

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Gizmo reviewed Batman: Three Jokers #2 Jan 16, 2021
9.0

I'm pleased to report that this is dope.

Batman: Three Jokers #2

By: Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok
Released: Sep 30, 2020

As Batman and Batgirl follow an unexpected thread linking the three Jokers with someone from the Dark Knight’s past, Red Hood dives headfirst into trouble and finds himself struggling to stay afloat without the aid of his allies.
Batman: Three Jokers continues its trajectory as the ultimate examination of The Joker and his never-ending con...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #3 Jan 16, 2021
7.0

I'm going to take a wild guess here that Elon Musk's doppelgänger is playing the long con with Aric.

X-O Manowar #3

By: Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum, Emilio Laiso
Released: Dec 23, 2020

Who would win in a fight: X-O Manowar or a cybernetic tech monster formed out of lava?

In order to prevent catastrophe, will Aric hand over the X-O armor to a new ally?

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Gizmo reviewed Usagi Yojimbo #16 Jan 16, 2021
7.5

Interesting, I didn't know about this third type of tengu before now.

Usagi Yojimbo #16

By: Stan Sakai
Released: Jan 6, 2021

A new band of Tengu mountain goblins have invaded the northern mountains, a species new to Usagi.  Savage and relentless, they are determined to drive the established Tengu out and prey upon the people of the area.  For the first time, Usagi must ally himself with yokai to keep the invaders out.

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Gizmo reviewed The Last Witch #1 Jan 12, 2021
7.0

The artwork is charming, as are the characters. The main problem is that this is rather slow in building to where it wants to go. It could very easily be worth the build-up, it's just difficult for me to say at this point. At least it's better than the Eternals comic that came out this same week from Marvel to rave reviews.

The Last Witch #1

By: Conor McCreery, Vv Glass
Released: Jan 6, 2021

* Featuring a cover from Middlewest's Jorge Corona, for fans of Wynd in the same oversized format comes an all-new modern fairy tale from Conor McCreery (Adventure Time/Regular Show) and V.V. Glass (Doctor Who).
* It's the one time of the year when the witch known as Cailleach hunts the children of the village - so Saoirse, a brave and reckless...

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Gizmo reviewed Eternals #1 Jan 11, 2021
4.0

This was my introduction to the Eternals and I found myself mostly lost, even though this issue is striving to give a tour of the different eternal domains. I'm sure I could get up to speed eventually, with enough issues, but I'm really just not interested. It looks like this book was made for existing fans, which is fine, but not for me.

Ribic's art is mostly good, with the notable exc more

Eternals #1

By: Kieron Gillen, Esad Ribic
Released: Jan 6, 2021

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.
What's the point of an eternal battle?
For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we'd be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.
But today, Eternals fac...

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8.5

This book is really hitting it's stride, and a grey ghost appearance is always welcome. I also like this toned down version of Harley Quinn much more than the overly-zany, Deadpoolesque version I've seen in her solo books.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #3

By: Katana Collins, Matteo Scalera
Released: Dec 23, 2020

Harley and the GTO seize an opportunity to investigate the Starlet’s failed murder attempt. When the survivor offers a startling revelation about Agent Hector Quimby, the team acts quickly on the intel (and a handful of colorful clues) to interrogate an inconvenient new suspect. Harley’s fears are realized when she makes a chilling discovery th...

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10

Other than some wonky drawings in the opening fight scene, the artwork is tightening up. The tea thing is stupid, but I like how evident the relationship between Neo Joker and Ivy is communicated through their body language in the artwork without the need to say a word about it. That's comic book artistry at it's best.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #2

By: Katana Collins, Matteo Scalera
Released: Nov 25, 2020

Gotham City’s elusive serial killer, the Starlet, and her mysterious benefactor reach the pinnacle of their power, terrorizing the city and teasing the GCPD with strange clues and a famous new victim. Harley goes rogue and hunts down a shocking major lead in the case, but her ruthless style backfires and she puts herself at the mercy of Commissio...

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7.5

The artwork is reminiscent of the previous White Knight titles, but a bit rougher around the edges. I'm not sure that this will live up to White Knight's high bar, but the characters are all here and the story shows promise.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

By: Katana Collins, Matteo Scalera
Released: Oct 21, 2020

The Joker is dead, Bruce Wayne is behind bars...and Gotham City is just starting to redefine itself without Batman.
As Harley Quinn struggles to adjust to her new life as the mother of Jack Napier's twins, an elusive mastermind called the Producer seizes the moment to assemble a crew of villains-starting with the Starlet, a serial killer wh...

