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X-Factor #1 Review: Resurrection Aint Easy for This New Team

X-Factor #1 Review: Resurrection Ain't Easy for This New Team

Under the reign of writer Jonathan Hickman, dubbed in the credits of most X-books as "Head of X," Marvel's X-Men franchise has been thriving in more ways than one: it's selling. It's getting a great reaction from many readers, and it seems to be breaking ground creatively from the way writers like Tini Howard and Gerry Duggan talk about […]

Batman: Gotham Nights #15 Review: Worth The Price Of Admission

Batman: Gotham Nights #15 Review: Worth The Price Of Admission

Catwoman starts off the issue doing something that looks sloppy: she's grabbed a bag of diamonds from the Malfi Clan, a group that fences pretty much all the stolen goods that proliferate through Gotham. The Malfis respond with great displeasure, including a RPG. Then, along comes a Bat … This script by Mark Russell very […]

Suicide Squad #7 Review: Earned With Every Pull Of A Trigger

Suicide Squad #7 Review: Earned With Every Pull Of A Trigger

Let's just skip the first two pages, or pretend they said another name there. It'll read better and make more sense, because this issue is all about Mister Floyd Lawton, who does business under the name Deadshot, and the creative team does everything they possibly can to do right by him. Lawton has a full […]

Star Wars: Darth Vader #3 Review: Another Sad Chapter

Star Wars: Darth Vader #3 Review: Another Sad Chapter

One dominating characteristic of the post-prequel era is the relative humanization of the title character. In the original trilogy (and much of the lore that's no longer canon), Darth Vader was a mythic figure of overwhelming power and relentless fury. Merely a whiff of his cape was enough to send entire squadrons hitting the hyperdrive. […]

Bliss #1 Review: A Comic Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda

Bliss #1 Review: A Comic Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda!?

The Coyotes team of writer Sean Lewis and artist Caitlin Yarsky reunite for a new comic over at Image, the surrealist Bliss. This new eight-issue series, which examines the morality of a murderer who committed his crimes in order to save his sick son, debuted last week with its first issue. Coyotes was as beautifully drawn as it was unique, but […]

Spider-Man: Sins Rising Prelude Review: The Amazing Nick Spencer

Spider-Man: Sins Rising Prelude Review: The Amazing Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer is gearing up for his next Amazing Spider-Man event, and it all begins in the Sins Rising Prelude. This one-shot, with artwork by Guillermo Sanna, colors by Jordie Bellaire, and letters by VC's Joe Caramagna reintroduces and recaps the life of Stanley Carter, the Sin-Eater. The villain famously killed one of Spider-Man's closest friends […]

Kill Lock #6 Review: Completed A Virtually Perfect Mini-Series

Kill Lock #6 Review: Completed A Virtually Perfect Mini-Series

There's a moment in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair when Rene Russo realizes what's happening and has this sly smile across her face. It's a moment of delight, for the character and the audience, as something really impressive is happening and watching it happen is super enjoyable. This issue of the magnificent, brilliantly conceived […]

Legion Of Super-Heroes #7 Review: So Many Characters On Panel

Legion Of Super-Heroes #7 Review: So Many Characters On Panel

There's a lot to like about this issue if you love the Legion. The assembled team bursts in on a meeting of the United Planets to make some grand statements, the team holds an election and Lightning Lad's family moves from Winath, which is apparently a dump! If you're a Legion fan, every part of […]

Spider-Man FCBD Review: Donny Cates and Jed MacKay Double Feature

Spider-Man FCBD Review: Donny Cates and Jed MacKay Double Feature

For this years… unique Free Comic Book Day, Marvel paired their Black Cat and Venom teams together for a double feature in Spider-Man FCBD. Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, and JP Mayer build on the upcoming Venom story in their segment, while Jed MacKay and Patrick Gleason deliver a one-off Spidey / Black Cat versus the Vulture story that hints […]

Chu #1 Review: The Better Call Saul to Chews Breaking Bad

Chu #1 Review: The Better Call Saul to Chew's Breaking Bad

John Layman's Chew was a standout creator-owned comic in a time that will be remembered and defined by incredible creator-owned comics. It was funny and subversive, light yet emotional, action-packed and twisty, relatable, and yet gloriously weird. Now, with Chew complete and artist and co-creator Rob Guillory moving onto his own written and drawn Farmhand, Layman sought a […]

