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Location: Detroit , MI Joined: Oct 19, 2018 About Me: I'm a Black Nerd, Introvert and conservative. I created my blog because I wanted to be an honest voice. A lot of the reviews I've been seeing have been inflated scores to get the attention of comic pros even though they are pretty rough. Many good books get left behind or canceled because more

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Hawkman #5 Feb 19, 2020

It's been a minute since I've read a Hawkman comic but diving back in I felt right at home. I don't remember most of the details this arc aside from Hawkman encountering different versions of himself in different locales across time and space.

In this issue, Robert Venditti gets you up to speed quickly and gives a concise refresher on the relationship between Atom and Hawkman.
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Hawkman #5

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Oct 10, 2018

The time-and-space-tossed Hawkman arrives at his latest destination, the sub-atomic world known as the Microverse. Luckily, he meets an old friend there-his longtime Justice League partner the Atom. Ray Palmer learns that the past lives of Carter Hall leave clues for the Winged Wonder to follow. Too bad the next clue leads them to a thinking planet...

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I read this issue a few months back while heavily intoxicated and never got around to reviewing it. I remembered the basic framework for the story but I also recalled being bored AF by it.

I'm looking to get back on a regular review schedule for this series and decided to try to power through the "Beyond the Grid" story arc. There are a few decent elements in the story but more

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #35

By: Marguerite Bennett, French Carlomagno
Released: Jan 30, 2019

The mysterious new DARK RANGER is the man known as Heckyl - and his origin is revealed for the first time in this stand alone issue.

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Justice League #12 Feb 16, 2020

Justice League #12 is proof that the problems with the JL Drowned Earth tie-ins aren't Scott Snyder's fault. The problems fall almost entirely on the editorial group assigned to this title. This issue is loaded with locations and sub-plots. The large cast, constant shifts in location and plot point have led to a mess of an issue.

I don't want to blame the writers. James Tynion IV and S more

Justice League #12

By: James Tynion IV, Frazer Irving
Released: Nov 21, 2018

"DROWNED EARTH" part three! It's Batman, in a full-body cast, versus the Legion of Doom! Get a ringside seat for the craziest fight in comics as a bedridden Batman battles The Joker, Lex Luthor, Gorilla Grodd and Sinestro! Meanwhile, Aquaman locks tridents with Poseidon and Mera discovers an ancient secret that could change the fate of Atlantis-and...

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Aquaman #42 Feb 13, 2020

My last Drowned Earth review boiled down to Scott Snyder joggling too many plot points which led to what felt like a mess of a comic. Aquaman #42 validates my criticism. This book picks up immediately from the Justice League cliffhanger. Arthur is on the verge of death and must find his way back to our reality.

The comic focuses on Arthur and the relationship he has with his father. Th more

Aquaman #42

By: Dan Abnett, Lan Medina
Released: Nov 21, 2018

A "DROWNED EARTH" tie-in story! As Aquaman and Wonder Woman race home from the Graveyard of Gods to turn the tide against the Ocean Lords, Arthur learns a stunning secret about his past! Armed with the knowledge that the Justice League may be fighting the wrong enemy, Aquaman must confront the ocean lords and learn the truth before the cosmic flood...

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Justice League #11 Feb 8, 2020

The Drowned earth event has been pretty solid. The story is decent and the villains have been fun. The weakest link in the chain has been Justice League. I'm reading this series as well as Undiscovered Country, I had similar concerns with both titles. Both titles have cool concepts and are content-heavy but feel overstuffed.

One of the primary criticisms of the Disney Star Wars films i more

Justice League #11

By: Scott Snyder, Francis Manapul
Released: Nov 7, 2018

"DROWNED EARTH" part two! The Justice League is scattered across the Seven Seas, pursued by the Ocean Lords and their army of alien mercenaries and constantly at risk of turning into fish monsters. You know, just a day at the beach. Their only hope lies in the crippled Aquaman, who believes the road to victory lies in unleashing equally vengeful go...

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My last review of TMNT was probably all over the place with equal part praise and concern. I wanted to be nakedly honest about the issue. The book had a lot of good in it but there was some underlying stuff that bothered me.

