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8.0
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #1

Jul 22, 2022

I like the version of Sersi better here than in the movie. She's more whimsical and flirtatious when speaking with Tony. Although they captured her and I expected her to free herself pretty easily. I was confused about her costume changing, but then I realized she could manipulate things, which also means she could have freed herself at any time. So, there's that. I haven't been reading X-men, so I don't really understand how the Five and resurrection works, but obviously pretty simply since they come back damn fast. I am reading X-Men Red and they die completely off-screen, so I guess that book is on hold for a while unless they cheapen their deaths and bring them right back. The concept is interesting and I'll keep reading it until it gets stupid, which I hope it doesn't.

6.0
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #2

Aug 11, 2022

This one is not nearly as good as the first. I hope this is not a downhill trend. It starts with a bunch of people's views of mutants (mirroring present times). Then there's a battle where the battle creates a title wave that the characters say that thousands of people will be killed by it. Then they forget about it completely. So, we can only assume that those people were all killed, since there are no characters outside of Storm that could have calmed the waves. Then we get to the end where they raise the god who is going to judge them all. Whatever. At issue 2 I'm already over this story.

6.0
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #3

Aug 29, 2022

This issue is very forgettable. I had to look back to even remember what happened. Cap was judged and found wanting. Which I have to bull on. And Starfox appears at the end.

6.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #4

Sep 16, 2022

This story is so convoluted it's not even funny. Some people get thumbs up, so get thumbs down. There is no rhyme or reason to any of it. Mostly I just don't care. The story hasn't made me care. Instead, it just keeps throwing as many characters at the reader as possible. I just feel bombarded rather than following a handful of heroes on their quest to defeat this thing and find themselves worthy of surviving this. I don't have high hopes for the next two issues.

4.0
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #5

Sep 24, 2022

I'm not sure what's even going on here anymore. We go back to those people again for no reason. Cap does what Cap always does and tries to appeal to the humanity in the villain, except this villain doesn't have any. So, he and Nightcrawler are killed. Nightcrawler is resurrected (whatever) and doesn't even mention Cap dying. NO ONE DOES. No one seems to give a crap that one of the biggest superheroes on the planet was killed. It's not like no one knew. They were all connected psychically -- everyone on the whole planet. In real life, everyone would have been freaking out. Not here - everyone is like - oh, well we have better things to do. Thor is also killed. This is mentioned once. Then Cap is resurrected when he's not a mutant and there was no back up for him. They are breaking their own rules. This book has turned into garbage.

2.0
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #6

Oct 28, 2022

I knew I was going to be disappointed by this series and surprise! I was. This was complete garbage and a waste of money. It was cleaned up as easy as saying - "that's the last issue, gotta wrap it up in a bow." Cap came back - How? There was back up for him. He wasn't a mutant. It was all bullshit writing. Not sure how anyone liked this garbage.

6.5
Action Comics (2016) #1045

Jul 30, 2022

I am so over this storyline. They have dragged and dragged this story out so far that there's literally nothing left. I understand that they did it to get to 1050, but as a reader I now dread having Action in my pull for the week. But I've gone this far as might as well see it to the end. Plus I'm tired of paying $5.00 for an additional ongoing story that I didn't ask for. Detective does the same thing.

9.0
Action Comics (2016) #1046

Aug 29, 2022

This was a great issue with plenty of action. This issue should have come 3 months ago. This series is so drawn out and now we have to buy a completely different book to finish the story. What a bunch of bullshit. Only DC could come up with a way to screw over fans of this book. Though if they put Jon Kent into Action, I'm probably going to drop it anyway. The additional story is completely throw away. So much for my $1.00

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #1047

Sep 30, 2022

Wow, the cover of this is so bad. The faces are almost laughable. I'm so tired of the additional story I don't want. I'm so glad the Warworld story arc is over. Here we a filler issue where Superman brings a couple of the Warworld kids home with him. He reunites with his wife and gives a speech. Meanwhile, we set up Luthor being his notorious self. In the backup story - how does Superman suddenly have his supersuit when returning from Warworld? Come on - continuity, guys.

6.0
Alice Ever After #4

Jul 23, 2022

Though the story is well-written, when you read an Alice story you expect some Wonderland. This issue had none and it was more about the villains than Alice. With only one issue left, I found this story lacking.

5.5
Alice Ever After #5

Sep 2, 2022

For the final issue in this series, it's pretty disappointing. Nothing really happens. Basically, the bad guys win. There was no action. No real storyline in Wonderland. It all took place in the sanitarium—kind of a waste of time.

8.5
Alien (2022) #1

Sep 11, 2022

This is a completely different take and I like the idea so far. It's a combo of Blade Runner meets Alien. You never see the aliens so early on in a story. I'm really interested to see how this goes. I hope they can stick the landing. The artwork is great too.

8.5
Alien (2022) #2

Oct 23, 2022

I like the idea behind this story. Synthetics looking for freedom are forced into a Suicide Squad mission to go where humans can't and fight aliens. The end is a bit of a twist. We will find out more in the next issue. I'm looking forward to it.

8.0
Alien (2022) #3

Nov 26, 2022

The cover of this one is great. A definitely throwback to Ripley. This is another really good issue. Not a lot of aliens in this one, but it definitely pushes the story forward. They meet the human settlers that have managed to survive. They play nice with the "Milkmen" androids until it's time to betray them. It's very Alien. Then Queenie shows up and they have no escape route. Good stuff.

7.0
All-Out Avengers (2022) #1

Sep 10, 2022

I'm going to echo some of the other reviews because I felt the same way. It felt like we were jumping into a second or third issue and not a first. I had to google to see if this storyline took place somewhere else. Of course, Carol is the baddie, just like when she made that deal to kill all of the Avengers and they were hiding in a pocket universe. A bad storyline then and I feel like this is on a similar path. I do like Cap holding up his fist to tell them to stop. Very military and he should do that more often. I like seeing the classic Avengers, but I'm not invested yet. I don't know why all Avengers and JLA stories have to revolve around aliens. I'll get the second issue and see how it goes.

7.5
All-Out Avengers (2022) #2

Oct 14, 2022

The mystery of why no one can remember anything continues. This one is about the soulsplitter, which has divided Dr. Doom in half. This was a neat little story, but ultimately unsatisfying because it felt very rushed. There was a lot that could have been done here and it seems like a wasted opportunity when it didn't move the main plot along at all.

7.5
All-Out Avengers (2022) #3

Nov 24, 2022

Another action-packed issue featuring all of the greats, but I can understand that some people are saying, "Get on with it already." It's pretty, but what's the story? I agree here. It's been three issues of unconnected action scenes and we know someone is toying with them as they have no memories outside of these battles, but still, it has not been revealed or even hinted at. Landy is going to have to break the story soon.

7.5
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #1

Jul 17, 2022

The first third of this book dropped my rating down. I'm a huge Aquaman fan and I'm so tired of seeing the Mamoa Aquaman instead of the character I grew up with. Flash gets into a stupid fight with Iris when he could have easily picked everything up for the party in less than 20 mins and forgetting the party makes him look careless. Something a CSI would not be. Then Aquaman gets into a yelling match with Mera right in front of the other council members? Come on. She tells him that he should starting acting like a king and he says - "I'm outta here." That's not Aquaman. Can I please have the old Aquaman back? Geoff Johns has been the only writer to do him right in years. Shave the damn beard already. Reed just did it, it's time Aquaman did it as well. The rest of the book was decent, setting up the mystery of song. I hope the next issue is better since I bought all 3 as a package.

7.0
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #2

Sep 20, 2022

Halfway through this issue, the story just went off the rails. I liked how Aquaman ran to Atlantis to get to Mera, but he should have been worried about Atlantis as a whole. Instead, he swam past everyone to get to her. Then the reveal of an Atlantean space program fueled by stolen speed force - WTF. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard and I've heard some stupid stuff. Then the line, "I can't be a king without listening to my queen." What the hell does that mean, that's a whipped puppy who can't make decisions for himself. That's not Aquaman in the least. Jeeze this went downhill fast.