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Gizmo reviewed X-O Manowar #2 Jan 3, 2021
7.5

Oh crap, Aric's going to work this this Elon Musk clone? My condolences buddy.

X-O Manowar #2

By: Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum, Emilio Laiso
Released: Nov 25, 2020

A new threat emerges from the fires of X-O's latest battle!
Can X-O save the day, or does the world need a new kind of hero?

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Gizmo reviewed The Resistance #4 Jan 3, 2021
7.0

The comedian and the man on death row used as a guinea pig are actually more interesting and memorable that the people that are becoming the main characters. What this comic lacks most of all is focus. Concentrating on this weird hive-minded resistance-cult seems to be the way forward, but we probably should have spent more time making them interesting.

The Resistance #4

By: J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato
Released: Aug 12, 2020

J. Michael Straczynski - creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-
Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One - returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. - the blockbuster artist of The
Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new univer...

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Gizmo reviewed The Resistance #3 Jan 3, 2021
8.0

A Garth Ennisesque approach to how this world with newly born superheroes is developing. The authoritarian government is relying on the private sector to keep tabs on these superheroes and it ends up looking very similar to our world's industry for social media influencers.

The Resistance #3

By: J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato
Released: Jul 22, 2020

J. Michael Straczynski - creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One-returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr.-the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes ...

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Gizmo reviewed Blade Runner: 2029 #1 Jan 3, 2021
8.0

I enjoyed the previous, 2019 run, and I'm happy to see that Ash is back in this one as a complicated figure, but ultimately a force for good.

Blade Runner: 2029 #1

By: Michael Green, Andres Guinaldo
Released: Dec 16, 2020

The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe
returns! It is 2029 and Blade Runner Ash continues to hunt the streets of the rain-
soaked dystopian world of Los Angeles for renegade Replicants, but this time she's
trying to protect as many as she can find.
Written by Academy award-nominated scree...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Galaxies #11 Dec 14, 2020
6.0

There's no way the planet's natives would survive the entire planet crystalizing. And why does Spinister show up? I thought the whole point of sending Ultra Magnus here was because of how dangerous it is.

Transformers: Galaxies #11

By: Brandon M. Easton, Andrew Griffith
Released: Oct 28, 2020

"Storm Horizon," Part Two. Ultra Magnus and his crew embark on a mission to the Black Sphere system-a solar system precariously close to a black hole-in search of a way to bring Alpha Trion back home. When they encounter another Cybertronian, they'll discover there's more to the mystery surrounding Trion's disappearance than meets the eye.

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Galaxies #10 Dec 13, 2020
6.0

This Ultra Magnus is very different from the one I know and love from the previous IDW timeline, so this is going to take some getting used to.

The end is weird, Magnus seems intent to resist until his comrade validates this choice and encourages it... at which point Ultra Magnus immediately capitulates. What a jerk, lol.

Transformers: Galaxies #10

By: Brandon M. Easton, Andrew Griffith
Released: Sep 16, 2020

"Storm Horizon," Part One! Ultra Magnus, one of the four Great Generals of Cybertron's last war, finds himself far from home and his glory days on a deep space exploratory mission. But when his mentor, Alpha Trion, is reported missing from a nearby world, Magnus must solve a mystery with roots in an even more distant past that reaches from Cybertro...

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7.5

I like the pace that this series is written in, however out does mean that relatively little happens per issue. I'm patient though, so I'm cool with it.

Something is Killing the Children #12

By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera
Released: Nov 18, 2020

* Time is running out for Erica to save Archer's Peak, both from its monster infestation and from the occupation of the Order of St. George.
* Will Erica be forced to finally stop being a lone wolf and accept help from unlikely allies?

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7.5

Another peek inside this monster-hunting organization adds some extra intrigue.

Something is Killing the Children #11

By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera
Released: Oct 21, 2020

Erica's gambit to save Archer's Peak has failed. Now, the town is under the full control of the Order of St. George. And if the spread of the monsters can't be contained, then the Order might move to eradicate the entire area...

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Gizmo reviewed Usagi Yojimbo #15 Dec 13, 2020
8.0

Wow, I recognize this tengu from an older story but I didn't know Usagi had tengu training.

Usagi Yojimbo #15

By: Stan Sakai
Released: Dec 9, 2020

Usagi reminisces about the months, after leaving Katsuichi-Sensei, when he trained under a second teacher.  Usagi seeks him out once again but, upon finding him, learns they are on the brink of war!

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