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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #4

By: Ram V, Filipe Andrade
Released: Jul 21, 2021

The mortal incarnation of Death, Laila Starr, must confront the cruel nature of her role in the universe when she once again encounters the future creator of immortality who is drawing ever closer to his destiny.

Laila finds it increasingly difficult to divert the man from his path, who this time recognizes her and what she is, as he is no...

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10

Wow. This series continues to emotionally connect. This month, we receive a soulful treatise on loss, grief, regret, and mortality as narrated from the perspective of a cigarette. My only regret is that we have only two more issues before this series ends. I'm not ready for it. I want to spend more time experiencing these stories, even if what they are building towards ultimately may not matter. A more

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3

By: Ram V, Filipe Andrade
Released: Jun 16, 2021

*  More years have passed when Laila Starr, the now-mortal reincarnation of the avatar of Death, once again crosses paths with the future creator of immortality.
*  This time at a party where the young man will have a life-altering experience that will shape him for years to come. Will Laila change his path in this one night, or the other w...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Radiant Black #5 Jun 16, 2021
10

Best Radiant Black issue yet! Marshall is a much better and more compelling Radiant Black than Nathan was. That shouldn't surprise anyone who has been reading this series. What will surprise you is how significantly the stakes escalate over the course of the issue. Also, seemingly important new character appearances at the end.

Radiant Black #5

By: Kyle Higgins, Marcello Costa
Released: Jun 16, 2021

END OF STORY ARC

The first arc of RADIANT BLACK ends here! Radiant Red is still out there. He needs to be stopped before anyone else gets hurt. But after the events of last issue left Lockport-and the world-reeling, is Radiant Black up to the task? And will he be in this fight alone?

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8.0

The first five issues have introduced a number of characters and been exposition-heavy while juxtaposing two youngsters - one aligned to the Jedi, the other to the Nihil. This issue's story is good; Art is a little too busy due to the junk planet environment, but I'm glad they wrapped up this initial arc tidily enough.

Fans of the High Republic books in general should note that there i more

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5

By: Daniel Jose Older, Harvey Tolibao
Released: Jun 16, 2021

The Nihil have launched an attack on Burundang. The Republic sends Yoda and his Padawan learners, along with other Republic and Jedi ships, to try to stop them from escaping. Zeen and Lula pursue Krix, hoping for a final confrontation between the two friends.
  
Writer Daniel José Older, bestselling author of Star Wars: Last S...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Batman: The Detective #3 Jun 9, 2021
9.0

What were the odds that two Batman comics with "Detective" in their title would be released in the same week, with both ending with Bruce Wayne being arrested? Out of the two, I preferred this one.

In Batman: The Detective #3, we take a break this month from the Equilibrium story driving this series and instead re-live the first meetings between Henri Ducard and Batman via extended flas more

Batman: The Detective #3

By: Tom Taylor, Andy Kubert
Released: Jun 9, 2021

Henri Ducard is a man of mystery with a checkered past and a complicated existence…but what deep connection does he have with Bruce Wayne? What lessons did he teach the man who would become Batman? Can Batman use these lessons to save Ducard’s life? Or will Equilibrium strike again?

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5.0

It's a shame this comic came out the same day that the first episode of Loki dropped on Disney+, as it has a similar premise of a "time cop" attempting to bring in someone whose actions are causing temporal chaos. I don't want to compare the two, especially because they inhabit different mediums, but I kinda need to. I had a hard time keeping focused while reading this - and we're now two issues i more

Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #2

By: Garth Ennis, Goran Sudzuka
Released: Jun 9, 2021

She's Marjorie Finnegan. She's a temporal criminal. What more do you need to know?
Oh, all right then: all Marj wants to do is race up and down the time-lanes, stealing every shiny-gleamy-pretty-sparkly she
can lay her hands on. But her larcenous trail from the Big Bang to the Ninety-fifth Reich has drawn the beady eye of the
Temporal P...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Bunny Mask #1 Jun 9, 2021
8.5

Solid debut, some of it spectacular. Story was good enough to hook me in; I'm intrigued enough to look forward to reading next month's offering. There is a twist at the end, and it works as it should: I now need to know more. My only complaint with the writing is that the dialog could be a touch more natural than it is.

I enjoy that there are some disturbing aspects of this story, and t more

Bunny Mask #1

By: Paul Tobin, Andrea Mutti
Released: Jun 9, 2021

A new horror series from the creator of the Eisner-nominated Colder!

