Category Archives: Comic book reviews

Comic Reviews: Batman and Daphne Byrne!

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STL142678Batman #86 (DC Comics)

After a genre defining (and patience testing) run from Tom King, the mainline Batman series is going back to basics in an effort to boost the sales back to their previous numbers. DC made a lot of waves with their controversial decision to cut King’s run short by fifteen issues, but in bringing in writer James Tynion IV and artist Tony S Daniel to usher us into Batman #100, they bring in a sense of familiarity to Bruce Wayne and his allies that is both comforting and little on the safe side. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Thor and Hawkeye: Free Fall!

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STL143287Thor #1 (Marvel Comics)

Not content when putting his stamp on Thanos, Venom, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, Donny Cates has set his sights on the God of Thunder next, relaunching Thor with artist Nic Klein. After a career-defining run from Jason Aaron, it would be difficult for any creative team to wield Mjolnir, but like his other series, Cates comes right out of the gate swinging with a debut issue that’s truly something else. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ghost Rider and Killswitch!

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gr1-1-copyGhost Rider #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Ghost Rider title on the stands, but with the latest series, the question is “which Ghost Rider do you follow”? Danny Ketch? Johnny Blaze? Robbie Reyes? Well, if you’re the new creative team of Ed Brisson and Aaron Kuder, you split the difference between Blaze and Ketch, and let Reyes hang out with the Avengers. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: DCeased and Black Cat!

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STL120596Dceased #2 (DC Comics)

When I reviewed the first issue of Dceased, I mentioned that if the series was able to actually pull no punches, it would be something really interesting. And now that I’ve read the second issue, I can tell you that this book definitely takes the risks I was hoping it would, and the Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine series is the definitely going to take DC fans to some very dark places. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review Special: The Replacer OGN!

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STL113983.jpgThe Replacer (Aftershock Comics)

What happens when you mix IT, Stranger Things, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and a pinch of The Exorcist? You get something along the lines of The Replacer, a new original graphic novel from Zac Thompson and Arjuna Susini. A moody, atmospheric story, The Replacer is one of the creepiest reads of the year, and shows that Aftershock Comics has what it takes to move beyond the standard monthly comic format. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: War of the Realms and Rocko’s Modern Afterlife!

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650x650_506176152ee488e08b42f5b0dfba979ffac91fab8ce9076cb2f98fcfWar of the Realms #1 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

Jason Aaron has been writing Thor for a very long time. Going as far back as his God of Thunder run, his work on the character is a true testament to “playing the long game”. He’s had Thor fight new villains, lose his title of the God of Thunder to Jane Foster, and be restored to his former glory (but not without taking a hand in the process). It’s an incredible achievement that Aaron has been able to keep with the character for so long, a fact that it’s even more surprising when you consider just how many titles have had creative changes at Marvel in the time since he started working on the character. But now it’s all coming to a head with War of the Realms, the latest event from the House of Ideas that will “change everything we know about the Marvel Universe”. But this event feels different from past big Marvel events, mainly because it seems like there’s been an actual sense of anticipation and build up from Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman, who returns to the Asgardian to draw this massive tale. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Avengers: No Road Home and Amazing Spider-Man!

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736532._SX360_QL80_TTD_Avengers: No Road Home #1 (Marvel Comics)

Last year’s Avengers: No Surrender was an entertaining, if a little over long, success for Marvel. Naturally, that means the publisher has set up a sequel with Avengers: No Road Home. But unlike Surrender, this event won’t be taking the place of the main Avengers title during it’s run. Instead, it’ll serve as it’s own series that’ll run alongside the current Avengers title (probably because it’s selling better than when No Surrender came out). However, as good as this opening issue is, I’m not quite sure that the combined forces of Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, and Paco Medina are enough to convince readers to buy another Avengers title. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Age of X-Man Alpha and Fight Club 3!

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indexAge of X-Man Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)

Not content with just relaunching Uncanny X-Men, Marvel has a new X-Men event coming our way with Age of X-Man Alpha, the new starting point for, you guessed it, the Age of X-Man miniseries that will be hitting in the next few months.Fortunately, this event isn’t following in the footsteps of Age of Apocalypse and taking the place of the X-Men series that Marvel currently produces. Unfortunatley, the Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Ramon Rosanas special doesn’t do a whole lot to convince you to keep going with this event beyond the miniseries. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy and Hardcore!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

Despite becoming household names thanks to their mega-successful movies, The Guardians of the Galaxy still can’t quite make it as a comic series. The Brian Michael Bendis run petered out after a few years, and the relaunch with Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder served as more of a tie-in to the Infinity Wars event than it’s own series. So what’s Marvel to do? Create a new team of Guardians with the creatives behind the mega-hit Thanos run, Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Young Justice and Captain Marvel!

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dcwyj_01_300-001_hd_5c17f71c826424.06913733Young Justice #1 (DC Comics)

Now that he’s settled into DC Comics, it’s time for Brian Michael Bendis to really shake things up, and for starters, he’s bringing back Young Justice. The title that brought Robin, Superboy, and Impulse together was a big hit back in the day, but the DC universe is very different from the one that birthed that series. But just because it’s different, that doesn’t mean that Bendis and artist Patrick Gleason aren’t going to do their best to bring a new team together that includes the return of Connor Kent, Superboy. Read the rest of this entry