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Full Spread reviewed Klaus #1 May 14, 2019
6.5

Only until the end do we get a real dose of mystical Morrison. But before that it's a perfectly serviceable, blunt fairy-tale.

Klaus #1

By: Grant Morrison, Dan Mora
Released: Nov 4, 2015

Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? Why does he do what he does? How does he do what he does? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus' wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanis...

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Full Spread added Last Stop on the Red Line to their pull list May 14, 2019

Last Stop on the Red Line

Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand.

o Writer Paul Maybury and illustrator Sam Lotfi bring a horrific murder myste...

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Full Spread reviewed Little Bird #1 May 14, 2019
6.5

Hmmmmmmmm...

It's extremely blunt. I mean, the first scene literally spells out the themes for us. Oh, and the villains are radical, ruling Catholics who openly espouse any science. Uh-huh. The dialogue is straining to be Morrison, yet it lacks the same flourish. Got DUNE vibes.

But Ian Bertram's art is hard to shake. It's very textured, like Frank Quitely or Chris Burnham b more

Little Bird #1

By: Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram
Released: Mar 13, 2019

MINISERIES PREMIERE!
Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM's breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD.
With the same limitless scope as a new EAST OF WEST or SAGA and t...

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Full Spread reviewed Wilson #1 May 12, 2019
8.0

Like much of Clowes's work, Wilson starts out slow but sure enough rolls into a trudging ball of existential dread.

Wilson #1

By: Daniel Clowes

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8.5

What's it about? The specific details are impossible to exactly pin down, but overall, Clowes wants us to see himself as a mediocre white man who's only saved by the compassionate "others" he shunned at first.

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6.0

Scott Snyder is still writing corny dialog, bland characters/plots, and scripts that stifle Jim Cheung.

Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev are so perfect together, I'd be fine if they took over every DC character on the shelves today.

James Tynion IV is pretty much the good version of Scott Snyder (and Francis Manapul doesn't hurt).

Overall, a mixed bag (as th more

DC's Year of the Villain Special #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Jim Cheung
Released: May 1, 2019

Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one-yet with sinister plans for all.
The c...

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Full Spread reviewed Punisher #8 Apr 30, 2019
5.0

I'm catching up on my Matt Rosenberg "Punisher" for an upcoming review on AiPT! and I just had to talk about this one in particular.

When I read this title, I definitely do not expect a twee, cutesy prison escape story like something out of "4 Kids Walk Into A Bank." Might work on a different title, but it doesn't work for Punisher and it's a waste of time that's self-satisfied in how more

Punisher #8

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Feb 13, 2019

• Frank Castle is loose in a country ENTIRELY POPULATED BY VILLAINS.
•  It's war on the streets of Bagalia!
•  Desperate times for Baron Zemo call for desperate measures!
Parental Advisory

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Full Spread reviewed Doomsday Clock #2 Apr 26, 2019
3.5

The fact that people are eating this up and not rioting spells the end of artistic legacy and integrity.

Here are your effective options for this already bad idea for a series:

1. A madcap, wild romp that excessively melds the worlds/characters of Watchmen with the mainstream earth whatevernumber. Balls-to-the-walls Final Crisis levels of insanity. That'd be fun; maybe inclu 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...

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Full Spread reviewed Isola #2 Apr 26, 2019
6.5

NOTE: My first issue of this series. Found it for half-price and thought I'd give it a go.

The dialog and world-building isn't exceptional. However, the art is beautiful (even if the storytelling can be clumsy and confusing) and there's some palpable tension.

Isola #2

By: Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
Released: May 9, 2018

With the hunting clans closing in, Captain Rook leads the Queen to a city in ruins on a desperate mission to resupply. Unbeknownst to them, however, a new danger awaits within the broken walls - someone with a connection to Rook's past!

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Full Spread reviewed Justice League #1 Apr 26, 2019
4.0

Why Scott Snyder is so popular astounds me. In what universe are people entertained by a Justice League comic that's suffocated by dialogue that's either embarrassingly corny or endless exposition?