Sealed in a cave before the dawn of man, released by a crazed madman, Bunny Mask walks our world once more. But for what dark purpose does she use her unnatural powers? And what's her connection to Bee Foster, a young girl murdered by her father fourteen years ago? In or...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Red Room #1 Jun 8, 2021
6.0

A not-so-interesting story wrapped around an intriguing topic. First, the good: Piskor does well when he righteously mocks Internet chatroom culture. It wasn't a horrible read, and I'll probably give it one more issue. The bad: I wasn't grossed out or disturbed by this comic, and I feel I should have been. There is gore in this book that other reviewers are describing as horrific and intense, thou more

Red Room #1

By: Ed Piskor
Released: May 19, 2021

From the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design comes this ALL-NEW monthly comic book series, with a specially priced, self-contained, double-sized debut issue! Red Room is a cyberpunk, outlaw, splatterpunk masterpiece. Aided by the anonymous dark web and nearly untraceable crypto-currency, there has emerged a subculture of criminal...

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10

This book deserves the praise it is getting. This is a wonderfully poignant and human story about a God, told like a fable. Unforgettable art and thoughtful writing; so far the best comic issue I have read this year.

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #2

By: Ram V, Filipe Andrade
Released: May 19, 2021

* The avatar of Death now exists in the mortal world as twenty-something Laila Starr after humanity begins the path to discovering immortality.
* Years pass, and Laila unexpectedly meets the boy who will change everything at one of the formative moments in his life.
* Laila must decide what she truly wants from him - and how far these reve...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Nocterra #4 Jun 7, 2021
9.5

Val Riggs continues to be a well-written and compelling character, and this series continues to be excellent. It feels as though there may be a tonal shift coming soon, as the mysteries of the eternal PM are more deeply explored. For now, I'm enjoying the journey: I could easily spend a hundred issues with Val in her eighteen-wheeler, outrunning antagonists, or racing towards salvation.

Nocterra #4

By: Scott Snyder, Tony Daniel
Released: Jun 2, 2021

"FULL THROTTLE DARK," Part Four-The road runs out as Val reaches the fabled location of her promised sanctuary. Will she find the haven she so desperately seeks, or will something far more terrifying be waiting for her?

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10

I'm hooked. You have my money for the next 12 months, DC. Great writing and story, as can be expected from the very dependable James Tynion IV. Tynion is great at capturing the current times we're living through, and how human beings actually talk and interact with each other. There's an easy flow to this dialog and he builds a sense of purpose and destination throughout the story. Martínez Bueno more

The Nice House on the Lake #1

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez
Released: Jun 2, 2021

Everyone who was invited to the house knows Walter-well, they know him a little, anyway. Some met him in childhood; some met him months ago. And Walter’s always been a little…off. But after the hardest year of their lives, nobody was going to turn down Walter’s invitation to an astonishingly beautiful house in the woods, overlooking an enormo...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Crush & Lobo #1 Jun 7, 2021
8.5

Better than I thought it would be. Stakes are low in this issue, but it's a fun read. I love the final pages, with the psychotic menace emanating from Lobo's facial expressions - great work by Nahuelpan. In the hands of lesser writers, Crush can come across like a one-dimensional Damian Wayne d-bag character, but not here, fortunately.

Crush & Lobo #1

By: Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan
Released: Jun 2, 2021

In case anyone was wondering, Crush is doing just fine, actually. Sure, she recently walked away from her classmates at the Roy Harper Titans Academy and effectively quit being a
Teen Titan in a blaze of glory. And okay, her relationship with her too-good-to-be-true girlfriend Katie is kind of on the rocks, if you want to get all technical ...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Man Goat & Bunny Man #1 Jun 7, 2021
6.0

Art is good. Story is a bit of a mess. The reader is thrust into a world that has clearly been well thought-out, and exposition is thoughtfully delivered via inference, but the dialog is not natural. Sometimes the jokes work, other times they're cringe-y. Make no mistake, despite my criticism of the story, this is great writing as Zenescope comics go. It is unfortunate that the art and covers set more

Man Goat & Bunny Man #1

By: Joe Brusha
Released: Apr 14, 2021

Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster. All are age old folklore fodder, but could they actually be real? In recent years the myth of Man Goat and The Bunny Man has grown locally, and many have claimed sightings of the two unique creatures; yet no concrete evidence exists...
And that's exactly how they want it!
Dealing with the th...