5.0
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #3

Sep 20, 2022

Laziest wrap-up ever. Barry knew that the Iris was fake and yet he was accepting of the whole thing. Not sure what was going on there. Then they needed filler because the story (and I use that term lightly) wasn't big enough so they did a bunch of two-page spreads. Very disappointing.

6.0
Aquamen (2022) #6

Jul 29, 2022

I really want my old Aquaman back. Shave the beard like Reed Richards just did and put Mera's costume back like it was in the movie. This issue was a bunch of wasted filler. Trevor talks to a committee about not attacking Atlantis, then we cut to an Atlantis school bus for no reason, then we are back to the discussion about attacking Atlantis, then the news comes in about the Justice League dying. I'm not sure if this is the last issue, but if Jackson is the new Aquaman, then I'm out either way.

7.5
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1

Nov 7, 2022

I agree with most of the reviews. Good art, but nothing really happens. One page of Harley and one page of Bullock and the rest is just filler. We are introduced to the monster jokers and he makes a deal with the real joker. That's it. I hope there's more to this.

7.5
Batman (2016) #125

Jul 13, 2022

The art is great, but I'm not sure I like the story beats. Robin is shot, and Penguin commits suicide. It was great seeing Alfred for a page. I'm sure where the story is going but it doesn't seem very heroic and if Robin can get shot so easily, what was his training for? Let's see where the story goes, but I wasn't as impressed with this issue as some people. I enjoyed the Catwoman story more.

9.0
Batman (2016) #126

Aug 6, 2022

There was such a sense of danger in this issue. The team all coming in to make the save and not making a dent. Of course, this is simply Terminator retold in a Batman story, but I am interested to know the bot's origin and how they are going to destroy it. This issue was definitely full of action where the hero was simply looking to get away and regroup.

8.0
Batman (2016) #127

Sep 9, 2022

If you're looking for a Batman book that's full of action, then this is it. I'm still looking for some substance to this story and not finding much. I know this was established before - that there's an alternate personality within Bruce that's like a humanity switch, but I didn't like it then and I don't much care for that now. I appreciate all the callbacks to previous runs, but all we have at the core is a killer robot. I do like that he calls Tim his son and that's what brings Bruce back. Now that Superman has shown up, he should be able to tear the bots limbs off, but I guess we'll see what happens.

8.0
Batman (2016) #128

Oct 8, 2022

My problem with this is that it doesn't feel like a Batman book. The further this goes, the more it feels like a JLA story. Superman is smarter than to just charge something holding Kryptonite and Batman says as much and yet Superman does it anyway. I'm ready for this to be over already. I think this story has already run its course. And we already saw this with the OMAC's.

6.0
Batman (2016) #129

Nov 8, 2022

I agree with some of the reviews that this has gone too far. A Bat-bot that is stronger than Amazo and one that Batman created. Didn't he learn from the whole OMAC thing? The action is good, but far-fetched even in the comic book world. It's breaking too many rules.

8.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #1

Jul 17, 2022

I just reread this one since I bought a signed copy. What it has going for it is that it feels like a book out of the 80s or 90s. The characters seem more pure and not as jaded as they do in current books. I like when writers go back to the character's roots. Geoff Johns did that with Aquaman in rebirth and I'm waiting for that happen again.

9.0
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #5

Jul 22, 2022

A comic with a beginning middle and end, what a novel idea. Though the villain is pretty commonplace, it puts the characters in a situation where they have to rely on one another. They rely on each other's strengths and each of them is willing to sacrifice themselves for the other. This is something we have not seen in heroes for some time. A brotherhood. A comradeship. Again - how novel. Supergirl is conflicted. Guilt taking its toll on her. Feeling remorse for more than a single panel or not at all is barely seen in comics these days. I hope there are more books like this one in the pipeline.

8.0
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #6

Aug 19, 2022

I really like this issue. A good Robin-centric story is hard to find these days. Having him stuck in another time and gravitate toward the circus was cool and having Batman appear on the trapeze was awesome. Though them traveling through time like it's no big deal was a bit of a stretch, even in comics. I like the little mystery. It was just a fun issue.

8.0
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #7

Sep 24, 2022

This issue has a lot of good elements. Back to the original feel of Robin. Love that. The expression on Superman's face when David repeats Clark's own story. A visit to Candor. Though, why give him a suit with a cape? - unknown. Apparently, they don't want him to fit in with normal society. And he can't fly, yet he leaps across the gap between two buildings. Then the reveal of the original Teen Titans - again- love.

9.0
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #8

Oct 23, 2022

The villain is the Key, whom I haven't seen in quite a while. This really a coming-of-age story for Boy Thunder. He has to find himself and the confidence in his abilities to be a hero. We meet the original Teen Titans, which was cool and we have the unveiling of the Joker. Good stuff.

8.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #9

Nov 17, 2022

Another good issue. It was great to see the original teen titans. It was good to see Thunder Boy get lectured about controlling his emotions and not kill. Joker and Key made a good team-up. Not sure how Superman pulled the water out without pulling out all of the people and I'm not sure how Batman was able to close the gate with his car, but just roll with it. The cliffhanger was good as well.

8.5
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #1

Sep 15, 2022

I was worried that this would be like the cartoon. Thankfully, it wasn't. Robin is being controlled in some way. I like that Damien is not in charge of his facilities. It wouldn't make much sense otherwise. I do love that Alfred is back, though we don't know how yet, but I really don't care. I just like that he's back. It was pretty touching and probably my favorite part of the book. Obviously, Waid is connecting this to World's Finest in some way.

7.5
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #2

Oct 13, 2022

There are parts of this I like and parts I don't like. Ripping the rags off Ragman? Not sure I like that. I definitely did not like all of the flashbacks in a spooky, haunted house scenario. It no longer felt like Batman. I do like the reveal of the Robins and Alfred.

8.0
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #3

Nov 11, 2022

If nothing else, the last few pages of this book will really get you if you're a Batman fan. These last few pages are done so well that it doesn't matter what the rest of the book is about. It has some good action and good inner dialogue. My only problem is the villain. I don't care about him in the least. I do like what's going on with Talia as well. All-in-all in good issue.

8.5
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #5

Jul 13, 2022

I really enjoyed this issue. It did feel more like a Batman comic than most of the comics out there. I liked Catwoman double-crossing Riddler and the appearance of Clock King. I'm interested in the artifact. I would have rated it higher if not for the first few pages. They just seemed to go on forever and only one or two of them connected with the ending. I am over the woman cursing in every text balloon. That's getting old.

7.0
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #6

Aug 5, 2022

I'm not sure this really stuck the landing. The eye, the thing everyone was after, was sold to a pawn shop. We still have no idea, and why the government wanted it. And the agent living from a gunshot wound to the head - it's hard to believe. Plus this is a very different take on Catwoman. Not sure I like it. The artwork is beautiful, however, I just wish the ending was better.

5.0
Blade Runner: Black Lotus #1

Aug 14, 2022

This is nothing like the other Blade Runner series. It's set in the desert in an almost apocalyptic environment. And the artwork is atrocious. It looks completely amateur or at least over-stylized. If Elle is a replicant, when did they start making children replicants and why? The whole thing is just weird. I like the idea of a samurai replicant, but this is just disappointing. I'll give it one more issue.

5.5
Blade Runner: Black Lotus #2

Sep 13, 2022

This is Mad Max, not Blade Runner. It doesn't feel anything like Blade Runner. Based on the cover, I was expecting a badass Blade Runner that looks like a ninja. Instead, we get a teenage-looking synth (which is weird) in a desert setting, who needs to help a human family. In addition, the art is horrendous. I'm out of this one. Canceling my subscription.

