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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...

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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?

Sigh.. more

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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Full Spread reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #12 Dec 22, 2018
6.0

I wish the surreal concept presented here was more subtle--and that there were fewer villains--and that Kingpin's plan actually made sense.

Amazing Spider-Man #12

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Dec 19, 2018

• Turns out Spider-Man isn't the only one getting attacked, as JJJ himself is in deep trouble. BUT WHO IS ATTACKING HIM?
•  And what more will we learn about the mysterious bandaged figure circling Spider-Man?!
Rated T

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Full Spread reviewed The Magic Order #5 Dec 13, 2018
8.0

Magic Order #5 is painfully on-the-nose with its dialog, development, and twists.

But what else were you expecting from Mark Millar? This is R-rated Harry Potter.

It's bloody awesome.

The Magic Order #5

By: Mark Millar, Olivier Coipel
Released: Dec 12, 2018

The Moonstone family team up against Albany and her assassin, The Venetian. Can Gabriel overcome the death of his child and save humanity from the forces of darkness? A war is waged between the last members of The Magic Order and the powers of evil that want them destroyed.

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Full Spread reviewed Murder Falcon #3 Dec 13, 2018
4.5

The character development is as subtle as--well--a metal robot arm to your noggin.

Extremity demonstrated that Danial Warren Johnson can be so much more effective and subtle than this meat-headed, heavy-handed, repetitive, cloying sludge.

Murder Falcon #3

By: Daniel Warren Johnson
Released: Dec 12, 2018

Jake. Murder Falcon. Johann. Who's next to join the band? If they're going to defeat the Veldar, they're going to need someone to lay down a heavy beat.

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Full Spread reviewed Wonder Woman #60 Dec 13, 2018
8.5

This is what I come to comics for--thematic deep dives, strong characterization, and robust art.

Wonder Woman #60

By: G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord
Released: Dec 12, 2018

It's a standoff of mythological proportions when Wonder Woman combats the resurrected God of War, Ares! While trying to stop a war, Wonder Woman appeals to Ares to intervene with her, but he thinks the two parties should fight it out and resolve it themselves. Guess dying and coming back didn't do much to soften Ares' M.O. Meanwhile, Steve Trevor's...

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Full Spread reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #11 Dec 13, 2018
7.0

I appreciate The Enforcers as much as the next guy--but doesn't it feel like Spencer is just trying to get through a checklist of slightly obscure Spidey villains regardless of their actual impact on his stories?

In terms of plot--it's not very tense. The story is a fluffy, light Christmas affair that would be better suited for an annual or Christmas special.

Amazing Spider-Man #11

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Dec 12, 2018

• J. JONAH JAMESON has a new job as a shock jock, but is the world ready for a pro-Spider-Man JJJ?
•  More importantly, is Spider-Man ready? His post-secret-identity relationship with Jonah was already complicated, but this very public embrace may put him over the edge!
•  Spidey's definitely not read...

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Full Spread reviewed Superman #6 Dec 13, 2018
6.5

While Bendis continues to give us wonderfully acute insights into Superman's psyche, the pacing feels exceedingly off by the end.

Also--shouldn't the Justice League or, I dunno, humans protect the earth so Superman can stop a Kryptonian apocalypse? Just a thought.

Superman #6

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Dec 12, 2018

It's the moment you never thought you'd see-Superman must team with General Zod to defeat Rogol Zaar or risk banishment for all three in the cold prison of the Phantom Zone forever. Whatever you do, do not skip to the last page-the end of this issue changes the lives of Superman and his family forever as the Unity Saga continues!

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RBL - Dec 24, 2018

Every single other hero is busy, only Superman can assist in relief efforts. Why? because they have to force this subpar story to last longer.

Full Spread reviewed The Batman Who Laughs #1 Dec 13, 2018
6.0

It's got some gnarly Joker stuff to be sure. But if you're tired of Snyder's Batman tropes like I am, you could do better reading "Endgame" than these re-heated leftovers.

The Batman Who Laughs #1

By: Scott Snyder, Jock
Released: Dec 12, 2018

Left rattled by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. But even though evil devoured evil in the collapse of Challengers Mountain, the Dark Knight still has his doubts. He discovers that the Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of ...

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Full Spread reviewed Martian Manhunter #1 Dec 6, 2018
7.0

Both the detective and bizarre alien stories are promising. But a cliche ending and some difficult to decipher dialog hinder the experience.

Martian Manhunter #1

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Dec 5, 2018

No matter what you know about J'onn J'onnz, you're not prepared for this! The acclaimed team of writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo (BATMAN/ THE SHADOW, BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN) reteam for a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series. Back on Mars, J'onn was about as corrupt as a law officer can be, ...

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Full Spread reviewed Green Lantern #2 Dec 6, 2018
6.5

This issue drags in several places, but Morrison sort-of continues the pulpy space-cop vibe.

