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Valiant Son rated Blade Runner: 2019 #3 Aug 30, 2020
8.0

Blade Runner: 2019 #3

By: Michael Green, Andres Guinaldo
Released: Sep 18, 2019


Hunter becomes hunted, as veteran Blade Runner Ash is shot down in neo-noir Los Angeles, 2019! The first new comic series set in the world of Blade Runner, from Michael Green (screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek), and illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America)!

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Valiant Son rated Blade Runner: 2019 #2 Aug 30, 2020
8.0

Blade Runner: 2019 #2

By: Michael Green, Andres Guinaldo
Released: Aug 21, 2019

Return to the world of Blade Runner in an all-new ongoing comic series from the pen of Michael Green (screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek), illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America)! Veteran Blade Runner Ash hunts down the kidnapped child of a billionaire, but he's not all he seems...

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Valiant Son reviewed Star Trek: Year Five #13 Aug 30, 2020
4.0

Everything that has been going wrong of late with this series, is epitomised here: characters acting out of character; silly 2020 obsessions (identity politics especially) rearing their ugly anachronistic heads; illogical plotting, and weak storytelling; revisionist of the TOS timeline and universe. I used to really enjoy this series, but now I am getting annoyed.

Star Trek: Year Five #13

By: Jackson Lanzing, Stephen Thompson
Released: Aug 5, 2020

The Enterprise and her crew finally make it back to Federation space, but the Federation they find isn't quite the same as the one they had left behind. Meanwhile, Aegis and Gary Seven's grand design continues to take shape-and the consequences will be staggering. The final voyages of the original Enterprise crew continue in this episode from showr...

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Valiant Son reviewed Star Trek: Year Five #12 Aug 30, 2020
7.0

So-so. In the early issues, this series was the comic I rushed to read each month; it was the most genuinely fun comic, which also rang absolutely true to the TV series. Then identity politics and other modern day nonsense began to creep in. While this issue is not the most egregious example of this trend, it is a shadow of former glories. The story is okay

Star Trek: Year Five #12

By: Jackson Lanzing, Stephen Thompson
Released: Jul 1, 2020

At last-the moment you've been waiting for since the first page of issue #1! With a villain revealed, a stranded crew, and a ship on a collision course with total destruction, Captain James T. Kirk will have to face the biggest challenge of his life on his own!

Written by showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Green Arrow, Nightwing,...

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8.0

The Butcher of Paris #3

By: Stephanie Phillips, Dean Kotz
Released: Feb 5, 2020

Pieces of Dr. Marcel Petiot's past are slowly exposed-revealing harrowing events and actions that peer into the mind of a madman. As the detectives begin an intense interrogation with the killer's wife, the Nazi occupation progresses-and the fate of Paris is determined.  

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8.0

The Butcher of Paris #2

By: Stephanie Phillips, Dean Kotz
Released: Jan 8, 2020

In Nazi occupied Paris, the death toll mounts, but the killer's motive and whereabouts remain unknown. The investigation uncovers a name-a doctor, whose skill and expertise match that of the meticulous crimes. But is this doctor the sadistic killer operating in the shadows, or just another victim of the Gestapo?

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YourGreenMuse reviewed Empyre #1 Jul 16, 2020
9.0

If you ever wanted an objective fact check that the professional critics are corrupt, compare the reviews of Death Metal #2 to this issue. This was a really good issue, twist being obvious aside. I want to focus on the twist though. How much of a twist is it actually supposed to be? It was pretty clear by the end of Avengers #0, and everyone remembers "Beware the Trees" from Incoming, right? I won more

Empyre #1

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jul 15, 2020

Featuring action-packed extras including a Cover Gallery, Script, Inked And Color Pages and more! The Kree and the Skrulls have united under a new emperor – and their war fleet is on a collision course for our world. On the moon, the Avengers are ready to strike with the full power of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Approaching from outer space, the ...

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YourGreenMuse - Jul 18, 2020

Same. Critics still hold clout for some people, though, and that's why I like pointing out their flaws. And if I were much more inclined, I could probably do it for everything I review.

Valiant Son - Jul 23, 2020

I largely ignore the critic reviews and look at user reviews. I've frequently criticised nonsense from the critics in my own reviews.

8.0

XIII: The Day of the Black Sun (volume one) #1

By: Jean Van Hamme
Released: Sep 22, 2010

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Valiant Son reviewed V For Vendetta #5 Jun 12, 2020
10

The tension ramps up with V's broadcast, while all the other fantastic features I have highlighted in previous issues remain as strong here.

V For Vendetta #5

By: Alan Moore, David Lloyd

V begins his broadcast and criticizes the human race itself, filling them in on their disappointing behavior. Meanwhile, Evey attempts to return to normal life after her abandonment.

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Valiant Son reviewed V For Vendetta #4 Jun 12, 2020
10

Another brilliant issue.

V For Vendetta #4

By: Alan Moore, David Lloyd

V must come to a decision about Evey, but it's one his young compatriot might not like. Plus, V breaks into a television station with an important message.