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #2

Jul 13, 2022

I really enjoyed this issue. It's great to see Steve Rogers back in Cap series that feels like Cap. He's still the man out of time and I enjoyed him training the kid to fight bullies. I also enjoyed all of the villain groups combining their forces. There is a mystery going on with the guy that used to be an ally. I do agree with someone's comment about following orders. Though I think that if the word "blindly" would have changed the connotation. Cap is, of course, referring to Nazi soldiers, but to our soldiers, it does seem like a slap in the face. This line should have been reworded. Something like, "Blindly following orders is what the Nazis did. Do you want to be compared to them?" or something along those lines. This way it doesn't blanketly refer to all military including our own soldiers. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes.

7.0
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #3

Aug 11, 2022

I love seeing Steve Rogers as Cap, but I'm really confused by this whole story. It's just not making any sense. Having a new type of Hydra is cool, but messing with the origin of the shield and putting a message in it is absurd. Too much time has passed to make this relevant or believable. Then Bucky has a fight with Peggy. I'm so utterly confused that they're losing me. And the villain keeps saying, "History will not remember you." Again, too much time has passed. It's too late for that treat. History already remembers him. I hope this gets better, this issue put too much of a negative spin on the story. I hope it corrects itself.

7.0
Captain Marvel (2019) #39

Jul 15, 2022

I was always uncertain about this Binary character. She was born out of strange circumstances where Carol just willed her into existence, now she can change her form at will. She seems very OP. I also didn't like that they had two different artists on this and stuck vampires into it. I hope they're not going down the DC route with the vampires. And the magical tribunal seems very out of place. How does Enchantress even remember Ove if all that occurred in the future? Not a fan of what's going on right now. I think Kelly has jumped the shark on this one. Hopefully she rights herself.

5.0
Captain Marvel (2019) #40

Aug 18, 2022

I'm not a fan of this storyline. I'm not a fan of a sentient being that just came out of Carol's power. I'm not liking any of this. And I'm over this trial thing and it's only been two issues. I just hope this wraps up quickly and we can get onto another story. The whole dragon thing didn't work at all in my opinion.

7.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #41

Sep 16, 2022

I'm just going to call this issue the hugging issue. There is so much hugging going on, that it got to cringe levels. At least this storyline has come to an end. I was glad to see Binary go. She was muddying the waters and I still do buy that Carol birthed her from her powerset. The whole trial thing was crap. Also, Amora put a little girl in danger. Not sure what that was about. Let's see where we go from here.

4.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #42

Oct 16, 2022

The problem with this issue for me is the AXE attachment. I do not like AXE, so there was a huge chance I wasn't going to like this issue. I probably shouldn't have gotten it, but I didn't want to break my run. It was really all about the cat from the movie. Hopefully, it will be a new arc in the next issue.

7.5
Captain Marvel (2019) #43

Nov 4, 2022

I liked this issue a lot. It was good to see a heterosexual relationship in comics. Rhodey and Carol's relationship is cute and their banter and playfulness are mostly good, though sometimes the dialogue feels wooden or contrived. Overall, it does play well. Though once he's gone, the estrogen takes over with only one male on the team. I wish she would mix up more. I understand that Hazmat has been on her team for a while, but she could have been swapped her out for a male character as she is not going to lend anything special in space. Also, I thought they were going to divide them up since they basically ignored Binary's SOS. I like where this is going, but it's a bit messy.

7.0
Catwoman (2018) #45

Jul 24, 2022

Sometimes I really miss Ram V. No kick in the nuts to men with cringe sexist dialogue. Dicks' dialogue is the only one that agreed with during this issue. And what is with Robin's face on the cover? Was it a mistake that made it to print?

6.0
Catwoman (2018) #46

Aug 19, 2022

This issue had its ups and downs. I really like the beginning. It was good to see the purple costume again. The battle with Amygdala was okay. I did like the board meeting with Black Mask, but the relationship with Eiko doesn't really work and I don't know why she put on a Catwoman costume at the end. This issue was a bit confusing.

7.0
Catwoman (2018) #47

Sep 25, 2022

While the issue wasn't bad per se, the dialogue was clunky and the story was all over the place. I had to go back and reread panels and pages because the dialogue didn't flow. There was a jump cut in there too between pages. Howard brought back the Noah/Dario plot after a year and Catwoman jumps down Valmont's throat and yells at him without even knowing the circumstances. That's not really Catwoman. They rescue the financier and then leave him there alone. It would have been better if they had him take the helicopter and they waited for theirs to arrive. It would have made more sense. There's also a continuity issue with the financier. First, he has a robe on and no pants, then when he's running, he has pants, then when he's waiting for the helicopter, he has no pants again. This issue had some decent moments, but overall it was pretty disjointed.

6.5
Catwoman (2018) #48

Oct 23, 2022

This is a mixed bag. There is no action in this one for the most part. I'm not a big Valmont fan and I'm looking forward to him going away. The relationship between them feels forced. Perhaps for a female reader, he works when he spouts nonsense in an aristocratic way, but there's no appeal to him for me. Selina goes to Italy to save Dario, who is in Gotham. I didn't realize he was in Gotham at first, until he's revealed to be in a trunk. So, why would she go to Italy to save him when the clock is clicking down in Gotham? It's a mystery. She would have been better served tracking him down in Gotham and bringing him to Italy to be absolved by the family. This story is convoluted and doesn't make much sense. Valmont gets them on a plane with people who want to kill them, yet they don't. The assassins are inept morons. Let's get rid of Valmont already, or have him betray her. That would be more interesting.

6.0
Catwoman (2018) #49

Nov 18, 2022

The things I like: Batman appearing, though their dialogue is pretty bad and he mentions nothing about Catwoman possibly killing people. I like that she sees him as her endgame, though she's literally sleeping with the other guy. I'm not a fan of the other protagonist in the least. A major problem with this issue: Dario was put in the trunk while Selena was still in Italy. Travel to the states from Italy with customs, ground transportation, luggage, etc. takes all day and that's if she left immediately. Even a private jet would take over 12 hours. The fact that she just teleported from one country to the other, found the exact car on the freeway, even with GPS, and got into it to fight was completely implausible and insults my intelligence. Then they teased Punchline and she wasn't even in the issue. She was just mentioned a dozen times. At least give her the last splashpage.

7.5
Daredevil (2022) #5

Nov 28, 2022

I'm not sure of this take of the Hand having powers. Nor do I like Matt with a beard. I assume he's no longer a lawyer, but the scruffy look wouldn't do well in court. I've always liked the dynamic between Daredevil and Elektra. I was glad to hear that they got married. One of the few marriages the editors of the big two let go through. I thought Stick had died, but I guess he's back. I like the battle with US Agent and we'll see what happens when the Avengers get involved.

7.5
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #8

Nov 5, 2022

The series finally came back after a weird hiatus. I liked it for the most part. It was good to see Harley and Ivey and Ollie and Black Canary. For the most part, everything worked, Constantine's hot temper and Ivy as the forest witch. Joker as Green Lantern is pushing it as is Lara acting completely out of character. Let's see where it goes.

7.5
Dark Knights of Steel (2021): Tales From The Three Kingdoms #1

Sep 8, 2022

This was not a bad comic by any means. I enjoyed the stories, but this question is why does this comic exist? Did I really need to know any of this backstory? They haven't released a new issue of the regular run for months; instead, they put this out. It's just confusing and frustrating.

8.0
Deathstroke Inc. (2021) #11

Jul 28, 2022

This is a fun look at the character. He remains being a dick even when he's trying to be a loving Dad. The costume looks good and they make fun of the orange. And I love Green Arrow showing up at the end.

8.5
Deathstroke Inc. (2021) #12

Aug 29, 2022

I really liked them adding Green Arrow into this issue. The first square-off between the two characters and even though Slade gets in some good shots, Ollie is the one who is victorious and this is mostly due to Slade's ego. Not letting Wintergreen take the shot. Pretty action-packed issue.

8.0
Deathstroke Inc. (2021) #13

Sep 30, 2022

I know people are over year ones. But I'm still liking this. Deathstroke comes back from the dead and meets up with Wintergreen, who tells him to call his damn wife. He finally does and the situation is straining both her and his son. It shows that he's not really a good dad. Refusing to fail, he goes back after the target.

