comic book reviews




REVIEW: Marvel Action Spider-Man Volume 2 #1 - "Wall-To-Wallcrawler Action"

REVIEW: Marvel Action Spider-Man Volume 2 #1 – “Wall-To-Wallcrawler Action”

(IDW Publushing, creative team: Brandon Easton, Fico Ossio, Ronda Pattison, Shawn Lee) This issue is a non-stop thrill ride as three teenaged Spider-people take an assignment from Tony Stark to investigate a mysterious theft, all while trying to focus on an important academic exam. Writer Brandon Easton nails a lot of elements right out of […]

REVIEW: Flash #88 -- "Has To Have Some Kind Of Consequences Sooner Or Later"

REVIEW: Flash #88 — “Has To Have Some Kind Of Consequences Sooner Or Later”

(DC Comics, creative team: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, Steve Wands) Have you ever been reading a comic book where the Flash goes into the past and changes things, or watched his show and seen him make time doppelgängers, and thought, “that has to have some kind of consequences sooner or later, right?” Well, this […]

REVIEW: Thor #3 -- "Ambitious, Sure, But Not Really Plausible"

REVIEW: Thor #3 — “Ambitious, Sure, But Not Really Plausible”

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, Joe Sabino) In short, the all-father of thunder has made a deal with the devil, taking on the power cosmic and temping as a Herald of Galactus. If that gets you adding things up in your head it should: Odin’s power plus the equivalent of […]

REVIEW: G.I. Joe #5 -- "This Series Might Be Finding Its Footing"

REVIEW: G.I. Joe #5 — “This Series Might Be Finding Its Footing”

(IDW Publishing, creative team: Paul Allor, Chris Evanhuis, Brittany Peer, Neil Uyetake) In another improving issue, writer Paul Allor crafts a very Red Dawn-esque look at Cobra-occupied America, where even the the Dreadnoks are not enemies but a brutal subculture hiding in plain site at the location of this version of Cobra’s greatest claim to […]

REVIEW: X-Force #7 -- "Some Mutants ... Paid A High Cost To Create This New Day"

REVIEW: X-Force #7 — “Some Mutants … Paid A High Cost To Create This New Day”

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Benjamin Percy, Oscar Bazaldua, Guru-eFX, Joe Caramagna) It’s a bright, new shiny day for the mutant nation, (mostly) safe on their super powered magic island in the middle of nowhere. Some mutants, however, paid a high cost to create this new day, and the scars still show. Domino was literally skinned […]


REVIEW: Terrifics #25 -- "Both Good And Bad"

REVIEW: Terrifics #25 — “Both Good And Bad”

(DC Comics, creative team: Gene Luen Yang, Dan Mora, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano) A giant plant-like growth threatens the city and the team has a choice to make in order to stay alive and save everyone. That’s where it gets sort of interesting: almost as if Mr. Terrific has been studying dunamancy, he utilizes a […]



REVIEW: Going To The Chapel #4 -- "As Finales Go, This One Is Impressive"

REVIEW: Going To The Chapel #4 — “As Finales Go, This One Is Impressive”

(Action Lab Entertainment, creative team: David Pepose, Gavin Guidry, Liz Kramer, Ariana Maher) As finales go, this one is impressive as the robbery of a wedding does not conclude the way anyone expected. One day, if you’re very lucky, this will be adapted into a feature film that will be as replayable as this series, […]

REVIEW: Ice Cream Man #17 -- "... Whaaaaaat Exactly Was This Supposed To Be?"

REVIEW: Ice Cream Man #17 — “… Whaaaaaat Exactly Was This Supposed To Be?”

(Image Comics, creative team: W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran, Good Old Neon) … whaaaaaat exactly was this supposed to be? For reasons that, at best, are obscure, the grinning weirdo that’s the central figure in this offbeat series spends most of the issue doing some kind of funhouse version of the Man of […]



REVIEW: Suicide Squad #2 -- "We Really May Have Something Impressive On Our Hands"

REVIEW: Suicide Squad #2 — “We Really May Have Something Impressive On Our Hands”

(DC Comics, creative team: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas, Wes Abbott) There are surprises large and small in this very clever, very mean spirited issue. The Squad’s new boss Lok makes Amanda Waller look friendly and considerate by comparison as he sends them unapologetically to interfere in the sovereign affairs of a foreign country. […]

REVIEW: Avengers #30 -- "Super On Spectacle And Scant On Sense"

REVIEW: Avengers #30 — “Super On Spectacle And Scant On Sense”

(Marvel Comics, creative team: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Francesco Manna, Mark Morales, Jason Keith, Cory Petit) There are so many problematic elements to this, it’s hard to know where to begin. There is a distinct challenge with the treatment of a female character. To say more would be a spoiler, but it’s both needlessly done […]

Firefly #13 -- "This Issue Will Likely Tweak Your Inner Browncoat"

Firefly #13 — “This Issue Will Likely Tweak Your Inner Browncoat”

(Boom! Studios, creative team: Greg Pak, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Francesco Segala, Jim Campbell) If you’re a fan of this franchise — and many people are — this issue will likely tweak your inner Browncoat as Captain Mal Reynolds becomes an unexpectedly effective lawman way out on the corporate-dominated frontier. The issue stays close to Reynolds, […]


Black Terror #4 — “So Many More Bodily Fluids Than You Could Ever Want”

(Dynamite Entertainment, creative team: Max Bemis, Ruairi Coleman, Brittany Pezzillo, Taylor Esposito) What is this? With a nonsensical ending and so many more bodily fluids than you could ever want, to call this issue “baffling” would be kind. The Black Terror is a Superman-class extrahuman with swords, so he should be the coolest thing running. […]