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We Only Find Them When Theyre Dead #5 Review: Immensely Satisfying

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #5 Review: Immensely Satisfying

The end of a storyline brings answers and more questions as the spaceship Vihaan 2 literally goes where no human has ever gone before. This is not done without some challenges in pacing and characterization, but as a whole work of literature, We Only Find Them When They're Dead #5 remains largely satisfying. The space […]

X-Men #17 Review: Krakoa Sends Some Heat

X-Men #17 Review: Krakoa Sends Some Heat

The Shi'ar Empire spans galaxies and is protected by the fearsome Imperial Guard, a lethal group of super-powered beings from all over the Empire. When something goes really wrong, they need to call for the help of people with a different skill set … and that's where Marvel's not so merry mutants come in. Under […]

The Other History Of The DC Universe #2 Review: They Were Children

The Other History Of The DC Universe #2 Review: "They Were Children"

With the framing device of two people considered less relevant heroes, the development of the Teen Titans and events of much of the 1980s in DC Comics is explored in The Other History Of The DC Universe #2, which is a deep but strangely unsatisfying take. Make no mistake about what's here: the Titans come […]

Black Cat #2 Review: Signature Bravado and Relentless Daring

Black Cat #2 Review: Signature Bravado and Relentless Daring

With a huge plan for a heist that could literally change the fate of the world, in Black Cat #2, Felicia Hardy has her signature bravado and relentless daring in hand as she dives face-first into the King In Black crossover. The elements specific to her current incarnation and crew are stellar, but unfortunately, the […]

Manns World: Class Warfare While Hunting Dinosaurs Dont Mix

Mann's World: Class Warfare While Hunting Dinosaurs Don't Mix

AWA Studios' imprint Upshot Studios continues its wave of genre comics with high concepts and social commentary. Mann's World #1 by crime novelist Victor Gischler and artist Niko Walter is the latest, a Science Fiction adventure that combines Jurassic Park with Deliverance. Mann's World is a resort planet where rich tourists can go hunt genetically-engineered […]

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1 Review: A Mixed Bag

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1 Review: A Mixed Bag

With a throughline of sacrifice and misinformation at its center, this issue answers some questions about (aptly enough) whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow as the second generations of the Fourth World and stars from Wildstorm play in the periphery. Balancing out the other half of the set up from Future State: Superman of Metropolis, […]

Iron Fist: Heart Of The Dragon #1 Review: Does A Lot Of Things Right

Iron Fist: Heart Of The Dragon #1 Review: Does A Lot Of Things Right

A mystery brews that threatens other-dimensional spaces, and Danny Rand — with a little help from his friends — is faced with saving heaven itself from this well-resourced, clandestine enemy. With the skillful hand of a legend writing the tale and superb production values, Iron Fist: Heart Of The Dragon #1 does a lot of […]

Haha #1:  Image Comics Twists the Funnyman Trope

Haha #1: Image Comics Twists the Funnyman Trope

Bart lives a good life. He has a house, wife, kids, and a cute little dog who likes to chew on his shoelaces. His profession's actual reality only shadows the pride he feels in his day-to-day life; it's Bart's last day as a clown, and his family couldn't care less about him. The niche of […]

Seven Secrets #6 Review: Its Time To Get Weird

Seven Secrets #6 Review: It's Time To Get Weird

The wolves are at the gate, and the secrets are in danger, with the people charged with protecting them between a rock and a hard place. This amazing issue does the impossible: taking the brilliance of this already epic series and kicking it up into a wholly unseen and unexpected level. The Order that protects […]

Commanders In Crisis #4 Review: Unlike Any Other Superhero Comic

Commanders In Crisis #4 Review: Unlike Any Other Superhero Comic

Wow. This innovative, heady, thoughtful issue is unlike any other superhero comic around. A team of five very specific heroes from disparate worlds makes a discovery about the work they do that shakes them all to their foundations, and it is a mind-blower. The facts are these: Four people who were all history-making personalities on […]

