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Sal reviewed Batman and the Outsiders #1 May 10, 2019
6.0

The relative success of a book like Batman and the Outsiders relies on the cast of characters brought together under the watchful eye of a paternal Batman, more than the plot which brings them together. This latest incarnation is no different, trusting that the cast of Signal, Orphan, Katana, and Black Lightning will interest readers enough to bring them back month after month.

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Batman and the Outsiders #1

By: Bryan Hill, Dexter Soy
Released: May 8, 2019

When the quest for justice drives Batman into some morally ambiguous areas, he calls in the most moral man he knows: Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning, and his team of operatives known as the Outsiders!
Several years ago Batman personally put the Barrera family into hiding after they suffered through terrible experiments at the hands of ...

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Sal reviewed Eve Stranger #1 May 9, 2019
9.0

If you think you have a tough job, imagine you wake up in a strange hotel room, a gun on the bed, an address in Florida, absolutely no memory of your past, and a message telling you that you’re going to die if you don’t pay attention - only to have to do it all again next week.

A terrific concept executed with style, Eve Stranger #1 is an impressive debut issue from David Barnett a more

Eve Stranger #1

By: David Barnett, Philip Bond
Released: May 8, 2019

You have unlimited funds, a jet-set lifestyle, and extraordinary abilities. And your bloodstream is filled with nano bombs. The contents of a syringe will deactivate them for a week and also wipe your memory. So what happens when you develop a sneaking suspicion that you're actually working for the bad guys? EVE STRANGER, amnesiac-for-hire.
Hig...

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Sal reviewed Excellence #1 May 9, 2019
6.5

In the afterward of Excellence #1, writer Brandon Thomas admits that this is a very personal story for him. Some of the events in this book are real to his life. Writing from personal experiences gives an author the ability to draw from a deep emotional well and ground fictional stories with real feelings. Sometimes however, that emotional well is too deep, too dark, and too difficult to climb out more

Excellence #1

By: Brandon Thomas, Khary Randolph
Released: May 8, 2019

Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others-those with greater potential-but never themselves.
Now it's time for Spencer to follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone w...

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dannymalt - May 10, 2019

Good review. Especially agree with your 2nd last paragraph.

Sal reviewed Fairlady #1 Apr 12, 2019
6.0

A buddy-cop movie set in a Fantasy landscape, Fairlady #1 bends some familiar tropes into a dull adventure story that is more commoner than countess.

The War of The Harshland is over and having served her country, even though they didn’t want her because she is a woman, Jenner Fauld has returned home to become the first FairLady, a licensed investigator; A profession formerly held onl more

Fairlady #1

By: Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni
Released: Apr 10, 2019

SERIES PREMIERE

Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over?

After posing as a man to join the army, Jenner Faulds returns home to The Feld for a new start as a "Fairman"-a specially licensed private investigator. But sexism didn't end on the battlefield, and as the only "Fairlady," Jenner gets stuck...

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Sal reviewed Faithless #1 Apr 12, 2019
7.5

Erotic and suggestive, with a modern tone and the essence of a epic tragedy, Faithless #1 is a dark and sensual tale that teases us into wanting more.

Meet Faith, a unsatisfied twenty-something living her average-life filled by a solid group of friends, some light grifting, and a touch of black magic. A serendipitous encounter with the beautiful and enigmatic Poppy offers Faith an escap more

Faithless #1

By: Brian Azzarello, Maria Llovet
Released: Apr 10, 2019

Faith. Sex. The Devil.
Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it's cute-and not just a little off-putting, but it's part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she's a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She's right, of course. It just took a while for that ma...

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Sal reviewed Symbiote Spider-Man #1 Apr 12, 2019
4.0

A Bronze Age throwback issue that you might want to throw back on the stands.

Marvel is slamming the sentimental switch seriously these days, attempting to give an aging fan base, that might be unsatisfied with their more diverse offerings, a taste of home-cooking.

Peter David, Greg Land, and the Secret Wars era Spidey-suit, swinging through a Manhattan skyline, that still more

Symbiote Spider-Man #1

By: Peter David, Iban Coello
Released: Apr 10, 2019

Everyone knows that Spider-Man's infamous black suit would someday become the wicked web-slinger called Venom - but what happened BEFORE Peter Parker discovered the black suit's sinister secret? Find out in this dynamic tale from comics legends PETER DAVID and GREG LAND!
Set during the original "Black Suit Saga," this is an all-new tale that p...

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Sal reviewed Major X #1 Apr 6, 2019
5.0

If enormous shoulder pads, gritted teeth, and bulging belt pouches is what you are looking for, Rob Liefeld's Maor X #1 is a cacophony of 90’s nostalgia featuring more extreme characters than you can shake a tiny foot at.