Issue #102 brings the new status quo further into focus and sets up some really interesting subplots for our heroes and villains. The comic opens with Raphael and more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #102

By: Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell
Released: Jan 29, 2020

The Turtles are separated, each trying to find their own way forward. With their absence, Old Hob fills the power vacuum with the help of some very unusual new mutants!

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I don't know what Justin Jordan is doing nowadays or if he's even writing comics anymore. With the exception of a few legends, he has become one of my favorite comic writers working today. I'm not being hyperbolic.

In this issue of Brimstone, we see our protagonist go up against a legit DC powerhouse in Dr. Fate. Much like in DC's Da more

The Curse of Brimstone #9

By: Justin Jordan, Eduardo Pansica
Released: Dec 5, 2018

It's a supernatural smackdown as Brimstone faces the Lord of Order himself, Doctor Fate! Joe has completely lost control over Brimstone, and Brimstone uses the slip in Joe's resolve to unleash his unrestrained Dark Matter power on the sorcerer. But what does Fate want with this sulfuric fury, and how does this help him with his larger plans for the...

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It feels really weird reviewing this book for a number of reasons. First off, its another book from 2018. It's also technically the first issue in the event even though I've already reviewed three of the tie-ins. The reading order for the event has been weird but here we are

Drowned Earth started awkwardly in Justice League #10. It's gotten progressively better as the event has gone on. more

Justice League: Drowned Earth Special #1

By: James Tynion IV, Howard Porter
Released: Oct 31, 2018

"Drowned Earth" part one! The Ocean Lords-ancient sea gods with a grudge against Aquaman and Wonder Woman-invade the Earth with an alien army and flood the globe. As Batman, Superman and the Flash race to stop the waters from rising and turning everyone into aquatic monsters, Mera seeks the advice of an old enemy, and Arthur must face down Black Ma...

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Titans #28 Jan 26, 2020

I'm a year removed from the Drowned Earth event. I feel really bad for not covering it in a timely manner because the prelude issues have been pretty solid. It's just really hard to be excited about reviewing a comic that came out in 2018.

With Titans #28, Dan Abnett crafts the perfect tie-in issue. It's not a perfect comic but it doe's its job admirably. It present's the Titans to new more

Titans #28

By: Dan Abnett, Clayton Henry
Released: Oct 24, 2018

Then, in a tie-in to the road to "Drowned Earth," the Titans get a visit from an old teammate when Atlantean mage Tempest guest-stars in the ish. What's got Garth's fishnets in a twist? He's there to help the new Titans lineup take on a major oceanic threat, whose attack comes straight out of the pages of Justice League and Aquaman. Guess you could...

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When DC comics split the Justice League into three titles (Justice League, Justice League Odyssey, Justice League Dark) I was pumped. I added all three titles to my pull list. I got back into comics in 2015 and hadn't found a team book that worked for me. The best of the bunch was Justice League Dark but one of the nagging issues with all three titles was the decompressed storytelling. This hits J more

Justice League: Odyssey #4

By: Joshua Williamson, S-bis
Released: Jan 2, 2019

Next stop on the Odyssey-Planet Cyborg! The space-faring Justice League travels to a new world that worships Cyborg, and meets a population that's obsessed with body modification in preparation for a galactic war. Cyborg and Azrael clash over whether to stop the simmering standoff or continue following the clues left behind by Darkseid. Elsewhere, ...

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One of the most visionary writers working today is Mark Millar. He was one of my favorite creators in the early 2000's when he collaborated with Bryan Hitch on Ultimates. In the past couple of years, he's been on fire.

I just reviewed Space Bandits #4 a few days ago and gave it a 10/10. American Jesus has a totally different vibe but it still a master class in storytelling and shows of more

American Jesus: The New Messiah #1

By: Mark Millar, Peter Gross
Released: Dec 18, 2019

AMERICAN JESUS returns with THE NEW MESSIAH. A virgin pregnancy in '70s New York forces a young couple to flee for their lives, as evil powers close in to destroy them. An angel in a dream foretells a dark future and a battle with the Antichrist. The teenagers go on the run with only their faith.

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Space Bandits #4 Jan 25, 2020

The Netflix logo is listed on the back cover of these books. It's appropriate because of all of the Mark Millar titles I've read in recent months Space Bandits is the one I'm most excited to see translated.

