However it isn’t just brawn and rage that drive the book, there is also black magic and of course, whats a Marvel comic without some science. We are introduced to the supernatural by Dr.Voodoo.
Savage Avengers #1
Except, of course there is. There may be all new schemes, all new alliances, and all new, more powerful than ever before super-supervillains, but the stakes still feel the same, for me, at least.
DC's Year of the Villain Special
This is the kind of comic I wish we got more of. It may not be as well drawn, or as popular as some of the biggest name with the biggest budgets, but it’s probably going to be unlike anything else you read this month.
Ghost Tree #1
Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 (W) Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, Marc Andreyko (A) Steve Lieber, Mike Perkins, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira (A/CA) Yanick Paquette DC… Continue reading
Superman: Leviathan Rising
An all-star collection of scenes from the latest epic struggle to control the DC Universe. Amazing art, and overall quite enjoyable, but loses a few points for the disjointed storytelling, however planned and necessary that may be.
Batman: Last Night On Earth #1 Art by: Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo Cover by: Greg Capullo Variant cover by: Jock Written by: Scott Snyder DC Comics 2019 … Continue reading
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1
The Batman story I've always wanted. It's a fantastic story marred by scene jumps that confuse and bewilder, but once it all starts to come together, it's worth every panel.
Spider-man #1 (W) J. J. Abrams, Henry Abrams (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Olivier Coipel Marvel 2019 WHO IS CADAVEROUS?! The most shocking and incredible comic of 2019 is… Continue reading
Any reason for a reboot...
Another all new Spider-Man story, except this one's not got much "new" to it. Well drawn and well enough told, but really leaves me wondering how many versions of Spidey we really need.
Silver Surfer: Black #1 – Director’s Cut Extras Written by DONNY CATES Art by TRADD MOORE, DAVE STEWART, NICK BRADSHAW, RON LIM, GERALD PAREL, MIKE ZECK, VARIOUS Cover… Continue reading
Silver Surfer: Black #1 - Director's Cut Extras
A great looking comic with an interesting story, let down by a lackluster story-telling mechanic. Tons of bonus material in the director's cut, though, which more than makes up for any short coming.
Psi-Lords #1 (W) Fred Van Lente (A) Renato Guedes (CA) Rod Reis Valiant Entertainment 2019 Who are the cosmic beings known only as the Psi-Lords? And how will… Continue reading
A fast paced, violent romp of an introduction, leaving the reader with as many questions as it does the characters. A good effort, but held back by some generic art and average story telling.
As a long time Star Wars fan, I love what Marvel is doing in the Star Wars comics – splitting them into three clear ages, each with their own heroes.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #1
The promise of new content for older ages of the Star Wars universe is likely to excite all kinds of fans but, so far at least, there's not much to be excited about. A hot headed young padawan who won't listen to orders? Doesn't seem so new at all...
Marvel Comics #1000 (W) Various (A/CA) Various Marvel Comics 2019 THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th… Continue reading
A Recap of Everything Marvel and a Hint of What's to Come
A great way to recap the sometimes imposing history of the Marvel universe! Issue #1,000 shows off a lot of the leading talent from today, and drops clues about what to expect from tomorrow. A fun way to catch up on the highlights for new readers, and a fantastic memorial to everything that has come before for the faithful.
Nomen Omen #1 Written by: Marco B. Bucci Art by: Jacopo Camagni Image Comics 2019 “TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART,” Part One No matter how fast you run,… Continue reading
A Bit Scattered for a First Issue, but Leaves You Wanting More
The book is comprised of several different scenes and a few time jumps, creating a bit too much confusion for the reader to really get pulled in, but there's enough interesting here to leave you wanting more anyway.
Copra #1 Written by: Michel Fiffe Art by: Michel Fiffe Image Comics 2019 COPRA returns in the first issue of its all-new ONGOING SERIES! Acclaimed comics auteur… Continue reading
Acclaimed Series Returns as Ongoing
But is there anything here for new readers? Jumping into the middle of the story could be off putting to new folk, and the sketchy art style has really fallen behind the times. Longtime readers may love the return, but I can't see much to recommend for anyone else.
Thought Bubble Anthology 2019 Written by: Gerry Duggan, Brenden Fletcher, Ben Goldsmith, Kim-Joy, Luke Pearson, John Pearson Art by: Msassyk, Abigail Jill Harding, Lee Garbett, Kim-Joy, Luke Pearson,… Continue reading
The Yorkshire Comic Art Festival Anthology
An eclectic collection of some of the best sequential art from a UK comics festival. Each story is widely different in tone and style, but the collection is full of the best of the best, and festival favorites.