Whenever I review a comic I try and take into consideration what the intent of the creators might be. It is unfair in my opinion to judge an Archie comic in the same more

Major X #1

By: Rob Liefeld
Released: Apr 3, 2019

WHO IS MAJOR X?
•  A mysterious new player enters the Marvel Universe and the X-Men are in his crosshairs!
•  What is his mission and how can the man known as Cable hope to stop him?
•  Writer/artist Rob Liefeld introduces a new wrinkle in the saga of Marvel's Mightiest Mutants!
•...

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Sal reviewed Bronze Age Boogie #1 Apr 5, 2019
7.0

If you are willing to jump in without testing the water, Bronze Age Boogie is a fun dip into weird waters.

I am not always a fan of strange or weird stories. Some writers of the weird create idiosyncratic tales that are little more than exercises in style with scant dramatic purpose. I find little value in looping plots filled with absurd characters that exist for no other reason than more

Bronze Age Boogie #1

By: Stuart Moore, Alberto Ponticelli
Released: Apr 3, 2019

AHOY Wave Two begins! What do you get when you combine all the best-loved comics genres of the 1970s: apes, monsters, Kung Fu, sword-and-sorcery, and cosmic adventure? You get Bronze Age Boogie, an intense, character-based action-fest with plenty of style! In this collector's item first issue, young barbarian princess Brita Constantin...

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Sal reviewed War of the Realms #1 Apr 5, 2019
8.0

A solid start to Jason Aaron’s mega-event, War of the Realms should please long-time comic book fans and casual readers alike.

With a tone that would fit seamlessly into the Marvel films, Aaron offers an epic tale that touches all the mystical realms of the World Tree, but focuses on ‘Midgard’; home of Spider-Man, the Punisher, Daredevil, the Avengers and the rest of the company more

War of the Realms #1

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Apr 3, 2019

Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor's beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won't even be there to see it.
All hell breaks loose in New York City as Ma...

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Sal reviewed Black Hammer: Age of Doom #9 Mar 28, 2019
7.0

While not the best issue so far from this series, a solid ‘gap’ issue that was necessary to move the story along.

My deep love of everything Jeff Lemire and company has done with the Black Hammerverse is well documented. I have raved about the series inprint and on podcasts,and it is one of the few titles that I will purchase sight-unseen. Even the worst single issues have been ent more

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #9

By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston
Released: Mar 27, 2019

Winner of the Eisner Award for Best New Series! With our heroes trapped in a bizarre new world it will be up to the new Black Hammer to bring them to safety!

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Sal reviewed Detective Comics #1000 Mar 28, 2019
8.0

Jam-packed with tales from a multitude of talented creators, this anthology is a worthy tribute to 80 years of the World’s Greatest Detective.

I find it difficult to review a book like this. As with any compilation there will be some tales that are better than others. A character like Batman has many interpretations and writers and artists continue to find new ways to tell stories wi more

Detective Comics #1000

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Neal Adams
Released: Mar 27, 2019

After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and future...plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Kni...

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Sal reviewed Glow #1 Mar 28, 2019
5.0

A disappointment, Glow #1 from IDW features little of the complexity, heart, or dynamics that makes the Netflix show such a success.

With a plot out of a bad 80’s tv show (used unironically here), the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are forced to try to come up with $75 each in just a few days after their grumpy director Sam informs them that they must attend Reseda Wrestlefest in order more

Glow #1

By: Tini Howard, Hannah Templer
Released: Mar 27, 2019

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are ready to take on the world-or at least LA-in this comic based on the hit Netflix series! When the unthinkable happens and the women of GLOW find themselves ahead of schedule, Sam ruins the promise of a wrestling-free weekend with... more wrestling! Robbed of blissful relaxation and forced to raise money to fund ...

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Sal reviewed Dial H For Hero #1 Mar 28, 2019
7.5

The fourth release of the “Wonder Comics” imprint aimed at teenage readers, curated by Brian Bendis, DIAL H FOR HERO #1 is a solid start with the potential to be special, if it does not fall victim to banality.

The original series began in 1966 in House of Mystery #156 and followed the adventures of teenager Robby Reed. After falling into a cave during a hiking trip, Robby finds the more

Dial H For Hero #1

By: Sam Humphries, Joe Quinones
Released: Mar 27, 2019

Miguel, a teen daredevil, becomes the newest wielder of the Hero Dial-a rotary phone-like device that grants the user superpowers for one hour when they dial H-E-R-O. Will he rise as a new hero in the DC Universe or crumble under the weight of responsibility the dial thrusts upon him? This blistering new six-issue miniseries joins the Wonder Comics...

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Sal reviewed Criminal #3 Mar 22, 2019
9.0

The finale of the two-part arc “Bad Weekend”, Criminal #3 is another terrific installment from what has become one of the most consistent titles on the shelves. Brubaker and Phillips deliver solid performances with every issue and have built a world full of characters that readers can care for, feel sorry for, and empathize with.