I adore the lead characters and the voices Mark gives to them. Thena is billed as the badass but seems to get her ass beat in every issue. Cody is the brains of the pair but is tota more

Space Bandits #4

By: Mark Millar, Matteo Scalera
Released: Oct 2, 2019

The bandits pick off Cody's enemies one by one, working their way through her old crew. But before they can wipe out the whole set, a familiar face from Thena's past crackles over the telecast, and the girls turn their vengeful attention to her ex, Viggo.

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Kick-Ass #10 Jan 20, 2020

It's been a very long time since I reviewed issue #9 of Kickass. I remembered the cliffhanger of the last issue and Kick-Ass being stabbed through her hand but not much else. I haven't been too keen on this series but I'm not sure if it's just absence making the heart grow fonder but this issue wasn't that bad.

This comic picks up with Kick-Ass retreating from the scene of the attack, more

Kick-Ass #10

By: Steve Niles, Marcelo Frusin
Released: Dec 5, 2018

Kick-Ass is walking wounded. Struggling to maintain power, evade capture, and support her family, Patience fights to keep her head above water. Old enemies are coming out the woodwork, and her military training won't be enough to save her this time.

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I didn't know at the time of reading the first installment that this was a two-part series. If I had known this at the outset I would have held off on the purchase and reviewed the comic once it had been collected in trade. The story wraps up in this issue but suffers some serious pacing issues most likely due to the process of condensing a 209- more

H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau #2

By: Ted Adams, Gabriel Rodriguez
Released: Oct 16, 2019

By the writer of DIABLO HOUSE and artist of LOCKE & KEY!

The action ramps up as Ellie learns more about Moreau's experiments on the animals that have been brought to the island. At the same time, the animals start to question the authority of the man who changed them. Will ...

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Second Coming #3 Jan 17, 2020

Three issues deep and it finally feels like Second Coming is going somewhere. Not sure why but we have lift off.

The plot with Sunstar just isn't grabbing me at all. In this issue, we spend time with him as he tries to find his missing grandmother in Littleton. This segment of the book was a bit boring and Sunstar honestly comes off as a crybaby. At one point he has a monologue in whic more

Second Coming #3

By: Mark Russell, Richard Pace
Released: Sep 18, 2019

Searching for his missing grandmother, Sunstar is forced to confront the shortcomings of his super-powers. Jesus, left on his own for the day, runs afoul of street preachers. Also: the usual assortment of AHOY prose stories and extra features.

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It's always a pleasure to dive back into Bloodshot Salvation. Even without much information on the character or lore Salvation continues to provide a clinic on what it takes to make a great comic. The art, stakes, threat, and actions are top-notch and portrayed at a level few creative teams are able to match.

Bloodshot #11 has a lot more

Bloodshot: Salvation #11

By: Jeff Lemire, Doug Braithwaite
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Time to kill!

To save his daughter's life, Bloodshot brokered an unthinkable bargain...and has been thrown forward two thousand years in the future to 4002 A.D.! But preserving life requires a sacrifice...and now, he's on the hunt to take out the one man standing between him and the safe return of his family! Too bad the only thing standin...

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TMNT #101 shifts the title in a number of ways. Its the first title that I can recall in which Tom Waltz isn't the primary creative force for the series. It's also the first issue since Master Splinter's death.

The book is really solid but I have some potential concerns. The concerns may be unfounded but I figured I'd mention them anyway. Sophie Campell begins her run with this issue. S more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

By: Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell
Released: Jan 8, 2020

Welcome to the new world of TMNT! After the cataclysmic events of TMNT #100, the Turtles find New York City drastically changed-new factions and enemies are on the rise, and allies are in short supply. The Turtles discover that in order to survive they will need to work together like never before!

An exciting new era for the TMNT, and the...

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed SFSX (Safe Sex) #1 Jan 13, 2020

During the weekly zombie walk about my local comic shop, I stumbled across SFSX. I flipped through it, clutched my pearls and added it to my stack. After reading the issue I immediately called up my guy and added the rest of the series to my pull list. I was totally sold by the comics narrative and needed more.

