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Conspiracy: Planet X Review: Compelling Horror from Zenescope

Conspiracy: Planet X Review: Compelling Horror from Zenescope

Conspiracy: Planet X continues Zenescope's comic anthology of sci-fi horror, but there may be more tying these stories together than what initially seemed. Up until now, Conspiracy has been structured like some of Zenescope Entertainment's previous anthology series, such as Grimm Tales of Terror and early issues of Grimm Fairy Tales before it became a superhero epic. […]

The Immortal Hulk: The Threshing Place #1 Review: A Marvel Massacre

The Immortal Hulk: The Threshing Place #1 Review: A Marvel Massacre

Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Del Mundo have teamed up for a one-shot story set in Al Ewing's ongoing Immortal Hulk run, a take on Bruce Banner that rides the line between superhero action and pitch-black horror. How does Lemire's take on this current "Devil Hulk" hold up? Lemire is one of the best writers working today due […]

The Legend of Yukmouth #1 Review: Ominous Atmosphere

The Legend of Yukmouth #1 Review: Ominous Atmosphere

With striking and crisp visuals, The Legend of Yukmouth #1 is a bold new issue is filled with ominous atmosphere and chilling moments. Like the movie Belly, it masters the visual elements of emotions — intimidation, confidence, determination — and codifies it into sequential art. A mysterious and powerful man rolls up on the storefront […]

Lonely Receiver #2 Review: A Week of Spiraling Shame

Lonely Receiver #2 Review: A Week of Spiraling Shame

The debut issue of Lonely Receiver was the break-up. This is the fallout. Lonely Receiver #2 is a feverish trip into the mind of a heartbroken woman, Catrin, who lives in a future that seems far from where we are in some ways and alarmingly close in others. The issue takes place in a single week, […]

An Unkindness of Ravens #1 Review: One of 2020s Best Debuts

An Unkindness of Ravens #1 Review: One of 2020's Best Debuts

An Unkindness of Ravens, the new series from writer/artist Dan Panosian, artist Marianna Ignazzi, colorist Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Mike Fiorentino is a high school supernatural-drama, Salem Witch trials revenge story, and murder mystery. A lot of horror's greatest stories take place, like this one, in New England… so does An Unkindness of Ravens hold up? An Unkindness of Ravens […]

Hellions #5 Review: Dazzling Performance of Mr. Sinister

Hellions #5 Review: Dazzling Performance of Mr. Sinister

The X of Swords crossover is less a series of tales told in multiple avenues and more a single tale weaving through the periodical schedules of multiple series. As such, reviewing Hellions #5 (or Cable #5 or New Mutants #13) is not exactly like a regular comic book review, as you don't get a story in any of […]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #4 Review: BOOMs Best Buffy Title

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #4 Review: BOOM!'s Best Buffy Title

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow continues with the fourth issue of what has been by far the best title in BOOM! Studios' reboot of the iconic series. Everything that made the first three issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow great continues here, with this slice-of-life style script from Mariko Tamaki. Even as it begins to ramp […]

Commanders In Crisis #1 Review: Bold Jam-Packed Debut

Commanders In Crisis #1 Review: Bold, Jam-Packed Debut

Commanders In Crisis #1 is a bold, jam-packed debut issue wears its politics on its sleeve as that arm punches a bad guy in the face. Carefully balancing exposition, plot development, and action, this new superhero concept takes hints of things you know while introducing all-new characters and a bigger-than-life threat. First, the dramatis personae. […]

Engineward #3 Review: Does It Deliver On Its Potential

Engineward #3 Review: Does It Deliver On Its Potential?

