ByVideogameTimemachine, writer at Creators.co

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Saga #29

As much hate as George RR Martin gets for having a filicidal relationship with his characters, Brian K Vaughan might be an even poorer parent to his fictional spawn. Saga continues to be story that is unafraid to pillage and burn its own status quo, constantly shuffling character dynamics and bucking your expectations. Issue twenty-nine is another shifting point for the series capped by a gutting last page cliff hanger.

9/10

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Batman #41

Rather than fill the vacant cowl with a former Robin or another protectable heir, Snyder and Capullo have attacked this post Bruce Wayne era with an all new bouquet of norms. Jim Gordon mechanized Batman doesn’t operate from a place of vengeance or divine sense of justice. He is a cop doing his job as an employee of the Powers Cooperation. This is nothing like the Batman you know. Yet the background movements of series mainstay characters, hints at the less than transparent motivations of Powers and a last page tease makes this new story feel connected to everything that came before it.

8/10

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Secret War Journal #2

The two stories present in this anthology book could not be more drastically different. The first is a campy exploitation style, urban action jaunt, while the second is a Daredevil tale that is so emotionally punchy it leaves your heart with a hangover.

8.5/10

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Star Wars: Kanan the last Padawan #3

Kanan is the most underrated of the current Star Wars on goings. The idea of one lone adolescent Jedi fleeing through space is ripe with exciting story possibilities. However Kanan still feels like a book that is struggling to corral those possibilities. After three issues the book still has a very wandering feeling, and it would benefit from a more defined objective for its hero.

7/10

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The Walking Dead #142

The curse of The Walking Dead is it has to keep topping itself. With Negan dethroned for some time now it was beginning to look like the series wasn’t even going to try to surpass the monumental threat of its last great villain. Issue 142 sees the first subtle moves of Rick Grimms’ next advisory and while she isn’t as outwardly intimating as Negan the scheming and covert nature of Alpha looks to bring a new type of villain to the series.

7.25/10

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Spider-Gwen #5

Spider-Gwen issue five sees the introduction of this universe’s version of Black Cat. The posh, French, pop singer with a band composed of cat mascots feels instantly comfortable in technicolored punk rock world of this series.

8/10

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Weirdworld #1

Weirdworld captures the free and joyful feeling of being a nine year old playing with action figures in a sandbox. A deposed barbarian king wanders the wilds of a floating island kingdom known as Weirdworld. Resting on its unequalled presentation and relentless sense of novel adventure, Weirdworld is a swashbuckling guilty pleasure that will go missed by too many.

8.5/10

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Batman/Superman #21

The new states quo for Superman meets the new status quo for Batman and… they fight. It comes off as a lazy and forced interaction. With so many new dynamics at play it would have been nice to see something fresher and more complex.

5/10

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Ghost Racers #1

Felipe Smith and Juan Gedeon do a great job of building a stage for an interesting series. The idea of different Ghost Riders from different universes competing as gladiators in a Mad Max stile death race is cool enough but the stakes for winning and losing these contests give the events of book a special oomph that helps enforce the antagonistic relationship between the Ghost Riders.

7/10

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Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

From page one, panel one Constantine: The Hellblazer establishes a singular personality. The dialog and characters are playful and cheeky yet the setting is oppressively macabre. The affection that the book immediately earns carries it through some overwritten scenes and helps overcome an uneventful plot. So, while the issue itself isn’t necessarily transcendent the charm present makes it a very promising launch.

7.5/10

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Black Science #15

Black Science continues to be one of the best science fiction stories to be told in any medium. The endless imagination of the worlds it visits and the ever evolving motivations of its characters create a series without an ounce of stagnation. In issue fifteen, everything falls apart…again. The team of inter dimensional adventures are thrown into conflict when the nature and propose of the Pillar comes into question.

8/10

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Roche Limit: Clandestiny #2

Roche Limit set its par quite high with its first arch, but Clandestiny is absolutely murdering it. Characters with opaque pasts, an antagonistic alien world and the unexplained presences of a notorious android keeps the plot from ever being predictable. The structure and flow of the panels and dialog are masterful and every time the reader feels like they have their bearings a new revelation is introduced and the future again becomes soupy.

9.25/10

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Chrononaunts #4

After an entertaining but uneventful first few issues Chrononaunts is done simply riffing on the idea of time travel and is ready to tell its story. As the book closes, the consequences of the timetraveler’s action over these first few issues begin to solidify. The reader is left feeling the first few issues were a bit of an overwritten set up as the new world we are left with presents many more complex story possibilities.

6.75/10

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Nameless #4

As strange and over the top as the first few issues of Nameless have been, they were at least part of a coherent narrative. In issue four the story slips from the concrete to the convoluted and becomes weaker for it. The introduction of a shared dream state among most of humanity and various insinuations that many things we have experienced were not real, clouds what is exactly going on. Nameless has begun to take too much pride in being odd and has wandered from its previous narrative path.

4/10

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Ultimate End #2

Ultimate End continues to be a disappointing conclusion to the Ultimate universe, which had its fair share of disappointing moments. It still deserved better than this. Populated with talking heads and no forward story momentum, the book tries to add spice by throwing in a random Hulk fight. However, the fight’s lack of context, making it feel pandering and book ends up leave almost no impression.

4.25/10

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Descender #4

Descender shares many of the same themes of Lemire’s previous series Sweet Tooth. A small child is the key to unraveling the mystery behind a tragedy that reshaped the world and acts as McGuffin for various conflicting groups of adults attempting to manipulate this new world in their favor. While it is familiar it is still effective and rewarding. The book builds its world with outstanding speed and confidence. Constantly introducing new worlds and races without ever making the reader feel lost.

8.5/10

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Savior #3

The fearless maturity and metered thought of Savior is beyond refreshing. This book continues to remind us that Todd McFarlane was/is a rock star when it comes to laying out a page as it delivers a liquid and cinematic presentation. The grounded response the world has to a great tragedy and the modern day messiah tale that is coalescing in its wake is powerfully believable and handled with a mellow pace. It is one of the great surprises of 2015.

9.5/10

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Birthright #8

This series is striking in its originality. The way it weaves lies, manipulation, and a desperate hope for redemption and forgiveness into a single family while managing to keep it all balanced is unreal. Unfortunately all of its grand qualities are beginning to fade in the viscus pacing of the overall narrative. Birthright has begun to use its goodwill as fuel to engine forward. The plot need to advance in a meaningful way before it stalls.

7.75/10

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Copperhead #8

After a brief meandering period Copperhead’s story has rocketed forward. The story finally has a clearly defined conflict and direction. Its characters have let down their badass facades and become multidimensional personalities. This is an issue more action packed and witty than any that come before it. Car cases and sniper duels are bookended by clever dialog and the setup for a large scale conflict in the issues to come.

8.5/10

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