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Some Thoughts On Vampire The Masquerade: Winters Teeth #6

Some Thoughts On Vampire The Masquerade: Winter's Teeth #6

In Vampire The Masquerade: Winter's Teeth #6, vampire enforcer Cecily Bain has a tough job. She's supposed to enforce the rules for a society that values getting away with breaking said rules. Vampires love their half-truths and leading information, and thanks to an unknown source, Cecily received some bad, bad news about the new vampire […]

A Darkness In The Light: Luna #2

A Darkness In The Light: Luna #2

In this issue of Luna, the cracks appear in The Family Of The Sun. If everything looked good after a night of decadent, blissed-out fun, Luna #2 is the literal and figurative morning after. The blood play of issue #1 turns out to have disastrous consequences (if the main character Luna doesn't get her new […]

Trese: Filipino Supernatural Noir Series Offers a New Voice in Horror

Trese: Filipino Supernatural Noir Series Offers a New Voice in Horror

Trese is a Filipino comic series by Batjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo featuring Alexandra Trese, a Babaylan, or shamaness, who solves supernatural crimes on the mean streets of Manila. It's your everyday hardboiled supernatural detective series and set in the Philippines. What's not to love about that? Alexandra Trese is an Asian version of the […]

Mister Miracle #1: The Source of Freedom Review: Ambitious

Mister Miracle #1: The Source of Freedom Review: Ambitious

With a masterful showing of characterization and visual thrills, this ambitious new addition to the New Gods mythos gets extremely down to earth. There are so many wonderful elements here that show the true antagonist for escape artist Shilo Norman may not be the unexpected last page reveal, but himself. Opening up with a history-making […]

Iron Man Annual #1 Review: A Great Showing

Iron Man Annual #1 Review: A Great Showing

In a fun bit of continuity cohesion, events from the Miles Morales book mixed together with elements of the last Infinity Gems crossover to create a neat, seemingly self-contained event (no tie-ins!) that kicks off with a bang. Tony Stark makes a great showing of the justifications for his ego and his ability to fight […]

The Nice House On The Lake #1 Review: Diaphanous Clever

The Nice House On The Lake #1 Review: Diaphanous, Clever

The chances are very high that when you get to the last page of this book, you'll only have one word on your lips: "wow." With pitch-perfect timing, a perfect balance between characterization and plot, and a creeping sense of "oh … oh no," this could be your new nearly-post-pandemic favorite. Let's start with the […]

Green Lantern #3 Review: Pretty Doggone Enjoyable

Green Lantern #3 Review: Pretty Doggone Enjoyable

With incipient change gripping the world Oa billed as the center of the universe, the standard-bearers of Oan justice are way out on a limb and over a rabbit hole that looks like it's nothing but deeper. John Stewart has to learn a number of new rules if he hopes to bring a semblance of […]

Heroes Reborn #4 Review: The Worst Thus Far

Heroes Reborn #4 Review: The Worst Thus Far

It's truly difficult for a series to progressively get worse as it continues along, but this crossover headline series is swinging for the fences with unlikeable protagonists that read like Comicsgate fans in spandex. After Hyperion's superiority complex and the insufferable smarm of Blur, possibly the worst thus far is "the most hated man in […]

Strange Adventures #10 Review: Lets Make A Deal

Strange Adventures #10 Review: Let's Make A Deal

With what could possibly be the most disturbing game of "Let's Make A Deal" ever, this issue both does something truly intense from a purely plot-related perspective and something sadly boring from an execution perspective. By ignoring the cardinal rule of storytelling, "show, don't tell," this issue makes a case for what really happened in […]

Batman #109 Review: Yesterdays News

Batman #109 Review: Yesterday's News

A character here simply states what seems to be the central thesis of this issue — "Batman is yesterday's news" — and throws a lot of evidence into proving that right. With a gigantic showing of characterization by tyro troublemaker Ghost-Maker, both for ill and for naught, Batman #109 is the grim Ahch-To adjacent Future […]