Engineward has, in its first issues, been great to look at thanks to artist Joe Eisma and colorist Michael Garland, but the story by George Mann feels all potential and no follow-through due to mythology-heavy, exposition-overloaded, character-lite writing. Will this third issue finally deliver on Engineward's potential? Here's the good in Engineward #3: The story finally gets moving […]

Star Wars: Darth Vader #6 Review: Pretending At Power

Star Wars: Darth Vader #6 Review: Pretending At Power

It was said that studying to become a Jedi master was a hard life with danger and uncertainty. In Star Wars: Darth Vader #6, we see that the instructional elements for a Sith are not at all easier, with the erstwhile Anakin Skywalker facing Palpatine's harsh discipline after the emo adventures on Naboo. His return […]

Seven Secrets #3 Review: Your New Favorite Comic Book

Seven Secrets #3 Review: Your New Favorite Comic Book

The third time is certainly the charm as the new adventure series from Boom! Studios again hits every note perfectly. With cinematic camera angles, effective characterization, and lore that gets more effective with every issue, Seven Secrets #3 is your new favorite comic book. A teenager named Caspar has a chance to step into a […]

Bliss #3 Review: Comics That Cannot Be Contained

Bliss #3 Review: Comics That Cannot Be Contained

Bliss #3 continues Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarksy's tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil… or, rather, three devils… in order to save his sick son's life. Are we going to get a Breaking Bad-esque "I did it for me" moment here, or will Benton have a come-to-God moment as his son tells his story […]

The Vain #1 Review: Emily Pearson Brings Onis Vampires to Life

The Vain #1 Review: Emily Pearson Brings Oni's Vampires to Life

There are new vampires on the scene courtesy of writer Eliot Rahal, artist Emily Pearson, colorists Fred C. Stresing and Macy Kahn, and letter Crank! Vain, the new title from Oni Press, is a World War II-era title about bloodsucking bandits, and the first issue is here. Is it worth a read? The Vain #1 is a mixed bag as far […]

Venus in the Blind Spot: Junji Ito has Fun With his Horror Influences

Venus in the Blind Spot: Junji Ito has Fun With his Horror Influences

Venus in the Blind Spot is the latest collection of short stories by horror manga master Junji Ito. Viz Media gave him the deluxe treatment with a gorgeous hardcover collection that includes colour pages. There's no commentary on the stories, but the selection is actually a tour of Ito's mind as they reveal his influences […]

Angel &#038 Spike #14 Review: Zac Thompson Arrives

Angel & Spike #14 Review: Zac Thompson Arrives

Angel & Spike from BOOM! Studios gets a new writer with Lovely Receiver's Zac Thompson. How does this new team handle the reboot of Buffy's sister series? Zac Thompson's social media spoiled the surprise a little. Nothing narrative… but rather the "is it going to be good?" of it all. Thompson has already established himself as an incredible […]

Amazing Spider-Man #49 Review: Fighting With No Conclusion

Amazing Spider-Man #49 Review: Fighting With No Conclusion

Much like this week's Batman #100, Amazing Spider-Man #49 is a "landmark" issue (if you add the old numbering this is #850, but they restarted it, so does that even count?) amounts to much ado about nothing as all the sturm und drang of a gigantic slobberknocker amounts to next to nothing being different than […]

The Orville: Launch Day #2 Review: Fun Twists &#038 Turns

The Orville: Launch Day #2 Review: Fun Twists & Turns

With a comical slant and a hard science fiction edge, this fast-paced, The Orville: Launch Day #2 is an enjoyable issue that gives you many of the thrills of the TV show. The characters are true to themselves, many get a chance to shine, and the photorealistic artwork brings familiar and alien environments to life. […]

Marauders #13 Review: She Wants The Skybreaker

Marauders #13 Review: She Wants The Skybreaker

Getting pretty far afield from the central theme of a crew of mutants on the high seas, Marauders #13 dives deep into the relationship Ororo Monroe (Storm) has with her ex-husband and his Wakandan relatives. It achieves half of the storytelling mandate in that its conclusion (for the needs of the larger X of Swords […]

Spy Island #2 Review: Not Much Happening

Spy Island #2 Review: Not Much Happening

After the breathtaking debut issue, this installment of the new espionage send-up takes its foot off the accelerator and coasts, which is a troubling choice for a four-issue miniseries. There are still plenty of entertaining elements to work with here, but where the first issue astonished, this one merely suffices.   Nora Freud is a […]

Batman #100 Review: Made Everything Easy Again

Batman #100 Review: Made Everything Easy Again

In a genuinely depressing kind of jack-in-the-box sense, in Batman #100 the Joker War goes a long way to press DC Comics' favorite button, the one on the far right side of the Atari 2600 that made everything easy again. There are some bright spots worth noting. Proving, for once and for all, that Oracle […]