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7.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #1

Aug 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was just good old fashioned fun. It's been a while since a comic has felt that way. -Ryan Stegman has put out a lot of good art in his time, and is sure to put out a lot more, but this feels like career-best work from him. Seriously, every panel is given so much detail and thought. It's remarkable. -Act 1 was pretty traditional event-stuff, Act 2 didn't interest me as much. But oh god, Act 3. That was a masterpiece. I'm even willing to forgive the first two parts' short comings just because of how f***ing incredible that last act was. I'd recommend this 7.99 book just for the last 20 pages alone. -I really hope this book goes full horror for the next issues, because given this issues ending, that would be incredible and would make this an event to remember. -Spider-Man was rather annoying here, but that moment talking about fathership with Eddie just hit so damn hard. -Norman Osborn is just fantastic. He's a better, creepier villain than Carnage if I'm being frank. -I can't wait to see where this goes. The final page was great. THE BAD: -Spider-Man's humor was really annoying me. He had some great moments here, but overall succumbed to the common problem of comics with Spidey as a side character- too much time being the comic relief, where the comedy falters. This just reminds me how incredible his appearance in Daredevil #5 was. -I don't know how I feel about Carnage as a villain. He has some great moments, like the final page, but overall, didn't feel that memorable, unlike Osborn. Surprising considering his name's on the cover.

6.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #2

Aug 30, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a pretty good issue. It's not as good as the first one, but I guess that's to be expected. -I'm a big fan of how Donny Cates writes Maker. Not obnoxious or over exaggerated, but true to the character. -Carnage is a pretty good villain. He definitely had some scenes here that solidified my opinion on him. -Ooh, that end was really creepy. I'm excited for next issue now. -That twist about Dylan was really surprising and I'm hoping it will lead to interesting issues in the future. -Eddie's just a really great character. THE BAD: -I'm surprised to say it, but Stegman's art really took a drop with this issue. Last issue just oozed atmosphere and horror, here it was really bland actually, and any panel with rain was a visual mess. I'm only including it in the bad because of how good his art was last issue however. -"Because I'm Spider-Man!" Wow, that scene was cheesy AF. -Something about the action scenes didn't really flow for me. That's just me and my goofy brain though.

8.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #3

Sep 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a great issue I loved it. -The art was way better this time. I'm glad the atmosphere returned. -Damn Carnage Miles Morales was really well-designed. -I love the banter between Eddie and the symbiote. -There was a nice twist halfway through here that I found really effective. Also that page of Eddie smiling is juts terrifying. -Carnage's monologue here was really well written. -Well that end is crazy. THE BAD: -So far this is a fun event, and one of the best in years, but I just don't think it's anything too special that I'll remember a couple weeks later. More of a personal problem than anything else though.

5.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #4

Oct 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -Overall, I find this event pretty good. I can't say I'm in love with it though. -Okay, the Venom Blast was just incredibly satisfying. -I liked the action scenes here. They didn't overstay their welcome. -Eddie's a really likable protagonist. His character is maybe my favorite part of the series. THE BAD: -I don't know, I'm usually a fan of Stegman's art, but it just doesn't click with me here. Maybe m expectations were set too high after seeing his art in the first issue. -Carnage had some great moments last issue, but here he's back to big, invincible bad dude. -The ending of this one felt kinda rushed, plus the montage or whatever didn't flow the way it was trying to.

7.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #5

Nov 23, 2019

THE GOOD: -A pretty good finale for a pretty good series. -The art was good. Not sure why Stegman peaked so heavily with the first issue, but it was good enough here. -A very action driven issue, so it's good the action was as fun as it was. -I kept going back and forth with Carnage, but I ended up liking him. The creepy serial killer take was a lot stronger here and I liked it. -I'm interested in the Knull storyline quite a bit. -I liked the end. Simple, but effective. THE BAD: -I'm tired of openings like this. Good guy meets bad guy for the first time flashbacks are overused and lazy. -The heroes from the tie-ins showing up to help at the last second didn't do anything for me. I was already rolling my eyes when Ben shouted, "There's too many."

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #1002

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD -Patrick Gleason's art was the take-home for me. Unique and it captured the characters well. Not to mention well-complimented by Alejandro Sanchez's colors. -I appreciate that Bendis is making this a more simple issue, not weighed down by cliched end-of-the-world style conflicts. Definitely gives it the advantage over Superman. -I thought the end was a good and unexpected but original twist. It leaves me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next issue. -The surprise breakthrough of Bendis's Superman run is Perry White, who is funny, original and well-written. THE BAD -The rest of characters aren't working for me. I find it hard to like Superman as, it is frustrating to watch him make such a big deal out of his wife and kid going away for the summer, and his random temper tantrums are just kind of annoying. Cat Grant is thrown in for no reason as is Guardian. Red Cloud is a villain that doesn't interest me. Robinson Goode is a bland character. The only one I ended up enjoying was good old Perry White

4.0
Action Comics (2016) #1003

Sep 29, 2018

THE GOOD: -Yanick Paquette's art was a great fit for the series. Really good looking and enjoyable to read. -Bendis is honestly better at writing Batman than Superman, and this issue is solid proof. Also, a side note, if you have not read Bendis's Batman 100 page giant story, go do so. RoundUp doesn't have it in their database for some reason, but I really liked it. -The humor in this issue was surprisingly strong. The comedy is a surprise takeaway of Bendis's Superman run so far. -The ending genuinely had me interested and ready for more. THE BAD: -I'm just not interested in Robinson Goode as a character. She just doesn't intrigue me enough. -Bendis's writing still has a long way to go. -The Red Cloud storyline doesn't really interest me, either. I'm just not curious enough as to the mystery identity of this villain that DC has been so highly advertising. -I just wish more happened. Generally speaking, this issue was filler. I wish we could have the plot progress a bit more in the issue. -This is something of an offshoot of the last complaint, but the issue wasn't really memorable enough. When the most memorable part of your Superman comic is Batman, you know you got some kinks to work out. -So what's the deal with Lois?! I don't know, because the decided to just practically pretend that whole end of the issue never happened, aside from the last page and a couple of in-comic references.

4.5
Action Comics (2016) #1004

Oct 27, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art. Ryan Sook is a great artist who deserves your attention. -I think I would genuinely enjoy a Perry White spinoff series from Bendis more than his Superman stories. -Bendis is pretty good at capturing the chemistry between Lois and Clark. Now I have more problems with how that relationship was handled, but he does do a good job of capturing strictly the relationship only. THE BAD: -I cannot stand the way that Bendis writes Lois. Clark is at least decently well-written in this issue. He's a bit one sided but still he doesn't seem to veer as far from where his character should be as Lois. Lois strikes me as kind of selfish, and annoys me for other reasons which will be stated below. -It annoys me how Jon is just left with Jor-El like that. It seems like a crappy excuse to not have to explain where Jon is now that Lois and Clark are reconnecting. Now, I'm not opposed to Jor-El being redeemed, however the lack of that redemption being mentioned or addressed makes it seem like poor parenting, since the last we saw Jor-El and Lois/Clark in the same room, it was not a positive confrontation. -The excuse for Lois and Clark not being together (but still being together, because why not?) is unfortunately crappy. "I have a book to write, and my son and husband don't need me anymore." What?! Then Lois goes on about not being a normal family. Bendis fails to understand that what made the Tomasi/Gleason series one of the best Superman runs in recent memory is that it was a family story made unique and interesting BY it's abnormalities. -The meeting between Lois and Clark was unfortunately underwhelming. Sook's art was beautiful in that crowded street scene, but Bendis' writing was so weak not to mention he makes it seem like Lois and Clark are meeting after Lois just got back from the freaking grocery store, not a huge, long trip to space without Clark.

5.0
Action Comics (2016) #1005

Dec 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked Ryan Sook's art a lot. I wish Patrick Gleason wold return though. -The beginning quite a lot. The Hero Dial? The Question? It's fan service, but it's well-done. -I do think that Superman was considerably better written in this issue than the last. THE BAD: -I'm not a huge fan of Chief Moore and her whole storyline. I would prefer it if the series focused on Red Cloud. Then again, maybe not after this issue's reveal. -Well, I'm disappointed. I was hoping the Red Cloud would be someone less obvious, but apparently not. Oh well. -I really felt like nothing happened in this issue, at least in terms of memorable story elements or plot lines, aside from the crappy reveal, and the cool beginning.

5.0
Action Comics (2016) #1006

Jan 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was the first time I enjoyed one of those desktop first pages. Also as a hater of the Martian Manhunter miniseries, I can appreciate some fun being poked at it. And if Greg Rucka really is writing some kind of Lois Lane comic, I'm in. -I liked Ryan Sook's art. I do wish Pat Gleason would return however. Ah well, maybe it's worth it if that Young Justice comic he's doing is really good. -I thought the X-Ray vision was presented very well and originally in this issue. -I also thought Jimmy Olsen was a funny character in this issue. THE BAD: -Do we really have to do the "Keep it a secret, kid." cliche, today? -Good God, Red Cloud is a boring villain. Somehow, she's even worse than the abomination himself, Rogol Zaar. -Also, I'm not a fan of Melody Moore. Bendis should stick to classic characters. Granted, what he did to Lois was a very poor choice. -And we also have the Big Bad having an ominous meeting with their higher up cliche as well.

2.0
Action Comics (2016) #1007

Feb 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought Jimmy Olsen was a somewhat interesting character in this one. -That splash page with Jimmy standing over the sinkhole was really cool. THE BAD: -The art was okay, but I didn't like it enough to consider it good. It felt lifeless and the facial expressions were weird. -Those pages with the "Faith to Cali Yuga" word bubbles were just really visually off-putting. -I'm just not interested in the whole Kobra storyline at all. -The Lizard Person joke was funny the first time, after that it was just plain annoying. -Okay, DC, you clearly want everybody to hate Lois Lane. Well, mission accomplished. You can stop trying now. Really, either improve the character or kill her off until a writer decides to write her well. -This was one of those, "has the character on the cover, and is the main character of the series, barely makes an appearance." I would've liked to have seen more Superman this issue. Then again, I don't think Bendis can write him, so maybe that's a good thing. -The end was really lackluster.

2.0
Action Comics (2016) #1008

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was a step up here. -I thought the opening scene was pretty neat. THE BAD: -I don't like the Amanda Waller storyline. I've never been a fan of her, and her parts of the story didn't interest me. -It's a Bendis book. Did you expect me to like Lois? -The dialogue this issue was especially cringe-y. -This issue really needed some more plot progression if you asked me. I felt like it went almost nowhere. -Why does Bendis feel the need to make Jimmy sound like an idiot? -I'm just not interested in this Leviathan story-arc whatsoever. -The end does not have me hooked.

2.0
Action Comics (2016) #1009

Mar 29, 2019

THE GOOD: -Steve Epting's art is alright. I've never been a fan of it, but it was fine for this issue. -That X-Ray vision panel was cool, even if it's a small thing. THE BAD: -I just can't stand Bendis's scripts. I don't know why, but something about 'em just gets under my skin, y'know. -The characters have and maybe always will feel hollow in this run. -I'm just not into this storyline at all. Leviathan doesn't interest me. I don't know if I've ever not hated a Bendis villain since he came to DC. Rogol Zaar was awful. Leviathan is terrible too. The Red Cloud is just dumb. Yeah, never liked a villain. -I thought it would be cool to see the Question, until I started reading his dialogue. -Same goes for Director Bones. -And alas, poor Jimmy Olsen, who was at one point a great character, until Bendis started writing Superman and he got turned to an obnoxious joke-dispenser. -And… my god! That ending was atrocious. I think that's the worst part of Bendis's Superman run so far. How awful his endings ALWAYS are.

2.5
Action Comics (2016) #1010

Apr 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -Steve Epting is a good artist. It's too bad his talent is wasted on shit issues like this. -Even I have to admit, that Checkmate page was pretty great. THE BAD: -I am not into Director Bones or his storyline whatsoever. -Ugh. I'm getting really tired of reviewing this series. It's one of the most consistent things I'm reading right now. -Yep, this is a Bendis issue. Thinks he can make a Superman issue good when well… he can't. -This dialogue is always so bad. I hate it. -Why is Jimmy so annoying? Why is Amanda Waller just so poorly written? -What even happened at the end there?

1.5
Action Comics (2016) #1012

Jun 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -Hey, Leviathan's there. I actually like Leviathan, oddly enough. I think he's a good villain. THE BAD: -This issue sucked, but goddamn, that cover's beautiful. It's always sad when the cover is better than the actual comic. -Not sure why everyone's so hyped for this artist. The inks were nice, but the faces were really weak. -Oh man, this dialogue just kills me. It feels like Bendis just randomly picks words out of a hat and tries to fit them together in the most logical way possible. -You cannot get me to care about Robinson Goode, comic! -Ugh, this issue is wordy. I'll be honest, I kinda skimmed through the back half. I was tired of Bendis and his atrocious writing. Seriously, how is this the same guy who wrote one of the best Daredevil runs ever? -Oh, so there's a knockoff Poison Ivy, with a little bit of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde…. and her name is ROSE FOREST! Jesus Christ, talk about unoriginality.

2.5
Age of Conan: Belit #2

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -Kate Niemcyzk's art is good, even if it doesn't fully fit the world of Conan. -At least Belit's at least a semi-strong character herself. THE BAD: -I hate this. It's two issues in and I want it to be over. That's never a good sign. -Almost nothing in this comic is actually executed well. It's sad. There's potential, but it's never reached. -This issue was just so corny, with it's action scenes especially. I was cringing the entire way through. -This story is the opposite of compelling. Off-putting, I guess, would be the right term. -The dialogue's just mediocre. Not awful. Not outstanding. -The end was pretty bad. I am not excited for next issue.

6.0
Age of Conan: Belit #3

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -This wasn't as atrocious as last issue. Yay! -The art was… adequate. Eh, I'll take it. -That map splash page was cool. -I was glad to see the captain die. -I don't know why exactly, but that page with the drummers and the little rhyme was surprisingly appealing to me. THE BAD: -All the action scenes seem to be brought down by unnecessary weak dialogue invading what would otherwise be a cool and excited scene. -I don't think Belit is a very strong character at all. -The last page does not get me excited for next issue.

9.0
Age of X-Man: Alpha #1

Feb 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -The opening for this issue was really good and it captured one's attention. -The whole idea of this comic is just a great premise, executed very well. -I thought the X-Men were well-done in this issue. They were interesting characters and looked awesome overall. -The Summers institute was really cool and well-done. -Nice art. I've seen better from Ramon Rosanas (Nick Spencer's Ant-Man, anyone?) but still good. -I think this issue has an engrossing mystery. -Bishop and Jean's relationship was really interesting and explored very well. -That Nightcrawler scene was fantastic. I can't wait for the Nightcrawler issue, not to mention, seeing that mutant Alfred Hitchcock was just neat. -Bishop's excommunication was just really intriguing and well-executed. -The end of this issue was perfect. I can't wait for more Age of X-Man! -All in all, just a fantastic issue. THE BAD: -I do wish this issue could be more self-contained. It felt like it was about the next six issues rather than itself. Definitely the intention, I just think it could've been better.

8.0
Age Of X-Man: NextGen #2

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Glob and Armor are great. Separate, together, just fantastic characters. -Marcus To is always good. This issue had great art. -Anole is also a great character with a solid storyline and surprise. -I'm excited to see where this goes. THE BAD: -Some of the cafeteria dialogue was annoying. As per usual with adults trying to write high school kids.

7.0
Age Of X-Man: NextGen #3

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is pretty good. I'm getting kinda tired of Age of X-Man, but this is definitely one of the better series. -The art is solid. Marcus To usually does a good job. -I like all these characters and the way they're written. -This issue does a good job of establishing itself in the Age of X-Man world with references to other series. -The ending to this issue was solid. THE BAD: -I've never been a huge fan of Ed Brisson, and I guess that's true of this issue for the most part. I like the characters, but the dialogue is plain and story is kind of boring. -I feel like the pacing here is a little slow, especially for a five-issue miniseries. Feels like it should be three.

6.5
Age Of X-Man: NextGen #4

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -I enjoyed the opening scene a lot. -The art here is great. -Anole is still a really interesting character here. -The ending was really good. I'm excited to see how this all pans out. THE BAD: -I don't know, something felt off about this issue. Like it wasn't reaching its full potential. -This issue really bored me, and I can't figure out why.

8.5
Age Of X-Man: Prisoner X #1

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -Bishop was a great character this issue. -Finally an issue that doesn't feel repetitive. This is solid, and refreshing in the world of the Age of X-Man. -German Peralta's art was great. -I loved seeing Bishop receive those flashbacks. -All of the other prisoners were great too. -The end has got me excited. THE BAD: -The dialogue wasn't great. It wasn't necessarily Lobdell levels of awful, but it was just average in an issue and an event that is so much higher than average.

7.0
Age Of X-Man: Prisoner X #2

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -This storyline is still the most interesting out of the Age of X-Man comics. Maybe because it's the most different. -I'm still loving Bishop as a character. -Lorna was a really weird but also really interesting character here. -Beast is also great. -Not sure what the deal was with the laughing, but it was kinda eerie, weird at least. In short, I liked it. -Bishop fighting the other Bishops was trippy and great. -That end was kinda bizarre, but I loved it. THE BAD: -I didn't like this issue as much as the first one. I kinda feel like this Age of X-Man event has been going downhill since it started. -This issue was just kind of dull. -Maybe it's reading two prison-based books back-to-back, but both this one and this weeks Captain America really pushed my cliche-prison buttons.

6.5
Age Of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1

Feb 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked seeing all the crew at X-Studios. That was cool. -At first I thought there was some kind of over sexualization going on with Meggan. Turned out it was a subtle, but clever message of how movies can often portray females, especially superheroes. -It was a small detail, but Kurt's posters were neat. It helped sell the actor stance. -I thought the dinner was a great scene. -That scene with the fan was just too good. I loved it. -The art was good. I didn't love it, but it was good. THE BAD: -I think this is my least favorite Age of X-Man debut so far. Still a fantastic event though. -I found the beginning pages' reveal to be incredibly obvious. -The end felt like it was done before. Probably because it was, with Bishop in Age of X-Man Alpha.

8.5
Age Of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked this issue better than the first one. It just seemed to click more. -The art was fantastic. As is true of all of the Age of X-Man books. -The storyline went from repetitive to intriguing, and I really enjoyed it. -Solid character work from McGuire. I've never read any of her stuff before, books or comics, but I was thinking of giving it a try, after this issue at least. -Huh. That nightclub was a pretty cool idea, and well-done. This world sure does hold a lot of secrets. THE BAD: -I don't know, something still feels missing from this. Keeping this one miniseries in particular from getting that extra oomph.

4.5
Age Of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is really good. Definitely my favorite part of the issue. -There were some pretty solid character interactions this issue. -I do like the scenes with Nightcrawler shooting the action sequence for his movie. Those were well-executed. THE BAD: -I don't really care for this series all that much anymore. -This storyline has become really dull. I don't find it all that interesting. -Mcguire's dialogue isn't my favorite. It's not all that bad, just kind of bland. -That ending felt really unbelievable and cheesy.

3.0
Age Of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4

May 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is still really good. -The reveal about Meggan was actually pretty interesting and unexpected. THE BAD: -Ugh. I'm done with this. -The opening battle felt very pointless and bland. -Something about Kurt's character here just felt off. -The whole trying to find Tenia ended very anticlimactically. -The ending was just all kinds of bad.

8.0
Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1

Feb 8, 2019

THE GOOD: -This event just has a really great premise. -I like all of the characters, which is hard to do in a book with so many. -The neighborhood was really cool, just in terms of look and style. It kinda reminded me of the neighborhood in Edward Scissorhands, the way it was overly simplistic. -I liked the team's dialogue during the action scenes, which is weird. I usually hate that stuff. -Overall good art. I don't love it. I don't hate it either. -The no-romance thing was just a nice concept, and the pods. It was something I didn't pick up on last issue, but now that I know, makes re-reads of last issue even better. -The ending of this issue was just a nice cliffhanger. It has me hooker. -All in all, this is just a very good event and story that's compelling. THE BAD: -I didn't find the forest fire super interesting. -All in all, I just liked last issue better.

7.5
Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #3

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'm still intrigued by the Age of X-Man, even if its starting to go downhill. -This issue had some really good character interactions. -I liked Storm quite a bit this issue. Strong character work from Nadler and Thompson. -It's nice to see Nate as a character in this whole Age of X-Man thing. He's been kind of in the shadows since Alpha. -We've seen these "memories" before, but this issue just executed them so well. -This issue had a solid ending. THE BAD: -The art was just really bland. -This issue also got really wordy at some parts.

9.0
Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #4

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked this issue. There's not too much else to say. -The art is great. It's definitely a common thread with these Age of X-Man miniseries. -Just the concept of Xavier Day is great, not to mention it was really well executed. -I have no idea if Twodee and Escher are X-Men from any previous series, but I need to see more of them. -The part where En Sabah Nur makes everyone embrace and such was great moment. -The idea of seeing moments of the past was great and well-done. -Nate is such as great character. -Colossus was also great. THE BAD: -I don't know how I feel about the end. It feels like it's just one more thing that has to be dealt with in the final issue.

6.5
Age Of X-Man: X-Tremists #1

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -I just really like this Age of X-Man event. Every week, these are some of the issues I look forward to the most. -This issue did a nice job of adding humor to this event in a very natural way. -I just really like the X-Tremists. I've been waiting for this issue since Alpha. Now I'm excited for Prisoner X. -All in all, this issue had a very compelling story. -This issue did a great job of pulling on my heartstrings. -Wow. That ending was perfect. It hit hard and it didn't need a splash page or anything to do so. THE BAD: -There was definitely some corniness here. Maybe intended, but annoying nevertheless. -That singing part was just bad. -I mean, some of this stuff feels repetitive. X-Man starts to feel bad for those captured, or their world is off. Probably because there's not much you can do with the concept. Oh well.

6.5
Age Of X-Man: X-Tremists #2

Mar 29, 2019

THE GOOD: -I like all these characters and for the most part, how they're written. -This art is fine, if bland. Serviceable, if nothing else. -That fire scene was great. -Blob has a solid story in this one. I really felt his tragedy. -That scene with the pregnant woman was fantastic. THE BAD: -The humor in this issue was just really not working. -This is my least favorite Age of X-Man book for far. The again, I haven't even touched an issue of Apocalypse and the X-Tracts. -It feels like these series are starting to get repetitive with people falling in love. I'm getting tired of that story.

7.5
Age Of X-Man: X-Tremists #3

Apr 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a pretty good issue. A little slow maybe, but overall a nice read. -There were solid character interaction this issue. I enjoyed those especially. -The art was very good. -The heart is a muscle the size of your fist. Not sure what that meant, but it was a cool effect. -Blob is such a great character. -Pyslocke is great too. -This issue actually had some really sweet and funny moments between the two as well. -The bug trap was cool, even if I still have no idea what it really means, aside from annoying the heck out of Blob. -Do I dare disturb THE UNIVERSE? THE BAD: -That TS Eliot quote felt very randomly placed. It kind of interrupted the flow of the story. -I'm just kinda getting tired of the Age of X-Man event overall. -This issue had a bit of a pacing problem. I feel like it could've achieved it's goals in less time.

4.0
Age Of X-Man: X-Tremists #4

Jun 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was pretty good. -I thought Moneta was pretty interesting at the beginning of the issue. THE BAD: -Sigh. I can't wait for Jonathan Hickman to take over, so we can be done with this disappointment. -I was really not into any of these characters. -This story is just incredibly boring. -I'm excited for the mini to end, but not to read the next issue.

6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #3

Aug 8, 2018

The third issue of Nick Spencer's new Spider-Man series is proving the series to be a fun follow up to Dan Slott's run. Although the explanation for it is just out-of-the-blue and dumb, the Peter Parker/Spider-Man concept is well executed. The writing appropriately focuses on Peter Parker and the writing for his character in this situation is totally believable and well-done. Spencer nails the humor in this issue once again, and I really appreciate the fun he puts into this issue and Peter Parker's character. He doesn't really work the same magic for the supporting cast however, which is fine, only a slight let down. As far as the plot goes, not too much happens story-wise and the end is a bit abrupt, so I'm going to have to take a few points off for that, unfortunately. The art is pretty good. Nowhere near as good as Stuart Immonen or Giuseppe Camuncoli, mind you, but pretty good. All in all, this was a fun but flawed issue.

9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #4

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD -Nick Spencer's writing is perfect. He is the writer we need on a Spider Man comic. His characterization of pretty much everybody is well, perfect. He has an excellent sense of humor that really works for this series. -I like the exploration of what Spider-Man would be like without Peter Parker very interesting and well-done. -Mendel Stromm was a surprisingly good and hilarious character. I love his addition to the series. -I like the art. Simplistic, but it still fits the series well and captures the characters well, All in all, a well done addition to the series. THE BAD -Dareisay, nothing?! However it just doesn't have that 10-star feeling. I'll give it a 9.5.

4.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #5

Sep 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -Nick Spencer is hilarious! The jokes almost always land, and he just has a great sense of humor perfect for Spider Man. Whoever thought he should write Secret Empire? -The art is good. I hardly even noticed the artist change in the first few pages, and I like the more simplistic art here, because it fits the series' tone well. THE BAD: -The humor here for me did kind of ruin some moments of the issue. It should have paused for a beat, to draw out the emotion or make the issue more dramatic. -The end was a bit too predictable for me. I would have much rather had a twist here rather than what everyone was expecting. -This issue was a just a bit too much. With all the villains and supporting characters, this series is slowly but surely starting to go all over the place. I prefer the more focused-in-one-direction nature of the first few issues.

9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #6

Sep 29, 2018

*NOTE: The humor in general was great. Since this is very much a comedy based issue, I will add points to the score based off individual jokes that stood out. Not something I typically do, but I'll make an exception here. This was genuinely one of the funniest issues I have read in a long time. THE GOOD: -I am genuinely going to add on to this issue's score because the title is "Trivial Pursuit." -The barbecue sauce scene was pretty darn hilarious, as are the two characters Taskmaster and Black Ant. -This is one of the most compelling portrayals of Peter Parker in a while. -The card game and that scene with the therapy session were both simultaneously hilarious. -Everything about the trivia scene deserves attention. -I liked the way this issue ended. Not with a big explosion or anything of the sort, just a simple look at a new side of both Peter and his foes. -The art was pretty good. Not as good as Ryan Ottley, but still appealing and a good fit. THE BAD: -Wasn't a fan of the Kingpin subplot. I hope they get rid of that storyline quickly. I'm much more interested in the mystery villain and Kraven for now.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #7

Oct 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked Ramos's art. It was fun, light-hearted and enjoyable. Basically just like the issue. -That Batman reference was really something that shouldn't've worked but it truly was one of the best punch lines in the issue. -I liked the way the issue explored the relationship between Pete and Boomerang. A very well-done aspect of the issue and the story arc. -There was a twist in this issue that I truly did not see coming. It opened up three pages of tragedy and great humor. -I liked the end of the issue. This series is handling its mystery villain very well. THE BAD: -My only real complaint is that compared to last issue, the humor level of this issue isn't as good. It's still entertaining, but it's not as laugh-out-loud funny as the last issue.

5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #9

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -I enjoyed both artists. The transition from one to the other was fairly smooth and both did a good job. I especially liked Ramos's flashback art. -This issue did a good job of exploring Black Cat and Spidey's relationship. I especially liked their banter. -Was I really expecting this issue not to have me laughing? I'll answer that for you: No. Did it live up to those expectations? Yes! -The lookups had a really cool effect with those pixelated faces. And it was an interesting story, it just kind of distracted from the main story. THE BAD: -I do kind of wish the Lookups were less of a distraction from the main story, but it felt like that. It was a cool element, but I wish the whole issue spent its time with Spider Man and Black Cat as that was an infinitely better story. -The Theives Guild kind of felt like an easy explanation for what was happening. Not a huge problem, just there could've been a better one. -It does feel a bit weird for Black Cat, a trained thief to reveal herself by talking to Peter.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #10

Dec 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -Nick Spencer really proves he can write more than just humor, as proven by this issue's excellent writing for Mary Jane, changing my mind on her whole storyline. -This issue was hilarious. As is usual. -Ms. Marvel' scene in this is very unnecessary but worth it for the laughs. -Spidey and Black Cat's banter and entire relationship are captured perfectly in this issue. -I really enjoyed the portrayal of Peter and Mary Jane's relationship as well. -I'm actually really excited by the end of this issue. They've been teasing this guy for a while, and I can't wait for him to make his appearance. THE BAD: -The art for me was kind of a step down. -I wasn't a huge fan of the Thieve's Guild storyline. I enjoyed it at first, but it just kind of felt uninteresting in this one. A lot of battle and not too much else.

4.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #12

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -Nick Spencer does a great job of writing JJJ as well, he is a pretty good character writer, but Jonah is one of his best depictions. -The whole walking-through-Jameson's-past effect was really cool, and I can especially appreciate that they didn't try to stretch it out for longer than it should have been. -The scenes with Scorpion were pretty good. Not the best, but still pretty well-done. THE BAD: -I actually liked Ryan Ottley's art disappointed in this issue. It's a step down from before, and I actually believe Ramos might have been a better fit for this issue. -The humor also disappointed me this issue. I definitely didn't laugh as much as any of the other issues. -The end has me worried that this series will begin to feel scattered, what with all the characters and villains, and now they're having even more. The mystery villain, Kingpin and Kraven would have been enough. Really. -This issue in general was just a step down from previous issues.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #13

Jan 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -Wow, Ryan Ottley's art is fantastic! I just loved it. -The fight scenes were pretty fantastic this issue. -Nick Spencer has done so much for JJJ in these last three issues. I absolutely loved his character and development in this issue. -I have to admit, Spider-man chucking the giant Big Man mech out of the building was pretty awesome. -I overall liked Spider-Man's speech to JJJ at the end. Not my favorite part, but still good. -I thought the scene with JJJ and Fisk was great. -I also liked JJJ at the radio station scene as well. -Seeing Taskmaster and Black Ant again made this whole issue worth it. -The end is very intriguing. I'm excited to see where this goes. I just hope they can make this series more focused. THE BAD: -I felt like Spidey's monologue recapping the events of the last issues was too long, taking up two pages. -I didn't like the Foswell Jr. reveal. It felt like it was easy, a cop-out almost. -The humor let me down this issue. I didn't laugh nearly as much as I felt this series can make me.

5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #14

Feb 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -I like the art. Not great, Bachalo was way better with Jason Aaron's Dr. Strange, but still good. Also, is it just me, or does the way he draws Peter make him look like a girl? -I really liked the Doctor Connors dinner scene. It was sad, and interesting. -Aunt May's storyline was my favorite part of the issue. They did a great job with her character, and she is compelling. -Nice to see Taskmaster and Black Ant again. Love those guys. THE BAD: -I'm slowly losing interest in the Kraven storyline. I feel like it's been carried on too long, which was the purpose, but I'm bored now because of that. -I was very confused at that ending. It felt rushed. -That one panel of Ryan Ottley's art in the middle of a page filled with Bachalo's art was just jarring. The two different art styles really clashed.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #16

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -We're finally going somewhere with Kraven. Finally! -I thought that that scene with the hunter played out in a nice and unexpected way. -I thought the storyline with Kraven and his "son" was really good. -I really like where this Hunted storyline is going. -That last page for the main story was great. -I mean, we get more Taskmaster + Black Ant. That's great. Is it too much to ask for them to star in an ongoing series together? -The end of the backup story made me excited for next issue. -Overall, this felt worth the extra dollar. THE BAD: -Ryan Ottley's art was really dragging this issue. -The art for the backup story made me want to vomit. -The story for Kurt's son felt overlong and predictable. I never once cared about that story. -What was the point of the very, very last page? Why was it there, and not in the main story? Oh well. Maybe I'm just being too nitpick-y.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Full Circle #1

Oct 25, 2019

I loved this. I figured it'd be pretty fun to kind of rank the separate stories in this issue, like I sometimes do with anthologies. So, without further ado… Part 2: Right off the bat, Smallwood's art is great. Gerry Duggan's dialogue is wonderful, as per usual, and I love the way he writes Spider-Man. Ferretland is a super interesting setting for an action sequence and Duggan's reservations with it are great, because it lets Spencer really have fun with the concept. Also, I'm pretty use Duggan wrote the ending as a "F*ck it," but it ended up being a key part of many of the other stories. 10/10 Part 5: Right off the bat, you can tell Al Ewing is having fun. Sprouse's art is really fitting for that tone as well. It's silly, pretty generic comic book art, but I think it works well with Ewing's writing. I especially like how this issue doesn't spend too much time on one gimmick, but it doesn't get too overstuffed. The Spider-Hams are fun, but they don't overstay their welcome. This issue also has the best use of the man in the box. 9.5/10 Part 1: Really good start. I think Bachalo's art fits perfectly with Hickman's writing and Hickman does a great job starting things simply, so that the other writers can add on later. I also love his dialogue. Great setups, lovely story. 9.5/10 Part 3: Spencer writes Spidey really well. I wasn't a huge fan of his ongoing, but this short story was really fun. Allred's art is f*cking fantastic and it fits the script perfectly. The action scenes are fun and vivid. I will say the flashback panel of Spider-Man not stopping Ben's killer just looks off though. It looks way too comical for such a serious panel. The exposition dump is made more interesting by Spider-Man's jokes, which are solid. 8.0/10 Part 8: Overall a really solid end. I love the idea of everything resetting after a doomsday event. Bagley's art is great. I feel like the last two pages are super rushed though. 7.5/10 Part 4: Schiti's art can't help but feel inferior to the previous artists, but it's still good. I like how Thompson writes Spider-Man's internal monologue as well. The action scenes are a lot of fun. Spidey's quips feel a little off at times though. I also feel like in terms of story, this is easily the least interesting part. 7.0/10 Part 7: The art is by far the worst here. I've never really been a giant Jason Aaron fan, but his writing seems to work here. I didn't enjoy it as much as Duggan's or Ewing's though. It's pretty much just getting things ready for the end, and in that respect, it does its job. Unfortunately, that makes it one of the least interesting stories. 6.5/10 Part 6: I love Chip Zdarsky, but this is one of my least favorite stories. It feels very rushed. Kinda like what Nick Spencer cautioned against in the emails, too much for just 10 pages. There are lots of necessary reveals, but I feel like they were happening way too quickly for me. I don't love the art either. 5.0/10 Also, on a final note, I really like the emails. Not sure how authentic they were, but still, it's really interesting to get behind the writing process of a comic like this. It's interesting to see different writer's strengths as well. Duggan and his ability to come up with original ideas, Ewing really paying attention to the previous stories and how the ending can tie together with all of them, Spencer really keeping everyone in check and reminding them what works in the format, etc. Also, Chip and Jonathan's emails were hilarious. Lastly, just out of curiosity, how would y'all rank the stories here? Those of you that've read this far, anyways.

4.5
Aquaman (2016) #39

Aug 15, 2018

A very weak crossover issue in my opinion. Very bland, nothing makes it stand out. Not even the art, which is okay, but far, far from the best art I've seen from Joe Bennett, a very hit or miss artist. The characters have no personality, except for those that do, which end up coming across annoying (cough cough Harley Quinn cough). Very unoriginal, cliched storytelling. I don't know how many comics, I'm going to read, with oh no, a magical bomb that will sink Atlantis, sigh. All in all, I have really, nothing good to say about the issue. I will forget it in a single hour and the best part was the five page sneak preview of Batman Damned. Unfortunately Aquaman is yet another good series ruined by a terrible crossover.

2.5
Aquaman (2016) #40

Sep 21, 2018

Warning: The following contains spoilers. And an incessant rant about the quality of the issue. THE GOOD: -I thought the ending was pretty good. That's all I liked about this issue. You've been warned. Here we go. THE BAD: -Well first of all, the fact that as soon as one crossover event ends, they are gearing up for another. This series is just chugging away until it can get a new creative team. (Shout-out to Comix4fever again, I swear I read solicits, I must have just blocked this crossover out of my mind) -The writing is garbage. I swear, either Abnett has given up the concept of trying to write a decent story, or someone else who is far less talented is writing this. Instead of explaining, I will post a quick excerpt from the book. (Note: to avoid copyrighting issues, the following is worded slightly differently than originally) HARLEY QUINN: At the end, he understood the lesson. CROC: What lesson? One must always carry on? Life is a valuable thing? QUINN: No. Never sit on a nuke. -Bennett isn't the worst part of this issue. But he's still not a great artist. I'm hoping for some better art in this series' future. -Who gives a s**t about Carl?! Apparently even Abnett didn't, because not only was he poorly-written, he had one of the worst death scenes ever.

1.0
Aquaman (2016) #41

Oct 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -Nada. THE BAD: -Very rushed, no buildup or tension, it just kind of kept moving. -I wasn't a fan of the art. It was a little too comical for me. -If Dan Abnett wanted to continue his Mera miniseries, which was admittedly pretty good, it doesn't have to invade the Aquaman title, where its kind of expected the main character will be, you know, Aquaman. -This issue is just reaching for the sky in trying to be part of the Justice League crossover. Batman is in there for no reason, and the issue rushes through a paraphrased redo of the Aquaman/ Triumvirate confrontation from Justice League #10. -The end felt thrown in. It made this seem even more like a wannabe sequel to the Mera miniseries and it doesn't excite me for the rest of the crossover, which at least Justice League did.

8.0
Aquaman (2016) #42

Nov 22, 2018

THE GOOD: -This was actually a really good issue that delved into the subconscious of Aquaman. I enjoyed that it was a departure from the drag of a story known as Drowned Earth. -The sea of blood effect was really neat in my opinion. -I also liked the relationship between Arthur and his father. That was really well written. -Seeing all of Aquaman's enemies appear was really cool also. I was oddly impressed by a lot of material in this issue. -The writing for Arthur's father was really, really good. That monologue was quite good in my opinion. -What should have been the true last line of the issue "Hope" was actually quite amazing in my opinion. -Honestly, not going to lie, this was my favorite issue of the series in a long, long time. THE BAD: -The art wasn't doing it for me. It just looked… off. -I really wish that last page didn't exist. The page before was way more powerful.

6.5
Aquaman (2016) #43

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -I really liked Robson Rocha's art. He really kicked this issue's quality up a notch. -I also liked the opening to this issue, it was pretty cool in my opinion. -And this series is a welcome fresh breath of air for this comic. It's a definite step above the last few issues. -The premise is pretty good, although it will be bad to see Aquaman try to discover his past when we already know it so well, it's so obvious to the reader. -I thought Loc was a funny, but unnecessary character. THE BAD: -This issue was one of many issues this week that felt like it could have been shorter. This issue feels like one where very little happens, and it didn't really give me a great look at what Deconnick's run will be like. -I wasn't a fan of the Namma/Caille story, and Caille's character isn't my favorite. It sounds like Namma will be the villain? I guess we'll have to see how that plays out. -I wasn't a fan of the end. It didn't feel like anything super cool to us, the readers, we've seen that before. Sure, discovering his powers might be a big moment for Arthur in this comic, but we're already well-acquanited with his powers.

6.5
Aquaman (2016) #44

Jan 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought the beginning was really good. Its interesting to see where Mera is in all this. -Solid art. Definitely some nice looking pages here. -I thought the writing was good. Not great, but good enough. -Interesting twist with the gods there. Interesting idea, but poor execution. THE BAD: -Why did we need three whole pages of the gods scene? I got the gist after one. That was pure filler. -I didn't like the end. Bad art, weird spot to end, like they just ran out of pages.

6.5
Aquaman (2016) #45

Feb 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked this issue. It was good. -The best was Robson Rocha's art, which was stellar. -I'm really liking this portrayal of Arthur a lot. At least in this issue. It doesn't feel forced or anything. -Those flashbacks were really good. Much better introduction to the gods than last issue. THE BAD: -I wish more could've happened. It didn't really progress the plot a whole lot. -I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. I don't know why, it just didn't really make me excited for the next issue.

8.5
Aquaman (2016) #46

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Robson Rocha's art is just great. As soon as you open the book, you know you're in for a visual treat. -Solid action-oriented issue. If you're looking for epic battles, this is the issue to read this week. -Kelly Sue Deconnick is a great writer. I like where she's taking this series. For me, she's already better than Abnett. -Seeing all those creatures was a delight. It wasn't overstuffed or ridiculous like Damage, because the execution wasn't amateurish. -It's nice to finally see Mera again. THE BAD: -I don't know, the issue felt like it moved too quickly maybe? I'm not sure. It wasn't rushed so much as it just had awkward pacing. Nothing Knightmarishly bad though. See what I did there?

3.5
Aquaman (2016) #47

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is probably the only consistent thing in this comic. -I mean I'm glad this story arc only went downhill on its final issue. Hopefully the next issue will be better. THE BAD: -Ugh. This is the finale. This feels like an issue from Dan Abnetts god-awful Aquaman run. -This story has become really convoluted, for me at least. -This issue just kind of felt like big monsters and pew-pew action scenes and the like. -That end was really bad and corny.

3.5
Aquaman (2016) #48

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -I mean, at least the art was good. THE BAD: -What was this issue? Like, seriously. What was it? To me, it was a shark talking to Aquaman for a whole issue, just recapping his story so far. There are so many things wrong with that, as an idea, let alone the fact that it was allowed on paper. -Caille has become a character I'm just really bored with. I also think her story moved way too fast. -Something tells me the end is just shock value, but I guess I'll hold out hope. I'm sure as hell not putting it under the good column though.

5.0
Aquaman (2016): Drowned Earth Special #1

Dec 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -I enjoyed Francis Manapul's art. I actually wish he would do the rest of the issues for Justice League. -This was an improvement over the previous issues for sure. -That scene where Mera uses the Clarion was really good. I quite enjoyed it. -I'm so glad they called back to that Aquaman tie in and its beautiful portrayal of Arthur and his father. -I liked the end of this issue. It sets up Deconnick's run nicely and is a good cliffhanger. THE BAD -I'm not a fan of the whole new look they give the Justice League in this crossover. Thankfully none of it will stick, as far as I know. So we don't have to see Crab arm flash and Super-eyepatch and all that stuff. -Very unmemorable issue. I really will only remember that one issue of Aquaman when thinking of this crossover. -I wasn't a fan of Howard Porter's art. At least he didn't do the whole issue. -I feel like instead of menacing, Black Manta just comes off as really annoying in this issue. -Did they really expect us to believe for even a microsecond that Aquaman was dead?!

4.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #15

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The best part for me was the art. Greg Land captures the characters perfectly. -The action sequences were well done, mostly due to the art, but the setup and writing helped a little. THE BAD: -This issue's just too average. Not enough stands out for me. It's one I'l forget in far too short of a time. -The falling out of Havok and the rest of the Not-X-Men wasn't enough for me. The emotion and drama weren't in full play and it just happened too quickly, plus it set up a cliched sit down at a bar table motivation speech. -The end wasn't doing it either. Either Havok's character development was pointless or it turns into a predictable trick the villain by siding with them play. There's no way it works out.

8.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #16

Oct 20, 2018

THE GOOD: -Outstanding art. I've never really been a huge Greg Land fan, but this story arc made me see why many people are. His art works excellently for both this series and the characters. -Also a very funny issue. Matthew Rosenberg has salvaged this series in every way possible. -Very compelling characters. Havok and Beast, stand out as the most well-written, but Colossus is easily the best character in the story. -The Fastball Special scene had me going for while. THE BAD: -Wasn't a fan of the end. A poor capper to an otherwise great issue.

5.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) Annual #1

Aug 15, 2018

This was a decent read. I think the characterization of the X-Men was good and all the characters were well-portrayed. Except for X, who is a poor excuse of a Charles Xavier come back. Terrible characterization and very unlikable. Everything Xavier shouldn't be. This issue steered away from the typical, cliched, X-Men racist examination and offered something new that we haven't yet seen, which is refreshing. Unfortunately the payoff of that ends up being pretty disappointing, and merely offers a battle scene, which is also weak. The whole end of the issue is also terrible. It would be fine if it was an ongoing series, but as an annual, it offers a terrible climax and a poor resolution, or lack there of to earn back some of the respect I had for this issue in the beginning. The art was off and on for me. I liked the portrayal of some characters ( Warren), disliked others (Beast). All in all an issue with potential that never reached it for me.

2.5
Avengers (2018) #6

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD -The first page was a good, very original intro to the issue. I liked that they continued its themes all throughout the issue. And it bookmarks the issue well at the end. -Art was fine. Not good, not bad, but I'll put it here to even out the tables a bit. THE BAD -What are these characters?! Or should I say lack there of. These people who happen to where costumes and bear names we recognize are little more than hollow mannequins used to fight the villains and progress the story forward, but they don't make it interesting while doing it. -Falls prey to the "having a casual conversation whilst in battle" cliche. Sigh. -Has a very tropey, very unoriginal "Avengers Assemble" montage. -Ghost Rider deserves his own spot for the crimes of not only his character, but his lines which are just one huge eye roll. Nothing about him makes sense. -Ends abruptly and in no special way. -The action scenes are bland and uninspired.

2.5
Basketful of Heads #1

Nov 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -I like the art quite a bit. it has this nice nostalgic feel to it. -That flashback story about the suicide jumper was great. The art definitely helped. I love the look of that panel with the hand sticking up, barely in frame. THE BAD: -Guess I'm gonna have to be that guy. I did not like this. -Not sure why, but the second page made me laugh. The slow-buildup, leading to this white backgrounded, colorful page of a decayed arm in a basket holding up its index finger, with the title spelled out in bright red letters sitting on the basket felt like comedy execution. -I honestly don't care about these characters. They feel super cliched and their dialogue often made me cringe. -I don't know, the story doesn't really interest me thus far. I'm much more interested in where it's headed. Guess that's why this was a boring read for me. -The setups are painfully obvious and quite annoying. -The backup story is interesting in concept, but the execution feels off. I almost feel it needed to be a full issue, considering how rushed it all felt.

2.5
Basketful of Heads #2

Nov 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -I mostly like the art. It gets goofy at times, but I like the look its going for. -The concept's cool. It's executed questionably, for me at least, but I like the idea. THE BAD: -I'm sorry, but I still don't like this. -This is just bland, uninteresting story for me. One that should be unique, given the concept, but ruined by awkward execution. -I don't like this main character. She has nothing for me to connect with, she's really bland and lifeless. -The pacing feels off here. I might like it better if things moved quicker. I don't know. -Oh god, the beheading panel made me laugh. The most important scene in the whole comic. -The backup story is still not even worth it. I'm not a huge fan of the story and the two-pages an issue storytelling doesn't help.

8.0
Batman (2016) #53

Aug 15, 2018

Another good issue in the series. Considering the issue is essentially just a speech given by Bruce Wayne, it works better than expected. The speeches powerful moments really struck hard and ended up being very memorable. Some of the lines rung throughout my head after I heard them. The falling metaphor was the best part of the speech. It worked effectively and had the emotional gravity necessary for the callback to the wedding, unlike what the Catwoman series has done wrong. The biblical allegory was odd and oddly enough, it worked, although it was a bit overdone at some points. I have to say Lee Weeks did an excellent job of still telling the story well and with some excellent panels that complimented the writing well. I especially liked all of his portrayals of the Batman rogues gallery. The issue does end abruptly, I wish we could have gotten more tension/buildup to the verdict. That said, the last panel was very effective and well done.

4.0
Batman (2016) #54

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The opening for this comic was quite good, it had a cool effect and was very dark. -The dumb villain lineup was surprisingly satisfying. One of King's funniest moments to date. THE BAD: -This issue was a bit too bright and happy for me. It didn't really have enough emotion or darkness that the first two pages captured well. Although it was effectively heartwarming, the issue just felt like it was missing something. -I wasn't into the art. The stiffness and lack of detail were not a good combination. -I didn't like the writing for Nightwing at all. There were no layers to the one dimensional joker that they turned Nightwing into. And any issue that characterizes Nightwing worse than the current Nightwing ongoing series has a problem.

7.5
Batman (2016) #55

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue gets recognition for just being such a massive improvement over the previous issue. Whereas issue 54 felt like a pointless filler, this issue takes its concepts and uses them originally and sets up a great new status quo for Nightwing. -Tony S. Daniel's art is excellent. He captures the characters well and portrays a variety of scenes with different feels and moods, expressing his wide talent. -This issue proves that Tom King can be a great writer. This issue has an excellent juxtaposition that works really well. There are a few kinks to work out with the minutia of the writing, but I'll be kind and not ding the score for that. THE BAD: -I still dislike Nightwing's character. He's a poor combination of annoying and dumb. It doesn't work. -This issue is a lot of buildup that I can't really settle on whether or not it paid off. Plot-wise, it barely chugs forward, but the buildup to the final scene is very well done. I guess we're dealing with a glass-half-full, glass-half-empty situation here.

5.0
Batman (2016) #56

Oct 6, 2018

THE GOOD; -I really, really liked the storyline with KGBeast and his father. It was excellently told in a welcomely subtle way. -The splash on pages 16-17 was amazing. The best written and illustrated parts of the book. -I really liked the conclusion of the issue. It was a well-done last 5 pages. THE BAD: -Tony S. Daniel was not giving us his best here, unfortunately. For once, the art actually detracted from story. -The Batman storyline was cool, but, it boiled down to an elongated version of the “tracking down the bad-guy montage” that the Killing Joke was able to do better and more effectively in a single page. - Much like the previous issue, this one suffers from being too much buildup. The story arc hasn’t had much story so far, and that’s unfortunate because there’s a lot of potential there.

1.5
Batman (2016) #57

Oct 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -That fairytale part was pretty great. Morbid and original. I dig it. THE BAD: -Tony Daniel's art was still a let-down for me. It felt way too rushed. Not necessarily bad art, just not good Tony S. Daniel art. -Apparently King has abandoned dialogue altogether, and just thinks that as far as the actual story goes, just having the characters making a bunch of noises over an admittedly lackluster battle is okay. Good to know. -Also these noises are somehow worse than the sound-effects from the 1966 Batman show. For example we have wonderful marvels of prose such as phrases like, "GKRK", "KHAA", and everyone's favorite, "GHXN." Because when I get punched in the face by a hook hand, I will definitely exclaim "GHXN" How do you even say that?! -So the confrontation that the issue a few weeks back literally spent over half its page count building up, is Batman and KGBeast saying things like "GHXN" for 10 pages and then Batman defeating KGBeast in both the easiest and dumbest way possible. If he planned to snap his neck, why not just do that earlier on. Oh I know why, there's thing where writers have to fill a certain amount of pages in a single comic book. 20 to be exact. But then there's writers, like good old Tommy boy, who don't have enough ideas to fill those pages, so they come up with something called filler. Oooohhh. -The last page confused me. Why is it important? We may never know.