Commanders In Crisis #9 Review: A New Storyline

Commanders In Crisis #9 Review: A New Storyline

One of the industry's most creative superhero titles is back with a new storyline and an uphill climb. They set themselves on a fantastic, innovative path … only to end the issue with the same kinds of cliches that plague the majority of the market. The five heroes of Crisis Command have a lot in […]

The Flash #770 Review: Wally Wests Quantum Leap

The Flash #770 Review: Wally West's Quantum Leap

With a heavy serving of tropes ladled all over this script, the "Wally West's Quantum Leap To Escape Consequences" tour continues in The Flash #770 by dropping the modern-day speedster into World War 2 for a chance to play out that superhero cliche everyone talks about but literally has no value to actually enact in […]

Heroes Reborn #3 Review: Strangled By Its Limitations

Heroes Reborn #3 Review: Strangled By Its Limitations

Much like the first two-thirds of the first Wonder Woman movie, there is an interesting story hiding behind the corporate needs of the crossover. Unlike that film, if you make your way through the weeds of copyright skirting remixes of things you know in Heroes Reborn #3, you'll find that the interesting story in question […]

Star Trek: Year Five #20 Review: Worth Buying

Star Trek: Year Five #20 Review: Worth Buying

A conflict between conscience and continuity embroils the second crew of a starship called Enterprise with a number of science-fiction and political overtones to complicate things. Commander Spock is front and center for change in Star Trek: Year Five #20, and the cost of it could literally be everything. The crew's Tholian guest called "Bright […]

Nightwing #80 Review: A Winner

Nightwing #80 Review: A Winner

With a wonderful eye for detail, outstanding dialogue, riveting visual storytelling, and a deft, careful plot, Nightwing #80 is a new era for the erstwhile Boy Wonder is a wonder to behold. Dick Grayson has a lot going on. The death of one of his father figures, Alfred Pennyworth, has left him rich. Within the […]

Shang-Chi #1 Review: Family Business

Shang-Chi #1 Review: Family Business

With a movie on the horizon and communities hungry for representation, one of Marvel's most skilled hand-to-hand combatants has a new job and new responsibilities in Shang-Chi #1. These new circumstances are not easy for the title character to manage and could put him at odds with many people who would normally be allies. Shang-Chi's […]

Grendel: Devils Odyssey #6 Review: Just Short Of Greatness

Grendel: Devil's Odyssey #6 Review: Just Short Of Greatness

With the hope of shifting a world's entire cultural ideals, the cyborg warrior known as Grendel Prime employs a different set of skills towards finding a new planetary home for humanity. There's a kind of comical flavor Grendel: Devil's Odyssey #6, but the stakes are clearly life and death. The planet Bojan Feq has the […]

Guardians Of The Galaxy #14 Review: Big Trouble

Guardians Of The Galaxy #14 Review: Big Trouble

In Guardians of the Galaxy #14, Doctor Doom has found his way deep into space to seize the sword of the emperor of the Kree/Skrull Empire and take over to defeat a coming threat. He handily smacked down an entire team of Guardians while another team faced off an ancient threat determined to battle in […]

Time Before Time #1 Review: Subtle and Elegant

Time Before Time #1 Review: Subtle and Elegant

Time Before Time #1 is a brand new noirish science fiction tale that takes on the idea of working for a better life and feeling like there's no way out. With a heartless corporate-style organization exploiting fairly rare technology to extract fortune and, of course, spread suffering around. In the year 2140, Tatsuo works for […]

Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker The Amazing Shutterbug #1 Review: Not Bad

Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker, The Amazing Shutterbug #1 Review: Not Bad

As part of another alternative history crossover that almost has no choice but to be ruthlessly reset, Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker, The Amazing Shutterbug #1 had a surprising element of emotional resonance. Unfortunately, even with its Roshomon take on some of the events of Heroes Reborn #2, its need to hew closely to the main […]