I've caught heat for years for being a conservative. Although I'm right-lea more

SFSX (Safe Sex) #1

By: Tina Horn, Michael Dowling
Released: Sep 25, 2019


Notorious kink writer TINA HORN teams up with artist MICHAEL DOWLING (Unfollow, Death Sentence) for SFSX, a social thriller about sex, love, and torture that reads like SEX CRIMINALS in Gilead crossed with Oceans 8-with a SUNSTONE twist!

In a draconian America where sexuality is bureaucratized and policed, a group...

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Marauders #2 Jan 12, 2020

I enjoyed Marauders #1 more than a lot of other reviewers out there. This review is coming late and issue #5 is sitting on my shelf. The series isn't bad but I'm not sure if I'm gonna keep the series on my pull list much longer.

Issue #1 was a fun read but was definitely one of the lighter X-titles I'd read in a while. This is especially true considering the direction and tone of HOX a more

Marauders #2

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Nov 20, 2019

The Hellfire Trading Company has control of Mutant trade on the seas... but that doesn't mean its Inner Circle is done stabbing one another in the back. As Captain Pryde and her Marauders sail on, the real cutthroats are back home...
Rated T+

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The last Power Rangers/TMNT crossover appeared in the mid-90s and was a catastrophe. It took over 20 years but we finally have a proper crossover between the two franchises.

The plot isn't fully laid out in this issue but the pace is fast without being decompressed. The gist of the issue resolves around Tommy disappearing from the team and joining the Foot Clan. The reason behind Tommy more

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

By: Ryan Parrott, Simone Di Meo
Released: Dec 4, 2019

* The Power Rangers arrive in New York City to find Tommy Oliver (a.k.a. The Mighty Morphin Green Ranger) but soon discover he's joined forces with the villainous Shredder and the Foot Clan!
* As the Rangers are sent reeling by this betrayal, t...

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A few months ago I reviewed Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls, a one-shot clearly inspired by Mirage Studios and the original incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Drawing Blood #1 was initially released as a companion to the RRRR one-shot. It does something I've never seen in my 20+ years of reading comics. It builds a fictional setting within another fictional setting.

Drawi more

Drawing Blood Spilled Ink #1

By: Kevin Eastman, Ben Bishop
Released: May 22, 2019

Kevin Eastman (TMNT) returns to independent comics with a new creation: an inside look at the turbulent life and times of a once-successful cartoonist on the skids, Shane "Books" Bookman. Once upon a time, Books co-created The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls: a gritty, funny indie comic that became a billion dollar global franchis...

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One of the reasons I tend to enjoy reading a Mark Millar comic is because something cool happens in every issue. I'll get an interesting concept backed up by something really cool that happens either in the story or the linework which is also usually strong.

As I read Undiscovered Country for the second time I was reminded of Mark Millar. I love the concept of this series but unlike a more

Undiscovered Country #1

By: Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Released: Nov 6, 2019

SERIES PREMIERE! This November, New York Times bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, A.D.: AFTER DEATH) and CHARLES SOULE (CURSE WORDS, the forthcoming novel Anyone) will team up with artists GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer) and DANIELE ORLANDINI (Darth Vader) and 2019 Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILS...

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While casually scrolling through my local comic shop I stumbled across V Wars. What drew me in was the amazing cover by Ryan Brown. I was also interested in the comic because it was a One-Shot. It's nice to pick up a self-contained story and not have to wait for 6 issues for a series to find its direction.

V-Wars provides a setting in which vampires not only exist but are plentiful and more

V-Wars: God of Death One-Shot #1

Released: Jun 12, 2019

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Deathstroke #39 Dec 15, 2019

It's been so long since I reviewed a Deathstroke comic that I almost forgot that it was on my pull list at one point. Issue #39 continues the Arkham storyline. Slade is an inmate in the asylum and while that much is certain, everything else in the comic is questionable.

The closest analog to Deathstroke in this arc is Jeff Lemire's Moon Knight (another excellent series). On the one han more

Deathstroke #39

By: Christopher Priest, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Slade is back in Arkham after his Zeta Beam jaunt to the planet Pulor...but did he ever actually leave? Is the alien invasion just a delusion? And who is this faux Deathstroke running around? A deep dive into Slade's psyche, just in time to watch him lose his mind!