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1 Written by: Patrick Kindlon Art by: Stefano Simeone Aftershock Comics 2019 The largest retailer in the world requires the best-trained loss prevention staff,… Continue reading
Loss Prevention Gone Awry in a Dystopian Future
Fantastic world building makes this image of the future really shine as we follow an over-zealous loss prevention worker on his path to protect a mega-store from theft.
Who are you going to call when the latest threat to mankind is a force so dark and menacing that The Avengers can’t even be told about it? Strikeforce – a team of some of the more grim Marvel favorites, lead by none other than Blade himself!
Blade Assembles a Team of Fan Favorites to Fight a For Too Dark for the Avengers
It's nice to see lesser known heroes getting more attention, and I'm thrilled by the idea that this foe is too insidious for the first string guys to face, I just hope the writing tightens up in the future.
Fizgig is an all ages graphic novel, available to support now on Kickstarter. While the art isn’t able to compete with any of the big boys, its perfect for its audience.
Reaches All the Right Highs for an All Ages Hit
Fizgig feels like it has everything it needs to be an all ages wonder. A scrappy young hero, mysterious neighbors to watch, villains to fight, all with solid art and great writing.
Heartbeat is an absolutely beautiful book, but I think it’s a bit of a shame when the art is a comic’s strongest seller. The story has tons of promise, but I’m left with so many questions that I’m not even sure what’s going on.
A Choppy Journey With a Hopeless Heroine
While parts of the story are fascinating, and that cliffhanger really grabs you, the jumpy storytelling leaves more holes than I'm used to. I'm intrigued, but I'm also a little bewildered.
What has Hal Jordan done? Following the catastrophic events of The Green Lantern #12, no Green Lanterns can be found patrolling their space sectors…
An Intro Only a True Fan Could Enjoy
Changing up everything about a long-beloved series isn't always the best idea. As the Green Lantern mythology explores a universe without Green Lanterns, casual fans are left wondering what's going on. Maybe this book is intended only for the faithful, but I can't see this story or writing grabbing any one else's attention.
Part super hero comic, part sci-fi story, and part detective thriller, Far Sector may be the most excited I’ve been for a DC title all year long.
New Hero, New Setting, New Story - Fantastic New Beginning!
While clearly part of the Green Lantern mythos, there's little else familiar about this title. A completely new hero, an unexplored setting, fantastic art, and even some philosophical questions!? Comics like these give me hope for the industry.
The story and ideas behind it shine, but the comic loses some of that luster in the details.
Love in the Time of Super Powers
A story about one of the strongest human emotions - love - set in a time of hatred and fear. While some readers may find the thinly-veiled political message a bit heavy handed, those not minding the intrusion will find a fast-paced story set with tons of excitement and action.
I was never on board before, so reading this issue and not knowing each character’s history or relationships, and not understanding most of the lingo they use, made for a pretty boring read.
Long Running Classic Returns
Turns out The Final Quest wasn't so final at all. Stargazer's Hunt picks up the adventure with another tale.
Secondly, and I feel most importantly, the old school art is just juvenile. Sure, it may be neat to see this famous style in decades old books, but why do we need more of it?
Straight of out the Silver Age
But I'm not sure that's a good thing. Olympia is a nice homage to things passed, but the old-world sensibilities are way out-classed by modern talent.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading, and this wasn’t a comic I would pick up for myself. I am glad, though, that I get to review so many stories I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.
The Robot Real World
The Kill Lock has something unique right from the start - the story of beings who cannot help but being what they area, trying to get along with others utterly unlike them. Sure, there's probably going to be fights and explosions and other excitement, but seeing how the robots work their own things out is likely to be the most fun part of the series.
As one might expect from a horror story, there’s lots of macabre images throughout, and the artists cleverly make this compliment some of the weaknesses of their art.
The Slow Simmer
Expecting a first issue of any horror series to be frightening is missing the point, but there's some fantastic build up here, and the promise of a big payoff.
While I’m not a fan of the endless alternate worlds Marvel cranks out instead of just starting completely new stories, every once in a while one of them really hits on something special.
Further Adventures in the World of Old Man Logan
In one of my favorites of the alternate worlds, Thor, Hulk, and Ant Man must try to survive against Dr. Doom. Nothing like what most of us will think about when we hear these names, but still an excellent read.
Cities of Magick is almost exactly the kind of comic I enjoy most. It may have some weaknesses, but what it does right most is the single thing that has kept me coming back to new comics after almost thirty years of reading.