7.5
Deathstroke Inc. (2021) #14

Oct 31, 2022

This was a fun little action issue with plenty of assassination and not much plot. Slade runs into other assassins and makes a mess. Nothing too memorable.

7.5
Deathstroke Inc. (2021) #15

Nov 26, 2022

I know everyone is tired of Year One stories, but I liked this throwback to Slade. His being a father to create his "Cover Story?" I'm not sure about that one. I think he genuinely loved his kids, he just didn't know how to show it. I'm not sure what it is about writers hating their fathers recently. Jason Aaron is doing the same thing with the Punisher. Characters that don't love their families are not interesting because there's no reason to like them. A serial killer who comes in and kisses and laughed with his kids is interesting. But a guy who comes home and says, "you're necessary" is just a dick.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1062

Jul 30, 2022

I would have ranked this higher, but I have no idea what this is about. I like the Talia entrance and his conversation with Dick. But other than that it was introductions all the way around with no motivations. I love Ram V's work on Catwoman, but why do I need a shitty Gordon story so they can add a $1.00 to the cover price? They have been doing this for years now, and I'm pretty much over it. I think Ram V is really talented. The only thing that might make me not stick with it is the price. And I stay away from Mariko Tamaki like the plague, so I'm glad they got someone good on the title.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1063

Aug 29, 2022

I still have no idea what this arc is even about or where it's going. I like Two-face as a character, but he's not acting like Two-face. I'm not really sure what timeline this takes place in. I really liked Ram V's Catwoman run, but I don't know how long I'll keep going with one unless there's a big reveal soon. Especially at $4.99 with a crappy Gordon story that I don't need.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1064

Sep 30, 2022

I'm still not sure where this is going. The royal family from the beginning comes to Gotham and Bruce has a tussle with Talia, who is trying to keep him away from the docks. What happened to that Two-Face setup? I do like Talia, but I don't think this is enough to keep me buying a $5.00 book.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1065

Oct 31, 2022

I loved Ram V's Catwoman, but I'm not sure I'm liking this. It feels so convoluted. So, slow in getting to the point that I'm losing interest. Perhaps if this was a trade it would be better. I'm pretty close to removing this from my pull list if it doesn't get a little more focused.

6.0
Fantastic Four (2018) #45

Jul 15, 2022

The Reckoning War storyline never really piqued my interest and Johnny's condition has lasted far too long. Changing Sky into a bird creature was strange and never sat right with me. This was just a clean up issue and my favorite part is how the kids were happy to see Ben return. Of all the things that came out of Dan Slott's run it was the two of them. I'm glad they finally got rid of Reed's beard. Nick Fury hooked up with the Watcher feels completely wrong and Johnny saying "I'd rather be anywhere but with them," seems completely of character. He would probably still leave, but I don't think he'd be mean about it. Snarky yes, mean no. I hope the next storyline is better.

5.0
Fantastic Four (2018) #46

Aug 29, 2022

I would have rated this higher if not for Slott throwing in the half-sister with a terrible attitude. There's so many problems with this character that they are too numerous to list. She verbally attacks Reed the first time they meet, she attacks the children to the point where Franklin even says "give me a break." That tells me that Slott knew his character was too much and did it anyway. He wanted her to be unlikeable. In addition, her skin color is too dark to be a child of a mixed-coupling. She would be a malotto. Then there's the problem with the moon. If the moon is taken away, it would have destroyed the earth, due to the gravitational anomaly it would have caused. It wouldn't have simply changed the tide. Awful writing due to lack of research. What's good about the issue and Slott's run is the introduction of the children. I really like them and the new dynamic they give Ben and Alicia. It really works. I liked closing up the soulmate thing with Johnny and returning his powers to normal. If Slott had removed the sister it wouldn't have changed the story in the least. Reed doesn't hate his father. He came to terms with that years ago when he returned and mentored Valeria. Slott just threw in some stuff for himself. Everyone has me worried about this North guy that's coming in. I'd hate to drop the title again.

8.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #47

Sep 24, 2022

I wasn't sure about another interim writer jumping in, but Pepose did a good job. Sue rarely gets the spotlight and I feel that he has a good handle on her. The tie-in is loose, but that was better for me since I'm not liking AXE at all. Reed is trying to figure out how to handle the celestial and locks himself in the think tank. His muse is Sue and he thinks of her and the rest of the FF in an attempt to discover the celestial's motivations. Meanwhile, Midas infiltrates the Baxter building on the eve of Earth's destruction. The story had a few holes, which I chose to overlook. Like how did weapons get through security as well as the automatons? Not just one weapon, but a dozen. Background check on the "New Accountant"? I was even thinking, "No infrared goggles going up against Sue?" But he took care of that and I loved how she blocked the weapon from firing and shield herself. The scene in the elevator was good. But "Eduardo" for the janitor? Really? I don't like how the villain looks like a dominatrix, but I like the narrative and the action. Refreshing after the last issue.

8.5
Fantastic Four (2018) #48

Oct 17, 2022

I get a sense that Pepose really gets these characters and their relationships. Some of this issue is a little pressed. Like the ending, of course. The villain just goes into the fetal position, though I do like Sue using her brain to defeat the villain and then there is the stupid thumbs up at the end, but as everyone who knows realizes - I dislike AXE with a passion. I think the whole idea is stupid. I wish Prepose was continuing to write the title. He probably has some good stories in him for Marvel's first family. I am not hearing good things about North.

7.0
Fantastic Four (2022) #1

Nov 11, 2022

This was a mixed bag for me. I think the story had a bunch of holes and even them coming across the town was completely convenient. In sixty years no one else ever came across this town except for Thing and Alicia. That doesn't make any sense. They should have come across other people from different times that have been caught in the loop, that would have been more interesting. Instead, we get a rehash of Groundhog Day, that's been done to death. The saving grace is that we get to see Thing and Alicia by themselves, which we rarely do. This has got be the cutest version of Alicia I've ever read, so there's that.

8.5
Flashpoint: Beyond #2

Jul 30, 2022

I like Thomas realizing he's not a good Batman and his conversation with Dent was good, but he never did figure out who broke into Arkham and it took the guards a very long time to show up.

8.5
Flashpoint: Beyond #3

Jul 13, 2022

Why does everyone try to punch Superman when they know they are going to break something by doing so? That was kind of stupid to me. And how many times is Batman going to be saved by going to Eden? We've seen this twice now. The first time Harley brought him there in the Batman storyline. Other than that, the issue was good. I liked Superman coming to him for help and the investigation of Reverse Flash's body. Poison Ivy's face is drawn amazingly in this issue. The relationship between Cobblepot and the boy is great as well. Dent's wife becoming Two-Face is interesting as well.

8.0
Flashpoint: Beyond #4

Aug 5, 2022

I liked the second half of this—the reveal of the Joker and Dent's son's conversation with the female Two-face. However, the idea that this little boy with no training can beat up two adult guards is ludicrous and took me entirely out of the story. The last page confused the hell out of me.

2.5
Flashpoint: Beyond #5

Sep 8, 2022

This issue took a turn for the worst. It starts with a very strange interview that's confrontational and nonsensical. The woman declares that she's the smartest woman in the world and why is the time bureau even a thing here? Woman-splaning the omniverse or whatever. It felt like a big lecture or training seminar. Not a fan of this whole scene. Then the Martha-Joker knows all about time travel and met the other Joker, who they threw a name onto. Oswald begs Batman to help the kid and he's so sure that the timeline is going to be rebooted that he refuses. It was all just weird and I wasn't a fan of this issue at all.

7.0
Flashpoint: Beyond #6

Oct 22, 2022

This one didn't really stick the landing. I was really looking to see more happen within this Bizarro world and all we really got was a self-contained story of Thomas Wayne not giving a crap about anything because "nothing matters." Where was Atlantis and the Amazons in all this? It was all just a creation of a new Robin and a Joker/Batman relationship. Kind of disappointing.