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I've referenced a few titles for consideration when it comes to the best single issue of 2019. The first issue that comes to mind would be House of X #2 which covered the lives of Moira X. House of X #4 which covered the X-Men's assault on the Mother Mold facility. The Walking Dead also ended this year and did what Game of Thrones could not in providing a satisfying conclusion to that series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

By: Tom Waltz, Dave Wachter
Released: Dec 11, 2019

Things have never been worse for the TMNT and their allies, but there's still one desperate gambit to try if the family can come together in time. Will it be worth the cost? Over eight years of TMNT storytelling have led to this game-changing moment! Don't miss it!

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Harleen #1 Dec 10, 2019

The only selling point I had for this series was the art by St Jepan Sejic. I'm not the biggest fan of Harley Quinn to start and never got the appeal of the character beyond simply being Jokers sidekick. Her background as a brilliant psychotherapist was generally played for laughs or during brief moments of clarity.

Harleen: Book 1 provides a definitive look at Harleen Quinzel and is t more

Harleen #1

By: Stejpan Sejic
Released: Sep 25, 2019

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions. On that road I saw a pale man, and he smiled at me..." Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist ...

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Bloodshot #1 Dec 7, 2019

I watched a recent video by Yo Boi Zack, from the Comics Matter, Youtube Channel. He spoke about Comic Publishers pushing writers over artists to the detriment of the comic book industry. To an extent, I agree. Artists like Jim Lee, Brett Booth, and Todd Mcfarlane can push units on pretty much any title they put their names on, at least initially.

The downside is that once you got the more

Bloodshot #1

By: Tim Seeley, Brett Booth
Released: Sep 25, 2019

Bloodshot is back with a few new thrilling tricks up his sleeve!
No amount of high-octane explosions can keep Bloodshot from completing his new mission.
Who is the mysterious BLACK BAR, and what do they want with Bloodshot?

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TMNT fans always cite the much-maligned image volume as being too dark. The series is a bit darker than I remembered but the standout flaw for me is the linework. Frank Fosco isn't a terrible artist. I did a google search after reading this issue and some of his work is truly inspired but this series just isn't his best.

The impression I'm getting from this series is that the publisher more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #8

By: Gary Carlson, Frank Fosco
Released: Dec 19, 2018

The search for Casey Jones' daughter continues, bringing to light new, startling truths. As the strain on the Turtles and their family grows, a determined Mikey takes matters into his own hands... but will he be able to escape a showdown with the mob?!

The entire TMNT Volume 3 run-all 23 issues-reprinted in full color for the first time!

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GTMedia Reviews reviewed Dick Tracy Forever #4 Dec 1, 2019

Dick Tracy Forever started out simple but transitioned into being the most complex story involving the detective that I've ever read. The story also goes from being an examination of modern-day white-collar crime in issue #3 to an eerie sci-fi scenario that feels more plausible than most would care to admit in this final installment.

My reaction to this series has been mixed but I've en more

Dick Tracy Forever #4

By: Michael Avon Oeming
Released: Aug 7, 2019

Dick Tracy is Sisyphus, pushing the law boulder up the hill as he struggles for reason and order in a world with none. His attempts at law and order are met with crime and chaos in the form of unpredictable and absurd villains. But Dick Tracy will never give up trying, no matter the era or incarnation-even in the far-flung future! Join Eisner Award...

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The current state of the comic book industry isn't great. Due to this unfortunate reality, there isn't much innovation when it comes to mainstream titles. Occasionally Marvel or DC will swing for the fences and launch new series with original characters but if the new characters don't immediately catch on the series will be canceled and they will go back to properties that are proven to generate s more

The Curse of Brimstone #8

By: Justin Jordan, Eduardo Pansica
Released: Nov 7, 2018

Talk about a horror show-and the demonic lead character ain't even the half of it! Siblings Joe and Annie find themselves in a town terrorized by the omnipotently evil Bel Dame, who uses an army of the maimed undead to do her bidding-such as torturing Joe (a.k.a. Brimstone). The Bel Dame decides to teach our fiery hero a lesson in sacrifice, and it...

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