Everything Old is New Again, Kinda..
Cities of Magick takes old problems into a new age and presents them in a unique manner. There are some problems with the storytelling, but the plot itself is interesting enough to keep me flipping pages.
An office of dead government agents. A gifted new killer. Two ex-Captain Americas…
When a dramatic attempt on the life of Bucky Barnes reunites him with Sam Wilson, the two old friends are plunged headlong into a race to uncover the new leader of Hydra before a mass casualty event announces the terror group’s resurgence to the world. The clock is ticking…
A Perfectly Adequate Comic
The start of a new adventure headlined by two popular characters, with unexpected new troubles keeping them from doing what they want most - just living a mundane life. It's a promising set up let down by the details, and that's a shame.
I’m not sure there is anything that would actually make Star Wars fans happy these days, but if there is, it’s the long awaited arrival of Boba Fett to the new canon. Well, here it is. More Fett! And you could not ask for better surroundings.
Yes, Boba Fett's In It
An absolutely gorgeous spectacle that pulls together fan favorite bounty hunters from all over. A little light on the story, but full of moments that will make fans happy. In other words, everything you could ask from a Star Wars comic.
It pains me a little to like this book as much as I do. I would usually be the first to say that this is a wasted opportunity to introduce a new, original character instead of just changing everything we know and love about an existing hero.
Everything Old is Young Again
Cable as a young man manages to be both funny and quite charming, despite promising to be all about action and rebellion. The youthful feel of the book varies greatly from the character's previous tone, so some hardcore fans may not like the change, but the book is solid and entertaining nonetheless.
New school–new world, literally. Sassy, book-smart Norah Karlsson’s quest to fit in becomes an epic tale of survival when she crashes through the mists of time and into a realm of ice and Norse legend.
Canadians Invade Vikings
Absolutely beautiful artwork let down by a perfectly average story. There's a lot to like here, and I'm excited for more, but at the same time, I wanted more from this issue.
First off, Decorum is a little different from most comic books. There’s a lot of plain white space and a lot of straight prose. Like, really a lot. Some folks aren’t going to like that.
Something Greater Than the Total of its Parts
Yes, the story telling method is an unusual one for comics, and yes, there are some failings here, but taken as a whole, Decorum is a giant tease to something great. Getting a sense of the stakes, of the playing field, and of the players starts off very slow, but the ride is enjoyable, and the promise of things to come is enormous.
SERIES PREMIERE! For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s-his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs… with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.
A Fascinating Take on the Consequences of a Superhero
You may have seen comics deal with the downside of superheroes before, but not like this. As the story unfolds, the hero becomes a liability to himself, his family, and his city, and the result is heartbreaking.
From Nothing, Something comes. Espers is a creation mythology. Most fantasy stories begin in the waning days of magical power, at their height, or on some damn crusade to reclaim a lost era.
Absolutely Stunning Atmosphere
Most of Espers looks amazing, but those first pages of unreal art set up a promise that the rest of the book can't quite keep. It's still good, but I'm left with a feeling of being let down a bit. I'd still like more, but I doubt more would ever have the magic of that first, quick look.
SPACE COWBOY’S ARCH-NEMESIS BABYHEAD HAS COMPILED A CRIMINAL CABAL OF SUPER-ENEMIES (3-FACE, MEW-MAN, ACTIONGIRL & RIFF RAFF) TO THWART THE COSMIC LAWMAN AND HIS HEROIC TEAM OF SUPER-ADVENTURERS, THE MIGHTY TRIUMPHANTEERS (MICRO-WOMAN, MEGA-GIRL, JUNGLEMAN & SCUBAMAN)! WHAT IS THE SECRET OF THE LOST SUPER-WEAPON BABYHEAD HAS DISCOVERED BENEATH GRANDWAY HARBOUR? WILL MEGA-GIRL PASS HER EXAM ON ADVANCED CALCULUS THEORY? WHAT LIES AT THE HEART OF SPACE COWBOY’S CRYPTIC NIGHTMARES? WILL GRANDWAY CITY EVER BE THE SAME???
Just About as Throwback as Can Be
Grandway Comics seems to love old school comic action, from four color pages to ads for cheesy toys in the back. Space Cowboy is a fun read, but I'm not convinced it's nearly as compelling as anything modern readers are used to. It's great nostalgia, but is there much of a market for that?
FUN & FANTASY X 2! 2 YOUNG HEROES & 2 STORIES IN 1 FANTASTIC BOOK! THE MIGHTY LAZERBOY DOES FIERCE BATTLE WITH THE DIABOLICAL MAN-MONSTER, RO-BUSTO! –AND THE WILY WILD GIRL FIGHTS FOR HER LIFE WITH A HOSTILE STRANGER FROM SPACE!