6.5
Batman (2016) #58

Nov 9, 2018

THE GOOD: -Art is fantastic. Mikel Janin is easily the best artist working on the rotating series of artists for this run. -I actually liked King's portrayal of Penguin. He makes the reader empathize with him in the same way that worked with the Ballad of Kite Man. -Also a great portrayal of Batman's relationship with Alfred. -I'm actually curious about the direction the mystery from the Freeze arc is going. I liked that arc, and I'm curious. It's nice to know all of these post-wedding arcs aren't just one and done. Well, for this series' sake, let's hope they don't revisit the KGBest arc. -I'm not a fan of doing the same thing over and over and over in comics, but that double splash page of Bruce fighting henchman overlaid with dialogue was cool. THE BAD: -The worst part of this run is quite frankly, the main character is the weakest link in the series. I am more compelled by both Penguin and Alfred than Batman. -Another huge issue is that the plot is stretched out again, and the story is very uninteresting. I feel like these villain arcs are becoming really repetitive, with the exception of the first one. -I'm just so damn tired of the whole, "let's do bad things to everyone Batman cares about" dynamic of this issue that we've not only seen literally 3 issues before, but many, many times before. And this issue would be fine if it brought something new to the table in that area, but it doesn't.

7.0
Batman (2016) #59

Nov 22, 2018

THE GOOD: -Very good art. No surprise there. -I did enjoy the issue's juxtaposition between when Batman was talking to Penguin and when he was breaking into Arkham. -I did like that line about love quite a bit. I don't mind the strange addition to Penguin's backstory, and I have a small feeling that this Penny backstory won't be all it seems. I'm probably wrong anyways, but the character depth and cool lines that come out of it are enough for me to forgive. -I rather enjoyed the writing in this one, with the exception of Batman. I'm not usually super crazy about King's writing in Batman, but tho issue felt properly cinematic with an excellently written Penguin. -I do think Penguin is really well characterized here. I do think King writes him better than Batman in this story arc. Not super hard to do however. THE BAD: -I wasn't a fan of this whole police brutality thing Batman has going on. Especially since he seems to trust the Penguin more than Gordon in this instance, which is strange. -Speaking of which, Batman is far from a compelling character in this one. Off of the word of one of his rogues, he beats up guards and one of his greatest allies. All while shouting things that just feel wrong, nothing to help you connect with him.

8.5
Batman (2016) #60

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -This was my favorite issue of this series in a while. I'm looking forward to "Knightmares," whatever that is. -Boy, does Tom King love to run simultaneous stories using the technique of juxtaposition. I really liked the juxtaposition in this issue however. I do wish they could get three artists instead of two though. One for Gordon, another for Batman, and another for Alfred and Penguin. -This issue was a perfect type of downward spiral for the plot in my opinion. Batman reaches his worst point yet. For once, I wasn't super pissed that he was throwing all those tantrums. Instead, I felt like I could appreciate the darker turn this series is taking and how its changing Batman into someone we haven't seen before. I do still understand what people have been saying about his acting out being extremely unusual considering previous Batman runs and stories, but I prefer to look at it in the context of King's run, when yes, after all that's happened in a domino effect, it makes sense for Batman to be so cruel. That's just me, everyone has a perfectly justifiable reason for hating Batman in this issue. My opinion is a strange creature. -I loved the tangible drama in this issue. As the issue moves on, things escalate in a really great way. -Once again, King knocks the writing for Penguin out of the park. -Despite my issues with that story, Alfred feeding Penguin fish was simultaneously disturbing and funny, an effect I can't decide if I love or hate. -Apparently my strange suspicion about Penny paid off. See my review for last issue. I actually really liked that reveal and the subtlety used to reveal that Penny was a… well you'll just have to read the issue. It is disgusting, but well-done and affectively tragic. -The buildup to !SPOILERS! arrival was awesome in my opinion. -Gordon destroying the Bat symbol was an epic and cinematic piece of the climax, and might be my second favorite part of the issue. -What's your favorite?" one might ask. Well, it's the end. The buildup and tone was pitch perfect, And that last page is one I'd want hanging on my wall, word bubble and all. So good and dramatic. THE BAD: -I wasn't a fan of the reciting poetry. I preferred the Gordon and Batman stories. Penguin and Alfred's wasn't as good, and cold have been shorter, -Also, why can't Penguin take off the blindfold? Were his arms incapacitated? I don't know why, that part really bothered me.

6.5
Batman (2016) #61

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was good. Travis Moore isn't the best artist on this series, however. That would have to go to Mitch for me personally, although Lee Weeks makes a strong case for himself. -Matthew, or Bruce, or whatever his name is, makes a good villain. We've seen similar villains before, but he's still creepy as hell at least. -This issue had some good effects. Especially some of the opening scenes, which were very dramatic. -I liked the writing in this one. -I'll admit, I liked both the buildup and the actual twist itself. I didn't really see it coming, and it really improved the issue, the problem was, there didn't need to be 16 pages until the reveal, that's a bit much. -The end looks like it will lead to interesting things. I'm still holding out hope for, "Knightmares." Though it looks less to be an actual story-arc and more like a label for a bunch of miscellaneous story arcs that are slightly related, much like the "Cold Days" arc or the pre-Wedding issues. THE BAD: -This whole issue felt kinda… pointless. It feels like it would be a great Free Comic Book Day comic, or even a great story in another Batman: Secret Files, but as a main, $3.99 issue, it didn't really hold up, it didn't justify its page count. I'm going to have to take off one point for this. -Though there was reason for this, the whole issue felt repetitive of issue #38, again which would have been fine if it wasn't a whole issue.

7.5
Batman (2016) #62

Jan 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked Mitch Gerads art, but it wasn't the usual quality we get from him. Some of the pencil strokes were too thick, making things look overly simple, and one panel with Batman's face was just yuck. But it was still good. Also, sometimes too much blood is just too much! -I actually like the format for this issue with Batman's thought process. I had problems with the execution, but its a good idea. -I was genuinely disturbed and freaked out by this issue. Especially the part where Pyg eats the pig. Ew! It's kind of the intended effect of this issue. -I liked the way we saw Pyg in this issue. It was pretty creepy to never see him talk until the end of the issue, I was getting some chilling vibes from that effect. -I liked the way this issue foreshadowed the end. Those parts in parentheses were really cool and kind of eerie, it kind of reminded me of Stephen King and how he uses parentheses. -This Knigthmares stuff is really growing on me. It's one of those ideas I love, but I have trouble getting to the why. But I do love the idea of seven-ish standalone issues, each one turning out to be only an illusion in the end, with some kind of explanation for it in the end. -I'm not super pissed about the fact that we're not seeing Thomas Wayne yet. I like the way the suspense is being dragged out. That's just me though. -"Little pig, little pig," I really liked that line. Great use of a public domain story, unlike Pygmalion. -I really loved the end. Why? i'm not sure. It simultaneously felt WTF and deeply disturbing, a combination I love to see. In comics I mean! Sorry if that sounded wrong. THE BAD: -Wasn't a fan of the Pygmalion stuff. It didn't really have a purpose in the story and it felt like filler. -Eventually it felt like Batman's narration was trying to be meaningful, but was just empty. -This whole issue felt very, very pointless. I have a feeling it could've been left out and the whole series would be the exact same. I can't help but feel like these stories would read better if there were 3-ish stories in only about two issues. Both this one and the previous one could've been shortened.

4.0
Batman (2016) #63

Jan 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought the idea for this issue was good at least. What would have happened if the wedding went through? Nice idea. Poor execution. -I liked Mikel Janin's art. There were some awkward faces and stiff looking poses, but I liked the splash pages a lot and he made that shower scene feel very effectively steamy. -It's nice to at least see the previous stories acknowledged. -I'm still on board with Knightmares, despite predictability and a gimmicky premise. I feel like another writer could do way better though. THE BAD: -So Constantine was in this issue why, exactly? I felt like he was only there to tell Bruce about the Knightmares. Other than that, his existence was purely fan service and filler. -Constantine's monologue was a mixture of boring and trying way too hard. -Although the art was nice, the shower scene was gratuitous filler. -Something about Bruce punching Constantine and calling him an idiot just felt wrong. -The dialogue didn't jive with me this issue. -I didn't like the ending. The dark and depressing Batman is getting tiring.

4.0
Batman (2016) #66

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was great. Especially when Fornes drew Year One scenes because his art is very reminiscent of David Mazzuchelli's. -The issue had some cool noir feels to it. -The first and last pages were good and served as nice bookends to the issue. -I liked that page with Batman fighting all the villains in the white background. It was a nice effect. THE BAD: -Eh. I'm done with this Knightmares arc. -Ugh. The lack of plot progression is really getting tiring. Now that we know what's going on, which already took us way too much time to figure out, should't we be moving towards an escape of some kind. -Eh, the Question is pretty much Constantine from the previous Knightmares issue. Nothing about him really makes me know why he's there, other than that he's interrogating Catwoman. -This issue was really boring. -The dialogue this issue felt kinda hollow. Maybe that's just me. Maybe it requires a reread. Who knows? -This issue was just too much flashback to me.

1.5
Batman (2016) #67

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Nice art. Also, good lettering. That isn't something I would typically notice, but in a comic that's essentially JUST lettering, I kind of have to. THE BAD: -I'm tempted just to leave my review at "no," but I suppose I'll try to write an actual review. -DC, can we please never get an issue like this again? I would feel ripped off if this was a FCBD issue. -One of this issue's main problem is that it is centered entirely around an idea that thinks it's really clever, but actually isn't. Okay, yes, Batman and the Joker and kind of like Wil.E Coyote and the Road Runner. That's not some deep and phenomenal metaphor. -This issue just further cements my idea that these Knightmares should just be a single issue. This issue could take about two pages to tell, the others about three or four. They're just stretching singular ideas that don't warrant a full issue into exactly that. -I've never hated this series. For the most part, I enjoy Tom King's writing on other projects, and this is subpar for him, but not exactly unreadable to me. Maybe I'm not a big enough Batman fan. Who knows? But this issue felt downright insulting. I could feel Tom King laughing at my anger when I paid four dollars for a glorified picture book. That's legitimately what I think this was. I feel like a five year old would have a better time reading this than I did. -Yet another issue I could wait for to be over. Sigh. -I mean, what can I say? I really found this issue terribly shitty, so I'm just filling the bad column with as much as I can. -Beep, beep off, Tom King. Never write an issue like this again.

2.5
Batman (2016) #68

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -Hey, I'm just glad these Knightmares are over, to be honest. -That one final conversation between Superman and Batman was pretty good, I'll admit. Even if it contradicted some of King's earlier issues, it acknowledged the Kinghtmares, and I'd rather see a Batman who likes being Batman than a depressed teenager-like Batman THE BAD: -I've never been a fan of Amanda Conner's art, I'll just say it. It's not for me. Never has been. -Ugh. The dialogue was especially awful this issue. It almost makes me miss the days when this comic had no dialogue whatsoever. -Why does Tom King constantly feel the need to make every superhero sound like an idiot? Batman and Superman just sound awful here. "Look at this soup. It's… really good." -I feel like under the pen of a different writer, this might be fun, but it's not. -I guess this was supposed to be the spiritual sequel to those double date issues. That's too bad. I actually liked those issues. -That artist change partway through was jarring and it took me out of the story.

5.5
Batman (2016) #69

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -I didn't hate this as much as the last few issues, so I'll give it that. -The art is magnificent. Yanick Paquette is super talented. -I liked some of the nostalgia with Batman and Catwoman dancing, like their classic costumes, and King's constantly overused Year One/boat outfits. -King admitting that Batman doesn't love Catwoman was super satisfying. I hope this issue is the last one with mopey Batman. THE BAD: -Bane and Thomas Wayne's scenes just didn't interest me. And Bane fighting naked is as weird and gross in a bad way as everyone says it is. -I'm not a huge fan of the dialogue. I wasn't mad at it this time, just kind of indifferent. It definitely could've been done better given the potential and the premise. -Still not sure why Thomas Wayne is bad. Because Bruce is still Batman? That seems like a huge stretch.

4.0
Batman (2016) #70

May 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -Hey, this is a lot better than the last couple of issues of this series. -I liked that first page. Yes, it's Tom King being gimmicky, but I liked acknowledging that the Knightmares happened. -I didn't hate Batman's dialogue here, even if "I am the nightmare" is one of the cheesiest lines in a recent Batman comic. At least he wasn't his usual pouty self. THE BAD: -Not sure about the art. Jorge Fornes is a good artist, and Mikel Janin is a good artist, but their style just doesn't flow together very well, and there's no real storytelling reason why the art should change. -Yet another issue that could be done in less pages. -Aside from maybe Riddler, none of the villains have any sort of character that sets them apart from the others. They're all just mannequins for Batman to fight which happen to have familiar faces. -I mean, hasn't this been done before? In the Bane story arc? Even if you liked that, you have to admit, redoing the same thing, with minimal differences, is just lazy. -What's with Tom King's Calendar Man? He was in one of the first issues, and was pretty original there, but now he just spouts Adam West Batman lines.

3.5
Batman (2016) #71

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -Sorry about the late reviews. Been a busy week. Anyways, I thought this issue was fine. I'm just honestly glad to be done with Knightmares and all that garbage. -Jorge Fornes' art was great. Definitely the best creator involved with this issue. -I'll be honest, I liked that page with Batgirl calling the Bat family. -Honestly, I though Alfred was the best here. That scene with him and Batman was good, for me at least. THE BAD: -I guess this issue is supposed to be like the sequel to issue 60. Not sure how well that works, especially considering I liked that issue. The juxtaposition effect here didn't seem as strong. Probably because it was already used. -Sadly, Mikel Janin's art fell apart here. That panel with Batgirl doing contortion was ugly as sin. -Why does nothing ever happened in this series anymore? It gets really annoying, especially when you know they're just trying to get to 100 issues. -Batman was just obnoxious in this issue. I hated all of his stupid temper tantrums. -"I'm going to break your damn back," just felt like an excuse for what could've been an interesting confrontation between Batman and Bane. -Batman's speech to the Bat-Family was just really corny. -I thought Bruce was over Selina? But apparently all it takes is Tim to mention her and Batman goes crazy.

4.0
Batman (2016) #72

Jun 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -I've always liked Jorge Fornes' art. -I mean, conceptually, having Bane's plan be interwoven into every issue thus far is good, but the execution is so weak. -I thought the splash page with the villains was rather cool. THE BAD: -I wish they would get rid of Mikel Janin at this point, because all he's doing is drawing one or two splash pages per issue, which aren't even that good. -Glad to see I paid 3.99 for a recap of every issue before this one. -I appreciate King trying to make Bane powerful, but what he's making him here is just ridiculous. -Now the juxtaposition between artists is just forced and weak and repetitive. -Why is Thomas Wayne bad? This issue didn't exactly make that clear, probably because it's so unbelievable in the first place.

1.5
Batman (2016) #73

Jun 19, 2019

Hey guys. I'm not going to be doing a review for this issue, because I have gotten so tired of reviewing Tom King's Batman. I just wanted to let you know this was an awful issue, with no plot progression, awful dialogue, or lack thereof and really weak pencilling. The only good thing I can say about the issue is that Jordie Bellaire's colors are rather beautiful, but they don't salvage the issue.

2.5
Batman (2016) #75

Jul 18, 2019

THE GOOD: -Hey! Mitch Gerads is here! I didn't know that! Tony Daniel's art was good, but in my opinion Gerads' was superior in its atmosphere, truly capturing the "apocalyptic" Gotham this issue is trying to sell. Plus he is not only a fantastic penciller, but a damn good color artist. -This wasn't as bad as the last few issues. THE BAD: -There is no way on this planet that Tom: King of Filler deserves a an extra sized $4.99 issue. -This comic is supposed to be about the villains taking over Gotham, which is a fun concept, yet it's kind of ruined by the villains having absolutely no personality whatsoever. -Wow. I wasn't expecting this comic to give me so many flashbacks to my freshman year of high school. There was that reference to the Trojan War, which I learned a lot about in English. Then that story with the farmer and the horse and his son, which I remember my math teacher telling me for whatever reason. Not sure why I'm talking so much about this, not that anyone cares. And before all the commenters start telling me I'm a terrible reviewer or whatever, the reason this is in the bad section is because Tom King needs to stop using fables and whatnot in place of actual story. -Ugh. More Gotham Girl. -I DON'T CARE IF IT WAS THE BOAT OR THE GODDAMN STREET! AND STOP TRYING TO MAKE ME CARE! -At least the other Luthor pages in the Villain of the Week "tie-ins" were just that. One page. Yet Tom King had to devote a whole 8-page backup story to a conversation between Luthor and Bane.

2.5
Batman (2016) #76

Aug 7, 2019

I'm tired of this. I'm tired of saying "this issue was better than last issue, at least," because the bar has been set so damn low. I may just stick to rating this series from now on, if that. As for my thoughts on the issue: Well, it was better than last issue at least.

3.0
Batman (2016) #86

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -Good art. Daniel did not disappoint, for me at least. -The epilogue was the only interesting part for me, and it was basically the opening scene of the Dark Knight. THE BAD: -Maybe it's because it's been so long since I read a Batman comic, but I was not interested in this at all. -I've always been opposed to Tynion's writing. This issue was no different. -The mercenaries were interested, but the fact that they were shrugged off so easily was disappointing. -Man, Lucius and Batman have almost no chemistry. -Wow. They just threw Deathstroke right in there, huh?

9.5
Batman (2016) Annual #3

Dec 12, 2018

THE GOOD: -This was a charming heartwarming story above all, and one that I really enjoyed. -Otto Schmidt's art was well-drawn and his depiction of Alfred was especially good. I also really liked his facial expressions. -I previously stated that Tom Taylor should write Nightwing, and while that comic is in desperate need of salvaging (in my opinion, although maybe not more than Red Hood at this point, that series is just plain pissing me off!) Taylor really proved his chops for a Batman comic. Because not only was the Alfred story good, so was the Batman one. -I haven't read very many Batman comics, but this issue might have just captured Batman and Alfred's relationship better than anything else in one story. -This was a pretty perfect self-contained story in my opinion. From start to finish, it told the story it needed to tell, and it did so perfectly. -Taylor writes both Batman and Alfred so amazingly, I actually want him to take over the ongoing series. I've only read his X-Men: Red, which I did not like, but this issue proved him to be pretty amazing writer. -I laughed so much in this issue. That's all I have to say about that. -I will highlight the Bat-Thermos however, which was an ingenious and original joke. -I just loved the way Alfred puts his soul into Bruce's life and work, and the fact that issue explores that in such a great angle and light. -This is an extension of the previous statement, but I really liked how Alfred rushed to save Batman when he was stabbed. It was just really well written. -And Alfred's explanation for why he puts his soul into Bruce's life and work… so beautiful. This is genius writing, folks. -Not to mention, this issue gives Alfred the appreciation he deserves. I feel like many recent comics have overlooked him as a character or simply used him as a way to relay sarcasm towards Batman, but this issue does the opposite. -I really loved the ending. It was funny and heartwarming. -This issue in general, drops the whole contention that superhero comics always need to be dark and gut-wrenching or whatever. This is a brighter, quite frankly, better superhero comic. THE BAD: -My only complaint is a very, very small one. And it's that the villain could be better. However the villain was not a main part of story and the story did it's job in focusing mainly on Batman and Alfred, as it should. So, I don't know. I guess everything comes out to a 9.5 anyways.

7.0
Batman / Superman (2019) #1

Aug 30, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a pretty good debut. Not sure I'll read on, but it was fun for what it was. -That opening was dark and perfectly paced, if predictable. -David Marquez did a pretty good job. I'm not too familiar with him, and his work here wasn't terrific, but I enjoyed it mostly, from a visual perspective. -The Batman Who Laughs' Batcave was really neat to see. -That ending looks like it could lead to a great next issue. THE BAD: -I dunno, I've never read any Joshua Williamson. I've got Birthright and Nailbiter on my want to read list, but this just felt very bland in terms of writing. The story isn't too interesting, the script basic. -I'm not sure why, but this didn't really fully click for me. Every aspect just felt like it was missing that special something that makes a great first issue. This is an incredibly personal gripe, however.

5.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #2

Sep 28, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was okay. Not sure if I'm still gonna read this one. -The art's… good enough. I'm not in love with it like others. It can be a bit stiff, but the colors are great. -Okay, I'm starting to get interested in Gordon's story. -I do like the idea with the six batarangs. I like the potential of where it could lead for the rest of this story arc. THE BAD: -I dunno. The fight scene that took up the bulk of the book just bored me. It was nothing new and went on too long. -With a couple exceptions. I didn't find either of the title characters very interesting. -Shazam Who Laughs had a great design, but they didn't really take him anywhere interesting.

7.0
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #1

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -I wasn't expecting much from this, but it was a welcome surprise. -I don't think I've ever read anything Bryan Hill's written before. From what I understand, this is a continuation of his Detective Comics run. I might have to check that out. -The art is fantastic. I think it's safe to say that we've all missed seeing your art on a Bat-Book, Dexter Soy. -The first action scene was really good, it didn't take too long, but it wasn't too short either. -I like how Batman's written here. As a side character, letting the other characters take center stage. If only the comic was just called Outsiders. -I think Katana might be the star here though. All her scenes are great and her character is written fantastic. -I think Sofia is a really interesting new character. THE BAD: -The beginning of this was a bit rushed, but that's not a huge problem. -Signal and Black Lightning's feud seems kind of cliche at this point. -Apparently Kaliber is gonna become DC's Cable. Not sure how I feel about that.

9.5
Batman's Grave #1

Nov 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -Little late to the party on this one, but I really, really liked this debut. -Great to see these guys working together again. The Authority is one of my all-time favorite comics. -That opening was just cool. It's a weird idea, but the execution really sells it. -I mean Hitch's art has always been fantastic. I'm just glad he's so consistent and has never stopped putting effort into his comics, despite his popularity. -This is a compelling mystery. -Alfred's dialogue with Bruce was fantastic. -I really like the idea of Bruce getting into the mindset of the victim. It leads to a great investigation sequence. -The detective stuff just always interests me. -I have absolutely no idea what the ending means and I am on the edge of my seat to find out. THE BAD: -The opening scene was maybe a bit unnecessary. It was cool as f*ck though, so I'm not taking full points off for it.

7.5
Batman's Grave #2

Nov 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -This wasn't as amazing as the first issue, but I still like it. -The art is still incredibly impressive and the show-stealer here. That action scene was good only because Hitch is so mind-blowingly good at drawing action. -This Alfred take is different, sure, but I kind of like it. -The investigation is still my favorite part of the story. -Ohhhhhh, that was Eduardo Flamingo. That's pretty cool. -That Bat-signal panel was so f*cking cool. THE BAD: -The issue could have been way shorter. I mean the chase scene was cool. But did it need to take up half the issue? -Wow, that ending was abrupt.

9.0
Batman's Grave #3

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a fantastic issue. I loved it. -I love the storyline here. -The detective work is just great. This is the type of Batman I love. -Hitch's art is really damn good. -This issue was perfectly structured. Plus the pacing is way better than last issue. -The action scene was great. Something about the flow from panel to panel is really satisfying. -I love this take on Alfred. Again, it's different, but I like it. THE BAD: -The end felt abrupt, and that final line is cheesy as hell.

7.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #2

Aug 30, 2019

THE GOOD: -I was actually going to trade wait this one, I've got a busy schedule right now, with not too much time for comics. Even though I enjoyed the first series, I wasn't overly looking forward to this one. But, two issues in, and I can safely say that this is much better. -I really like the backstory of the Waynes. It's so fascinated and that carriage action scene was incredible. -Well, I mean, it's Sean Gordon Murphy. Of course the art is going to be phenomenally good. -I really liked the pacing here. It's not as exposition heavy as the original series, and it accomplishes a lot, story-wise, without feeling rushed, moving from scene to scene nicely. -Wow. I've never seen this portrayal of Gordon before. Some people will be against it, but I'm not. -Damn. I love this Azrael. -Wow. That action scene at the end was incredible. THE BAD: -I'm not too interested in Ruth and her exposition. -I'm not too sure about the pregnant Harley subplot. It might distract from the main story, but it could be interesting. I'll put it in the bad this time, since it didn't really fit with the rest of the issue.

8.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #3

Sep 28, 2019

THE GOOD: -Great issue. -Sean Gordon Murphy is one of the most talented artists working today. He's up there with Andrea Sorrentino, Stephanie Hans and Greg Capullo. Everything about his work shows an artist pouring all their effort into every panel. -It's just fun. I have a great time reading this, and it never feels like it's trying to be anything other than fun, which is rare in modern comics. -This Wayne history stuff is surprisingly interesting. -Sean Gordon Murphy's Joker is one of the best portrayals of the character I've seen in a long, long time. It's also clear Murphy has really found his groove with writing more with this sequel than the first series. -That ending was great. Wonderfully executed. THE BAD: -I don't find Harley particularly interesting. It seems to be going down a very traditional "pregnant character" storyline thus far.

8.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #4

Oct 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a fantastic issue. This series keeps getting better. -The best thing here is the art. I think that's expected by now. It's a spectacle book and the art is definitely the biggest contributer to that. -I thought the opening was pretty heartbreaking. Especially that last panel before the title page. -Barbara feels like a real person here, which is great. It;s interesting how she's gone from the child-like character in the original WK to her character here as well. -Those scenes with Batman and Leslie were really great. -Interesting flashback scene. The lore behind this sequel is quite intriguing. -Damn. That ending. THE BAD: -I dunno. Azrael's not a great villain. I preferred Neo-Joker, and I wasn't even a huge fan of her. He just feels very villain of the week, I guess.

7.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #5

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked this issue a lot. -The art is the MVP of this comic, no question. -I felt like this issue dealt with the emotional aspects of the story very well. -I dunno. I like Harley and Jack a lot. -The Bane sequence was really good. Maybe a bit long, but I was engaged in the action. -The ending was great. Also, Azrael's new suit is fantastic looking. THE BAD: -At this point, I've mostly lost interest in old Gotham lore. Maybe the revelation about Batman, with what Joker wrote, assuming it has to do with that will, but now, it feels so detached from the main events, it's quite dull. -Honestly, I feel like this comic may have too many characters. Bullock, Montoya and Duke are nearly indistinguishable at this point in terms of character traits.

7.0
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #6

Jan 24, 2020

THE GOOD: -Pretty good issue. Nothing spectacular. -Great art, as usual. -This comic is always pretty cinematic. It feels like a blockbuster movie put in a comic, and it comes with all the pros and cons that entails. -The twist here was pretty good. Nothing original, but I like it. -The end was well done. THE BAD: -Unfortunately Jason Blood's appearance was limited only to a shit-ton of exposition and not much else. -The Wayne lore has lost all interest for me.

6.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight: Von Freeze #1

Nov 23, 2019

THE GOOD: -Sean Murphy is a good character writer. It shows here. Victor and Thomas really feel like real people with their dialogue. -Jacob and Victor's relationship felt very genuine. -I like the family theme of this comic. It was very well-done and it was nice to see it not have a depressing ending. -I like the idea of Freeze tech being used to experiment on Jews. Well, not the… you know what I mean! -Of course Hollingsworth's colors are very good. That hasn't changed since White Knight. -The emotion was solid here. This comic made me feel things. THE BAD: -I really don't like this art. Sean Murphy's art is pretty vital to the White Knight world. -I can't say I found the story super interesting. -Wait, wasn't Nora still frozen in this universe? Am I confused. Probably. If anybody knows the answer to this, let me know in the comments.

5.0
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

Jun 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -This could be some of the best art Greg Capullo's ever put out. -I thought that the beginning was really good. I especially liked the chalk outline part. That was really interesting. -I thought the story was fairly interesting here. Especially the background for this universe. THE BAD: -I'll be honest. The Joker was my least favorite part here. Maybe it will happen later, but so far the promise of "exploring the relationship between Batman and the Joker" has yet to happen. For now, he's just being kind of annoying. -The Green Lantern babies were just too stupid to take seriously. -On second thought, the asylum parts were kinda stupid and unrealistic.

8.5
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Jul 31, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a much better issue than number one. I was really excited by everything that happened here. -This reminded me of why I love comics like the Court of Owls and Death of the Family. For some reason Metal didn't click with me and issue one of this series kind of fell apart upon rereads, so this feels like a great return to form for a great creative team. -Huh. Lex Luthor's characterization here was… really good actually. Way better than it had any right to be considering how ridiculous his backstory in this universe was. -The world building here feels much better. Natural, not overtaking the main story, yet interesting, creative and unique. -This feels like perhaps career-best work from Greg Capullo. I know that's saying a lot here, but every panel has so much effort clearly put into it. I don't think I would like this comic as much if not for the life the art gives it. -I love how big this feels. It feels like properly epic story, especially as there's not as much filler in this issue. Snyder has clearly spent a lot of time world building and it shows. THE BAD: -The Joker's head still isn't doing it for me for some reason. It feels more like comic relief than some kind of exploration of the relationship of said characters, which is fine, it's just there's some untapped potential there. Ah well, there's always next issue.

6.5
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #3

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was good. It tried a bit too hard at times, but overall I had a fun time. -Well, I mean, yeah. The art’s amazing. I think that’s why I liked the last issue so much; it was basically a showcase for Capullo’s art. This issue was more plot-focused, and it took down my enjoyment just a bit. -This is a great depiction of Joker. His connection to the story felt forced in that Scott-Snyder-everything’s-connected sense, but as far as his personality goes, he’s the most likable person in the comic for me. His humor’s solid and there was a bit more here in regards to the exploration of his relationship with Batman. -I liked the middle of this issue the best. It had a fun, heist-y feel to it, even if it wasn’t really a heist and nothing particularly clever happened. I liked the tone, is what I’m saying. -I really liked the pacing for the last act of the issue. It cemented that cinematic feel nicely. THE BAD -Honestly, I couldn’t care less about these characters. Except for maybe, maybe Joker. -Sigh. Omega... was forgettable. The twist’s clever but weightless and he ultimately was built up way too much for such a bland villain. -Meh. The end didn’t make me feel anything it was trying to.

8.5
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #1

Aug 26, 2020

I really liked this issue. The art was definitely the best part, but I really liked how Barbara and Jason were written.

8.0
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Oct 4, 2020

I liked it. I think the middle is perfect. The beginning was pretty good. The ending lost me a bit, but I'm sure it'll pick back up.

6.0
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #3

Nov 1, 2020

It was fine. Didn't love it, didn't hate it.

8.0
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

Nov 7, 2020

I think I might like this more than White Knight. I definitely like Katana's writing more than Sean Gordon Murphy's. The story is pretty interesting, and Harley is actually a nicely written character, much more so than in White Knight.

5.0
Black Panther (2018) #3

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD: -I think the script is the best part of the issue. I like the unique writing style, it is well suited for this kind of sic-fi style of tale. -I liked the portrayal of M'Baku. He was well-translated into the atmosphere of the story and had unique writing and was pretty well-depicted. THE BAD: -The art wasn't doing it. Just lacked detail and originality. I wish we could see more of the art style from the first one, where more attention to detail benefitted the story. -This issue unfortunately descended into bland action scenes with no originality.

8.5
Cable (2020) #1

Mar 19, 2020

Ah, c'mon! This is fun!

7.5
Cable (2020) #2

Jul 29, 2020

It's not as much fun as the first issue, but I'm still enjoying this.

6.5
Cable (2020) #3

Aug 19, 2020

I'm not a huge fan of Deadpool, but here he was tolerable and occasionally even funny. Overall, the issue is alright. Nothing insultingly bad, but probably not worth the four bucks if you're not a huge Cable fan.

7.5
Cable (2020) #4

Sep 7, 2020

It's fun and I like it.

7.5
Cable (2020) #5

Oct 18, 2020

Pretty unremarkable, but there's nothing to hate about this, and I like these characters enough that it made the story interesting.

6.5
Captain America (2018) #3

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was very good. Detailed and unique, and captures the characters well. -I liked the exploration of Hydra's effect on society. This is the kind of deep-thinking issue that I love when Coates puts out and this issue is no exception. -The end was a very effective conclusion to the issue. A good reveal and a good cliffhanger. A twofer, if you will. The best kind of end. -The action scene that occurs a little over halfway through the issue was really good. It felt like a blockbuster movie action sequence. Anyone else want Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the script for the next Captain America movie? THE BAD: -I actually thought the narration during the action scene was distracting. That action sequence was so good, and yet nothing about the narration at that point in the issue stood out to me. -The inclusion of Black Panther, for me, was a slip-up. He had no real purpose in the issue, he just added a familiar face to the roster and combined Coates two current series, which are, quite frankly better on their own.

9.0
Captain America (2018) #5

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -I love the art. Its something I can count on fro consistency every time I open an issue of this series. -Great writing too. The dialogue had some cool moments. -Its nice that Coates has decided to dial back the monologue during the fight scenes and let the visuals (mostly) take over. -That Taskmaster fight scene was awesome. -I really liked the scene with Bucky. The dialogue was awesome and both characters were really well written in that moment. -That end-scene was so cool. I am pumped for the next issue. -All in all, this issue just provides excellent, quality entertainment. Its a great adventure, and I loved it. THE BAD: -I just wish more happened in this issue. It was a nice bridge between the previous and next issue, but it won't have much purpose in the whole scheme of things. Still a great issue though.

4.5
Captain America (2018) #6

Dec 19, 2018

ACTIVATE SPOILER SHIELD! SPOILER ENEMIES AHEAD! THE GOOD: -I love Leinil Francis Yu's art a lot. It was especially good in this issue. -Very good writing. Coates' use of silence is also really good, I would like to point out. -I liked the end. It nicely capped off a bad issue. THE BAD: -I wish we could have gotten more explanation for the ending of last issue, especially since they have that advantage, with this issue having a flashback and all. -The transition from present to flashback could have been much better than it was, in my opinion. -This issue was sadly unmemorable. No awesome action scenes, one good plot event, and all in all, it ends up being my least favorite issue thus far. -While it was a good moment, the death of Ross could have been way better, There was some solid buildup, I suppose.

9.5
Captain America (2018) #7

Feb 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -Really nice art. Love Adam Kubert. -I thought Cap's internal monologue was fantastic this issue. -That scene with Baron Strucker was very excellent. -This is a nice execution of the overused Superhero: Framed for Murder storyline -My favorite part was the scenes with Sharon and Steve. And boy, does Coates know how to write Steve. -The Bucky scenes were great as well. And that page with him snapping the bad guy's leg is just sickening. -That end is crazy, but also really cool. THE BAD: -I can't think of anything. I don't feel like this was a 10-star issue though, so 9.5 it is.

9.0
Captain America (2018) #8

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -Adam Kubert's art is spot-on. -I just really love this storyline. -That opening scene was perfect. -That title page was really awesome. -Sharon and Fisk's scene was great. -This issue just really delivered on the action scenes toward the end of the issue. -The end has me excited. -Ta-Nehisi Coates has really mastered how to write this series. The first arc was a little bumpy, but this arc is going great. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that this issue is more individual scenes and characters than an issue as a whole.

6.5
Captain America (2018) #9

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'm still fully on board with this storyline. -That opening scene with Alexa and Mr. Darin was great. -I love the credits pages for this story arc. So damn cool. -Adam Kubert is still killing it in every way possible. -That final scene was excellent. THE BAD: -I didn't enjoy this as much as the first two installments of this story arc. -Those scenes with the Dryad could've been good due to a heist-y prison break feel and strong characters, but ultimately came across as boring. -This issue kinda veered into a cliche prison brawl scene.

3.0
Captain Marvel (2019) #1

Jan 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -I did like Spider-Woman's appearance a lot. -The art was decent. Nothing spectacular though. -I enjoyed Tony's appearance as well. He was very funny. THE BAD: -So we're doing that All-Star Superman style origin again?! This was slightly different, so I appreciate that, but it still felt like a variation on the same thing. -Wasn't a fan of Carol. I've never really liked her a whole lot though. -This was a very skippable issue for me. I don't feel like it added anything to my love for comics. -Hazmat was a very "meh" character for me. Couldn't care less about her. -So we have to do that whole interrupting-a-near-kiss cliche? Good to know. -I also thought Nuclear Man was a very boring villain. -And that ending really didn't jive with me. I'm gonna pass on this series.

6.0
Catwoman (2018) #2

Aug 8, 2018

This was a pretty good second issue. I think Joelle Jones still has room to improve as a writer, as the dialogue is minimalistic and nothing really stands out about it. If I'm being honest, the script is quite bland. The overall plot is still pretty good, however, once again nothing really to make it stand out from the several Bat-Books out right now. I do like the combat scenes which may have taken up a bit too many pages, as they really just show variations of Selina beating the crap out of a different copycat, not progressing the story anywhere. However, they are still very satisfying action scenes. The story still has one major problem however, and that's too many secondary characters. They are all original characters who don't really have any "character" at all, and I find it not only hard to keep track of who's who in the new town, but also just find myself trying to care. Lastly I didn't like the end as it just kind of abruptly ended, as if , "Oh my twenty pages are up! Guess that's it for this issue!", not really doing anything to get you excited for the next issue, something that would run over smoothly in trade format, but needs to be slightly better for a single issue in a monthly series. That said, the art is still great and Joelle Jones has mastered the look of this comic as it stands out from others visually. All in all, a series that still interests me, but it is slowly falling of the rails, and I hope it can get back on track.

7.0
Catwoman (2018) #3

Sep 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -Joelle Jones' art is pretty great. She has room to improve as a writer, but her art is spot-on. -The combat scenes, are really good. A lot of comics don't have as memorable action scenes, but the staging for these and the execution works quite well. -I really liked that backstory, very twisted, very dark and it had great art. -The main villain is proving to be quite a good villain. She is menacing and just the right amount of twisted to be a good villain. -I really liked that montage on page 3. Really good and it added to the book's memorability factor. THE BAD: -Unfortunately, the supporting cast is just too wide. I can't keep track of which character is Selina's roommate, which is a cop and which is the son of the villain. -This is sadly, just an issue where nothing really happens. Not a huge problem, it just features a lot of filler, like pages 19-21.

8.5
Catwoman (2018) #4

Oct 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -Great art. No surprise. Although the flashback art was surprisingly good, as it was previously hard to imagine anyone but Joelle Jones illustrating the issue. -Excellent flashback. I loved the way it told the story of the relationship between Selina and Maggie. -This issue has great emotional depth. This is definitely the best-scripted issue of the series, and its for Jones' capturing of the emotion facing Selina in this issue. -This issue gives Selina a lot more character depth than she's had before. This series feels at its best when it's not trying to be "that offshoot of the wedding issue." and instead makes the series a bit more unique as a standalone issue. -Very good ending. Intriguing and attention-capturing. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that I was more attached to the flashback story than the main plot. It surprises me still, but I truly like the take on Selina's past more than what's going on in the present side of things.

7.5
Catwoman (2018) #5

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue had a really nice, really creative juxtaposition thing going on, that made an otherwise forgettable issue memorable for me. -Joelle Jones is a great artist. If for nothing else, buy this book for the art. -I thought the way Raina Creel killed her husband was really cruel and morbid in all the effective ways. -The scene where Catwoman fought all those orderlies was really cool in my opinion. -The scene where she was with Bruce was a pretty cool vision scene. Nice to know this series isn't just ignoring everything that happened over in Batman. -Raina Creel is a great villain, I also liked the way she manipulated her son. This series will have a hard time coming up with another villain as good as the one it has. THE BAD: -The supporting characters are still a weak point. Aside from Raina and Maggie, none of them are great characters, and there are too many of them. -Wasn't a fan of the last page. The splash felt forced just because it was the last page.

5.0
Catwoman (2018) #6

Dec 19, 2018

BE WARY TRAVELER…. SPOILERS AHEAD! THE GOOD: -Joelle Jones always has great art. It's the most reliable thing about this series. -Catwoman is pretty well characterized. This series definitely gets her character, at least. -I really liked those silhouetted fight scenes. They were new and unique. -I'm glad to see Maggie in it again. She's a great character. THE BAD: -Raina Creel was a great villain, its a shame her defeat was so cliche and undeserving. I hope to see more of her. -There was some really confusing paneling towards the end there, during the scene where Raina shoots her son. -This story arc really went out with a whimper rather than the bang it could have had. I was super disappointed. -And that last page… Apparently Jones ran out of pages, so she use stuck on some half assed page of Selina sitting in front of a taco place. What the f***ing hell?!

5.5
Catwoman (2018) #11

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -Wow. It's been a bit since I've reviewed this series, hasn't it? I just binge read the last several issues, and surprisingly enough, I enjoyed them. -Fernando Blanco's art was really good. Unfortunately, the fill in artist wasn't great. -Those action scenes were fantastic. I could follow the action easily and it was well staged. -Raina Creel still manages to be a great villain and her son is really creepy. THE BAD: -The bad fill-in artist. -Those red carpet scenes weren't really necessary and they were really boring. -I have no idea what was going on with that shoe. -This series always seems to just end at the most random spot possible, as if they ran out of pages. It actually is very jarring and takes me out of the story.

1.0
Catwoman (2018) Annual #1

Jun 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -Nothing. God, I hated this issue. THE BAD: -This was a terrible issue. Like, really terrible. -What happened to the quality of Joelle Jones' script? It used to be so good, but now it's kind of annoying. -This story was just really uninteresting. The prime example of a throwaway annual story. -Even the art was terrible. -"Morty" was a really weak villain. -I really wished they would've kept Superman out of it.

6.5
Chu (2020) #1

Aug 13, 2020

As a fan of Chew, I was definitely ambivalent towards this. Chew's ending was just so... perfect, man, and we didn't really need any more. If I knew it was a prequel, I'm sure I'd still be cautiously excited. Just out of curiosity, does this take place before or after the avian flu? Anyways, I see a lot of potential in this series, namely in the main character Saffron. A series following a food-powered thief is definitely an interesting one, even if she's got a long way to go in order to be interesting enough to sell the series. I'm definitely gonna inflate the score above what my gut tells me, just because I know how much crazier John Layman can get and how much better his series are when he does. Rereading the first issue of Chew, it's clear that it was only a hundredth of what the series could become, and the only mildly interesting character at the point was Mason (Speaking of, I'm really hoping for an appearance from Mason and Caesar later on). I'm sure plenty more characters and ideas will surface once this series comes into its own and finds its own voice. Hopefully. The only part of me that doubts that is the part of me that noticed how John Layman was starting to run out of food powers toward the end of Chew. Oh, and obviously he's busy, but man, does not having Rob Guillory on a Chew series blow. He added so much life and personality into the original series, to the point where I'd say he's equally as responsible for how great that series was as John Layman. The new guy's good, and it's clear they were going for someone who can capture that cartoony feeling that Rob Guillory had, but this just feels sort of flat. I dunno, man. Anyways, there's still good here. I was super happy to see Tony and even happier to see John. Probably something else notable, but I can't think of it at the moment. Overall, I think if a new Chew series needs to be made, I would've much rather had the adventures of Ginny and Olive, who surprisingly ended up being my favorite part of the end of the series.

6.0
Chu (2020) #2

Sep 7, 2020

Alright. More of this. I'd say this is about on the same level as the first issue. I don't know. It's like Chew, but... boring. I feel like one of the problems is that John Layman's sense of humor revolves around building on top of previously established jokes. And by making this a prequel, most of the jokes that could be built upon already have. And the new story doesn't seem to have those same little details like, I don't know chogs, or Poyo, or something like that. At least, not yet. Anyways, some more random thoughts: -Well, this answered my previous question about the avian flu. -Jesus, what happened with John? Like, he's always been kind of douchey, and I remember a lot of that from issue one, before his cybernetic implants, but man, he's really unlikeable here. Which is a shame, because despite his numerous flaws, he was always likable in Chew. I'm gonna guess this is intentional, because he's supposed to be Tony's asshole new partner here, though. -I just miss Rob Guillory. Dan Boultwood isn't a terrible artist, but he doesn't have what it takes to bring this series to life the way Rob would. Like, there's a sequence in this where Saffron is waiting for her boyfriend, and it's just a page-ish of her getting progressively bored in the same location. Boultwood just sorta draws her in different positions, but I feel like Rob would've added a ton of details in the background with, I don't know, the people walking by, the buildings, that sort of stuff. -Oh, Saffron and Sage are twins. I mean, it's not like a wow moment, because I can't even remember if Sage had more than a line in all of Chew, more of just an "oh...okay" moment. -What the hell is a cipropanth? I'm guessing it'll be expanded upon next issue because Sage appears to be a central part of it, but context clues lead me to believe it's a power that allows the person to get psychic from impressions by eating the same food at the exact same time as someone, which is really unoriginal for a Chew comic. -This is more just a random theory, but early on in Chew, there was an issue with a frame story of Tony recollecting the events of the issue to someone with a bandaged face in a hospital. If I remember correctly, it was the issue where Amelia was held hostage by E.G.G., but I could be wrong. Anyways, I don't think the identity of that person was ever revealed, and I was just guessing it might be Saffron, since she doesn't appear to be anywhere in Chew. I could be wrong though. Maybe it was just a planned side plot that they didn't have time for, or wasn't interesting enough.

6.5
Coffin Bound #1

Aug 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -I guess I'm late to the party with this one. I originally didn't pick it up because I was unfamiliar with the creative team, but after seeing that both Kieron Gillen and Warren Ellis recommend it, I decided to pick it up. It was pretty good. -This was very Lynchian, so take that as you will. If you like David Lynch, you will most likely enjoy this. If not, this isn't for you. -The art was quite good, especially for someone who's artist name is just Dani. -Vulture is great. -Eartheater Psychopomp seems like an interesting antagonist. -Man, that strip club scene was bizarre. I can't tell if it was genius or just disgusting. Hey, why can't it be both? THE BAD: -That flashback with Vladimir wasn't great. The emotionally distant dialogue didn't jive with an emotional moment, oddly enough. -I will admit that Izzy doesn't really interest me as a character, especially as a lead. -For some reason that ending was off-putting.

5.0
Conan The Barbarian (2019) #1

Jan 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked the beginning of this issue. It was a cool use of classic Conan material. -I thought the opening battle was cool. Gory and well done. -I liked Asrar's art. It wasn't anything amazing but it did the job well enough. THE BAD: -I found the Crimson Witch to be a very boring and uninteresting villain, despite her horror elements. -I was pretty bored with this issue after the first few pages. It was pretty bland and exposition heavy in my opinion. -This issue in general was very meh. Nothing outstanding, nothing too terrible though. I am rather indifferent about it and have very few thoughts to give.

8.5
Conan The Barbarian (2019) #3

Feb 8, 2019

THE GOOD: -Awesome issue. Huge improvement over the first two. -Best art we've seen so far. The art was just really immersive. -The narration was just really strong this issue. -Okay, if you did not find this issue badass, I think you need to get your badass meter checked. Jk… I fully respect any and all opinions of those who read this issue…. :) -This issue had a really compelling story. -The end of this issue is just really perfect. THE BAD: -I don't really find Conan super compelling. I didn't grow up with him or anything, so maybe that has something to do with it.

9.5
Conan The Barbarian (2019) #4

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -I think I like Gerardo Zaffino's art better than Mahmud Asrar's. Especially for the tone of this issue. -For once, I found Conan a super compelling character. He was such a good character this issue. -The lion was such a cool part of this issue. -I think this is my favorite issue so far. -The storyline this issue was great. I was compelled all the way and never bored. -The end was everything I ever wanted out of this comic. This series got off to a rough start, but has more than made up for that. THE BAD: -I don't think I found anything wrong with this issue. It's not a full ten, but it's close. Too bad there isn't a 9.8 rating I can give.

4.0
Conan The Barbarian (2019) #5

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -Mahmud Asrar is still doing a good job. I've definitely warmed up to his art. -The action scenes this issue were great, even if they were short. -The tentacle-monsters were the best part of the issue. -This issue did have a great atmosphere, even if the execution wasn't as strong. -That last page was creepy, and I liked it. THE BAD: -This story didn't pull me in as much as the King Conan one or the execution one. Luckily these issues have different stories from Conan's life, so next issue will likely be better. -The narration was fine, but the lack of dialogue was frustrating. -Still not loving Conan as a character. I think that is some byproduct of me not growing up with him, or really reading any other Conan aside from this one. -This issue really started to get wordy. I think that's where the last two issues excelled was that they weren't so exposition-filled. -I wish we could've gotten more explained about why the blood on the idol caused all that to happen. -It feels kind of frustrating that we're getting no progress on the Crimson Witch and all that. -I wish this series was more consistent. I loved the last two issues, but the first two issues were really meh. Let's hope that's not a pattern.

5.5
Conan The Barbarian (2019) #6

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is still good here. -That first page with Conan was so cool. -The attack of the Stygians was a great scene. -Conan beating his challenger was awesome to see. -I don't think Conan was necessarily a strong character here, just a really badass one. THE BAD: -I wish this issue wasn't so inconsistent. Maybe that's the consequence of having a different story every issue. The last issue was bad, the ones before it great, this one mediocre. -I wish Jason Aaron would lay off the exposition. -This story was just kinda meh. -I'm getting so tired of seeing the Razazel storyline dragged on so damn long. I thought it would end this issue.

8.5
Cover (2018) #1

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The premise of this issue is enough to get a point from me. It is a great idea for a comic, and is executed really well. -The art was amazing. Some of the best art I have seen in a while. The mashup of styles really proves Mack's talent as an artist. And he is almost tailor made for Bendis's script. -The dialogue was really good. It felt really natural, like what real people would say. I know that's not much to say, but there have been a lot of comics recently with that kind of unnatural script, so I really appreciate what Bendis did for this issue. -The layers of this main character are incredible. The way his comics mirror his life is really, really effective and I genuinely loved that moment. -The last page was really good. It ended on a strong note, as opposed to just ending, which is what the recent Jinxworld comics have been doing far too much. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that this issue was a little too much introduction. It could have had a bit more actually happen, I think, but that's a really, really minor issue.

9.5
Cover (2018) #2

Oct 20, 2018

THE GOOD: -I'm adding two points to the score for the art. I'm never picky with my art, but I just wanted some way to show how much I love this art. It is outstanding. -Very funny issue. I never thought Jinxworld was funny until this issue and this weeks Pearl #3. This one didn't have me going as much as Pearl, but I still laughed a lot. -The Ninja Sword Odyssey is a comic I would probably pay for if it was sold in real life. The pages from it in this book are amazing. THE BAD: -There are a few nitpicky elements. Like, how the security guard fails to check the gift Max gives the President. Kind of the point of their job. Or how its promised to be a great spy story, but all they do is just stand around. For some reason, I'm not bothered by any of those. It's one of those few issues where I can discern some problems with the quality, but I just don't ever get bothered by them.

9.5
Cover (2018) #3

Nov 22, 2018

THE GOOD: -Pretty sure I'm going to keep adding points for David Mack's art. This issue didn't impress me as much as the last in terms of art, so I'll add only 1/2 a point. -I really liked the opener to the issue. Ninja Sword Odyssey is a comic that I feel I would actually read, were it real. -I liked the Sad-Astronaut too. -I have liked the format of the last two issues a lot, where Essad is interrogating Max, as he recalls his work with Julia to him. -I found this to be a very funny issue. I laughed a lot. -Bendis just perfectly summed up the magic of comic cons and the importance of fans. I was really blown away by that monologue. -It's nice to see the positive effect that Max's mission in Turkey is having on the world. -That surprise Bill Sienkiewicz art was great and funny. THE BAD: -I do wish more could have happened in this issue. It's mostly a bridge between the previous two and the next issues.

10
Criminal #1

Aug 20, 2020

I decided to finally read this and I'm five volumes in and it's amazing so I thought I'd catalogue my thoughts for... some reason. Oh, and the first volume is pretty vague with where the issues end, so my rating is mostly just for what I'd guess is the first fifth of the story.

10
Criminal #2

Aug 20, 2020

This was already an awesome heist story. The fact that Brubaker decided to make it something even better is just icing on the cake.