Future State: Green Lantern #1 Review: A Lot Of Story

Future State: Green Lantern #1 Review: A Lot Of Story

Future State: Green Lantern #1 is a book that takes the term "future state" very seriously; things have gone outrageously wrong for the 7,200 members of the intergalactic law enforcement organization. In the very near future, the central power battery that gives the Green Lanterns their light … goes dark. Not for a few minutes, […]

S.W.O.R.D. #2 Review: It Says What It Says

S.W.O.R.D. #2 Review: It Says What It Says

There is a long-honored trope in fiction about "the man on the wall," one charged with the defense of all that matters who has to make impossible choices and do unthinkable things, in S.W.O.R.D. #2, the mutant nation of Krakoa has decided that they want Abigail Brand as that person, heading a complex and potentially […]

Star Wars Darth Vader #9 Review: The Logic Behind The Legend

Star Wars Darth Vader #9 Review: The Logic Behind The Legend

One of the challenges with the newly canonical comic books is the need to balance the menace and mastery of Darth Vader against the desire to deepen his sense of loss and, in some ways, justify his failures. Star Wars: Darth Vader #9 is one of the rare ones that perfectly balances the struggle between […]

Future State: Harley Quinn #1 Review:  A Mean Spirited Good Time

Future State: Harley Quinn #1 Review:  A Mean Spirited Good Time

Shows like The Blacklist or movies like Silence of the Lambs have played with the tropes of "using a monster to catch monsters." Future State: Harley Quinn #1 is a rather clever manipulation of pop culture concepts casts "daddy's little monster" as Red Reddington in a brilliant manipulation of things that only a criminal/psychologist could […]

Scouts Honor #1 Review: The Power (And Danger) Of Myth

Scout's Honor #1 Review: The Power (And Danger) Of Myth

With a number of wonderful twists and turns to its intricate post-apocalyptic plot, this thrilling opening salvo posits a harrowing question of identity. How good is the message if you're not sure you can trust the messenger? Two hundred and eighty-six years after a nuclear armageddon, a group of young people called Ranger Scouts follow […]

Big Girls #6 Review: It Gets Very Real Very Fast

Big Girls #6 Review: It Gets Very Real, Very Fast

Strap in because it gets very real, very fast in Big Girls #6, closing down the initial story arc and making a big shift for the cast members here. Jason Howard can apparently aptly call himself "writer," "artist," and "genius" after this superb performance. The original status quo was that some pre-adolescent boys would get […]

The Unthinkables #1 Review: Jerks Forced To Save The World

The Unthinkables #1 Review: Jerks Forced To Save The World

With an irreverent approach, a team of unlikely extrahuman entities must be quickly assembled to overcome a threat that could wipe out the whole world. With lots of shenanigans, this team is assembled with some kind of agenda hidden from even their members. With a pedigree that likely has as much to do with The Awesomes and […]

An Unkindness of Ravens #3: Answers Give Way To New Questions

An Unkindness of Ravens #3: Answers Give Way To New Questions

An Unkindness of Ravens has stood out from BOOM! Studios recent wave of hit creator-owned series in a big way. In what sometimes feels like a sea of guaranteed hits by the least edgy, most mainstream, already-proven talent, An Unkindness of Ravens stands out as a unique and raw force of pure creativity. With a killer […]

Eternals #1 Review: The Work of Gods and Monsters

Eternals #1 Review: The Work of Gods and Monsters

With the power of myth being juggled between existing continuity and new questions, one of the Marvel universe's most enigmatic properties returns to comics in a splashy manner. While Eternals #1 has gorgeous visuals and intriguing "exclusions" offer teases to pull the reader in, unfortunate thematic parallels will inevitably create concerns of similarity. In the "what […]

I Walk With Monsters #1 Review: Looking For A Way In

I Walk With Monsters #1 Review: Looking For A Way In

I Walk With Monsters is about a young girl grappling with a traumatic past by traveling around the country with a man with monstrous abilities. Together, they seek out predators while on another, more pointed mission as well. Written by Paul Cornell, drawn by Sally Cantirino, colored by Dearbhla Kelly, and lettered by AndWorld Design, this is another interesting […]