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Valiant Son reviewed V For Vendetta #3 Jun 12, 2020
10

Brilliant. Simply, brilliant. All characters are well-written, the plot is well-constructed and beautifully paced, the art is excellent, and the dialogue is superb.

V For Vendetta #3

By: Alan Moore, David Lloyd

Evey feels betrayed by her involvement in Bishop Lilliman's murder and gives V an ultimatum. Meanwhile, the Fingermen come closer to unlocking the mystery of V's identity!

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Valiant Son reviewed Star Trek: Year Five #11 Jun 12, 2020
7.5

Overall, a decent story, even if the likenesses are not as good as they were when this series started. However, I was once again thrown out of the story when the Tholian child wasn't just referred to as, "they", but a big point is made about this with the Tholian child getting angry at Scotty for misgendering. This nonsense began with Jody Houser's story in #5-#6, but it is getting ridiculous now. more

Star Trek: Year Five #11

By: Jackson Lanzing, Stephen Thompson
Released: Jun 3, 2020

With the Federation border in sight, a villain revealed will subject Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to their most dangerous challenge yet-where everything comes to a head in a battle for the fate of the five-year mission!

Showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Green Arrow, Nightwing, Gotham City Garage) return!

The class...

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Valiant Son reviewed Star Trek: Year Five #10 Jun 12, 2020
5.0

Sadly a weak resolution to the previous issue. Not only is the plot weak, but so too is the characterisation. Sulu's behaviour towards Chekov didn't ring true, but by far the most egregious example of poor characterisation was with Spock, who didn't behave like Spock in a single panel that he featured in.

Star Trek: Year Five #10

By: Jim McCann, Angel Hernandez
Released: Feb 19, 2020

With Captain Kirk still incapactiated, Spock finds himself trapped between a planet quickly spinning into chaos and a crew at each other's throats.

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Valiant Son reviewed The Butcher of Paris #1 Jun 12, 2020
8.5

A good first issue, which is reminiscent both in the art, and the writing, of European comics. This is no bad thing at all, and is indeed a recommendation.

The Butcher of Paris #1

By: Stephanie Phillips, Dean Kotz
Released: Dec 4, 2019

In 1944, as Swastikas flew over Paris, one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in history turned the occupied city into his personal hunting ground.

Under the guise of opportunity and freedom, a killer preys on those desperate to flee . . . until a gruesome discovery alerts the police. In a city on the brink of war, the hunt...

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Valiant Son reviewed Blade Runner: 2019 #1 May 19, 2020
8.0

Strong and interesting opening to this faithful new Blade Runner series.

Blade Runner: 2019 #1

By: Michael Green, Andres Guinaldo
Released: Jul 17, 2019

In the neo-noir city of Los Angeles, 2019, Ash, a veteran Blade Runner, is grappling with a new case: a billionaire's wife and child, apparently kidnapped by Replicants for dark purposes... An all-new ongoing comic series from the pen of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Logan, American Gods), with longtime co-w...

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Valiant Son reviewed Divinity #4 Apr 30, 2020
6.0

Well, I've finally finished this four issue series and it has only taken me seven weeks to do so. Yes, that's how interested and excited I was! What a load of pretentious nonsense.

When I heard about Divinty, I thought it sounded really interesting, and as a big fan of Joshua Dysart's Harbinger series, I was keen to try some other Valiant titles. This one failed to live up to the enormo more

Divinity #4

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: May 27, 2015

This is it! The mind-bending, reality-altering reveal of what happened to turn a long-lost Russian cosmonaut into the godlike being known as DIVINITY!

But there are some things even gods can't do - a lesson that DIVINITY may not learn easily. Can the super-powered heroes of the world contain the rage of a mad god? The earth-shattering conc...

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Michaelbn reviewed Gotham High #1 Apr 8, 2020
1.0

Let's make Batman Chinese because I'm from Eastern Asia. Wut?

Gotham High #1

By: Melissa De La Cruz, Thomas Pitilli
Released: Apr 1, 2020

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took-even destroy the ones they love-to satisfy their own motives.
Aft...

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Valiant Son - Apr 22, 2020

Then you are misreading the review. The reviewer is unhappy with the unnecessary and pointless changes made because the author has Chinese ancestry so she made the lead character Chinese. This is not that the reviewer dislikes Chinese people. Your argument is still a strawman.

RedKSuperman - Apr 23, 2020

The author admits she knows nothing about Batman and has no intent of learning...Yeah that attitude should go over real well with fans. If she wanted to write this sort of book fine, but don't slap the Batman title on it.

Valiant Son reviewed V For Vendetta #2 Apr 13, 2020
9.5

Multi-layered and complex, as may well be expected. This certainly isn't a comfortable read, but it is a thought-provoking and intelligent one.

V For Vendetta #2

By: Alan Moore, David Lloyd

V continues his crusade against the tyrannical government of Great Britain, bombing another prominent building and attacking a Bishop. As Evey grows more comfortable with the vigilante, she falls deeper into his plot.