10
Criminal #3

Aug 20, 2020

The cover for this and Criminal #2 are both from The Dead and the Dying, by the way. Not that it matters. Anyways, the farm storyline is really great.

10
Criminal #5

Aug 20, 2020

Not sure what happened to issue #4, but they're both 10/10s, so just consider this my review for both of them. Truly one of my favorite comic endings.

10
Criminal #6

Aug 20, 2020

This was a really cool issue and I like the way things tied together.

10
Criminal #7

Aug 20, 2020

Yay, Leo! I guess this is probably the best issue to mention how much I love this universe and the little connections to previous issues.

10
Criminal #8

Aug 20, 2020

It's weird how normal Jacob seemed when I first read this. Also, glad to see this was apparently released in 1969.

10
Criminal #9

Aug 20, 2020

Perfect. Tracy Lawless is the best Criminal character.

10
Criminal #10

Aug 20, 2020

The second story arc turns out to somehow be even more perfect than the first. This is a work of art.

8.5
Criminal Vol. 2 #1

Aug 20, 2020

I like the time change a lot and I love Gnarly, plus his relationship with Sebastian is interesting. I think I like this a lot more in retrospect because it led to a lot of cool Pulp Fiction stuff later on.

9.5
Criminal Vol. 2 #2

Aug 20, 2020

Definitely the best Dead and the Dying story. I know Teeg Lawless is really popular, but I infinitely prefer Tracy.

7.5
Criminal Vol. 2 #3

Aug 20, 2020

Probably my least favorite issue so far. The main character is pretty interesting, but I feel Teeg's story was really a satisfying enough ending for the arc. I could pretty much tell where her story was going, so this was mostly narration and character work, and nothing incredibly outstanding in that regard, at least by Criminal standards.

8.5
Criminal Vol. 2 #4

Aug 20, 2020

Great start to what will eventually become a much better story arc.

9.0
Criminal Vol. 2 #5

Aug 20, 2020

I just think this is so much better in retrospect after reading the last issue. I mean, this is a fantastic issue, but the setups are really something else.

8.5
Criminal Vol. 2 #6

Aug 20, 2020

I remember rolling my eyes at that last line. But man, did it pay off.

10
Criminal Vol. 2 #7

Aug 20, 2020

Man, this Jacob guy needs some serious help.

10
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #1

Aug 30, 2020

I took a little break from this, but I’m glad to be back. This is a really nice change of pace for this series, I think, and has a really interesting premise that is executed perfectly.

10
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #2

Aug 30, 2020

Man, fuck this guy. Anyways, this arc is still great.

8.5
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #3

Aug 30, 2020

Probably my least favorite issue so far. That Sebastian Hyde appearance was really forced.

10
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #4

Aug 30, 2020

Oh my god, I hate this but it's so brilliant.

9.5
Criminal: The Sinners #1

Aug 20, 2020

Aaaand... we're caught up. This is the last complete issue of Criminal I've read, so from here on out, my thoughts will be a lot fresher. Anyways, I'm a sucker for Tracy Lawless and this story is really interesting.

10
Criminal: The Sinners #2

Aug 20, 2020

Alright, this is amazing and gearing up for a Lawless level story.

9.5
Criminal: The Sinners #3

Aug 21, 2020

Tracy Lawless is such a great character, Brubaker could probably write an issue about him making breakfast and I'd love it.

9.5
Criminal: The Sinners #4

Aug 21, 2020

I'm surprised I'm five volumes in and have yet to talk about Phillips' art. Well, I guess I'll fix that now and say it's some of the best I've seen. I love how gritty and unpolished it looks, and yet there's still some amazing imagery every issue. Can't think of a creative team that works together better.

10
Criminal: The Sinners #5

Aug 22, 2020

Damnnnnn. This is one of my top three issues of Criminal easily. Perfect ending.

8.0
Crypt of Shadows (2019) #1

Jan 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought this issue had a really nice nostalgic feel to it. Ewing did a good job of capturing that. -The anthology format was good. It definitely a nice way to make it feel like you were getting more bang for your buck. -I thought the twist at the end was very good. Definitely didn't see that coming. -"A Moment of Madness" was the only one that actually scared me. The end of that story was legitimately disturbing. -All the artists did a good job of making the issue feel atmospheric and creepy. -I think Al Ewing is the new comic book master of horror. This wasn't anywhere near the caliber of the Immortal Hulk, but it proves he knows the genre very well. -Ultimately, I had a fun time with this issue. THE BAD: -I don't feel like this was long enough. It felt like the stories needed more pages than they got. -"Grave Danger" was my least favorite of the stories. It didn't feel like anything special.

1.5
Damage (2018) #12

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -Ethan has some pretty good character moments in this issue. THE BAD: -The art was just bad. Bad by cartoon standards, which is what I would mostly compare it to. For a comic consistently relying so heavily on visuals they are consistently very bad. -Apparently DC cares so little about this series, they don't even give it that fancy paper all the other series have. I seriously don't blame them. -So is Venditti even writing this one? I somewhat doubt that the same man who wrote both last week's Hawkman and this week's Freedom Fighters wrote this pile of garbage. -It might be moderately entertaining for a five year old…. -The action scenes are just bad. A comic shouldn't rely on this much action to make its page count, and it especially shouldn't look so goofy. -The end doesn't excite me. I actually wish they would cancel this series, as most of the endings don't interest me.

3.0
Damage (2018) #13

Jan 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought the artist drew Batman well. It's about the only thing they drew well, but that's fine. -The beginning was okay, I guess. I don't know. THE BAD: -I am so glad this series is canceled. So f***ing glad. -Why does Ethan's head look like thumb? I don't know. That was just weirdly distracting. -Oh god, Ethan is the worst. Apparently now he's devolved into a childish fanboy. Come to think of it, he kind of looks like a kid. Waitaminute… -This series just relies way too heavily on action scenes drawn by subpar artists to carry it. Here's a hint, they can't. -I thought the end was just stupid.

1.0
Damage (2018) #16

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -It's done. It's actually done! Oh my god! This is amazing! THE BAD: -This is just everything not to do in a series. I mean, I really don't feel like revisiting this travesty, so I'll leave it at that and keep my review from here on out very, very simple -Bad art. -Bad writing. -Bad story. -Bad characters. -Bad villain. -Bad dialogue. -Bad action scenes. -Bad ending. -Bad comic.

6.5
Daphne Byrne #1

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -Solid gothic horror. The best Hill House venture by far. -Kelley Jones is something else. Without him, this issue probably wouldn't work. He just fits with the story so perfectly, and translates the ideas into such an interesting looking comic. -That scene with the homeless man was well done. -The dream sequence was by far the most interesting part of the issue. Lots of great scenes and images there. THE BAD: -Can't say I find Daphne a compelling lead. Thankfully the imagery and art can carry the series, hopefully. -I could do without the Pet Sematary ending.

9.0
Daredevil (2019) #1

Feb 8, 2019

THE GOOD: -I believe I mentioned last week, I only like darker stories if they're executed very, very well. This is an excellent example of that very fact. -I liked seeing the weaker side of Matt this issue. This issue shows how to make superheroes relatable and human without making them all a bunch of depressed robots. -Great characterization of Matt this issue. -Loved the art. It captured this issue's tone perfectly. -I loved the street level style of this issue. -I think my favorite character this issue was Father Cathal actually. The dude was just a really cool character. I think his lines were the best. -That cage analogy was really cool, and the art did a great job of showing it visually. -Usually I roll my eyes at those splash pages that finally reveal the superhero in costume after we've been tapping our feet, but this one genuinely felt awesome. -That end! So good! -Also, the backup story was the best I have read in ages. It's the perfect example of how to do such a short story and still make it emotionally relevant. THE BAD: -I wasn't very interested in the storyline with the newly transferred detective. Been there, done that. Maybe Zdarsky can turn it around and make it into something interesting in later issues.

6.5
Daredevil (2019) #2

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -Wow, this art is really great. It feels street level and the colors compliment it perfectly. -This storyline definitely pulls you in. -Somehow Mayor Fisk remains a good villain even if he has been seen in so many issues before this. -The characterization of Daredevil in this is great. -I like where Chip Zdarsky is taking this issue after the end of last issue. -The action sequences are fantastic. THE BAD: -I'm still not super interested in the transferred cop character. -I don't know why, but the end didn't pull me in that much. I can't really find a reason, but it just didn't. -I mean, I didn't like it as much as last issue.

9.0
Daredevil (2019) #3

Mar 29, 2019

THE GOOD: -Now, this is more like it. I don't know why I wasn't into last issue as much, but this was utterly fantastic. -First off, this is one of the most cinematic comics I have read in a long time. From the script, to the tone, to the amazing color palette/art, it's just great. -Mayor Fisk is such a great villain. -I love the way Chip writes Daredevil. He always seems to just get the characters he writes about. -This issue was action packed and I love it. -That one panel, showing Daredevil hearing the detective from so far away was genuinely awesome. -I mean, come on, that fist fight was just pure awesome. -Watching Daredevil "See" the detective fade away was such a cool effect. -Ahhh, that ending. I'm actually excited for the next issue. THE BAD: -Eh. I don't like the detective. You know this, it's not new.

9.0
Daredevil (2019) #4

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is all kinds of awesome. I love it. -The lettering is really good. Clayton Cowles does a good job of capturing sounds through Daredevil's radar sense hearing. -The art is superb. Everything is drawn so well. -I think Chip Zdarsky needs to write a Punisher series. I don't even read Punisher comics, but judging by this issue, he really should. -I love the characterization/writing for Daredevil here. -The coloring is also outstanding. -This series feels really cinematic. If you miss the Daredevil show, come here. -That last page looks like it'll lead to a really awesome next issue. THE BAD: -I still just can't seem to like Detective North. Just a boring, average detective with a thing against superheroes if you ask me.

10
Daredevil (2019) #5

May 21, 2019

SPOILERS AHEAD! THE GOOD: -The art is so good. It suits the tone of the series perfectly. -The action scenes at the beginning of this issue were some of the best I've seen in a comic. It flowed from panel to panel brilliantly. -At first I was confused as to what the panel with the guy Matt killed was, but then I realized it was an amazingly subtle way of foreshadowing the tragedy to come in this issue. -Man, Chip Zdarsky writes Daredevil like no one else. At least no one recently. I think I called him the best Spider-Man writer of our generation. Honestly, that's likely true for Daredevil as well. -I also thought all of the interactions between Matt and his allies were perfectly executed. -That flashback was used perfectly. -Goddamnit. That scene with Spider-Man, just, FEELS like it will go down as one of the best comic book moments ever. -Holy shit. The end of this issue was phenomenal. In every. Goddamn. Sense of the word. THE BAD: -Really nothing. This feels like a historic issue.

7.5
Daredevil (2019) #6

Jun 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a fantastic issue. -I really like how Matt is portrayed in this issue. -Man, the writing is so perfect. Chip Zdarsky is one of the most talented comic book writers working today. -I have completely changed my tune on Detective Cole. -I absolutely love this depiction of Kingpin. Chip Zdarsky writes him so well. -For once, I'm actually kind of interested in a love interest. THE BAD: -Not sure how I feel about Janet's story. -I kinda miss Marco Chechetto.

7.5
Daredevil (2019) #7

Jun 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was really, really good. -Man, Zdarsky is doing such cool and new things with Kingpin. -Matt is so perfectly written here. -Oh wow, this issue had an amazing gut-punch in the middle. If you read it, you know what I'm talking about. Zdarsky seems to be good at those. -That scene with Sister Elizabeth was actually really beautiful. -The ending was incredibly good. THE BAD: -Chechetto can't return fast enough! -I'm still not on board with the new Daredevil. Maybe even less so, now, considering it feels even more like stalling than last issue.

9.5
DCeased #1

May 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -I enjoyed this. A nice mashup of DC and zombies. -The opening of the comic was really good. It was mysterious and it pulled you in. -This comic has a really good feel to it. Dark and cinematic. It makes for a really thrilling read. -Tom Taylor proves himself to be a fantastic writer for this series. Every character feels like they are written near-perfectly. -The Apokolips scene was really good, and disturbing. -I like the art, even if the flow from artist to artist wasn't super smooth. -Holy Jesus. That ending was just…. yikes. THE BAD: -I mean, I guess there was that thing with the artists I mentioned earlier. Not a huge deal, though.

9.0
DCeased #2

Jun 9, 2019

SPOILERS THE GOOD: -I love this series. It's so great. -The opening was a creepy, concise scene that really hooked me in and filled me in on the (tragic) fate of a Leaguer. -The art is just perfect for this series tonally. -Hoo, boy, that Joker scene was creepy. -I really liked the setup for the GL scene, even if the outcome was a bit disappointing. -Poor Batman. The emotion was powerful but not overdone. -I love the end. Sudden, simple, yet powerful. THE BAD: -Dinah's fate feels a little off. Maybe they should've spent more time on it. That would've helped, considering how rushed it felt.

8.0
DCeased #3

Jul 3, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was good. I liked it. It's definitely my least favorite issue thus far, but still, not bad. -The art was pretty great. I'm loving the look of this book. -I think the first page was my favorite part. Amazing emotion, with very few words. Well done. -Zombie Birds of Prey was a great moment. -The Atlantis scene, while mostly used just to give us an update on that character, was still pretty damn awesome. -Zombie Clayface may be the best zombie yet. Just such a cool portrayal. Also, genuinely creepy. -Damn, can this man write endings or what? THE BAD: -I didn't really like Harley Quinn here. I thought her portrayal was good in the last issue, but here she was really annoying. Still miles better than HiC's take on Harley, though. -I'm hoping this series will become more than just a collection of scenes in the future. The comic is losing it's flow. The plot isn't advancing very quickly, which definitely makes the unnecessary scenes stand out more.

7.5
DCeased #4

Aug 7, 2019

OH NO! SPOILERS GALORE! THE GOOD: -This is one of the best series DC has right now. If you're not reading it, you should be. -I really like the art. It's absolutely perfect for the tone of this book. -Damn, I didn't even think about zombie Ray Palmer, but now that I did… *shivers* -The characters feel so great here. Tom Taylor knows his shit. -That shot (no pun intended) with Cyborg was the best thing ever. -So many comics have done the Batman death thing before. This issue really gave it the emotion many other attempts have lacked. -Whoa, that end was just… whoa. THE BAD: -This definitely got a bit too action oriented in the middle, which I knew would inevitably happen to this series. But still it's sad. I held out so much hope this series would be pure horror all the way through. -This got a bit too cliche with the whole "send out the call!" bit at the start. Other than that and one other problem, this is just a really great book.

8.0
DCeased #5

Oct 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -Really good issue. -The art is great. I love the pencils and colors, but the inking isn't great, unfortunately. -"Look what happened to our city." Really powerful scene. -Damn, that ending was just incredibly sad. This series handles a lot of deaths, but that one really hit hard. THE BAD: -I didn't find the middle of this issue particularly interesting. Things moved quickly and the Ivy scene didn't feel like it was even that necessary.

4.0
DCeased #6

Nov 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is maybe at it's best in the worst-written issue. How's that for irony? -Okay, Green Arrow made me laugh. Maybe Tom Taylor should write a new series for him, whenever DC decides to resurrect the title. Guess he's pretty busy, though. -The Cyborg/Wonder Woman scenes really interested me. I'm guessing we're getting a sequel, so I'm cautiously interested based on that setup. THE BAD: -I'm surprised to say I didn't like this at all. It was a rushed non-ending that just disappointed in every way. -With a couple exceptions, I didn't feel satisfied by any of the endings for these characters. -This finale kinda devolved into mindless action battles, which honestly bored me to tears. -The last few pages were just so painfully contrived and rushed and the abrupt ending didn't help.

4.5
DCeased: A Good Day To Die #1

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -An alright issue. Nothing I'd recommend. -The art was great. -This issue was surprisingly gory for a mainstream comic. It's not the Immortal Hulk, but still it's nice to see it from a zombie comic that's not creator owned. -I loved Constantine here. He was the only character I really liked. THE BAD: -This was necessary why? -Wow. Booster and Beetle were really boring and bland characters here. I didn't even know that was possible. -I was not interested in this story at all. -We've seen Booster and Beetle lose each other before, and this was a surprisingly emotionless version of it. -Well that was an abrupt ending.

8.5
Dead Eyes #1

Oct 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -I didn't read Dead Rabbit, but I'd heard good things about it, so I figured I'd give this reprint a try. I liked it. -John McCrea's art was good. It did its job and got better as the issue went on. -I'll be honest, I'm not really that interested in the Dead Eyes persona, but I found Martin to be a compelling character. -I liked the Walmart scene. It was properly tense. -I don't know, it's just… fun. Nothing super special, the plot is simple, but I had fun. And I can appreciate a comic that's not trying to be anything other than fun. THE BAD: -Eh, this storyline's not really that interesting. It's been done before

9.5
Dead Eyes #2

Nov 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was just so much fun. It's nice to read a comic that just wants to entertain you with a fun story every once in a while. -Dead Eyes is just an incredibly likable main character. Gerry Duggan seems to excel at writing compelling characters. -I love this art. It fits the writing perfectly. -This issue still got emotional and it was short, but really powerful. -This humor is great. I might have to check out Duggan's Deadpool. I'm not a big Deadpool fan, but I can see how he would be a good writer for the character. -Wheels is a great character. -That car action scene was just wonderfully well-done, fun, and excellently illustrated. THE BAD: -I don't know, it's just a lot of fun. It's hardly perfect, but I love it.

9.5
Dead Eyes #3

Dec 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a wonderful issue. -Dead Eyes is just a super compelling and likable character. -The art is so wonderful. I love everything about it. -The MRI scene was just so good. -I liked the addition of the laughing gas to the hospital room scene. It wasn't much, but it added a little fun and variety to a pretty bland action scene. -The scene with Wheels and his husband was quite heartwarming, actually. -Wow. That ending was really powerful. I didn't expect that from this comic, but it worked really well and didn't interfere with the overall tone at all. THE BAD: -I wouldn't call this a 10-star issue, but I couldn't really find any specific flaws. Maybe the story could be a bit less bland… I dunno. Anyways I'm giving it a 9.5 is what I'm saying.

8.0
Decorum #1

Mar 22, 2020

Ambitious, unique and fun. I look forward to more of this series.

4.0
Detective Comics (2016) #991

Oct 27, 2018

THE GOOD: -Good art. I always enjoy Carmine di Giandomenico's art, and this issue is no exception. -I'll admit, I liked the ending. It's a good cliffhanger that sets up and interesting premise for the next issue and in doing so, gets me excited for the next issue. -James Robinson is pretty good at writing Two-Face. His take is interesting, not totally original but there were some scenes that approached the character from some new angles that really made me think. I appreciated that. THE BAD: -Oh god was I bored. This is one of those issues where I was actually wanting it to be over. A rarity for me personally. Usually I'm interested to see how the story plays out, or if the quality is going uphill or downhill. This issue just bored the hell out of me. In my opinion, this is one of the worst things any issue can do. -2 points. -The plot itself is way too bland. From the get-go, I had a feeling that this would be a pretty basic storyline. And I appreciated a lot about the issue, but it failed to redeem that story.

5.0
Detective Comics (2016) #992

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -Great art. I enjoyed it a lot along with the colors. -There were some pretty cool action scenes at the beginning. It was cool to see Batman and Two-Face fighting together. -This issue gets credit for being a massive improvement over its sleep inducing previous issue. +1 extra point. THE BAD: -That dialogue at the beginning was interesting, but it couldn't help but feel like it was merely a distraction from a lack of plot. -I'm not really feeling Kobra as a villain. This story arc has no idea who it wants to be the villain. At first it seemed like Fireflies, then Two Face, now Kobra. Sigh. -I wasn't a fan of seeing the other Bat-related characters defeat the other Kobras. It felt like an easy way to get rid of all of those other Kobras. -The end didn't have me hooked. I am looking forward to the next issue however, mostly because its the last one of this story arc. -There's no huge crimes this issue commits. It's not terrible. It just struggles to be anything special, especially in an amazing week of comics like this one.

4.5
Detective Comics (2016) #993

Dec 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the art. -I did like the writing for Two-Face for sure -I thought the ending was pretty good. Not the twist or anything, but just the last page, it was a pretty fun looking finale. THE BAD: -Well that was…anticlimactic. -I really hope they didn't expect us to believe Two-Face was actually dead for a second. -I really remember very little about this issue. Sorry my review was so short. -I am glad this story arc is done for. Let's hope Tomasi has it in him to make things right again.

10
Detective Comics (2016) #994

Dec 12, 2018

THE GOOD: -Doug Mahnke's art was pitch perfect. Every character is drawn to perfection. Even the f***ing bat signal looks cooler than before! -Just the entire concept of the reenactment of Bruce's parents murder was amazing. I don't know if it's ever been done before, but it was executed brilliantly here. -Much like the art, the writing feels spot-on for every character. No joke. Every character. -This series finally lives up to its title, making Batman a detective. This is my favorite depiction or angle on the Batman character. I'd take a clever, mystery-investigating Batman over a typical bad-guy-punching Batman any day. This issue extremely satisfied in that area. It is the first time in a while Batman has felt like this, and I am super happy. -If this series is consistent, it could go down in history. This was one of my favorite debut issues in a long, long time. It typically takes a while for me to adjust to a series' tone and direction, but I latched right on to this issue. -I really liked the format for this issue. Half as a slower investigation focused on setup and mystery. Another as a fast-paced, high octane action scene. I'll talk about that action scene very soon. -How about right now? Anyways, it does use the rushing in order to save someone in peril cliche, that we can all safely say almost always ends with said person being saved. Not always, but many, many times. I don't think anything did it better than the Dark Knight, but this issue makes a strong case, upping the tensity and using great writing. I don't think anyone doubted Leslie would die though. -That mystery villain was really cool in my opinion. It might just be the art. That's fine. He was pretty threatening and mysterious, a great combination. -That ending was good. Unpredictable and surprising, albeit one that's been done before. -Maybe Tomasi is just the master of taking things that have been done before and showcasing them at their best. There was still a lot of new stuff in this issue, though. -Honestly, this issue gets credit just for completely reversing the quality of the series. I overall enjoyed Tynion's run. It was imperfect, and there were some bad issues however. I never read Hill's run, and I caught the tail end of Robinson's. Of those, this is the most impressive issue of the Rebirth era of this series, and a perfect debut. -Even outside the context of this series, this was a damn near perfect Batman debut. I'm pretty sure I like it more than any of Tom King's issues, definitely #1 of that series. I might even like it better than Snyder's debut, which is saying A LOT considering Snyder's run might have been not just the first Batman but also the first run of any comic I loved. Hopefully Tomasi's is yet another in that now long list of comic book runs I have loved. THE BAD: -This is pretty nitpicky, but I've definitely seen the whole, recap the backstory in one page, then have a splash page of the main hero looking badass before, and it's growing a little old. The two others that come to mind are Grayson and All Star Superman. I would be surprised if there wasn't more however. This was close to breaking "The Good" column, but its cliches overpowered the effect a bit more than other elements of this issue. It really pains me though, considering I really, really, really want to give it a 10. I enjoyed it more than any of the other three 10's I have on this site. Oh well. My calculations have it at 9. I'll give it a 9.5. EDIT: Y'know what, screw it. I love to love comics. For a while, there were very few I loved. Then, all of a sudden there was a lot. I'm supposed to give 10's sparingly, but the some of the comics I've been reading lately have been some of the best I've ever read, including this one, so despite it having its flaws, I'll give it a 10, just for thoroughly entertaining me, and giving me an amazing experience.

9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #995

Jan 2, 2019

OH NO! LOOK OUT! IT'S SPOILERS! THE GOOD: -I'm loving Doug Mahnke's art. It is some of the best art I have seen in a Batman comic in a while. -Wow. Leslie Thompkin's death was great. Sorry, that sounded wrong. I mean, her death was really beautifully written, her last words just really hit hard, as does Batman's desperation to save her, along with the flashback pages. Dramatic, tender and touching. This issue really showed me the right way to put emotion into a Batman comic. This issue had me close to tears. -Seeing even Alfred react to Leslie's death was pretty touching as well. -Super great callback to Year One with Alfred ringing the bell. I dug that scene. -This issue shows how to correctly progress a mystery, with the Zorro thing that happened, something that this weeks Heroes in Crisis really let me down on. -Yes, I already mentioned the art, but the way Mahnke draws the rogues gallery was just super great. -Seeing the effects of Leslie's death on Batman as he visited Arkham was great, and shows that Tomasi truly knows how to accurately infuse emotion into a Batman comic. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that we could have gotten more of the detective Batman from the previous issue.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #996

Jan 18, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked the art, but it was a step down from the first two in my opinion. -Glad to see Tomasi making ties to his Batman and Robin run. It added to this issue nicely. -I still think the characterization is spot-on here. I especially found Henri Ducard to be a great character in this issue. -That creature from issue one's appearance was just perfect. Bizarre and memorable. Apparently Mahnke and Tomasi heard the criticism that the creature looked too bland in the first issue, because they have really amped it up, in a good way. -That line about the people who made Batman being unmade really resonated with me. I liked it a lot. I also liked that they didn't force a splash page on it, the line was powerful enough already. -I thought that the temple scene was really cool. Awesome battle scene that isn't stretched to the point of filler, or too short. Nicely done. -That end is just… Wow. I won't spoil it. If you haven't read this issue yet and plan on doing so, I suggest avoiding spoilers. THE BAD: -I will admit, the ending of last issue was continued rather anticlimactically this issue. -This issue did feel kind of rushed, especially towards the end. The last page really felt like they crammed too much in there. So much so, I was very confused as to what exactly happened in those last few panels.

9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #997

Feb 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought this was a great issue. Rereadable and fun. -The opening to this issue was really funny. -The way Batman escapes from the trap was really cool, but still maintained believability. -That whole shark death trap was just really fun and really awesome. -Batman's monologue in that scenario was also really well written. -I really love this art. I'll be sad when Mahnke leaves after issue 1000. Brad Walker is good, but definitely not as good as this. -The monster for this series has become so absolutely bonkers, and I love it. -I'm excited to see where this goes and how Hugo Strange is related to all this. THE BAD: -This is mainly last issue's fault, but I'm not entirely sure how they got into the death trap in the first place, due to a rushed and confusing ending last issue.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #999

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought Tomasi really stepped up his writing this issue. It felt meaningful and also talented. I liked the dialogue with Batman and himself, I guess? -Speaking of, that fight was awesome and trippy. I especially liked the scene with the Year One outfits. -That graveyard scene was great. -I'm not super pissed about the twist. It's the predictable way to go, but they made it worth it, by showing how Batman trains himself to be better every year, and tying it in to his anniversary by making it his birthday tradition. Plus Alfred and Damian's banter was great. -Wow. Doug Mahnke also stepped up his game. This issue was really, really well illustrated, which isn't a surprise, but it's a surprise he can get even better. -That was just a really sweet and nice epilogue. All in all, this was a great story arc. THE BAD: -I do kind of wish we got a better answer to the mysteries. I'm happy with what we got, but I can't help but feel there was a better option out there.

5.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1000

Mar 29, 2019

Hey, 1,000 issues, that's pretty sweet. I decided I'd do something a bit different for this review. I'm going to rank and give my thoughts on each individual story and assign each one a rating. I will add up those ratings and average them to achieve the total for the issue. Manufacture for Use: Can we all just agree this is the best one? I mean it's got beautiful art, a sweet story and solid writing. Not to mention the damn perfect ending. Rating: 9.0/10 The Legend of Knute Brody: I really enjoyed this one too. It had a funny story, it kept me hooked and the end is fantastic. My only complaint is that Nguyen's artwork didn't look like his best. 8.5/10 Return to Crime Alley: This was… interesting. Aside from the first page, Epting's art was alright, as per usual. The script felt blah though. I did kinda like the darker tone, though and it being more of a deconstruction of Batman as opposed to a celebration, so it set itself apart from the others in that respect. 6.5/10 I Know: I actually kinda liked this one. The future setting was pretty good, even if the story was really dull. The art was magnificent. The script was bad, but I really liked the way that ended. I dunno. 6.0/10 The Batman's Design: This one wasn't too terrible, just really bland. The script didn't stand out, and the art was only just above average. The ending was decent though. 6.0/10 Batman's Greatest Case: Eh. The dialogue was annoying, the story was weak, the art was great. Seems to be a common thread with this issue. The end was sweet though. 5.5/10 Batman's Longest Case: This had great artwork, I mean, what'd you expect, it's Greg Capullo, but it was wordy and the end was just stupid. 5.0/10 The Precedent: This was alright Tynion. Martinez was fantastic as usual. This was just forgettable though, not to mention the script was annoying. 5.0/10 Heretic: Yeah, this was bad. Neal Adams did a tolerable job with the art, Priest's script was rushed and really boring. And the non-ending was frustrating to say the least. 4.0/10 Medieval: Is anyone gonna get mad at me if I admit I just skimmed through the second half of this one? It was way too long, and I got the gist of it early on. Arkham Knight doesn't like Batman. The script just felt hollow. And about halfway through I realized it was essentially a glorified pinup gallery. 3.5/10 The Last Crime in Gotham: Ugh. Kill me. 3.0/10

6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1001

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'm not usually a fan of Brad Walker's art, and he's no Doug Mahnke, but I enjoyed the art this issue. -All the dead bats around Gotham was neat and kinda creepy. -Tomasi always seems to nail the banter between Batman and Alfred. -Francine was a cool character this issue and her scenes were great. -Tomasi writes Batman great. -The action scenes were great and I enjoyed the layouts for those panels especially. THE BAD: -I'm still just not interested in Arkham Knight whatsoever. Who knows? Maybe I'll change my mind later. -The artificial sun or whatever, was just… I dunno. Good idea, maybe, but the execution felt kinda cheesy. -This issue just felt a little rushed. Don't get me wrong, I'd take all of these events happening in one issue over nothing happening in one issue any day, but I feel like this issue could improve with slower pacing.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1002

Apr 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -Peter J. Tomasi still nails the writing for Batman, but this issue's standout was Damian full stop. -The art is still good and probably the best of Brad Walker's career, for me anyway, considering I usually not a fan of his art. -This issue had some really solid action sequences. -I really liked those two silent pages, you could really feel the tension. -Ace is adorable and always will be. -Overall, I thought this had much better pacing than last issue. -I really warmed up to Arkham Knight this issue. His dialogue was good and he felt properly villainous. -The castle setting at the end there was really solid. -The last page is perfect. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and really makes you want to buy the next issue. THE BAD: -I'm just not into this like the last story arc. Maybe it's the plot line, maybe it's the villain (who I'm actually warming up to), who knows? -It's quite nitpicky, but I had a hard time understanding what was going on in those underwater action scenes. -I wasn't quite sure what was going on with the rogues. Was the castle built under Arkham? Were they detained inside the castle? I guess I'm just confused.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1003

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is still fantastic, surprisingly enough. I love how Brad Walker draws Doctor Phosphorus. -This issue fixes the pacing issue of the previous two issues. It's not rushed and thankfully it doesn't slow down so much that it becomes boring. Just the right pace. -Damian is still the best here. Funny, badass, just everything. -The Robinsignal was just really cool, especially how they executed it. -The dialogue is great here. Tomasi knows how to write Batman and co. THE BAD: -So… we get the identity of Arkham Knight… and I dunno. It seems overhyped to say the least. If this were a completely different and new mystery villain, nobody would give a shit about their identity, and maybe then I wouldn't be so let down. It seems kind of random, and that last page was really rushed.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1004

May 27, 2019

SPOILERS FOR LAST ISSUE AHEAD THE GOOD: -I'll be honest, I didn't really hate this issue as much as some other people. -The art was quite good this issue. -I thought the story Jeremiah Arkham told was, well… well told. I was never bored, even though I knew exactly how it was going to end. -I thought that Astrid was a really interesting character here. -That page with Astrid looking at Arkham and visualizing it as her castle was a really good panel. -The end was good, and I'm looking forward to next issue. THE BAD: -I'm still just very much against the choice to have Astrid Arkham be Arkham Knight. She seemed like a very random character, and I would have preferred a character with more relevance in this story line. -The villains just seemed very out of character here.

9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1006

Jun 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -Man, the art is pretty fantastic. -I've always liked the Spectre, and he's well-done here. -This issue moves things along nicely, as opposed the Batman comic I unfortunately read last week. -This comic definitely has a compelling plot. -Again, this mystery oriented take on Batman is one of my favorites. I'm really loving what Tomasi is doing with the series. -This is definitely an improvement over the last arc. I'm already more excited for the next issue than I was for any issue in the Arkham Knight arc. THE BAD: -This issue was mostly setup, which isn't a huge problem, it just means I didn't enjoy it as much as I think I'm going to the next, and not a whole lot happened plot wise. I'm not going to take very much off for that however.

5.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1009

Aug 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was fine. I don't seem to be as over-the-moon with it as others are, which is alright. -I love how Peter Tomasi writes Alfred. He and Tom Taylor both just seem to… understand that character. -Honestly, I think next issue is going to be a lot better. The set up for it seems to be much better than this issue's, the plane premise has been done to death. THE BAD: -Eh, the art didn't really click for me. It started out good, but the action scenes came across as very lifeless and we got some very goofy facial expressions towards the end. -I've never really been a Deadshot fan. Will Smith didn't help with that. Here, he was fine. He wasn't like Joker last issue, where he was written to perfection though. A lot of his quips were just laughably bad. -I've grown very sick of the Year of the Villain pages, here the Mr. Freeze pages didn't excite me for anything to come. I just kinda shrugged, especially after his trope-y little monologue.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1010

Aug 30, 2019

THE GOOD: -Heh. Whaddaya know? I was in the minority with last issue, and I'm in the minority with this issue. I liked this one a lot more than last issue. -Hiroshi and Clarence were absolutely wonderful side characters. I love their personalities. -Deadshot was better here. And I'll take it. His dialogue was much better here and I like the stranded-on-an-island scenario way more than the airplane. -Poor Tanaka. -I'm really excited for the next issue. THE BAD: -The only thing I really disliked about the main story was the art. It's better than last time, but it just looks… off. Some of the poses are awkward and there's the occasional goofy face. -Sigh… more YotV stuff. Sighhhhh. Also that last page was too Kingian for me.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1011

Sep 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked this one. Whaddaya know? -I'll give it to the art this time. I'm still not in love with the facial expressions, but the action was dynamic and fluid. -Clarence and Hiroshi are just great characters. -This was just a fun issue. I had a good time reading it. -I would say the ending was anticlimactic, but that shot of Batman punching Deadshot is so f***ing satisfying. THE BAD: -Okay, Deadshot was just a goofy villain. His dialogue wasn't so bad last issue, but here it got pretty painful in certain scenes. -Still don't care about Year of the Villain. Can't wait till it's over.

6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1027

Sep 20, 2020

I don't know why I read this. Shame on me for giving in to the hype, I guess. Here's my rough ranking and review for each of the stories. All in all, I thought this was pretty alright for an anthology. Many Happy Returns- My favorite. I don't know. It was just a cool story that knew how to make a short and unique anthology story, plus the art was probably my favorite in the comic. 9.0/10 Detective #26- Pretty fucking hilarious. 9.0/10 A Gift- I actually liked this one quite a bit. The writing and art were both on point. I'm hoping this creative team will pick up Batman, because that might make me read the series again. 8.5/10 Fore- The most frustrating thing about this comic is that there's like two stories where both the art and writing are top-tier, and then a ton where one sucks, but the other is great. This has an outstanding story, but John Romita Jr. just isn't very good at all. 7.0/10 Generations: Fractured- No idea where this is going to be continued, but the setup was actually pretty good and it has me invested in the story. 7.0/10 Odyssey- Eh, I kinda liked it. It was fun and sort of... cute for lack of a better word. The writing and the art both had a nice classic vibe. 7.0/10 Ghost Story- The art was abysmal, but I didn't hate the story. 6.5/10 Blowback- I mean, what's there to even say about the story? The art was pretty awesome, though. 6.5/10 Legacy- I don't know. It actually wasn't as bad as I was expecting from Tom King. It's pretty shallow, but I liked the "you'll remember me as you live" stuff. 6.0/10 Rookie- Wasn't a fan of this one, plus the art looked like a weaker Sean Phillips. 4.5/10 As Always- The most boring story in the collection. I don't know. I spaced out at least five times and the payoff at the end was way less satisfying than they though. 3.5/10 The Master Class- I skipped through this one. I got tired of the Bendis dialogue early on, and there was nothing keeping me engaged. 3.5/10

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #2

Jun 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a great issue. -Travis Moore has always been a solid artist, and his work here is also great. -This depiction of the Eraser was really good. -I just love how Tomasi writes Batman. It feels so… right. -Gordon sucking on lollipops to get over his cigarette addiction is just really funny. -Man, Alfred is hilarious here. -Bringing back the Black Casebook is a really good idea. -I thought the Reaper was a good villain. -The action scenes were solid here. -I'm excited for where this story goes next. THE BAD: -I didn't find Max Raynor's art nearly as good as Travis Moore's. -I've always hated the "it was the original bad guy's son" trope.

10
Die #1

Mar 9, 2019

9.5
Die #2

Mar 9, 2019

10
Die #3

Mar 9, 2019

9.5
Die #4

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -Well this really is the perfect comic isn't it? I didn't actually think I'd read this one. I have never been a huge D&D fan and I never watched the animated series that inspired this comic. So I thought I'd skip it, despite being a huge fan of Kieron Gillen's work. My friend, however, suggested I read it, so I did, and now I have yet another series to pick up every week. I'm not complaining though. This series is fantastic. -I absolutely adore Stephanie Hans' art. It's some of the best art I'm seeing in a monthly comic book currently. -The world that Gillen and Hans have crafted is so good. It's immersive, unique, great. Read it. -This isn't a comic. It's an experience. -I have fallen in love with these characters. -Glass Town was a great new location for our characters to visit. -That trial of Isabel's was really dark, but also really great. -The flashback art was so good. -I loved seeing those dwarf characters. -Wow. Matt's tragedy was just really well… tragic. -I love Angela's character. Especially this issue. -The ending is so exciting. THE BAD: -This issue was mostly a bridge between issue and a setup for the final act of the arc. It's about the best damn bridge I've ever seen though.

10
Die #5

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -This is everything a comic strives to be. It's perfection on paper. I can't express how much I love this. -That opening scene was fantastic. -Still loving all these characters. -Stephanie Hans is a godess. I have no other rational explanation as to how she draws this amazingly. -This world is just so damn immersive. I feel like I'm there with the characters. -The scene in Eternal Prussia was great, and those machines look amazing. Well, I mean everything in this comic looks amazing, but those especially. -Stephanie Hans draws amazing dragons. Glad to see more of them. -I mean honestly, I'm pretty sure if I listed EVERYTHING I liked, it would exceed the word count. -Skywatcher was just great. -Sol was a stellar villain. He had a short appearance but that doesn't make him any less amazing. -This issue epitomizes the final battle. A mixture of emotion and pure dramatic action scenes. This whole comic feels cinematic as hell. -Holy f***ing shit! That end went somewhere I did not expect at all! -Fallen Sol was creepy and f***ing phenomenal. -Oh man, the last panel. Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man. Oh. Man. -This story arc was everything I need in a comic. It reminded me why I love comics. THE BAD: -You mean I have to wait until August to read the next issue? (Darth Vader voice) Nooooooooo!!!! Just kidding, I appreciate the creators taking their time to craft a quality story. So ignore this. There's nothing wrong with this issue. Hell there's nothing wrong with this series. It's not often I can say that everything about a series is perfect.

10
Die #6

Aug 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Yay! Die is back! -Stephanie Hans is a goddess. That's my only explanation for how she can put out so much good art. I'd also like to point out how she doesn't fall into the trap of "incredibly detailed but lifeless art" that is becoming much more common. -The world building here is fantastic. -I love all these characters. This and Gideon Falls are definitely my top two comics right now, both some of my all time favorites (assuming they don't screw things up too bad with later issues), and I honestly think it's because they both feature characters I want to follow. The art and all other perks are just icing on the cake making me want to come back even more. -Sol is such a twisted, wonderful villain. I hope he never goes away. -Angela is an amazing character. She's complex, compelling and someone many people can connect with. -This may look like a fantasy series, and at times it is. But at it's heart, it's one of the most beautiful, human stories out there. Angela's backstory was so heartbreaking. -Welp, I cried. I don't do that often, even in life. Certainly not with comics. This series just gets better and better. None of the previous issues made me do that. Hell, despite all the heartbreaking moments in WicDiv, even it didn't get as much emotion out of me as this issue did. THE BAD: -Yeah, I got nothing.

9.0
Die #7

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Yay! More Die! -I just love these characters. They're complex, compelling and I can't get enough of them. -I didn't expect it, but Mistress Woe was a surprisingly great and dark character in this issue. -Any scene with Chuck and the dwarves was amazing. -The Chuck/Isabelle dynamic was really, really good here, as expected. -Stephanie Hans is one of the best artists working today. I'd put her juuuust under Andrea Sorrentino, but it's a very slim margin. -This issue was essentially just talking and it was amazing. -Kieron Gillen knows how to use emotions well. It's not melodramatic, it's not pretentious. These characters and their conflicts are just naturally heartbreaking. The same was true for WicDiv. It's one of the reasons he's the best current writer. -It's amazing how the backstories can be just as good if not better than the scenes in the fantasy world. -Well that ended perfectly. THE BAD: -I did prefer the Ash/Angela/Matt issue more than this one, just because I like those characters better. Honestly, Chuck is my least favorite out of all of them, even after this issue.

9.0
Die #8

Oct 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -This is just a great series. Maybe the best current series I'm reading. I don't know, this one and Gideon Falls are just neck and neck. -Man, Stephanie Hans is really something. Everything just has such life. It's also a rarity for a paint-based internal artist that isn't Alex Ross to not make everything look stiff and lifeless when getting so lost in the detail. -I just really love this world. It never gets too cliche but keeps things interesting. -These characters are wonderful. It just says something about your writing talent when you can make an issue that's primarily conversation and it's still great. -Matt's always been an interesting character to me, even if thus far he hasn't been front and center. He really is a great character, as proven by this issue centered around him. It's also really heartbreaking to see someone who lived a normal life before in this situation again. -Ash and Augustus's storyline is actually really compelling, even if it was only briefly discussed here. -The Eightfold Temple scene was actually really beautifully written. The sword's dialogue was like poetry and in a non-pretentious way. -I'm really excited to see where this is all going. THE BAD: -I don't like this as much as the first story arc. The Party being split isn't as compelling, considering how much character interaction helps this series.

9.0
Die #9

Nov 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Another great issue of Die. One of the best current comics. -This art is so pleasing. Also, the flashback art is really effective. -I like the idea of the characters questioning the continuity of Die itself. -Charlotte is such an interesting character. I love how even though we know her backstory, we still don't know who created her and whatnot. -I like how the main characters are actually smart, and not in a showy, forced way. -Wow, that end. -I love how complex the characters are. They aren't good or bad. That line is super blurry and I love it. -Poor Angela and Matt. THE BAD: -Maybe Bronte's story could've been shorter. I mean, once the creators of the lands of Die starting dying, it became obvious where the story was going, and it maybe could've been shortened.

9.5
Die #10

Dec 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is never not good. -Stephanie Hans is just such a powerful artist. She's able to communicate so many emotions, atmospheres and ideas through her work. It's actually quite remarkable. -Wow. Ash's character is so broken, so complex. I just love it. -The backstory was just so powerful, without even showing or really telling the reader anything directly. -Kieron Gillen is an amazing writer. The narration feels novel-worthy, the concepts are just so creative and the emotion is incredible. -Honestly, I feel like this is the type of comic where the bad guy could win. I mean, hell, the main character from the first arc became the bad guy, so I wouldn't put it past Kieron. That makes reading this really interesting. I don't know how it's going to turn out and I love it. -Chuck's never been my favorite character, but here his brief scene was really powerful. He's a broken man who knows he's dying and covers up any sort of emotions with alcohol and jokes. Even if I can't directly relate to that, I still really connect to the compartmentalization there. THE BAD: -I definitely needed a bit more knowledge about RPGs for some of this. I'm not taking a whole point of for my stupidity, but I guess I'll throw half a point off, because I struggled to understand a few ideas here.

10
Die #11

Jun 24, 2020

This is a really sad issue. This series has always been really heavy. Maybe it's because it's been so long since we got an issue, but this one hit especially hard. Kieron Gillen is a genius, straight-up.

9.0
Die #12

Jul 22, 2020

A slower issue, for sure. But it's still a really great, complex story.

10
Die #13

Sep 7, 2020

Cool lore, great character work, excellent art. Not much to complain about at all.

7.0
Die #14

Nov 1, 2020

This was kind of a weaker issue. The pacing felt off. Little too slow at the beginning, little to quick at the end. Oh well, I'm sure it'll pick back up.

2.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #12

Nov 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -Very good art. I'm not usually a fan of when another artist essentially finishes another's work, but this art looked really good. -I liked the D&D theme of the issue. Great idea, poorly executed. -Some good trippy imagery here. THE BAD: -The writing was absolute garbage. I typically love Gerard's writing, but this issue had some REALLY crappy writing. -3 points. -Not a fan of the issue's focus on Sam, Val and Lucius. Especially since the other characters in the series are so much better. -The issue's Milk Wars slip-up is no one's fault, this issue was probably written long before Milk Wars, still little things like that distract me, unfortunately.

2.5
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #1

Jul 3, 2019

THE GOOD: -I didn't hate the art? I really miss Nick Derington though. For all of the flaws of Gerard Way's original 12-issue run, at least the art was always a pleasure. -I liked Cliff… a lot actually. I don't remember much about him from the original 12 issue run, so he couldn't have been written that well there. But his story here was great. The only parts of the issue I really enjoyed, if I'm being honest. THE BAD: -Sigh. More Gerard Way. Yay… This seems to check all the Gerard Way DP boxes… lazy writing (check), forced weirdness (check), weak characters (check…mostly). -I don't like Casey at all. In the first Gerard Way series, she was an unnecessary new character who was always shallow as hell. Here she's even worse. I don't think I've read a Doom Patrol run with more dull characters. And Doom Patrol is a series that essentially relies on exactly the opposite. So right there, he's missed the core of the series. -Man, I do not like how this artist draws Rita. At. All. -This whole thing felt so shallow. It might look like the "good old Doom Patrol" on the surface, but the story is weak as hell, and it's a drag to read. Especially considering how contrived all the "weirdness" is. -As if Gerard Way didn't do a bad enough job on the plotting, Jeremy Lambert comes in and gives us this awful script. -The "Marathon World" maybe could've been done better by a good writer, but here it was just painfully stupid. The execution made it feel like a really bad Cartoon Network show, or even an Illumination movie.

2.5
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #2

Aug 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was better-ish? -I actually like Keeg. What do you know? -I would call the Dannyland map filler (which it is!), if I didn't want a bigger version hanging on my wall so badly. THE BAD: -Uuuuggggghhhhh. More of this. I almost miss it when I didn't have to read this crap every month. And, yes, commenters! I know that "if you don't like it don't read it." But! Doom Patrol is my favorite property in comics. It features my favorite characters and I feel obliged to read any DP comic that comes out. Even if it sucks. -So this takes Cliff's story. The one good thing about issue one and turns into… a running gag? Okay, comic. You do you. -What is it with this comic and cartoon plots. And I don't mean cartoon-like. I mean this genuinely has the intelligence level of a children's cartoon. And not a good one! -I hate Casey. I hate her. She was fine last issue. That bathtub scene pushed me over the edge. -Oh yeah, I forgot about Lotion. I miss those days. -A space divorce? Are you kidding me? This doesn't even go anywhere fun and interesting with it. It's just a normal boring divorce scene, but with… planets. Wow. So creative. -Don't even get me started on the cat-planet orgy. Don't. Even. Get. Me. Fucking. Started. -I would say the ending looks interesting, but I know it'll lead nowhere. Hell it'll probably just turn into a reoccurring joke. Not something… y'know- insightful, interesting. Nah.

6.0
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #3

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was… not terrible. Shockingly. -I'm not a fan of Steve Orlando, but I guess he just fits with the series nicely. He certainly understands what makes a good Doom Patrol comic mores that Gerard No Way. -Evan Shaner's art is a great fit for the series! -Honestly, the future storyline is ten times more interesting than the current one ever will be. -I loved Cliff here! He was great! -Heh. Grymzul was a pretty funny character. I'd love to see more of him. -The action here was a lot of fun. -Okay, so this issue took last issue taking the first issue's Cliff story and making into a joke and turned it into a surprisingly dark and interesting reveal (makes perfect sense!). I still hate the upgrade concept though. THE BAD: -One bad thing about the storytelling is that because we are just being introduced to the mystery and these versions of the characters now, the reveals and twists aren't as shocking. -Honestly, I found the books very annoying. I'll have to reread the issue, but after the first read-through, they seemed kinda disconnected from the mystery, despite what Beast Boy said. -How did none of the Doom Patrol notice those Syndicate members sneaking up behind them? -I don't really care about Beast Boy at all. -I'm not really looking forward to next issue, because I care less about the younger versions of the DP now than the ones in this issue, that were literally introduced… this issue.

1.0
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #4

Oct 6, 2019

I'm never been one for hyperboles, so hopefully you'll take me seriously when I say this is the worst single issue I have read in my life. Usually when I write reviews in my normal format, I flip through the issue to jog any memories I have of what made that issue good or bad. Right now I'm looking at the cover of this one, afraid to even open it again, because I know what I will see: repulsive artwork, a complete buffoonery being made of characters I love, story lines straight out of Minions 3. This is truly the antithesis of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol and it kills me a little bit every time I read an issue like this. I don't know… I think it might be for the best to just cancel this series and not have Doom Patrol for a while. At least until they can get a writer who understands the source material.

1.0
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #5

Nov 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Uhhhhh….. THE BAD: -This is just a terrible comic book. How anyone can enjoy it is beyond me. -Becky Cloonan should stick to drawing… or maybe not. Anyways, the script was repulsively bad here. -I do not like Cloonan's art. It maybe works with other series, and I guess it fits with the Cartoon Network script of this comic, but it does not work with Doom Patrol. At least it's better than the monstrosity that was Pitarra's artwork last issue. That makes me shudder just to think about. -Good god, this kid is annoying. I think he's supposed to be based off Gerard Way, at least his looks. Yeah, that makes sense then. -What a godawful, self-indulgent execution of an interesting concept. -Cliff has gone from great, to obnoxious, to great again, to obnoxious again, and now he's just bland. Any emotion this issue tried to concoct was just dead. -I'm legitimately taking points off for a character saying that "Doom Patrol is really good right now." -Y'know, you could have had the ending be a solid, emotional piece about Clark having to accept his reality. I was even expecting it all to turn out to be a dream at first. I honestly would've preferred the dream to what we got instead. Just a "fuck it, let's throw in a happy ending." I can't wait until this goddamn train wreck finally gets cleaned up.