Snyder distances us from the League by desperately trying to make them gods above us. That self-satisfied, overwritten introduction to the League's Hall is insufferable. Yet, that unnecessary more

Justice League #1

By: Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung
Released: Jun 6, 2018

"THE TOTALITY" part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes...in ways our heroes couldn't possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will sh...

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Full Spread reviewed Batman #52 Apr 26, 2019
8.5

Far too much of Tom King's Batman work lets gimmicks and experimentation get in the way. Too often King tries to tie Batman to over-obvious themes. But somehow, with this arc, he examines the grief associated with a fallible Batman in a harrowing, introspective way.

Batman #52

By: Tom King, Lee Weeks
Released: Aug 1, 2018

"Cold Days" continues! The jury in the Mr. Freeze trial is hopelessly deadlocked because one man won't vote guilty-and that man is Bruce Wayne. Freeze's defense is that Batman used excessive force, making his arrest illegal, and Bruce is the one man who actually knows for sure what went down between Batman and his ice-cold nemesis. And if Bruce is ...

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8.5

$1 BINVENTURES: I own the entire Multiversity in TP, but getting this individually is rewarding in and of itself. Just as I remembered, it's oh-so meta one minute then head-scratching the next. Who could ask for anything more?

The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

By: Grant Morrison, David Baron
Released: Mar 25, 2015

  The penultimate chapter of the greatest adventure in DC's history is here!
The acclaimed FINAL CRISIS team of Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke reunite for a story so big it could only take place in the real world - that's right, Earth-33 is back!
With the Multiverse under attack, a team of scientists create one final savior to take on th...

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Full Spread reviewed FF #12 Feb 13, 2019
7.0

$1 BINVENTURES: Despite the large cast, all the players are distinct. Hickman has a real knack for writing smart kid characters and devious maybe-villains.
Bobillo's art is unconventional but fetching. Would love to explore his work.

FF #12

By: Jonathan Hickman, Juan Bobillo
Released: Nov 30, 2011

The beginning of a 4-part arc that runs parallel with FOREVER in the Fantastic Four. We've teased it for years, now find out exactly how Doctor Doom and the Future Foundation will save us all.

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Full Spread reviewed Weirdworld #1 Feb 13, 2019
6.5

$1 BINVENTURES: Aaron writing feels like it's on autopilot, falling back on the snarky strongman archetype. But Del Mundo's vivid, ravishing art is the true star of Weirdworld.

Weirdworld #1

By: Jason Aaron, Mike Del Mundo
Released: Jul 8, 2015

• Welcome to the wildest, most dangerous new corner of the Marvel Universe. Welcome to Weirdworld.
•  A world of swords and sorcery and strange, perverted science. A world where one barbarian walks alone, on a dark and savage quest though all things weird and fantastic from throughout Marvel history.
•  His name is Arkon. A lost ...

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Full Spread reviewed Heroes In Crisis #5 Feb 1, 2019
4.0

I...I can't do this anymore, guys.

I gotta quit another Tom King series.
I don't have the fortitude.

The tedious 9-panel grids.
The forced attempts at postmodernism.
Interminably sluggish pacing.
Lack of any answers or progress with the central mystery.
Bland characterization.
Themes thrust in that haven't been previously established.

Heroes In Crisis #5

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Jan 30, 2019

The secrets of the DC Universe are hacked! Sanctuary wasn't supposed to keep records, but now that the A.I. is compromised, superhero secrets are leaking all over the 'Net. Booster and Harley set aside their differences to focus on who they believe is the real killer (assuming one of them isn't lying, that is). Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash conti...

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Superheroes for Hire - Feb 3, 2019

Should read "...it really is..."

Full Spread - Feb 3, 2019

@Superheroes for Hire I wouldn't say postmodernism or nihilism has no place in superhero comics. My problem is that King is attempting to say something profound here merely by saying heroes are damaged. Just having Harley Quinn say Joker hits her isn't inherently deep.

Full Spread reviewed Wonder Woman #63 Feb 1, 2019
4.5

Describe the three mythological creatures in one word:



Insufferable.