7.5
Gun Honey: Blood for Blood #2

Oct 8, 2022

This is obviously a femme fatale exploitation book. It's the first time I'm reading it. I wish they'd lay off the sex just a bit. But overall I'm enjoying it. The main character is fun and the fact that the villain is a woman too will allow the book to not rely on the sex appeal of the main character. I like how some of the characters tell her to tone it down.

8.0
Gun Honey: Blood for Blood #3

Nov 14, 2022

This was a fun issue. A little bit of a backstory on the villain and some good action. I like how she says that she won't be able to pull a gun out of thin air and the guy shows up. I like the splash page of the plane as well. Not sure how they can wrap this up in one issue.

8.5
Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor (2022) #2

Jul 13, 2022

I was confused by the beginning of this. I have no idea where Thor is, why was he there, or who the villain was. Then he throws away his only weapon for Jane. I hope they clear this up, but it had me scratching my head. No setup. Once Jane gets the hammer and is searching for him, it picked up. I also liked seeing Sif battling. It was a real shame to see what they did to her in the movie.

7.5
Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor (2022) #3

Aug 12, 2022

Jane has a battle with S'ym which is out of the blue, but pretty cool. I like that Odin is speaking to her telepathically. Runa takes an arrow to the back and completely blows it off and it's never referred to again. It's always good to see Sif and Warriors Three (though we only see one). I like the battle with the trolls. It was also good to see an appearance from Hildegarde. Though we see her very briefly and I thought she was dead. Then Thor finally shows up and is shot immediately. A very convoluted issue.

6.5
Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor (2022) #4

Sep 22, 2022

Did anything really happen in this issue? It seems that aside from some action, nothing really happened in the entire issue. The story didn't move. The dead Valkyries showed up and that's about it. With only one more issue left, you would have thought that more would be going on. This series was literally about nothing. Let's see if that changes by the final issue.

6.5
Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor (2022) #5

Oct 9, 2022

This story was so convoluted that was hard to follow. Thor is in a dreamworld, but they didn't have to do much besides walk through a portal to get back to the real world. There were no issues to get over, no story beats. What was the point? Then Ares openly says that if people die in the battle then he will get stronger. This was the perfect opportunity for Thor to say fine, then we won't kill anyone. Or then I challenge you, Ares. Instead, they charge in and start killing people. Only the magic arrow allows Thor to get in a shot. Then it's Jane who has to say that they should show mercy. Pretty disappointing writing.

7.0
Killadelphia #2

Aug 7, 2022

It seems like a lot of people like this book. I wanted to check it out since I write a vampire comic myself. There's no real substance to this story, however. I guess it's hard to tell in a single issue since this book has now been going on for 2 years, but at this early stage, you have the one guy lose his grandmother, which means he's a newbie. The girl who trolls looking for bad people to bring back to the group to get eaten, the vampire that hunts other vampires in the morgue, and former President Adams who is the original vampire (this is weird to me. Why choose Adams of all historical people?) There are no motivations for any of them.

8.5
Lazarus: Risen #7

Oct 8, 2022

This has been a continuous good book. It just doesn't come out as often as I would like. This was a turning in point in the story. With Forever openly defying an order and her clone escaping. This story is going to be on a new track.

8.0
Midnight Suns (2022) #1

Sep 15, 2022

I'm not familiar with Strange Academy or this different version of Ghost Rider. But the premise is interesting, yet familiar. The end of the world is coming. There's been a premonition and now we have to stop it. Welcome to season 2 of the Umbrella Academy. However, I am a fan of Wolverine, Blade, and Magik and to see these three team up - I'm in. Let's hope gets better from here and not worse.

9.0
Midnight Suns (2022) #2

Oct 23, 2022

This was a fun read. Seeing Doom take on an entire team by himself is awesome. We all know he's not one to give up and retreat, but when Clea shows up, that's exactly what he does. I'm a big Clea fan, so this works for me. We see a younger Agatha Harkness and we are still wondering why everyone wants this girl, but we know it has something to due with the demon young Harkness has summoned. Liking this dynamic.

5.0
Midnight Suns (2022) #3

Nov 26, 2022

Not sure what anyone liked about this issue. It's crap. Starting with the art. The art was horrible. We start with Harkness and then fight with trolls and then meet Dr. Strange Tony Stark. There was no need for this really. Him being a Stark was completely unnecessary. They said earlier on that the air was toxic, so Tony Strange builds them suits that reveal a bunch of skin. It makes no sense, except that now they have matching uniforms, which in reality was the only reason. It was hookey. I hope it gets better.

7.0
Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #1

Oct 14, 2022

I love Namor, but this is not him. This is a watered-down (no pun intended) version of him. Why do we have to do a what-if story to do a Namor story? Can't it be set in the regular universe? And where is Lady Dorma? There's just a lot of the Namor lore in this and an elseworlds story is not what I was looking for.

5.5
Namor: Conquered Shores (2022) #2

Nov 22, 2022

This is just not Namor. Namor is not a fan of the surface world and if that changed, we never saw it. Now, he might help some of the heroes if it suited Atlantis, but that would be his only motivation. Here he openly says that he wants to help. That is out of character. For Sue to say that she wanted to kiss him and she was fond of him because he wasn't Reed, is also out of character. Even if this was true, she would never say it, no matter the circumstances. It also says in the intro that the air on the surface is toxic, yet Luke Cage seems to be breathing fine throughout the entire issue. If the air is just fine above the water, then why not put them on a boat, an aircraft carrier, or something that size? Then there wouldn't be an oxygen issue under the water and apparently, Atlantis is feeding the humans, so they could just put supplies on the boat. This story has a lot of holes. I would have preferred something in continuity.

7.5
Nightwing (2016) #94

Jul 22, 2022

I like how this is set up. Nightwing pulling the strings while Blockbuster is trying to figure out who the mole is. I really thought he already knew, that's why he put the Mayor in the room with Lester. I think this would have been better. But the action was good. The stakes are high and we all know it's going to come down to a battle between the two.

9.5
Nightwing (2016) #95

Aug 20, 2022

I really enjoyed this issue. I think Taylor is doing a great job with this title. There was plenty of action and twists and turns. Batwoman showing up along with the Titans and a coordinated attack on Blockbuster. It was great. The end felt very Bane. Looking forward to the next one.

8.5
Nightwing (2016) #96

Sep 23, 2022

The all-out battle between Nightwing and Blockbuster. Dick is left with the problem of Blockbuster knowing his identity, wanting to protect his family, and his developing relationship with Babs. Good stuff. Babs was great in this issue, she stops the baddies from entering the building by revealing dirt on Blockbuster, and when Dick tells her that they can't be together, from which I rolled my eyes and said, "of course." She instead replied, "Screw that." It was a great turn that I was not expecting. It ended quite sweetly with a heterosexual couple, which we really don't see in comics anymore.

8.5
Nightwing (2016) #97

Oct 24, 2022

Another good issue. I love the playfulness between Babs and Dick. It starts with Maroni being cocky until he learns that Blockbuster is dead, then he turns state's evidence pretty quickly. The save by Nightwing was pretty cool and I love that Maroni heard them upstairs. I really hope they are not giving Dick a long-lost family member. That would suck.

7.5
Nightwing (2016) #98

Nov 21, 2022

It was a fun issue but seemed to deviate from the story with Blockbuster and the still-loose Heartless. It just seemed like a filler issue. I think Dick should go back to looking for Heartless and wrapping up that storyline.

8.5
Poison Ivy (2022) #2

Jul 13, 2022

I'm very interested in seeing where this story is going. I like that Ivy says she doesn't hate people, just that their very existence messes everything up. I like her meeting the other girl and their conversation about the mysterious tree rune. Then when the authorities came in they both thought they were the ones in trouble. I'm hoping this one can stick the landing, since most comics don't.