1.0
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #6

Dec 14, 2019

THE BAD: -Oh no. Just no. No, no, no, no, no, no. -The normal art already sucked. I'll get to the 3D art later. -These characters are just so bad. At least they're only bland as hell here, and not obnoxious. -Yeah, no, you can't get me to care about Corban the Orb God, good or bad. -Okay, the 3D art thing was clever for maybe a split second, until it quickly became obnoxious, lazy and really, really ugly. -The Wild Ass stuff was just so stupid. -Remember Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol? Remember how, no matter how weird the story was, there was always a purpose? This isn't that. This is just, "Wouldn't ____ be cool?" the series. Maybe for some people that extremely surface level entertainment is effective, but for anyone who's willing to give the events of the comic a second thought, Way's pale attempt at a cool story is easily seen through and it's painful to read. -Eh. I don't care about Cliff's story. It didn't add anything new, since we already know he becomes a giant planet thanks to issue 3. This was just explaining how he did so, which isn't really necessary. Again, think about things for two seconds, and it all falls apart. In this case, what might seem clever, ends up being clearly exposed as pure filler. -Wow, that twist was so original and not at all cliched.

1.0
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #7

Jul 15, 2020

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9.0
Doomsday Clock #7

Sep 28, 2018

THE GOOD: -Gary Frank's art is great. I know I'll say that until the end of the series, but this art deserves attention. -In general, Geoff Johns writing is really good, He captures the feel of Watchmen extraordinarily well, proving a perfect continuation of the series. -The Joker is perfectly written. This issue gets me excited for Geoff Johns' Three Jokers series, because dang, can the guy write Joker. -I'm glad to see the series drop its T+ rating, it finally feels like a true Watchmen comic book now. -Dr. Manhattan is an excellent addition to the series. Johns writes him astonishingly well, and his story looks to be excellent. Plus the mystery revolving around Marionette's child is exciting, and I can't wait to see how that turns out. -Rorschach's story here is really well done. I like his characterization and the tragedy of his story. I'm excited to see where he goes next. -Glad to see Superman finally coming onto the story. He was promised a while back, and it feels quite satisfying to see at least a hint of that promise coming true. -It's good that this series is finally giving us some answers to the questions Rebirth gave us regarding the JSA. THE BAD: -A lot of the scenes in this issue are still somewhat confusing. I'm sure all will make sense in the bigger picture when the series ends, but there are still a lot of questions raised here.

10
Doomsday Clock #8

Dec 8, 2018

SPOILERS! THE GOOD: -Amazing art. I love reading anything illustrated by Gary Frank. His art fits this series wonderfully. -I liked that we got an entirely DC-Universe oriented issue. After so much focus on the characters from the Watchmen Universe and the epic return of Dr. Manhattan last issue, this was a well-timed issue. -I liked how Johns wrote all of the Daily Planet characters. Perry and Jimmy felt perfectly characterized. -I love the integration of politics in this series and specifically this issue. Moscow's metahuman laws were a really interesting and unique part of the issue. -I also thought Moscow's heroes were really cool. Especially since they were illustrated by Gary Frank. -Firestorm turning all of those innocents into glass was a truly awesome scene. -Firestorm in general was a perfectly written character. We're not sure it was really him, but even so, seeing this portrayal of a hero who has been subjected to so much unnecessary hate, who regrets his sins so much. That is amazing. -I also really liked Kahndaq and how it was a safe haven for meta humans. Beautifully drawn, and seeing Frank illustrate all of these characters was awesome. -I really liked that small reveal that Sandstorm was a boy. It really helped not only Superman but the readers sympathize for the metahumans, and all they're going through. -OMFG! It was a small thing, but every hint we get towards the JSA's return has me pumped. Especially this issue's. -Seeing Firestorm so hell bent on saving this small child was amazing. I loved the portrayal as they gave him this watered down feel after he regrets what he did so much. -I really liked seeing Superman as he was caught between the country and the metahumans. As he advocates for metahumans, seeing everyone's response was super great. Johns did a great job of showing how Clark slowly lost control as he didn't know what to do anymore. -As the military ends up murdering the people Firestorm planned to save, that was a great way to show things spiraling way, way out of control. -I also loved how Clark was trying to save people, but ended up looking like he was attacking the military, that was so good, and seeing the horrified look on Lois's face, and Batman as he rushed to stop Clark. Amazing stuff! -I'm not sure entirely what happened at the end. Was Firestorm Dr Manhattan? Anyways, I can still appreciate the amazing buildup and the epic finale. And as we return to Ozymandias as he gives us the epic line of "It begins." Oh my god! I cannot wait to read the next issue, even if I have to break into DC Headquarters and steal a contraband early copy. Just kidding. I would never do that! Hahaha… THE BAD: -Well, um, uh. Dammit! I'm supposed to give tens sparingly, as stated by the invincible review god who controls me. But this was another amazing issue in what has been one of the best last few weeks of comics in my life.

9.0
Doomsday Clock #9

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -Gary Frank's art was really cool here. He shows off his variety and talent in how he can draw so many characters to perfection. -I thought the opening to this comic was really cool. -Those silent "Crisis" pages were neat. Also, seeing the Doom Patrol was awesome. -This issue did a pretty good ob of showing the aftereffects of last issue's ending. Especially those pages with Lois. -Firestorm remains one of the series' strongest characters. -Those scenes between Luthor and Lois were great. -Geoff Johns did a great job characterizing Dr. Manhattan this issue. -I actually lugged at a couple parts. One was the Shazam family's reaction to seeing Dr. Manhattan. The other was Guy Gardner and his lines. -This issue did a good job delivering its action scenes. -That flashback scene with Firestorm was so fantastic. I won't spoil it, but just know, it was an amazing reveal. -Solid ending. THE BAD: -I mean, I didn't like it as much as last issue, but this series is pretty consistently great, so that's not a terrible thing.

9.0
Doomsday Clock #10

Jun 1, 2019

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW THE GOOD: -This was an awesome, modern-classic feeling issue. -I loved the opening sequence. -Doctor Manhattan's narration was really good. -The art is still great. -The whole Superman story is truly fantastic. One of the best parts of the issue, if you ask me. -Man, Geoff Johns just killed it with the DC continuity, nostalgia and history, and his script as well. I've always had mixed feelings about Johns, but this is good stuff. -This is just such a perfect explanation for the constant reboots and such that DC has. -The whole concept of a Metaverse that the multiverse revolves around is great. -That ending though. Holy shit. THE BAD: -If I have one complaint, it's perhaps that things linger a bit too much on Carver Colman. I mean his story/relationship with Manhattan is interesting, but I prefer the DC Universe secrets over that.

9.0
Doomsday Clock #11

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Gary Frank is such a wonderful artist. I need some of these panels hanging in my room. -I really like the storytelling here. It can feel a bit staccato at once, especially with the dialogue voiceovers constantly changing, but it keeps an otherwise boring issue interesting. -Lex Luthor was perfectly written here. -The Carver Colman photographs were a nice touch. -Mime and Marionette are such wonderful characters. -Poor Saturn Girl. -I can't wait to see how it all ends. Too bad it'll be another three months. Just kidding. I actually appreciate Geoff Johns taking the time to make sure his story is well-done. And it is. THE BAD: -I wasn't really super interested in Ozymandias' plan. Not sure why, but it dragged down the second half of this book quite a bit for me.

8.5
Doomsday Clock #12

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -I really liked this finale. I was thoroughly engaged the whole way through. -I can see why maybe some people were disappointed by how Dr. Manhattan acted here. I honestly didn’t really have a problem with it. It’s not totally in line with his previous personality, perhaps, but I found his internal dialogue and character compelling. -Gary Frank’s art is always a treat, and, if I’m being honest, my favorite part of this whole series. -I liked Long quite a bit in the end. The scenes with him and Batman were great. -I don’t think I ever expected to, but I’m glad this wasn’t just a fistfight. -I really liked the second half of this comic. The first half was fine, maybe a bit slow-moving, but the second half really elevated the issue for me. -Eh, the Comedian was never fully realized, but the end of his story got a chuckle out of me. -I really liked the end of Carver Colman’s story. -Damn, I never would’ve guessed that was Mime and Marionette’s story would end. -References to Marvel always make me smile in DC. It shouldn’t, it’s fanservice, but eh, at least it’s effective for me. THE BAD: -I had a bit of trouble getting into this at first. Perhaps it was the delays, perhaps it was the grating nature of Dr. Manhattan’s dialogue, especially the way Geoff Johns writes him. I don’t know -I have no idea why, but the last two pages felt oddly contrived for me. Maybe it was because it was following up that beautiful panel with the roses. I don’t know.

6.5
Dying Is Easy #1

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a fine first issue. I might continue this series. Then again, maybe not. -The dark comedy's solid. I appreciate the lack of restraint, too. Be warned, if you're planning on reading this: the comedy is very, very dark. -Shit Talk is a pretty compelling main character. -I like the story with Shit Talk being blamed for driving someone into committing suicide. It's a nice, dark addition to his character. -I'm much more excited for where this is going. This issue was a lot of setup. Hopefully next issue is more interesting. THE BAD: -Did this need to be 4.99? The story's light, and it feels like it could easily be normal sized. -I feel like traditional art would have worked way better. The ethereal art of Simmonds didn't really work with the story. Plus, the splash with Homes punching Dixon looked really flat. -I dunno. I have a weird feeling Veronica is the murderer. That's based purely on intuition, though. Maybe it's because she has so little importance in the story, but the writing clearly wants to feature her.

3.5
Excalibur (2019) #1

Nov 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -The characters were alright. I liked Rogue and Gambit, mainly because I already liked them before this. I'm not too familiar with Captain Britain and he seemed like a good character, but y'know… It's unfortunate Apocalypse has become such an uninteresting and cliched team-leader character. Betsy was a fine lead. I didn't care about Jubilee at all. Take this with a grain of salt though, because I'm pretty unfamiliar with the X-Men characters. -I like this universe. I'm kinda reaching here, since it being so interesting and fleshed out is mainly because of Hickman, but the portal to the Otherworld was a nice addition on Howard's part. THE BAD: -After the good debut of X-Men and the great debut of Marauders, we finally get a poor comic in Hickman's X-Men world. -Right off the bat the art was too bland for me. It was serviceable, I guess, but I feel a better artist could've elevated the story more. -I'm just sick of Morgan Le Fay. In all media. I guess that's why Once and Future is one of my favorite current comics, because it doesn't resort to all the tropes of a typical Camelot-based story. And yes, I know that Le Fay is a pre-established character in the marvel Universe, but she was just such a boring villain. -This story doesn't grab me at all. It's not as complex as X-Men, nor as purely fun as Marauders. It exists.

7.0
Excalibur (2019) #2

Nov 23, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a huge improvement over the first issue. -The opening scene was different and I liked the way it ended. -The art is quite good here. It's very, very traditional and occasionally flat, but I enjoy looking at it. -Overall, there was some cool imagery here. -I'm very interested in where this is going next. THE BAD: -The characters are really the weak links here. I think that's why I hated the first issue. Thankfully the actual story was interesting enough here that I enjoyed the issue a lot more. -That dream sequence made me roll my eyes. I don't know, it was obvious, and not really necessary.

7.0
Excalibur (2019) #3

Dec 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -Good issue. I don't know, though, something about this series isn't clicking for me. -I know nothing about this Rictor character, but I still found him very interesting. -The mutant reedit was a great use of the graphics. It tied into the main story, even if it wasn't totally necessary, but it did a great job of establishing this universe and fleshing it out even more. -The characters had more personality here than the last few issues. I guess I'm coming around to them. -I liked the end with Apocalypse quite a bit. THE BAD: -The art is really, really bland. I would have preferred something more for such a fantastical story. -Morgan le Fay is such a boring villain.

5.0
Excalibur (2019) #4

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a middle of the road issue, I guess. Boring, but inoffensive. -I like the way Gambit’s written here. -I like the art. -I wouldn’t go so far as to call Jubille complex, but I enjoyed her character here. -This take on Apocalypse is interesting and I like it. THE BAD: -The protests feel incredibly one dimensional here. -I liked Rictor a lot last issue, but here he was incredibly bland. And, yes, I know that was sort of intentional, but I don’t feel like his change went anywhere interesting. -Wow, it took me forever to get through this issue. -The story’s really lost all interest for me. -I’m not at all interested in the ending.

1.5
Excalibur (2019) #5

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -Apocalypse is legitimately the only interesting thing about this issue. THE BAD: -Oh gooooooood. This was really bad. -I don't know if I've mentioned this, but the writing feels incredibly weak, not just in this issue, but the entire series. It's not terrible, that's reserved for later Frank Miller, or Scott Lobdell or something like that, but it's really, really bland, in this sort of off-putting way. -You can get me to either care or have fun reading this. I want to. I want to love every Dawn of X comic, because the ones that are good, are really, really good. I can't tell you how happy I'd be to have another comic like X-Force, or Marauders or New Mutants when Hickman's writing it. But, from the start, I've never clicked with this series. -I was bored to death the whole way through. -The art has really gone downhill. -Eh. ApocaRogue doesn't interest me at all. It's also an incredibly cliched "Uh.... guys?" cliffhanger.

5.0
Excalibur (2019) #6

Jan 24, 2020

THE GOOD: -Great art. -Apocalypse is still the most interesting thing here. -I kinda liked the falling action. The last three scenes were genuinely good character moments. Let's hope this series can get back on track. Or... on a track. THE BAD: -This series is so boring. -This story is ridiculously un-engaging. I'm just watching events happen, not caring about anything. -As a conclusion to a story arc, this was really anticlimactic. Nothing felt conclusion worthy. Everything just ended, with none of the stakes ever feeling real.

8.0
Excalibur (2019) #7

Feb 22, 2020

Surprisingly, really fun. Definitely my favorite issue.

5.0
Excalibur (2019) #8

Mar 6, 2020

Just an OK issue. Not as fun as the last one, not as dull as the first arc. Just something that exists.

5.0
Excalibur (2019) #9

Mar 22, 2020

Excaliboring

4.5
Excalibur (2019) #10

Jun 14, 2020

I read this three days ago and I can’t remember a single thing about it. Probably more of a personal problem but these are personal ratings.

4.0
Excalibur (2019) #11

Aug 19, 2020

This series is just so boring.

5.0
Excalibur (2019) #12

Sep 20, 2020

This was my usual Excalibur reading experience: boring, but never awful.

8.5
Excalibur (2019) #13

Nov 1, 2020

Surprisingly good. This may be the best issue of this series so far. I don't know what this issue did differently, it was just a lot more engaging and fun. The art was really good too.

6.0
Extermination (2018) #2

Sep 1, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art. Pepe Larraz' art is excellent. It feels epic, it captures the tone perfectly and expresses the characters feelings and personalities very well. -The action scenes feel really great. Exactly the kind of epic feeling we want and need from the new X-Men epic. -This series still maintains the epic feeling. It feels like a blockbuster movie (and a good one at that) in comic book form. THE BAD: -The last page wasn't doing it for me. As something that's supposed to be a powerful end through shock value, it just didn't work, unfortunately, especially coming off the amazing last page of the previous issue. -The script is a bit simple. Not a very layered script, just basically the heroes saying their lines, most of what lies behind their words comes from the art.

5.5
Extermination (2018) #3

Sep 29, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art is great. Those who have read more than 1 review by me know that this is no rare occurrence. -This series has a great cinematic feel to it. That is a very important element of a big-event style series that is done well here. -The action scenes were really well done. This is mostly due to the art, but there's no denying the obvious quality present in that area. -The deaths are still really felt, which I appreciate, especially considering this series is named, "Extermination." -The series will definitely read as an excellent epic-event, due to the epic feeling that mainly Larraz captures, but Brisson chips in here as well. THE BAD: -The writing doesn't have me. It doesn't add any depth to the series, anything more than basic dialogue. Very disappointing. -The characters aren't good enough for me. I think that's mainly because there's too many of them, but still, they don't compel me enough. -The plot isn't really that interesting to me. It is just too bland for me. -This issue isn't very memorable. I think it reads way better in trade, but it still should stand out as a single issue more.

8.0
Fairlady #1

Aug 8, 2019

8.0
Fairlady #2

Aug 8, 2019

7.0
Fairlady #3

Aug 8, 2019

9.5
Fairlady #4

Aug 8, 2019

9.0
Fairlady #5

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Well, I finally got around to reading this issue. It was great. I loved it. -This series always does a good job of beginning with a scene towards the end, without turning it into too much of a gimmick. -I love Claudia Balboni's art. It's not perfect, but something about it just feels very natural and it fits this world very well. -This issue had the best mystery yet. I was really surprised by the reveal too. -I loved how this issue tied back to the very first issue nicely. -That chase scene was really fun and very fluid. -I love these characters. -That end was very suspenseful and tense. -Great cliffhanger! -It just feels good in my soul to read a 31 page issue that I paid 3.99 for. -What? No more Fairlady until 2020? Nooooo! Just kidding, Image. You know I love that you give creators the time they need to put out quality stories. THE BAD: -I'm not sure how good the overarching story will be. So far it's just been as cliche as "Something bad is coming…"

5.0
Fallen Angels (2019) #1

Nov 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -The colors were great and nailed the tone of the book. -I will admit that the opening scene pulled me in and grabbed my attention. -Psylocke was the only interesting character here. And even she could've been explored better. -There's some cool imagery here. Unfortunately the art ruins a lot of it. THE BAD: -Probably one of my least favorite DoX books yet. I have no interest in the story whatsoever. -The art just wasn't for me. The facial expressions looked weird and it didn't flow very well. -I found the script kinda pretentious. Like it was trying too hard to be like Hickman. -I was just very bored.

7.0
Fallen Angels (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -It certainly pales in comparison to the other two X-books this week, but I thought this was pretty good. Yet another improvement over the first issue. I never thought I'd say it, but I'm really in love with this new X-Men relaunch. -The flashback is way more interesting than the main story. Also, even sucky art can't ruin those action sequences. -The dialogue was way better here. Hill definitely found his groove; -The characters are a lot better here. I still think they need improving, but they had much more actual depth. -I'm moderately interested by the end. We'll see how it goes. THE BAD: -God, I hate Kudranski's art. It's just so stiff and it sucks the life out of a pretty interesting story. -This story just doesn't interest me. I appreciate all the other X-Books for each scratching a different itch. X-Men: Main Events, Marauders: Fun Adventure, Excalibur: Fantasy, X-Force: Political Thriller, New Mutants: Space Travel. This doesn't really have that.

1.5
Fallen Angels (2019) #3

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -I like some of the imagery. Even if the art butchers it, it's there. THE BAD: -Oof. This was bad. -God. Kudranski's art only gets worse. -Wow. This writing is really bad. The narration at the beginning was super pretentious. -The pacing felt really off here. -Oh no. That graphic was just … no. "How to Bore Someone in Two Pages" is what it should have been called.

3.0
Fallen Angels (2019) #4

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -The writing was better here. It’s still uber-pretentious, but it’s not as insufferable as it was last issue. -The imagery’s still interesting at the least. It’s unfortunate the art butchers the only real highlight of this comic. THE BAD: -Sigh. I hate this series. -The art. I’ve you’ve heard something about it, it’s probably right. -You just cannot get me to give any sort of shits about these characters. -I don’t care about this story. -I don’t care what’s happening next. I’m done. I’ll still read it, but I’m on my last leg with this one.

1.5
Fallen Angels (2019) #5

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -I kind of liked Mr. Sinister and Magneto's appearances here, mainly because the main characters are so boring, and previous Krakoan X-Men comics have built likable characters out of them both. THE BAD: -Oh, wow, this was terrible. -This art is near insulting at this point. -Wow. This writing is really atrocious. This comic is a train wreck. -I couldn't care less about the story at this point. -Those journals were like Tom King writing. Really bad. -Just stay away from this one. I can't recommend X-Force and Marauders enough, but do yourself the favor of never reading this.

1.0
Fallen Angels (2019) #6

Jan 31, 2020

This is legitimately one of the worst-looking, most rushed, slapped-together issues I've ever read. And that's all I have to say.

7.0
Family Tree #1

Nov 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a fine, but forgettable issue. -The suspense is well-done, especially before things get crazy. -Generally speaking, the script is good. -The horror elements are probably the strongest here. I think that horror is Lemire's biggest strength as a writer. -I'm mildly excited for the next issue. I'll read it, but I'm not looking forward to it as much as I want to. THE BAD: -I wasn't a big fan of the art. It was cool and stylistic at first, but later it became a pain in my ass to try to decipher what was going on because the art was so abstract. -I'm not a huge fan of the main character. Her son is far more interesting.

4.5
Family Tree #2

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -Eh. It’s okay. Maybe it’s just that way in comparison to Lemire’s other comic this week. I dunno. I don’t love it. -The art’s good. A couple panels are awkward, and occasionally some of the decisions with the art are mind-bogglingly bad, but it’s at least interesting in a bland story. -Judd is a great character and is easily the highlight of the issue. THE BAD: -Boy, these characters are bland. -I just don’t care about anything that’s going on. -This was one of those issues where it felt like nothing really happened. We got the flashback, which was fine, but lengthy, The kids and the mom met Judd and he showed the mom his hand. Cool? Why was this an issue? -The end didn’t do it for me. I felt like I should be shocked. Instead, I shrugged. Maybe it’s because I didn’t feel any attachment to the tree grandma. I don’t know.

6.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #1

Aug 8, 2018

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE ISSUE Overall, this was a good start. I think, as with many of Dan Slott's comics, the strongest part of the writing is the characterization of all of its characters. This issue contains enjoyable characters down to the supporting cast. It is still a good concept to have Johnny Storm as the one who is hopeful for the Fantastic Four's return, while Ben Grimm has given up all hope. Although it was only a page, seeing the other superheroes give their thoughts on the legacy of the Fantastic Four was a fun thing to do for the first issue. Although, there are a lot of pages like that one that end up feeling like filler, despite being fun pages. For example, the flashback, which its great to see several pages dedicated to the good old days of the Fantastic Four, even though it doesn't progress the story at all. Also the whole singing to get home scene can't hep but feel incredibly cheesy. Although in these few scenes, Slott has proven he is a great writer for the Fantastic Four as their banter and dialogue is captured pretty much perfectly. The issue also nails the emotion of Johnny and Ben as it hits us in the feels to finally see Johnny give up hope, even if it is just for a few seconds. The final scene is pretty predictable but it still ends up working pretty well. Unfortunately, it is hard not to feel even slightly ripped off when you've paid six dollars for an issue #1 and you don't really get to see the Fantastic Four reunite. Even the final page illustrated by Skottie Young commenting about it isn't enough to redeem this problem. It seems like they could have removed the bonus story illustrated by Simone Bianchi to make room for a proper reuniting of the Four. The back up story isn't even all that good. It brings back Dr. Doom as the leader of Latveria, which is fine and all and it sets up an interesting future issue, where it seems it is leading up to Doom being a series villain, but for the issue, the story seemed bland and with only okay art. Not at all like the art of Sara Pichelli in the main issue, which outshines the writing and is marvelous in capturing the personality and looks of each of the characters. Overall, this issue provides a promising start for a series that really seems to pick up in the next issue.

4.0
Fantastic Four (2018) #2

Sep 14, 2018

(Warning, there are spoilers below. Don't say I didn't warn you) THE GOOD: -Sara Pichelli's art was quite good. She captures the character and tone of the issue really well. -I like just how fun this series is. It's a bit like the modern MCU movies (Minus Infinity War), it's just a fun adventure. -I think that Slott captures the characters of Reed and Sue very well, I liked both of their characters. THE BAD: -This book just doesn't feel memorable. For such a highly advertised series, it should be a bit more memorable than that. -The writing itself is a bit too cheesy for my taste. It doesn't pause for a more serious moment, as it should. -That last page was not effective for me. It was just trying too hard. -Critically speaking, too much happened in this issue. It rushes things, it moved too fast. -I just wish we got to know the kid a bit more, they were really just background noise in this issue. That's why we weren't hit in the feels when one of them died.

9.0
Fantastic Four (2018) #3

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -I was expecting this to feel scattered. Instead it does an amazing job of focusing on the relationship of its central four characters. -Now that's what I'm talking about, this felt like a true, blue Fantastic Four issue. Great job Dan Slott. -I'm glad they got rid of the crappy villain from the last issue. Hopefully she doesn't return like she said she would anytime soon. -This is in very sense of the word, a fun adventure. I love issues like that, I've got a soft spot for them. I really enjoyed this issue. -That Spider Man moment was awesome. This issue did a good job of working all of these members into the story in really fun ways, while still focusing on the main four characters. -Same goes for both the Hulk and Iceman moments. -I also liked how the issue showed each of the members relationship to kids of the Foundation. I loved how Sue saved her son from the Griever. -I loved that ending. It was a nice way to cap off the first three issues. -For an issue that was built up by two whole issues, one of which was extra priced, this felt totally worth it for me. THE BAD: -The art actually detracted from the story. Plot twist! Last issue, I was the opposite! Anyways, the art felt half finished. Some of the images of the thing felt like newspaper strip level of detail.

5.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #4

Dec 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked Stefano Caselli's art a lot. It captured the tone of the issue nicely. -This issue shows Dan Slott's talents for writing pretty much any given Marvel character excellently. -I will admit, I did not see that twist with the Fantastix coming. -I think Brainstorm was a really strong character in this issue. -I enjoyed the end of this issue a lot. It is a solid end and also introduces an interesting new headquarters for the FF. THE BAD: -I do wish the wrecking crew had a bigger part in this one. That definitely would have improved this issue. -I actually disliked the Fantastix. They just kind of felt like they were in this issue to fill up pages and occupy the time while the creators cook up their 650th issue spectacular. -I dow ish they could have spent less time saying goodbye to everyone, and more time on the actual story of this issue. -Nico Leon's art was not great. It was not nearly detailed enough. This looked especially bad for The Thing.

9.0
Freedom Fighters (2018) #1

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue has some great political themes, I hope they will expand on those, but its a solid start. -This comic does great with its premise. It's similar to some elements of the Man in the High Castle, but it definitely feels like much more than just that withs superheroes. -I love Eddy Barrows's art. His drawing for the Plastic Men Nazis was especially amazing. -The death of the original Freedom Fighters was pretty dark but amazing. -I thought Venditti did a great job with this issue. His writing was really good, and often times had a great subtle way of telling the story. "Heil this, Ratzis." The new Freedom Fighters are pretty cool, looking forward to seeing more of them. -The Uncle Sam scene was also really good in my opinion. This comic would make such an awesome movie, and it would require very little change. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that the end wasn't as good as the rest of the issue, this will definitely be a first issue that reads better in trade.

9.0
Freedom Fighters (2018) #2

Jan 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is proving to be something special. After an excellent debut, we get an arguably even better second issue. If this series keeps it up, it could be remembered long after issue 12. -The opening was really, really good. Unique, but not forced, with solid writing. -I can't believe this Robert Venditti is writing the trash fest known as Damage, or even Hawkman, which I find subpar compared to this. I guess this is where he's focused his skill and attention. I'd argue it's worth it. -Good God, Eddy Barrows' art is something special. He draws things in such a perfect, nostalgic way, that also feels fresh and unique. Love it. -The battle in this issue was pure awesomeness. It felt like a movie scene. Legitimately great stuff. -The whole issue felt really cinematic. Or maybe that was just me. It felt like a really well directed movie with excellent cinematography. -That ending was super creepy and super good. -I thought that this issue executed the whole "the world now has hope!" thing really well. I especially liked the Heartland scenes, which were beautiful. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that the characters could be stronger. And I don't really care. I still love this.

1.5
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #1

Jan 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -Okay, I wish the backup story could've been the whole issue. It really, really hit me in the feels. This was one of those rare times the backup was better than the main story. THE BAD: -Really didn't like the art. It felt stiff and lifeless. -This series didn't feel like anything special to me. It doesn't give me any reason not to save the money and just buy the main ongoing Spidey series. -The humor in this issue just felt really off. Like I was supposed to laugh, but never did, because nothing was really that funny. -I believe it was Joss Whedon who said, "It's no fun to watch a movie about someone who already knows it's a wonderful life." This was the same thing but to a different degree. For me it's no fun to read about a character who is perfect and always an angel. Now I don't mean we have to go all Tom King-style broken superheroes, but still. -That underwear scene was just a big NO for me. -And I really didn't like the end. I just don't think this series was my thing, I won't read any more issues for sure.

7.5
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #2

Jan 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -What happened here?! Oh, I think I figured it out. Tom Taylor must have written last issue's back up story, planning for it to be the main comic, and what was the main issue last time was supposed to be the backup. That's definitely it. I definitely didn't misjudge the quality of this series. Not at all. -The art was a vast improvement. While I don't like the way Mr. Cabal draws the Human Torch, his Spidey is growing on me. -Where was this humor last issue? I think I must have been in a bad mood when I read the last one. I guess I was happy when I read this one. -I thought the kids would be stupid. Instead, they were really interesting. -That splash page was pretty awesome. If you read the issue, you know what I'm talking about. -The Rumor looks to be a weird but potentially interesting character. We'll have to wait until next issue. THE BAD: -The story still doesn't interest me as much. Aspects of it do, but not as a whole. There are a few too many subplots if you ask me. -I wasn't a fan of the Detective. She didn't interest me. -I still have to admit to some corny dialogue and humor that doesn't land. I'm more concerned about the latter, but that's kind of canceled out by the great humor. Still, they could work on making the jokes payoff a bit more often. I don't really care about the second one, because it's a comic, there's supposed to be corny dialogue. None of it was cringe-y or anything. So I won't take points off for it, just acknowledge it.

8.5
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Jean Grey And Emma Frost #1

Mar 1, 2020

THE GOOD: -I enjoyed this a lot. -Man, Russell Dauterman is super talented. -I liked the surreal visuals a lot. -I didn't expect this to tie in to the main X-Men series, but I'm glad that it did. -Great ending! THE BAD: -My big complaint is that this didn't need to be a silent issue. It serviced the issue in no way, and in fact hindered it from having what could've been great character interaction. Other than that, it was perfect.

6.0
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Magneto #1

Jul 15, 2020

This is fine. Art's a little... off, and the pacing's weird, but it's not bad I guess.

10
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Fantomex #1

Aug 13, 2020

I might be in the minority here, but I actually really loved this. It was the funniest issue I've read in a while. Rod Reis should do more stuff with Jonathan Hickman because they work really well together.

9.5
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Storm #1

Sep 20, 2020

This was pretty awesome. Hickman should write an ongoing Fantomex series, because I really like this guy.

9.5
Gideon Falls #6

Aug 15, 2018

This was an excellent issue. The best single issue of any comic I have read since…well since the last issue of Gideon Falls. This is my favorite current comic and my favorite comic of the year and this issue is no exception. It is effectively trippy and opens up even more mysteries for the series to solve in its second arc. The art is phenomenal in every way possible and the series ends its first story arc strongly while still keeping you excited for the next. The last panel is mysterious and opens a whole new realm of possibilities as to the answer to everything. My only problem with this issue is that it tells me the next won't come out until October. Ugh! That said, I appreciate Lemire and Sorrentino taking time to weave one of the greatest comic stories of all time, and I have no problem waiting a month until the next issue, so it's not even a problem at all.

6.5
Gideon Falls #7

Oct 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -Those first three pages were amazing. Great tie-back to the first issue. -Stunning art, as expected. Andrea Sorrentino continues to amaze. -I loved that flashback. The art stunned and the end to it was just a great twist. -This series still offers some of the most compelling characters currently. It's one of my favorites because of that. This issue is no exception. THE BAD: -So Norton was hiding a scar down his lip this whole time. Well that was anticlimactic. It seemed like they were building up whatever was hiding behind his mask, but apparently it was just a silly little scar. -The end didn't have me that hooked. I really wanted the creepy Black Barn guy to be the Bishop, not some random psychiatrist who felt written in at the last second.

9.0
Gideon Falls #8

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -I loved the flashback scene at the beginning. Super creepy and super cool -The art was phenomenal. These two are currently one of my favorite creative teams at the moment. It works so well with the writing and just feels like something special. -I do like seeing Norton so helpless, it is interesting to see him at a weak point again. -That one two-page splash (you know the one I'm talking about) is amazing. Super amazing. -That scene where Wilfred seemingly enters the past was so cool. I loved that scene. -It's nice to see Wilfred and Clara teeming up again. They worked great together in the first story arc. -It's so satisfying and amazing to see the worlds begin to cross over. I cannot wait for the next issues. THE BAD: -I'm not a fan of this Kadri villain. First off, Joe Reddy was a way better villain and it felt cooler when Xu and Norton were trying to fight off some intangible villain, the Black Barn or the smiling man. I really hope Kadri isn't the smiling man, I hope they would save that for a better character.

9.0
Gideon Falls #9

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -It's great to see Wilfred and Clara working together again. Their interactions are pretty good. -I also love to see that we get the explanation for Rebecca and who she is, and boy is it dark. -It's interesting to see Clara's denial of the supernatural when she is talking to her father. A very well-scripted moment. -That twist with Norton was super great and excellently shocking. -This was probably the first time I laughed in this series. The Norton ordering coffee scene was pretty great. And Angie's reaction! Lol! -Great art. As usual. -Great writing. As usual. -The ending has some really great setup. I can't wait to see where it leads. THE BAD: -This wasn't the best issue of the series, I'll admit. It was mostly progressing the plot. It didn't have as many "Wow!" moments as previous issues, unfortunately.

10
Gideon Falls #10

Jan 19, 2019

DO NOT ENTER THE SPOILER BARN BEFORE HAVING READ THIS ISSUE! THE GOOD: -The art is phenomenal, simply put. -The writing is phenomenal, simply put. -The writing and the art together is phenomenal, simply put. -The opening for this issue was amazing. Creepy and unique. -Not to mention the old Norton Sinclair. I don't know how this all connects but I cannot wait to see it do so. -God, I love the mystery in this comic book. I am on the edge of my seat with every issue. -That scene with the old Black Barn was so good. So. Good. -Poor Doc. -Once again, Norton and Angie were great together, they have great dialogue and are excellent characters. -Good to see Deputy Ballard again. He was a small character, but I liked him. -Now, the Bishop. I am so glad he is back. And his appearance this issue is executed to perfection. -With this issue, we finally get confirmation that Norton is Danny. And even though it's expected, it's the right way to go. -The splash page with Norton and Danny from the past. That was so, so good. -And I'm not going to spoil anything after that. You're just gonna have to read it for yourself. Don't let my review hamper your experience with this masterpiece because I gave some stuff away. -This series is phenomenal, simply put. THE BAD: -Absolutely nothing. God, I love this series.

10
Gideon Falls #11

Feb 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -I cannot possibly imagine how incredibly brilliant both Lemire and Sorrentino have to be to create an accomplishment such as this issue. It is a work of art. It belongs in a museum. If you are not reading this series, you need to remedy that. Immediately. I'm not going to say much. I think this little section says enough, but I will specify exactly what blew me out my couch and into f***ing Mars. -This comic is inventive. Especially the visuals. Sorrentino knows how to experiment with what a comic can be and what it can look like and really truly succeed. -I don't usually pay attention to this kind of stuff, but the lettering was absolutely phenomenal. This is everything a comic can achieve to be. -The end of last issue is executed perfectly. Not overdone, natural, but still as satisfying as readers imagined from the first issue. -Not to mention the original Norton. What a cool character. -That many kingdoms splash page is one of the best things I have seen in my life. -That moment (if you read the issue, you know the one I'm talking about) genuinely had me retching. -And that ending is perfect. -This is not just one of the best issues I have ever read, not just one of the best comics I have ever read, but one of the best forms of entertainment I have ever experienced period. I am really in love with this series. THE BAD: -If you've read this far, did you really think there would be any bad?

10
Gideon Falls #12

Apr 22, 2019

DO NOT ENTER THE SPOILER DIMENSION BY READING THIS REVIEW! IT IS A TREACHEROUS PLACE! THE GOOD: -This is everything I want. -Lemire does a great job of making this story not feel like filler. -Andrea Sorrentino is just an incredible person. Everything about his art shows that he's a man who strives to pour his soul into every panel. -Oh man, that page with the Laughing Man was just so perfect. It was terrifying, gross and well-written, all at once. -This series is getting into alternate dimension territory, and it's doing it so perfectly. This might be the best example of alternate dimension storytelling I've seen. -Only Lemire and Sorrentino can make two white pages, with hints of black so absolutely amazing. -Father Burke is a really great character. It's hard to make us so invested in a character after eleven issues of doing so with completely different characters, but Lemire knows what he's doing. -That crucifixion page was so good. It was surprising and scary. -Somehow, even after twelve issues, this series still uses the Black Barn and the Laughing Man to perfection, mostly due to its subtlety. -This series is trippy in the absolute best of ways. -Only Gideon Falls can combine Wild West and steampunk storytelling and make it work so damn well. THE BAD: -Really nothing. This series is everything it could be. There's no way it could possibly get any better.

10
Gideon Falls #13

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -I don't get it. I am so enamored with how it is possible for this comic to be so good every single time. -You know the drill. Jeff Lemire is a genius. Andrea Sorrentino is a genius. -That first splash page was great and the distortion was a nice subtle reference to another splash page from issue one. -"He had such a smile." Ooh, that was creepy. -The paneling for the first page with the Laughing Man was so good, and his face in the middle there made it so creepy. -Norton is so creepy and so perfect. -That scene involving the glass shard was gross and once again displayed outstanding paneling and art. -The dystopian Gideon Falls is so good. In a typical comic, I would question how if they can keep coming up with ideas, but this series is thirteen issues in and has yet to do so. -"I am the shadow at the center," was such a great line. -That scene in the prison was terrifying and perfect. -Ooh, man. The ending was so good. THE BAD: -I don't understand how this series can live up to my expectations every single time it comes out.

10
Gideon Falls #14

Jun 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -I've come to expect perfection from this comic, and it's come to deliver every single time. -Man, Andrea Sorrentino is something else. He clearly puts so much effort into his artwork, it's really something to behold. -Whoa, I didn't expect to see old Angie appear there. -Holy shit, that guy was the [SPOILER REDACTED]! Well done, Mr. Lemire. Well done. -That splash page that is literally in the middle is incredible. -Man, I cannot wait for the next issue. THE BAD: -Not much. Not much at all.

9.5
Gideon Falls #15

Jul 18, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series won't give me a break. If you're not reading it, you're missing out. -I don't know how Andrea Sorrentino does it. He's a god. That's the only rational explanation for how he can put out such amazing art so consistently. -Damn, the character work is great here. Wilfred's internal conflicts are becoming more dark and complex by the page and Angie is so goddamn compelling. -Holy shit, this issue scared me. That Rebecca scene was absolutely terrifying. -Jeff Lemire can write. I cannot wait for these guys' Joker comic. -This provided a satisfying update to the second arc's finale. I can't wait to see Norton and Clara's issue. THE BAD: -After an excellent three-issue story arc, I will say that this issue is not quite as good as the last few issues. It's still fantastic, however.

10
Gideon Falls #16

Aug 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was incredible. You don't even need me to tell you that anymore. -Andrea Sorrentino. I can't praise him enough. Words can't describe how much I love this f***ing art. -That opening scene was perfectly creepy and it presented a nice little origin story for Norton's scar. -These characters are so wonderful. I love them all. -When Norton walks into Doc Sutton's study. Talk about trippy man. And that's not even the best part of the issue. -Somehow, despite having seen him since issue 2, this comic still manages to make the Laughing Man creepy as hell. -Jeff Lemire is a great write, but this is his masterpiece. So much work has been pouring into the story, I doubt anything he writes in the future will top it. -That scene with Doc Sutton is how you do madness in a comic book properly. THE BAD: -Nah. Nothing. It's perfect again. Go read it. It'd be a crime to yourself not to.

9.0
Gideon Falls #17

Oct 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -I love this series. It's slowly becoming one of my all-time favorites. -Andrea Sorrentino's talent is just incredible. I can't wait for Killer Smile. -Oh man, Sutton's dream sequence was just fantastic. Creepy, trippy, everything I expect from this series. -Wow. That panel with the Bishop's agent standing behind Wilfred. Legitimately freaky. -I really love Norton and Clara. Their relationship is great. It's simple, but the way Norton rejects Clara when she tries to mend their relationship from their childhood is fantastic. -Things are ramping up really nicely. -The Bishop is a great character. It's especially satisfying to see him again after his three-issue story arc. -This series sure knows how to leave me on the edge of my seat. THE BAD: -I don't think Angie and Wilfred gel quite as well as Clara and Norton. To be fair though…

10
Gideon Falls #18

Nov 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -Yet another amazing issue. -This art is so good. -Wow, I didn't expect it, but Norton and Doc Sutton's scenes together were really great and genuine. I guess it would make sense that those two characters would connect. -The story is really ramping up. I am so engaged and I cannot wait for what's to come. -That two page splash was really cool and its clear a ton of work was put into it. -The Laughing Man now being able to infect other people's bodies is a really cool revelation. I cannot wait to see where it goes. -This issue got really disturbing during a certain scene and it was super effective. -I love the mission aspect Wilfred and Clara's story has taken on. It makes their story far more interesting. Plus I like the goal of uniting the five. -The Bishop is f*cking awesome, as per usual. -This issue did a great job of keeping its exposition interesting. During the Bishop's monologue, I was never once bored. -I cannot wait to see the Ploughmen united. THE BAD: -Nothing. This series is just too good for me.

10
Gideon Falls #19

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -Another phenomenal issue. -The opening scene here was really atmospheric and creepy. -Andrea Sorrentino is just so good. He even manages to make ordinary panels look amazing. -I just love Norton and Doc Sutton together. There's not even anything explicitly special about their interaction this issue, their characters just work so well together. -The Ploughmen were pretty much just what I was expecting and it was great. -Angie and Wilfred's story went from my least favorite to my favorite. Their interactions felt really genuine here, and I love the silhouettes. It was a nice twist to a scene that was pretty much just talking. -Damn. Angie's backstory was really simple, but sad. Maybe it's the believability of it. I dunno, it affected me. -The KRITCH lettering was quite effective, plus I love me some spider legs. -That last page was great. THE BAD: -Nah, I got nothing again.

7.0
Gideon Falls #20

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -The art's still amazing and pretty much carries the issue. -Thankfully, I still love these characters, and will be compelled to follow them no matter what happens. -Giant cockroaches? Count me in. -The Ploughmen's story was easily the most engaging part of the issue. -I'm way more interested in next issue. I'm curious about the mall, and seeing things come together even more will be (hopefully) satisfying. THE BAD: -This was the weakest issue in a while. It's a shame, but, I really didn't enjoy this as much as the other issues. -The pond scene didn't feel very natural. It felt like it happened only because it had to, and the real shame is, it didn't even have to. It was completely unnecessary. The imagery just felt sort of weak, compared to what other issues have done, as well.

9.0
Gideon Falls #21

Feb 8, 2020

THE GOOD: -This was the issue we needed. -This art is top-tier. -Every scene inside the mall was mind-blowing. -This issue was actually rather disturbing. -I love these characters so much. -The Laughing Man's final form is just so weird and creepy. I love it. -Wilfred and Angie's appearance couldn't have been more awesome and better timed. -That ending was so good. THE BAD: -The only thing I would change about this would be the "You can't hurt me because I don't believe in you" cliche.

8.5
Gideon Falls #22

Jun 17, 2020

Glad to see this series back. Pretty tame issue tbh, but I'm sure things will pick up from here.

10
Gideon Falls #23

Jul 22, 2020

Best issue in a while. I'm so engaged with the characters and the story.

7.0
Gideon Falls #24

Aug 19, 2020

Clara is like the least interesting Gideon Falls character, so having an entire issue based around her was bound to be below average. This is just sort of one big action scene with some cool imagery. Nothing I'd complain about, but I know this series can be so much better.

5.0
Green Arrow (2016) #44

Sep 8, 2018

(Minor not-really-spoilers ahead) THE GOOD: -Javier Fernandez's art is a very good addition to the series that I hope to see in plenty more than two issues. He captures what the series should feel like really well and his portrayal of the characters is great. -The setup for the death of Alison Kim was really good. Reminded me of Saw a little bit. Clever and original, not a typical death you'd see in a comic. Except she didn't die…Is that really a spoiler? Did you really expect anything else? -Is Kate Spencer Citizen?! THE BAD: -The writing. It's not really terrible, it's just very plain and cliched. The story arc has a great premise with Citizen, but it never delivers. -Chili?! Why?! That could have been a great romantic moment, but instead we get chili. Say what you will about Percy, but at least he captured the chemistry of Green Arrow and Black Canary well. -Was there really a purpose to that car chase, besides to look cool. It wasn't even that good of a chase scene, why would-sigh. I give up.

8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #45

Oct 7, 2018

THE GOOD: -I really appreciate that this issue isn’t trying to be anything huge or epic. It’s a simple story, but it’s a remarkable one. -I was in tears at the end of this issue. I’ll leave it at that. -The Bensons sure know how to characterize Oliver Queen, that’s for sure. -The interactions with the other members of the Justice League were really good. Emotional, and an excellent way of showing Oliver’s desperation for finding a way to bring back Roy. -The splashes were an excellent and pretty original way of offsetting the main story using flashbacks. -The end was incredible. Purely incredible. THE BAD: -The art wasn’t my favorite. It didn’t capture the emotion and feel of the issue enough for me, and the facial work didn’t appeal here.

2.0
Green Arrow (2016) #46

Nov 9, 2018

THE GOOD: -I enjoyed the art. It's a step down from previous issues, but it's still pretty good. THE BAD: -Citizen is equally the least interesting and most boring villain this series has had. -This issue came off of such a good issue before it, I was actually quite excited for it. Unfortunately I was let down, as they are simply continuing the bad story arc before that issue, and with an issue that actually makes the story arc more boring and forgettable. -This issue had crappy writing. I looked, and it ended up being the same writers of the previous issue, which evoked a beautiful father son relationship and really hit me in the feels. This issue does none of that. -I am not at all compelled by the mystery/investigation in this issue. It is uninteresting and brings down the issue. -A very predictable and stupid end.

6.5
Green Arrow (2016) #47

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the art. Nothing amazing. But it's alright. -I guess I kind of liked Black Canary in Green Arrow's costume. I guess? -I will admit, I liked that speech after Ollie defeated Citizen. -I also liked that we get ties to Roy's death once again. The Heroes in Crisis deaths are really starting to feel impactful. -The end was cheesy but kind of sweet. THE BAD: -There's some stupid dialogue here. Cheesy and ineffective. Not a good mix. -Of course we get the, "I snuck a tracker onto you" cliche to explain how Black Canary located Ollie. Maybe Citizen should invest in a tracker scanner. In fact all villains should! Maybe I'll send that idea to DC, or just plunge into the world of the comic book and use it there. Because I can totally do that. -So Citizen was just a random cop. Well, that's kind of disappointing.

9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #48

Jan 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -I like them exploring the Black Canary singer angle again. I always liked that aspect of her. -I've never really like Count Vertigo, but this issue cranks my appreciation for him up a whole notch. -God, I love this art. The characters look nice, and the trippiness factor is very high. -I really liked the dialogue between Black Canary and Green Arrow. They finally have good chemistry and their banter is great. -Kelly and Lanzing are the best things that have happened to this series. I'm actually really sad it's cancelled, I want more than three issues of this. Please, DC, the Bensons may have sucked, but this is awesome! Please! -Two panels is all it takes for this creative team to hit me in the feels with Roy's death. Two panels, and its better in that aspect than every HiC issue combined and multiplied by two. -I absolutely love the MC Escher visuals for this. They gave the issue character and reminded me of Doctor Strange, but still unique and different enough to be truly something special. -There are some really awesome splash pages in this issue. And I mean that fully. Awesome. -I'm really hooked. I just wish this could be longer. THE BAD: -My only complaint is the Jayce Riot character. That whole segment was uninteresting and felt like filler. They should've spent the whole issue focused on Count Vertigo.

6.5
Green Arrow (2016) #49

Feb 8, 2019

THE GOOD: -Nice art. Not as good as last time, but still good. -Still lovin' the Inception visuals. I will highlight some standouts of this below. -Count Vertigo turning Green Arrow's arrow into a spiral straw was just neat. -Seeing different Dinah's and different Ollies growing out of each other was cool. It reminded me of Gideon Falls actually. Maybe I'm just too obsessed with that series. -Then comes the real kicker. Green Arrow firing the Space Needle out of his bow. As someone who lives near Seattle, I will always think of this issue when I see the Space Needle again. -The emotion came really hard-hitting this issue. I absolutely loved the resolution. Not an action scene, but a powerful tribute to Roy. -Count Vertigo turned from boring to compelling in just a few panels. Nice job, Kelly and Lanzing. THE BAD: -I really hate Jayce. She's just a weak character. -I also thought Dinah was really weak this issue. Which is weird, considering I liked her a lot last issue. -I'm sorry, but even with the emotional context, Oliver saying the words, "I'm Green Arrow, I can do anything," is just super corny. -The end of this issue doesn't have me hooked. I have a feeling issue 50 will be messy. Then again, I could be wrong. -I don't know, I liked last issue a lot, this just didn't feel like it was nearly as good.

9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #50

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -Surprisingly enough, this didn't feel like a cobbled together finale issue, which is probably what it was, but at least it felt like a well-thought out, planned out finale. -I'm sad. It's done. Oh well, sounds like DC is going to reboot it anyways. If you're reading this review, comment below on who you'd like to see as a creative team for a Green Arrow relaunch. I personally am not sure. I like some of Alex Maleev's Green Arrow artwork, so he'd be a good artist. A lot of my favorite writers are either busy or working under an exclusive contract for another publisher. -Kelly and Lanzing are surprisingly great writers this issue. -I've always been partial to Javier Fernandez's art. This issue he did great once again. -I liked the countdown format for this issue. -The emotion this issue was so good. -The action scenes were also great. Surprisingly enough, this issue balanced emotion and action perfectly. -That reveal with the box was fantastic and perfectly executed. -The end was amazing. -I really like the setup this issue has for a potential relaunch. THE BAD: -I hate Jayce. She's a dumb character I really hope no one decides to revisit.

9.0
Green Lantern (2018) #1

Nov 9, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue gets credit just for feeling like a modern classic. Seriously, I bet that when this run's over, assuming all the other issues are consistent with this one, it will not only have a huge following, it will go down in history as one of, if not the greatest Green Lantern run of all time. -That art was amazing. I've never really read anything illustrated by Liam Sharp before, but this issue really makes me want to. Truly amazing. -I think Floozle Flem is the new best member of the Green Lantern Corps. All joking aside, I am trying to make a point here, and it's that there is some excellent originality in this issue. Also, I know it's only mentioned, but I am totally excited by idea of a microwave green lantern. -This series is genuinely a step above all the other DC series I'm reading right now. It is unique, and it feels like something refreshingly new for a publisher that a few weeks ago, I was concerned about running out of fuel. -BUMS RULE! -Overall, I'm just excited by the setup in this issue. Not only do the coming soon pages excite me, they make me sit on the edge of my seat for what's to come. Also, I'm just really interested because of the mystery and that final page. -Grant Morrison is a great writer. This issue oozes with genius and master writing. THE BAD: -The only complaint I can come up with is a small one, and its that the character of Green Lantern could improve. I'm not saying it's bad, but it's the only aspect of this issue that feels like it could be better in some way. He is a clever, cool character who has sex outside his house, but I haven't really been given too many reasons to connect with him.

