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9.5

Creepy and disturbing.

Something is Killing the Children #1

By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera
Released: Sep 4, 2019

* GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Memetic, Batman: Detective Comics) teams with artist Werther Dell'Edera (Briggs Land) for an all-new limited series about staring into the abyss to find your worst fears staring back.
* When the children of Archer's Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but...

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Valiant Son reviewed Resonant #3 Oct 13, 2019
9.0

This continues to be a great story.

Resonant #3

By: David Andry, Alejandro Aragon
Released: Sep 25, 2019

Paxton finds himself captured and bound in the hold of a ship, sailing to an unknown destination. A fellow captor appears to be an ally, but they must trust each other enough to survive both the trip and the horrors that await them at their journey's end. Meanwhile, conflict between Bec and Ty threatens to tear the siblings apart forever.

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Valiant Son rated Rom #0 Oct 13, 2019
7.5

Rom #0

By: Christos N. Gage, David Messina
Released: May 4, 2016

He strikes from outer space... hurtling Earthward on his dead mission of cosmic vengeance! Rom is back for the first time in decades, and nothing can stop him! This introductory story re-introduces the character and leads into July's all-new, ongoing series! Plus, in an exclusive prologue to June's debut issue, the U.K.'s greatest weapon is on the ...

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10

A sophisticated and expertly crafted spy noir horror comic. I have been eagerly awaiting this one, and I wasn't disappointed. The script is excellent, with Herring's internal monologue blending seamlessly with the dialogue and perfectly matched art.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

By: Jeff Loveness, Lisandro Estherren
Released: Oct 2, 2019

MANKIND MADE IT TO SPACE. AND NOW SPACE HAS FOLLOWED THEM BACK.
* Herring is a disillusioned American spy stationed on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, struggling with his role in a Cold War that seems to have no end. But when he's sent on a mission behind enemy lines to infiltrate East German intelligence, he soon learns the Soviets have a...

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Valiant Son reviewed Pandemica #1 Oct 12, 2019
8.0

A gripping and interesting read. Criticisms that it is too wordy don't really wash with me, given that one of my criticisms of many modern comics is that they have too few words. The art is a bit hit and miss, however, with the colouring being a part of the problem; I understand the choice of muted dirty tones, but it does make for a rather unappealing visual experience. Nonetheless, there is plen more

Pandemica #1

By: Jonathan Mayberry, Alex Sanchez
Released: Sep 11, 2019

War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch "purity bombs" for ethnic cleansing. A small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way. Join the resistance-save the world! Pandemica by New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars, Black Panther: Doomwar). From the New York Times Bestselling autho...

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Valiant Son reviewed Rai #1 Oct 12, 2019
8.5

A promising opening, with the script showing a penchant for philosophising that stays just the eight side of navel gazing. Stylistically it is very reminiscent of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, with the art looking like the film, androids being feared, and a first person narration. The risk here is that it borrows to heavily from this source in the future. If Kindt can avoid this, and keep the intr more

Rai #1

By: Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain
Released: Apr 30, 2014

VALIANT FIRST begins in force this May with an all-new vision of the future in RAI #1 - a new monthly series from comics superstars Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain! The year is 4001 A.D. - led by the artificial intelligence called "Father," the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth...

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Valiant Son reviewed Ruby Falls #1 Oct 12, 2019
8.5

In her afterword to this first issue, Ann Nocenti refers to comics as being visual poems, and this comic certainly has that feel to it. This is an intelligent and contemplative comic, whose characters and story promise depths as yet unseen. This is a great opening chapter, and I look forward to reading future installments.

Ruby Falls #1

By: Ann Nocenti, Flavia Biondi
Released: Oct 2, 2019

Ruby Falls is a sleepy town. But sleep brings nightmares, and Lana is about to wake up in the middle of her hometown's biggest secret: the "disappearance" of infamously progressive Betty Gallagher during the mobster-ruled heyday of the old mining town. When details of the cold-case murder start to come out through her grandmother Clara's foggy, dem...

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Valiant Son rated The Plot #1 Oct 12, 2019
8.5

The Plot #1

By: Michael Moreci, Josh Hixson
Released: Sep 25, 2019

In order to receive... First you must give. When Chase Blaine's estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta... which overlooks a deep, black bogland teemi...

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Valiant Son reviewed Berserker Unbound #3 Oct 12, 2019
9.5

Another fantastic issue. Lemire's beautifully observed script pairs perfectly with Deodato's stunning art.

