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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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Full Spread reviewed Outer Darkness #3 Jan 11, 2019
7.5

Slower than the previous issues, but it remains an inventive blend of everything from J-horror to Alien that builds on tropes to make its own supernatural statement.

Outer Darkness #3

By: John Layman, Afu Chan
Released: Jan 9, 2019

An away mission to a mysterious asteroid leads to the death of a beloved crewman. Too bad death is only the beginning for the crew of The Charon...

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Full Spread reviewed Martian Manhunter #2 Jan 11, 2019
7.5

Even better than the first issue. Best of all--the dialog problems are gone! Although it spends perhaps a bit too much time on J'onn's past, the pacing, characters, and gonzo world-building are tightly executed.

Martian Manhunter #2

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Return to Mars in the days before its doom to see the love affair of J'onn and M'yri'ah...and a Martian coming-of-age ritual you'll NEVER forget! All of these painful memories J'onn carries with him to his new life on Earth...but first he's gotta survive the pain of a car crash, being set on fire and accidentally revealing his true form to his dete...

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Full Spread reviewed Green Lantern #3 Jan 11, 2019
8.5

OK...

So first these cosmic warlords are bidding over earth like Lovecraftian entities at an auction.

Then God shows up.

Green Lantern #3

By: Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp
Released: Jan 9, 2019

When the Earth goes up for sale on the alien black market, it's up to the Green Lantern Corps to bust up "The Slave Lords of the Stars" in the latest space saga from Grant Morrison (MULTIVERSITY) and Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN)! With the Justice League frozen by Gamma Gong tech, Earth ends up on the auction block, and Volgar Zo hosts a menagerie of t...

Full Spread reviewed Die #2 Jan 11, 2019
7.5

The character conflict continues to shine, but the art remains too ethereal to really ground us in the wonderfully morbid world of goth Jumanji.

Die #2

By: Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans
Released: Jan 9, 2019

"FANTASY HEARTBREAKER," Part Two
Remember last time, when we said "Goth Jumanji"? As the bleak, austere fantasy-horror ramps up, we start underlining the word "Goth" in black marker until we cut a hole through the page.

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Full Spread reviewed Batman #62 Jan 10, 2019
5.5

My thought process.

Hmm. This is a cool concept: staying in Batman's POV the whole time.

Wow.

Hey...

This is really good. Is the whole issue going to stay this way? If it does--that's awesome.

Dope, trippy art.

Oh.

You just had to bring in the whole backstory with Bane and Thomas Wayne, didn't you?

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Batman #62

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Now features the Story solicited for #61 written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads. The Eisner-winning creative team behind MISTER MIRACLE is back together as artist Mitch Gerads rejoins the Bat team for a special issue! Professor Pyg is loose in Gotham, and you know that means things are going to get weird... and bloody!

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Full Spread reviewed Young Justice #1 Jan 10, 2019
6.0

Bendis delivers a full-throttle, chaotic first issue of teenage exuberance. That's a good and a bad thing.

Young Justice #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They're all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they're shocked to discover the battle ...

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Full Spread reviewed Moon Knight #188 Jan 5, 2019
6.5

The dialog isn't perfect and the story is cliche, but the art has plenty of personality (very similar to Chris Burnham) and Bemis's mythological take is fascinating.

Moon Knight #188

By: Max Bemis, Jacen Burrows
Released: Nov 8, 2017

CRAZY RUNS IN THE FAMILY  Part 1
A new day is dawning and with it comes an enemy unlike any that Marc Spector, Moon Knight, has ever faced.  Moon Knight has always been a protector from the shadows, but this new enemy is looking to extinguish that shadow with blinding light and fire.  Get ready for the introduction of Moon Knight's greate...

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Full Spread reviewed Coda #1 Jan 5, 2019
7.0

The constant meta jabs grow tiresome after a while. And I'm certain this issue did not need to be this long. That being said--Bergara's art is some of 2018's best. This almost feels like a Remender comic.

Coda #1

By: Simon Spurrier, Matias Bergara
Released: May 2, 2018

Simon Spurrier ( The Spire, Godshaper ) and Matias Bergara ( Cannibal, Supergirl ) present a broken fantasy world that's perfect for fans of Mad Max and The Lord of the Rings.
In the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, a former bard named Hum (a man of few words, so nicknamed because...

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Full Spread reviewed Shuri #3 Dec 22, 2018
4.5

The previous two issues brilliantly focused on Shuri's chipper personality and her quest to find her beloved brother.

Well, THIS issue is all about Shuri fighting a giant bug. You want more? Too bad!

Shuri #3

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero
Released: Dec 19, 2018

I AM...SHURI?
A little Wakandan magic, a little astral projection and a very confused tree. Shuri cast her mind into the depths of space in a desperate bid to find her missing brother-and instead she landed in the mind of Groot! Who's about to become a crunchy snack for a huge, energy-sucking alien! Rocket Raccoon's best guns won't get them out...

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Full Spread reviewed Hardcore #1 Dec 22, 2018
7.0

Kirkman establishes an edgy premise and capitalizes on it with the narrative. But that dialog is...rough. Don't try and be Joss Whedon when you're not, you know, Joss Whedon.

Hardcore #1

By: Andy Diggle, Alessandro Vitti
Released: Dec 19, 2018

SERIES PREMIERE! Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn any person into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can't. Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when he gets stranded in a body with only 72 hours to discover who's h...

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Synthozoid - Jan 3, 2019

Robert Kirkman did not write this issue.

Full Spread reviewed Freedom Fighters #1 Dec 22, 2018
4.0

Corny dialog, nonexistent characterization, and odd moments of grotesque violence waste what could have been a nifty (albeit cliche) concept.

Freedom Fighters #1

By: Robert Venditti, Eddy Barrows
Released: Dec 19, 2018

Line up for this all-new maxiseries set on Earth X, where the Nazis won World War II! Twenty years after invading and occupying America, Germany wiped out all metahuman resistance, including the original Freedom Fighters.
Fast-forward to the present day, and a new team of Freedom Fighters emerges to challenge the Nazi occupation once again. Bu...

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