Wonder Woman #63

By: G. Willow Wilson, Emanuela Lupacchino
Released: Jan 30, 2019

When Themyscira and the remnants of Olympus fell, the Gods weren't the only refugees to come to Earth. A small horde of mystical creatures have found their way here, and they're determined to start new lives...but what happens when the people of our world are equally determined not to let them? Can Diana open their minds and show them that a centau...

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Full Spread reviewed Captain America #7 Feb 1, 2019
4.5

This title continues to nose-dive with repetitive beats, tepid (sometimes ugly) art, and hackneyed themes.

Captain America #7

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Kubert
Released: Jan 30, 2019

"FUGITIVE" BEGINS HERE!
SUPERSTAR ARTIST ADAM KUBERT JOINS TA-NEHISI COATES FOR THE NEXT DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIFE OF MARVEL'S SOLDIER SUPREME!
Captain America - wanted for murder! And the victim is a familiar face in the Marvel Universe! How? Why? You'll have to read to find out!
Rated T+

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7.0

Strong characterization and a meta story make this entertaining, but the art often tips over into blandness.

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1

By: Kieron Gillen, Caspar Wijngaard
Released: Jan 30, 2019

His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity's darkest hour, he's the hero they need the most-alas, poor humanity.  Peter Cannon-the man known as Thunderbolt-is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end.  Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine) teams up with powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra) as ...

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Full Spread reviewed Action Comics #1007 Jan 30, 2019
7.5

Action Comics has had its ups and downs with poor pacing and mediocre plots, but this feels like it's shaping up to a more concrete arc.

Action Comics #1007

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Epting
Released: Jan 30, 2019

The Kobra Cult conspiracy ensnares Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen, drawing the attention of the Man of Steel. But be careful, Superman-there's more lurking in the shadows of Metropolis than just a snake cult.  

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Full Spread reviewed Shuri #4 Jan 25, 2019
4.5

Shuri continues to nose-dive by continuing to insist a giant praying mantis is a worthy antagonist. But the lack of depth for Shuri as a character (or the possible themes revolving around her) really sinks this issue.

Shuri #4

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero
Released: Jan 23, 2019

WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT IN WAKANDA
Shuri's returned from her space adventure with Rocket and Groot - but she's brought something back with her. And now, centuries-old music and stories are disappearing across Africa. Something is stealing the continent's cultural history - and its electrical power. Then, as if the heir to the throne didn't have...

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3.0

SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I would consider myself a fan of the show. It's got plenty of problems (whether we're talking episodes, seasons, or "Go Fish"), but it's overall well paced, has brilliant character arcs, and overwhelming charisma.

So it's an accursed shame that this reboot(?) is so clumsy. I can't imagine somebody completely new to Buffy getting anything more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

By: Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora
Released: Jan 23, 2019

• Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon.
• This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a...

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Full Spread reviewed Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Jan 25, 2019
6.0

Feels like an event.

The characters have personality and the art is robust, but GOTG #1 doesn't have the thematic or emotional resonance that made the movies so iconic.

"You're just angry because this isn't like the movies," I can hear you saying. Well, like I said, this is an entertaining read. However, it has no depth. It's just going through the motions you'd expect in a more

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Jan 23, 2019

WHO WILL STAND
The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead...or is he? Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy...but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? ...

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egon244 - Jan 27, 2019

Are GOTG movies really considered iconic? I don't know, I wouldn't go that far.

Full Spread reviewed Naomi #1 Jan 25, 2019
7.5

The combined wit and emotion of Bendis and Walker makes for an excellently paced, sharp origin.

Naomi #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Jamal Campbell
Released: Jan 23, 2019

DC's biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi (last name?) begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home-and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi's journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of t...

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Full Spread reviewed Conan the Barbarian #1 Jan 18, 2019
5.5

BY CROM--this be a Thor ripoff--but without the charming world-building, humor, cast, or creativity!