Conspiracy: Men in Black Review: Reminiscent of Classic Horror Comics

Conspiracy: Men in Black Review: Reminiscent of Classic Horror Comics

Zenescope Entertainment is known for its interconnected superhero/horror universe populated by public domain characters, but they have also, in recent years, specialized in horror anthologies. One of their longest-running series, Grimm Tales of Terror, takes urban legends and spins them into modernized, standalone stories that always come with a harsh twist at the end. Now, the […]

Chu #1 Review: This Will Likely Whet Your Whistle

Chu #1 Review: This Will Likely Whet Your Whistle

Writer John Layman was able to spin a multi-year story of adventure, betrayal, redemption, and justice from the idea of a man who could get psychic impressions from things he ate, detective Tony Chu. Now, Layman has recruited new collaborator Dan Boultwood to return to the well while flipping the coin over, taking a look […]

Batgirl #47 Review: Rooted In Trauma

Batgirl #47 Review: Rooted In Trauma

Through means that really functionally don't matter, the Joker now has access to Batman's greatest weapons: money and secrets. The entire Wayne fortune is in the hands of the Clown Prince of Crime, as are the identities of everyone he works with, as are every technological toy in question, finally giving Jack Nicholson the answer […]

Action Comics #1023 Review: A Big Chunk Of Biff And Pow

Action Comics #1023 Review: A Big Chunk Of Biff And Pow

The Red Cloud is a newspaper reporter/mob enforcer with aerosolized super powers that even threatened the life of the Not So Last Son of Krypton. She's mad because her organization, the "Invisible Mafia," is folding like the Sunday funnies and she lays the blame at the feet of Lois Lane, and by extension her super powered […]

Die #12 Review: Ill-Considered Last Page Reveal

Die #12 Review: Ill-Considered Last Page Reveal

From its inception, Die #12 has played fast and loose with the pop culture strings of readers' hearts. From its TTRPG roots to its Big Chill styled ensemble cast, it has a heavy grounding in the disappointments over, as Billy Joel sang, "all the promises our teachers gave/if we worked hard if we behaved." As it thrust […]

Lords Of Empyre Emperor Hulking #1 Review: A Moment To Truly Shine

Lords Of Empyre Emperor Hulking #1 Review: A Moment To Truly Shine

In what feels like the first real story in the latest crossover, this tells the tale of a character left on the sidelines who gets a moment to truly shine. Theodore Rufus Altman is the impossible merging of two ancient, warring cultures. His birth father was an expatriate of the star-spanning Kree Empire called Mar-Vell, […]

Vlad Dracul #1 Review: A Complicated Depiction of the Horror Icon

Vlad Dracul #1 Review: A Complicated Depiction of the Horror Icon

Dracula has been adapted and reimagined and recycled through countless novels, movies, and comics for longer than any of us have been alive. It takes a bold creative team to look at all of that and go, "Yeah, I have a story to tell about that guy." That's precisely what writer Matteo Strukul and artist Andrea Mutti did […]

The Adventures of Byron #1 Review: For Fans of Rockos Modern Life

The Adventures of Byron #1 Review: For Fans of Rocko's Modern Life

The Adventures of Byron is a new all-ages one-shot from Scout Comics, who has recently been rolling out interested and diverse content with their slate. Now, with this new concept from writer/artist Chris Hamer, co-writer Quenton Brodnak, and colorist Noel Saabye that evokes classic Nicktoons, can the company continue to deliver great comic after great comic? The […]

Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto #1 Review: An Elegantly Told Namor Team-Up

Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto #1 Review: An Elegantly Told Namor Team-Up

Continuing his landmark run on X-Men that has revamped the various Marvel mutant titles from the ground up, writer Jonathan Hickman turns his focus to a Magneto and Namor team-up story. This new release, Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto #1, is made in collaboration with artist Ramón Pérez, colorist David Curiel, letterer VC's Clayton Cowles, and designer Tom Muller. It picks up with the […]

Engineward #1 Review: Vault Builds a Future Where Earth Is Forgotten

Engineward #1 Review: Vault Builds a Future Where Earth Is Forgotten

Vault Comics, known for its focus on sci-fi and some of the best-designed covers in comics, released the first issue of Engineward this week. The series, which received an ambitious twelve-issue order from the indie publisher, is written by George Mann. He is known for, among other speculative fiction, as a prolific Doctor Who writer. Joe Eisma joins Mann in […]