8.5
Green Lantern (2018) #2

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -I have said it before, I will say it again, this series feels like a modern classic. I hope Morrison's run on the character is long, and if so, I will certainly be getting the omnibus of this one, to sit next to my Doom Patrol, Animal Man and Batman omnibus, because it is as good as those. -I really liked the opening to this issue. A subtle introduction into craziness that will eventually happen. -I love Liam Sharp's art. It was even better in this issue for me. His depiction of all of these crazy Lanterns and aliens fit Morrison's crazy writing perfectly. I wonder how many times I will say crazy in this review? -That volcano Lantern has replaced Floozle Flem as my favorite Green Lantern. -I really liked the interrogation scene with the Space-Bug-Pirate thing. It was a nice interrogation room scene, Morrison-style. -Evil Star was a funny villain. I enjoyed him more than the giant guinea pig from issue 1. -I laughed a lot in this issue. From Evil Star to Hal feeding the pirate Trilla-Tru's lunch, I really enjoyed this issue's humor. -I appreciate this series just for being so out there! I love the unique-ness of this series, and this issue furthers that love. -I thought seeing that really old Evil Star was pretty awesome. -The end was pretty interesting. Not the best setup, and its been done before however. -Crazy. Crazy, crazy, crazy. Crazy. CRAZY! Craaazzzyy. Let's see now…1…2. I'm sorry. I have a weird sense of humor. THE BAD: -Once again, my main complaint is about the main character. I hope we get more chances to connect with Hal. I still hope this series has a long life to do so. -I'm not sure about this vampire lady villain. She seems pretty menacing, but compared to some of the other villains this series has had in two issues, I'm not sure how good she'll be.

6.5
Green Lantern (2018) #3

Jan 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -I love the art. Nothing else I have to say about that. -I also love all of the weird creatures that Morrison and Sharp conjure up. They really stood out in this issue. -The auction was pretty great, I enjoyed that scene a lot. -I thought that Shepherd was a really fun and interesting villain. -I also liked the artificial sun, and how everyone hated Green Lantern. I find it hard to believe people would turn that quickly though, even for superpowers! -The scene with Shepherd's fuel source was twisted and effectively disturbing. THE BAD: -While I enjoyed Sharp's art overall, that page with the Justice League was just… ew! -I will admit there was some weirdness that took me out of the story here. -I wasn't a fan of the end. I already had issues with Jordan before, but now he's gone from uncompelling to… well, read the issue!

8.0
Green Lantern (2018) #4

Feb 8, 2019

THE GOOD: -God, I love Liam Sharp's art. It's just so perfect. -Once again its the world building and unique creatures and characters that make this issue worthwhile. -I thought the frame story format was very good for this issue. -I thought that trader guy was just super neat. -Nice to see Volcano Lantern again. I genuinely love that dude. -It's also great to see Hal facing punishment for last issue. -I will admit the twist last issue caught me off guard. It was also just very clever. THE BAD: -I don't know why, but the introduction to this issue just didn't hook me like the first three. -I found the main story with the Sun-Eater to be just okay. Great for a normal series, but for the expectations I have for this one, it was meh. I prefer the auction or Space-Pirate story lines.

9.0
Green Lantern (2018) #5

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -This issue was so good. I think it's my favorite issue yet. -Yes! Liam Sharp's art hit all the right notes here. -I really liked seeing Hal go through all the different trials this issue. -I'm not going to waste words going through all the little details I loved in this comic. That would take too long. Just know this comic is pretty much the opposite of being "rough around the edges." The edges are the best part. Morrison and Sharp create an immersive universe like no other with this comic. -I think my favorite part of the issue was the weird zombie knight and his brides. That was just too cool. -The flashback to the first issue was well-timed and generally excellent. -This Blackstar Parallax idea is really intriguing. It's a compelling storyline. -Ooh. That ending's got me super excited. -For once, I liked Hal Jordan. I wouldn't exactly describe him as compelling, but seeing him fight all these creatures was just super satisfying. THE BAD: -I'm not into the Blackstar lady villain. The idea's neat, but the execution is bland.

9.0
Green Lantern (2018) #6

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -This comic continues to be a stellar series, and one I look forward to consistently. -Liam Sharp was great. There wasn't as much for him to draw this time around, but he still knocked it out of the park. -I really liked the Green Lantern/Adam Strange shootout arena scene. -This was a good end to the first story arc. -Yes! Finally they got Hal right. He felt like a character for once. I have a feeling the next arc will be even better considering this issue fixed the one thing that was wrong with these otherwise great first six issues. -I really liked the whole "my willpower is stronger" bit at the end. That was neat. -I have absolutely no idea what was going on at the end there, but I'm excited to see more. THE BAD: -This issue just didn't quite have the same magic that the previous issues had. Maybe it's because this issue was so much more normal than the others. Maybe it's the lack of goofy creatures. I don't know.

10
Green Lantern (2018) #7

May 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was phenomenal. Just absolutely phenomenal. I really have nothing else to say. -The writing here is super-impressive. Whenever Grant Morrison incorporates prose into his stories, it always turns out fantastic. This may be the best example though. -The art is just amazing. The layouts were great and the world is incredibly immersive. -This was honestly the best issue of this series, and one of the best issues I have read in recent memory. -I love the attention to detail. Every panel has something amazing to show off. -The twist here was absolutely mind-blowing. Not only the idea, but the execution. The subtle foreshadowing through the paneling. Everything. -Myrwhidden was a great character, especially after the reveal. -And wow, that end. Just, everything about it. THE BAD: -Nothing. I really loved this comic a whole lot.

6.0
Green Lantern (2018) #8

Jun 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -Well, at least the art was good. -Xeen Lantern was a great inclusion. -I'm excited for next issue, just because it won't have this storyline. THE BAD: -Man, both characters are really annoying in this issue. -The trippy drug-fueled nature of this issue just did not work.

6.5
Green Lantern (2018) #9

Jul 3, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a pretty good issue. It's still far from the best this series can be, however. -The art is really great. I love it. -I liked the sword and sorcery take on Green Lantern. That was fun. -I don't know how I'm gonna feel about next issue, but I can't wait to see more of that stoner Lantern. THE BAD: -I don't really feel like this warranted a whole issue, story-wise. Especially considering the story continues into issue 10, so it's not self-contained. -Eh, I'm not crazy about an alternate earth storyline. Those have never been my favorite, and the end of this issue was rather predictable. Nothing like the crazy twist ending in issue 7.

6.0
Green Lantern (2018) #10

Aug 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This is so fun and creative. So much different than so many other books DC is putting out right now. -Liam Sharp and Grant Morrison just fit. I think that's part of the reason the annual was so bad, was because the art and writing didn't click. -Oh man, the Earth 32 page was just… everything i want to see in any comic. -The undead Trinity just proves Liam Sharp needs to illustrate more horror comics. -I mean, I'm excited for next issue. That seems to be an unfortunate trend with this one though. A lackluster issue gets me excited with the last page for… what ultimately is another lackluster issue. And so on. I'll hold out hope for this one though. THE BAD: -I loved the stoner Lantern at first because he was just so Grant Morrison. Then as the issue went on, I grew really really tired of him and became incredible annoyed by his jokes. -Did this really need to be a two-parter? This combined with the last issue, likely combined with the next issue just feel so… stretched out. There are great moments there, but they feel few and far between -I don't know. A lot of the various Lanterns here had excellent designs, but weren't really utilized in any interesting way. They served their purpose, I just feel kinda ripped off more fun wasn't had.

1.5
Green Lantern (2018) #11

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Okay, I hate the stoner lantern, but his oath was absolutely hilarious. I was so dead inside after reading this issue, however, that I probably would've laughed at anything. THE BAD: -This was incredibly boring. It took me forever to get through this. -Even Liam Sharp seems tired. His art is really losing it's flair fast. -I kind of feel like Grant Morrison is using his weirdness now in place of compelling characters and an interesting story, as much as it pains me to say. -Dear God. I cannot stand that Batman Green Lantern. His dialogue is an atrocity. -That interlude was just so random.

5.0
Green Lantern (2018) #12

Oct 6, 2019

I don't know if I can really review this issue properly. The plot has become so convoluted, I've stopped following it. I'll give it a five, since I didn't really know what was going on, which prevented me from really having proper judgement of the issue. All I saw were scenes. The art was nice, though. I dunno. This series started off good, but really started to go downhill after the second arc started. I love Grant Morrison, but I don't know if I can bring myself to read anything else related to this issue afterwards.

9.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) #5

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -Every time I see this artwork, it continues to impress me. -The character interactions here are golden. -Don't worry Lockjaw. I was excited to see you. -That splash page with Hela and Gladiator is really quite awesome. -Cosmic Ghost Rider is still perfect. -Hela is a fantastic villain. -Oh man, Eros. Oh man. -That ending is all kinds of bad. In a good way. THE BAD: -I don't really like how this issue brushed off the last issue's ending so easily, even if some humor was added.

5.0
Harleen (2019) #1

Sep 28, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was fine. Nothing special, nothing offensive. -The art was very good. Some weird facial expressions, but overall really nice looking. -The visuals for that opening dream sequence were nice. -Hey, Joker was great! His design was good, and Sejic writes him far better than any other character here. -I want that Batman/Joker two page splash on my wall. I know I already talked about the art, but it really stood out as especially awesome here. THE BAD: -I don't really find this story interesting at all. I don't really need to know how Harley got to Arkham, and anything that didn't involve the Joker was really quite boring, which is a pretty big mistake for a series that's supposed to focus on Harley. -I rolled my eyes with all the Dr. Collins scandal stuff. -This was very slow moving. It's a nice big book, but I really think the same effect and plot-progression could be achieved in a 20-page comic. -The Lucius Fox, Harvey Dent, Hugo Strange cameos felt kinda fanservice-y, unfortunately. -I don't think Sejic is a great writer. His dialogue for Joker was good, and maybe Mr. Morris, but other than that, it's a nice looking book and not much else.

7.0
Hawkman (2018) #3

Aug 8, 2018

This was a well-done third issue. I think Carter's internal monologue is well written, his dialogue a bit on-the-nose, in that it ends up being a sort of "I wonder what this could be?" "Oh! Its a-" and so on. But still the characterization is pretty spot on if you ask me and the action scenes feel pretty darn epic. I really liked the dialogue for the scene with the elder Feitheran, although that battle seemed a tad bit drawn out, as it is just barely escaping being labeled as filler. Bryan Hitch's art is by far the best part of the issue, however. It provides an excellent epic feeling for a comic that should feel exactly that way. I absolutely love the art! All in all, a good issue, I would recommend!

6.5
Hawkman (2018) #5

Oct 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -Amazing art. One of the best artists currently drawing a series, Bryan Hitch's art is something to be marveled at. -A lot of the splash pages worked really well. They felt really epic due to Venditti's knack for writing cinematic scenes. and Hitch's stellar art. -It's good to see DC isn't throwing away the Microverse. It is a very interesting location in the DC Universe and it deserves to be seen more. -Really great action scenes here. They were what made the second half of the book the best part. All in all, the action is where Venditti finds his strength in writing THE BAD: -This issue was a bit too much exposition for me. I found myself very bored by the time the issue hit the halfway point. Thankfully the series ascended into less dialogue-filled action scenes later on. Still the first half of this issue is way too much exposition. -I wish this issue could have explored Carter and Ray's relationship more. Instead Atom was little more than a boring old guest star in this issue.

6.5
Hawkman (2018) #6

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -Amazing art. I hope Bryan Hitch never leaves the series. -I liked the way Hawkman and Atom talked to each other. It shows that Robert Venditti really understands each character, and their relationship. -There was some really cool action scenes here. I enjoyed them a lot. -I liked the end. It was cool and really exciting for later issues. THE BAD: -I do wish plot-wise, more could've happened. It was an interesting escape, but there wasn't really anything about the plot that I loved. -I also didn't find this issue super-memorable. There were a lot of things I liked, but I feel like previous issues have left me with a bit more in my head afterward.

9.0
Hawkman (2018) #7

Dec 12, 2018

THE GOOD: -This was a great self-contained issue. At first I thought it's plot was just an introduction, but as it became the entire issue, I actually enjoyed it more. -The writing was pretty great. Venditti is really good at writing omniscient disembodied voices. -I love Bryan Hitch's art. It is super cinematic and fits the writing really well. -The whole concept of seeing Carter as a Deathbringer is great, and this issue executes it masterfully. -I loved seeing him be broken down by this woman he keeps seeing as well. -Everything that happens after Carter's death was pretty awesome in my opinion. Amazing imagery. Great effects. Super cool! -This was a great answer to the mystery presented in the first six issues, and it sets up more great issues to come. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that I wish they didn't have the last page. I feel like the impact of the issue would be greater if it took place entirely in the life of the original Carter. End with that amazing shot of Carter's eye, or splash page. I just thought the last page felt abrupt and without it, the focus of the issue would be greater.

5.5
Hawkman (2018) #8

Jan 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -Bryan Hitch's art was still fantastic. He continues to deliver on every level with this series. -That simulation-thing was pretty cool. Hitch's art really translated that perfectly. -I will admit to liking the scene where they talk with Krypton falling apart around them. That was cool. -I'm semi-excited for the Deathbringers, I guess? THE BAD: -So this issue is just Carter and Catar-Ol talking? Not sure how I feel about that. -Alright I'm really bored with this issue. What a disappointing follow-up to last issue. -1 point.

8.5
Hawkman (2018) #11

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -This issue was a great final battle. Cinematic, epic. Well done. -Bryan Hitch is really leaving this series with a bang. He's giving us some of his best work in years. -Seeing all those different Hawkmen was great. -Idamm is a great villain. Venditti succeeds in making him more than just an obstacle for Carter. -The "I am Hawkman" scene was good, if a little cheesy. I don't mind cheese though. THE BAD: -My only complaint is the final scene was just really corny.

7.5
Hawkman (2018) #12

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -The opening to this issue was perfect. I love it. -This was a great sendoff to Bryan Hitch's epic run as the artist of this series. -This felt like a proper conclusion to a great year-long, epic story arc, despite some iffy moments. -Seeing these bad guys get defeated was so satisfying. -Carter remembering all his pasts was real cool. -I loved the ending of this issue and I am excited for the next story-arc. THE BAD: -So now Carter quips. Oh man, the humor in this issue was so cringe-y, and it kind of ruined the otherwise awesome defeat of Idamm. -Unfortunately Carter gets the Flynn Rider treatment here, with his nose never looking quite right.

5.0
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1

Sep 7, 2020

I wasn't a fan of this. It's obviously much worse than Spurrier's Hellblazer, and isn't worth the price tag, plus the art sucked.

7.0
Hellions (2020) #1

Jul 24, 2020

6.0
Hellions (2020) #2

Jul 22, 2020

I forgot about this series, but it's pretty good. I like the premise a lot, but so far, they've yet to go anywhere interesting with it.

8.5
Hellions (2020) #3

Sep 7, 2020

This won me over. It was just really well done. Creepy, well-paced, pretty good art. Although, I'm not totally sold on all these characters.

9.5
Hellions (2020) #4

Sep 20, 2020

I have no idea where the fuck this came from, but this was excellent. I was really wrong about this series. Maybe I'm just warming up to it, but I think the art has really improved too.

8.0
Hellions (2020) #5

Oct 18, 2020

I liked this a lot. Couple hiccups with the writing, but this is definitely the most engaging X-of-Swords story so far, and Mr. Sinister is just a great character.

8.0
Heroes In Crisis #1

Sep 28, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the cuts to the sessions in Sanctuary, which was both surprising deep and an excellent juxtaposition with the main plot. -Tom King took the challenge of writing Harley to a whole new level. The combination of humor and actually diving into the personality of Harley was excellently done. -The Old McDonald reference (if you could call it that) was a really good, very Kingian moment. Yes. Tom King has his own adjective now. -Clay Mann's art is fantastic. The tone is amazingly captured here and every panel is eye candy. -I liked seeing the weaker side of all these heroes. They're constantly projected as these untouchable beings, but much like his historic Vision run, Tom King does an outstanding job of finally making these characters human. -The deaths were really felt. For being so highly advertised, I'm surprised that they really hit so hard, but they did. -This issue really did an amazing job of delving into the definition of a superhero. It peels back the layers, and really gives us this excellent take on modern heroics. -This is kind of an extension of the first thing I said, but I love the way this issue ends, not with a huge cliffhanger or explosion, but simply with an image of a broken man, in dire need of help. THE BAD: -I didn't like the issue just kind of started. There could have been a better introduction to the scene, I feel. -This issue could have been a bit more, in terms of what's there, especially after being so highly advertised. A good introduction, its hard to determine the overall series' feel/quality from what we're given.

5.0
Heroes In Crisis #2

Nov 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -Great art. Clay Mann continues to deliver in this issue. -I love the therapy session scenes. In a typical comic, I would usually knock those for being too repetitive, but for now, the emotion and character depth these scenes display is too remarkable for me to care -Very funny issue. I laughed a lot. I honestly think Tom King is a better comedy writer than anything else. Except for Nightwing, which he needs to stay at least ten feet away from ever writing again at all times. -Really cool title page. A nice juxtaposition to the first page and just a cool looking splash that I would love to have hanging in my room. -Harley Quinn's singing has grown on me. By dialing it WAY down and making it a little more funny, King has successfully captured a lot of what made his previous "repetitive" concepts good. THE BAD: -The unfortunate thing about this issue is that I just am not at all intrigued by the mystery. To correctly be like Identity Crisis, which I would like to point out is one of my favorite comics of all time (sorry haters) the series has to make the reader feel like they're at the edge of their seat constantly. They have to be guessing every possible suspect until the last issue. This series so far, has barely even touched the whole "whodunit" angle despite highly advertising it. Yes… I'm going to say it. The advertisements ended up having a bigger mystery theme than the book. -Now, you may ask, what is it about, if not a mystery? Well, good question. So far, I'd say an adequate description of the series plot so far is "Booster Gold and Harley Quinn Doing Stuff." All joking aside, the plot isn't appealing to me either. -Wasn't a fan of the fan service of putting Harley in her old costume for no reason. Not only has it been done before, there wasn't even an excuse to do so, like in Batman #53. -I'm not a fan of how choppy this issue is. King's flat defunct Wes-Anderson writing doesn't go well with the abrupt transitions from scene to scene this issue has. -Is this series ignoring Bendis's Superman? I don't blame them, considering that last issue. Still the Lois Lane continuity errors are too distracting for me to enjoy the completely unnecessary scene that took place with her.

10
Heroes In Crisis #3

Dec 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -Alright, I'll admit it. I loved this issue. I can understand the negative reception, but this issue was a powerful best issue in the series. -I didn't even know Lee Weeks did the art, but I will admit, I enjoyed it more that Mann's. It seemed to capture the emotion really, really well. -Speaking of emotion, this issue evoked a true emotional response in me. King used his dialogue to the advantage of portraying those broken characters suffering from PTSD, and it truly felt real and tragic in a way that is relevant today. -I have not cried in a long time. Lagoon Boy's story made me. -I do think Harley is a red herring. I don't think this series is the type of mystery that will give away its killer 1/3 of the way in. I really like the theory that Nemesis is the killer, because if so, it would make that last panel such a nice and subtle bit of foreshadowing. -The whole flashback idea was pretty great. I enjoyed it a lot. -The bookends of this book were awesome. The best use of the therapy sessions I have yet to see. -"Is this enough, Wally?" Such a cool line! -This issue, for me, really made it feel like the mystery elements were kicking into high gear. THE BAD: -I actually found nothing wrong with this issue. I am super surprised, considering I found the previous issue to be just okay.

8.5
Heroes In Crisis #4

Jan 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'm loving Clay Mann's art, but I almost think Lee Weeks captured the emotion necessary for the story better, y'know? -I thought the beginning with Tempest was a truly sad and also powerful moment that I really enjoyed, not to mention the best title credits we've gotten yet. -I actually thought that Batgirl's therapy session was a very powerful callback to the Killing Joke. -I think the Harley and Batgirl relationship is played out really nicely and well-done in this issue. -"Bros before heroes." +1/2 point for Booster and Beetle bromance, one of my favorite things ever. -Black Canary's therapy session wasn't so much powerful, but it was humorous and it had a great use of silence as an effect in the book. -The Trinity's scene was pretty great. I don't agree with some of the decisions made about Lois and Clark's characters in this comic but it was still a funny scene that was well-written. THE BAD: -Lois doing what she did seems a bit forced. Also, I'm still pretty annoyed that this comic contradicts Bendis' Superman. Granted, I like this series a lot better than Bendis' Superman. -I really wish this series would focus on the mystery it has more than it does. We're four issues in, and we've barely progressed past the Puddlers and what that even means.

6.5
Heroes In Crisis #5

Feb 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was soooo good. -The Booster/Beetle romance was great this issue. Natural, not trying too hard. -I'm not super keen on the history of Commander Steel, but his monologue looked to incorporate elements of his past in cool ways. I don't know, I could be wrong. -Nice to see the mystery finally progressing after several issues of nothing. -All in all, good therapy sessions this time. No standouts. Harley's was powerful, I suppose. Nice to see a weak spot with her after all of her ridiculous god-like powers this issue. -Superman's speech was pretty good. It didn't hit as hard as I wanted it to, but still pretty good. -Towards the end of this issue, when we see all those different characters… that was awesome. Blue Devil's scene was the prime example of how to invoke emotion in a single panel, as opposed to prattling on, trying to do so, with little to no effect. THE BAD: -Eh, I'm not much for that depressed Booster with "a smudge in his glasses" from the Gift story arc. Its not the worst thing, I just prefer to see Booster as a brighter character in the DC Universe (he's also my all time favorite superhero so… y'know). -Batgirl's dialogue this issue was just …. ew! -I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of dark stories. -For some reason, something about this issue just didn't click with me. I liked the last few issues of this one a lot, but this just felt wrong. Why, I for some reason can't put my finger on.

4.0
Heroes In Crisis #6

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -Utterly fantastic art. If you read my reviews, you already know this. -The first and last pages were great. Those were some of the only parts that were able to garner an emotional response from me. -I liked Wally's story. Yeah, it was kind of a repeat of Issue 3, but this whole issue is basically the sequel to issue 3. -There was a nice little twist at the end there. THE BAD: -This issue was boring. Like really, really boring. I wasn't just mildly disinterested, I was actually looking forward to when I could finish this issue and move on to better issues. Which is weird, because there wasn't really any exposition, it was just a boring story. -The lack of plot progression is really frustrating. Usually I excuse little interlude issues like this, but it's starting to feel like every issue has been some kind of interlude issue where nothing happens. This series would really benefit being 5 issues or even less. -This issue really missed the mark with the emotion. Which is weird, Issue 3 made me cry. This issue made me cry because I wanted it to be over. -I don't know whose idea it was to add one-shot issues to the main series issues. Even as a one-shot, this felt really dull. -I could've done without the dialogue. I feel like if I flipped through this issue, without reading words, I would be like, "This is the best thing ever!" But reading those words really made this issue a negative experience. They just felt hollow and meaningless. -This issue just was way too long. Even the payoff at the end didn't really feel worth it, what with all the stalling (I don't really know what else to call it) to get there.

1.0
Heroes In Crisis #7

Mar 29, 2019

THE GOOD: -Under normal circumstances, I would be excited to see some kind of reveal about Wally, but considering it took seven issue to get there, no, I'm not going to consider that good. THE BAD: -I used to like this series, love it even, but it's gone from masterpiece to tragedy for me at least. Maybe it never was a masterpiece. -This is inexcusable. Has Tom King stopped trying? This issue seemed to prove so. -The dialogue was B-A-D bad. Like bad bad. Really really bad. I cannot express how bad this dialogue is. Hey! That kinda sounded like a piece of dialogue from a Tom King comic! -Wally's therapy sessions were just… No. No no no no no no no no. No. -The art was sloppy. I mean, hell, what'd you expect, it's three different artists, and it all feels so rushed. So much for the one good thing about this comic. -I mean, can you even call this a comic? It feels more like a cash-grab at best. I kinda feel sad that so many trees got chopped down for this shit. -Barry and Batman's scenes made me want to kill myself. -The humor this issue was awful. No joke. Like literally, no joke in this comic works. -It's been awhile since a comic actually made me mad. Well… not so long. It happened with the Road Runner Batman issue that I burned last night… I mean what? I definitely didn't do anything of the sort… (insert nervous laugh here). -AAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!* *Enraged comic book fan for "[Censored, because this amount of profanity should never be seen on the internet]

1.0
Heroes In Crisis #8

Apr 27, 2019

No.

1.0
Heroes In Crisis #9

Jun 1, 2019

SPOILERS FOR LAST ISSUE BELOW! THE GOOD: -As atrocious as this issue is, I did enjoy the "Bros before heroes" line. THE BAD: -With a few exceptions, the therapy sessions were really not very good. -I'll be honest, the art wasn't my favorite here. I don't really know why, something about it seemed just seemed stiff I suppose. -The issue sure gives us all our signature dose of cringe worthy Tom King dialogue. -The characters are all just really poor here. -Wally's speech was really bad. Like, really bad. Maybe worse than his whole confession last issue. -This whole thing got really convoluted in the end, with the complicated time travel mechanics. -Just an incredibly weak ending.

9.0
House of X #1

Aug 7, 2019

8.5
House of X #2

Aug 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was really, really good! I loved it. -Yeah between Silva and Larraz, Larraz definitely has the better art out of this X-Men relaunch. Still can't wait for Yu. I always loved his art. -I think Mr. Hickman can make a compelling story out of anything. If yould've told me this issue was about Moira Groundhog's Day-ing it through her various lives, I probably would've had lower expectations. But it was great. It held my interest really well. -Damn that last page was amazing. More proof that the two-series-are-one thing isn't just a gimmick. -These charts definitely get tiring after a while, but Moira's timeline was definitely the best one yet. Nicely organized, easy-to-follow and interesting. THE BAD: -I will admit more could've been done for Moira's character. The story is great, but there are only a couple moments I really felt like we saw into her character. I could be wrong, because Hickman is known for subtlety, but in this case, I feel like character-wise, he maybe got a bit too subtle for my simple-minded brain.

8.5
House of X #3

Aug 30, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was another stellar issue. I don't think you need me to tell you that. -The art was great again. I'm not sure it was as stellar as Powers #3, but it was still more wonderful visuals from Larraz. -The graphics were good here, even if the order and layout got a bit confusing at times. -The script was absolutely beautiful here. Jonathan Hickman is an artist with words. -These action scenes are so epic and linear and wonderfully conveyed by both main parties involved in the storytelling. -That ending was absolutely incredible. THE BAD: -I wasn't as interested in the Sabretooth trial scene for whatever reason.

10
House of X #4

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was the best issue of Hickman's X-Men yet. It was really quite stunning. -Yeah, no. I take back everything I've ever said about the graphics before. The ones in this issue weren't just interesting, the emotional payoff at the end was incredible. -This is just the definition of epic. The scale for this to grow bigger hasn't been invented. -This issue had some absolutely stellar character moments. -Hickman's script is near-poetic and yet he balances it with incredibly stunning and vivid action sequences. -Speaking of those action scenes, they need so much appreciation. So. Much. -Aside from that really goofy Mystique panel, Larraz's art was top-notch here. -This issue just kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Usually with issues as dense as this, I'm bored out of my mind, but not here. -Hickman has done such an incredible job with continuity. I wish my high school science projects were as well-reasearched as this comic. -The ending of this issue hit hard. I have no other words to say. -I am so excited for what comes next. This is gonna be the best X-Men run since Claremont. THE BAD: -Nah. Nothing. Read this issue.

8.5
House of X #5

Sep 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a good issue. Not nearly as powerful as the last, but I don't think it's possible for an issue in this run to be bad. -I liked the explanation for the mutant resurrection. That whole concept was really well thought out and cool. -Storm's speech was good. Even if it was the point, I did get a little tired of the repetitive nature of it towards the end. -I really loved that conversation between Erik and Charles. The dialogue wasn't overblown and their interaction was great. -I liked the Emma Frost/Charles scene a lot too. -Apocalypse is wonderfully written here. -Well, that was a great damn ending. THE BAD: -Oh, boy. Those diagrams were a lot today. There was some great information there, but those three pages were just so boring.

10
House of X #6

Oct 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a really stellar final issue. -Damn, that whole opening was just… epic. I have no other word for it. -Hickman's writing kind of reached a beautiful crescendo here. It combined the lore and the impact of previous issues for a wonderful tapestry of story and dialogue -The art was definitely at its best this issue too. Every page felt that much more cinematic and climactic because of the pencils and colors. -I was unsure of Sabretooth's storyline, because I didn't find it that interesting before, but it turned into a really great moral debate this issue. -Hickman dialed down the graphics this issue and it really improved the issue. -That last scene was just… everything. Everything I want to read in a comic. THE BAD: -Y'know, I think this was my favorite issue. We'll see how Powers' finale turns out.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #5

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The end of that issue was just purely and utterly phenomenal in every single way possible. One of the best ends to any issue I have read in years. -The script is great. Al Ewing is one of the most underrated Marvel writers currently. He's good with metaphors and other similar script elements, without being too heavy handed in them. -Sasquatch is a very worthy villain for this series. He felt as if he posed a threat, without being too over-the-top, a hard-to-do thing in modern comics. -That final battle scene was really good. Dramatic, tense and dark. It is what many movies' final fights aspire to be. -Joe Bennet's art is good. I still feel there could be someone better for the series, but for now, Joe Bennet is doing a great job. He captures the tone very well. THE BAD: -My only problem with this issue is that I wish we had more exposition as to the reveal behind Sasquatch. Not a huge problem, but it would have made the story perfect.

4.0
Immortal Hulk #6

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was very good. Garbett does a good job of continuing the series' tone, while still being new to the series. -There are still some very cool effects here, there are a lot of original moments involved. THE BAD: -This wasn't necessarily a bad issue, it just wasn't a good Hulk issue. The previous issues have been so good, and while this one's just average, it feels a lot worse in comparison. -This issue was sadly very forgettable. There was just not enough to be memorable. The first time I have felt this with an issue of this series. -The emotion here wasn't enough once again. I didn't feel Walter's regret, Jennifers sorrowful anger. Once again a surprise letdown of the week.

6.5
Immortal Hulk #7

Oct 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -I really liked the way this issue made the battle feel like more than just a battle. It showed the danger that normal citizens were put in at the beginning and later on showed how not even the Earth's Mightiest Heroes were all that safe. -The evil or "devil" Hulk storyline is pretty interesting, I have to admit. It wasn't the smoothest of transitions, and it still doesn't make total sense, but it's a good new direction for the series to go towards in its second story arc. -I really liked the way we see just how powerful the Hulk is, and just how much of a threat he can be, not just physically but mentally as well. -Very good ending to the issue. It gets me excited for the next issue, and was a very well-executed twist. If only the cover to the ext issue doesn't reveal the end of this one. THE BAD: -Joe Bennett totally disappointed here. This series' only flaw is that it has yet to find the perfect artist. Bennett's two-dimensional action scenes felt like cartoons and did not do the writing a justice. -The defeat of the Hulk was an unfortunately convenient way to end the issue. I wasn't a fan of Helios.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #8

Nov 9, 2018

THE GOOD: -I don't know when the Hulk became a body horror series, but I love it! -Joe Bennett's art is back on track. Excellent look to this book, I really enjoyed it. -I liked the end. It draws back to issue #5, remedying the fact that the previous two issues ignored that theme. -I actually enjoyed this weird villain in the issue. He met a quick demise, but at least he was memorable. THE BAD: -I'm not a huge fan of the whole Gamma Flight thing. I totally understand if you enjoy this part of the series, but I find Hulk's storyline infinitely better.

9.5
Immortal Hulk #9

Nov 22, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the two simultaneous stories going on at the same time. It was a good effect to make this issue memorable. -I especially enjoy it when the two stories overlapped. That was pretty neat in my opinion. -I found both artists to be good. Martin Simmonds drew Hulk kind of weird, but other than that, it was good. -I thought Creel's story was really interesting actually. -It's nice to see some progress with the whole Hulk seeing his father thing. -I also like that we can see the affect the previous has on Hulk. That page where he loses it was really quite powerful. -Seeing that shrunken down Hulk was actually quite interesting. It sets up some intriguing future issues. -Those last two pages were so WTF and perfect at the same time. I love it. THE BAD: -I guess that Simmonds Hulk depiction wasn't great? That's all I could really find. That's a small thing too. I give it a 9.5.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #10

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -Consistency is something I really look for in comics, and this series has it, as further proven by this issue. -At first I didn't like Joe Bennett's art. The last few issues have changed my mind in a big, big way. This issue is far from an exception. -I love body horror. The Thing and the Fly are two of my favorite movies. So you can probably see how seeing a shriveled up, distorted Hulk fighting an Absorbing man with his skin split open is one of the most satisfying moments in comics in a while. -The fight scene was continued in an awesome way. -The Green Door came in one hell of a way. I loved its entrance into this comic. -The abrupt change in setting after the arrival of the arrival of the Green Door was f***ing amazing. -As was the nine panel grid effect directly after, where every other panel was blacked out. These are both small things, but they amped my enjoyment of the issue up to 20. -Then we get the two page splash that just blew my mind. -With a WTF last panel, I have no idea what it means, but I am super excited. -In short the last few pages were not only on a different level of quality than the rest of the issue, but possibly the rest of the series. -This series has with the last few issues become one of my favorites currently, and if it keeps things up, possibly of all time. -I cannot wait for Hulk in Hell! THE BAD: -My only complaint is that the dialogue wasn't as good. It was mostly focused on the fight scene however.

10
Immortal Hulk #11

Jan 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -Wow, those black and white pages were ominous, cryptic and super well scripted. -I love the depiction of hell in this issue, especially as it is illustrated by Joe Bennett. -Joe Bennett's pencils have so much more character in this comic than they did in many of his previous series. I really love the art here. -Jackie and Hulk's conversation was pretty amazing. It was super well-written, was a great examination of the character and gave me a new appreciation for Jackie. -Wow, that Rick Jones depiction was just so good. -I also found Puck to be extremely well characterized in this issue. -Ewing still gives us our body horror satisfaction with this issue with Thunderbolt Ross and his transformation. -I'm liking the skinny Hulk a lot. I hope he sticks around. -Ewing never fails to give us a WTF ending, this issue delivers on that count. THE BAD: -I didn't find anything wrong with this one.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #14

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -Betty Ross was fantastic this issue. -This issue did a lot for improving the General Fortean storyline. -The funeral scenes were perfect. -I was really feeling the chemistry between Betty and Bruce. -Tonally, this issue is perfection. -Agent Burbank was a weird and also very interesting issue. -We get some truly awesome and cinematic action scenes towards the end of this issue. -"None of them die!" That part was so neat. -The last page was so good. It was gory, well drawn and it gets me hyped up for next issue. THE BAD: -Sadly, Joe Bennett proved his worth so much with the last three issues, having anyone else draw this book feels like a crime, even if Kyle Hotz is a good artist.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #15

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Thank god Joe Bennet's back. He really makes this series work. -I love Leonard Samson. -This issue had a really nice action scene. Samson vs. Hulk was as satisfying as it sounds. -I liked what Al Ewing did with Hulk's recovery. Going from not being able to say "smash" to being the smart Hulk once again as the hole in his head slowly closed. Nicely done. -Oh man, that splash page. Just, oh man. -Holy crap. I genuinely did not expect the ending. THE BAD: -I don't know. I feel like coming off the tail end of Hulk in Hell, which was a pure masterpiece, it's hard for this arc to be as good.

9.5
Immortal Hulk #16

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -Holy shit. This series is sixteen issues in, and it still manages to be consistent in quality and surprise me every time. -Joe Bennet's art is perfection. It's about as good as it gets. -I really liked the narration from Rick's autobiography. It was something new. -Oh man those opening scenes were disturbing and creepy. I love it! -Nice to revisit a location from a previous issue. I like it. -Leonard is still a great character. -I love how much this comic emphasizes that the Hulk and Bruce Banner are two different people. -I don't think I'll ever grow tired of Joe Bennet's creepy transformation scenes. -Those Hulkimals were weird and surprising. I dig it! -Was that bird-thing supposed to be Betty? I don't know, but it was chilling to look at. -Those fight scenes were brutal and violent. And very nicely done, if I do say so myself. -What the [CENSORED. WE'RE REALLY SORRY, OHHAIMARK HAS BEEN OUT OF CONTROL WITH HIS PROFANITY LATELY}?!!?!?! I have no idea what that ending was, but I cannot wait to find out. THE BAD: -The bad guy's just not pulling me in. General Fortean is bland and uninteresting.

9.5
Immortal Hulk #17

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -Ooh. Great issue. This series is so consistent. -Right from the get-go, Joe Bennett's art is unique and immersive. Way to go! -Radioactive ants. Awesome! -Agent Burbank is just a great villain. -Honestly, I feel like the presence of Joe could've been explained better, but that aside, his character here was executed brilliantly. -"Sometimes it's about the other guy being dumber." Joe's Sherlock Holmes moment was just real good. -Oh my Jesus. That splash page. -Ditto for the last page. God, that was awesome. THE BAD: -I mean there was that thing about how Joe was introduced, but aside from that, there was very, very little wrong with this issue.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #18

Jun 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is just. so. good. -I'm really liking what they're doing with the different Hulk personas. I think that they can take this to really interesting places. -Oh, poor Betty. -Abomination is just terrifying. There's nothing else to say about it. -This comic is just the perfect horror comic. From the creeping sense of dread that always follows this series to the disturbingly detailed body horror, it just excels at one of my favorite genres. THE BAD: -I'm not sure how I feel about Hulk's plan to end the world. I guess I'll have to see more. For now, it's one of the least interesting plot lines, however.

10
Immortal Hulk #20

Jul 3, 2019

THE GOOD: -Now this was a great issue. I loved it start to finish. -Man, that opening sequence was so good. I love Hell. Er… this comic's portrayal of hell. That's better. Ah, the things this wacky series makes me say… -This comic is very complex and intricate, yet it's not afraid to have some dope-ass action sequences. -I'm liking Harpy… a lot, actually. More than I even anticipated at first. -Joe Bennet is great, Al Ewing is great. I hope to see more projects in the future from this creative team. -Once again, this comic pulls off the WTF ending perfectly. THE BAD: -Nah. I had a pretty rough week, yet this comic made my day. I could maybe be nitpicky and find little flaws, but I just don't feel like it.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #21

Jul 18, 2019

THE GOOD: -Damn, the script was good. Al Ewing is an incredibly talented writer. -This issue is yet another example of just how dark mainstream comics can get. -Hm, this issue actually made me care about General Fortean, which means it's effective because I never did before. -Damn that ending was trippy, weird and unexpected. THE BAD: -Ugh, the guest artist was killing me. This issue would have been sooo good if Joe Bennett had illustrated it.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #22

Aug 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -I love this series. This wasn't the best issue, but I just found it worth pointing out how stellar this is as an ongoing. -Joe Bennett's art is good here. It's far from his best work. It's certainly better than that fill in artist last issue. -I think Joe is the best character in the whole series at this point. -I absolutely love the character interactions here. They were the funnest part of the comic. -I could practically here the badass guitar riff when I saw that last page. Someone needs to make a compilation of all the last pages of every issue of this series, because they're always the best part. THE BAD: -I'm sorry, I can't take General Fortean seriously. It feels like they're going for something weird and creepy there, but I just f***ing laugh every time I see him.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #23

Sep 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a crazy issue, an awesome issue and a crazy awesome issue. -Jackie was a really good narrator for this issue. -Man, Joe Bennett is just finding his groove more and more with every issue. His art hasn't deteriorated like many artists on a long run, quite the opposite actually. -Rick Jones is such a weirdly wonderful character here. -The action was stellar here. -This is body horror at its finest. Not since The Fly have we seen such a perfect example of the genre. -I don't know how Al Ewing gets this stuff past Marvel with a T+ rating, but I congratulate him for it. -That last page was utterly terrifying. -I'm calling it. This is going down as the greatest Hulk run of all time. It's certainly my favorite, thus far. THE BAD: -Okay, I cannot take Fortean seriously. Although that panel with his revealing all his rows of teeth was awesome, every other panel with him made me snicker.

9.5
Immortal Hulk #24

Oct 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -Joe Bennett is always improving himself. I think he's one of the few artists on a long run that doesn't decline in quality. -The action was a lot of fun here. -Damn. This may be the best piece of body horror entertainment since The Fly. -This storyline has gotten so complex without being convoluted. Kudos. -That epilogue was legitimately the best thing I've read in this series. It was everything this series has been building towards and was twenty times better than the actual issue. THE BAD: -There were just little things throughout the issue that slightly annoyed me. Not even enough to dock a whole point. Fortean ultimately being an uninteresting, goofy-looking villain, the Hulk's dialogue for the majority of this issue, stuff like that.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #25

Oct 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was crazy, bold, different and interesting. Really well done, especially for an extra sized issue from a mainstream publisher. -Ewing's writing was really good. I did think it got kind of pretentious at times with the narration but, overall a strong job. -Par%l was surprisingly compelling despite everything about hir appearance and lack of real character. God, I feel like I had so many typos there, but I didn't. -There's just great imagery here. Love it. -The One Below All is a great villain. I also love, love, love the look of the Hulk husk. This thing would've made Fortean shit his abomination pants. -That coda was really neat and I cannot wait for more issues to come. THE BAD: -Can't really make up my mind on the art. I closed my eyes and pictured Christian Ward illustrating this issue when I was halfway through. I don't know if German Garcia was a great fit for this really cosmic, almost ethereal stuff.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #26

Nov 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a good issue and a nice start for the next part of the series. -Amadeus and Bruce's conversation was really interesting and anchored the issue for me. -The broadcasts were pretty good. They offered some interesting context and offered a unique look at the Hulk from a political standpoint. They also made me laugh a couple times. -Very well-written, as per usual. -Joe Bennett delivers his standardly great art. -Nice to see Namor show up. THE BAD: -I don't know why, but I'm not at all interested or excited for Dario Agger. Maybe I'm sick of villains that make me laugh when I look at them. I don't know.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #27

Nov 23, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is amazing as always. -Al Ewing is just an incredibly talented writer. -Okay, I was wrong. This is a cool take on Dario Agger. -This feels like it's going to be the definitive Hulk comic. It's by far the best I've ever read. -This take on Banner and Hulk is so cool. I know that's nothing new, but I feel like I've failed to mention it in previous reviews. So there it is: this is probably my favorite version of the character. -I love some good body horror, so those B.E.R.S.E.R.K.E.R. units were just awesome. -It's a little detail, but I loved the artwork/execution for when Banner transforms and all you can see is his shadow. I don't know, it just looked great. -The action is great here. -That ending was really powerful. The art for the final panel is amazing. THE BAD: -Okay, the format for the beginning half of this issue was killing me. It was cool at first, but at times, I really wished they would just tell the story traditionally. -The "knock, knock" line is already getting old, and this is only the second time they've used it in the series.

10
Immortal Hulk #28

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was the best issue in a while. I loved it. -The guest artists felt appropriate here. Usually they're unwelcome with this series, but I don't think anything demanded Bennett's wonderful artwork, and they helped the juxtaposition. -The story with the security guard was just great. -Al Ewing may be one of the best writers working now. It's hard to think of anyone else whose script is so impressive. -I was totally off base with Dario Agger. He is just such a unique, interesting villain. -I'm not at all familiar with the Teen Brigade, but I really liked th execution here. -The last page of the guard's story was so damn good. Not to mention, the next panel was super effective. -I'm really interested in where this is going. THE BAD: -I got nothing. Perfect issue right there.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #29

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -Reads like a classic creature feature. So much fun. -Joe Bennett's art continues to amaze. -Dario Agger is such an amazing villain. I regret having any doubts about him. I'm also really interested in his plan here. -That scene with Leonard and Betty was great. -Jackie is a really good character. THE BAD: -I don't know. I didn't love this issue a whole lot, but there's nothing really wrong with it. Maybe I'm just comparing it to issues like New Mutants #5 and X-Force #5 this week that were so amazing, and absolutely deserving of the perfect rating. I don't know. I'll give it a 9.

10
Immortal Hulk #30

Jan 31, 2020

THE GOOD: -This was a perfect issue. -Joe Bennett's art is so phenomenal. -It's nice to see such a visually oriented series accentuated by such unique and compelling characters. -This is probably the best body horror comic ever produced. -This was really exhilarating issue. I didn't realize I had been holding my breath until it ended. -Dario Agger is such a great villain. -I was still surprised at how Agger managed to frame the Hulk, even though I knew it was coming. -I can't wait to see what happens next. THE BAD: -Nothing. Again, perfect issue.

10
Immortal Hulk #31

Feb 22, 2020

Just a great issue. Weird, but not confusing, plus Xemnu is a fantastic new character.

10
Immortal Hulk #32

Mar 19, 2020

This is probably my second favorite mainstream series, only under Hellblazer. So consistent, so creepy. Xemnu is truly terrifying.

9.5
Immortal Hulk #33

Jun 14, 2020

8.5
Immortal Hulk #34

Jun 24, 2020

Great issue. I always miss Joe Bennett when they have guest artists though.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #35

Jul 22, 2020

A really good issue. Love the underlying chaos and sadness. Still miss Joe Bennett though.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #36

Aug 13, 2020

Really good and really timely. If you've read my other reviews for this series you know I'm glad Joe Bennett's back.

10
Immortal Hulk #37

Oct 4, 2020

The best issue of the Immortal Hulk yet. I have nothing more to add on top of calling this perfect. Everything about this shows a group of talented people putting out the absolute best work they can.

10
Immortal Hulk #38

Oct 18, 2020

Perfect.

10
Immortal Hulk #39

Nov 1, 2020

This is the best Grant Morrison comic not written by Grant Morrison. But seriously, this is amazing. This arc in particular is just insane.

7.5
Invaders (2019) #1

Jan 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -The opening to this was great. Dark, dramatic and effective, and it really does pull you in. -The flashback art was great, same I can't say the same for the main art. -The flashbacks in general were the best part. -I think it's interesting to revisit the Invaders and where they are now. This issue does that effectively. -The characterization was very good here. Everybody felt like themselves. -I really liked this issue's war themes. Chip Zdarsky feels like he knows war and what it is and does. -Jim's scene with the former bystander was really good and intriguing. -This issue really pulled me in. I liked it. THE BAD: -I don't know why, by the main art really didn't jive with me. -Namor's story was the least interesting for me. I wasn't very into the underwater part of this issue. -Generally speaking, I wish more could've happened with this issue. I wish the plot could've progressed past what was mostly setup.

9.0
Invaders (2019) #3

Mar 29, 2019

THE GOOD: -I love this comic. It's one of the things I look forward to most every month. -These are real characters and they're written like real characters and I love it. They're not joke-dispensers or depressed robots and that's fantastic. -I really liked those scenes with the Navy. They were just really well-done. -I love Bucky. -Namor has gone from a character I wasn't super interested in to a phenomenal villain, especially with this issue. -Oh my god, Nay and Randall are just both so great. -That salute between Steve and Randall was just beautiful. 'Nuff said. -That end was amazing. Emotional and tragic. Real stuff, not synthetic either. If you're tired of those series that try to be emotional, but really aren't, then this is the series for you. -I cannot wait for next issue. The cliffhanger here was great. THE BAD: -Ugh. Carlos Magnos's art is just about the only thing I dislike about this. Captain America looks absolutely awful.

8.0
Invaders (2019) #4

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was an outstanding issue. I loved the backstory and the emotion is still incredibly strong. -YES! Even if it's just one issue, an issue of nearly entirely Guice's art was satisfying, especially after an issue of 100% Magno's -Namor is fantastic. He's written so well. -Wow. The emotion here hit really hard. THE BAD: -I feel like there maybe wasn't as much that liked about the issue this time around. The few things I liked, I liked a lot, and there wasn't anything I particularly disliked, it's just that I can usually find a few more things to write in the good column for an Invaders issue.

9.0
Invaders (2019) #5

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -Guice's art is good, Magno's is not. You know the drill. -That opening scene was really good. -The characters are written incredibly well here. -We're in the endgame now. This story is reaching its climax and it is nothing but epic. -Namor is such an amazing character. -Jim vs. Namor was such an amazing fight. -This issue was so cinematic. I love it. -Holy crap. That ending. THE BAD: -Carlos Magno's art is still really weak. Captain America looks awful.

9.0
John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Nov 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -Okay. So. I don't know much about Constantine. I decided to read this… well, because my friend recommended it. His recommendations are usually pretty trustworthy and it shows here. I really liked this issue. -Right off the bat, I was in love with the art. It's perfectly dark and gritty, but not at the expense of being easy to understand. -The storyline interests me. -I like the script. Again, it captures the tone, and nails the realistic dialogue, but not at the expense of being undecipherable. -Constantine was written really well here, from a lay man's perspective, at least. -Wow. The horror elements are really strong here and I love it. -Finally a comic fitting of the Black Label. This is truly an R-Rated comic. -The narration was solid. It has a Clive Barker feel to it for sure, as does a lot of this story. -The final scene was kinda terrifying, and without any gore shown. Bravo. THE BAD: -Not sure how interested I am in Nat. We'll see how she is in later issues.

9.0
John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -It took me FOREVER to get around to this issue, but I'm super glad that I did. -This art is stunning. It fits the tone of the issue so perfectly. -I'd also like to give a shout-out to the color art, which also outstanding. -Spurrier's dialogue is so good, natural and distinctive. It's been a while since the pure language of the writing felt so striking to me, maybe since the last Grant Morrison comic. -This is a really well-written Constantine. Again, I don't have anything to base that on (I still haven't read the original series. I'm sorry.), but I really feel like this is the character he was meant to be. -This is a really compelling story. I like the William Blake elements. -D.S. Dole was a really solid minor antagonist character. -That final confrontation was so good. The writing, the flashback, all of it. Astonishing. -Super excited for whatever's next. THE BAD: -Yeah, I'm still uninterested in the Nat character. I don't really like her personality (But that's the point! I know...). She was even worse here, considering it felt like she just existed to make the Blake connection. It'd be interesting if they expanded on the exorcism angler whatever they slightly hinted at in issue 1, but nope.

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #3

Feb 8, 2020

THE GOOD: -Perfect ending. -This is some of the most unique looking art that's coming out right now. -John Constantine is such an awesome character. -It's nice to see comic with smaller villains. Big threats are important too, but it's refreshing when the hero isn't fighting some end of the world threat. -This writing... it's so great, so distinctive. -I liked how nicely things tied up. Wonderful payoffs this issue. -It's so good to see Constantine defeating the villain with his wits and not in a huge fight. THE BAD: -Nothing I can think of.

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #4

Mar 6, 2020

I finally read this, and it was honestly amazing.

9.0
John Constantine: Hellblazer #5

Jun 14, 2020

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #6

Jun 14, 2020

As perfect as an issue can get, I think.

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #7

Jun 24, 2020

This is just a damn perfect issue. There's not much I can really say about this series that would do it justice, aside from praising it as the best series out right now (it is). Not a bad issue. Not even a "good" issue. Everything so far has been phenomenal, and I hope they can keep it up. As for this particular issue, it's just as good as everything before it. The humor is on point, the art is unlike anything on the shelves right now, and the story is original to boot. I give it a 12 out of 10.

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #8

Jul 29, 2020

This is such a satisfying issue. Not much more to add. The series of the year so far.

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #9

Aug 26, 2020

Another fantastic issue. Just really sharp, engaging and interesting. This is the last series DC should be cancelling right now.

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #10

Oct 10, 2020

This series never disappoints.