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5.0

This continues to be the weakest of all Star Wars books currently. Sana and Aphra continue to meander around the galaxy, barely escaping each situation they find themselves in through Aphra's charisma and a bit of luck. I remember how much I loved Aphra's early appearances in Darth Vader (2015), and I'm beginning to think she works best as a supporting character, not a series lead. There are only more

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10

By: Alyssa Wong, Ray-Anthony Height
Released: May 26, 2021

PRELUDE TO WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS: "THE INVITATION"
•  DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS find themselves cornered by VUKORAH and the UNBROKEN CLAN!
•  Can they pull off a daring escape--even if that means surrendering the NIHIL HYPERDRIVE?
•  And what sets them on a collision course with one of the most deadly BOUNTY HUNTER...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed HaHa #5 Jun 7, 2021
9.0

I've noticed a disturbing trend in HaHa: each issue is becoming more light-hearted. This one is borderline uplifting. HaHa #5 is a comic I'd gladly read to my 5-year-old. We've come a LONG way in a short time through a series that began with the protagonist being shot in the head after losing his job and being robbed. Or issue #2's clown mom prostitute. Yes, I liked this, though I have no idea wha more

HaHa #5

By: W. Maxwell Price, Gabriel Walta
Released: May 26, 2021

"POUND FOOLISH MAKES A CASSEROLE"
Every house is a haunted house, from the kitchen to the attic.

This funny-haha anthology of dejected jesters takes a trip to the grocery store, with art by Eisner winner GABRIEL WALTA.

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7.5

A LOT of setup and not much action. That said, the writing isn't too tedious, and the pieces are in place for part 2 to potentially be awesome, as it continues the exploration of previous generations of Jedi and lore.

Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of a Jedi #1

By: Jason Fry, Ruairi Coleman
Released: May 26, 2021

The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Empire's dreaded Death Star, but the Imperial starfleet continues hunting the rebels throughout the galaxy. Luke Skywalker now seeks to support the Rebellion as an X-wing fighter. But as he flies with the pilots of the Red Squadron, Luke feels stirrings of the Force. And this farm boy turned fighter pilot begins...

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Robin #2 Jun 7, 2021
6.0

After a promising first issue, the tone lightens considerably in Robin #2, much to its detriment. Damian Wayne continues to be a difficult character to maintain my interest when writers don't give him the benefit of any personal evolution. Here, we continue to see his character step sideways, rather than forward, while other supporting characters try to give us a reason to continue reading.

Robin #2

By: Joshua Williamson, Gleb Melnikov
Released: May 26, 2021

After the shocking events of Robin #1, Damian has learned the deadly rules of Lazarus Island the hard way! Now he must prove that he belongs in the tournament and uncover its secrets! But his only ally is the daughter of one of his greatest enemies: Ravager! In this tournament, only one fighter can get out alive-ready for round two? Fight!

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Detective Comics #1036 Jun 7, 2021
8.0

Solid read. Even if I dislike Clayface stories, the writing and art are good enough that I enjoyed it despite that story element. Love the development of Mr. Worth so far; seems to have the potential to become a classic bat villain over time, between his imposing physical stature, easy rage, political pull, and Wayne-level wealth.

Detective Comics #1036

By: Mariko Tamaki, Clayton Henry
Released: May 26, 2021

Batman versus Huntress! As the Dark Knight delves into the mystery of Sarah Worth’s murder, the only witness who truly knows what happened that fateful evening is Batman’s only hope to clear his name. But another hunter is stalking the mysterious killer plaguing the city-and Huntress has also set her sights on Bruce Wayne! The Violet Vengeance ...

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9.5

We are so spoiled to have so much Tynion right now. Even by his standards, and those established with earlier installments of SIKTC, this is an excellent "setup" issue that starts the story of Erica Slaughter's origin, beginning immediately after Octo (her monster that killed her parents) is slain. While there aren't any surprises yet, they will undoubtedly come.

Something is Killing the Children #16

By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera
Released: May 26, 2021

The story you demanded begins here: the origin of Erica Slaughter!
What shocking events brought Erica to the House of Slaughter?
...and what did she have to do to join the Order of St. George?
The secrets are revealed here for the first time in this perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

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Big Dumb Jay reviewed Casual Fling #4 Jun 7, 2021
3.0

Disappointing story choices taint issue #4, which is too bad, since this series WAS a trashy-fun read before this installment. The "twist" from the last issue has virtually no impact. Now, out of nowhere, the antagonist is revealed to be a flat-out rapist, removing any and all of his subtlety, which conveniently helps avoid dealing with the questions the previous installments raised about how much more

Casual Fling #4

By: Jason Starr, Dalibor Talajic
Released: May 26, 2021

Jennifer Ryan has the perfect life. A loving family. A high paying job in corporate law. A luxurious apartment in upper Manhattan. Then one day she steps out of her marriage... and finds that her new lover isn't the one night stand she expected. Stalked and threatened with exposure, Jennifer attempts to unravel the true identity of her tormentor, d...

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