Conan the Barbarian #1

By: Jason Aaron, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Jan 2, 2019

BY CROM, THE GREATEST SWORD-AND-SORCERY HERO RETURNS TO MARVEL!
From an age undreamed...hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet...
Robert E. Howard's creation return...

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Full Spread reviewed Black Widow #1 Jan 18, 2019
5.0

From the generic, toothless opening, I knew this was going to be rough. This series tries to establish Natasha as a protector of women, but the goofy last page undercuts that as well. A tonal mess.

Black Widow #1

By: Jen Soska, Flaviano
Released: Jan 16, 2019

...AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH HER.
Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill. For years now she's tried to overcome that programming, to side with the angels...to be a hero. And where'd that get her? Killed. By one of the few true friends she allowed herself to have. Now she's back from the dead, angry as hell and finding those better angels harder and ...

Full Spread reviewed Wonder Woman #62 Jan 18, 2019
5.5

Characters flip-flop. Complex threads are either neatly cleaned up or not at all. Disappointment follows. What else is new?

Wonder Woman #62

By: G. Willow Wilson, Xermanico
Released: Jan 16, 2019

It's the final knock-down drag-out battle between Ares and Wonder Woman-but is there still any hope of changing the young god's ways before he hardens into the worst possible version of himself? And if he does...is Wonder Woman to blame?

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Full Spread reviewed Fantastic Four #6 Jan 18, 2019
4.5

Dan Slott's love for Doctor Doom doesn't translate to any unique or compelling element here. This whole run lacks the audacity of Slott's previous Spider-Man work or the boldness of Hickman's iconic FF run.

Fantastic Four #6

By: Dan Slott, Aaron Kuder
Released: Jan 16, 2019

HERALD OF DOOM!
•  GALACTUS HAS RETURNED TO DEVOUR THE EARTH......and only one man can save us: DOCTOR DOOM!
•  And where is that agitator, Reed Richards and his meddlesome family? What are they doing?
•  They're locked in battle against the brave new hero of the Latverian people, VICTORIOUS!...

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Full Spread reviewed Superman #7 Jan 18, 2019
6.5

The pacing is distressingly truncated. Problem is, the structure has been wonky through all of BMB's Superman, so I can't pin it entirely on this issue. For what it is--#7 has enough striking moments of characterization to be a success.

Superman #7

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Jan 16, 2019

It's the moment you've been waiting for: the shocking return of the son of Superman! A year spent traveling the stars changed Jon Kent. Are parents Clark and Lois ready for the all-new, all-different Superboy? Secrets are revealed, a new look debuts and Superman's world is changed forever!

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Full Spread reviewed Invaders #1 Jan 18, 2019
7.0

The dialog and plotting can be cliche, but I prefer attempts at emotion than none at all (which is becoming more prevalent with writers like Donny Cates).

Invaders #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Butch Guice
Released: Jan 16, 2019

THE GREATEST GENERATION OF MARVEL HEROES IS BACK - TO STOP ONE OF THEIR OWN!
In commemoration of Marvel's 80th anniversary and springing from events in the pages of AVENGERS and THE BEST DEFENSE, the Marvel Universe's first super-team is back! CAPTAIN AMERICA. THE HUMAN TORCH. THE WINTER SOLDIER. NAMOR. They fought in WORLD WAR II together as T...

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Full Spread reviewed Heroes In Crisis #4 Jan 18, 2019
5.5

I defended the first three issues. But at this point, Tom King is cruising on angst, as if he expects the very fact that superheroes are acting sad is some potent post-modern powerhouse.

This issue grinds to a halt whenever the plot developments are sidetracked for yet ANOTHER 9-panel grid. I'm fine with showing heroes dealing with PTSD. But the gimmick already feels played out.
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Heroes In Crisis #4

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Jan 2, 2019

Wonder Woman versus...Booster Gold?! Diana finds out the hard way that Booster can be a formidable opponent when his back's against the wall. Of course, being the prime suspect in a superhero massacre and exposing a secret trauma hospital for metahumans will do just that. Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash combine their detective skills to investigate...

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