Set ten years before (it’s not a sequel) the “Ba more

Criminal #3

By: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Released: Mar 20, 2019

"THE LONGEST WEEKEND," Part Two-Jacob's weekend taking care of his old mentor takes a turn for the worse.  As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

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Sal reviewed Spider-Man: Life Story #1 Mar 22, 2019
6.5

At this point the retelling of a super-heroes origin is as commonplace as variant covers, re-boots, and characters returning from the dead. A retelling of a specific moment or time period is something less customary but that does not guarantee a captivating or entertaining story.

Set in the 1966, four years after a radioactive spider bite transformed teenage Peter Parker into the Friend more

Spider-Man: Life Story #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Mark Bagley
Released: Mar 20, 2019

In 1962, in AMAZING FANTASY #15, 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since that event - so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter as well?
A special high-end limited series that's a part of the celebration of ...

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Sal reviewed Invisible Kingdom #1 Mar 22, 2019
5.0

Marking the return of former Vertigo editor Karen Berger to comic book publishing under the “Berger Comics” line at Dark Horse, I was maybe expecting too much from this first offering.

G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward have attempted to create a lush and complicated sci-fi saga revolving around two very different characters whose lives are connected through the tendrils of a inter more

Invisible Kingdom #1

By: G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward
Released: Mar 20, 2019

    Set in a in a far-flung star system, this new epic sci-fi monthly saga tells the tale of two women-a young religious acolyte and a hard-bitten freighter pilot-who separately uncover a vast conspiracy between the leader of the system's dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. On the run from reprisals...

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SloboSOY reviewed Invisible Kingdom #1 Mar 22, 2019
5.5

Ok maybe it's because I'm french, but I don't understand much of it.
We have not much clues about this new univers and so the cliffhanger don't work at all on me.
I even don't find this book interesting enough to try to make more effort.

Cover - Nice and related. 2/2
Story - Well, it's a very bumpy ride that kick me out. In case it's only me I will not be mean about that. more

Invisible Kingdom #1

By: G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward
Released: Mar 20, 2019

    Set in a in a far-flung star system, this new epic sci-fi monthly saga tells the tale of two women-a young religious acolyte and a hard-bitten freighter pilot-who separately uncover a vast conspiracy between the leader of the system's dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. On the run from reprisals...

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7.0

Billed as an origin story for The Grim Knight, this issue missed an opportunity to delve into the psyche of an alternate universe Bruce Wayne to try and explain what events might create a Batman who breaks the “rule” by gleefully killing the criminals of Gotham. What we ended up with is a rather pedestrian, although skewed, retelling of the classic Batman origin tale. It gives us little insigh more

The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1

By: Scott Snyder, Eduardo Risso
Released: Mar 13, 2019

Ripped from Batman's greatest nightmares, the Grim Knight is his world's most dangerous vigilante, unafraid to use any weapon and go to any lengths to stop those whom he deems worthy of death. Trained with the finest arsenal Wayne money can buy, learn the secret origin of the second-deadliest Batman, hand selected by the Batman Who Laughs to bring ...

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TheImageIsStrong - Mar 24, 2019

It's a one shot unfortunately. Wish it would be a 6 or 12 issue run, it will though be revealed in issue 4 of The Batman To Laugh issue 4 is what it said at the end. Can't wait.

Darkseid24 - Mar 26, 2019

Agreed, but the Grim Knight is in The Batman Who Laughs.

Sal reviewed Assassin Nation #1 Mar 14, 2019
6.0


What happens when the former #1 assassin in the world retire to become a crime boss and gets targeted for assassination? He hires a bunch of other assassins to protect him from the assassins that are trying to assassinate him. The title of this book might be a little too on the nose.

I’m not sure what this book is trying to be. It is described by the publisher as “madcap”, more

Assassin Nation #1

By: Kyle Starks, Erica Henderson
Released: Mar 13, 2019

    SERIES PREMIERE! Hot off her breakout success at Marvel, two-time Eisner award winner ERICA HENDERSON (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead) teams up with KYLE STARKS (writer of sales beast Rick and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope that will have readers laughing in the aisles over ASSASSIN NATION.
The W...

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Sal reviewed Little Bird #1 Mar 14, 2019
7.5

Little Bird is a challenging story set in an alternate future version of our world where people are fighting against a bloodthirsty government army led by a bloodthirsty religious zealot.

Little Bird’s mother is leading the last of a resistance against the “United Nations of America”, a fanatical religious organization that is invading Canada in pursuit of their Holy Empire. She more

Little Bird #1

By: Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram
Released: Mar 13, 2019

MINISERIES PREMIERE!
Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM's breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD.
With the same limitless scope as a new EAST OF WEST or SAGA and t...