8.0
Poison Ivy (2022) #3

Aug 7, 2022

This is not an exciting book by any means, there's zero action in it and Poison Ivy doesn't use her powers in any fun way. But it does have heart. It's painting Pammy in a different light and has some issues. She misses Harley, she gets to work on a little garden, and she's having possible hallucinations. Then it gets weird at the end and she goes to get a job. Not sure what the ulterior motive is. I guess we will find out. If it's just to make money then that would be weird for a supervillain.

8.0
Poison Ivy (2022) #4

Sep 12, 2022

They are definitely making Poison Ivy out to be a villain. The girl from her work jumps into bed with her very quickly at the risk of losing her job. There was no verification that the boss was gone. And, of course, it being 2022 every boss is a sexual predator. This issue was only okay, nothing really happened except that we found out Ivy's plan.

8.5
Poison Ivy (2022) #5

Oct 10, 2022

This was another good issue. I like that she is hallucinating Batman. That is a very nice dynamic and plot device. The conflict with Woodrue has some high stakes. Overall, I'm enjoying it.

6.0
Poison Ivy (2022) #6

Nov 4, 2022

I agree with most of the reviews that this is the weakest of the issues so far. It's gross that she literally eats the villain and I still don't understand the "grow around the boulder" suggestion from Batman. Not sure how that factored in as well as the little girl handing her scarf. It was all strange and not explained well. I like that Harley is on the way, but how does she know where to go? Pretty weak storytelling with this one.

7.5
Punisher (2022) #4

Jul 16, 2022

The art in these issues are great. I liked that Ares thought of Punisher as a disciple and that this would come down to a battle between the two of them. I also like that priestess is finally gone. She was annoying the hell out of me. I like that she didn't understand him and that led to her demise. I don't like what Jason Aaron is doing with Maria. Her dialogue makes her sound like an idiot. I understand that she's disoriented, but her dialogue is likened to a 10-year-old. Come on, Jason. Once he kills the priestess, he's in a position to take it all and go after Ares, ending all war and violence (in concept), instead, he takes Maria and runs. That doesn't;t sound like the Punisher at all.

6.0
Punisher (2022) #5

Aug 13, 2022

I wasn't really happy with this issue. More than half the issue was a flashback. I don't care about Frank Castle's childhood. The flashback has crappier art and again, I just don't care - it won't have any impact on the present storyline. I was shocked that the woman was a creature and that she could not be killed. Ares showing up was fun. I'm not sure why we have to have a flashback at all. Just tell the damn story.

8.0
Punisher (2022) #6

Sep 12, 2022

This issue had a lot of ups and downs for me. I don't like how Aaron portrayed Frank in the flashback. He was pretty much a deadbeat and a dick, leaving his wife as he did. The battle between Ares and the Punisher was good, but they could have given him something instead of an absolute ass-whooping. Then, as simple as that, he was healed. There was no consequence to the battle. I'm looking forward to seeing Daredevil.

4.0
Punisher (2022) #7

Nov 11, 2022

The basics here - this is not Frank Castle. That's the major problem leading up to and including this issue. He was a great father and great husband. To think otherwise is to dismantle the character. It would destroy everything if Maria and the kids were afraid of him. Then there is his new power set. He can fly?! WTF. I'm just about over this storyline. It has some good art and good fight scenes, but it's pushing the envelope too far. I think I'm going to jump off this ride.

5.0
Red Sonja (2021) #10

Jul 6, 2022

I'm not a big fan of this art. I do like the Sitha storyline, but it's feeling drawn out and this just felt like a filler issue. I'm not sure why we couldn't have gotten to Sitha's family in this issue rather than waiting until the next.

6.5
Red Sonja (2021) #11

Jul 31, 2022

Another story telling us females are awesome and men suck. Hoohum. Heard this for the past 2 years nonstop. We don't need anyone stealing from Themysicira at this point. So, that aside, Sitha is cute as always and the twist isn't set up in the least. I've enjoyed this storyline a great deal for the most part, but this issue was a low point.

6.0
Red Sonja (2021) #12

Sep 2, 2022

For a final issue of this incredibly long arc, it was over very quickly and I didn't feel there was ever any true danger to Sonja. She walks up and grabs the god by the throat and even has time to make a speech without the god fighting back at all. I know Sitha couldn't continue into the next arc, but I didn't feel there was a good closure to that relationship. We don't even see Sonja saying goodbye. All we know is she dropped her off stayed for a bit and left. Kind of disappointing.

7.5
Secret Invasion (2022) #1

Nov 4, 2022

Why they named this the same as the one from two decades ago is beyond me. It's going to get confusing. How secret can it be, when everyone is geared up for it? Of course, this is the lead into the tv show coming to Disney+. Not sure how you can have a Secret Invasion without superheroes in it, but whatever. This one starts with a creepy family celebrating their father's/husband's death because they think he's a Skrull. Why do they think this? Don't know. Later we find out that they are Skrulls and they attack Fury. Throughout this, he is meeting with Maria Hill, who catches on. Then superheroes show up. This is good since I thought they wouldn't be there like in the show. There's some good set up here. I'll buy the next one.

4.0
She-Hulk (2022) #4

Jul 4, 2022

I liked seeing Jen outside of She-Hulk, but it's just a bunch of conversations and the fight club stuff at the beginning is stupid and juvenile. Let's get the ball rolling.

4.0
She-Hulk (2022) #5

Jul 22, 2022

Though the characters are endearing together, there is literally nothing going on. I don't even know what this book is about. They get into fights for no reason, go on a date, and that's about it. Not sure how much Roswell is getting paid to write scripts about nothing, but whatever it is, it's too much.

7.0
She-Hulk (2022) #6

Sep 9, 2022

I'm probably going to continue to drop my score with each issue. This is not a She-Hulk comic, it's not even a superhero comic. It's a romance comic. I don't buy marvel comics for the romance. It's fine if there's relationships woven into the stories, but not the main focus and that's what this is. I'm not sure how long this writer will be on this book, but I'm going to go to 12 and if she's not gone by then or if she hasn't turned this back into a superhero book, then I'm probably going to drop it.

7.0
She-Hulk (2022) #7

Nov 4, 2022

This one reminded me of the TV show (which is not good). At least it stepped away from being a romance book for a few scenes. I'm a huge She-Hulk fan, but like the show, I just keep buying this hoping it will get better, or at least become a superhero book. The end gave me a little hope. I'm over the whole Jack of Hearts thing, as it's been the focus instead of the B-story like it should be. We get the Doombot storyline. It's a cute idea, but again, should be a C-Story at best. Then we revisit the big-head girl and her hulk boyfriend. Let's see if Rowell can actually write a superhero storyline or if her run is a bust.

2.0
She-Hulk (2022) #8

Nov 18, 2022

Why in the world would they do an arc based on the She-Hulk TV show? We just saw this awful plot about the blood in the show, and it sucked then. I'm not looking forward to the rest of the arc. I may quit this until this writer is gone. Apparently, there are just stockpiles of her blood laying around and anyone can use it to mutate. What the hell?

8.0
Star Trek (2022) #1

Oct 31, 2022

I really like the idea of combining all of the shows into one. I'm not sure how the timeline works with Scotty. He doesn't look old enough to be on the ship with the others. Bones was quite decrepit when he visited Picard's Enterprise. We'll give them a pass for that one. At least they know their Deep Space Nine lore and know that Sisko ascended. I'm looking forward to seeing them all interact. That alone is worth the read.

7.5
Star Trek One-Shots (2022) #400

Sep 13, 2022

The 8-page stories in this issue were very lackluster. It was interesting to see Wil Wheaton's story, but even that was wordy and convoluted for what it was. It was great to see the homage to Nichelle since I used to take care of her when her son went on errands. The cover looks great, but not much beyond that.

8.0
Star Trek: The Mirror War #7

Jul 23, 2022

I really like this issue. It had a short-lived mutiny, big starship battles, and the main characters worried for their lives. I'm looking forward to seeing how this wraps up.

