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Star Wars: Darth Vader #10

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Feb 10, 2021

THE RED HORROR!
•  After passing the test of THE EYE OF WEBBISH BOGG, DARTH VADER has learned the route to the hidden location of THE EMPEROR'S greatest secrets!
•  But in THE RED NEBULA along the way, can Vader survive the onslaught of the greatest predator in the galaxy? Especially if the monster's most bruta...

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6.0

The Department of Truth #5

By: James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds
Released: Jan 27, 2021

WHAT is Black Hat? WHO is the mysterious man pulling its strings? WHY is he in Cole Turner's apartment? The first arc of the smash-hit new series from JAMES TYNION IV (Batman) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) comes to a dramatic conclusion, as Cole questions whether or not he's on the right side of the War for the Truth!

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9.0

Star Wars: Darth Vader #9

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Jan 13, 2021

THE ASSASSIN RETURNS!
•  In his search for vengeance in the depths of MUSTAFAR, DARTH VADER has seized the mysterious key to the EMPEROR'S greatest secret.
•  But the key itself needs a key - which only the deadly assassin OCHI OF BESTOON seems to have. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives with t...

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8.0

Star Wars: Darth Vader #8

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Dec 16, 2020

INTO THE FIRE!
•  Hungry for vengeance after his brutal punishment at the hands of THE EMPEROR, can DARTH VADER
uncover his master's secrets in the depths of MUSTAFAR?
•  Stripped of his greatest weapons, can the dark lord survive the fire and the EYE?
•  Or will he be overcome as the EYE turns Vader's every question ba...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed The Department of Truth #3 Nov 27, 2020
7.0

The problem with having such a great first issue is keeping that level of quality.

The Department of Truth #3

By: James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds
Released: Nov 25, 2020

Mary never knew what "false flag" or "crisis actor" meant, until her son was murdered in a mass shooting, and the threats and accusations began. But as her reality starts to bend around her, it's the job of the Department of Truth to keep these dark conspiracies from coming true...at any cost. JAMES TYNION IV (Batman) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Ea...

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8.5

Star Wars: Darth Vader #7

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Nov 11, 2020

PAIN LEADS TO ANGER AND ANGER LEADS TO AN ELEMENT FROM EPISODE IXX!
o As DARTH VADER battered and broken by the EMPEROR as punishment for his rebellion, drags himself across the blasted surface of MUSTAFAR with vengeance on his mind!  
o But can he survive the onslaught of a certain mysterious SITH ASSASSIN?  
o And how will his wor...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Origins #1 Nov 6, 2020
8.0

Intriguing.

Origins #1

By: Clay Mcleod Chapman, Jakub Rebelka
Released: Nov 4, 2020

* A thousand years after humans are killed off by artificial intelligence, one man is brought back to life - David Adams, who created the technology that destroyed his people.
* Now with the help of the android Chloe who revived him, David will try to restore humanity - and stop the AI overlords he created.
* David embarks on the greatest b...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed The Department of Truth #2 Oct 28, 2020
7.5

First issue was great, this was a step down from that.

The Department of Truth #2

By: James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds
Released: Oct 28, 2020

COLE TURNER has spent most of his life suppressing false memories of Satanic ritual abuse at his preschool. Now, he's the newest recruit of the Department of Truth...and he just found out those false memories might be truer than he thinks. JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) continue their b...

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7.5

Not bad. Very complex and detailed.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #1

By: Kieron Gillen, Jacen Burrows
Released: Oct 14, 2020

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war...
The saga of WARHAMMER 40,000 comes to Marvel Comics!
MARNEUS CALGAR, the legendary Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, leads his elite Space Marines against humanity's greatest threats in a galaxy engulfed in endless war.
Kieron Gillen (UNCANNY X-MEN, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, The ...

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9.0

Star Wars: Darth Vader #6

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Oct 14, 2020

THE PUNISHMENT!
•  DARTH VADER failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side of the Force.
•  No...Luke was too weak to join his father in overthrowing EMPEROR PALPATINE.
•  Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all of these years...
and in doing so nearly betrayed his master.
•...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Rorschach #1 Oct 14, 2020
7.0

We'll have to wait and see... but this beginning doesn't blow the doors off.

Rorschach #1

By: Tom King, Jorge Fornes
Released: Oct 14, 2020

It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant interdimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive culture icon.
So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin try...

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9.5

Star Wars: Darth Vader #5

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Sep 16, 2020

A QUEST FOR TRUTH... A JOURNEY OF DESTRUCTION!
•    DARTH VADER'S search for revenge against those who hid his son Luke reaches a terrible climax - at the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA!
•    What secrets does he learn? And who will pay as a result?
•    All the answ...

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8.0

Star Wars: Darth Vader #4

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Aug 12, 2020

WHO HUNTS THE HUNTER?
•  DARTH VADER continues his terrifying quest for vengeance against everyone who hid the existence of his son from him.
•  But on NABOO, the DARK LORD OF THE SITH faces a deadly new challenge as his focus turns from LUKE to PADMÉ, the wife of the man Vader used to be.  
•  And what secrets lie in the...

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8.0

Star Wars: Darth Vader #3

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Jul 29, 2020

GHOSTS OF VADER’S PAST! In his quest to destroy everyone who hid the existence of his son, Luke Skywalker, from him, Darth Vader has formed an unlikely partnership with an eerie shadow from his previous life. Now they return to Naboo where a powerful new host of vengeful ghosts awaits them. Delve deeper into Vader’s past than you thought possib...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed The Department of Truth #1 Oct 1, 2020
8.0

Fascinating first issue.