Green Lantern #2

By: Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp
Released: Dec 5, 2018

Someone is transporting a mysterious cargo out of the Great Void, and it spells trouble for the universe at large! Hal Jordan interrogates a member of the Spider Guild for answers and uses his pheremones as an interrogation tool, but can he extract the info in time?! Meanwhile, Volgar Ro makes a play for Earth while its emerald protector is off-wor...

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Full Spread reviewed Batman #60 Dec 6, 2018
5.0

Batman is angry.

Commissioner Gordon is angry.

Got it?
Good--but why does it take 20 pages to communicate that here?

Batman #60

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Dec 5, 2018

Batman takes on a new partner, and it's...the Penguin? After rejecting Bane's crime-boss co-op, Cobblepot finds himself in the crosshairs of some very teed-off villains. The feathered felon turns to his old foe to snitch on Bane's scheme, but has to prove his intentions to avoid a Bat-beatdown. Along the way, this Gotham odd couple begins to bond-c...

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Full Spread reviewed Return of Wolverine #3 Dec 6, 2018
4.5

I was just reading this for Declan Shalvey's art, but hoped the story would turn around at...some point. #3 did not change much of anything. Solid art. Tepid writing. Although, Shalvey doesn't do so well drawing epic action here.

Return of Wolverine #3

By: Charles Soule, Declan Shalvey
Released: Nov 28, 2018

Wolverine vs. the X-Men?!

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Full Spread reviewed Wonder Woman #59 Dec 6, 2018
8.0

G. Willow Wilson continues to develop Diana, Steve Trevor, and the mythology in compelling ways. There are too many issues out these days that don't prompt further reading of the series. Luckily, the opposite is true here. WW #59 is dramatic, explosive, and even funny.

Wonder Woman #59

By: G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord
Released: Nov 28, 2018

"THE JUST WAR" part two! It's true, Ares has been reborn on Earth-but has he changed for the better? Of all the role models in the world, he seems to have chosen...Wonder Woman?! Diana and Steve Trevor better watch their backs, because Ares isn't the only creature of myth to find his way to Man's World...and he's not the only resurrected Olympian e...

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Full Spread added Green Lantern (2018) to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Green Lantern (2018)

Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth's space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the...

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Full Spread reviewed Fantastic Four #4 Dec 2, 2018
4.5

An interminably sluggish issue with tepid art and hackneyed character beats.

Fantastic Four #4

By: Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli
Released: Nov 28, 2018

Meet the Marvel Universe's New Fabulous Foursome: THE FANTASTIX!
•  Wait. What?! Who are these imposters? Why are they in the Baxter Building?!
•  And how is it that they own the lease?!
•  A strange new turn in the Fantastic Four's legacy!
•  A secret side mission for the Thing!
•  All this and a special app...

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Full Spread reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #10 Dec 2, 2018
5.0

I was excited at the prospect of developing MJ's and the Thieves Guild's storylines. Alas, her arc is immediately resolved here and I couldn't care less about the now generic villains.

There are some humorous moments, but not enough to compensate for the cliche storytelling.

Amazing Spider-Man #10

By: Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos
Released: Nov 28, 2018

• There's been a major theft the likes of which we've never seen and for once, The Black Cat didn't do it.
•  But Spider-Man might need the help of his once-foe-once-friend-once-crime-boss Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat!
Rated T

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Full Spread reviewed Action Comics #1005 Dec 2, 2018
4.5

A fairly bland issue goes totally mental with the most embarrassingly predictable "twist" I've read in a long time.

Action Comics #1005

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Nov 28, 2018

The murderous mystery of the Red Cloud uncovered! Clark Kent draws closer to revealing a secret crime family that has operated for years in Metropolis, but the family's enforcer-the mysterious Red Cloud-proves she's a match for even the Man of Steel with an attack that leaves Superman breathless. Don't miss the last-page shocker as we reveal the tr...

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Full Spread added Action Comics (2016) to their pull list Nov 29, 2018

Action Comics (2016)

PATH TO DOOM Chapter One
Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrows newest protector: Lex Luthor. But its not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected the new Clark Kent! DONT MISS: ACTION COMICS returns to its original numbering with this issue! NOW SHIPPING TWICE MONTHLY!

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Full Spread added Wonder Woman (2016) to their pull list Nov 29, 2018

Wonder Woman (2016)

"THE LIES" chapter one
Why has the lasso of truth stopped working for the Amazon Princess? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman's past unravel her present!
THEY SAID IT: "Drawing Wonder Woman isn't just drawing a comic, it's drawing an icon-the most famous and recognizable female superhero in the world," exclaims art...

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9.0

Tony Stark: Iron Man #6

By: Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti
Released: Nov 21, 2018

STARK REALITIES - Part 1
•  Arsenal, the monstrous robot that once took on all of the Avengers, is back in an all-new way.
•  Who does it serve? What are the secrets it's guarding? And how will they rock Tony Stark's world to its core?
•  The trap that's been building for some time has finally sprung. Iron Man fans, you do n...

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