Idiotic commentators have bemoaned the fact that there is a language barrier between Berserker and the old man, claiming that this stops the "characters from coming together." Clearly they aren't reading this very carefully because Lemire and Deodato devote several pages to the two more

Berserker Unbound #3

By: Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato
Released: Oct 2, 2019

The warrior known as the Mongrel King, trapped in a modern world with no one but a sympathetic homeless man to keep him company, finds himself confronted by new dangers and old threats from his homeland.

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 Freedom Fighters #9 Oct 6, 2019
5.0

And so another issue of mediocrity passes. Yes, the Nazis are bad (hardly groundbreaking commentary), but they are also utterly one-dimensional. There is no subtlety or nuance in any characterisation on either side, and the heroes of the piece are utterly forgettable plot ciphers; why should I care about any of the heroes when none of them have any character, outside of being heroes (something we more

Freedom Fighters #9

By: Robert Venditti, Eddy Barrows
Released: Sep 25, 2019

Black Condor survived the most horrific upbringing imaginable in the slave camps of the Detroit industrial complex...and he's back to liberate his home! But will Condor's plan put the bigger mission to topple the Nazi government in jeopardy? Plus, the traitor within the team is revealed, Sam and the other Freedom Fighters launch their attack and th...

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Spacey Medicine reviewed Freedom Fighters #9 Oct 4, 2019
5.0

This dialogue is a little wearing.

Freedom Fighters #9

By: Robert Venditti, Eddy Barrows
Released: Sep 25, 2019

Black Condor survived the most horrific upbringing imaginable in the slave camps of the Detroit industrial complex...and he's back to liberate his home! But will Condor's plan put the bigger mission to topple the Nazi government in jeopardy? Plus, the traitor within the team is revealed, Sam and the other Freedom Fighters launch their attack and th...

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YourGreenMuse reviewed Freedom Fighters #9 Sep 28, 2019
4.5

This would be so much more entertaining if it wasn't just so obvious. We get it: Nazis are bad. We also get that freedom is a good thing. I just think this could be so much better if the Nazis- sorry, Ratzis- were actual characters and not just bad guy X and bad guy Y. And same goes for the heroes. They're just as one dimensional. I think a lot of the reviews here are as high as they are because t more

Freedom Fighters #9

By: Robert Venditti, Eddy Barrows
Released: Sep 25, 2019

Black Condor survived the most horrific upbringing imaginable in the slave camps of the Detroit industrial complex...and he's back to liberate his home! But will Condor's plan put the bigger mission to topple the Nazi government in jeopardy? Plus, the traitor within the team is revealed, Sam and the other Freedom Fighters launch their attack and th...

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SONOFBATMANN - Sep 30, 2019

^ This

Valiant Son reviewed Once & Future #2 Oct 6, 2019
9.0

Another excellent issue. Kieron Gillen does it again!

Once & Future #2

By: Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora
Released: Sep 18, 2019

The McGuire family has held back supernatural threats for generations, but this time they messed up. As an ancient evil arises from the grave, Bridgette and Duncan find themselves up against forces bigger than they could have expected, and faces new and old are about to complicate things further.

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Valiant Son reviewed Everything #2 Oct 5, 2019
4.0

Still deeply disappointing. Cantwell and Culbard clearly want this series to seem quirky and profound, but it is just pretentious and vacuous.

Everything #2

By: Christopher Cantwell, I. N. J. Culbard
Released: Oct 2, 2019

EVERYTHING may have become the collective obsession of Holland, Michigan . . . but something dark is quickly happening to its people. Will Remo's hallucinations drive him insane . . . or worse? Is Lori too far gone? And what the hell is going on with Shirley? Everything they know is changing . . . and it might not be for the better.

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Valiant Son reviewed Everything #1 Oct 5, 2019
4.5

A series of largely disjointed and generally uninteresting scenes, with some not very impressive art. There is the hint that this has deeper depths - with shades of Ice Cream Man - and it may well be that this reads a lot better in trade, but as a single issue, and the opening one at that, this is deeply disappointing.

Everything #1

By: Christopher Cantwell, I. N. J. Culbard
Released: Sep 4, 2019

EVERYTHING is a gleaming new mega-department store which arrives to extraordinary thrill-and rapidly escalates to inexplicable mania in the small town of Holland, Michigan.

When random hellish fires and unshakable psychic disturbances start to overtake the community, a few-like depressive out-of-towner Lori and a suspicious local named Ric...

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8.0

A decent superhero comic book that has "diverse" characters (awful expression) without labouring the point, or making it what the comic is about... that is until you get to the godawful afterword that made me want to vomit. More of the story please, less of the self-congratulatory pontificating bullshit.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #1

By: Gail Simone, Jos? Luis
Released: Oct 2, 2019

DAY ONE: Lorena Payan was the first to realize a meteor was hurtling towards Earth two years ago. Now, she's the first to realize the Earth is in danger once more from something equally cosmic but far more sinister. As dubbed by a mystery figure, the Obsidian Men begin appearing silently all over the globe, and our heroes Noble, Summit, and Accell ...

