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“X-Factor” #246-256

By | Aug 12, 2019 | Reviews

This is pretty much it friends, the end of the world as we know it. Well, the end of “X-Factor” anyway, as we go through the last two major arcs. There is still the final arc, an epilogue called ‘The End of X-Factor,’ but all of the simmering conflicts come to a head as we […]

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“Countdown” #32-26

By | Aug 12, 2019 | Reviews

Here we are, halfway through the mess that is “Countdown.” The turning point, you might call it. Don’t believe me? Ask the cover to issue #26: But we’ll get there in a moment. First things first, the “highlight” of this batch of issues, in terms of actually advancing the plot rather than quality, is the […]

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“In Waves”

By | Aug 12, 2019 | Reviews

No matter how cleanly psychologists delineate stages of grief or map the terrain of loss, the actual experience of losing a loved one feels more like the unpredictable and uncontrollable swells of ocean waves than hills and valleys of a hiking trail. With poetic beauty, new graphic novelist AJ Dungo captures those vacillations of solemn […]

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“New Warriors”: Kings Of Pain

By | Aug 11, 2019 | Reviews

Being a new, edgy nineties team book, it was inevitable that the “New Warriors” would clash with the hottest Marvel property of the decade, “X-Men”. What readers saw was potential for an all-star crossover, exploring the limitless depths of continuity and doing so with hot-shot characters like Cyclops, Jean Grey and the new kids on […]

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“Moon Knight” #9

By | Aug 9, 2019 | Reviews

In recent years, Moon Knight has been a recurring character at Marvel Comics, with different iterations of the character being frequent but short-lived. The most recent run of the series, by Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows, ended last October and the title has yet to be relaunched. For the next 12 weeks, in this summer […]

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“Immortal Hulk” #22

By | Aug 9, 2019 | Reviews

“Immortal Hulk” #22 is a breather for the characters in the series but keeps up with the forward momentum. Warning: spoilers ahead. Written by Al Ewing Pencilled by Joe Bennett Inked by Ruy José and Belardino Brabo Colored by Paul Mounts Lettered by VC’s Cory Petit Shadow Base has one goal: to stop the monsters, […]

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“Absolute Carnage” #1

By | Aug 9, 2019 | Reviews

“Absolute Carnage” #1 isn’t a story about Carnage, probably because there isn’t much to Carnage other than ‘I want to kill everyone and everything’. It’s a story about Venom and Eddie Brock that could have been way too excessive and violent, but somehow manages to blend horror, gore, and existential dread into something deeply personal […]

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“Coffin Bound” #1

By | Aug 9, 2019 | Reviews

I’m not going to give “Coffin Bound” #1, the trippy new book from Image by Dan Watters and Dani, a perfect score. I mean, it’s the first issue, and as flawless as this premiere issue is, we need to let the series crescendo, right? It needs to gather a little momentum after dropping readers into […]

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“Berserker Unbound” #1

By | Aug 9, 2019 | Reviews

How can a debut issue be nearly flawless in its execution and yet remain largely nonessential? Keep reading to find out, but be warned: the following review contains the same exact minor spoilers contained in all the previews you’ve already seen, as well as the promo copy. Written by Jeff Lemire Illustrated by Mike Deodato […]

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“Sinestro: Year of the Villain” #1

By | Aug 8, 2019 | Reviews

Remember when it was first announced that Jonathan Hickman was coming back to Marvel? Before it was revealed he would be writing an X-Men title, Marvel put out a simple ad. Just a date and his last name. They knew it was enough to get fans excited. DC had a similar strategy when Brian Michael […]

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“Future Foundation” #1

By | Aug 8, 2019 | Reviews

“Future Foundation” as a concept harkens back to the Hickman’s run on “Fantastic Four” and was largely focused on presenting higher concepts and situations, pushing the boundaries of the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately, this latest volume fails to capture that entrepreneurial spirit, and it’s somewhat formulaic approach did not deliver something remarkable on this first issue. […]

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Wizard 58: So Many Crazy Things from June 1996

By | Aug 8, 2019 | Reviews

In my final review of “Wizard” for the summer, issue 58 serves up some real head scratchers. How did Marvel botch the Ultraverse so badly? Why did Heidi McDonald get a pie in the face? How was teen Tony Stark not the worst character revamp? And why did “Kingdom Come” get shafted? The Bunny Award […]

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“The Island of Dr. Moreau” #1

By | Aug 8, 2019 | Reviews

H.G. Wells’s timeless story of terrifying science fiction and cautionary horror returns with a new comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing, but does this new take, in an all new medium do it all justice? Mild Spoilers Ahead! Adapted by Ted Adams & Gabriel Rodríguez Illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez Colored by Nelson Dániel Lettered by […]

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“The Death-Defying Devil” #1

By | Aug 8, 2019 | Reviews

Truth be told, I’ve got no experience with “The Death-Defying Devil”, or as a quick Google revealed, originally the public domain Golden Age hero, Daredevil. Re-pairing up Gail Simone with her “Clean Room” collaborator Walter Geovani to reinvigorate the vigilante for a modern audience, however? That will grab my attention. Written by Gail Simone Illustrated […]

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“Transformers” #10

By | Aug 8, 2019 | Reviews

The “Transformers” series from IDW had a turbulent start quality-wise when it was initially published in March. New series author Brian Ruckley spent a lot of time reestablishing the initial conceit of the series. The new Transformers continuity takes place prior to the infamous war between the Autobots and Decepticons. Ruckley has spent the past […]

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Pick of the Week: “Die” #6

By | Aug 8, 2019 | Pick of the Week, Reviews

“Die” #6 kicks off another arc with a significant challenge, more backstory and a bit of storytelling density. Warning: minor spoilers ahead. Written by Kieron Gillen Illustrated & Colored by Stephanie Hans Lettered by Clayton Cowles NEW STORY ARC! “SPLIT THE PARTY,” Part One: Forget escaping Die – half of our heroes can’t even escape […]

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“One Piece” Volume 9

By | Aug 6, 2019 | Reviews

Ahoy, mateys! For this year’s Summer Comics Binge, I’ll be tackling a huge gap in my manga library; the gargantuan “One Piece,” written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Over the next few weeks I’ll be journaling my way through the first 100 chapters, making up the East Blue Saga. This I’m covering volume 9, consisting […]

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