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Sal reviewed Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 Mar 14, 2019
9.0

As a 48-year-old man, I am light years away from the intended demographic for this book. However I was a kid once, and yes they made comic books back then, and no they were not carved into stone tablets. They were filled with characters that kids could identify with, that were going through problems kids could relate to, while fighting bad guys and occasionally saving the city. Happily, so does Th more

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

By: Saladin Ahmed, Minkyu Jung
Released: Mar 13, 2019

MS. MARVEL IS BACK!
ALL-New ongoing series from Eisner Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed!
But it's not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala's corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel...and her family. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT, EXILES) and rising star Minkyu Ju...

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Sal reviewed Domino: Hotshots #1 Mar 7, 2019
8.5

I cannot say that I am a particular fan of the character Domino. I don’t know all that much about her besides that she is a mutant, her basic powers of “chaos probability”, and at one time I believe she was an assassin. Thankfully in the hands of a veteran comic book writer like Gail Simone, little if any of that is necessary knowledge in order to enjoy this book.

While a touch t more

Domino: Hotshots #1

By: Gail Simone, David Baldeon
Released: Mar 6, 2019

BULLY, BRAWLER, MERCENARY, SPIES: THE MARVEL UNIVERSE'S HOTTEST TEAM IS HERE!
•  Domino and her pals Outlaw and Diamondback are caught between warring nations! And it'll take a whole new crew of international women of mystery to sort it out!
•  Featuring the titanic talents of Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and D...

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Sal reviewed Morning in America #1 Mar 6, 2019
3.0

I found this book to be jumbled and loose in it's narrative. A nostalgic horror/mystery set in the 80's, like Stranger Things or Paper Girls, without a well developed plot or particularly strong characters.

It's difficult to buy into the "Sick Sisters" as we are simply told that they are the ..."bad girls that don't give a F#ck" as opposed to actually being shown any behavior that demo more

Morning in America #1

By: Magdalene Visaggio, Claudia Aguirre
Released: Mar 6, 2019

The year is 1983. A series of disappearances afflicts Tucker, Ohio following the opening of a mysterious new factory. But when the town finds itself under siege from strange monsters, it's up to intrepid girl gang of no-account teen delinquents to try and figure out what's happening-and save everyone's lives before it's too late.

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Sal reviewed The Six Million Dollar Man #1 Mar 6, 2019
4.0

I loved the Six Million Dollar Man tv show as a kid. The action figure is still one of my all-time favorite toys. Bigfoot has never been cooler. I’m a Steve Austin fanboy. At the same time I can see how cheesey and ridiculous this show was in retrospect and fully expect a comic book based on the show to take a different direction. If you are going to do that however, I suggest doing it better more

The Six Million Dollar Man #1

By: Christopher Hastings, David Hahn
Released: Mar 6, 2019

CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (The Unbelievable Gwenpool! Secret Agent Deadpool! Adventure Time! I Am Groot!) and DAVID HAHN (Batman '66! Bombshells: United!) proudly present a story from a time when there wasn't internet, but there WERE cyborgs!
It's the 1970s. Things are going great. Steve Austin (used to be an astronaut, now has robo-parts & a laser ...

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6.0

Hopeless attempts to give us a new perspective on Vader by seeing him though the naive eyes of a tunnel-dwelling, blue-skinned alien child. However the irony of this could only be lost upon someone as unfamiliar with Star Wars as the protagonist of this story is of the Empire, Jedi, or lightsabers.

While this “primitive” character has access to technology like hoverboards and magnif more

Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions #1

By: Dennis Hopeless, Paolo Villanelli
Released: Mar 6, 2019

WHO IS DARTH VADER?
He has been many things: a SITH warrior, a commander, a destroyer. DARTH VADER is to many throughout the GALACTIC EMPIRE a symbol of fear and mysterious, otherworldly power. But there are some who have seen the DARK LORD in a different light. There are some corners of the galaxy so dark and desperate that even Vader can be ...

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Sal reviewed Batman #66 Mar 6, 2019
7.0

I feel that the fact that DC Comics and his editors have given Tom King such leeway to tell off-beat sometimes experimental stories with characters like The Omega Men, Mister Miracle or Nightwing is commendable. Letting him do it with Batman is almost unthinkable, yet they have, and continue to do so. While it may not always payoff in every issue, the overall accomplishment is something I have to more

Batman #66

By: Tom King, Jorge Fornes
Released: Mar 6, 2019

The "Knightmares" storyline continues! Something-or someone-is forcing Batman to live through some of his darkest fears, amplifying the Dark Knight's anxieties and reimagining some of his worst traumas. Now that Batman has become aware of the nature of these delusions, he must find a way to break through and find out the source of this disruption. ...

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