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Valiant Son reviewed Star Trek: Year Five #6 Oct 5, 2019
7.0

This two parter, while by no means bad, has easily been the weakest of the stories thus far. Both Houser's script and Califano's art are inferior to the creative teams that have preceded them. Despite this, the series remains great entertainment, and, but for Houser's ludicrous use of "they" when referring to the single Tholian (which once again took me out of the story and had me re-reading speec more

Star Trek: Year Five #6

By: Jody Houser, Silvia Califano
Released: Sep 18, 2019

With the crew at each other's throats due to the Truth Artifact, Captain Kirk decides to head back to the dead planet it came from to find answers before it's too late. Meanwhile, Uhura has found that the artifact allows her to communicate with their Tholian passenger. The final voyages of the five-year mission continue here!

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Valiant Son reviewed Inferior Five #1 Oct 5, 2019
6.0

This is a troublesome first issue to review; there are hints at some really interesting plot points to come, but it feels like they are well hidden in a sea of meh. The art doesn't help, sadly, as it is pretty awful, especially the drawings of the children. It looks like someone trying to copy Dean Ormiston's work on Black Hammer, but not having anywhere near his talent.

Jeff Lemire is more

Inferior Five #1

By: Keith Giffen
Released: Sep 18, 2019

The citizens of Dangerfield, Arizona, are beset by strange goings-on after the "Invasion" that rocked the DC Universe, but only five misfit kids seem to notice them. Can they uncover what's happening before some sinister force collects them all? Find out in this new miniseries! And in the backup feature with story and art by Jeff Lemire, the Peacem...

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Valiant Son reviewed Strayed #2 Oct 1, 2019
8.0

Develops nicely from the opening issue, with the moral quandary facing Kiera being explored. In places other characters feel a little two dimensional, but over all this remains an interesting and different comic. I'm looking forward to the next issue.

Strayed #2

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

Lou the astral-projecting cat's cosmic findings reveal new truths, new worlds, and new creatures. Unfortunately, his discoveries continue to be exploited for nefarious governmental purposes. Despite ailing health, his hunt presses on as he searches for the beings responsible for creating an energy source of astonishing power.

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Valiant Son rated Immortal Hulk #4 Oct 1, 2019
8.5

Immortal Hulk #4

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Aug 1, 2018

• Walter Langkowski is an ex-football star, a space diplomat and a beloved super hero. Walter Langkowski is charming, healthy and outgoing. Walter Langkowski is the opposite of Bruce Banner.
•  And Walter Langkowski is going to die today, because he went looking for Banner...
•  ...and found the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Valiant Son reviewed Immortal Hulk #3 Sep 30, 2019
8.0

Interesting in building the bigger story, but as an issue in its own right, this is less than the the issues that preceded it. The shifting art styles help with the narrative, but less so with presenting an engaging story: some are better than others, but "The Bartender" really isn't up to the standard I expect from a comic published by one of the hig two.

Immortal Hulk #3

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 18, 2018

What happened in the church on Mercer Avenue? What made the Lembert boy do what he did? Who is the One Below All? Reporter Jackie McGee has four eyewitnesses, with four different viewpoints, telling four different stories. But they all saw Bruce Banner...and the Immortal Hulk.
Rated T+

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Valiant Son rated Immortal Hulk #2 Sep 29, 2019
9.0

Immortal Hulk #2

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 4, 2018

A random small-town tragedy. A mystery illness that spreads with grief. A green glow on a lonely mountain. Three puzzle pieces that fit together to make a nightmare. And the only mind on Earth than can connect them up...belongs to the Immortal Hulk.
Rated T+

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Valiant Son reviewed Immortal Hulk #1 Sep 29, 2019
9.0

A strong start to Al Ewing's Hulk run. I've come to it late because Hulk was never really a character I was particularly that bothered about. I enjoyed reading some issues as a child, particularly the earliest ones, but otherwise most of my contact with the Hulk in comics came from his appearances in other titles. Having heard so much positive talk about Immortal Hulk, however, I decided it was wo more

Immortal Hulk #1

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jun 6, 2018

HORROR HAS A NAME.
You'd never notice the man. He doesn't like to be noticed. He's quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head... all he'd do is die.
Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.
The man's name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Valiant Son reviewed Ronin Island #4 Sep 29, 2019
7.5

This issue dips slightly on the previous three, due to slightly uneven pacing, with the second half of the issue delivering the important character and plot points. Nonetheless, this remains a really strong series.