7.5
Star Trek: The Mirror War #8

Aug 22, 2022

It looks like there are some scathing reviews for this one. I liked it. I thought the twist of Ryker finally reaching the end of his rope and stabbing Picard. He takes the throne of the empire, but Picard isn't quite dead. Twists and turns throughout this one. Not sure why other readers didn't like it.

7.0
Star Trek: The Mirror War: Troi #1

Sep 11, 2022

I'm not sure why we needed this one shot and the art is only so-so. We find out that Troi may have been playing a game from the beginning, but I'm not sure what. She left Betazed when she was one of the rulers to try to become the empress. I'm just confused about her motivations, which deminished the action of the book.

7.0
Star Wars (2020) #26

Aug 20, 2022

The art went to crap in this issue. This was a middle-of-the-road issue I guess setting up the Death Star. They never messed with cannon when they did these stories in the 80s. Here it's like: We will give Luke a yellow lightsaber and we will introduce spies on the Death Star. They should just stay in their lane and create new characters, new worlds, etc. that don't go into canon. I'm afraid of where this is going. In my mind, I have to look at this as an Elseworlds universe, since they are leaving Han frozen in carbonite and sitting in Jabba's palace for a long time. At the end of Empire, Lando and Chewie left immediately to deal with that, and yet they are still here working with Leia. No Bueno.

8.0
Star Wars (2020) #27

Sep 10, 2022

I like this new storyline but hate the art. What a drop in quality from the previous run. This looks very cartoony and exaggerated and worse, it doesn't feel like Star Wars. I hope they change the art team soon.

8.5
Star Wars (2020) #28

Oct 16, 2022

I like this issue. I'm not a fan of the art in comparison to previous issues, but I wish Luke hadn't given up his saber. I would have liked to have seen some saber action. I love seeing Hera in here, but she's drawn so badly that she's almost unrecognizable. I have to see this as an alternate universe because the group would not have left Han to rot in Jabba's palace this entire time.

3.0
Star Wars (2020) #29

Nov 5, 2022

This issue didn't work for me at all. Not sure what Soule is going for here. This issue is why placing stories between Empire and Jedi leaves a bad taste. In the beginning, they are having a "couple of days off." Lando particularly is enjoying himself. Did everyone forget about HAN?! For all they know, they unfroze him and killed him on Tatooine, yet no one seems nervous in the least. It just doesn't work. I guess Soule just rewatched Last Jedi because he took all the bad from that and put it in one issue. Holdo is not a good character and he did get her voice correct from the movie, which was not a good thing. She's just as secretive and uppity as she was in the film. And just as unlikeable. Then he brings up the fuel issue. The whole fuel thing was a farce to being with. The larger ships aren't powered by liquid fuel. The fighters are, but not the larger ships. Think about our current time. Submarines, destroyers, and carriers work on nuclear power. They don't need to be fueled. If we have that technology in contemporary times, why in a sci-fi environment do ships require fuel? It was Rian Johnson not understanding anything about the military and Star Wars and now Soule picked up. Uggghhh!

8.0
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #25

Jul 17, 2022

I liked this issue. It's full of action and the team ends up running from their lives. Tasu commenting about the built guy got old after he mentioned it the first time. Not sure why the leader of Knights of Ren would go shirtless anyway. That part has always been weird to me. I like T'onga's girl having to fight for life on the ship, though I'm not sure how the other assassin got on the ship without alerts going off. I'm also waiting to see what happens with Valance. I like how the Officer said, "let's not tell him his loved ones are dead." It will be good to get the old Valance back and setting up the rematch battle between him and Vader.

6.0
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #26

Aug 12, 2022

This was kind of a disappointing issue. The whole lead-up to this ending was simply a waste of time and the characters say as much. Then the assassin tries to kill T'onga's girlfriend and instead kills the Nexu. Then she cries about it? What kind of assassin is she? I found this very strange. Then the one-eyed officer tries to get it on with Valance. What the hell is happening here? Not a great issue.

7.5
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #28

Nov 8, 2022

There's a lot of action here and many moving parts in this one. They lost their bounty and are trying to get out of a prolonged firefight with the syndicate. 4-Lom makes a bold move that pays off, though I have no idea why they didn't just run to their ship if they could have from the very beginning. It looks like Vader and Valence are going to cross paths with the Hunters during their next job. I'm wondering why Valence is still working for the Empire. Has it not been revealed that his family is dead yet? The cyborg commander and Valance have no chemistry. I'm not buying that relationship at all.

8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #25

Jul 26, 2022

Vader tracks down the Governor deflects fire while riding on a speeder bike, and cuts down imperial officers just to make a point. What's not to like? Sabe becomes team leader and she and Ochi track down the weather device. This is an old trope, but I'll give them a pass.

5.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #26

Aug 29, 2022

This was a waste of an issue. If I wanted to see episode one again, I would have watched it. I don't need Greg Pak stealing scenes from it and sticking it into a comic. And not just one page, but smattered throughout the entire issue for no reason. The only things that happen are that Vader saves Sabe from the storm and the Emporer's interjection at the end. Otherwise, I didn't need to read this issue at all.

8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #27

Sep 23, 2022

I thought this was a pretty good issue. At least it showed that Vader was a badass but not invulnerable. He goes up against a couple of impossible targets and beats them, but not without sacrificing himself. Sabe makes a conscious decision to save him but really considers it first. Some good action in this.

7.5
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #28

Oct 24, 2022

This was a tense issue. Will Vader kill Padme's double? She watches him reach for his saber with trepidation. He does take her to Emperor, which she was not expecting, but then there's a stupid scene where she runs around the throne and his royal guard accidentally open fire on the Emperor. So, he kills them. That was pushing it. Meanwhile, then Ochi meets up with some more handmaidens. Apparently, they are everywhere.

5.5
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #22

Jul 28, 2022

Not sure if Patrick and I read the same book. This story could have been told in 3 pages. The artwork was pretty bad in comparison to some of the other issues. We learned that Aphra's possessed and screws people over. These are things we already knew. The possession portion could have been cut down drastically to get to the next plot point. Instead, we stay there for the entire issue.

5.5
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #23

Aug 29, 2022

I'm not sure I'm digging this story arc. Aphra being possessed, the assassins coming for the artifact. I do like bringing back Magna, but I'm about over everything else. They brought back the murder droids wearing hats and scarves. We have no idea how they returned, however. Seems pretty convenient.

6.5
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #24

Sep 29, 2022

This felt entirely like a filler issue. We meet a bat creature who created a thing called the "spark" to rival the force. Huh? That's about all that happens in the issue. I don't get the whole spark thing. It was originally talked about as being supernatural. Now, it was something that was invented. I did like the murder droids, but that's about it.

7.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #25

Oct 31, 2022

I agree that under a different writer, this character has far more potential than the stories she currently has. Commenting on this issue and the run, this was a nice con issue. Most of the team participates in the con. I really thought Kho had turned.

7.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) #26

Nov 22, 2022

This continues the possession storyline. I was hoping this would have wrapped up by now. It's feeling pretty dragged on. I believe she's been possessed for three issues now. It seems a stretch that the Spark can annex both relics and droids to its will. They needed Kho to stay so she could be a part of Hidden Empire, which seemed very contrived. Somehow using their similar arm circuits, Magna could leap into her mind. What? Again, another stretch. It was action-packed, but it makes the reader put aside so much disbelief that it was tough to enjoy too much.

7.0
Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca (2022) #4

Jul 24, 2022

This was the most basic of issues and almost nothing happens. Chewie places tracking on the ship (OS) Chewie goes to rescue Han Chewie gets into a fight with Black K Chewie and Han escape The Falcon is missing That's it. That's the entire issue. This should have been told in 10 pages, not 20. Kind of a let down.

8.5
Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca (2022) #5

Aug 13, 2022

This one was far better than the last, though I wish they didn't make Khel's ship look exactly like the millennium falcon. Not sure what they were doing there. I like the fact that all of the crew he's wronged in the past has come back and I also like the reveal that the guy is not really his dad. I was hoping that was the case, but you never know with writers today. They like to mess with cannon. I also like the look of the new villain. Let's see what happens next. With so many Star Wars titles, I won't be able to continue this one if it's not a mini-series.

