Category Archives: Comic book reviews

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

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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

Comic Reviews: Marvel Knights and The Green Lantern!

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copyOfFirstPage._SX360_QL80_TTD_Marvel Knights #1 (Marvel Comics)

Twenty years ago, Marvel launched the Marvel Knights imprint, and changed the publisher forever. Naturally with a big anniversary coming up, Marvel wants to capitalize on that nostalgia, and hiring Donny Cates and Travel Foreman to create the new Marvel Knights #1 is certainly a good way to celebrate. Focusing on an intriguing mystery that revolves around our favorite street-level heroes forgetting their true selves, this opening issue is really interesting, even if it doesn’t quite match up with what is happening in the other characters’ solo books. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Hex Wives and Avengers Halloween Special!

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HEXW_01-(Cover)_5bc51c7b2637c8.48679262Hex Wives #1 (Vertigo Comics)

Vertigo’s new series Hex Wives couldn’t have been released on a better day. The Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo series, an interesting mix of witchcraft and The Stepford Wives, is a pretty fun and slightly spooky book. Unfortunately though, it’s more interesting when it’s focused on the history of the two leads than the actual plot. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Lucifer and Marvel Zombie!

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LUCI_01_300-001_HD_5bb3b345a4b2c2.64568755Lucifer #1 (Vertigo)

No Vertigo relaunch is complete without a new Lucifer series. The Sandman spin-off returns, with a new #1, a new creative team in the form of Dan Watters and Sebastian and Max Fiumara, and the Lord of Hell depowered and trapped in a world he doesn’t understand. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Murder Falcon and The Immortal Hulk!

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MurderFalcon_01-1Murder Falcon #1 (Image Comics)

After Extremity, I made the decision to follow writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson on any book he decided to work on. While I was definitely expecting something crazy for his next project, in no way was I prepared for Murder Falcon. A raucous love letter to all things Metal and Rock, Murder Falcon #1 is a jolt of intensity on every panel, and it’s one of the best debut issues of the year. Read the rest of this entry