Ronin Island #4

By: Greg Pak, Giannis Milonogiannis
Released: Jun 5, 2019

Hana and Kenichi come face-to-face with the Shogun himself, and discover a startling secret behind the disaster that destroyed their homelands more than twenty years ago.

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Valiant Son rated Vampirella #3 Sep 25, 2019
8.0

Vampirella #3

By: Christopher Preist, Ergun Gunduz
Released: Sep 18, 2019

Vampirella's struggle to deal with the complex emotional consequences of a major disaster caused by her enemies is exacerbated by an unexpected visit from her mother, Lilith, with whom Vampi has a complicated relationship. But has the Mother of All Vampires come to help or destroy her daughter? And will Vampirella's hapless therapist survive the en...

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Valiant Son reviewed Berserker Unbound #2 Sep 25, 2019
9.0

A beautifully written and observed character issue follows last month's interesting, if slightly underrated, opener. Jeff Lemire writes very human characters, and Berserker Unbound continues the work o other titles for which Lemire is justifiably lauded. Much of the criticism that this comic has received is, I believe, born out of people thinking they were buying something that they weren't; many more

Berserker Unbound #2

By: Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato
Released: Sep 4, 2019

Ripped from a savage world ruled by magic and dropped at the outskirts of a modern city, feared warrior the Mongrel King is found and rescued by a homeless man who guides him through a new land with new vices and hardships.

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

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Valiant Son reviewed Category Zero #4 Aug 29, 2019
5.5

Adem Kiamil is not a great writer and this is not a particularly original story. Kiamil relies on cliched and clumsy narrative devices, like a protagonist recounting an experience to deliver information. (This exact device has been used more than once in the four issues of this series). The story itself is predictable because we've seen it before on many occasions. I was excited about Category Zer more

Category Zero #4

By: Adem Kiamil, Tom Lima
Released: Aug 28, 2019

As Sanaxus steps up the manhunt for the One-Percenters that escaped Eden, one of the groups being hunted finds themselves making new friends in the city. Meanwhile, Neve and the others try to come to terms with the harsh reality of their new situation at Omega, and Freya proves that she can handle herself!

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Adem - Sep 9, 2019

Thanks for the feedback, and I'm sorry CZ hasn't lived up to your expectations so far! I hope to improve, and that you will enjoy my work more in the future.

Valiant Son - Sep 22, 2019

Thanks for engaging with my reviews, Adem. I hope that you took them as constructive: I apologise if anything was taken personally. There is real promise in Category Zero, and I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

Valiant Son reviewed Ronin Island #3 Sep 22, 2019
8.5

This series is building nicely, with an interesting story, some nice character tension and appealing art. My only gripe is the modern American speech patterns in the dialogue, which is irritating and takes me a little out of the story. This is set in Japan (presumably prior to the twentieth century) and would be more immersive if some thought had been given to how to represent that in the dialogu more

Ronin Island #3

By: Greg Pak, Giannis Milonogiannis
Released: May 8, 2019

Though the Island's shelter provides protection, Hana can no longer watch the slaughter on the mainland and leaves her home with General Sato to save the Shogunates's civilians. Kenichi stays behind, unwilling and unable to understand her motivations.

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Valiant Son reviewed Amped #1 Sep 21, 2019
7.0

A perfectly good first issue for a superhero book, but given the increased price for the second issue to $4.99 and Absolute Comics/Red Giant's terrible record on publishing comics on time (there is no solicitation for #3 in December - indeed no solicitations at all from the publisher, and how long have we been waiting for #3 and #4 of White Widow?), I'm just not persuaded to commit to buying into more

Amped #1

By: Brian Augustyn, Pasquale Qualano
Released: May 29, 2019

The AMPED project is a revolutionary method for giving mobility to people with that face physical challenges, by allowing them to transfer their minds into android bodies. Funded by the government, the prototypes have vast powers and military applications, which now puts the young test subjects in the cross-hairs of powerful enemies that want the t...

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Valiant Son reviewed Freedom Fighters #8 Sep 18, 2019
7.0

An improvement on last issue, especially with the art. Having said that, this series is still not reaching the heights that some are claiming. Black Condor is finally developing a character, but he is the only member of the team who is.

As part of a series, each issue of Freedom Fighters should form part of a larger narrative, but they don't. Like its predecessors, #8 fails to bring more

Freedom Fighters #8

By: Robert Venditti, Eddy Barrows
Released: Aug 28, 2019

The Freedom Fighters have set their sights on an endgame with the fascist regime of Hitler II, but to achieve ultimate victory, one of their own must confront his darkest demons. In the factory city of Detroit, Nazi slave labor camps have made life a living hell-and the one and only person to ever escape, Black Condor, must return home for the very...

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