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Valiant Son rated Gotham Central #11 Apr 13, 2020
8.5

Gotham Central #11

By: Ed Brubaker, Brian Hurtt
Released: Sep 10, 2003

Meet Stacy, the only civilian member of the Major Crimes Unit and the only person in Gotham allowed to activate the Bat Signal--a seemingly simple task that actually deeply affects Stacy's emotional life. Featuring guest art by QUEEN & COUNTRY'S Brian Hurtt!

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Valiant Son reviewed Strayed #5 Apr 7, 2020
2.0

What a massive disappointment! After four solid and engaging issues, the final part is the comic book equivalent of a photo montage scene. How many splash pages? I am staggered that this was what was served up: one of the most egregious examples of failing to deliver a proper conclusion to a story that I can remember (in any medium).

It is now clear that Carlos Giffoni didn't actually more

Strayed #5

By: Carlos Giffoni, Juan Doe
Released: Dec 18, 2019

A map home. The final frontier is our minds.

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Valiant Son rated Strayed #4 Apr 7, 2020
8.0

Strayed #4

By: Carlos Giffoni, Juan Doe
Released: Nov 20, 2019

An explosive development makes Premier Peely's dreams a palpable reality. Lou struggles with illness as the world around him falls into total disarray.

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Valiant Son rated Strayed #3 Apr 7, 2020
8.0

Strayed #3

By: Carlos Giffoni, Juan Doe
Released: Oct 16, 2019

Lou's cosmic adventures lead him to a survivor of a terrible galactic war. Beyond tales of past woe, this new ally seems to hold the key to future peace. Meanwhile, Premier Peely takes further steps to advance his sinister plans of galactic domination.    

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Valiant Son reviewed Berserker Unbound #4 Apr 6, 2020
9.5

A beautiful end to a stunningly drawn, and masterfully written mini-series. Lemire and Deodato Jr. have created a wonderful piece of character work that is something of a fish out of water in the American comic book industry (rather like Berserker is in the comic). This could easily fit into European comics.

I loved this story, and hope that more is to come.

Berserker Unbound #4

By: Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato
Released: Nov 6, 2019

Followed by a powerful enemy from his own dimension, fearsome warrior the Mongrel King must protect himself and the new friend he's made-and find his way back home.

From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series!
  

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Valiant Son reviewed Divinity #3 Mar 29, 2020
7.0

A moderate improvement. At least I actually felt some connection to some of the characters, which is something at least.

Divinity #3

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Apr 22, 2015

The sci-fi saga of 2015 continues - from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAI) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis)!

A being with the power of a god roams free in the Australian Outback, bringing life to the barren wasteland and making him a hero to natives who live there and the visitors that have s...

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Valiant Son reviewed Divinity #2 Mar 12, 2020
6.5

More of the same from last issue.

Divinity #2

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Mar 18, 2015

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine unleash an all-new chapter of the year's most powerful science fiction saga! Can the world withstand its first confrontation with a being of god-like proportions?

A Soviet cosmonaut - seemingly imbued with the powers of a god - has taken up residence in th...

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Valiant Son reviewed Divinity #1 Mar 12, 2020
6.5

Off to a shaky start with pseudo-intellectual witterings and a poor structure.

Divinity #1

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Feb 11, 2015

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union - determined to win the Space Race at any cost - green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that...changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the...

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Valiant Son reviewed DMZ #5 Mar 12, 2020
8.0

Overall this series is good, but the colouring is terrible. It is far too dark in the majority of panels and completely obscures the line work. I appreciate that the colourist was trying to convey tone and mood, but when you can't see what is actually happening in a significant number of panels, then they just got it wrong.

DMZ #5

By: Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli
Released: Mar 15, 2006

After a few weeks of covering day-to-day life in the DMZ, Matty finally gets his first big news break: an interview with a notorious local tribal boss. However, when Matty arrives to the interview, who he finds sitting next to the crime boss could make for an even bigger scoop.

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Valiant Son rated DMZ #4 Mar 12, 2020
9.0

DMZ #4

By: Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli
Released: Feb 8, 2006

Left to his own devices in war-torn Manhattan, Matty stumbles into Central Park, where he comes face to face with a crew of armed and dangerous environmentalists. Are these the mysterious "Ghosts" who protect the once beautiful park, or is Matty at the mercy of a gang of psychotic tree-huggers?

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Valiant Son rated DMZ #3 Mar 12, 2020
8.0

DMZ #3

By: Brian Wood
Released: Jan 11, 2006

During a surprise attack on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Matty is captured by the government army who plan on taking him out of the DMZ. However, when he inadvertently winds up on the wrong side of a shoot-out, he once again finds himself alone in a warzone, only this time without his trusty "tour guide," Zee.

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Valiant Son rated DMZ #2 Mar 12, 2020
8.0

DMZ #2

By: Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli
Released: Dec 14, 2005

With the horrors of the previous day's events still resonating in his head, Zee takes Matty on a walking tour of war-torn Manhattan, where he sees both the tragedy and triumph of daily life in the DMZ. However, the experience is short-lived as Matty gets his first news "scoop"... one that may ultimately silence this rogue reporter.

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