10
John Constantine: Hellblazer #11

Nov 1, 2020

Jesus

7.0
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1

Oct 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -I actually really liked this one. This could be the best Black Label book yet, depending on how Last Knight sticks the landing. -The art is really impressive. Mico Suayan's especially. -Honestly, I love this take. It feels like a proper out-of-contuinity story, with a nice Elseworlds vibe to it. -This is also a Black Label that earns the Black Label. It isn't contrived maturity like Damned. It isn't toned-down like the others. I guess that has to do with the subject matter, but when it needed to be graphic, it got graphic, but not in a flashy, over-the-top way. -I don't know. I'm just really interested in this one. I'm not reading a superhero comic like it at the moment, so it's refreshing. THE BAD: -The layouts for the car crash scene were really confusing, and it took me out of a story I was heavily invested in. -The real-life serial killer stuff was good, but it was a bit long, even if the art was top-notch for that segment.

2.5
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2

Jan 2, 2020

THE GOOD: -The opening page as well as the murder in general was really creepy and well-done. -Mayhew's art is still really impressive. THE BAD: -This series went downhill really fast. -The black and white art took a turn for the worse. -The pacing was ridiculously bad here. -I've lost all interest in the story and characters. -Joker's origin story was really weak. -Ew. The design of the Joker is really bad.

10
Joker: Killer Smile #1

Nov 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -Holy fuck, this was good. -I mean, Andrea Sorrentino may be my favorite artist of all time. His work just appeals to me so much. I can't really put my finger on it, but it just scratches that itch unlike anything else. -Jeff Lemire's dialogue is fantastic here. I'm currently reading some of his older stories, and it's clear that he has really grown as a writer and not resorted to name hype alone and gotten lazy. He's truly finding what works and doesn't work for him and it's truly showing. -That opening was so good and twisted. This comic did just such a great job executing its flashbacks. -Ben is an interesting, compelling character. -Mr. Smiles is just…. so good. This comic feels really memorable, unlike most recent Joker comics. I know that a creepy children's book isn't by any means new or original, but the execution here is just wonderful. -The psychological horror is so perfectly crafted here. I like how Ben remains compelling and relatable throughout. Because that's what makes a great psychological horror story, not just creepy imagery. -Speaking of imagery, great, great job on that as well. -That sequence where Ben gets out of bed was fantastic, despite being predictable. The art and atmosphere really sold it. It was also straight out of Gideon Falls. -That narration towards the end just sent chills down my spine. I like how the horror of this is so much deeper than surface level. THE BAD: -I got nothing. There were a couple flaws, I guess, and it's not super original, but the execution was enough to win me over. This is definitely a 10-star comic for me.

10
Joker: Killer Smile #2

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -F***ing loved it. -Andrea Sorrentino is just mind blowingly good. He might be my favorite artist of all time. His work really elevated the issue for me. -I love the design of Arkham’s. I saw the dream coming from a mile away, but I’d didn’t care, because the imagery was so damn good. -The head on the platter was just executed really well, plus Gideon Falls cube panels. Really goes to show how just because you have an idea that’s been done before, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it the best of its kind through amazing execution. -This is just an amazing psychological thriller. The way you have no idea what’s real, the degradation of sanity. Everything is beautifully twisted and I absolutely adore it. -Despite all this, Ben is still a super compelling character. -This take on the Joker is great. Nothing groundbreaking or new, just a really well-written version of the character. -I love the paneling for so many scenes here. Sorrentino and Lemire always know how to make a page look like amazing through paneling. I love the collage of the Joker scenes splash page. Also, sound effects panels are super effective, especially the laughing panels. -Okay, I didn’t see that twist coming at all, and it was really well-done. -This whole thing feels really cinematic. Andrea Sorrentino’s art has amazing cinematography, for lack of a better descriptor. -Ah, yes. The end is great. THE BAD: -Nah, I got nothing. I love this series so very much.

6.0
Joker: Killer Smile #3

Mar 6, 2020

So... this was a pretty underwhelming finale. Feels like it was written just to finish the story, and not for any sort of artistic reason or to appeal to its audience. Things sort of happen with no weight to them, and I was never interested in anything more than the art.

4.5
Joker: Killer Smile: The Smile Killer #1

Jun 24, 2020

I don't really know what to think of this, aside from liking the art. Great concept, but ultimately it fails to deliver more than surface level imagery and ideas.

7.5
Justice League (2018) #6

Aug 15, 2018

This was another good issue. I think the issue does an amazing job of leaving an impression after you read it. Scott Snyder's writing is powerful and epic. I can practically hear the dramatic music in the background of the issue. Although it was verging on being filler, the Joker-esque focus of the issue does (kind of?) pay off at the end and it is effective for the most part. The characterization of the Justice League was good for the most part. Batman sort of reminds me of the Batman from the first story arc of All Star Batman, which is not a good portrayal in my opinion. His jokes and personality don't fit with the characterization of the true Batman in my opinion. Just listen to one of his lines and you will understand my problems with the character: LUTHOR: Who needs enemies? BATMAN: You do. So here I am. Hi. Now I'm going to hurt you. And take that thing you were holding." I don't know what happened, considering Snyder used to be the best Batman writer in the business. Now, dare I say, he is the worst. It reminds me of Tom King-style writing, just without the power or clever usage of simplistic dialogue like that, which is well-done and extremely effective. In this issue it sounds merely idiotic. Surprisingly I think the two strongest characters in the series are Joker and Lex Luthor, both well characterized and well-written. The "climax" of the issue proves to be effective, emotional and for the most part well-done. I really appreciate the conflict isn't resolved with just a battle or something simple like that. The final pages work well, and I appreciate Snyder leaving a lot of mysteries to be solved in the next one, definitely leaving you on the edge of your seat for the next issue. Jorge Jimenez's art is easily the best part of the issue. The characters feel alive, the battles feel epic, his art is the perfect kind for a Justice League series. All in all, a good issue, with some problems to work out , but still showing great promise.

8.0
Justice League (2018) #7

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art is excellent in this issue. I honestly will keep saying this, but Justice League always has the perfect creative teams for al their issues. Whether its Snyder and Jimenez or Snyder and Cheung or Tynion and Mahnke, Justice League for the past 7 issues has had the best writer-artist collaborations out of any current comic book series out there. And Cheung's art is no exception. -This series has truly captured the epic feeling that the previous Justice League series (and the movie) lacked. The tension in these pages is built up phenomenally by Snyder and Cheung both. -The narration in this issue is extra good. That is always the highlight of all the previous issues, but here I could truly feel how powerful Snyder's narration was. -The last page was excellent. Surprising, and it effectively leaves you on the edge of your seat. -As far as a finale goes, this issue wrapped things up pretty perfectly. It tied up loose ends, defeated the villain, all while maintaining that blockbuster movie feeling. -Although I did not like the joke in the first issue, using the correct pause and buildup, the Batman voice mockery joke was very, very effective this issue. Also a perfect bookend for the story arc, since this ties back to the first issue as far as humor goes. THE BAD: -The dialogue just feels off to me. A little cheesy, a little one dimensional, it just doesn't feel like something these characters would really say. -The resolution for Flash's character was weak. It essentially came down to " Sorry I threw a tantrum," and "No you're alright." Reminds me of a kid's show style resolution. Not a Scott Snyder scripted Justice League conclusion. Get what you get and you don't' throw a fit.

6.5
Justice League (2018) #8

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -James Tynion IV is a much better writer for Justice League than Scott Snyder. He doesn't have characters that are practically a joke or a weird sense of humor that doesn't really fit the series. -Mikel Janin is a great artist. I hope to see more collaborations with Tynion in the future. -I think Starman's story was pretty interesting. It's a shame we didn't get to see more, but its a nice tease for now. -The Batman who Laughs was both well-written and well-drawn. Not saying any other character wasn't, just thought the Batman who Laughs was a standout. THE BAD: -This issue was only slightly forgettable. It didn't pack the punch that the previous issue did. It was mainly exposition and setup, but it's still a good second part of Legion of Doom -I am genuinely taking off points because the at the bottom of the last page of this issue, it reads, "Next: the Road to Drowned Earth Begins." Shout-out to Comix4fever for pointing that out to me.

8.0
Justice League (2018) #9

Oct 6, 2018

THE GOOD: -I quite liked the first page of the issue, well-written and tying up a loose end from issue 1. -I liked the relationship between Batman and Superman. They’re not just best friends. There’s a bit of conflict there. And Snyder does this without ever making any drastic changes to the characters or their friendship. -I liked the way Snyder wrote the Hall of Justice as an accurate portrayal of what an open-to-the-public superhero base would look like. -The concept and execution of the domains was a very well executed aspect of the book. Snyder accurately captures the essence of these characters in a new way that I appreciate. -The Batman humor was not something I liked about the series at first, I’ll admit, but I have to say, this issue’s single-panel joke had me laughing quite a bit. -I totally didn’t see the twist with the Coronavores at all. Well done, Scott Snyder. Well done. -I quite enjoyed that last page, a good bookend to complement the first page. THE BAD: -Jorge Jimenez’s art disappointed me this time around. It just didn’t capture the characters the same way it did in previous issues. This is the first time I found the art of this book worse than the writing. -This issue did feel a bit like filler. I appreciate them fixing the moon situation, but nothing else really happens plot-wise.

4.0
Justice League (2018) #10

Oct 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -Great art. Not unexpected. Francis Manapul is a great artist. -Jarro speaks for itself. -Okay, I liked the end. It made me want to read the rest of the crossover, despite an overall weak issue. Nicely done. THE BAD: -Why are they looking for Poseidon's ship again? Either it was previously introduced, but in a forgettable way, or it wasn't and they just made the premise for this issue up out of nowhere. -I wasn't a fan of the writing. The humor was bad across the board, and the dialogue did not feel natural in any way. -Very weak characters. I think the Justice League movie made the characters more compelling. And that's saying something, because I was not a fan of the Justice League movie. -This issue was way too rushed. Maybe even mores than issue 1 of Justice League Odyssey, one of the most rushed issues in recent memory. -This is supposed to be an introduction to the crossover, but as far as I can tell, it appears to already be starting the crossover. Maybe Snyder decided to get a head start?

5.0
Justice League (2018) #11

Nov 9, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue gets recognition for simply taking the steaming pile of crap that the Justice League/Aquaman special gave us and turning it into something tolerable. -Francis Manapul has outdone himself. This could potentially be his best drawn issue. I was in awe at his depictions of the fantasy locations and characters in this issue. -I really liked the portrayal of Poseidon in this issue. Not only that, but when I turned the page, I was genuinely shocked. THE BAD: -The story itself can't be fixed at this point. It is bland, and forgettable. I wasn't pulled into it at the beginning of the crossover, and I am not into it now. -I wasn't a fan of the dialogue. It does its job in telling the story, but it feels very surface level, if you ask me. -I do not like the last page. It shoehorned in those characters, if you read the issue, you know what I'm talking about, and I truly would have preferred if they didn't try to add too much to an already bloated crossover.

2.0
Justice League (2018) #12

Nov 22, 2018

THE GOOD: -I did enjoy Batman in this issue. He had some cool and funny lines. THE BAD: -The art overall didn't do it for me. Irving's art didn't really fit with a Justice League comic and the transition between it and Redondo's wasn't very smooth for me. -I just found this to be a super forgettable issue. I found myself just not remembering what happened as I closed the issue. - I was pretty disappointed in the writing. Took me a while to figure out Snyder didn't actually write the issue, but this was disappointing even for Tynion IV. -I'm getting tired of this whole, Batman with no functional arms or legs. No other series are using this that I know of, and its just basically a way to get Batman in cool suits, it doesn't seem to disabilitate

6.5
Justice League (2018) #13

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was over the top and ridiculous, and it worked well for an over the top and ridiculous issue. -Tynion did a surprisingly good job of writing Joker. He felt perfectly written. -I laughed a lot reading this issue. It was quite funny. -The entire premise of Joker humiliating Lex Luthor and taking command is great, but it was executed even better. -Seeing the potential new recruits was pretty awesome, especially after they got Jokerized. Granted none of them made the cut. -The end was pretty good reveal. I'm somewhat excited. THE BAD: -Despite the art't tonal fit for the issue, there were a lot of awkward and cramped panels and pages. -I do think that the Perpetua thing felt off. Either they should have elaborated more, or just leave it for another issue. It felt a little out of place. -This issue felt a bit pointless, when they reveal that the whole plot was basically a setup for the Batman Who Laughs, which by the way, I read the preview for and cannot wait for.

1.0
Justice League (2018) #14

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -There was one good character moment for Manhunter. One. THE BAD: -Well, this review is going to be a short one, because I stopped caring about the issue very early on, and didn't really give a crap for the remaining pages. Silly me. -Steven Segovia's art was okay, but it didn't really live up to Jim Cheung, who I thought was doing the whole issue, or most of he other artists on this series, like Manapul or Jiminez. -I also didn't know Tynion wrote this issue, but I found that out, which quickly explained the incredibly boring exposition that plagued this issue. -The issue in general was just boring. No moments excited me, nothing really provoked anything in me, it all just felt so uninteresting. -I cannot wait until this story arc is over, then again this series has really been on a downward spiral for me. -Shayera Hol was boring character by all means. Her story was uninteresting and she made a poor villainess. -This issue felt really extended for me too, it could have been way shorter. Maybe if Tynion didn't try to write a novel in every word bubble unnecessarily. -And, the end doesn't excite me. If anything, it makes me want to buy the next issue less. -The first and last pages felt really unnecessary too, like they were just stuck on, so that plot thread didn't have to hang anymore. At least we got see Jim Cheung's art.

5.0
Justice League (2018) #15

Jan 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -Jim Cheung's brief appearance was appreciated. -There were some nice heist-y elements in this issue I enjoyed. If only Martian Manhunter didn't have to use so many words to explain the freaking vaults. -I do like Martian Manhunter in this one. His arguments with John are good and its interesting to see him so desperate to meet the other martian. -Said other martian's appearance was very good and very weird. -The end has me hooked. I won't drop this series, as I figured I might after last issue. -The main artist was decent too, better than last time. THE BAD: -Blah, blah, blah. What is it with the exposition?! I feel like the same story could be told with half the words. -1 extra point, because it really took me out of the issue. -I really don't like the way the main artist draws the Dominators. -I also hate Shayera, I think she's a terrible villain. -I also thought the Green Lantern Corps's appearance felt very forced

3.5
Justice League (2018) #16

Jan 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -The Starman scenes were alright. -I thought the J'onn scenes were good. Definitely the strongest part of this arc. THE BAD: -Really, really boring issue. I don't even know why I bother with this series anymore. I find it more sleep-inducing than entertaining. Oh well, if I ever have trouble falling asleep, I know what to read. -Meh art. Jim Cheung's nice but he only does a few pages. The rest wasn't that good. -I feel like there's interesting ideas, but executed very poorly. In the hands of another writer this could be something. -Ultimately Shayera was a weak and uninteresting villain. -I think maybe the scope of this is too big. I feel like if a Justice League writer is able to one day write a run of down-to-earth stories focused on the members, not the galaxy or the secrets of the universe, they might actually do a great job. My favorite JL comics are JLI (the Giffen/DeMatteis run) and Identity Crisis, both doing their own versions of that. -This whole story arc just felt really lackluster to me. Its been a while since I liked an issue of this series.

9.0
Justice League (2018) #17

Feb 8, 2019

THE GOOD: -Great art. Love Jim Cheung. Nice to see him actually doing the art for once. -The character work for Martian Manhunter was excellent. He was just a really compelling character this issue, not an exposition spouting robot. -I really liked seeing J'onn "playing" with his family. It was emotional and it felt right. -The interplay between Lex and J'onn was great, it left me wanting more. -I think this is the best issue of the series so far. Definitely the most reread-able. -Despite predictability, that Albie/J'onn storyline was really well-done. -That end was just perfect. THE BAD: -I don't know. Nothing I can really name, I just didn't love this issue like a 10. I didn't even love it as much as this weeks Uncanny X-Men, which I gave a 9.5.

7.5
Justice League (2018) #19

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -Jorge Jimenez's art was soooo good. Perfect for drawing imps and evil Daily Planet towers. -I liked the opening for this issue a lot, Clark and Perry were well-written and it was funny. -The narration for this issue was very good. -Gotta love Mr. Mxyzptlk. -The Metropolis attack was so wacky and fun, I loved it. -Even if it was just a panel, Jimenez's cartoon art for the Fifth Dimension was so sweet. -The humor this issue was spot-on, if you ask me. -I don't trust that old Superman guy, but he was neat to see. -The ending for this issue was very good and surprisingly dark. THE BAD: -I've officially lost all interest in the Legion of Doom storyline. -Ugh. More exposition. -Ugh. More boring cosmic big-idea stuff.

9.0
Justice League (2018) #20

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a really good issue. This series has been much better than it started as of late. -I find the story compelling, if predictable. Is it ever a good thing when people get invited into utopias by their future selves who look a bit too happy? -Jorge Jimenez's art continues to impress, even if this issue doesn't give him as much to flex his creative muscles as last issue did. -Oh man! That Jarro scene was priceless. -This series does a good job of getting me to care about Mera and Starman's subplot, although that credit may have to go to Mr. Mxyzptlyk, considering he's one of my favorite villains period. -I think J'onn and Kendra's storyline is my favorite. I just find their characters compelling, and J'onn has always been the standout character since the start of Snyder's run. -Huh. Maybe it was because they only had three panels, maybe it was because of the setup, but I liked the Legion of Doom this issue. -Okay seeing a giant Mr. Mxyzptlyk crash through the Hall of Justice is too cool. -The end scene was solid, well-executed. I enjoyed it. THE BAD: -It wasn't as bad this issue, but this series just gives me Snyder-exposition-fatigue.

7.5
Justice League (2018) #21

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -This story arc continues to be the best thing that has happened to this series. -Jorge Jimenez's art is still fantastic. -The opening scene with Not-Superman and Superman was great. -I also really enjoyed the scene with Batman and future Dick. That was great. -Jarro is probably my favorite character from this whole thing. No one else is executed to such perfection. -This comic broke the fourth wall in a really unique and unexpected way, and I absolutely love it. I've always been a sucker for fourth wall breaking. THE BAD: -The reveal with Not-Superman was kinda meh for me. Maybe I'm just tired of Perpetua and all this cosmic stuff. -Not sure how to feel about the end. It's something different, but I kinda liked where this story was beforehand. And that last page is off-putting for some reason.

4.5
Justice League (2018) #22

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -This issue was alright. Not really up to par with the last few, if I'm being honest. -Love the art. Francis Manapul always delivers. -Excited to see more Bat-Mite, especially if we actually get to see a battle between him and Mr. Mxyzptlk. THE BAD: -I wish Perpetua was less cliche and more interesting. Otherwise I can't wait until she's inevitably forgotten. -This issue was way too exposition heavy. I didn't really expect anything else, considering it's written by James Tynion IV. -This issue felt like it was essentially just Perpetua and her son talking. But not in any interesting way, just in boring cliche evil villain ways. -I'm getting really tired of seeing these Legion of Doom issues pop up in the middle of story arcs.

9.0
Justice League (2018) #23

May 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -I liked the opening for this comic a lot. -The art is beautiful. Jorge Jimenez is super-talented. -The fight between Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite was as fantastic as expected. -I think Shayne is a great character. One of the best things to come out of this story arc. -Seeing all those future villains was great. -This issue did something unexpected with Legion of Doom and I really liked how they executed it. -The end was great. I think Batman's got some other trick up his sleeve, but maybe that's just me. THE BAD: -I didn't like the Apokalips setting as much as the previous issues, but oh well, that's a minor problem.

7.5
Justice League (2018) #24

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'll be honest, I thought this issue was great. I also think this story arc is excellent in general, the best thing that's ever happened to this series. -Man, that opening scene was perfect. Just absolutely perfect. -The art is fantastic. -The humor was great. Very naturally injected into the story, but very funny. I think this series may have found it's groove. -This portrayal of the Legion of Doom was so good. -Despite not liking the Batman parts, that ending was really well executed. THE BAD: -Batman's part of the story wasn't my favorite. The most exposition, the least interesting. -I wish we could've gotten more on the Bat-Mite vs. Mxyzptlk, but oh well.

6.0
Justice League (2018) #25

Jun 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -I still love Jimenez's art. He just gives everything such life. -The action sequences here are great. -I thought they took an unexpected and welcomely different approach to the Forger's character. -I didn't mind the Tynion story. He writes the League's dialogue really well. -I'm rather interested in the upcoming Doom War story. -The panels showing each of the League's different plans was great. THE BAD: -I'm still unclear on how Superman escaped. -Man, the art for the Tynion story was not great. Sorry, it's just jarring to go from a page of vibrant artwork full of passion and character to a dull and lifeless page such as this one. -Maybe it's because I just read Last Knight on Earth, but the Luthor speech hit a lot of familiar notes. -What? We didn't even get to see the end of the Bat-Mite/Mxyzptlk battle. What an absolute disappointment.

4.0
Justice League (2018) #48

Jul 15, 2020

My ears perked up when Simon Spurrier's name popped up, but ultimately it just affirmed what others have said about Hellblazer being a fluke. The message is obnoxiously blunt and the story is horribly bland. Anyways, the art had a nice, fun, classic feel to it.

8.5
Justice League (2018) Annual #1

Feb 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was the best issue of a Justice League comic I've read in a while. That was nice. -For once, I think the narration worked really well in this issue, there were some awesome lines. -I think Starman is a really interesting character. He may be the best thing that's happened to this series. -I have to admit, seeing all the New Gods was pretty awesome. -For once, I was interested in all of Scott Snyder's big-idea cosmic stuff. -Both Kendra and Shayera had some really interesting and great character moments this issue, especially Kendra. -I thought Braniac's appearance this issue was really good and I can't wait to see more. -The Perpetua stuff remains interesting. For how much longer, is hard to tell. -I feel like we got some really nice action scenes this issue, and it was nice to finally get some satisfying action sequence in such a typically boring comic. -The Source Wall's destruction was executed really well, with a nice callback to issue 1. -The ending of the issue interests me. -Ultimately, this felt worthwhile. I felt like for once, the 4.99 annual was worth the money and time. It felt like an epic story that continues what was set up in the regular issues, not just a throwaway one-shot story. THE BAD: -The art was fine, just nothing special. -As per usual, we get pounds of exposition as can only be expected from a comic by the two wordiest writers in comicdom.

1.5
Justice League (2018): Drowned Earth Special #1

Nov 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -The writing was pretty good. That's it. THE BAD: -The art's 50/50 in this issue. I'm not going to count it for or against the issue's score, just wanted to let you guys know. The figure work was fantastic and the panels' layout were really good. Unfortunately, Porters art didn't work with this issue all that well in my opinion. Too round/cartoonish for the tone the splashes and writing were trying to establish. -This issue just feels like it's trying too hard to be "epic" in my opinion. Big letters for the settings. Tons of splash pages. 4.99 price tag (Bye, bye wallet). The unfortunate thing is, its not a story that deserves this epic feel. -Its incredibly hard to take this issue seriously when all the villains look like Froot Loops. -That Commissioner Gordon scene is so bad it deserves its own punishment. -The issue in general was pretty bland and forgettable. -Wasn't a fan of the ending. When so many of your pages are splashes trying to look cool, having a final page thats the same thing loses nearly all of its effect.

8.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #2

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD -Alvaro Martinez Bueno's art is excellent. Amazing and perfect for the series. Let us pray he never leaves the series. My favorite part of this issue. -Still pretty trippy, which is good, considering that's where the series finds its voice, stands out from the numerous other team-based series out there. -The mystery is strong and keeps me curious. Often times I lose interest with series like this, but this issue still makes me want to know what the heck is going on. -James Tynion IV appears to have dropped a lot of his extremely wordy dialogues. I appreciate this because this issue proves he can still tell a good story without the needless and tiring exposition THE BAD -The characters could use some fixing up. Zatanna is little more than a one sided jerk and Wonder Woman lacks the winning characterization I look for similar to the ones I found in the Azzarello and Rucka runs and of course in the movie. Perhaps it is just too hard coming off the phenomenal characters in his excellent Detective Comics run.

7.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #3

Sep 29, 2018

THE GOOD: -Alvaro Martinez Bueno's art is great. It is the perfect fit for both Tynion's writing and the tone of the series. -The Upside Down Man was a great villain. I have a feeling he will become an instant classic in the world of comic books. -Tynion captures the characters (for the most part-see section below) pretty well. No one has had that great of a character arc, and they're nowhere near as good as the characters in his run on Detective Comics, but they're compelling, and have good dialogue. -I love the trippiness of this comic. That is what makes it stand out from the other Justice League series, is its weird, unique visual style. -I think this series feels really cinematic, and that's a good thing. It could easily transition to a film, with very little changes necessary, a rarity in comics. -Even if its just a little, I like adding some depth to Zatanna's character. She was one of the worst, when the series started, glad to see her character improving. -I like the mystery appeal of the series. The issue raises a lot of questions, but in a really good way. THE BAD: -Wonder Woman needs to be better written. It pains me to say it, but she is the worst character on the team. The writing isn't compelling enough for her character, and her story isn't good enough either. -This felt like a pretty typical final battle to me. Villain defeats the heroes, one by one, until a new power is revealed that suddenly defats the bad guy. -This issue was a bit anticlimactic. After all that, all we really got was, "You defeated me, but I'll be back."

8.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #5

Nov 22, 2018

THE GOOD: -I did like the added depth to Bobo's character. Probably my favorite part of this issue. -Really great writing. I especially liked the narration for "The Chimpanzee Drinks" scenes. -I quite enjoyed the Myrra scenes as well. They weren't as good as some of the magical scenes in the series, but still were pretty cool. -I do like the reveal that Bobo made some kind of deal with the Blue Devil in his past that has negatively affected Myrra. THE BAD: -Daniel Sampere's art was good, but it couldn't hold a candle to Alvaro Martinez's. I actually kind of wished Greg Capullo illustrated this issue. That dragon scene was straight out of Reborn. That might be too much to ask for however.

6.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #6

Dec 12, 2018

THE GOOD: -I did like the chaos going on in Myrra however. That was well-done and it showed us just how disastrous things have become there. -Detective Chimp was a pretty great character. He has become the most well written member of the team, though I think Kirk is still the most enjoyable. -I actually liked the reveal of how Chimp made Myrra so chaotic. Not something like he was evil, but simply because he wanted to save a friend. Some of his motivation was a little iffy still, but I won't take off for that. -I especially liked it when Chimp got his redemption. -The Doctor Fate/Constantine/Swamp Thing scenes were pretty good. They were a lot of setup and started to feel like a distraction from the main story, but ultimately were still really well-written. -I liked the end. It is a good setup for the next arc. THE BAD: -The art was fine, but it doesn't compare to Alvaro Martinez's. -I wish they could have done more with Blue Devil's character. He really didn't feel like much of anything. -This issue did have some typical Tynion-esque ridiculous exposition, which this series briefly steered away from. I personally enjoy that, this is a purely personal thing, however. I wouldn't blame you at all for liking this dialogue. -The climax came and went a bit too quickly in my opinion. It felt like we cut to another scene way too fast.

10
Justice League Dark (2018) #7

Jan 18, 2019

THE GOOD: -The anthology format for this issue was perfect. It made this the best issue of the series and the best issue of any team-related book I have read in a very, very, very long time. -I absolutely loved the art. If there's anything the last two issues made me realize, it's that Alvaro Martinez is just a magnificent person, in terms of artistic talent. He really makes this book work the way it does. -I thought the introduction to this issue was great. -"The Soup" was a story with a great premise and executed to brilliance. Also, my favorite of the four stories. -I absolutely love all of the body horror elements of this issue. I can't say enough about them and this issue as a whole. Do yourself a favor, read this series, even if its just for this phenomenal issue. -Frankenstein and the Agents of SHADE alongside I, Vampire with both of their appearances was just epic. -"The Conjoined" was just utterly and effectively disturbing in all the right ways. -"The Offspring" was also just awesome horror. So good! -The countdown paneling was a really subtle and awesome effect. I love it! -The way the issue's framing story just escalated was awesome and perfectly subtle. -It was a simple thing, but I really dug the backwards written page. -"The Rip" was an awesome story and also the one most related to the ongoing story. -Glad to see the return of SPOILER REDACTED at the end of the issue. He was a great villain and his appearance was genuinely unexpected and creepy. -God, I love the end of this issue. It was just… perfect. THE BAD: -Nothing at all. Everything's perfect. The writing, the art, the format, the story. Also one of the most reread-able issues in recent memory.

7.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #11

May 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is still just so good. -I think that this take on the Hall of Justice is much better than the one in the main Justice League comic. -The idea of a magic tavern hiding in the Hall of Justice is just a really good idea. -That skeleton bartender was just a detail I really liked for some reason. -I really enjoyed the storyline with all of the inhabitants of Myrra. -This issue in general was very immersive, with its settings and characters. -Fate is just such a cool villain here. -Poor Dan. THE BAD: -There was one part that gave me some serious Infinity War vibes. -The second half of this comic wasn't as good. Very exposition heavy and boring if you ask me. -The ending does not get me excited at all. Especially if that's what those characters are going to look like next issue.

6.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #12

Jun 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -God, this art's phenomenal. Alvaro Bueno is something else, man. -Heh, Tynion does a good job of making Flash funny, yet not annoying, which is a pretty great achievement. -I still love Bobo. He's the best character here by a mile. -The paneling for the second half of the comic was really good. -This definitely felt like the climax. I like the action and the intensity a lot. -That speech at the end was great. THE BAD: -Eh, I don't know if I ever really felt the Fates were a good villain. This issue really cements my negative feelings on them. Can we see more of the Upside-Down Man? How about those weird Cronenberg-esque creatures from issue 7? -God, these new character designs suck. -The flashback scenes kinda felt like filler. I mean, it was well-written, but it didn't really add anything to the story for me. -The whole fourth wall, panel-pulling thing has kinda been done before and I'm kinda over it.

4.5
Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 28, 2018

THE GOOD: -Stjepan Sejic's art is great. He has always been one of my favorites currently working in comics and this issue is no exception. (And no, I did not just copy-and-paste that name) -I think Joshua Williamson is a great writer for Jessica. He captures her personality the best out of any other character. -This is mainly due to the artwork, but I thought the action scenes were great. Very cinematic-feeling. -I'm excited to see what the series does with Darkseid. I liked the way he was used in this issue. THE BAD: -This issue attempts to copy the narration style of Snyder's Justice League in the first few pages. There are two problems. One is that while Snyder and Tynion are excellent at writing in this format, Williamson is not as good as them. Second, he just drops it after the first few pages. The best part of that in Justice League is that it is a recurring theme. This issue just doesn't get that. -Generally speaking, the writing has a lot of work to be done. It doesn't really stand out as special to me. -Wasn't a huge fan of the rushed storyline. It could've spent a bit more time on setting everything up in my opinion. -This issue just isn't memorable enough, especially for a #1. It should excite readers to pick the next issue, and so forth, but instead it just provokes the reader to forget everything that happened. -Unfortunately I just felt like Azrael was just there. He didn't feel necessary enough, it was the voice that progressed the plot, not him. His character should be better, much like Tynion did in Detective Comics.

9.5
Klaus: Klaus and the Crying Snowman #1

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue's opening was great. Intriguing and mysterious, making the reader curious about what's going to happen next. -I love Dan Mora's art. It's so great, he should do more work with Grant. -That writing had me in heaven. I am a Grant Morrison nerd, so this issue really pleased me. -Those action scenes were quite amazing, I have nothing else to say. -The Norse mythology ties were great as well. -Sam was such an amazing character. Once again, that's all I have to say. -That Screamer scene was so random but so funny. I loved it. -The flying bagpipes were great in my opinion. -I loved the defeat of the villains, not in any big fight or anything, instead in the Klaus way. -The themes of redemption in this issue are pretty amazingly done. I love it. -The ending was so beautiful and perfect. -I loved this issue. In the words of Forrest Gump, "That's all I have to say about that!" THE BAD: -My only complaint is that the villains could have been executed better. They had a great premise and defeat, but they had more potential than what they were, which were pretty conventional bad guy characters.

10
Klaus: The Life and Times of Joe Christmas #1

Dec 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -Ah man, this was just great. -Dan Mora's just such a phenomenal artist. Everything of his I've read, I've loved. -I like the calendar aspect of this. It's such a simple idea, but its executed really wonderfully. -Kudos to Grant Morrison for telling such a wonderful story using no words and 25 splash pages. -Goddamn this issue knew how to hit you in the feels. It's really, really beautiful, if I'm being honest. -I like how every page felt like it had a reason to be there. There were no weak pages at all. Each one had something to offer. Humor, heart, emotion, a nice little connection to the time period. -The reverse chronology was really effective here. -This issue made me laugh on multiple occasions. Grant Morrison really was a master manipulator of emotions here. -This was exactly what I needed after such a busy lead up to Christmas eve. After so many days of rushing, stressing, and working, being able to sit down for ten minutes and read this beautiful, beautiful comic just put me in the perfect mood. -Is there a better Christmas comic? I'm about to embark on a reread of all the issues of Klaus before this in a few minutes, and I don't think there's a comic that captures the real "Christmas spirit" all the cheesy Hallmark movies talk about better. THE BAD: -Nah. I got nothing. For what it's going for, this is the perfect comic. I think this series may be one of my all time favorites.

8.0
Marauders (2019) #1

Oct 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -I quite liked this issue. Maybe even more than X-Men #1, if I'm being honest. -I like the ideas of mutants that can't enter Krakoa. I also like how fleshed out Hickman's X-World is. -Kitty Pryde is a super fun main character. This is the best incarnation of the character in a very long time. -I really like Gerry Duggan's dialogue. I'm not super familiar with him as a writer, but I can say that his plots always seem to be pretty basic, but the personality he adds on top of them makes the issues worthwhile. -This did such a great job with the charts and graphics. Duggan took what Hickman established and made it his own, adding a really welcome level of character and humor. -I like the premise of this series. Hopefully the adventures the Marauders go on will get more interesting than this one, but it's a really fresh idea. -All the characters are actually really compelling. My hope for Dawn of X is that each series adds something to the universe. So far, I'd say X-Men is the big, main events, and Marauders is the smaller stories, but with more character, fun and personality. -The action scenes were really fluid and fun here. -Really excited for more. THE BAD: -Can't say I loved the art. It was serviceable, but very bland. -The story could be better. It's a fairly basic X-Men plot, but it didn't detract too much from the issue for me.

8.5
Marauders (2019) #2

Nov 23, 2019

THE GOOD: -Another really fun issue. -The Emma Frost/Sebastian Shaw storyline was my favorite. I liked the dialogue and story a lot. -Kitty Pryde is a really fun character. -The first action scene was really good. -I like this art. It's not great, but it does its job, and has some personality. And that's enough for me. -Gerry Duggan still excels at writing humor. THE BAD: -I thought the second half dragged a little. Not sure why, but I hated the tattoo parlor scene.

8.5
Marauders (2019) #3

Dec 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -I loved this issue. -The art was nice. Simple, but effective. -Sebastian Shaw is just a great character, and one I find particularly compelling out of the universe. -I love the Hellfire politics. Strongest aspect of the series, if you ask me. -I'm really excited to see where this is going. THE BAD: -The graphics felt off here. It was odd to have stuff from the main storyline pop up so randomly in a one-off issue.

8.5
Marauders (2019) #4

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -Loved it. -Characters have been a weak spot for DoX, except for this series, which has had consistently compelling and fun characters. -I liked the story of this issue. Politically-infused X-Men comics are great. -Kate maybe the best character to come out of DoX. She’s just so fun and well-written. -I really like the idea of mutant-worshipping humans. This world has really become super fleshed out. -The Lady Deathstrike lookalike action scene was brief, but the perfect length. Also, it was a lot of fun. THE BAD: -The art was the weakest part for me. It’s hardly bad, but it really is bland. I think this issue would be near-prefect if it had an artist that matched the personality of the writing.

8.5
Marauders (2019) #5

Jan 2, 2020

THE GOOD: -Another great issue. Marauders can't be stopped. -Bobby and Christian's banter at the beginning was really fun and well-written. -That scene with Sebastian Shaw was great. -I love Kate's personality. Duggan writes her really well. -Still really engaged in this series. Excited to see where it goes next. THE BAD: -The art was really uneven and inconsistent.

7.0
Marauders (2019) #6

Jan 24, 2020

THE GOOD: -An OK issue. Definitely the weakest Marauders yet. -I still think this comic is just a lot of fun. -I think in terms of characters, the best DoX book would be Hickman's New Mutants, but this series is close behind. Everyone here is really compelling. -Sebastian Shaw is a fantastic villain. -Great, suspenseful ending. THE BAD: -This art sucks. Everyone looks 10. -I'm tired of the bad-guy-inflitrates-good-guy's-body-microscopically trope.

7.0
Marauders (2019) #7

Feb 8, 2020

THE GOOD: -The art was nice. -I know next to nothing about Callisto, but I liked her a lot here. -The Bishop action scenes were very good. -That scene with Masque was the highlight for me. Just a great example of how good of a writer Gerry Duggan can be. -Very interested by the ending. THE BAD: -The lack of resolution for last issue's ending is actually quite annoying. I'm sure it's happening for a reason, but it certainly made a lot of this issue feel unsatisfying. -Eh. Verendi feels like yet another ridiculously bland bad guy organization.

9.0
Marauders (2019) #8

Feb 22, 2020

This was a great issue. Emotional and with fantastic character moments. Maybe the best Marauders yet.

5.5
Marauders (2019) #9

Mar 6, 2020

This was honestly pretty confusing. The ideas were cool, but the writing executed them in a really awkward way.

5.0
Marauders (2019) #10

Jun 14, 2020

Okay. Not as bad as some people make it out to be. That scene with Emma may be in line with her character, but it felt awkwardly executed nonetheless.

5.5
Marauders (2019) #11

Aug 13, 2020

SPOILERS I'm glad Kitty's back but other than that I really have no thoughts on this whatsoever.

4.0
Marauders (2019) #12

Sep 20, 2020

This was pretty bad. The artist seems to really struggle with drawing legs.

5.0
Marauders (2019) #13

Oct 10, 2020

I didn't like this a whole lot. Some good moments, but I was mostly bored by it.

6.5
Marauders (2019) #14

Nov 15, 2020

Truth be told, it's been a week since I read this, and I don't remember a whole lot, other than a vague idea that it was an above average issue for this series.

1.0
Martian Manhunter (2018) #1

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -This series has some interesting themes, I guess. THE BAD: -I appreciate it for trying to be unique, but that art was just ugly for me. -I didn't like how this series just jumps right in with a ridiculous splash page, and doesn't really build itself up in any way. -I was confused. That's saying a lot because I am a Grant Morrison fan. Then again, maybe i just have to adjust, but that dialogue just really confused me. I had a very vague idea of what was going on. -I wasn't a fan of the flashback where J'onzz really felt like a dick, even though he was a cop. -Also, that sex scene (ahem, melding) felt like it wanted to be sexy but just felt disgusting. -I didn't like the characterization for Manhunter at all. I couldn't connect with him. His dialogue was weird. -I did not like the end of the issue. -This series promised to be the next Mister Miracle. It was far, far from it.

5.5
Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #2

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -It's gimmicky, but I like the every ten years concept for Wolverine's story. -Wolverine's story gives us some great action scenes. -I thought Soule nailed the ending of the Wolverine story. -I liked Reed's character in his story quite a bit. -The art for Mr. Fantastic's storyline was great. -The end of Mr. Fantastic's story was perfect. -I liked the writing for Gorilla Man's story. THE BAD: -Paolo Siquera's art was pretty weak IMO. -This whole Wolverine story arc feels very rushed. -The Mr. Fantastic story needed to cut back on exposition. -The art for Gorilla Man's story was pure ugliness. -I just wasn't interested in Gorilla Man's story at all. -Overall as a whole, this was a weak anthology.

7.5
Marvel Knights: 20th #1

Nov 9, 2018

THE GOOD: -This has a super compelling storyline! Even if the writing pans out, I might still read just to see where the story goes. +1 extra point. -That said, the writing is quite good. I'm not a huge Donny Cate fan, but I really enjoyed this issue. -I think the character work in this issue is impressive. Despite not remembering anything, the characters still sound exactly like they should. -I know it's a small thing, but the effective placement of that title page was excellent. It sort of made me feel like, "things are just beginning." THE BAD: -I wasn't a huge fan of the art. This miniseries will have a rotating series of artists, so that could be easily remedied. -The end wasn't my favorite. I'm not a huge fan of how this series introduced that character, but I'll wait to see how it plays out.

9.5
Mister Miracle (2017) #11

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue is funny! I never expected Mister Miracle to be perhaps the greatest black comedy comic book of the year, but it truly is. The jokes work, they pay off and are hilarious. -The end of this issue is really excellent. Its good to see the series being weird again, as that is what worked best in the beginning of the series. Combine that with the hit comedy-style of the mid-to-late issues of the run, and you've got a near-perfect issue. -Mitch Gerads is an amazing artist. One of the best artists currently employed at DC. On a side note: This is a personal anecdote, but I actually got the chance to meet Mitch at Emerald City Comic Con, and can I say, he is one of the nicest people I have met. Appreciative of his fans and genuinely kind to everyone. A great guy. You know what? I'm going to add an extra point to the score just because this person is a genuinely kind guy. -The characterization here is a marvel. Even the characterization of the fuuuging baby is spot on! -That end is so good it deserves to be mentioned again. Trust me, its excellent. -Naanaa THE BAD: -Nearly nothing, but I'm a critic so I gotta come up with something. My only complaint is that the defeat of Darkseid is a little too quick. He was built up so much, it feels just a little weird to see him go so fast. That said, it appears there was another mastermind the whole time, so I guess we'll see how things play out in the final issue.

10
Mister Miracle (2017) #12

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -I personally thought that this was a great conclusion to my personal favorite series in a long, long time. -The art was great. Need I say more? -I really liked the way this issue pulled of a non-ending while not entirely ignoring the previous issues or everybody's theories as to what was going on. -I also loved the way Scott was meeting all these dead people from the series and each one was telling him their theory as to what was going on. -Another thing I loved was how what they were saying didn't really matter to Scott. Some people are saying he gave up. I personally didn't see it that way. I saw it as that living with his wife and children is what made him happy more than anything, and I thought they executed that in a really beautiful way. -Yet another thing in the sea of things I loved about this issue. It didn't need to focus on some epic final battle or anything for it's ending. It focused instead on Scott and his family, which if not the central themes of the story (I thought it was), for me, it was the best. -I really liked that moment when Oberon talked about Rebirth's continuities and crises for two reasons. 1. It's a great bit of meta-commentary 2. It focuses on saying that the simplicity of whatever world Scott's in is why he stayed. Or why he made the right choice. Because all he wants is his wife and kid and that's all this world really is. -In fact I loved everything about Oberon's speech. Oberon has been dead for the previous issues and still is, but this one issue managed to capture he and Scott's relationship perfectly, while still being beautiful and relevant speech. -I haven't really read many Mister Miracle comics before this (except for Justice League International), so I didn't really know what the character was like a whole lot. From what I've heard King's Mister Miracle is nothing like the other iterations, but I never really cared, because I fell in love with the character at the beginning of the series, because it is a really well-written and compelling character. So when I think of Mister Miracle, I'm sorry but I think of this character from this series. Anyways, I thought that the characters were still great in this issue. -It was also just a great sending off of the series. Some people hated it, that's totally fine and understandable. I loved it. It felt really sad to see it go, but it did so in the perfect way. -I actually think the non-ending was the a great direction for this series to go. It essentially said that the whole mystery doesn't really matter, we're not ignoring it, but to Scott, it doesn't really matter, all that matters is he and his wife's happiness. -Loved that last page. I liked that it didn't end with a splash page or something, just a simple, phenomenally well-written, beautiful last page, that for me was infinitely more powerful than a splash page. -What is this successor? Female Furies? I don't know, but it's got me pumped. -All in all, I found this entire series to be more than just a comic. For me, it was a journey. -It was also one of my all time favorites. Just… putting that out there. THE BAD: -This is the first time in all my reviewing comics I found nothing wrong with an issue. I loved it. My reviews are as subjective as they get, so it doesn't mean there was nothing wrong, its just there was nothing that I personally didn't like about the issue.

8.5
Moon Knight (2017) #198

Sep 1, 2018

THE GOOD: -The originality. This is one of the most risky, unique and original comics currently being published by Marvel or DC, and I have to appreciate it for that. -The writing. Never in a million years would I have believed Max Bemis would be the perfect writer for a Moon Knight comic, but he is. -The characterization of Marc. Excellent, excellent characterization and possibly the best exploration of his character that we've seen so far in this run -The return of Foolkiller! Honestly, I would say that Foolkiller is Max Bemis' best comic besides Moon Knight, so its great he's continuing the character, and he was used very well in this issue. -The end. I almost want the series to end here, this issue ends on such a perfect, beautiful, strong note. I loved the last couple pages and it concluded the story arc so perfectly. -The art. Jacen Burrows's art has just the perfect personality and unique style for a Moon Knight comic book. THE BAD: -Sadly, this issue is so unconventional, that sometimes its weirdness doesn't work. Sometimes it does take away from the reading experience. Still, not a major problem though.

4.0
Mr. and Mrs. X #2

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD: -The writing for both Rogue and Gambit was the best part of the issue. They are both great characters, well-portrayed and with great personality. One of, of not the best X-Men character portrayals in a while. -The Technet was an interesting villain league. They would be pretty typical if not for their unique powers and abilities and looks, which provide their characters some fun and unique looking action scenes. -It's very satisfying to see just a fun adventure for a comic book story. No end-of-the-world situations, just an almost rom-com-ish ruined honeymoon that is well-centered around its two main characters and held up by the humor. THE BAD: -I don't like Kelly Thompson's portrayal of Deadpool. He had some good jokes, but too many of them didn't land. Especially after writers like Gerry Duggan, and recently Skottie Young have rocked the character. Maybe he just doesn't belong in a PG-13 environment, but it didn't work for me here. -The art was not doing it for me. It lacked character and personality, just very bland and uninspired. -The size joke is so cringe worthy. Especially coming off the whip joke from the first one, apparently its just always necessary for this series to have a very cringe worthy innuendo each issue, therefore its necessary for me to deduct points from its score each issue as well. -Didn't like the end. It just wasn't a good twist. It came out of nowhere and just doesn't make me want to buy the next one.

5.0
Mr. and Mrs. X #3

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -Apparently Kelly Thompson was holding back in issue #2, because Deadpool in this issue, is hilarious. Perfect. I know want her onboard a Deadpool series. -This issue's strongest point is clearly it's characters. They are all well-characterized and really well-written. THE BAD: -The art wasn't doing it again. I think the issue would be greatly benefitted by an artist switch. As the series stands, Bazaldua doesn't capture the expressions or the pure fun of the issue enough. -This series suffers from the terrible villain cliche. Not only is Deathbird non-imposing, but also she's forgettable.

2.5
Mr. and Mrs. X #4

Oct 20, 2018

THE GOOD: -I do think Kelly Thompson has characterized Rogue and Gambit very well. They are pretty compelling characters. THE BAD: -Still not a very huge fan of the art. It just feels very plain in my opinion. It also appears to be over-sexualizing Rogue. -This issue, just generally speaking is way too bland. I can hardly remember a thing about it except I was bored most of the way through. -It feels as if the StarJammers are just thrown in there. Their contributions to the plot are so minimal, it starts to feel like their only there as fan service.

6.5
Mr. and Mrs. X #9

Mar 29, 2019

THE GOOD: -Oscar Bazaldua's art has improved a lot. The faces are still bad, but the action scenes look nice at least. -I do love these characters and they're written very well. -The opening scene here was just great. -I liked Rogue revisiting her past. It was a good storyline for one issue. THE BAD: -I did get bored with this issue, when it got it bit wordier towards the middle. -I dunno. Spiral was never my favorite. She's just so uninteresting here.

7.5
Mr. and Mrs. X #10

Apr 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a really solid issue! I enjoyed it a lot! -For once I liked Oscar Bazaldua's art. Neither the faces nor the hands were distractingly bad this time. -Kelly Thompson is a good writer. This series was never her best work, but I really enjoyed the writing this issue. -The action scenes were a lot of fun. -Am I the only hoping the baby was some kind of subtle foreshadowing for a child? -That end was great. It certainly leaves you on the edge of your seat. THE BAD: -Never been a fan of Spiral. Still ain't. -Eh. Mojo turned into a pretty boring villain at the end there. That's sad. I liked him at first in this story arc.

8.5
Naomi #1

Jan 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought this was a really fun debut. It was entertaining and it pulled me in. -The writing for this issue was really good. Bendis' writing has devolved into pure sh*t over in the Superman department. So, I'm guessing this is David Walker's doing. If so, good job Mr. Walker. If not, well done (and surprisingly so) Mr. Bendis. -I absolutely love the art. I've never heard of Jamal Campbell before, but I hope he gets the recognition he deserves for this. The facial expressions are excellent, and the art is vibrant and energetic, but also unique. -I really like the small-town setting. It's a nice departure from Gotham and Metropolis. -I thought they were overselling Naomi. I was wrong, she is a likable character, who people can connect with. Or at least me. -I thought the ending sets up a really interesting mystery/storyline. THE BAD: -My only complaint is that more could've happened. I have a feeling this series is just getting started. Then again, I could be wrong.

6.0
New Mutants (2019) #1

Nov 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -I mostly liked this. It was serviceable. -Right off the bat, the art is strikingly good. I know Reis won't even do all the issues in the first story arc, which is a shame considering how pleasing his style is. -I like Sunspot. Sometimes he annoyed me, but overall I at least found him memorable. -Corsair is an interesting and complex character. -Okay, that ending got a chuckle out of me. THE BAD: -Sometimes the dialogue felt off. Maybe it's a byproduct of having two writers. I don't know. -Can't say I really like the characters as much here. There were a couple exceptions, which are noted above, but most of them were bland and forgettable. -This story is just kind of bland. I'm looking forward more to where it's going than where it went in this first issue.

9.0
New Mutants (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -I loved this issue. What an improvement over the first one. -Rod Reis's art is great. He's a talented color artist as well as penciller. -Okay, the space lawyer was legitimately hilarious. -The characters definitely felt a lot stronger here. Especially Sunspot, since the direction they were going with him was more clear. They've still got a ways to go, but I'll take it. -The story just got way more interesting. -I was a little worried with how Hickman would fit with the tone of the series, but he did great by himself. I'm almost concerned for Brisson's issues now, since I'm not as big a fan of him. -I do like the character interactions a lot. Not as much the individual characters, though. -Oh man, what a perfect way to end. THE BAD: -Hmm. I'm torn with the opening recap. It's a lot of words, but with a lot of personality. Also, it's a recap, mostly. And the new information didn't really interest me. This issue should've just started with the trial scene.

5.5
New Mutants (2019) #3

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was fine, I guess. It was what I expected. -As someone who's mildly familiar with these characters, I enjoyed them here. -The graphics were good here. They did their job, which was solidifying/expanding on the world -I liked the last panel. It made me chuckle. THE BAD: -I'm not a fan of the art at all. The faces just look really off. -Man, this issue was slow. I wasn't at all interested until the last page or so. -Oh dear, already the villain is super bland and uninteresting.