Old School Goodness for All Ages
Easy to read, fun to follow, and as comfortable to me as new episodes of old Saturday morning cartoons, Grandway Comics' Grand Adventure is a great example of what got many hooked on comics in the first place. Not quite perfect, and still feeling like its from a bygone era, but a great read, for either new fans or nostalgic old timers.
I’m not sure it’s 100% accurate to compare this series to the recent relaunches like Scooby Doo and The Flintstones, but I do think think the similarities are many, and almost all of those similarities are why I enjoy all three series as much as I do.
Celebrate Nancy's 90th Anniversary with... her Death?!
Taking a much different tone than the books most of us know and love, similar to the recent Scooby Doo and Flintstones comic series, Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys may look quite unfamiliar, but all the fun and mystery is still there.
EMPYRE IS COMING!
The build-up to Marvel’s massive event series of the spring begins here-but in actuality, it began a millennia ago, with a challenge on the moon!
A Catch Up Comic for the Next Big Thing
While probably nothing exciting for the die-hard fans, this will prove absolutely essential for the more casual readers. Basically a prologue for the latest super-sized story arch, Road To Empyre serves as both an advertisement and a refresher course, and how much you appreciate that is going to depend on how religiously you've been following along for years.
THE STREET FIGHTING MAN SURFACES IN GRANDWAY CITY–AND IN THE MIDDLE OF A COMMUNITY WARZONE! THE FUGITIVE SUPER-ADVENTURER SOON LEARNS HE MUST PROTECT HIS NEW NEIGHBORS FROM A RUTHLESS STREET GANG–A GANG IN LEAGUE WITH AN AWESOME, ALL-POWERFUL SATANIC FORCE! DON’T MISS THIS ONE!
Cheesy, But Oh, So Fun!
A fantastic throwback to more simplistic times. They may be youth-oriented, but there's still plenty of fun for older audiences in a trip down memory lane.
In a life torn between family and duty, the story of Bass Reeves shines a bright light on one of the most legendary lawmen of the American west.
Beautiful Comic Based on a Real Life Hero
While the biographical details are "inspired by" at best, I do like that the comic draws attention to actual historic figures, and the book looks absolutely fantastic.
Light Braves the Darkness; Darkness Fears the Dawn.
For centuries, the venerable mantle of The Red Rooster has passed from generation-to-generation in order to battle man’s most ancient and pernicious evils. Now, it’s disgraced icon Frank Cooper’s turn to don the cape and cowl in this Dust Bowl-era tale of mystery and redemption against all odds.
Like a Wholesome Watchmen
Allegiance does it again, bringing us beautiful artwork and a great story. This time, there's a whole team of heroes to enjoy, and a cadre of stereotypical villains to love to hate, all told in a wonderful golden age style. It may be light reading for many, but it's perfect for young audiences and any one old enough to feel nostalgic for the classics.
India, 1866. Stricken by an insidious curse, three desperate and dangerous foes race to unearth the secrets of the lost land of Shambhala.
Whole Lotta Past for a Comic Called The Futurists
And I know that may seem nitpicky, but I really feel it's exactly where this issue misses the mark. It's not bad by any means, but it doesn't deliver on the promise the premise makes. Maybe we'll get there later in the series, but the debut is stuck in the past.
To the Max: Hector – When a schoolteacher finds a mysterious device, it sends him flying into an incredible outer-space rescue mission.
Shameless Promotion for the Least Comic Book Thing Imaginable
There's nothing wrong with partnering up with another company to cross promote your new streaming service, but let's not call this a comic. These stories only exist to get the words "HBO" and "Max" in front of your eyes as often as possible.
Three Made Men, standing at the brink of retirement, find their unbreakable bond put to the ultimate test when they are suddenly assaulted by the ghosts of their past.
An Excellent Take on Standard Vegas Gangsters
The majority of Old Haunts feels old indeed - Vegas gangsters trying to cash out but having to deal with all their past sins - but the end of this issue sets up a story that I definitely want more of. It may be a slow burn, but it leaves me with the highest of hopes.
The Clown Prince of Crime celebrates 80 years of chaos! The Joker has been the greatest villain in comics since his debut and to celebrate we have a who’s who of comics’ finest talent giving the Harlequin of Hate the birthday roast he deserves.
Pay Homage to the Greatest Villain in the Industry
Turning 80 is a big deal, even for immortal comic book characters. This volume collects famous covers and all new stories to celebrate the guy every comic book fan loves to hate.