8.0
Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca (2022) #6

Sep 29, 2022

We are introduced to a new female character and Chewie gives and takes a beating. We find out about the con man posing at Han's father and his plans as well as Han's fate. There are so many Star Wars books out there, I can't collect them all. I thought this was a limited series originally. So, I'm going to have to drop something.

7.0
Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca (2022) #7

Nov 22, 2022

There's very little originality here. Han is shot and Greedo wants to finish the job but is halted. They leave him and time passes. He is healed by an indigenous race who helps him, but then he forces them to give him a ship. He holds the person at gunpoint. Then he finds out that Chewie is in a prison. I guess he never wondered where he was until this point. Lame. Meanwhile, Maz and Phaedra concoct a plan to make Chewie appear dead. Wow, that's original. Han shows up and Chewie goes to kill Greedo, who you know will be fine in the end only to die in the OT. I was kind of hoping this storyline would have wrapped up by now.

8.0
Star Wars: Hidden Empire (2022) #1

Nov 21, 2022

it's wrapping in the Dr. Aphra storylines. I'm not sure what the Knights of Ren were promised to get their butts zapped. They took it pretty well though. I like that the Emporer was able to choke her through the transmission. Let's see where it goes from here.

7.0
Star Wars: Revelations (2022) #1

Nov 26, 2022

Though well written, I don't know why we needed a recap of all of the Star Wars titles, which is exactly what this was. I guess it was a jumping-on point for new readers. I do like some of the Vader stuff and it had plenty of action. Of course, the Han title has nothing to do with the others because he's currently encased in carbonite. I may be dropping that one.

3.0
Star Wars: The Mandalorian #1

Jul 15, 2022

Just a retelling of the series. Why in the world would anyone want that? Just turn on Disney Plus and watch it again.

7.5
Stargirl: The Lost Children #1

Nov 24, 2022

It feels very much like the television show. The characters all have similar voices to their counterparts on TV. I do like the introduction of Red Arrow, who is new to me. The story is not very fleshed out thus far. I'll wait to see what happens in the next issue.

8.5
Strange (2022) #4

Jul 28, 2022

I know a lot of people don't like this series, but I'm enjoying it. I like that she doesn't get along with her warlord mother and that her mother believes she had more nefarious motives. I like the battle scenes. I have no idea how they are going to wrap this up in a single issue.

9.0
Strange (2022) #5

Aug 18, 2022

I really liked this issue, beginning with her mother, her night out with Moon Knight and finally the big reveal. This was a well-crafted issue that kept the pages turning. Nice work Jeb Mackay. I'm looking forward to the next one.

8.0
Strange (2022) #6

Sep 22, 2022

Despite Clea not being in the issue, I did enjoy it, especially the cameos. Not sure meeting with Black Widow did Wong any good. She didn't seem to have any info for him. Kind of a waste of a scene and use of BW. Seeing Harkness and Scarlet Witch in the bar was cool and having a bartender that constantly changed was pretty unique. Props for that. Jean Grey seemed to put him on a path that revealed someone that does have info for him. Some good story movement this issue.

8.0
Strange (2022) #7

Oct 31, 2022

Clea and Stephen fight a monster and defeat it by working in unison. The most memorable part of this issue is Clea's conviction. Her "Stand by her man" conversation was great. Of course, we have seen the "I love you, but I can't touch you" story arc before. It was seasons 2 and 3 of Dark Angel in the 90s and then again in Bond. Can we do something new?

8.0
The New Champion of Shazam! (2022) #1

Aug 6, 2022

It was a slow start, but this is almost an origin story. The story really picks up when the rabbit starts talking. That was a nice touch. Then she fights a no-name villain and then the reveal about her parents. I got the alternate cover which is simply gorgeous.

7.5
The New Champion of Shazam! (2022) #2

Nov 7, 2022

I like a lot about this issue. Darla taking the bunny and the bunny being able to teleport was a good addition. The issue takes a dip with the scene in the classroom where we meet an actual "Chad." Come on - please. I did like the action scenes with the crocodile and the negative-multi man, though I have no idea what his powers are. They are going to have to define those soon.

7.5
The New Champion of Shazam! (2022) #3

Nov 12, 2022

I enjoyed this issue, but I have no idea how they are going to wrap it up in one issue. Her regret for yelling at Darla that propels the cliffhanger was a good move. Of course, we get the "don't look at the comments" scene that's been used a million times. I like bringing in Duddley as well. Never thought I'd see that character again.

9.0
The Variants (2022) #1

Jul 14, 2022

I like Gail Simone's writing and I like the character of Jessica Drew. The mystery of the Purple Man and the girl killing her parents. Trying on the lipstick, and fighting herself at the end. All good stuff.

8.5
The Variants (2022) #2

Jul 31, 2022

I'm really liking this series. It's unique and it was good to see Tigra. Haven't seen her in ages. I like how they introduced Luke and Gail wasn't afraid to give the male character the spotlight for a second. There was no pandering. There were strong females and strong males and they worked in tandum. No one upping the other. I liked the scene with Daredevil. There are a lot of good moments here for a single issue, even though we still don't know what the story is even about.

7.0
The Variants (2022) #3

Sep 2, 2022

This is the issue of non-stop conversations and gender-bending Jessica. It's feeling like an episode of Orphan Black in the 5th season. I don't feel like the story is going anywhere. Come on Gail. Get it going already.

7.0
The Variants (2022) #4

Oct 31, 2022

I love the throwback cover of this one, but the story is really falling off. Prof. X (still hating the egghead helmet) gives Jen some therapy by telling her the only hold Purple Man has on her is her mind. Why he didn't do this years ago is a mystery. Then we find out who the villain is and her motivation without having any lead to this revelation. Then the stand off comes and ugh. Oh well, this could have been good.

8.0
Titans United: Blood Pact (2022) #1

Sep 25, 2022

Starting with a Tim Drake I actually recognize, a mystery develops and we go back in time to a battle between the Titans and the Five. Then Blood shows up with his mother and a ritual is invoked. Raven is mysteriously missing from the group and we are introduced to a world where Raven rules. Pretty cool. I'm excited to see where this goes.

8.0
Tomb of Dracula (1972) #1

Oct 12, 2022

I'm definitely not used to reading this much text in a comic. It's amazing how different comics are now from back then. Also, I expected the ending to be a cliffhanger, but the story is closed up. The characters are a bit stupid and whiny at times. The girl is very prissy. The trope characters have definitely changed over time. I enjoyed this retrospective.

4.0
X-Men: Red (2022) #4

Jul 4, 2022

Nothing happens in this issue. Kind of disappointing. Conversation after conversation with no resolution. Let's get the ball rolling.

7.0
X-Men: Red (2022) #5

Aug 5, 2022

They expect a battle is coming. A battle as readers to which we already know the outcome. One of their members switches sides because she always wins. That is a very lame power by the way. Not sure how magneto is still living with a huge hole in his chest, but whatever. And storm didn't even show up to join the fight.

5.5
X-Men: Red (2022) #6

Sep 17, 2022

This book is so convoluted, that it's scary. We jump between so many characters with one panel and move on to the next instead of concentrating on Storm and Magneto. The beginning characters are never seen again. And we really have to suspend disbelief with Magneto having no heart. I give up on this title. I love Storm, but I'll get her in another series.

4.5
X-Men: Red (2022) #7

Oct 9, 2022

Not sure why anyone liked this issue, but this issue finally made me delete the series from my pull list. Spoiler - Magneto dies, which is done well if we really thought he was dead - which he obviously isn't. Storm is great. Love the costume and she's badass as usual. Then the rest of the issue is them arguing about seats at the table. This is the majority of the issue and I just didn't care. Hopefully, there is another series with Storm in it that I can pick up because I'm done with this series. The whole AXE storyline is dirt and this side story doesn't help. Can we go back to classic X-Men stories, please?

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