6.0
New Mutants (2019) #4

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was alright. I liked it better than last issue for sure. I just can’t wait for more Hickman issues. -Boom-Boom falls down the Jack-Sparrow-esque, funny-drunk character trap a couple times, but I liked her personality enough. -I was wrong about the villains. Their motivations were surprisingly interesting. I like how these series are exploring the miracle drugs. THE BAD: -Right off the bat, I hate the art. It’s not as bad as Kudranski, but boy is it overly cartoony. -Eh, I’m not interested in the story.

10
New Mutants (2019) #5

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -This issue was so much fun. I loved it. -Rod Reis's art is always great. -Honestly, I think I like Hickman's writing here better than X-Men. Maybe it's just that I wish he'd write this series full-time, and drop the vastly inferior Ed Brisson. -That recap was great. It felt like it was almost directly addressing my complaint with issue 2, and started out almost Deadpool-like with its meta-ness. Plus it was really funny. -This issue had an interesting storyline. -Man, those Shi'ar Death Commandos are neat. -Sunspot is such a great character. -Mondo and Chamber were great together. -Oh man, that scene with Magik was just fantastic. -Karma... is kinda awesome. THE BAD: -Nah, I got nothing. This issue is pretty much what comics made for.

5.5
New Mutants (2019) #6

Jan 31, 2020

THE GOOD: -An okay issue. -I sort of liked the very basic moral dilemma presented by the Manon and Maxine characters -I liked the villain character's death. For once, something I wasn't expecting happened in this comic. -The last few pages were actually great. Really bittersweet. Good twist. I hope more stuffy like that happens in the future of this comic. When Hickman's not writing it, that is. When Hickman writes New Mutants, everything is perfect. THE BAD: -Really awful art. The look of this comic really dampened the reading experience. -I have no interest in this story at all. -I don't care about any of these characters.

7.0
New Mutants (2019) #7

Feb 22, 2020

I'm not sure what to think of this issue. It was fun and clever, but ultimately it felt insubstantial. Easily my least favorite Hickman New Mutants.

8.0
New Mutants (2019) #8

Mar 1, 2020

THE GOOD: -Surprisingly enough, I had a lot of fun reading this issue. -Maybe I liked this more than the other Brisson issue simply because I love Sebastian Shaw. -I liked the story a lot. It felt very classic. -I liked the characters here. Brisson seems to work better with less major characters. -Nova Roma was cool and interesting. -The action was really fun. -Definitely interested in what's to come. THE BAD: -Eh, I think I was over the cartoony art the second I saw it. -That joke about burning down the Amazon landed... awkwardly to say the least.

8.0
New Mutants (2019) #9

Mar 19, 2020

Man, Ed really found his footing. This was a lot of fun.

7.0
New Mutants (2019) #10

Jun 14, 2020

Pretty good. I’ll take what I can get when it comes to comics these days.

5.5
New Mutants (2019) #11

Jul 22, 2020

This series is the definition of fine. I don't really care about it, but it kept me engaged for all twenty pages, I guess.

5.0
New Mutants (2019) #12

Sep 7, 2020

Eh. I don't have a lot of thoughts on this. I don't really care about the story, I don't really care about the characters, I don't really care about much of anything in this series.

8.5
New Mutants (2019) #13

Oct 18, 2020

This is the best issue of this series in a while. I think Cypher is a really good character, and his situation is very compelling.

4.0
Nightwing (2016) #48

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was good. Why do crappy issues always have great art? I may never know. -I appreciate the change from the previous arc. Not that this was much better, but it was better and I have to give it credit for that. THE BAD: -Why is Silencer in this issue? Could it be exactly the same without her? I know the answer to one of those questions and its yes. Guess which one. -Why are there a crap ton of aliens and-Is that a Sasquatch? Why is there a Sasquatch? Is he going to ask "Why do people keep looking for me?" -That race reminded me of the abysmal opening scene from Ready Player One, just a bland generic action sequence that thinks it's better than it is. Nice try. Also, those Sonic references aren't working for you Nightwing, old buddy old pal.

4.0
Nightwing (2016) #49

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -The issue had very good art, portrayed all of the characters very well. Nicely done. -The characters are pretty well-written. Even if the story was messy, the characters felt like themselves for once. THE BAD: -The race itself was little more than a series of loud noises and explosions. The familiar faces are there for no reason other than shock value. -Why is the Silencer in this issue? -The ending is basically saying, "Very shortly we are going to be changing both the creative team and the direction of the series, so we can't have the story play out the way it was originally intended, but this issue still needed to come out, so we'll say things are 'buying some time', when in reality that's really what's happening.

4.5
Nightwing (2016) #50

Oct 6, 2018

THE GOOD: -Travis Moore’s present-day art was very well done. -I like the new status quo for Nightwing. It might not be a popular opinion, but I was getting bored with main story, this shakes things up a bit, and in a good way. -Percy’s characterization of Scarecrow was good. The right amount of twisted and original, in my opinion. -I like Barbara’s place in this book, and her relationship with Dick. It adds an interesting new layer to their previously boring relationship. -This issue provided an interesting setup for the next story arc, and for once I’m excited for a Nightwing story arc? Somebody check my head. THE BAD: -Chris Mooneyham’s flashback art was not so good. I wish Moore just did the whole issue, but alas it shall not be. -We need to keep Benjamin Percy three feet away from writing a Batman comic at all times, because the dude cannot write Batman. -Did they really have to give us those several scenes with Grayson in his underwear? C’mon guys. -The guy slept in their house, and all they got was eleven stinking dollars?! Real cheap, Grayson. -For an issue #50, this didn’t really do enough. It said goodbye to the old and hello to the new, yes. But there was no wow moments, if you know what I mean. -That last page. First of all, the metaphor was way, way too on the nose. Second, was that really necessary. Third, arson! Arson!

3.5
Nightwing (2016) #51

Oct 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -Travis Moore is a good artist. It's a shame he didn't do the whole issue. -I liked that dream sequence. It was pretty well-done. THE BAD: -Wait, his name's Ric now? I thought it was Gray, as indicated by the other issue. Oh well, its not as if anyone's trying to force-feed us this whole new status-quo thing by giving him another name, right? -That Scarecrow shadow-play thing didn't work. First of all, it feels way to forced. Second, it makes no sense how physically, that shadow could be cast! None! -I wasn't a fan of Garry Brown's art. It disrupted the flow of the issue, and felt too two-dimensional to me. -Wait, so a detective, who, ahem, came out of nowhere, is now wearing the Nightwing costume for no indicated reason?! What the hell, Lobdell!?

1.0
Nightwing (2016) #52

Nov 9, 2018

THE GOOD: -0 THE BAD: -The figure work was all messed up in this issue. Nightwing's positioning is more awkward than cool, not to mention his legs just looked weird in some panels. -Do we seriously have to start every issue with "I was once Nightwing, then I was shot, and lost my memory, and now I'm Ric!" -Nightwing has lost most of what made him a compelling character at this point. -This detective storyline is stupid in every way possible. I thought the villain for the story arc was Scarecrow? I really hope they don't try to connect the two villains. Scarecrow deserves better than this crappy villain. -The dialogue is a joke. #Hotcabbie? What?

5.5
Nightwing (2016) #53

Nov 22, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was definitely a step up from the previous issues. That's nice. -I actually thought Ric's description of his amnesia was really good. It added some nice layers to his character. -That last page was great, albeit predictable. I enjoyed the way Scarecrow was written and the artist depicted him really well. +1 extra point for finally making me want to pick up the next issue. THE BAD: -So we are starting every issue with "My name is Ric. I was once Nightwing, but then I took a bullet to the head." Good to know. -I just can't stand this whole Detective Nightwing thing. His lines are bad and he just feels like his only purpose is to display the costume rather than be a compelling character. -That scene where Ric looks in his drink and sees Nightwing's face just made me cringe. It was kin to that terrible Scarecrow shadow thing from earlier. -I'm also not into Ric's new love interest.

2.5
Nightwing (2016) #54

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -I will admit, I liked Nightwing and Scarecrow's therapy sessions. They had very good scripts. -"Later, Dick. Whoever you are." That was a good line, even I'll admit. -Hallelujah! They must have heard my wishes. This issue is a landmark. This deserves your full attention. No more, "My name is Ric. I was a hero once. Then I was shot." Maybe they'll answer my next wish and cancel the series. THE BAD: -Some of the art was good, but a lot of it was pretty ugly in my opinion. I disliked the art for Nightwing and Scarecrow's therapy sessions. -I'm tired of Detective Nightwing. Get him and all of his comrades out of here. -I do think the therapy sessions were dragged on way too long. This issue didn't really justify that it needed to be a whole issue. It felt like the material for half. -All of those Nightwing PD scenes felt pointless and dumb. -Oh, and of course, shadow Scarecrow is back. Someone must have heard how much I loved that stupid effect in issue #51. -That one scene where Detective Nightwing got plastered all over the building felt like it wanted to be a cool effect, but instead felt like lazy paneling. -Ric's newfound romance is still here. Sigh. -Okay, so Scarecrow prepares dinner for a Nightwing stuffed animal?! Or whatever happened. It just felt stupid.

4.0
Nightwing (2016) #55

Dec 19, 2018

THE GOOD: -Scarecrow was great, no matter how you look at it. Well written, well characterized, well scripted. All well done. -This issue did kind of a remix of the "My name is Ric…" stuff, and it wasn't bad. Don't think about it. -I will admit, there was a good splash page towards the end of the issue that I enjoyed looking at. It's a shame I can't say the same for the rest of the book. -The battle between Scarecrow and The Nightwingers could be good? If its illustrated by the same artist, probably not… but if they bring Travis Moore back, maybe. THE BAD: -That art! Oh god! I thought the last issue had bad art, this stuff was just abysmal. It reminds me vaguely of Frank Miller's art in the tragedy known as the Dark Knight Strikes Again. Not quite as bad as that piece of sh*t though. -1 point. -The art for poor Detective Svoboda was so bad in and of itself it gets its own little spot in the Bad column this week. -This is yet another issue this week, that does not feel like it needs to be a whole issue, and barely anything happens. Scarecrow fear-gases the city. So what? We've seen it before and I need more. -I still do not like the Nightwing League, especially since they are starting to feel more like jokes than characters. At least the one Detective Nightwing was somewhat palatable.

3.5
Nightwing (2016) #56

Jan 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -Didn't hate the art this issue. Didn't love it, either. It was an improvement though. -This was the first issue I didn't hate Ric. He was actually all right. -I thought the car thing was a very cool Macgyver style way to deal with the fear gas situation. THE BAD: -Scarecrow ended up being a pretty weak villain. His defeat felt too easy and nothing about his villain stands out this time, which is sad because there's so much potential in that area. He was definitely the best part of the last issue. -I also really, really, really hate the Nightwing team. It is very forced and is a stupid idea to begin with. -The dialogue was weird. Especially, "Hot dignity damn." Who says that?! I assume that's Joker's daughter however, which does make more sense. -The whole fearless thing is poorly explained and hard to believe and just way, way too easy. -This whole thing felt really anticlimactic, as if the last several issues were building up something that can be easily written off in a cliche battle. -The corniness factor was high in this one. "Walk into my fist!" "Fear this!"

2.0
Nightwing (2016) #57

Feb 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -I am so glad to see Travis Moore illustrating this issue. He is miles better than the other artists. -I actually did kinda like some moments between Detective Nightwing and Ric. THE BAD: -I really truly don't care about Bea or anything about her. -I found the dialogue really cringe-y this issue. -God, I hate Ric. He's a fine idea, but he is executed so stupidly. -And why does that murderer act like a f***ing 2-year-old why? I was extra glad to see him caught. -I also hate the Nightwing League. Now that's a stupid idea. I seriously doubt anyone could make that half-decent. -So now we get some preachy messages about homelessness shoved down our throat?! Lovely! -I really hated Joker's Daughter this issue. Her dialogue sounded like it came from the 60s TV show, and not in a good nostalgic way, and she was just obnoxious and off-putting. -I didn't like that Barbara/Bea conversation. -That end was just way too over-the-top and ridiculous, not to mention off-putting. -Why do I read this series?

1.0
Nightwing (2016) #58

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Hey, good art! Why is that always a common thread with poorly written issues. THE BAD: -This issue exists. -You can't get me to care about the Legion of Nightwing, even with Ric on the team. I don't know who that of that godawful idea, but they need to make sure they never come up with such a travesty again. -This issue is corny. And not in a fun, nostalgic way. In a painful, cringe-y way that makes reading this issue feel like having your skin peeled off. -The Joker's daughter has gone from annoying to boring. I don't know whether to call that an improvement. -Apparently the writer of this issue decided to abandon having actual characters in this issue and instead simply just have mannequins that look like the characters pose for cool action scenes while spouting cheesy dialogue. Okay. -What a dumb, pointless issue. -I hate Barbara in this series. Almost as much as Bea. Not nearly as much as Detective Wing and the Squad of Nightwings though. -This issue is just trying too hard. It's end is trying too hard to be heartwarming, it's story is trying too hard to be suspenseful. the series in general is just trying to hard to be refreshingly new. And none of that is working.

4.0
Nightwing (2016) #59

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Dan Jurgens may have salvaged this series with the introduction of character Malcolm Hutch, who, unlike any of the characters in Scott Lobdell's run, is compelling and likable. -Jurgens at least kinda drops the Nightwing Squad here. That's good. Anything less of them I'll take. -The dialogue this issue was alright. Tolerable. Way better than Scott Lobdell, who, aside from the first 25 issues of the Rebirth Red Hood, always has awful dialogue. THE BAD: -Oh god. We get a new writer, but we're still stuck with the crappy art of Chris Mooneyham. Sigh. I was at least hoping for Travis Moore. -Ric's still awful in every way, shape and form. -So Bea's still a thing? That's too bad. -This is only on the spoiler-y cover, but I really hope the monster isn't gonna be called Burnback, because let's be honest, that is the worst name ever. -This series really needs to be cancelled. It's only gone downhill since it's beginning, and that's an accomplishment, because right off the bat it was terrible.

5.5
Nightwing (2016) #60

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'll be honest, I didn't hate this issue. -Could it be? Is the art… growing on me? -Honestly Detective Sapienza is alright here. I'd gladly take his narration over *shudder* Ric's. -I think Hutch is a great character. -I'll be honest, the end has me interested. THE BAD: -Man the dialogue is so cringe-inducing here, especially at the beginning. -This big bad really doesn't interest me at all. -Bea is and always has been awful. -The first page is so awful. Thankfully the art is alright, so it doesn't look so bad visually.

8.5
Nightwing (2016) #61

Jun 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -It's a miracle. I actually liked this issue. Am I okay? -To start off, the art is nice. Mooneyham's was kind of starting to grow on me, but this is much better. And the colors are great. -The action sequences here are actually really entertaining. -The twist at the end was surprisingly good. -And then, the real reason I liked this issue. The end. Holy god, that was great. It was an excellently subtle juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy, it was impactful, well-executed and the narration was great. I may not have liked the story at all, but Jurgens nailed the ending! THE BAD: -I don't care for Nightwing Gold (ugh, why do their names have to sound so much like Power Rangers?) or anything she has to say.

2.5
Nightwing (2016) #63

Aug 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was fine. Adequate. It's sad that's the standout of this issue. THE BAD: -This has gone from bizarrely bad to incredibly bland so quickly. I have no idea what to think. At least I could laugh at this when Lodbell wrote it. -Good god, these characters are incredibly bland and unlikable. -My eyes were rolled so far back through pretty much the whole taxi scene with Cobb. -I hate Bea. I hope Cobb kills her. He won't, but it'd be nice.

3.5
Nightwing (2016) Annual #1

Sep 1, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the execution of Terminals a lot. It was a pretty good take on a group of transforming villains that was pretty typical, it still worked. -Once we got into it, the execution of the Feed interviews was pretty morbid and well-done. That meatball line was so, so messed up. -Nightwing's internal monologue worked very well in this issue. It was a solid exploration of modern day news and media, which is original and unique. THE BAD: -The art didn't work. It was too simplistic and stiff. I liked the portrayal of Batgirl but not anyone else. The lack of backgrounds was distracting, almost as distracting as using the same background just zoomed in five times over. -They rushed the story way too much, the Feed was introduced way, way too fast and the story almost felt as if it was trying too hard to cram way too much into an extra sized issue. -Vicki Vale. What the heck is with her character in this issue? She is pointless, has the most forced romance I've ever seen in my life, and just has terrible lines. -Wasn't buying the semi. Just, why? What's the point? -A very, very weak villain in this issue. Aside from the Terminals, Karna Shifton aka the Vire was just executed embarrassingly bad. -The end was also very weak. Nothing about the end note makes me anticipate the actual next issue of Nightwing.

2.5
Olympia #1

Nov 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art's fine. The Kirby-style art is well-done. In the real world faces seem to be an issue. -I like the Olympian character. He definitely feels straight out of a classic comic book. THE BAD: -I didn't like this much. Sorry. -The concept doesn't really interest me. It's been done before, and so far the execution adds nothing for me. -The pacing just seems a bit off. Definitely feels like its going a bit fast. I don't know why, considering that not much happens in this issue though. Maybe it's the lack of dialogue. I dunno. -This main character doesn't interest me much. He's just another kid from a Spielberg movie. Bullied, dead dad. I was hoping with the relationship that fueled this, we could get some God-Country style expansion on the latter, but hopefully later. -Oh god, the principal's speech was just so cringe-worthy. -Eh. Doubt I'll pick up issue two.

9.0
Once & Future #1

Aug 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a wonderful comic. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, entertaining story. -I usually don't talk about this, but can we all just appreciate how worth your money this issue is? Not only does it have a great story, but it's $3.99, with 30 full pages of story, uninterrupted by any ads, with nice heavy paper and a card stock cover. -I love Dan Mora's artwork. He did a great job with Klaus, the only other comic I've seen his art in and he did a damn good job here. He's also now worked with two of my favorite writers of all time, so there's that. -Very rarely do I read a modern comic and feel like it needs to be a movie, but this just felt so cinematic, and the art definitely helped with that, I'd really like to see a proper adaptation on the big screen. -That opening scene was perfect. Well-paced, but it still managed to capture your attention enough so that you keep on reading. -Bake Off! -I'd highly recommend this comic even to people who are not fans of Kieron Gillen. He's one of my favorite writers, but he is definitely an acquired taste. This comic is much more mainstream and accessible than some of his other stories like Peter Cannon or Phonogram. It's a comic anyone can enjoy. -The character is clumsy and silly without feeling like a cartoon, which is a rarity among modern comics. -I find both Duncan and Gran incredibly likable and compelling. -This comic is paced perfectly. It doesn't take too long to get to the fantasy elements, but we're not just dropped in before being grounded in reality. -Damn the Questing Beast was a great-looking creature and I really liked that action sequence. -This story is just super compelling. -Can't wait to see where this all goes. THE BAD: -I'm hoping eventually the villains will be more interesting, or that Arthur becomes the main villains and the guys this issue are just to bring him back, because they are bland as hell and it stands out incredibly in a book that's otherwise so full of character.

9.0
Once & Future #2

Sep 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -This is one of the best series on shelves right now. Read if you haven't yet. It's worth your time and money. -This is just such a good deal for $3.99. -Dan Mora is one of the best current artists. His art is just so clean and full of life. Read this and Klaus if you need any proof. -I love these characters. Gran is just awesome in every way. Duncan is likable, and Kieron nailed his klutziness without making it completely silly. -The Ladies of the Lake were pretty cool. -I love the interior design of the castle. It's simple, yet perfect for the atmosphere Kieron is going for. Dan Mora just works so well with him. To be fair, Kieron seems to work well with so many artists, whether it be Mckelvie, Hans or Mora. -I love the design of Arthur. I love how his flesh is slowly growing back, bit by bit. -Damn, that one kill was really brutal. Guess it sucks to be an Anglo-Saxon. -"Why not dear, it can't make it any worse." What a perfect note to end on. I can't wait until the next issue comes out. THE BAD: -Arthur's design was great, but he's a pretty cliche villain, unfortunately.

9.0
Once & Future #3

Oct 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -This is such a fun series that readers of all ages can enjoy. Check it out if you haven't. Anyone can enjoy it. -Dan Mora is such a good artist. I'm surprised he's not more well-known. I especially like how good he is at drawing both normal situations, and crazy supernatural situations. -These are just great characters. They're likable people outside of all the supernatural situations, and I think that does miles for this series. -The humor here's wonderful. It's not flashy, over-the-top. Very natural. I love Gran's personality especially. -I've never really cared about Arthurian lore, but it was pretty interesting here. To be fair, Kieron Gillen's good at taking things I'm not interested in and turning them into something great. -I honestly really like Rose. They don't force her romance with Duncan at all, and it's great. -I didn't know how far Gran and Duncan's relationship went before this issue. The emotional scenes were wonderful too. -The abbey scene was really cool. Dan Mora's interior design skills are great. -Wow. I'm on the edge of my seat for the next issue. THE BAD: -Arthur is still just big bad dude unfortunately. Maybe we'll get a more interesting villain later, as this series is now ongoing.

9.0
Once & Future #4

Nov 23, 2019

THE GOOD: -I love this series so much. -I mean Dan Mora is just incredible. I feel like people aren't talking about him enough. He's probably on of my top three artists working right now. -This story is so damn compelling. -I love all these characters. -This issue got quite brutal. Remember last review when I said fans of all ages an enjoy this? Maybe not all ages. -Kieron's writing just has so much personality here, as per usual. Same goes for Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine. I'd highly recommend both those series if you haven't read them, but the way. -I know I already talked about his art, but Dan Mora is exceptionally good at drawing castles. Just thought I'd mention that. -So muh happened in those last three pages and it was incredible. THE BAD: -I dunno. Arthur and Galahad are just very bland villains.

9.0
Once & Future #5

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -Fantastic issue. -I haven’t read Klaus yet. I’ll probably have a review for it next week, maybe later. I’ve been busy and haven’t been able to read that one or Hellblazer yet, but if I have time, I’ll read and review them next week. Anyways, as I was saying, Dan Mora really is an exceptional artist and easily one of my favorites right now. -This issue definitely made me emotional. -These characters are great. Duncan is just super compelling and Gran is incredibly complex and interesting. They compliment each other perfectly. -This definitely made me interested in Arthurian lore, which is a subject I have no interest in. -Despite all this emotion, the fun nature of this comic isn’t all gone, and there was a few really funny scenes here. -The design of just about anything is great here. The grail, Excalibur, Galahad, any castles. -The confrontation of Galahad was great here. I also appreciated him a bit more as a villain, with him being near parody of the traditional knight in shining armor. -That panel (if you read the issue, you know what I’m talking about) is just devastating. After such a brutal issue emotionally, that scene was basically twisting the knife in the wound. -I cannot wait to see what comes next. This series is killing it in every regard. THE BAD: -Rose hasn’t been super interesting. She wasn’t bad until this issue, which was so character focused that it stood out when she was just standing off to the side doing nothing while Gran and Duncan had their moments. Not that I’d want her to intrude on that incredible scene, but still it’d be nice if she was given a bit more.

7.0
Once & Future #6

Jan 24, 2020

THE GOOD: -Fantastic art, as always. -I thought this was a great conclusion to the first arc. The story remained interesting the whole way through. -Gran is such a good character. -It's always nice to see characters win not using their strength but their wits in a comic book. -Nice call back to issue one with the Questing Beast. THE BAD: -Duncan's character change felt really contrived. -Who's gonna bet Merlin will be yet another boring and bland villain?

5.5
Pearl #1

Aug 15, 2018

This was an okay issue. It is confusing, mostly due to how it does't really introduce the characters, but just throw them into the story randomly, leaving you, the reader with the burden of deciphering their meaning and story. Pearl herself has pretty good personality. It appears the issue is just kicking up for a story, which is unfortunate because that makes this issue pretty forgettable in terms of nothing really happens. I wish the issue ended on more of a stronger note, or more of a note at all. It just kind of randomly ends, which isn't the best strategy for making readers want to pick up the next issue. The art is pretty good, although I find it difficult to really understand what's happening due to the art unfortunately. The backup story was good, however, and it was a nice, satisfying, albeit predictable redo of Citizen Kane.

6.5
Pearl #3

Oct 20, 2018

THE GOOD: -I love Michael Gaydos's art. One of the most unique looking comics out right now. Seriously, buy the issue, if for nothing else, to see how amazing the pencils and colors are. -Great action scenes. This issue really made the series feel like one of the greatest action movies never made. -Wow. This is the first time I laughed out loud reading this series. "Shiba in Daddy's Boy All Growed Up." Hilarious! -That funeral scene was so well done. Bendis may be in charge of Jinxworld but its the artists who make it good. THE BAD: -The series is sadly, kind of confusing. Its mostly due to the vague script that left me scratching my head a lot. -I'm not a fan of how the issue just kind of ends. Not on a high note, or much of any note for that matter. Really a series I'd recommend in trade.

8.5
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019) #2

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -This storyline is great. -I love Kieron's writing a lot. He's one of the most talented writers currently working, in my humble opinion. -These characters are so wacky and weird and goofy, but I love them. Kinda like WicDiv. -The raspberries scene was pretty funny. -Hahaha! "Next: the Crossover!" I genuinely didn't expect that! What a funny, creative fourth wall breaking moment. -I especially like the Tabu character. -This comic has some really great commentaries about comic book alternate universes. -I just love the quirky, offbeat humor of this series. -Finally a series that feels naturally weird, not artificial. Not weird, for no reason. The weirdness here was great. -Seriously, if you're not reading this series, I'd remedy that. It's one of my favorite series I'm reading right now. THE BAD: -The art was eh. Let's just say Casper Wijngaard is no Jamie Mckelvie. -The villain's a little bland.

9.0
Powers of X #1

Jul 31, 2019

THE GOOD: -Goddamn, I can't believe I'm not reading an Image comic or something similar. This is truly as close to creator owned as a comic from one of the big two will likely ever get. -I found this comic to be even more strange and unique than House, which is saying a lot considering just how ambitious that debut was. -I really liked how this comic showed us this X-Men world that Hickman has created through different times. Each of the story lines is compelling, despite the ambition, and it provides a nice context that other series in this new X-Men can build off of. -I am really liking just how intertwined these two series are. I don't know why the sales pitch didn't have me sold. For some reason I assumed at least one of the series would be inessential. But boy, was I wrong. -This just feels like X-Men. The X-Men Universe has always been one of my favorites of the Marvel properties, but recent series haven't really been doing it for me. The Blue/Gold X-Men was almost never good. Rosenberg's run and the Age of X-Man started off really strong, but overstayed their welcome. This just feels like something that'll be consistent, and I like it. -RB Silva did a good job here. I still prefer Larraz and I can't wait for Leinil Franci Yu, but I really liked his takes on each of the characters, and he did an especially nice job with the juxtaposition of each of the timelines in this very confusing, but very intelligent X-Men comic. -I love how epic this feels. There's so much going on here, yet it still feels incredibly accessible. I've never read a Hickman comic before (I know!), but I guess that's what he's good at. THE BAD; -This definitely wasn't House of X, which I found to be an incredible debut. Still fantastic, just not up to par with that level of excellence.

9.0
Powers of X #2

Aug 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This is still a great series. I'm really enjoying this run a lot. -RB Silva's art was much better here than issue one, I think. The quality difference in art between this and House was much less discernible with this issue. -I just love how these series tie together. -This is just the definition of epic. House is a much more contained, focused series, whereas this is more the sprawling, space odyssey aspect of this new X-Men relaunch. -I found this to be more focused than last issue. The narrative feels tighter, which is why this issue in a series with multiple different timelines worked so much better. -I really like the color art. It brings this comic to life. There's nothing like opening up a comic, and being immersed in such vivid colors. -Hickman really is a great writer. Any other writer would have trouble keeping this series from collapsing under its grand scope, but Hickman has no problems with that. -Wow. That ending was crazy. THE BAD: -I'm getting a little tired of the graphics and charts and whatnot. The tiering of societies was good, but the one about Nimbus was just a boring exposition dump. I have come to sigh a little when the main story goes away and we get a chart as well.

9.0
Powers of X #3

Aug 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -Ah, it's nice to read an X-Men comic that's actually good. -RB Silva brought his A-game here. This was definitely his best-illustrated issue in the series yet. -I don't know what else I can say. Everyone else has already said it. This run is fantastic. -This issue was the most cinematic yet. I swear with every page, I could hear an epic score in the background. -That opening scene was the perfect example of how to do an opening scene. -"I always do." That scene was executed so well. -The spectacle is so wonderful here. It really works so well, simply because Hickman can handle it. -Goddamn, the action scenes were incredible. This proves that just because this is a cerebral and complex book, it can't have kickass action scenes. -That ending was beautiful. I have nothing else to say. THE BAD: -I've kind of come to dislike the graphics and charts. They're fine, but I really prefer the actual story, and none of the ones in this issue were nearly as good as previous ones, which was more noticeable considering this story was a step up from the last few issues.

8.5
Powers of X #4

Sep 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -I really enjoyed this issue. Powers is easily the inferior series, but it's great nonetheless. -I thought Mister Sinister was great, and added a nice sense of humor to the series in a non-obnoxious way. -I love this script. I just love it. -This issue did a great job revealing some background on Krakoa in a very well-explained and satisfying way. -The scene with Cypher and Xavier was great. Their interactions were nicely done. -I enjoy the art. I think Larraz is the better artist, and this is easily the worst issue art-wise, however. THE BAD: -That scene with the Phalanx just lost me. It was a bit too quick, and it took me multiple re-reads to even begin to comprehend for some reason.

8.5
Powers of X #5

Sep 28, 2019

THE GOOD: -Another great issue. Hickman cannot be stopped. -This issue did a great job providing lots of background without being a boring exposition dump. -I really liked Xavier and Magneto's dialogue here. Hickman did a wonderful job not making them sound too cliche. -R.B. Silva did a fantastic job here. -O.K. The Cerebro graphic won me over with those three notes at the end. -Ah, that Namor scene was great. And those last two lines were perfect. THE BAD: -The Phalanx stuff is just too much for my stupid brain.

8.5
Powers of X #6

Oct 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -Really good issue. I honestly preferred HoX #6 as a finale, but this still did a fantastic job. -This provided some nice closure for the run thus far. It tied things together really nicely. -Finally, I understood the direction of the Phalanx. Hickman did a wonderful job connecting it to the greater story. -I liked all the characters here. Especially Xavier, I love Hickman's portrayal of him. Also, Moira, even though I previously only found her story interesting, not the character herself. Guess she grew on me. -That shot with Wolverine and Moira was just beautiful, even though the image has been done before, the buildup and execution was just marvelous. -Moira's Journal was really good. It provided nice insight on both her character and the journey to creating Krakoa. -That final scene was just wonderful. I love the imagery of fireworks. If they're used right, they can look so cinematic. THE BAD: -RB Silva's art was never my favorite. Here it's serviceable, bland. In a book that's so high quality otherwise, it really stands out, especially considering how good Larraz's art is. Also, I can't wait for Leinil Francis Yu. Love his art.

8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #25

Aug 8, 2018

This was the perfect anniversary issue. Take the previous issues, and make and excellent climax or at least an epic story that ties into all the previous issues, while still outdoing every single one of those issues. Yes. This is the best issue of the series. I think the relationship between Red Hood and Batman is excellently captured in this issue, as it starts with it at it's highest and ends with it at its lowest. Although the issue could afford to draw out their falling out more, it still presents us with excellent writing and some of the best battle scenes I've seen in a comic recently. I loved the way the story leaves Jason alone at the end, as it presents us with a tragic and beautiful climax for the Outlaws as a whole in this issue. Plus, that last page was a really good and surprising end that I wholly appreciate. Not to mention Dexter Soy's art is beautiful. The other artists are good too, but I see a genuine jump in quality from when Dexter does the art for the issue. Also, I thought I hated the backup story until it pulled a genuinely good twist I did not see coming, and also presents us with good foreshadowing for future issues. All in all, a really, really good issue, for one of the most underrated series right now.

5.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #26

Sep 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -Pete Woods' art was the highlight for me. It was a really good looking issue. Not as good as Dexter Soy, mind you, but still good. -Those combat scenes were really well done. They felt like the right kind of street level style of gritty new series this wants to be. -I like the new direction. Its not as good as the old Red Hood, but I like a gritty crime thriller as much as the next guy. THE BAD: -For a gritty crime thriller, some of that (aka all of it) was pretty darn cheesy. -I don't like the way Pete Woods draws Red Hood. Yes, I know I just praised his art, but that's because I liked everything else he drew a lot, I just didn't like Jason himself. -I miss the old Red Hood and the Outlaws.

4.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #27

Oct 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -This was another nice issue showcasing the ripple effect Heroes in Crisis is having on the overall DC Universe. -I liked the handling of Jason and Bruce's relationship in this issue. It was one of the best parts of the issue, if not the best. -I know I said I didn't like the art, but page 14 is a huge exception. A very well-done page, and the only one that captured the emotion needed to carry this issue. THE BAD: -Pete Woods' art could use a little work. It comes across way too cartoony and over exaggerated to work for this kind of story. -I wasn't a very big fan of the dialogue. Lobdell tries to use this street-level dialogue for anyone who is not Red Hood or Bruce and it comes across as more annoying than anything else. -I wish they could have given the issue more emotional depth. I actually found that last Red Hood annual more sad just because of how powerful it felt to reread the last few pages after Heroes in Crisis. This issue felt like a stiff and emotionless handling of the deaths in Heroes. -I have no idea what happened on the last page. It made no sense and was a really weird place to end the issue.

1.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #28

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -That whole subplot meta humor was alright, I guess. The only thing I liked about the issue. THE BAD: -I did not like the art. It felt like a cartoon, and not a good one either. -So apparently Scott Lobdell has forgotten how to write Red Hood. Alright, then. -So let me get this straight. Jason is in a town that's known for its food, when all of a sudden everybody starts attacking him for no reason, he gets knocked out and wakes up on a cross facing a Bizarro reject. Okay. Sigh. This is some of the most stupid storytelling I've ever seen. -So he's wearing his suit when he's suddenly become Red Hood:Jesus. Did one of the Appleton residents dress him up in his suit while he was unconscious for absolutely no reason or something. Or oh, maybe they just want to show off this cool suit that was way too over advertised. That makes sense. -Can I even call this a story? Its less of that and more a series of random fight scenes. -The dialogue is terrible. I'll leave it at that. -And then Batwoman who's totally not forced into the plot in any way shape or form comes by fighting Jason with a f***ing PICTHFORK?! -AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!* *Enraged comic book fan for "I hate this issue!"

1.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #29

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -Okay, I appreciate them touching on the death of Roy. That was sweet. Kind of. THE BAD: -I did not like the art. It wasn't god-awful, but that doesn't really say much, does it? -And of course we get more incessant violence as Red Hood and Batwoman fight giant white Hulks with pitchforks. Because logic is something that Scott Lobdell understands. -The dialogue felt like a torture chamber. No. More like twisting the knife in the already very deep wound. -Okay, now that sub-plot thing is really starting to piss me off. -Hey, Scott, this is ohhaimark, I was just calling to wonder if you've heard of this thing called a plot? -Okay, so now we get the cliche that everyone seems to think is badass, when in reality it really isn't, where the hero walks in what would probably be slow motion if this were animated, while the building explodes behind them. -AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH* *Enraged comic book fan for "Burn it with fire! Fire!"

7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #30

Jan 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -I thought this issue really cemented the Jack Reacher Red Hood for me. I liked it for the first time this issue. -Pete Woods art was very good. Best it's ever been. -This series continues to pay tribute to Roy in the most effective ways. -The Infierno place was actually pretty cool. -Yes! We finally get to see the other two again! -That flashback with Jason's parents was actually really sad. I really like how Lobdell and Woods were able to convey so much emotion with one small panel. -Good to see Jason's dad. I'm not sold on him, but his appearance is appreciated. -AAAAAHHHH?* THE BAD: -Some of the dialogue wasn't jiving, especially with Wingman. -I'm not gonna even bother with the bricks. Just, why? -This Monday storyline isn't pulling me in. It's not a great mystery. *Suprised comic book fan for, "This isn't actually that bad?"

2.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #33

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -I will admit that this Red Hood Outlaw nonsense is better than when it started. -Pete Woods is always hit or miss, this issue was a hit I guess. I liked his art, not a lot, but it was alright. THE BAD: -I don't know why the opening exists and I don't want to find out, so with that in mind, the opening failed. -I don't care about Jason running the iceberg lounge. Another writer might (?) do it well, but Lobdell doesn't have it in him. -I truly don't care about any of these secondary characters this issue expects me to remember. I don't and won't, knowing that soon enough, they will be forgotten by everyone, as they should be. -What is it wit Lobdell and making one-dimensional, cliche love interests that I hate? He did it with Nightwing, now his awful love interests are invading Red Hood too? No! Say it isn't so!! -The villains are boring and uninteresting. -The Sisters Su are just all kinds of "no." -This issue tries to be badass and fails spectacularly. -The end was awful and abrupt.

4.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #34

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was the best Red Hood issue in, well, a long time. -The art was really good here. Pete Woods is always hit or miss, but this issue was a definite hit. -I liked the remembering Roy. It was done in a very impactful way. -The Euro Bloc scenes were surprisingly not bad. THE BAD: -I would've liked the beginning to this issue if Scott Lobdell's dialogue wasn't so damn corny. -Isabel is still an uninteresting, one-dimensional love interest. -Still not super interested in the Penguin at all. -There are just way too many subplots here, and I don't appreciate Lobdell trying to tie this back to his New 52 run. -There are also way too many secondary characters. I can't keep track of all these people, and they are not memorable at all.

6.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) Annual #2

Sep 1, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the bromance between Red Hood and Arsenal. I could really feel their friendship in this issue. The strongest part of the issue in my point. -I also liked the tying back to the previous run of Outlaws, although that run wasn't good, this issue took it in some fun and unique directions and it was a welcome change of tone for a Red Hood issue. -I liked that subtle Sanctuary reference. It quite frankly really worked. Now lets just hope Heroes in Crisis doesn't bomb. -The art was pretty good. Nowhere near as good as Dexter Soy's art, but it effectively captured the expressions and looks of all its characters and scenes. THE BAD: -The end. No, not the one with Roy Harper, the one with Suzie Su. They call that a conclusion?! It just ended to set up a future issue and because the pages were running out. Still, this isn't a huge problem as the main part of the story appears to be Roy and Jason's friendship. -I didn't like the backup story. I would prefer the whereabouts of Artemis and Bizarro to be more mysterious, so it is more surprising when they make their inevitable return.

5.0
Return of Wolverine #1

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -This issue has some really good dramatic moments, especially in the first few pages. they stand out and are effective. -It'll be the day when I say, "I loved the writing but thought the art was garbage." It's only a matter of time before people start complaining. However, this time around I loved the art and hated the writing. Siggghhhhh. THE BAD: -This issue is 4.99 and I don't remember a single thing about it (I'm writing this review about 45 minutes after I read it) - This is one of the most bland, unoriginal stories I have read in a long, long time. PS: Sorry this review is so incredibly short, but I genuinely can only recall these things about the issue.

4.5
Return of Wolverine #5

Feb 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Steve McNiven's art is nice. -We did get some nice action scenes this issue. -"What's one more?" was just a perfectly executed and just generally awesome line. -I liked the last page a lot. THE BAD: -I really don't Persephone. She's just an awful villain. -The spacey feel of this issue really didn't resonate with me. That's just me though. -I really felt like the explanation for Logan's resurrection was weak. -This issue really got boring with Charles Soule's techno-babble plaguing the word-balloons. That may just be an after-effect of my tiredness however. -I've really never been a fan of the cop-out ending, unless it's the Holy Grail. Let me just say this comic shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as the Holy Grail.

8.5
Rorschach (2020) #1

Oct 18, 2020

This is the first Tom King comic I've liked in a long time. So, yeah, it's really good. I'm super invested in the story and can't wait for the next issue.

10
Saga #1

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #2

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #3

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #4

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #5

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #6

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #7

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #8

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #9

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #10

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #11

Jan 19, 2020

10
Saga #12

Jan 19, 2020

That opening scene...

9.0
Saga #13

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #14

Jan 19, 2020

9.5
Saga #15

Jan 19, 2020

10
Saga #16

Jan 19, 2020

10
Saga #17

Jan 19, 2020

10
Saga #18

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #19

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #20

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #21

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #22

Jan 19, 2020

9.5
Saga #23

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #24

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #25

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #26

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #27

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #28

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #29

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #30

Jan 19, 2020

6.5
Saga #31

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #32

Jan 19, 2020

7.0
Saga #33

Jan 19, 2020

7.5
Saga #34

Jan 19, 2020

7.5
Saga #35

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #36

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #37

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #38

Jan 19, 2020

I should have known better than to get attached to anyone in this series.

8.5
Saga #39

Jan 19, 2020

9.0
Saga #40

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #41

Jan 19, 2020

10
Saga #42

Jan 19, 2020

The most heartbreaking waste of paper and ink I've ever read.

8.0
Saga #43

Jan 19, 2020

6.5
Saga #44

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #45

Jan 19, 2020

7.5
Saga #46

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #47

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #48

Jan 19, 2020

If Ghüs dies, I'm gonna boycott.

9.0
Saga #49

Jan 19, 2020

8.0
Saga #50

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #51

Jan 19, 2020

8.5
Saga #52

Jan 19, 2020

No one is safe.

10
Saga #53

Jan 19, 2020

Brian K. Vaughan just wants us all to be depressed.

10
Saga #54

Jan 19, 2020

A beautiful, heartbreaking, and, if I'm being honest, life-changing issue.

7.5
Savage Avengers (2019) #1

May 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -This is like a popcorn movie, just in a comic. It's sole focus is entertainment, and it truly delivers on that front. If you're looking for anything beyond that, you won't find it here. -Mike Deodato's art is fantastic. Perfect for this story. -The battle scenes are just really entertaining here. -Wolverine and Conan are great together. Fighting each other, working together, just great. -I appreciate this series being so new-reader friendly. No matter how many Avengers or Conan comics you've read, this comic will still entertain you. -I like Venom's involvement in all this. -The end was super great. THE BAD: -Overall, it felt a bit rushed. There's a lot of plot material to cover, so that's probably why. Still… -Not sure the writing here is up to par with Gerry Duggan's Savage Sword comic. It's good and it does it's job, just not quite as spectacularly as that one.

8.5
Savage Avengers (2019) #2

Jun 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is just so much fun. -I love the art. -Man that opening scene was interesting and not too long, a common problem with bad guy origins. -The action scenes here are rather good. -I just like the idea of Wolverine using his blood to heal a dead person. -Punisher's appearance here didn't disappoint. THE BAD: -It'll smooth over in trade, but I do wish we could get a bit more plot progression here.

8.5
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #2

Mar 2, 2019

THE GOOD: -Ron Garney's art was sooo good. -This story arc is just really great. -I was disappointed to discover Duggan wasn't continuing as writer, he would leave after the first story arc. Especially since Meredith Finch wrote a terrible Wonder Woman run. -The story is enticing. -I like Suty better that Conan himself. He's just a great character. -That opening scene was so awesome. It felt like movie-level quality. -Conan beating up those thugs with a foot was pure awesomeness. -Overall, the action scenes were on point. -I thought the execution for the Kheshatta city was great. -I'm very interested by Menes' character. THE BAD: -The end wasn't great. It was one of those abrupt, ran-out-of-pages endings. -I'm still not sold on Conan's character a whole lot.

9.0
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #4

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -I just love Garney's art. It's perfect, especially for this comic. -I also love the pacing of this comic. It doesn't move so fast that you don't get the full appreciation for things, but it doesn't move too slow, like the main Conan comic often does. -Conan fighting those undead skeletons was so satisfying. -Poor Suty. I'll be honest, I liked him better than Conan. -I can't get enough of the atmosphere of this comic. It really brings you into this world really well. -Yikes, that end can't be good. But I'm really excited for next issue. -For once I liked Conan. I felt bad for him here. Nice work, Gerry Duggan. THE BAD: -Menes is just kind of a dull character.

7.5
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #5

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -Poor Suty. You'll always remain in my heart, buddy. -The pirate ship was pretty damn awesome. -Koga Thun is a pretty good villain. I liked his dialogue. -Speaking of, Gerry Duggan is a great writer. I really only discovered him this year, but I'm glad that I did. -Finally that damn Koga Thun got what he deserved. -The last seven pages or so of this comic are pure epicness. THE BAD: -I don't know why, but the art didn't seem as good as the first four issues here. -The whole time, Menes came across as just a bland character, unfortunately.

5.0
Scarlet (2018) #1

Sep 1, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was great. No, not great, Phenomenal. Alex Maleev is bringing his A-game to the table, and I really appreciate it. -I really liked the first 7 pages. Suspenseful, and unique, a good start to the issue. -I liked the writing for the issue. Although it has its own different problems (see rant about monologues below) Bendis' writing for the monologues is good. Maybe a bit on the nose with its metaphors, but still good. THE BAD: -The story. Or lack there of. Bendis decided to fill this issue with nearly 14 pages of monologue, which is not only boring, it doesn't progress the story at all. -The end really didn't do it for me, it didn't have any special feeling or anything, it just kind of ended. -This issue is, unfortunately, one that reads far better in trade. As a single issue, it just doesn't stand out.

9.0
Scarlet (2018) #4

Dec 2, 2018

THE GOOD: -I loved this issue. It was by far the best in the series. -Bendis proves himself to be a master of tension and buildup in this issue. -This issue had an excellent confrontation to open with. It all felt very cinematic. -This issue truly proves Scarlet to be one of Bendis' best heroines. From her character to her writing, everything is perfect. -The emotion of this issue was pretty awesome. -All of those scenes where Scarlet says goodbye to everyone were just amazing. They genuinely left me speechless. -I thought Colonel Orlando was good villain. He felt very menacing, and his writing was spot on for a villain character. -The art was amazing. Maleev continues to kill it, and is also my second favorite current Jinxworld artist. I'm sorry Alex, but my favorite's gotta be David Mack. That splash page though (you know the one I'm talking about) needs to be on my wall, now. -This issue single handedly convinced me to read the previous volumes of Scarlet. Yes, I started reading with the sequel series, shame on me, but I still loved it. Eventually. It took me a while to come around, but I did in a big way. -It was so satisfying to see all of those soldiers turn on their colonel. "Buddy speaks the world of you." -I cannot wait for the finale. I will be sad the series is over, however. THE BAD: -Although the flashback to when Sacrlet was introduced to Gabriel was creative, I actually wish they left it out, it kind of felt like an interruption and it wasn't really necessary.

8.5
Sea of Stars #1

Aug 8, 2019

8.5
Sea of Stars #2

Aug 8, 2019

8.0
Sea of Stars #3

Sep 28, 2019

THE GOOD: -I finally got around to reading this one. I really enjoy this series. -This is just a fun comic for the whole family. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a true feel-good series. -Monkey is just wonderful. -This art isn't super great on a technical level, but it fits the tone of the book perfectly and the colors are nice and vibrant. -I love Gil. His storyline is by far the most interesting. -The most important thing to in a comic, for me is compelling characters, so it's good this series has so many. Now I feel obliged to keep reading, to see what happens to these characters I love. -That Quarkshark scene was so much fun. -Both story lines had great, compelling cliffhangers, so I'm really excited for next issue. THE BAD: -Y'know, I've never been too interested in Kadyn. He was just a pretty cliche kid. Good thing everyone else around him is far better. -The epilogue was a pretty meh, traditional "something bigger is coming" end.

8.5
Sea of Stars #4

Oct 6, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'm really enjoying this series. It's quite a lot of fun. -Dalla is a pretty cliche character, but her moment with Kadyn was actually really heartfelt. -Once again, Gil is really the best character. His monologue towards the end was really, really good. -Kyle is such a lovable security bot. -The action here is fluid and fun. -Monkey and Dolphin are wonderful side characters. Their dialogue and commentary just makes the Kadyn storyline that much more fun. THE BAD: -I think this series would really benefit from being simpler. I think it works best as the story of a father and a son separated in space. The Zazztek lore and whatnot… doesn't really interest me.

7.5
Sea of Stars #5

Nov 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -A solid end to the story arc. -I love this art. It's simple, but striking. -It's nice to see the two stories converge. It looks like that's not the end of the story though. I'm fine with that. -I love all these characters. -The shaman character took a dark turn. -The action was a lot of fun here. THE BAD: -The story didn't quite interest me as much here. -The end was pretty abrupt. It was a pretty good cliffhanger though.

7.5
Shazam! (2018) #1

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -Dan Eaglesham's art was pretty great. It was youthful and nostalgic. I really enjoyed it. -I really liked the portrayal of the Shazam family in this issue. They really do feel like, well, a family. -Despite some lines that were a bit too goofy, I laughed quite a bit in this issue. -I really liked the look of the headquarters in this issue. Especially in those two page splashes. -I am looking forward to the next issue. I can't wait to see how !SPOILER! comes into the plot. -I thought the backup story was deep, emotional, funny and sweet, with an ending I hope to see more of. THE BAD: -There was some cheesy dialogue. This series feels like it is more geared towards kids, which I appreciate, but there were still some lines that felt a bit cheesy. -The ending was a bit rushed. I did like the setup though.

8.0
Shazam! (2018) #2

Jan 25, 2019

THE GOOD: -Good issue. I think I liked this better than the first one. -Really liked the art in this one. I didn't even notice it was a different artist than the first issue … I might like this art better. -Strong writing. With this issue, Geoff Johns proves he knows how to write a good story. -The Seven Magic Lands storyline is picking up and its getting really interesting. I hope each issue can focus on a different land. That would make this a really cool story arc. -I thought the dialogue was good. Realistic, the kids sound like actual kids. It has its corny parts, but that helps the charm of the book. Plus a great use of "Holey Moley." -The Doctor Sivana/Mr. Mind scenes were awesome. I love the villains and together, those scenes were my second favorite part of this issue. -My favorite would be the Funland scenes. Those were fun, original and really well executed. THE BAD: -I do wish they could've given us more about Billy's Dad, but oh well, this issue was already jam-packed with great stuff. =Wasn't a fan of the end. I hope this doesn't go down the spoiled kid villain route, because rarely does that ever work.

7.0
Shazam! (2018) #4

Mar 29, 2019

THE GOOD: -Wow, I just love this storyline. It's addicting and fun. -I also love the whole "family" feel of this comic. Yet that's not too much to overshadow the genuine quality of this book. -And I mean, boy does Johns know how to write the Shazam family. -The opening for this was just so much fun. -"The Below"- now that was a surprisingly dark twist that I genuinely did not see coming. -It's nice to see some updates on Billy's Dad, even minor ones, to confirm that storyline is still a thing. -The end has got me excited! THE BAD: -The fill-in artist for Dan Eaglesham wasn't great, especially considered Dan Eaglesham is an exceptional artist. -Eh. King Kid's alright. I can't wait for more Black Adam though. King Kid is just a cliche snotty kid villain. -The Gamelands were alright. I don't like the characters who ended up there as much and it just doesn't live up to the Funlands or Wildlands at all.

6.5
Shazam! (2018) #6

Jun 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -I really enjoyed this issue. -I still just really appreciate Geoff Johns making this a series that everyone can enjoy. -Black Adam/Sivana have one of my favorite story lines from this issue. -This issue was really emotional too. -I like the art. Scott Kolins art feels a little out of place though. -I'm really interested in where the Gamelands story will go. THE BAD: -I wish they'd just drop King Kid. I don't like him at all. -The end felt kinda forced, unfortunately.