Herald, Lovecraft & Tesla, Bundles of Joy Issue #1 (of 3) Written by John Reilly Penciled by Tom Rogers Lettered and colored by Dexter Weeks Publisher: Action Lab… Continue reading
Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla - Bundles of Joy #1
"Aleister Crowley sends his Scarlet Women to offer Houdini a deal. Howard and Sonia's exploits have painful consequences. Tesla begins testing of his Ceryx ex Praeterito dream machine"
Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories Story by: Jim Cornette Written by: Brandon Easton Art by: Denis Medri IDW Publishing 2019 Pro-Wrestling’s… Continue reading
Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories
A must have for any pro wrestling fan's collection.
WWE Smackdown #1 Written by: Kevin Paneeta Illustrated by: Kendall Goode & Serg Acuña Boom! Studios 2019 Becky Lynch, The Man, is ready to be part of the… Continue reading
WWE Smackdown #1
Good for younger fans, not so much for older readers.
Contagion #1 Written by: Ed Brisson Art by: Roge Antonio Marvel Comics 2019 A seemingly unstoppable force has invaded the Marvel Universe, and it’s going to take… Continue reading
Fun first issue recommend to any Marvel fan and anyone who likes a bit of horror and mystery in their stories.
This was an excellent second issue. It seemed to flow by faster than the first issue. I liked how they had Strange contact The Avengers in order to give a good reason for them not to be directly involved in combating this major enemy.
An excellent second issue that continues the momentum of the first in this superhero meets horror mini-series.
In the Year of the Villain, what’s a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live? Out-bad everyone else, of course! The Joker is on a mission to get his mojo back and prove to the world that there is no greater villainy than the kind that leaves you laughing.
The Joker: Year of the Villain #1
An interesting look into the mindset of The Joker and an excellent addition to the "Year of the Villain" event.
A seemingly unstoppable force has invaded the Marvel Universe, and it’s going to take every hero the streets of New York has to stop it!
A solid middle issue that did a good job in bringing the story along and introducing new players into the mix.
A big positive for this comic is the artwork. The panels depicting the city of Gotham and the Batcave had great detail and the artwork of the characters themselves looked excellent.
The Batman's Grave #1
Fantastic artwork with a unique take on Batman's crime solving process.
A seemingly unstoppable force has invaded the Marvel Universe, and it’s going to take every hero the streets of New York has to stop it!
Great issue with intense drama and action that set's up next issue's final battle.
The fifth issue opens up right where we left off last issue with the remaining heroes facing off with The Urchin and its army of infected superheroes.
A really good final issue and a fantastic series from beginning to end. I highly recommend this miniseries.
As of this first issue, this He-Man team has just two members.
He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse #1
A love letter to the long running "Masters of the Universe" franchise that is sure to please new and long time fans alike.
The Power Rangers arrive in New York City to find Tommy Oliver but soon discover he’s joined forces with the villainous Shredder and the Foot Clan!
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Fantastic first issue that was a blast to read from cover to cover. I highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of one or both franchises.
A mysterious murder brings together the heroes of the Marvel Universe, but no one can imagine how it will affect everything in 2020 and beyond!
A fun ride around the Marvel Universe that sets up the major stories coming from Marvel for the next year.
The future is Doom! In 2099, everything has changed. Technology, Governments, and People have changed. But only one thing has remained the same…DOOM.
Doom 2099 #1
A fun book to read with a good story and well done visuals. Highly recommended to fans of the original Marvel 2099 imprint and/or Doctor Doom.
All Asgard lies before Thor. The Realms are finally at peace, but The Black Winter is coming and the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.
Thor (2020) #1
With fantastic storytelling and artwork, I highly recommend this first issue. You should definitely check this book out, especially if you are a fan of Thor or of the high fantasy genre in general.
David lives in a world of monsters & he’s the last human being on Earth. Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, & Well-Bee tell this prequel to the EARTH X trilogy.
A good first issue that did a great job at setting up its main story and introducing readers to what its main character, David, is all about. If you are a fan of the Earth X Trilogy, then I recommend checking out this series.
Thor #2 Written by: Donny Cates Art by: Nic Klein Marvel Comics 2020 *SPOILERS FOR ISSUE #1 AND MINOR SPOILERS FOR ISSUE #2 THE BLACK WINTER AND THE… Continue reading
Continuing the fantastic storytelling and artwork from the first issue, this was a great continuation of this fun fantasy space epic. If fantasy/space epics are the kind of stories that you love, then you will love this book as well.