The Department of Truth #1

By: James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds
Released: Sep 30, 2020

SERIES PREMIERE! Cole Turner has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn't prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth theory and reptilian shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Youth #1 May 15, 2020
8.0

Intriguing.

Youth #1

By: Curt Pires, Alex Diotto
Released: May 13, 2020

YOUTH is a coming of age story that tells the story of two queer teenagers as they run away from their lives in a bigoted small town, and attempt to make their way to California. Along the way their car breaks down and they join up with a group of fellow misfits on the road. Embarking together in a van travelling the country they party and attem...

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Cosmic Ray rated Decorum #1 Mar 14, 2020
4.0

Decorum #1

By: Jonathan Hickman, Mike Huddleston
Released: Mar 11, 2020

SERIES PREMIERE! There are many assassins in the known universe. This is the story of the most well-mannered one. "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what knife you use."

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Stealth #1 Mar 14, 2020
9.0

Wow! Really enjoyed it, great job. Intriguing!

Stealth #1

By: Mike Costa, Nate Bellegarde
Released: Mar 11, 2020

SERIES PREMIERE! For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he's taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth's reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer's-his father. A father unwilling to accept that he's no longer the hero this city needs... with enemies all too eager t...

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9.0

Star Wars: Darth Vader #2

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Mar 11, 2020

THE FACE OF THE QUEEN!
•  In the wake of the shocking revelations of The Empire Strikes Back, DARTH VADER continues his quest for revenge against everyone who hid his son Luke from him.
•  But when his search takes him deep into his past, he uncovers a hauntingly familiar face that will challenge everything he...

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Swanktub reviewed Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Feb 5, 2020
9.0

This comic really caught me off guard. Based off of the previews I had decided I was not going to buy this series. The art didn't look like it was going to appeal to me, and I personally find Greg Pak's writing to be very hit or miss. When I visited my local comic shop I was surprised to see this issue almost sold out early in the morning, so I decided to buy it and give the first issue a chance. more

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Feb 5, 2020

"JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!"
THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES!
In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses -- plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud Cit...

9.5

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Feb 5, 2020

"JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!"
THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES!
In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses -- plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud Cit...

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6.0

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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Cosmic Ray reviewed Undiscovered Country #1 Nov 11, 2019
5.0

I expect better from two pros like Charles and Scott. This is way too wordy to be fun and anything political in the current climate is just bad storytelling. Hunting for a disease cure? That's original!

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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Cosmic Ray rated Superman: Year One #2 Aug 21, 2019
7.5

Superman: Year One #2

By: Frank Miller, John Romita Jr
Released: Aug 21, 2019

Clark Kent's journey of self-discovery continues in the second installment of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.'s remarkable reimagining of Superman's origin story. This chapter takes young Clark to the Pacific coast and beyond, as he discovers a place as sensational as he is...Atlantis! There he meets new people, finds love, clashes with gargantuan...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed The Death-Defying Devil #1 Aug 7, 2019
5.0

Flashback to an 80s primitive storyline, with a watered down Frank Miller imitator and beginner art.
Also being assaulted in an alleyway and then having the hero arrive to save you is the biggest cliche in comics.

The Death-Defying Devil #1

By: Gail Simone, Walter Geovani
Released: Aug 7, 2019

The Winslow House is in shambles, but people call it home. It is a place for people who have almost nothing but are trying to make a life for themselves. It is also in a bad neighborhood, and no one will stop criminals from tormenting the residents...until The Death-Defying Devil shows up!
But when the Devil tries to step in and protect the inn...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Paper Girls #30 Aug 1, 2019
9.0

Sweet.

Paper Girls #30

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
Released: Jul 31, 2019

SERIES FINALE! DOUBLE-SIZED FINAL ISSUE!
It's all been leading up to this-the deeply emotional series finale of PAPER GIRLS! No spoilers here, but our epic conclusion features 44 PAGES OF ORIGINAL STORY WITH NO ADS, and we can't wait for you to read it. Thanks so much for riding with us! ~ Brian, Cliff, Matt & Jared

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Unearth #1 Jul 20, 2019
4.0

Nothing new here.

Unearth #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Baldemar Rivas
Released: Jul 10, 2019

SERIES PREMIERE! When a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico, a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination. Tracing the source of the disease to a nearby cave system, the team discovers a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape. This n...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Postal: Deliverance #1 Jul 6, 2019
8.5

Stunning artwork and the beginnings of an intense story. Story could have had a bit more meat on the bone but if this is an indication, the trade paperback should be good.

Postal: Deliverance #1

By: Bryan Hill, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Jul 3, 2019

NEW STORY ARC! POSTAL returns to find Mark struggling with the responsibilities and horrors of being the new Mayor of Eden, as the newest member of their community has brought his own personal war with him. Mark's mother, Laura Shiffron, tries to enjoy her retirement in Florida, but violence finds her... and violence might the the only way Laura Sh...

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Cosmic Ray reviewed Invisible Kingdom #1 Apr 29, 2019
5.0

Half efforts

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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Cosmic Ray rated Spencer & Locke 2 #1 Apr 29, 2019
4.0

Spencer & Locke 2 #1

By: David Pepose, Jorge Santiago Jr.
Released: May 1, 2019

Suspended by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke grapples with the demons of his past alongside his trusty partner, his childhood imaginary panther Spencer. But when Spencer and Locke face a scarred soldier named Roach Riley, will this unlikely pair finally meet their match?

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