1.0
Spider-Man (2019) #1

Sep 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was good. The colors were a bit flat, but it depicted the characters well. THE BAD: -Wow. This was bad. Really bad. -That beginning was really rushed, and the death had no weight to it whatsoever. -This is just poor writing. The dialogue is simplistic to the point where it's boring, and it relies too heavily on emotions that aren't there. -I do not give a crap about Ben. -This is so cliche. Everything. Ben and his relationship with Peter, Ben finding out he has powers. This is just other, better stories, blended together into one hot mess. -Oh god, don't even get me started on Faye. -Cadaverous is a boring villain that was built up way too much. -Nope. The end doesn't hook me, this was stupid, I'm not picking up the next issue.

10
Spider-Man: Life Story #1

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Wow. I loved this. There's not much else to say. It's a solid premise, with great execution. -I loved the nostalgic feel of this issue. It's been a while since a series properly reminded me of a class Marvel comic. -If you've ever been a Spider-Man fan, at any time, this is the series to read. -I think I liked every character in this issue. -Mark Bagley's art is damn perfect. And there's not much else to say. -This war storyline is really quite solid. A nice addition to the storyline. -Ha ha! The new JJJ is fun, but nothing quite lives up to the old one, as proven by this issue. -The Flash/Peter dynamic was incredibly solid this issue. -And wow! Green Goblin was just an incredibly well-executed villain this issue. -The end was just perfect. -I'll say it. Chip Zdarsky is the best Spider-Man writer of this generation. If he writes more issue like this, he'll get rid of the Spider-Man and just be the best writer period. THE BAD: -Nada

10
Spider-Man: Life Story #2

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -This miniseries is so stellar. -I love the writing in this comic. This is probably the pinnacle of Chip Zdarsky's writing career. -That opening hit me in the feels. It was effective and powerful. -The interplay between Richards and Peter was fantastic. -Can we talk about Mark Bagley? The dude is amazing. Nostalgic and a perfect fit for this series. -Harry and Norman's scenes were great. -This issue just did a really great job with Peter and Gwen's relationship. -Dang, Spidey's suit looks good here. -Mary Jane is an outstanding, complex character. -Harry Osborn Green Goblin was great. The design was fantastic. -That twist, though. -I loved the spin this put on the death of Gwen Stacy. It was quite unique. -The action scenes were super cool. -The ending of this issue was absolute perfection. It really, truly hit me in the feels. Powerful stuff, man. -I can't praise this series enough. It really has everything. -What I love about this series is that it doesn't use its premise for a bunch of action scenes. If anything, this feels more like an Oscar-winning drama than a superhero story. And a good Oscar-winner, not like Green Book (I'm sorry, I had to) THE BAD: -Nothing!

9.5
Spider-Man: Life Story #3

May 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -Hooooo, boy. -Wow, the first splash page was great. -I love the way this comic incorporates classic Marvel events into its story so well. -The emotion always manages to hit so hard in this series. -The interactions between Reed and Peter are always so good in this series. -The Kraven's Last Hunt storyline was beautifully rendered here. -The last two pages are absolutely astonishing. THE BAD: -I kind of wish the symbiote was introduced better, but I mean that's not really the focus of the series, and I'm being nitpicky, like I usually am.

7.5
Stillwater (2020) #1

Sep 20, 2020

This wasn't as good as I was expecting. So far, it's just bland. The art is boring, and I'm very uninvested in the lead character, even if the world is intriguing. But I could totally see this becoming awesome after the first story arc.

5.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #1

Mar 6, 2020

I don't know, I thought this was pretty boring. I don't see the need for the Shaner parts.

4.0
Strange Adventures (2020) #2

Jun 17, 2020

This comic: 90% pointless trivia 10% actual story Loved the art, though.

4.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #3

Jul 15, 2020

The frustrating thing about this series is how good it would probably be if it was 6 issues long. Art's nice though.

6.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #4

Aug 26, 2020

Maybe the best issue so far, but that's mostly because Mr. Terrific is a really good character when he isn't playing Trivial Pursuit. Also, the flashback was actually pretty okay this time. Not sure why I keep reading this, maybe it's that the potential is definitely there, or maybe it's the art. I don't know.

3.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #5

Sep 7, 2020

Yeah, this was pretty bad. The art's spectacular as usual, but I'm struggling to come up with one good thing to say about the writing.

6.0
Strange Adventures (2020) #6

Oct 18, 2020

I don't like this series very much BUT Mr. Terrific is absolutely one of the best characters in a comic I'm reading right now.

6.0
Superman (2018) #2

Aug 8, 2018

The second issue in Bendis' Superman run proves to be not his worst issue, but certainly nothing I would label as a "must-read." The main problem with this issue, is that, plot-wise, nothing happens until the last few pages. I appreciate that Bendis is great at writing the internal monologue of Clark Kent, but seriously, something needs to happen while he is narrating the issue. It's a common problem with Bendis' Superman comics in my opinion. Some of the new scenes from Rogol Zaar's point of view do show some good storytelling, albeit pointless, but unfortunately I have never thought Zaar was a good villain. He reminded me of everything people hate about MCU villains and this issue is no exception. At least this story arc opens up the possibility of at least giving his character a fitting conclusion, but I really wish Bendis would get to writing the classic villains like he's been promising for a while now. That said, the art is fantastic. Ivan Reis' is pulling out some beautiful work now, and I highly recommend this issue for the art. Still, this issue ends up feeling like too much filler for me, despite the strong narration. I still will follow this series, as I do see slight promise in its pages.

8.5
Superman (2018) #3

Sep 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -Ivan Reis' art is perfect. An incredibly talented artist, you can tell he pours his soul into this issue, and that deserves recognition. -I like this series better than Action Comics (not a popular opinion, I know) mostly because Bendis is much better at writing this kind of epic story. And this issue is no exception. -I really like the supporting cast of recognizable faces, from both the hero and villain crowd, mostly because of Reis' depictions of them. -Slowly but surely, Rogol Zaar is becoming a good villain. He has the menace down, as proven in this issue. My advice for Bendis, if he wants to make this a classic villain, is to make him more than a villain. Step into his psyche a little. I won't take off points for that though. -The Adam Strange page was perfect. Definitely the funniest moment from Bendis's run so far. THE BAD: -I just have a very, very small nitpick, and it's that I wish the issue had a few downbeats. I think Bendis should veer from what he seems to be geared towards currently. 100% epic, huge stories for Superman, 100% smaller, more ground-based stories for Action Comics. Technichally speaking, a great comic has an equal amount of both elements.

6.5
Superman (2018) #4

Oct 14, 2018

THE GOOD: -Ivan Reis's art is good as expected. One of the main things I look forward to in the ongoing series, the art has failed to let down as of yet. -The battle was done very well and in a way that felt truly epic. -I can't decide if the flashback scenes are sweet or forced. Right now I'm leaning towards the first option. I liked the relationship between Jon and Clark, even if the need to explore such a relationship in this issue came out of nowhere. -A great end to the issue. Funny, with a good cliffhanger as well. Makes me look forward to the next issue. THE BAD: -I'm not a very big fan of Superman's internal monologue. It actually detracts from the story and battle. -I might be saying this for a while, but I wish they would just either drop Zaar or give him more depth. It's unfortunate to see such a one dimensional villain keep returning.

3.0
Superman (2018) #5

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -Adam Strange needs to have a series written by Bendis. Needs. -The scene where Clark sees the Kents is actually really cool. I liked it, maybe it was forced, but it was one of the most memorable parts of this issue. THE BAD: -This is the first time Ivan Reis has ever let me down as an artist, but the art in this issue was just bad. It detracted from the story and felt rushed. -I didn't like the Zod storyline a whole lot. He kind of felt forced at times, and it just wasn't as interesting as the main story. -They're kind of hinting Zaar wil have more depth later, but they need to get rid of this crappy villain. He is bringing the series down. -I just wish more happened in this issue. Basically it tells the story of Zod arriving in the Phantom Zone, other than that, there's not much else that's super important. -It's also not very memorable. I can already tell it will be the issue I remember the least when this story arc is done.

1.0
Superman (2018) #7

Jan 18, 2019

No good/bad review for this one. My thoughts on it can be summarized in one emoji:💩

5.5
Superman (2018): Leviathan Rising Special #1

Jun 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -Yanick Paquette has always been a great artist. This issue is no exception. -I'm surprised to say I like Leviathan. He has a different personality than I expecting, his face changing thing is cool, and he's not as cliched as I thought he would be. -Not much happened plot-wise, but the Lois Lane story was well-written, and well drawn. I loved the interactions between Lane and Batman and Wonder Woman. -The Supergirl story was good. Like the Lois Lane story, not much happened, but I liked the relationship between Kara and her family, and it was well-illustrated. THE BAD: -Why can't Bendis ever write… normal? -Eh, overall Bendis' story was rather uninteresting. -The Jimmy Olsen story… sighhhhhhhh. That was terrible. Worst part of the issue. The art was okay, but the humor was just way too over the top, and quite frankly annoying. I'm not going to be picking up this miniseries.

8.5
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #1

Jul 18, 2019

THE GOOD: -Hahahahaha…. goddamn, this was funny. I may have underestimated this series from it's preview in the Leviathan Rising special. -I love the format for this comic. It's perfect for a silly little series like this. Whether or not it will hold up for twelve issues… we'll have to see. -"It's the Falls That'll Kill Ya" was a perfect opener. It wasn't overly silly, which made the end payoff more funny and satisfying. And Lieber's art captures this little story's dry humor perfectly. -Speaking of, Lieber's got some impressive art. And not just from a comedic perspective, although it can be really funny. -"New in Town" was honestly the funniest story here. -BWOARK. -I need to see a six issue prequel series about each of those flashback panels where Jimmy wrecks the city. THE BAD: -I mean it's no masterpiece. Just a silly little series that I'll enjoy reading every month.

8.5
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #2

Aug 24, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was wonderful. This was a perfect example of how to step up a second issue after a great first issue. -Steve Lieber's art fits this story so perfectly. -That Pulitzer Prize story was silly, and I think the execution is really what made it work so well. -That scene with Superman was the best. Just the best. It had me laughing to tears, literally. And the ending was just so perfect. -I really, really like the relationship between Jimmy and Julian. It's actually trying to do something serious in a silly book and succeeding. -I really like those collages of Jimmy's misadventures, especially as they keep getting crazier and weirder. -I was concerned with Matt Fraction running out of ideas after the first issue, but after this wondrous display of writing talent, those fears are all gone. I mean he did 22 stellar Hawkeye issues after all. THE BAD: -I'm not as interested in the Joachim Olsson story as the rest of the book.

7.0
Superman: Year One #1

Jun 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -I actually liked this issue. It was kinda cheesy, but in a fun way at least and I enjoyed it more than a lot of the bland and boring stuff DC is putting out right now. -The art had it's weak spots, but overall, I enjoyed it for what it is, which is competent, nothing outstanding. -Frank Miller is good at narration, and that definitely shows in this issue. -I thought Clark was characterized rather well here. He definitely feels more like Superman than that poser we have in both the current ongoing Superman series. -I liked the chemistry between Lana and Clark, which is impressive writing, considering I've never liked Lana. So, kudos to Frank Miller. -I really found that this was an entertaining story. The little vignettes of Clark's childhood we get range from heartwarming to funny in a really nice, natural way. -Clark joining the SEALS was actually a really interesting addition to his mythos and I'm really excited to see where it goes next issue. THE BAD: -Martha and Jon's reaction to finding Clark seemed a little unbelievable. They act like finding a baby in a space ship is the most normal thing in the world, and becoming his parents is the most logical next step. -I'm not sure if Frank Miller ever went to high school, but I thin he's got it mixed up with Kindergarten in this issue. -Eh, I got tired of the cliches after a while, mainly the bully stuff.

8.5
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #1

Dec 12, 2018

THE GOOD: -I love Jock's art, especially with Scott Snyder's writing. I'm glad to see them working together on a miniseries again. -I really liked that first page. It was well-written, but most of all, it felt really foreboding in a strange kind of reverse psychology way. You know in a horror movie, when something really happy, almost too happy, happens, and you think, oh no, something's gonna go wrong. Yeah, this part had that same kind of feeling. -I have to admit, the opening chase scene was pretty awesome. -Not to mention that reveal it led to. At first I was confused, as I was supposed to be, then I realized it was an alternate universe Batman left by the Batman Who Laughs, which is a really cool idea. It's especially cool, because it embraces what should be done with this character more often. He shouldn't be seen. Much like Jaws, if you want your villains to be creepy of ominous, it often works way better if they are offscreen more than onscreen. -This is kind of a sub point of the previous note, but I really liked some of the specificities of this parallel universe Batman. Like how he had quit after Knightfall, and became involved in civil projects. And most of all, how he was happy. That was the stinger. I also liked how Bruce could identify all of his scars. That was cool. -I think that the banter between Batman and Alfred was really good in this issue. -The Grim Knight was awesome. That's it. A Punisher Batman should speak for itself. -I've already mentioned this, but I really liked how we don't get to see the Batman Who Laughs a whole lot. That was neat. -He's done it before, but I have to admit, seeing Scott Snyder do that thing where, "this leads to this which connects to this in reference to this." is super satisfying. -Joker slowly ascending from the water was pretty eerie and cool as well. -Not to mention him killing himself with a gimmick gun had a very similar effect. I don't believe that was really Joker however. I hope not. I hope that Snyder understands there's no way in hell the f***ing Joker will stay dead. -The whole end was pretty great and creepy. THE BAD: -I was a bit confused on why Joker was in the waterways. That all felt a bit rushed. It's a small thing that was more likely triggered by my stupidity as opposed to an actual issue however. -As a whole, this issue could've been scarier. That was my expectation at least. There were certainly creepy moments, and given the title character and the creative team's past works, this could've been a lot scarier.

7.0
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #2

Jan 18, 2019

THE GOOD: -Still loving the art. I don't think I've read an issue where I've disliked Jock's art. -I thought that first page was really cool. Reminds me of Snyder in the good old days when he was at his best. This whole series seems to evoke that very feeling. -It's interesting to see more and more of these Bruce Wayne murders. So far, they're really keeping my attention. -The Batman Who Laughs is so good. No not the series… That's pretty good, but the villain is perfect. I didn't like him in Metal (I wasn't a fan of that whole event in general), but this series is doing miracles for him. -I really loved the confrontation between Batman and The Batman Who Laughs in this one. It was a really cool moment in this issue. -The Joker scene this issue was creepy and really mad cup for the confusing and rushed one last issue. -And God… that end. I won't spoil it. If you haven't read this issue, I strongly suggest you stay away from spoilers. Ruining the utter shock one gets from the last page should be outlawed. +1 extra point. THE BAD: -Sadly, after the first page, we get a cringe-y splash of Batman saying, "Whatever the hell it takes," with a bunch of needles sticking out of back. That was so overly forced. -Wasn't a fan of Bat-Bullock. I'm not sure why that was even necessary, except to provoke that weird spurt of anger. -This issue definitely had more Synder-exposition than the first one. I will admit I was bored at a few points throughout the issue. -Sadly, I can't say I'm a fan of the Grim Knight. He was overhyped, really a very minor player so far. I do think a Punisher-style Batman has potential, but this issue isn't reaching it in that aspect. -I wasn't a fan of the explosion page. It felt like it was forced to make it a splash page, but it really should't have and I don't like how they brightened the sky in that one little spot to show Batman. Didn't resonate with me visually. That's just me though, it's perfectly understandable for another person to love that page.

8.5
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #4

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -Even if it felt kinda pointless, the opening scene was still just very well executed. -Batman's little moments as the Batman Who Laughs were outstanding. Probably my favorite part of the issue. -This issue was all kinds of creepy and I love it. -Batman fighting Alfred was just so good. I mean, not that he fought Alfred, but the fact that it was executed so damn well. -I loved seeing Batman fight for control over the Batman Who Laughs inside him. The way he would see what people were "really" saying. It was great. -Despite all the horror and action, Snyder still leaves plenty of room for a moment of tenderness between Batman and Alfred. -The Batman Who Laughs is finally a great villain. His moments with Jim were quite creepy actually. -Those Batman/Joker moments were the best in years. -That David Harper twist was confusing, but surprising nonetheless. -Seeing Bruce meeting himself as the warden of Blackgate was great. -The Grim Knight is still good. The added layers from the one-shot are certainly helping. -Can I talk about Jock's art? So perfect for this story. Creepy, atmospheric. -Those evil Robin-pets or whatever they're called were finally used incredibly well. THE BAD: -It'll likely smooth over in trade, but the ending felt really abrupt here. -I'm not sure how to feel about James Gordon Jr. He's not awful or anything, I just don't feel he's being used to his full potential.

5.5
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #5

May 10, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was good, if not the best we've seen from Jock. -Surprisingly enough, James Gordon Jr. has become the best character in this series. -The Court of Owls scene was pretty good. A bit long, but still, entertaining at most points. -The climax of this issue was surprisingly dramatic and cinematic. The last five pages were my favorite part tbh. THE BAD: -I'm tired of this series. I'm tired of Snyder. Tired of his exposition, his convoluted Justice League, his Batman saga that just never quite ends, despite the fact that it has dragged on long enough. -The first page is so Snyder. We get so much explanation on such a small part of the story. -This issue kind of uses things that were cool last issue and uses them in a not-cool way. Like the "thought-reading" or whatever, which just got boring and kinda pretentious really quick.

6.0
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #7

Jul 31, 2019

THE GOOD: -I will admit there was potential with the final battles, and I was entertained at times. Just more proof this should have stayed a six issue miniseries. -Damn, I love Jock's art. I wish I hadn't bothered hurting my eyes with Snyder's super-exposition. I also loved the color art. -I'm actually pretty excited about where that final page is leading. Just about the only interesting thing in the issue if you ask me. THE BAD: -Um, I knew the last couple of issues in this miniseries would feel off, but I didn't know they would feel SO extended. I feel like if they had kept the series to it's original length, this would feel a lot less filler-y and full of fluff. -I don't know. Something just fell flat with Gordon and James Jr.'s story. The emotion didn't really hit the way Snyder wanted it to, and it ended up feeling kinda hollow.

6.5
The Department of Truth #1

Oct 4, 2020

That ending really won me over. I can't say I enjoyed anything before it too much, but it definitely sets up an interesting premise for future issues.

4.5
The Department of Truth #2

Nov 1, 2020

Wasn't a huge fan of this one. It mostly bored me, and I don't like the art much.

4.5
The Dollhouse Family #1

Nov 16, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was far better than A Basketful of Heads. I don't love this either, but it's decent at least. -The dialogue was really good. Definitely the strongest aspect of the issue. -That panel with Alice's mother in the bathroom was a really effective juxtaposition. -The Black Room was pretty cool. THE BAD: -I don't like this art. It just doesn't click with me. -These characters are pretty one-dimensional. -I wasn't a huge fan of Joseph's story. I'm sure it'll connect, but it was too short here for me to be engaged. -That last panel wasn't great. The ketchup-ey look of the blood really killed desired effect. -Wow this backup story is super dumb. Honestly, at this point, why even have it. There were two pages here of no plot progression at all.

7.5
The Dollhouse Family #2

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was a good issue. This series is getting better. -The art's improving. It's still not great, but it was tolerable here. -The emotions felt solid here. -Joseph's story was much better here. It felt connected to the overall story, and the birth sequence is probably the scariest thing to come out of any Hill House comics yet. -The page with the maid was really effective and creepy. Plus, I was actually compelled to see where it went. -The last page was solid. I love the imagery and execution. THE BAD: -God, those bullies are just so poorly written. I groaned as soon as Alice was being introduced to other girls in the orphanage, because I knew where it was going. -The layout of the Dollhouse was just random filler. There was some creepy stuff there, but it really interrupted the flow of the story, especially as it was labeled an artist's impression of the interior.

4.5
The Dollhouse Family #3

Jan 10, 2020

THE GOOD: -This was OK. Nothing insulting, but nothing I'll remember in two hours. -The art's good. It's improved quite heavily. -There was some cool imagery in the dream sequence, I'll admit. THE BAD: -I've lost interest in the 1800s storyline, and regained interest in Alice's storyline. This series is so inconsistent. -I find Alice a boring character. -None of the horror elements even begin to work here. -That ending was so very contrived.

9.5
The Last God (2019) #1

Nov 1, 2019

THE GOOD: -I wasn't expecting to like this, but I really did. -The art's great. It might be one of my least favorite aspects of the book, surprisingly, though. Sometimes the facial expressions were a bit stiff. -This is just a really fleshed out fantasy world with a rich history that isn't conveyed in a boring exposition filled way. -I have never heard of Philip Kennedy Johnson, but his writing was stellar here. -Honestly, this may be the best horror comic DC is putting out. The body horror is stellar and it's all really well integrating into the fantasy storyline. -Eyvindr is a really compelling character. I liked him a lot. -There was one scene in particular that just made me sick to my stomach. This is how horror is done. -I cannot wait for more. THE BAD: -This doesn't feel like a 10, for some reason. Definitely a 9.5, though. It's mostly an introduction, but I can see myself really liking what's to come.

6.5
The Life Of Captain Marvel #2

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD: -I think the characterization of Carol Danvers and her overall character is the best part of the issue. She is portrayed as a brave, strong woman, but they allow room for weakness and show she is not untouchable. -The emotional moments of the issue really worked for me. They were powerful and truly sad. -I still appreciate this issue isn't trying to be a typical, "let's cram this story arc with as much end of the world scenarios as we can, because bigger's always better, right?" story. It's down to earth moments are its strongest and most resonant. -I liked the art. I liked the portrayals of all the characters and it provided a well-done compliment to the script. THE BAD: -The mysterious villain's story isn't doing it. It distracts form the main story, has no purpose, and just doesn't really stand out to me. Kind of a cliched, watching the villain prepare to meet the hero style scene to me. -The end was too abrupt, just kind of ran out of pages, not really providing an interest cliffhanger or proper end.

2.5
The Low, Low Woods #1

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art exists. It’s a shame that’s the best part of the comic, but it is. -There was some moderately interesting body horror here. THE BAD: -Yikes. I hated this. -Boy, these characters are annoying. -Oh god, this writing is really bad. -I’m sorry, it’s such a little thing, but the town being named Shudder-To-Think in a comic meant to be taken seriously is just stupid. -Yeah, no, you can’t get me to care about your stupid and uninteresting town backstory. -Yeah, I’m done. I’m not wasting 4 bucks on this shit again. It’s a shame, I really wanted to like the Hill House comics, but I didn’t. Basketful Of Heads was boring, uninteresting and shallow, so I stopped. Dollhouse Family is getting better. I’ll keep that one up for at least one more issue. This was an instant turnoff. I’ll check out Daphne Byrne, because at the very least, it’ll have great art, but yeah, overall very disappointed with the line.

7.5
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #2

Apr 13, 2019

THE GOOD: -I am enjoying this character. It's nothing perfect, but he's an entertaining character. -I also really enjoy Niko. -The art isn't great, but it has character, kind of like this comic. -The action scenes were pretty solid this time around. -All in all, a nice improvement over the first issue. -Heh. I liked the ending. Cheesy, but good. THE BAD: -Not sure what was going on with the snakes on the first page. Kinda confusing. -The bad guys are just. So. Dull.

7.5
The Terrifics #7

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the nostalgic feel of the first half of the book. Tom Strong was a pretty good character, but the overall feel of his story was great, and I want to see more. -Excellent characters. Jeff Lemire is a great writer, especially when it comes to each of the four members of the team. -I liked the art. Very nostalgic and it really gave the series a fun feel I enjoyed. THE BAD: -Not too much happens in the issue, making it not all that memorable. It mainly sets up the next issue, which isn't a huge problem, it just loses a lot of what makes a single issue great in my opinion.

3.5
The White Trees #1

Aug 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was good. I've never been quite as in love with Anka's art as others, but it did it's job and suited the fantasy environment well. -The flashback scenes were good. They definitely tried a bit too hard to be profound and emotional, but I appreciate them for what they were. -The dragon battle was cool if a bit anticlimactic. THE BAD: -This was really disappointing. One of my favorite writers writing one of my favorite genres for one of my favorite publishers? This should have been awesome. Instead it was a mess. -I felt like we got dropped into this world way too quickly. I had no time to adjust to this fantasy environment and how exactly it works, so it left the comic very unaccessible from the start. -I don't care about any of these characters. It's hard to believe this is the same Chip Zdarsky that writes Invaders and Spider-Man: Life Story. -I've never read a two-issue miniseries that felt like it needed to be a one-shot more than this. -What is it with orgies and comics lately. This one might've even been worse than the DP one (never though I'd say that) because it's longer and more unnecessary. This just reminds me how good a comic like WicDiv is, because it incorporates things like orgies into it's story much better and makes them feel… natural I guess. Dear God, this has gone on too long. -I don't even think I'm gonna pick up the next issue.

8.0
Tony Stark: Iron Man #3

Aug 15, 2018

This is the best issue of the series in my opinion. Project eScape was a nice departure from the first two issues, offering originality and unique visuals. It was a fun setting that hope we get to see more of in future issues. I appreciate the characterization, as with most of Dan Slott's comics. Jocasta is one of, if not the best characters in the series in my opinion. It is disappointing we don't get to see Rhodey in this issue, as he was such a great character in the last issue. I like that the issue revealed a much more human side to Tony Stark as previously in the series, he appeared like an untouchable billionaire, and even if it is just one panel, I appreciate the step towards a more fleshed out Tony. Machine Man was a pretty weak villain and his defeat was clever, but I wish we could have seen more of a resolution to the conflicts his character caused in the comic book. I think Bethany is another weak character, one of those ones you get tired of popping up all the time, although this issue features the best use of her character. I really liked the final page, it was a good, emotional, bittersweet conclusion. As always, Valerio Schiti's art was great. It has a lot of character and also presented the virtual reality world of the issue well. All in all, a very promising issue.

6.5
Tony Stark: Iron Man #4

Oct 7, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the way the issue opened. The series in general has done a good job of keeping your interest as the individual issues begin. -I also liked the Make-A-Match storyline. It was kind of Black Mirror-esque, and was an original idea for the series. -As always, its the characters that make the issue. They are compelling and you want to follow their stories. -As per usual Valerie Schiti gives us very enjoyable art. The characters and scenes are all very well drawn. -The action scenes were pretty well done. Not great, but pretty good. Nothing felt like filler. -I know it’s probably not a popular opinion, but the defeat of the villains was a clever, and well-executed defeat. THE BAD: -I didn’t like the whole brain-connection storyline because a) it goes practically nowhere and b) its just kind of a weird idea that doesn’t really work. -The Janet Van Dyne story was not a great one in my opinion. I didn’t feel very much chemistry and overall, her character’s appearance didn’t pay off for me. -I’m tired of seeing the head of security chase after herself issue after issue, especially since we know who she’s looking for.

8.5
Tony Stark: Iron Man #5

Nov 3, 2018

THE GOOD: -I liked the art in this issue. It did a very good job of not distracting from one artist to another between issues, and told the story well visually. -The arm thing was weird but pretty effective. I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. -Same goes for the cattle. -I liked the way this issue was framed with Arnold writing letters to Tony. A solid way to end the issue as well. -This issue did a great job of exploring the mindset of Arnold Stark. Its just a shame this issue wasn't a one-shot or annual, rather than break up the nice story that the first four issues had going. THE BAD: -I'm never been a fan of when a series completely drops its title character. This has a few forgiving moments in that area, as it is only for one issue and the main character was mildly compelling. However, the Iron Man story was going great, and Slott was better at writing Iron Man.

4.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #1

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -Mahmud Asrar is a good artist. He works really well with the characters. -That Multiple Man "vision" or whatever was actually pretty cool. -The writing was pretty good, the characters talked like themselves, which I appreciated. I especially liked the writing for Laura -There were some pretty cool battle scenes in here. Mostly due to the art, but I enjoyed them. -The writing for the Bishop back-up story was really good actually. It's a shame the art didn't hold up. -I enjoyed Mark Bagley's art. It had a good classic feel to it. THE BAD: -Wasn't a fan of the issue just began. No buildup or anything, just started. -The overall plot, unfortunately was not as good as the writing. It felt a bit too scattered and unfocused for me. It kind of fixed that towards the end, but it still was an issue for me. -This issue, unfortunately, just didn't feel worth the 7.99 price tag for me. -This issue just kind of repeats a lot of stuff that was already covered multiple times in X-Men comics previously. Anti-mutant virus, anti-mutant politician? Been there, done that. -All in all, this mystery just isn't pulling me in. Nor did the last page. -As previously mentioned, the art for Bishop's backup story was not good. -Neither the writing nor the art was good for Jean's story. The writing wasn't really special and there was some weird humor in there, and the art felt too stiff. -I could not stand the writing for Armor and Anole's backup story. I begin to wonder why they even put these in here. They feature more bad than good, and eat at my wallet. -The whole innocent possessed citizens thing feels like its been done a few too many times as well. -Just like the mains story, the backup story's ending just didn't pull me in.

1.5
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #6

Dec 19, 2018

THERE IS A DEADY CREATURE IN THESE WORDS, AND HIS NAME IS SPOILERS! WATCH OUT OR IT'LL SPOIL A NOT-SO-GOOD ISSUE! THE GOOD: -I will admit, the reveal that X-Man was the coffee shop woman was pretty good. It was a pointless and stupid reveal but I didn't see it coming. THE BAD: -Didn't like the art. It was a step down from previous issues. -Didn't like writing. It was better than some issues, but still just begs for this series to be ending. I had my doubts when it was announced that three writers would write it. My doubts could not have been more correct. -This issue really didn't feel like it needed to exist. It felt like what should be half an issue, but was instead a full issue for some reason. -And is it just me, or does X-Man and his band of Merry Horsemen suck? The reveal that Nate's dying had no gravity at all and that whole scene just flopped. -Once again this series remains incredibly scattered and all over the place, with so, so many characters. -Welp, that might qualify for stupidest end of the year.

8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #10

Jan 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art was a step up. It has some bad parts (that page where Psylocke stabs Storm is full-on cringe) but its better than the art in this series has been, at least. -I thought the battle scenes were really cool. Definitely a very action-packed issue that works in that sense.\ -I think this is my favorite issue of the series. It wasn't my thing, that's fine, but I overall enjoyed this. -For once, I'm looking forward to the next issue, and not just because of Matthew Rosenberg and Salvador Larroca, although I cannot wait to see those two do an X-Men book together. -I liked the X-Men's dialogue in this issue. It felt natural, not forced, something that's hard to do in a fight scene. -Many of the splash pages were very effective. They sealed the scope and the epic-ness of this issue for me. -I really liked the scene in X-Man's mind. It was cool and it offered some nice interplay between Jean and X-Man. -I liked the end. It was a solid finale. THE BAD: -There were two pages that ended up right next to each other and were clashing splash pages, that really didn't jive, unfortunately. -I wasn't a fan of this whole X-Men Disassembled thing cam about. Seems too easy to me.

9.5
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #11

Feb 8, 2019

IT'S THE RETURN OF SPOILERS! DEATH IS MEANINGLESS IN THE SPOILER WORLD, MUCH LIKE THE COMIC WORLD! THE GOOD: -Wow. This was the best X-book in ages. -The intro to this issue was just so cool. -I really love Larroca's art. Even though there are weird panels and his depiction of Cap is bad, it's just overall really strong art. -I didn't like seeing all the X-Men disappear last issue, but seeing the repercussions this issue was awesome. -Matthew Rosenberg is a very talented writer. I don't know how someone can read this issue and tell me otherwise. -I thought the character work for Cyclops this issue was just super strong. -I thought this issue just nailed things tonally. Gone are the overplayed huge battles and newly arriving are the more street-level emotionally grounded stories of this issue. -Ruth was just a great character. Like phenomenal. Her story was one of the most compelling stories I've read in a long time. Who knew a comic could hit me in the feels so much? Who knew I could be so invested in one character? -I also really love Jamie. I never much cared for him before. Rosenberg must just be a master of making you invested in characters. I really should read more of his stuff. -I thought the Prestel campaign scene started off familiar, but ended really tragically. -I loved Wolverine's appearance. It was cinematic and that splash page was use eye candy. -The action scenes we get are perfect. Not overdone, and really neat looking and reread-able. -The end of the main story was executed perfect. Not overplayed, natural. I dig it! -I also just really loved Wolverine's character and story in ways I haven't for a long time. -The backup stories were actually great. They kinda reminded me of Rashomon in a way. And they were just super addictive. Just as good if not better than the main story. THE BAD: -My only complaint was that I wish we could've gotten better art for the backups. The writing for those was fantastic, I wish the art could've matched it.

9.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #12

Feb 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Another great issue. Rosenberg is doing wonders to this series. -It's a small thing, but I really like the way each issue is opening. It's a cool little detail. -Salvador Larroca's art is awesome. The characters are portrayed really well. -Can Rosenberg write a Wolverine series? He's probably too busy, but he'd be miles better than Charles Soule. -The action scenes in this issue are just really awesome and cinematic. -I liked the ties to Rosenberg's other X-comics. It's always nice to see a writer acknowledge their previous works. -I really truly felt bad for Guido. But I also loved how nothing was overplayed or anything. It was sad, but not forced emotion, very natural. -The end was good, I'm excited for next issue. -I also just really like the dialogue. It's something Rosenberg excels at. THE BAD: -I mean, I didn't like as much as the last issue, I guess?

9.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #13

Mar 9, 2019

THE GOOD: -I love this. I really could just leave the review at that. Ever since this and the Age of X-Man event started, X-Men comics have become the things I look forward to reading most every week. -Still loving the opening to each issue. -The characters are so damn perfect. That seems to be something Matthew Rosenberg really excels at. -The writing is so good. Also, I just learned I have a badge to a comic-con Matthew Rosenberg is attending, and I think after reading this, I will be paying him a visit. :) -I'm not super-pissed about the classic costumes. They didn't look bad by any means and were nice and nostalgic. -This issue has some fantastic action scenes. -Dark Beast was great. I hope nobody put pickles on his sandwich. -Salvador Larroca continues to prove his worth as an X-Men artist in every way possible. -The end has me interested. THE BAD: -The part with Jamie did feel a little rushed. I don't feel like it was able to draw enough emotion out of me as I knew it could have.

8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #14

Mar 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is still really good. I love where Matthew Rosenberg's taking this series. -Artwork continues to be excellent. -I thought the beginning of this issue was good, if a bit staccato. -Dark Beast continues to be one of the more interesting characters in this series. -This issue had a solid storyline that I really enjoyed. -I think Jono makes a solid addition to the team. I'm excited for more of him. -The end looks like it'll lead to interesting things. THE BAD: -Is it just me, or does Cyclops' hair look really bad this issue. Like, distractingly so? Like they were going for the nostalgia factor, but just made it awkward. -I don't know why, but this issue didn't pull me in like the others. I had a hard time getting into this one.

8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #15

Apr 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -Still loving all of these characters and this lineup. -Matthew Rosenberg is a great writer. And a really nice person. If you ever get the chance to meet him, you should. -Salvador Larroca is still great. Although why does the Wolverine look like the Hulk? -The action scenes were really well-done here. -Hope was a great character. -I'm still loving Dark Beast. He's great. -I have absolutely what the hell was going on at the end there, but I'm curious to find out. -I actually liked Cyclops losing an eye. They didn't overproduce it, despite putting it on the cover, which I appreciate. THE BAD: -I didn't enjoy this storyline as much as any of the previous issues' story lines. -I don't know, the last few issues have steered into "one and done" territory, I just prefer full story arcs.

6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #16

Apr 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -I still love the character interactions. -The art is great. -The Brotherhood scenes were really good. Probably my favorite part of the issue. -Some solid action scenes here. This comic would look great on a screen. -I laughed out loud at the "I wasn't talking to you" part. -Joseph's death was done really well. Not overplayed. THE BAD: -I wasn't as into this issue for some reason. -I thought they used Captain America in a really boring and uninteresting way here. -The reveal with Magneto was a pretty neat idea, it just felt kinda forced the way they executed it. -The last two pages were sloppy and confusing.

8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #17

May 4, 2019

THE GOOD: -Matthew Rosenberg is a great writer. I really enjoy this series. -All of the characters here were really well-written. Logan was a standout for me. -The emotion here hit really hard. Well-done. -Not sure what that ending means, but I'm super excited to find out. THE BAD: -Would have preferred to see more Salvador Larroca. Carlos Gomez just doesn't do a super great job.

7.5
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #18

May 21, 2019

SPOILERS BELOW! THE GOOD: -I thought Logan leaving the team was really fitting and well-done. -I thought the action scenes were really strong, despite the weak art. -Juggernaut is a great character. -I also thought Sinister was a great villain here, as well. -I'm not sure what's going on with Alex, but I'm curious to find out. -The ending has me curious as to what's going to happen next issue, which is a good thing. THE BAD: -I could do without this art. -I feel like Jono's death didn't get enough attention. It just kind of happened and then things moved on.

9.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) Annual #1

Jan 25, 2019

YOU MAY HAVE THOUGHT SPOILERS WERE DEAD, BUT ALAS, THEY ARE VERY ALIVE IN THIS REVIEW! THE GOOD: -This Uncanny X-Men series is really starting to pick up. This was a great issue that let us know the story behind how Scott's alive. -Really great art, especially the flashback scenes. -Solid writing. I like the dialogue especially. -Cool opening scene. I thought it was well-executed. -That flashback scene was great and nostalgic in all the right ways. -I thought the Paul Douek storyline was really nice and compelling. -It was interesting to see them go through the Death of X, Phoenix Resurrection and X-Men Disassembled story lines in a different point of view. -I really liked both Scott and Nate in this issue. Nicely written and characterized. It was great to see Nate break the rules for Scott and Scott's choice. -This issue had a great ending. Nice job. -I can't wait for the next one! This series is starting to turn into something special! THE BAD: -My only complaint is that the revival of Scott could've been a bit less simple. Maybe I'm just tired of character deaths and their constant reversal.

7.0
Unearth #1

Aug 8, 2019

7.0
Unearth #2

Aug 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -I'm still enjoying this series way more than most others. It's a fun little horror series. -Both of the opening scenes are weird, creepy and mysterious in all the right ways. -I really like the art. It's not the most detailed stuff, but it's got a lot of personality and it's very engrossing. -These creatures are still fairly interesting, if unoriginal. -Heh. Both endings were great. I'm very intrigued for next issue which looks like it'll go to much more interesting places. THE BAD: -I'm still not sold on any of these characters. They more or less feel like vehicles to get to the next scare, unfortunately. -This comic definitely has some pacing problems. It moves a bit too slow for it's own good.

5.5
Unearth #3

Sep 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -I love the art. I feel like I shouldn't, since on a technical level, it's not great. But Rivas nails the body horror and atmosphere and the color art is great. -That dog scene was really messed up in an awesome body horror way. -These opening scenes are better and creepier than the main story. -I do like the idea of this tunnel system with a literal mind of it's own. That shot was really cool, btw. -Oh man. The body horror got so good here. I love it. THE BAD: -This issue was a bit weaker than usual. Easily my least favorite so far. -The main story has gotten too disjointed. The scenes don't transition well. It's way too hard to distinguish individual characters. I can only tell the two groups apart. -These characters are really bland. -I don't really like how cartoonish the major is. It creates an odd juxtaposition with the tone of the book.

6.0
Unearth #4

Oct 11, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is good, but it's starting to lose my interest. It was never the best, but at least I was entertained. Now I feel like things are getting overcomplicated. -The openings are always the best part. -I found Morris to be pretty creepy here. -I still really like the art. -The ending looks like it could lead somewhere interesting. I'll give the series one more issue. THE BAD: -I don't care about any of these characters. It's like watching a bad slasher movie, they're just one dimensional mannequins to be eventually killed off. -I feel like the broader story Bunn and Strahm are shooting for is backfiring. They should keep it simple. -The creature scenes are starting to feel really drawn out. Hell, this whole thing is starting to progress way too slowly.

8.5
Unearth #5

Nov 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -This was much better than the last few issues. I'm back on track with this series again. -I really like the art. It keeps getting better, too. -This definitely did a great job expanding on the main concept, and adding a really cool twist to the story. -This delivered some excellent body horror. -I'm way more excited for what's to come. The series looks like its heading somewhere far more interesting than the last four issues. THE BAD: -These characters are almost indecipherable at this point. Even with the two that escape, I wouldn't be able to tell them apart aside from the clothing.

4.0
United States vs. Murder Inc. #1

Sep 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art was very good. One of the most unique artists in the biz, Oeming doesn't disappoint. -I liked the gangster feel. The violence and dark tone were effective parts of the issue. THE BAD: -The emotion wasn't strong enough as far the main character goes. I didn't feel her trauma even when Bendis wanted us to. -This issue was too much setup for me. I'm sure the series will pick up eventually, but this issue didn't stand out enough to me. -The end didn't do enough for me. This was a pretty cliched gangster initiation setup to begin with, and it didn't have enough tension for me.

4.0
Venom (2018) #5

Aug 26, 2018

THE GOOD: -For me the art was the best part. It was appealing and captured the tone of the issue really well. -The twist with Rex was good and surprising and effective. -I like Donny Cates' script although the overall plot has some problems, his writing isn't bad; it's actually quite good. THE BAD: -The narration is way too confusing with the symbiote, Eddie and Rex all talking internally at once, it adds a level of difficulty for readers. -Spider-Man ended up being a bit of a throwaway, they just kind of left his character in a weird place. Unless in the next few issues, he is brought back and his character's story is properly confusing, his inclusion was practically all for nothing. For now though, it feels like they just left him off rather abruptly. -The wings were too random and quickly introduced. No buildup, no nothing, just kind of there to help the main characters out of a sticky situation, as if Donny Cates had writers block. -The issue itself ended pretty abruptly too. Only a minor problem though.

5.0
Venom (2018) #6

Sep 21, 2018

THE GOOD: -The art is too good. Stegman kills it. Even coming from a guy who is not at all critical with his art, this is a ways above a lot of the good artists I've seen on a comic recently. -As far as finales go, this issue did that very well. It felt dramatic and the buildup was well-done. -That last page speaks for itself. THE BAD: -The issue didn't have enough plot-wise for me. It was a good final battle, but it doesn't really measure up to the first few issues. -The issue rushes things too much for me. The deaths didn't seem impactful, the defeats excellent. -The lettering on pages 4-5 does not work at all.

7.5
Venom (2018) #8

Nov 17, 2018

THE GOOD: -Iban Coello is a good artist. Not as good as Ryan Stegman, but still good. I think the color artist did a good job too. -This was my favorite issue in the series. It proved to be an entertaining ride that had a few stumbles but all in all, for me, rose above the other issues. -I liked the way Eddie was written. It was interesting to see how he felt when the symbiote was brain dead. -I thought the escape scene was really cool too. Yet another good moment in the issue. -I'm curious as to what direction they will be taking the Maker in. He was pretty good in this story arc. -The end has me pretty hooked. I'm looking forward to the next issue now. THE BAD: -Wasn't a fan of the opening scene. It was elongated, and felt pointless especially since it was done again later in the issue and turned out just to be a simulation. Still good dialogue though. -When Flash's symbiote bonded with Eddie, it did feel a bit forced. It wasn't a terrible scene though, it just was introduced quickly and didn't have a huge purpose.

7.5
Venom (2018) #9

Dec 8, 2018

THE GOOD: -The first few pages were pretty great. I loved the monologue and the tone. -I sure hope Donny Cates hasn't had any firsthand experience with this, but as proven by this issue and God Country, Cates can portray a broken father/son relationship masterfully. -I'm not sure exactly what's going on here, with all of the twists in this issue, and that's definitely the way Cates wants it. -Eddie once again getting hit by a car was a pretty awesome callback and scene. -I also like the setup for what I can only imagine will be the potential slow death of Eddie. I hope Marvel doesn't kill him though, just give him that experience. -The end was an interesting setup that I will admit I liked. THE BAD: -Ryan Stegman's art wasn't as good as before in this issue in my opinion. I was disappointed. -I wish we could have gotten more introduction for Venomooch. I don't remember it from a previous issue, but that's probably just my forgetfulness, still this issue could have elaborated on it and Eddie a bit.

9.5
Venom (2018) #10

Jan 19, 2019

THE GOOD: -Okay, this issue cemented the series for me. It took me a while to come around, I'm not afraid to admit I didn't like it at first, but now I'm on board. This was awesome. I'm looking forward to rereading this issue and the series. -I loved the diner setting. It was really cool. -The fact that Donny Cates can make such a phenomenal issue out of one conversation is really something special. -At first I thought Eddie's opening monologue was corny, then he turned on its head with a great joke. -I absolutely loved the interplay between Eddie and Dylan. It was natural, not forced. -Holy sh*t. The car accident turned into one of the best and darkest and most perfect twists I have read in a comic book. -This art is something. Ryan Stegman is just an amazing artist. This issue could have no words and still evoke all the emotion it needs too. -I thought the paneling for the crash scene was really, really good. -It was a small thing, but that Venom tendril was cool, how Eddie used it to block Dylan's hand. -Okay, I cried. I'll admit it. -Knull's appearance was so weird and good. I love it. -Then the twist that Cates pulls with it…. so good! -Great to see the Maker. He was a great character in this series. -That end… !!! THE BAD: -My only complaint is that last issue's cliffhanger was kind of written off. That was slightly annoying.

10
Venom (2018) #11

Feb 22, 2019

THE GOOD: -Good god. What a fricking phenomenal issue. I'm not going to go through everything I liked, that would take too long. (I'm kinda short on time/busy, so expect shorter reviews this week), but just know I really thought so much of this issue. -First off the art. Ryan Stegman is a genius. That's all I have to say. -I would also like to say that Donny Cates is an equally amazing genius. Together, they are a perfect creative team. -At first I didn't get it when people said this was some kind of definitive run or something. This issue coupled with the last has made me recalculate that misjudgment. -I just loved the surreal, dream-like feel of this issue. Can we get more issues with this type of storytelling? I think Cates and Stegman work better with that, rather than dragons and battles and stuff. -The character work is so amazing. I can't say enough about the way everybody is written. -And the emotion. I was holding back tears during the symbioses confession to Eddie. Donny Cates already made me cry with God Country, so I didn't want him to be the rare author to get a double hit in that area. Oh well, looks like I've failed. Donny Cates: 1, ohhaimark: 0. -And the twists. So many! So good! I really want to read more issues like this. Well done, Cates. Well done. THE BAD: -Uhhhh….

7.0
Wolverine (2020) #1

Feb 22, 2020

Don't really have time to write full reviews for this week or last week's comics, but for now I'll write a brief description of what I thought. I might go back and elaborate later. I'll probably be able to write full reviews next week. Oh, and if there's anything from this week I haven't got around to, I'll review those later. As for the issue, I liked it. Not as much as I was hoping to, but it was enjoyable. The first story was great, but I found the second one boring and the art in the second story was really weak.

8.5
Wolverine (2020) #3

Jul 22, 2020

By far the best issue. Fun, well-paced, and excellent art.

8.0
Wolverine (2020) #4

Aug 19, 2020

I really liked this issue. I'm a sucker for snowed-in, claustrophobic thrillers.

8.5
Wolverine (2020) #6

Oct 10, 2020

This went in a really interesting direction and I thought it was well done.

6.0
X Of Swords (2020): Creation #1

Oct 4, 2020

It's okay. I'm not totally sold on the event, but this made me ever so slightly more interested.

9.0
X Of Swords (2020): Stasis #1

Nov 1, 2020

Yeah, I liked this quite a lot. This event seems to pull me in more with each issue.

7.0
X-Factor (2020) #1

Jul 29, 2020

It's fun. A little rough around the edges, sure, but I had fun and see a lot of potential with this series.

7.0
X-Factor (2020) #2

Sep 7, 2020

This series is just rough around the edges. Like, aside from the art, I enjoyed the majority of this, but every once in a while, there'll be a two-page stretch that's abnormally awful in terms of writing. I don't know. I definitely see a lot of potential here.

6.5
X-Factor (2020) #3

Sep 20, 2020

This was pretty good. I think it's the least interesting issue so far, but it's also the most consistently well-written.

8.5
X-Factor (2020) #4

Oct 4, 2020

So much better than the first X-of-Swords. With a better artist, this could've been a really outstanding issue. As it stands, I still really like it, it's just unfortunate that the one aspect is holding it back, and it's not even Leah Williams' fault, who really outdid herself this time, in my humble opinion.

9.0
X-Force (2019) #1

Nov 7, 2019

THE GOOD: -Great issue. Maybe my favorite Dawn of X book yet, if I'm being honest. -Really like this art. Never heard of Cassara before, but he's doing great here. -That was a solid opening! It grabbed my attention nicely. -I like the way the characters are written here. I'm not a Ben Percy fan but so far he seems to be doing well with this series. Maybe he's found a writing style that works for him, or he just likes writing these characters better than the other heroes he's written. -This issue did a nice job tying in with Marauders, the other best Dawn of X book. I think with a world like this, a tight continuity really helps, especially considering how different each of the series are. -I liked that this used the graphics sparingly. The one that is used honestly doesn't even feel like it should be. -This issue built up to its finale wonderfully. I love how we know what's coming even though the characters don't. -That was an explosive and incredible ending. THE BAD: -I think this may have benefitted from a shorter page count. Kind of a nitpicky thing, but I noticed this didn't have nearly as much plot as the others. It was a lot of buildup, but I still think a regular sized issue would have sufficed.

10
X-Force (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

THE GOOD: -I really love this series. -Damn. This art is so perfect. It fits the writing incredibly well. -Wow, that opening was powerful. -I don't know how Percy got so much better as a writer in between Nightwing (the last comic of his I read before this) and this, but the script was really damn good. -I really like the pacing here. This issue takes its time, but it never bores its audience. Really well-done. -Wow. These assassins are interesting and unique. Love the detail put into their design. -This issue is a lot of plot, but the characters still feel super strong. I'll highlight a couple standouts below, but everyone was written really well. -Kid Omega feels like he should be annoying, but I found him really funny and compelling. -I love this take on Wolverine. I can't believe it, but I'm genuinely excited for Ben Percy's Wolverine series. -Oh man, I'm hooked. Way to nail the cliffhanger. THE BAD: -Ah, I got nothing. I'm so surprised this is my favorite X-Men series, but it is.

9.0
X-Force (2019) #3

Dec 14, 2019

THE GOOD: -This series is just great. Even the weakest issue felt super strong. -This art is perfect. -Another reason why this is my favorite DoX book is that it easily has the most interesting and memorable villains. -I cannot wait for Percy's Wolverine. The character's so well written here. -Kid Omega's a great character. He could easily be super annoying, but he's written really well here. -This script is super good. -The scene with the death of the assassin was super effective. -The political thriller nature of this comic is so good. THE BAD: -The graphics felt really weak here. They were just unnecessary word-dumps, if you ask me.

9.5
X-Force (2019) #4

Dec 21, 2019

THE GOOD: -The art is damn good. -Again, this series has by far the most interesting villains of the DoX line. -The political thriller aspects of this are really well fleshed out and make for a solid reading experience. -Oh man, I love Forge. His daily planner was great, too. -It’s a really well-written comic. I’ve never been a fan of Percy before this. Granted, I’ve only read Green Arrow and Nightwing, but still. -The ending was really good. I can’t wait for more of this series.